The hill town of Chikmagalur is famed for it’s numerous coffee plantations, homestays and trekking routes and is nearby several places of religious importance. However it also has much to offer the casual as well as the more adventurous of travelers.
Bhadra Dam and Sanctuary
The Bhadra Dam situated on the River Bhadra is mainly used for irrigation purpose as well as to produce electricity for the adjoining villages. The backwaters from the the jungle reserve gush into the catchment area of the dam. Here one can easily spot crocodiles and even witness different species of birds depending on the time of the year.
The River Bhadra rolls around the foothills of Chikmagalur with gushing and bouncing waters making it best for river rafting. Apart from rafting, you can enjoy the greenery and the breathtaking views of the Sahyadri hills. Many companies and resorts offer river rafting and other adventure sports. But it would be wise to choose one who provide all necessary details and safety equipment.
The best time to do this is between June and October when the monsoon makes the river more rapid and swinging. One can also opt to camp by the riverside and go on kayaking trips. A very suitable weekend getaway for people who love rafting and kayaking.
The nearby protected area of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is part of project Tiger. However you can find various birds and animals as well. This wildlife sanctuary is situated between the Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts and about 35 km from Chikmagalur town. One can chance upon exotic flora and fauna in the Sanctuary aside from tigers, the main highlight. Reportedly one can find more than 250 species of birds and reptiles.
Chikmagalur is surrounded by lush green forest and hills sporting plantations. There are several waterfalls and streams around the region that are worth a visit in themselves.
The spellbinding Kadambi waterfall located in Kudremukh National Park is surrounded by lush and beautiful scenery. The falls capture the mood and essence of sahyadri hills and is a must visit to witness the nature’s beauty at its most pristine. You can make a stopover while trekking to or back from the Kudremukh peak, the second highest peak of Karnataka that is 1894m above the sea level.
An adventurous drive will take you to Hebbe Falls, one that’s sure to test your driving skills. After the drive you need to go further by foot to reach the Hebbe falls. The area is rich with options for adventure. One gets to experience two different stages of the fall, the gigantic Dodda Hebbe and the Diminutive Chikka Hebbe.
Unlike the other waterfalls, the Kalhatti waterfall is one of the more famous religious spots, where you may chance upon lots of devotees. Quite smaller than the other falls, this place is 10 km away from Kemmanagundi. A visit to the nearby Veerabhadra Temple is a must If you are visiting the Kalhatti falls. The spot lies in the same loop as Baba Budangiri and Seethalagiri, making it perfect for an idyllic weekend getaway.
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