What has left to say about this Coffee land of Karnataka and where do I get those modifiers to personify the beauty of this gorgeous place. All I can say is that Chikmagalur is the God’s own country of Karnataka. This town of Younger daughter is known and applauded for the essence of natural beauty and in every sense, Chikmagalur reverberates the elegance of Malnad. Do not think further and look for reviews, just try to embrace Chikmagalur and it never falls flat to impress you.
A Wilderness Trip To Kudremukh National Park
Chikmagalur is noted for its rich flora and fauna and the Kudremukh National Park absolutely proves it. The national park is located amidst the Western Ghats, around 1800 meters above sea level and 96 kilometers from the town of Chikmagalur. The forested sanctuary has been conserving wild species of tigers, leopard, bears, barking deer and extremely rich flora. The nature reserve here makes Kudremukh a must visit attraction out of all the places to visit in Chikmagalur.
The falling streams at Hebbe Falls
Hebbe falls are located about 10 kilometers away from Kemmangundi and are a truly enthralling experience. The falls have a height of 551 feet and are known to be situated in a coffee estate. You can either trek or hire a jeep and opt for a jungle trek with a stop at these waterfalls.
Baba Budangiri Hills
Baba Budangiri Hills is famous for its diverse forest range and is a pilgrimage spot for both Hindus as well as Muslims. This hill is also called as Datta Peeta Hill Range and is a most preferred place by the tourist for hiking and trekking. Mullayanagiri along with Dattagiri are the two well-known mountain ranges in this region. These hills are situated 25 km to the north of Chikmagalur.
The highest peak in the Baba Budan Giri Hills is the Mullayanagiri, which is at a height of 1,930 meters. An interesting fact about this place is that the first coffee gardening in the country was carried out on the slopes of these hills in 1670 AD. Tourists can walk along the coffee plantations, during the months of March and April which are considered to be the flowering seasons.
Sringeri Sharada Peetha
The Sringeri Sharada Peetha is also known as the Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetha. This temple is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in Chikmagalur district. Goddess Sharada’s carving is present at the Sringeri Sharada Peetha and is considered as the goddess of wisdom and knowledge.
The Sringeri Sharada Peetha is situated in the classy lush green mountains surroundings. The mountain ranges of Sahyadri can be seen overlooking the Peetha. You can include this attraction in your places to visit in Chikmagalur for the views and religious importance.
Coffee Museum Chikmagalur
Take a tour of the Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur to gain insight into the history of the coffee plantation in South India. Run by the Coffee Board of India, it is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur where one can witness the art of coffee making through a thematic representation in the museum.
If you want to witness the true beauty of nature, and think that you are physically fit to climb up a steep hill, then gear up for an adventurous trek to the Z point. It is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur that offers breathtaking views of the lush green Western Ghats. Travelers can also choose to ride on a bike through the rocky terrain to experience the thrill of mountain biking.
Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple
Situated on the banks of river Bhadra, Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Annapoorani, the Goddess of food. Nestled amidst the natural bounties of the Western Ghats, this temple is one of the best Chikmagalur sightseeing places where one can meditate for hours, amidst a serene, and peaceful environment.
Kalhatti Falls also known as Kalahasti Falls is believed to be the place where Sage Agastya had prayed for years. The waterfall offers the majestic views of Chandra Drona hills. Right in front of Kalhatti Falls, there is a temple namely Veerabhadra Temple built during the Vijayanagar period. Blessed with the natural beauty, Kalhatti Falls is a must visit place in Chikmagalur for nature and peace lovers.
Situated in the Baba Budangiri range of Western Ghats, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas. Offering its visitors with enchanting vistas of nature is adorned with lush green meadows and perfect trekking trail. Popular among adventure lovers, Mullayanagiri is a good place of activities such as mountain biking and road biking.
If procrastination is all you want to do, during your trip to Chikmagalur, then head to this man-made masterpiece, the Hirekolale lake. Surrounded by majestic mountains, and extensive fauna, this lake is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur where travelers can bask into the serenity of nature amidst the azure waters of the lake.
Best Time to Visit: June – September
Distance from Bengaluru: 243.5 km
Don’t wait up, guys! Plan out to Chikmagalur right away!!
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