Chikmagalur is a heaven for trekkers, pilgrims, nature lovers, bird watchers, and people who are in search of peaceful place to detoxify themselves. This city is located at the foot of the highest mountain range in Karnataka. Its majestic scenic beauty and oxygen filled stress free atmosphere draws thousands of domestic and international tourists towards it every year. Chikmagalur, the coffee land, has many religious attractions as well. Some of them are Sringeri, Horanadu, Kalasa, and Balehonnur. If you are planning to spend your next vacations at Chikmagalur, here are some places that you must visit.
It is the highest mountain peak in Karnataka. It is located in the baba Budan Giri mountain range. This mountain peak is the perfect place where you can soak yourself into the nature and unwind your mind and soul. The temperature here ranges between 20 to 25 degrees. The never-ending grasslands, rugged rocks, fog, and fresh air make this place simply incredible. There is a Lord Shiva temple as well. If you love trekking, pack your bags and book your stay at DM Villa. We will arrange your trekking trip to this mountain peak.
This is another historic town near Belur and Chikmagalur. It has Hoysaleswara temple, which is popular for its minute black stone carvings. Pictures of elephants and lions, scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata, and many interesting floral designs are craved in the walls of the temple. There is a museum in the temple grounds. It displays collections of sculptures, maps, ancient photos, woodcarvings, etc. Helebidu reflects pure southern culture. You love the traditional food here.
Belur is a historic town near Chikmagalur. It is situated on the banks of river Yagachi. The lush green surroundings give a heavenly look to this small town. There are many ancient temples here. Some of the popular ones are Chenna Kesava Temple, Kappe (Frog) Chennigaraya temple, and Veera Narayana Temple. You will also be mesmerized by the unique 42 feet tall lamp post, also known as the Karthika Deepotsava Stambha. The most surprising part about this post is that it has no base and no foundation. The post is simply placed over a stone platform. Scientists are still trying to figure out the science behind the stability of this post.
Z point is trekkers paradise. To reach there, you have to trek for about an hour from Raj Bhavan on a steep uphill. The point offers magnificent view of the Chikmagalur town. Parents with kids may not be able to trek so much, so plan your trip accordingly. There is a Horticulture Department’s guest house near Z point. It has a magnificent orchid house and rock garden, both of them are worth visiting. The greenery all around the trekking path will make your nature walk soothing and relaxing. When you reach there, you will be welcomed by Shanti Falls!
This is a heavenly place in Chikmagalur. It is located amongst lush green coffee plantations. It captures the essence of this town and therefore, it is quite popular amongst the tourists. You will be mesmerised by the green berries grown on both sides of the facility. Inside facility, there are huge posters demonstrating the production process of coffee. The quality of coffee grown in the plantation estates is evaluated in the coffee museum. The museum also has a section that has a thematic display of coffee plantation. Your kids will love this education trip. Even adults will enjoy equally.
Sharada Peetha is located in the town Sringeru, amongst the lush green mountain range of Sahyadri. Also known as Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham, this matt is one of the four matts that were established by Adi Shankaracharya. Sharada matt still follows the Yajur Veda principles and is headed by a Jadagguru Shankaracharya. Thousands of disciples are preached here every year. This matt has an idol of Sharada devi, i.e. the goddess of knowledge. Visiting this historic tourist attraction should be in your list when you come to Chikmagalur.
Ayyanakere lake is the second biggest lake in Karnataka. It is located about 20 kms drive from Chikmagalur town. It is a perfect place to enjoy some lazy moments with your near and dear ones amongst the greenery and fresh air. Make sure you carry many batteries and enough space in your camera, as this lake will give you ample photographing opportunity. There is a pyramid shaped peak near the lake. You can enjoy camping and fishing here. The lake is believed to be about 900 years old and therefore, it is worth visiting.
