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"The coffee land of Karnataka"

Chikmagalur Tourism

Famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.

The name Chikmaglur comes from the Kannada word Cikkamagala, which means - younger daughter’s town. According to legend, Chikmaglur was given as dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the chief of Sakharayapattana, a town in the region.

Being the largest producer of coffee in the country, Chikmagalur is mainly all about its coffee.  So if you’re a coffee enthusiast as well as a nature lover, taking a walk through one (or a few) of the numerous coffee plantations in the city is a must-do activity. Many of these coffee estates not only allow visitors to take guided tours through the plantations, but they also provide home-stays right within the estates, so you can literally wake up to and end your day with the smell of coffee in the air.

Chikmagalur is a very popular trekking spot and boasts of many incredible trekking trails, such as the Mullayangiri trek, the Kemmanagundi trek, and the Baba Budangiri trek. Mullayangiri is the highest peak in all of Karnataka and is the best place to get a perfect view of the sun rising from behind the mountains.

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Chikmagalur is also famous for its lakes, and Ayyanakere Lake and Hirekolale Lake are two of the most popular lakes that tourists flock to. A visit to the Kalhatti falls, which are located a few kilometres away from the main town of Chikmagalur, is a must-see addition to your trip checklist, as this waterfall finds a place in many mythological legends, and the water flowing here is said to have healing powers. The waterfall has the Veerbhadra Temple located right next to it, and apart from the religious significance, this place offers a great view of the valley and its surrounding hills. Chikmagalur has grown to be one of the most popular modern-day shopping destinations in South India. The shopping sector of this hill station offers plenty of souvenirs and locally made handicraft items for tourists to take back home. If you want to shop for coffee, Market Road in Chikmagalur is the place to be, with the shops in here selling a plethora of different varieties of coffee beans. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine of Chikmagalur, known as ‘Malandu’, which generally include dishes prepared from the local staples of rice and fish curry, as well as coconut milk.

Coffee Land of India

Fondly known as the "Coffee Land of India", Chikmagalur is the first town to be planted with the coffee beans in India during the British rule. When you are in this scenic hill town, do not miss out a stay on the cosy bungalows surrounded by the aromatic coffee fields. Take a tour into the infinite green hills draped in cocoa plants and enjoy a freshly brewed coffee prepared from the freshly picked cocoa beans.

A Paradise for the Trekkers

Apart from being so picturesque with its sceneries, Chikmagalur is also the paradise for the trekking lovers who love to explore the hidden gems of nature. Trek to Mullanyangiri which is the most sought-after trek in this region. The highest peak of Karnataka, Mullayangiri is elevated at an altitude of 2,000 m and offers the spectacular landscapes of the Western Ghats. Then you can trek up your way to the Kemmangundi with the beauty of green hills and waterfalls. Baba Budangiri is another range of mountains in the Western Ghats that offers the fascinating experience of trekking in the coffee fields of Chikmagalur.

Restaurants and Local Food in Chikmagalur

The local cuisine, known as Malanadu cuisine is known for its richness and spice, mainly supplemented by the flavors of coconut milk and having rice and fish curry as staple items of the local platter. The town is also known as 'The Land of coffee' given the coffee plantations here. Hence, one must sip in some fresh and local coffee here.
The popular items of this town are Akki Roti, Kakadu, Nendranga chips (Banana chips) and more. Authentic Kannada cuisine as well as typical North-Indian food is available here.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Check-in at the hotel. Visit the endless fields of coffee plantations in Chikmagalur. Then, trek to Mullayangiri, the highest peak of Karnataka in Chikmagalur is situated at an elevation of above 2,000 m.
Day 2- After breakfast, head to Kemmangundi, a hill station at a distance of 61 km from Chikmagalur is famous for its trekking and landscapes of hills. Visit the famous waterfalls nearby Kallathigiri Falls and Manikyadhara Falls, the most famous cascades around the town.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Famous for its coffee plantations and the beauty of Western Ghats.

What's Not So Great?

Most of the tourist locations are located at a distance from the main city of Chikmagalur, hence requires a lot of travelling time.

For Whom?

For nature lovers, trekkers, and romantic vacations.

How To Reach Chikmagalur

The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport. Chikmagalur railway line is under construction and should be functional sometime in 2013. Hence, the nearest station Kadur (40km) can be used by tourists to access this city. Chikmagalur is well connected by road and regular bus and cab services are available to and from Bangalore.

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Deepu Nelluvai 1 year ago
Best place to explore for nature lovers. Trekking through forest to reach jhaari falls is really amazing. Seethalayanagiri, mullayannagiri etc feels like heaven when we are at the top. One can have a best experience in visiting this place.
Surbhi Parashar 1 year ago
The coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is famous for its beautiful hills and views, along with its aromatic coffee. Chikmagalur means the town of the younger daughter, the name originating from the historical event in which the city was offered as dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the chief of Sakrepanta. Situated at the foothills of the Mullyanagiri ranges, it is a great attraction for trekkers and those wishing to experience the peaceful ambience of the city. The other attractions that the town has to offer include Mullain Giri, the highest peak in Karnataka, Jamia Mosque, Kondadarama Temple, St Joseph's Cathedrals well as the Siddheshwara temple, which is just nearby.
Praveen Kumar 1 year ago
Best place to spend 2-3 days, full of lush green hills and water falls, trekking, home stays and many more to do.
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