Fragrant coffee estates, high summits that make you dizzy, tranquil trekking trails, picture-perfect attractions, Chikmagalur has it all! This whimsical city of Karnataka really has a lot to offer with lists of never-ending things to do.
Whether you are planning a weekend getaway with friends, or a family trip or even a romantic escape with your significant other, this blissful city is dotted with places to visit and engaging activities as well to keep you occupied throughout your trip.
Ideas for the family trip must include a picnic at the cascading Hebbe Falls, especially if your visit is during the monsoon. Several families flock around the falls to enjoy their meals while the young children play in the water.
Pray at or visit Sharadamba Temple. Dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, the temple adorns architecture in the Dravidian style with detailed carvings and fine craftsmanship. A bonus is that you are able to enjoy the blissful environment created, courtesy of the Tunga River.
Seek blessings at Horanadu Temple popular not just for its sculptures but its location too. What makes it such a breathtaking attraction? It is set with the Western Ghats as a backdrop. Do not forget to treat your taste buds as well with the 3 course prasadam meal they serve.
Relax and rejuvenate by golfing at Chikmagalur Golf Club. You do not need to be an experienced player grooming your skills; plenty of “newbies” frequent the place to try their hand at the sport.
Explore and enjoy a guided tour in any one of the expansive coffee estates that form an integral part of Chikmagalur. Another option would be to visit the Coffee Museum. Dedicated to the coffee plantations, visitors are educated about the rich history of coffee and the plantations. You do not have to be a coffee lover to delight in the insights that are provided about the beverage.
Trek to the summit of the highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri Mountain Peak to take full advantage of the stunning view from the top. It comes with a plethora of mesmerizing sites away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Do not miss the opportunity to drink in another enticing view by hiking up to the Jhari Falls. It is a slightly offbeat destination, approximately 23 kilometers from the city proper.
Kemmangundi Peak offers the best trail in Chikmagalur to trek. Conquering steep climbs, an in-route waterfall, narrow trails, forests and the like will definitely give you the added sense of accomplishment when you make it to the peak.
Located in the Western Ghats and home to the Sufi Saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar, hiking up the thrilling 1865 meters to Baba Budangiri Peak is worth it because of the panoramic view and equally impressive photographs you would be able to take.
Adventure seekers should raft in the Bhadra River especially during the monsoon when the river is brimming with water and rapid currents. The impressive 8 km stretch is suited for beginners and more experienced persons alike.