It is also known as Rathnagiri Bore. It is a beautiful garden with well-maintained lawns and pavements. It has two entry points; one for pedestrians and one for vehicles. The ornamental plants and colourful flowers make this park a special tourist attraction. There is a lotus pond and cross bridge for children. You would also love to see the events that are held in the amphitheatre inside the park. If you have a young student with you, take him to the greenhouse here that houses around 300 floral species.
It is a UNESCO World heritage site and therefore, it should be in your vacation list. Kudremukh national park is chosen for Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I. If you are lucky, you may see a tiger during your visit here but mostly, people get chance to see the pugmarks. Some other animals that you can spot here are lion tailed macaque, gaur, mongoose, sloth bear, and sambar.
Bhadra and Tunga rivers flow through it. The lush green trees offer a picture perfect view. The inner and risky sections of this park have restricted entry but we can take you for trekking or for a gypsy trip to the non-restricted parts.
It is located near to Baba Budan Giri hills, in the middle of the Shola forest. It is an annual fall. There is a lot of greenery around it. According to historians, Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar had came to Manikyadhara falls in search of water. This means, the fall has religious significance for both Hindus and Muslims. It is around 40 KMs drive from Chikmagalur town. The road to this waterfall is not very well maintained but, don’t worry, our drivers will drive you safely throughout the bumpy drive.
This fall is shorter as compared to Hebbe falls and Kalahatti falls. However, its scenic beauty makes it a popular tourist spot. It is in fact a popular hiking spot. The forest department of the state maintains Hanumana Gundi waterfall. You can access the waterfall by climbing about 400 steps or go on hiking.
This is another magnificent waterfall located near Chikmagalur town. This cool and calm place is perfect for honeymooners and others who are looking for solitude. It measures 168 meters, i.e. this fall is even more higher than the Kalahatti falls. The water of this fall consists of many vital minerals. Experts believe that it can even cure skin diseases. Hebbe falls is the source of drinking water of the Chikmagalur region. You can either visit this fall in a car or go on a trekking trip.
This 122 m high waterfall is simply stunning. You will be mesmerized by the scenic beauty of Kalahatti fall. The fresh moist breeze will fill your lungs will positive energy. You will not be able to resist clicking pictures here. Kalahatti falls, also known as Kalahasthi falls, is by far the most popular tourist attraction in Chikmagalur. There is an ancient temple between the rocks of the fall. The temple is believed to have some connection with Maharishi Agastya. If you love trekking, you can go on a trekking trip till this waterfall.
This is another religious place located in Chikmagalur. It is a symbol of brotherhood between hindus and muslims. The peetha has a cave that, according to historians, sheltered guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Isn’t it interesting? While we are all caught in religious divide, places like Inam Dattatreya Peetha preach humanism and brotherhood. In the 3rd month of Islamic calendar, this peetha hosts three days celebrations called ‘Urs’. Celebrations are also conducted during Karthik poornima.
Located in the Western Ghats, this sanctuary is the best ever place in Chikmagalur. It has a mixture of dry deciduous, moist deciduous, and semi evergreen trees. This is the reason why it is a habitat of wide range of flora and fauna. Bhadra wildlife sanctuary used to be known as a Jagara Valley Game Reserve. The sanctuary is named after river Bhadra which flows through this biodiversity. During your trip to Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, you can expect to see bison, porcupine, deer, chital, boar, sambar, elephant, and leopard. Lucky tourists can get a chance to see the fiercest wild animal tiger. Bird lovers must bring their cameras to capture hill myna, woodpecker, imperial pigeon, dove, and other lovely birds. Besides animals and birds, you can also encounter reptiles such as pythons, and cobras.
This is a religious place for both Hindus and Muslims. It is about 25 km drive from Chikmagalur town and has many shires of both religions. Baba Budan Giri hill range is also known as Dattagiri hill range. Apart from its religious popularity, this hill range is also popular for hiking and trekking. You can go on a road trip to the forest. Although you may not be able to see a lot of ferocious wild animals, you can expect to see lots of birds, deer, wild trees, and experience the scenic beauty.
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