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Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is located on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range.  It is popular for its charming slopes, lovely waterfalls, grand coffee plantations, exclusive biodiversity, and authentic sanctuaries. The legend says that this city was given by the chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada to his younger daughter as a dowry.

Initially, till 1947, this area was known as ‘Kadur District’. Then, it got the name of ‘Chikkmagaluru’. After this, its name was changed again and the city got its present name as ‘Chikmagaluru’. An incredible zone of this area is "Malnad". that is a hilly forested area which is famous for heavy rain falls. The city has a number of outstanding tourist places, which makes it a fascinating weekend destination.

Location: It is located in the South-Western part of Karnataka.

Climate: Summers are quite hot, while winters are cool and pleasant.

Carry normal cotton clothes for summers and warm clothes for winters.

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Mangalore Airport (113 kms)

By Train: Nearest railhead is Kadur (40 kms)

By Road: Luxury and Volvo coaches and taxis and cabs are available regularly

Places of Interest

Mullayanagiri

Location: It is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats, 12 kms from Chikmagalur

Best month to visit: End of September till early March

Mulliyanagiri is the tallest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas. There are two sanctuaries here. One is at the top of the pinnacle and the other is at the mid-way. During your way to the top you can see Sitalayanagiri sanctuary, where the water inside the Shiva sanctuary always remains the same in quantity, it neither rises nor diminishes. You can drive or trek to the midway. After the mid-point of the journey, the hills are extremely steep. So, it is advisable to trek up the slope from the mid-point. The view from the highest point of the pinnacle is mind blowing. Ife lucky enough to have a clear day, you can even see the grand Arabian ocean. It is the highest pinnacle of the entire Karnataka state.

Kudremukh National Park

Location: 95 kms South-West of Chikmagalur

Best month to visit: October to May. The Park is open throughout the year

Kudremukh National Park is popularly known as the "1001 Natural Wonders of the World." The word ‘Kudremukh’ means ‘Horse Face Range’ and it got its name from the rare shape of its pinnacle. The expansive slopes are anchored to each other with profound valleys and steep cliffs. Kudremukh is a trekker's heaven. The rich green forest area scattered with magnificent streams, unique orchids, mesmeric waterfalls, enchanting caves and exotic grassy slopes are a major attraction while trekking. The Lakya Dam situated close to the Kudremukh Project territory is a fascinating spot in the Kudremukh Range.

Hebbe Falls

Location: 8 kms from Kemmanagundi, 10 kms from Bangalore

Best month to visit: September to May

How to reach: You can arrive to the fall though your vehicle or by trekking.

A narrow and invigorating trek-way drives you to the beauteous Hebbe Waterfall. It is encompassed by large coffee plantations, a splendid thick forest area with diversified range of flora and gorgeous hills. Hebbe Falls flow down from an altitude of 250 feet in two phases, which are named as ‘Dodda Hebbe’ and ‘Chikka Hebbe’. Take a dip in the herb-loaded water of the fall and revive your body and mind. The amazing sound of the sprinkling water will fill up your mid with excitement and joy. It is a perfect place to unwind your stress and tension.

Datta Peeta

Location: 25 kms in the North direction of Chikmagalur

Best month to visit: September to April

Datta Peeta is a very famous tourist spot in Chikmagalur. It is prominently known as ‘Baba Budan Giri Range’. The pinnacle got its name from the Muslim holy person, Baba Budan, who dwelled here over 150 years back. In the past era, this place was known as ‘Chandra Drona Parvatha’. There are three holy caves here for Hindus and Muslims. A yearly festival famous as ‘Urs’, is celebrated for three days in the third month of the Islamic calendar at this place. At the time of Kartik Poornima, lots of Hindus visit this place enthusiastically.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: 38 kms away from Chikmagalur, 275 kms from Bangalore

Timings: Open all days of the week from 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

This splendid Sanctuary was named after the name of the Bhadra River, which is the main source of water in this area. So, it serves as a life saver of this place. This place is also famous as ‘Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary’ .It is a perfect place to see the royal tigers, to watch the rare flying lizards, to detect the huge Indian buffaloes and to hear the voices of the beautiful striped hyenas. The Southern part of the sanctuary is filled up with lots of colourful and appealing butterflies and exquisite birds.  You can see an exclusive variety of over 250 types of birds here. You will have lots of chances to observe and access the wild life closely. You can also enjoy jungle safari and trekking inside the Sanctuary.

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