Chikmagalur offers something for everyone. Falls, landscapes, pristine environment, and pilgrimage options help in keeping off the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Come out of the monotony and enjoy multitudes of breath-taking places to visit in Chikmagalur. This hill station soothes the mind even when it scorches all around the country during the summer. With tourists thronging the hill station all through the years, there is no lack of lodging options. From homestays to hotels, myriads of options exist. Chikmagalur resorts offer perfect stay options. You can find a few close to the coffee plantations, which makes the view pleasant.
The town is located at the altitude of 3400 sq ft, and the Western Ghats start from this area and is one of the closest tourist spots near Bangalore. Rukmangada gave this place as dowry to his youngest daughter, and hence the name, which means land of the youngest daughter. The town is called the coffee land of Karnataka, and you can walk around the plantations, and pose with your camera. You can reach by Air, and Mangalore is the nearest airport. While buses can take you to the town, the closest railway station is Kadur.
Hill stations around Chikmagalur:
1. Kemmangundi: located 55 KM from Chikmagalur, and is the place where you need to set foot if you love to spend a few hours amidst the thick forests. The forests are blessed with lush green trees and the mountain views are amazing. For trekking enthusiasts, a small peak entertains. To get the picturesque view of the Western Ghats, the Z point is where you need to walk for 10 minutes, and don’t forget to stroll around the beautifully laid rose garden.
2. Kudremukh: Named after its appearance, which is like the horse’s face, has broad hills and overlooks the Arabian sea. It is rich in iron ore. Get to know about local climate and timing changes from the Chikmagalur resorts authorities.
Waterfalls: A breath-taking scenery is offered by the Kallathigiri falls, which is 10 KM from Kemmangundi. A temple dedicated to Lord Veerabadra and the falls that come down from 122 meters are the main attractions here. Cross across the waterfalls to reach the temple built between the rock gaps. Kudremukh National Park lets you close to the Kadambi falls, and you can get the pearl-like a shower from the Manikyadhara Falls. It is near the Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha, a famous pilgrim place. You can find Chikmagalur resorts offering guides to these places and can help you more than accommodation.
Wildlife tourism: Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary plays host to peacocks, partridges, pigeon, munia, bee-eaters, elephants, tigers, leopards, porcupine, bear, sambar, chital spotted deer and reptiles like cobra and pythons. Kudremukh National Park is spread over 600 square km, and these tropical wet green forests are the Global Tiger Conservation Priority –I.
How to find the best resorts:
Thankfully, the online portals let you book the Chikmagalur resorts online. Plan your tour package and book the resorts well in advance. Usually, when you book before a month, you can get the resorts booked at amazing prices. Take a look at the images of the resorts. But, they can be deceiving though. Take time to go through the reviews of the customer. If there are too many positive reviews, they can be paid too. So, there are lots of sites you might have to go through. If you are taking kids with you, check if they would let you do simple cooking for kids.
Author: A nature enthusiast from a very young age, Preeti took to the field of hospitality and travel management after completing her studies. She combines her love for everything environmental with a passion for adventure at DM Villa, a home away from home in the Coffee Capital of India.