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Chingara Falls, Madikeri Overview

A singular attraction tucked between coffee estates and tropical forests, Chingara Falls is a delight for nature lovers and trekkers. Appearing like a milky dam from afar, the Falls, though pristine in their beauty and untouched yet, are now increasingly becoming popular among tourists. There is no sight more enchanting than seeing a waterfall flowing in all its might between the lush greenery of its surroundings. And such a sight is presented to you by the milky dam of water known as the Chingara Falls.

Situated between coffee estates and tropical forests, it is a perfect place to relax and take in nature's beauty after a long trek. The waterfall among many found in the serene Western Ghats of south-western India is a special treat where one can enjoy a refreshing swim or just sit back and take in the view. The Chingara Falls is usually accompanied by a trek that leads up to it, the trek which starts at Honey Valley Estate is five kilometres long with a steep ascent and descent making it a challenging task even for the fittest trekkers out there. Nonetheless, the trek through the tropical forest adds so much more to the experience and at the end of it, you get the opportunity to wash all the tiredness away by taking a swim in the cold and refreshing water, at the falls.

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Best Time To Visit Chingara Falls

The place is can be visited all year round, and is equally enjoyable at all times, though especially during winters with the Western Ghats buzzing in all its glory. Visiting during monsoon is not a bad idea as the greenery of the place is accentuated during that time. The temperatures are mostly pleasant so not many layers of woolen are required even during winter months though some might be required during night time.

Stay Near Chingara Falls

Coorg should be the preferred destination to stay at as it is a tourist center with a variety of accommodation options ranging from budget hotels to high-end holiday homes.

Sightseeing Around Chingara Falls

Other than the falls, the tea estates surrounding them, are a sight themselves. The well manicured hills and plantation estate should be discovered.

Activities At Chingara Falls

One can indulge in trekking, mountain hiking, and rock climbing here.

Local Experiences At Chingara Falls

Experience the life at the plantations and witness the histories, legacies and heritage, that they have been gathering for more than 150 years.

Food At Chingara Falls

Try the local Kodava cuisine at Coorg such as topo playa and mutton pulao with hajji.

Restaurants Near Chingara Falls

Coorg Cuisine, Taste of Coorg and Silver Oaks.

Sample Itinerary For Chingara Falls

After reaching Virrajpet, head to the Honey Valley Estate and start with a modest trek to the Chingara Falls. One can follow it with a trip to Coorg, which has countless attractions to keep you busy and under its spell for days.

Tips For Visiting Chingara Falls

Wear shoes for protection against leeches, carry raincoats if you don't prefer getting wet and water protection for your camera lenses and other equipment.

How to reach Chingara Falls

  • Air: Nearest airport is at Mysore from where you can hail a cab or take state buses for Virrajpet. Go for a cab instead of buses as public transport system is not that effective in Coorg district.

  • Rail: The nearest Rail heads are Mysore and Kannur located at a distance of more than 100 Km. You can take a cab or public transport till Coorg.

  • Road: Virrajpet is well connected to all the surroundings towns and cities by state buses and private bus services. Once you reach Virrajpet you can take an auto rickshaw till Honey Valley Estate. Alternatively if you are traveling by car take the small concrete road that turns left at Kabinakkad Junction on the Virrajpet-Madikeri Road to reach Honey Valley estate from there start you trekking towards Chingara Falls.

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