Places To Visit In Chikmagalur

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1. Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri

12 km
from city center
1 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Baba Budangiri is a mountain range renowned for its shrine to the Sufi Saint, Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar. It is also a popular trekking spot from Chikmagalur. The 9km trek starts from Sarpadhari and takes 5 hours to complete. The rare Neel Kurinji flowers also bloom here once in 12 years.

2. Mullayanagiri

Top Attraction 4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
2 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty. Part of the Baba Budangiri Ranges, it is a famous trekking point from Chikmagalur. Mountain biking is also available here.

3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
3.7 /5

26 km
from city center
3 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Covering a vast area of over 490 sq.kms, the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over the districts of Shimoga and Chikmagalur, 38 km west of the Chikmagalur town in Karnataka. Surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats on all sides, the view of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary looks like a scene right out of a movie!

4. Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park
3.2 /5

59 km
from city center
4 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kudremukh National Park is famous for bird watching and trekking. It houses around 200 species of birds. A permit is needed from the forest ranger to trek to Kudremukh Peak.

5. Rafting in Bhadra River

Rafting in Bhadra River
Top Attraction 4.0 /5

0 km
from city center
5 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Located in Karnataka, Chikmaglur is a haven for adventure-seekers. It is situated 45 kms from Bhadra River which is equidistant from well-known hill stations and wildlife regions in the Western Ghats such as Sakleshpur, Kudremukh, Charamadi Ghats.

6. Coffee Plantations

Coffee Plantations

6 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Taking a tour of the resplendent coffee plantations is one of the most essential things to do in Chikmagalur. Aside from reveling in the fresh aromatic smell of coffee beans and relaxing amidst the verdant green plantations, the estates owners arrange frequent tours where you can learn about the history of coffee and other details.

7. Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls

26 km
from city center
7 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Hebbe Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Chikmagalur. The water here is believed to have medicinal properties. The area around the waterfall has dense forest and plenty of coffee plantations.

8. Bhadra Dam

Bhadra Dam

46 km
from city center
8 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

The Bhadra dam is constructed on the river Bhadra, which is a tributary of the River Tungabhadra. The dam is surrounded by lush greenery is popular for kayaking and boating.

9. Coffee Museum

Coffee Museum

5 km
from city center
9 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Located in Chikmagalur, the Coffee Museum is a unique repertoire of the coffee business, right from growing to the brewing of the beans.

10. Shopping in Chikmagalur

Shopping in Chikmagalur
3.0 /5

1 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Almost essential is to take back home varieties of locally grown coffee beans and berries. Head to the National Coffee Research Station, to get your hands on some exclusive varieties.

11. Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls

28 km
from city center
11 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Kalhatti Falls, also known as Kallathigiri Falls, is mesmerising. It is a popular picnic and camping spot. There is a small Shiva Temple located in the vicinity.

12. Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake

8 km
from city center
12 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Situated amidst the huge mountain ranges covered in green with the lake in the backdrop, a drive to the Hirekolale Lake is worth it for experiencing a perfect picture postcard setting. The beauty of the lake enhances when visited during sunset as the saffron colour of the sunrays gets reflected onto the lake thereby making the spot appear magical.

13. Z Point

Z Point

27 km
from city center
13 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Z Point is a popular trekking spot from Chikmagalur. The challenging trek passes through lush green valleys. This trekking trail of 3 km begins from Kemmanagundi Raj Bhavan.

14. Jhari Waterfalls

Jhari Waterfalls

13 km
from city center
14 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Jhari Waterfalls also known as the Buttermilk Falls is situated near Attigundi at a distance of 12 km from Baba Budangiri. This waterfall is a perfect place which provides a serene environment to its visitors. Nestled in a harmonious environment, it is worth visiting.

15. Kemmanagundi

Top Attraction 3.5 /5

27 km
from city center
15 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Kemmanagundi is one of the most popular hill stations and retreats in the area. The highest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri, too is found here. Natural beauty take all shapes and forms here from streams, waterfalls, springs, forests to gardens.

