A Guide To Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur offers a perfect retreat for nature enthusiasts and city dwellers alike, with its scenic treks leading to hidden waterfalls providing an ideal escape from urban chaos and a chance to indulge in adventure and tranquillity
Chikmagalur, Karnataka
Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Chikmagalur, a town nestled in the state of Karnataka, captivates visitors with its breathtaking natural beauty. Legend has it that this town was bestowed upon the daughter of Rukmangada, the ruler of Sakharayapatna, as a wedding gift, hence its name "Chikmagalur," meaning "Young Daughter's Town" in English.&nbspThe green scapes of the quaint destination present itself as an idyllic getaway. What's more If you love trekking, discovering secret waterfalls and exploring the diversity of India's wildlife, Chikmagalur offers a plethora of options as well.

Embark On The Mullayanagiri Trek

Kickstart your adventure by trekking up the majestic Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest peak in Karnataka, at an impressive altitude of 2000 ft. As you conquer the summit, you'll discover a splendid temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, attracting devotees who seek a closer connection to the divine. Feel the spiritual presence permeate the surroundings as you bask in the awe-inspiring views.

Explore The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Situated in the northwestern region of Chikmagalur, this sanctuary doubles as a tiger reserve, offering the opportunity to encounter one of the many majestic tigers that call this place home. Set out on a mesmerizing jungle safari while the serene Bhadra River meanders through the depths of the forest, adding to the sanctuary's tranquillity. 

Discover Enchanting Waterfalls And Pristine Beauty

Chikmagalur boasts numerous picturesque waterfalls that leave visitors spellbound. The crystal-clear water cascading down amidst stunning landscapes captivates the senses and creates an ethereal experience. Prepare to be enthralled by these waterfalls' pristine beauty and serenity. The most prominent are the Hebbe Waterfalls and Manikya Dhara Falls. 

Discover the Kudremukh National Park

If your thirst for fauna remains unquenched, go to the Kudremukh National Park. Its unique horse-shaped mountain range overlooks the grand Arabian Sea. Spanning 600.57 sq km in Chikkamagaluru and Dakshina Kannada districts, the park is home to a diverse array of animals, including leopards, Malabar giant squirrels, sloth bears, gaurs, sambar deer, and many more. Ornithologists will also delight in the park's abundant bird species, such as the Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, and imperial pigeon.

Where To Stay

To ensure a comfortable and enchanting stay in this dreamy town, Chikmagalur offers a range of homestays for visitors. Among the options available are Shanthi Kunjj Homestay, Clover Leaf Homestay, and Thippanahalli Homestay. Those seeking hotels and resorts can choose from establishments such as Trivik Hotels and Resorts, The Serai, and The Gateway Hotel.

Where To Eat

To truly immerse yourself in the local culture, savour the delightful culinary offerings of Chikmagalur. Seafood enthusiasts should not miss Sri Mangala Fishland, renowned for its delectable seafood and authentic Mangalorean dishes. For a unique dining experience, visit Estate Cafe, where you can relish a delicious meal in the cosy ambience of a gazebo. Siri Cafe is another must-visit spot, with its enchanting design enveloped by lush green trees. Be sure to sample their exquisite coffee, a testament to the town's coffee heritage.

Getting There 

Chikmagalur 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 Chikmagalur, and the state-run bus transportation services offer good connectivity from major towns in Karnataka. Once in Chikmagalur, having a car or taxi is advisable, especially for exploring the hills and waterfalls.

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