With the monsoon just around the corner, the ideal time to visit Chikmagalur is now.The kiss of the light drizzle while on a trek through the coffee estates, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary or Kemmangundi is a surreal experience that must be experienced at least once if you have the chance to visit this land of coffee.
This is a city that receives ample rainfall, especially during the monsoon season. This seasonal rainfall coupled with the mountainous terrain creates the perfect conditions to grow coffee in this region. A drive through the coffee plantations spread out across thousands of acres of land is a refreshing experience, especially during the coffee blooming season.
It is located 250 kilometers from Bangalore and is part of the Western Ghats. It also belongs to the Malnad region of Karnataka which is known for being lush green with vegetation sustained by ample rainfall throughout the year. The places belonging to this region are known to have a great diversity of flora and fauna carpeting the surface.
If you are in doubt of what to do when you are here then you can do the following things to experience all that this magical place has to offer.
First thing is to secure accommodation either in Chikmagalur Resorts or Chikmagalur Homestay. There is no shortage of places to stay here but if you arrive during the weekends without any prior planning then you may find that most of the places may have booked out due to the popularity of this place across the state. People from all neighboring cities and states visit Chikmagalur during the weekends and holidays. So we suggest you make prior reservations before you arrive.
There are numerous options to choose from, ranging from hotels located in the urban areas to homestays located deep in the forests and estates that offer a more intimate experience. There are various ways you can choose the best one that suits your needs from the comfort of your couch. Once you have selected the one that works for you, you can go ahead and book it. Most places offer food with their package so that is one less thing to worry about.
Mullayanagiri hill is by far the most popular attraction of Chikmagalur. This is the tallest peak in and around the state. The view from the summit is truly breath-taking. There is an ancient temple on top of the hill along with a mysterious cave network. Cars can take you all the way to the top of the hill but you will have to climb around a few hundred stairs to reach the temple. This is a perfect place to spend time with family and friends.
Across the hill ranges around the Mullayanagiri hill, there are several waterfalls namely, Kalhatti falls and Hebbe falls to name a few. While driving around the area, you can witness various small waterfalls and streams that join in to create several rivers that originate from this area. Making this the birthplace of water that is precious in sustaining life all around here. This water gets collected in the Yagachi dam where you can find some water sport activities like kayaking and jet skis.