16. Manikyadhara Falls

Manikyadhara Falls

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Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Endearingly known as Nellikayi Theertha, Manikyadhara Falls is one of the most enchanting and gorgeous waterfalls located on the Bababudan Road near Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Nestled in the heart of the Shola Forest, the perennial cascading waterfalls with sparkling clean water is not only a remarkable visual delight but is also the halting point of the various treks undertaken at the Baba Budangiri hills. Falling down a height of 30 feet, the waterfall offers stunning views of the mist covered green mountains in the backdrop and of the narrow valley down below.

17. Belavadi


25 km
from city center
17 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Being a national heritage site and one of the prime attractions in Karnataka, Belavadi is situated at a distance of 29 km from the town of Chikmagalur. A scenic village which is surrounded by green lands, trees, and tons of lush greenery makes it a perfect place for one to relax at.

18. Inam Dattatreya Peetha

Inam Dattatreya Peetha
Top Attraction 3.5 /5

12 km
from city center
18 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Located on the Baba Budan Giri Hills, this holy site is visited by Hindus and Muslims alike. The cave is believed to have provided shelter to Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar.

19. Sringeri Sharada Peetham

Sringeri Sharada Peetham

57 km
from city center
19 out of 21
Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Nestled amongst the backdrop of the exquisite Malnad Hills on the banks of River Tunga and established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sringeri Sharada Peetha is named after the great Rishi Rishyashringa. The prime deity of the temple is Sharadhamba Devi.

20. Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

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Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

Ballalarayana Durga is a hill fort in Chikmagalur that is situated in the village of Bettabalige between the towns of Kottegehara and Kalasa. Boasting of rich history and cultural significant, the vantage point is perched at a height of 1509 metres and offers some of the best panoramic vistas and picturesque views in the region. Cosily tucked up in the Western Ghats, it can only be reached through a trek amidst the dense forests. Although the hill fort is currently in ruins with only periphery walls, a few arches and a basement, it is a major tourist destination, a popular picnic spot in addition to being an ideal campsite.

21. Ghatikallu


44 km
from city center
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Places To Visit in Chikmagalur

The name ‘Ghatikallu’ refers to a peak that offers panoramic views of the valley. A two-hour drive from Chikmagalur takes one to Ghatikallu, a gem in the crown of the Western Ghats. Surrounded by lush green valleys and acres of coffee and areca nut plantations, this place in Chikmagalur district has everything that a nature lover could ever wish for: streams, waterfalls, hills, thick forests and above all, its resounding quietude. Travellers come all the way here seeking the bliss of camping, star-gazing, trekking and river walks. There are also many stunning homestays and resorts here.

FAQs on Chikmagalur

What are the top hotels in Chikmagalur?

There are 161 Hotels in Chikmagalur which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Chikmagalur are Green Acres Estate, Vruksha Homestay, Gadabanahally Homestay, Foothills Homestay, Sunset Valley Homestay, Kipstay Coffea Cove. You can see all the hotels in Chikmagalur here

What are the top activities in Chikmagalur?

The top activities in Chikmagalur are Chikmagalur Sightseeing Full Day Tour, Exclusive Homestay in Chikmagalur, Coffee Plantation Stay in Chikmanglur, Chikmagalur Homestay With Private Waterfall, Stream Edge Homestay In Sakleshpur, Nature Homestay in Chikmagalur, With Local Sightseeing.

What are the top sightseeing places in Chikmagalur?

The top sightseeing places in Chikmagalur are Kudremukh National Park, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, Coffee Plantations, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Rafting in Bhadra River.

What are the top restaurants in Chikmagalur?

The best places to eat in Chikmagalur are Grand Maharaja Multi Cuisine Family restaurant, Food Palace, Town Canteen, Odyssey, The Serai, Coffee Barn Cafe, The Estate Cafe. You can see all the places to eat in Chikmagalur here

How can I commute within Chikmagalur?

Due to the hilly terrain, autos are not very reliable and jeeps or buses are frequently available for tours around the town.
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Can you suggest an itinerary for Chikmagalur?

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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