OT Itinerary: 2-Days In Chikkamagaluru, The Land Of Coffee

Whether you seek solitude or a peaceful retreat, Chikkamagaluru is the perfect destination to unwind and connect with nature.
Veera Narayana temple, Chikkamagaluru
Veera Narayana temple, ChikkamagaluruShutterstock

Situated in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Chikkamagaluru  is renowned for its stunning natural beauty. According to legend, the town was gifted to the daughter of Rukmangada, the ruler of Sakharayapatna, as a wedding present, hence the name "Chikkamagaluru," which means "Young Daughter's Town" in English. The rolling green hills and landscapes of this destination make it an ideal getaway spot. Abundant with coffee plantations and breathtaking waterfalls, Chikkamagaluru presents every possible reason for you to take a step back from the city's hectic life and spend a few days admiring nature's pristine beauty surrounding it. If you enjoy trekking, discovering hidden waterfalls, and exploring India's diverse wildlife, Chikkamagaluru offers many options. Here is a two-day guide for a short break.

Day 1

Explore Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. It is located in the northwestern region of Chikkamagaluru and also serves as a tiger reserve. This sanctuary provides a unique opportunity to encounter one of the many majestic tigers that call this place home. You can enjoy a mesmerizing jungle safari while the serene Bhadra River flows through the forest, adding to the sanctuary's tranquility.

Mist envelops the sanctuary
Mist envelops the sanctuarySujan shetty/Shutterstock

There are a lot of options available for adventure activities. If you enjoy bird watching, then prepare yourself with your binoculars and cameras for an amazing experience within the sanctuary. You can also enjoy a boat safari here, which is perfect for bird watching by the riverside. If you love trekking, then the 3.5-kilometer trail at Muthodi is perfect for you. You can explore the forest on foot and enjoy the beauty of nature. For adventure enthusiasts, rock climbing on Mullayanagiri peak is a must-try experience. It also happens to be the highest peak in Karnataka.

Trek To Mullayanagiri

Dappled sunlight over the peak
Dappled sunlight over the peakLijin Prakash/Shutterstock

Embark on an exciting adventure by trekking up the magnificent Mullayanagiri Peak, which stands as the highest peak in Karnataka at an impressive altitude of 2000 ft. As you reach the summit, you will discover a splendid temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which attracts devotees seeking a closer connection to the divine. You will feel the spiritual presence permeate the surroundings as you bask in the awe-inspiring views.

Picnic At Waterfalls

Chikkamagaluru is home to several picturesque waterfalls that leave visitors spellbound. The crystal-clear water cascades down amidst stunning landscapes, creating an ethereal experience that captivates the senses. Prepare to be enthralled by the pristine beauty and serenity of these waterfalls. The most notable ones are the Hebbe Waterfalls and Manikya Dhara Falls.

Day 2

Play A Round Of Golf

The 18-hole golf course has ponds and bridges
The 18-hole golf course has ponds and bridges@punith.dalavaayi95/Instagram

Looking to enjoy a round of golf in a serene and picturesque environment? Chikkamagaluru Golf Club might be the place for you. Situated at a height of over 1430 meters, this peaceful golf resort blends seamlessly into the Western Ghats and offers an 18-hole course that can be enjoyed by both golfers and non-golfers alike. In addition to the stunning views, the clubhouse amenities include a dining room that serves delicious food. If you're a walk-in guest, you'll need to pay green and caddy fees to play on the golf course. The golf course is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy a round. If you don't have your own golf set, don't worry - you can rent one on-site.

Address: 154, Chikkamagaluru, Karadihallikaval, Karnataka 577101

Discover the Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park is a trekker's paradise
Kudremukh National Park is a trekker's paradise Udayaditya Kashyap/Shutterstock

The name "Kudremukh" translates to "Horse Face" and is derived from the distinct shape of its principal summit which offers a magnificent view of the Arabian Sea. The park is home to a variety of animals, such as leopards, Malabar giant squirrels, sloth bears, gaurs, sambar deer, and many more. Birders can also enjoy the park's rich birdlife, including the Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, and imperial pigeon. The peak stands at 6,214ft and requires a short hike to reach. The route to Kudremukh Peak is a sight to behold with awe-inspiring scenery. On a clear day, visitors can catch a glimpse of the blue Arabian Sea from this vantage point. Interestingly, Kudremukh has been used as a navigational aid for seamen along the western coast for more than 2,000 years. In order to register for safaris and treks, check here. Read more about Kudremukh here.

Where To Stay And Eat

Chikkamagaluru's homestays offer a unique hospitality experience, away from the typical tourist hotspots. Situated amidst sprawling coffee plantations or nestled atop scenic hills, these homestays allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. For instance, Cloverleaf Homestay provides a holiday experience with adventure and excitement. Check here for our guide to homestays in Chikkamagaluru. Those seeking hotels and resorts can choose from establishments such as Trivik Hotels and Resorts, The Serai, and The Gateway Hotel.

If you want to experience local culture to the fullest, you should definitely try the delicious food here. Seafood lovers must visit Sri Mangala Fishland, which is well-known for its mouth-watering seafood and authentic Mangalorean dishes.

For a cosy dining experience, Estate Cafe is the place to be. You can enjoy a delicious meal in a gazebo surrounded by a serene environment. Siri Cafe is another must-visit spot with its mesmerising design that blends perfectly with the lush green trees. Don't forget to try their exquisite coffee, which is a testament to the town's coffee heritage.

Getting There 

Chikkamagaluru can be reached via international airports in Bengaluru or Mangaluru. It is approximately 150 kilometres from Mangalore and 280 kilometres from Bangalore. If travelling by train, Chikkamagaluru is connected through the Kadur junction on the Bangalore to Shivamogga route, about 40 kilometres away. There are also train options from Mangalore. Opting for a car is the most convenient way to reach Chikkamagaluru, and the state-run bus transportation services offer good connectivity from major towns in Karnataka. Once in Chikkamagaluru , having a car or taxi is advisable, especially for exploring the hills and waterfalls.

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