Here are the top 17 tourist attractions to see in Chikmagalur:

1. Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park
3.2 /5

59 km
from city center
1 out of 17
places to visit in Chikmagalur

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kudremukh National Park is an extremely famous tourist spot in Chikmagalur, given the various sightseeing options as well as the outdoor activities, organized here.

2. Mullayanagiri

4.2 /5

10 km
from city center
2 out of 17
places to visit in Chikmagalur

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty. The peak adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks and a good trek path is also quite popular among adventure lovers.

3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
3.7 /5

26 km
from city center
3 out of 17
places to visit in Chikmagalur

Named after the river Bhadra, in much proximity, with its faint streams passing through the heart of the Sanctuary, is one of the most enjoyed and loved wildlife centers of the area.

4. Rafting in Bhadra River

Rafting in Bhadra River
4.0 /5

0 km
from city center
4 out of 17
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.

5. Baba Budangiri

Baba Budangiri

12 km
from city center
5 out of 17
places to visit in Chikmagalur

To the north of Chikkamagalur district of Karnataka, lies the Baba Budan Range of the Western Ghats of India. Baba Budangiri is a mountain in the Baba Budan Range and is renowned for its shrine to the Sufi Saint, Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar (also known as Baba Budan). This is a famous pilgrim site for both Hindus and Muslims and is often flocked by travellers.

6. Coffee Plantations

Coffee Plantations

6 out of 17
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.

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7. Jhari Waterfalls

Jhari Waterfalls

13 km
from city center
7 out of 17
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.

8. Manikyadhara Falls

Manikyadhara Falls

8 out of 17
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.

9. Kemmanagundi

Must visit 3.5 /5

27 km
from city center
9 out of 17
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.

10. Belavadi


25 km
from city center
10 out of 17
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.

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11. Inam Dattatreya Peetha

Inam Dattatreya Peetha
3.5 /5

12 km
from city center
11 out of 17
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.

12. Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake

8 km
from city center
12 out of 17
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. Shopping in Chikmagalur

Shopping in Chikmagalur
3.0 /5

1 km
from city center
13 out of 17
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.

14. Sringeri Sharada Peetham

Sringeri Sharada Peetham

57 km
from city center
14 out of 17
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.

15. Coffee Museum

Coffee Museum

5 km
from city center
15 out of 17
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.

16. Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Ballalarayana Durga Fort

16 out of 17
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.

17. Ghatikallu


44 km
from city center
17 out of 17
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.

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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.

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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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

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 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 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
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