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Chikamagalur
From Bangalore
 243 km
 3 hrs 39 mins
Snuggled between the Baba Budangiri range, plantation valleys and rainforests, Chikmagalur is home to several peaks; although more famously known as the land of coffee. The Indian National Rally Championship had a round in this hill town in 2013, which has caused an influx of tourists to Chikmagalur since then. Between all the plantations, hills, and wildlife sanctuaries, this hill station has a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Trekking the picturesque hills here are a popular activity for tourists and locals alike. On the trek, be sure to carry some delicious Malnad snacks!
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  • Birthplace of Indian Coffee
  • Time to visit: October to April
  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Indian National Rally Championship
  • Gangamoola, the birth place of three rivers
  • Taste the flavours of Malnad
  • Buy aromatic coffee beans
Getting to Chikamagalur
Mullayangiri: At 1930 meters, Mullayangiri is the highest peak in South India. At the top is a scenic peak from where a panoramic view of the Baba Budangiri range of hills is seen. A popular trekking destination, Mullayangiri is a special spot for witnessing sunsets.

Gangamoola: The Rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi have their source in this location. Nominated to be a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Gangamoola has a diverse range of flora and fauna, and it borders Kudremukh National Park. Definitely a sight to see!

Coffee Museum: The Coffee Museum captures the essence of Chikmagalur's status as a haven of coffee plantations. This is the place where coffee beans are evaluated. This is a thematic museum that displays the many facets of coffee production.
Bhadra and Kudremukh Wildlife Sanctuaries: Both wildlife sanctuaries fall under the aegis of Project Tiger. An impressive assortment of wild plants and animals, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary stands at roughly 35kms away from Chikmagalur, and Kudremukh Wildlife Sanctuary at around 96kms. In a unique formation of rocks, the hill at Kudremukh looks like the head of a horse.
Fees: Kudremukh: Rs.200 for Indians, Rs.1000 for foreigners. Bhadra: Rs.300 per vehicle
Timings: Bhadra: 6.30am to 8.30am & 4pm to 6pm

Golf: Have a round of golf at the Chikmagalur Golf club, a five star grade place to stay and play!

Kemmangundi: The most popular destination in the region for trekking, Kemmangundi lies roughly 70kms away from Chikmagalur. Scenic views of stretching valleys, tall mountains and vast skies wait at Z point on this hill station. Also visit the rose garden and let the aroma take your breath away.
Malnad cuisine is heavily influenced by fruits and vegetables found in the Western Ghats and mostly steamed dishes.
Malnad Paradise, The Planters Court and Salpicon Burger Shop are popular restaurants here.
Stock up home-made coffee directly from estates and plantations around Chikmagalur.
  • Languages spoken: Kannada, English
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Climate: Enjoying a hill station climate, Chikmagalur can be visited at any time of the year, but for sightseeing purposes, October to April is the best time to visit.  
  • Connectivity: Mobile connectivity does not pose a problem here.
  • Trivia: The first coffee bean in India was planted in Chikkamagalur.
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