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Chikamagalur
From Bangalore  243 km  4 hrs 20 mins
Comfortably nestling between the Baba Budangiri range, plantation valleys and rainforests, Chikmagalur is abode 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. 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. The unique formation of rocks at the hill at Kudremukh looks like the head of a horse and hence the name.
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: Golfing at the Chikmagalur Golf club, a five star grade place to stay and play is an enjoyable experience. 

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.
Coffee is the main produce of Chikmagalur. One must savour as much of the beverage while you are in the region. Nearby, Sringeri is known for banana chips, pickles and jackfruit pappad. Malnad cuisine is heavily influenced by fruits and vegetables found in the western ghats? forest and mostly steamed dishes.

Contrary to popular belief, Malnad cuisine is not an amalgamation of Coorg and Mangalorean cuisine, but an evolved specific food genre of its own.

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. Also, Shandy local market happens on Wednesdays. Buy spices from the markets in Mudigere.
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 Chikamagalur.
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The Serai is a tranquil oasis of luxury and peace, to refresh mind and body; a well deserved respite from modern day travails, trials and tribulations! It is a fine example of seamlessly integrating luxury and fecundity of nature, each enhancing the other; a unique building typology that makes its a one-of-a-kind, world class resort.
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Tucked away like a secret in the plantations of Chickmagalur, this beautiful property redefines elegance, luxury and indulgence. Come and experience comfort like never before...
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Imagine living in a luxurious log cabin, a river gushing by. All in the midst of a tranquil coffee estate, enveloped amidst mighty mountain ranges carpeted with lush evergreen forests. That's Shanthi Kunnj for you. Harmoniously blending the best features of a luxury resort and the wilderness of a jungle lodge, while giving you the lighthearted informality of home stay.
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Escape to the peace and tranquility of WoodWay, nestled amidst lush coffee bushes on the Giri range of hills. The ancestral plantation home offers a glimpse into the planters life. WoodWay is the perfect place to unwind and take in all that nature has to offer.
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The Greenz offers you everything you have dreamt to do while on a Holiday, Trekking, Fishing, Bird-watching, or relax Boating on the 6 acre private lake which is an experience in itself. The Ayurvedic massages are designed to provide relaxation of mind and body and also to rejuvenate oneself.
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INR 4480
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Built in 1934 by Araluguppe Chandregowda, the mansion is a huge red building with a built up area of 11,000 Sft. With 28 rooms, it has a fine collection of rare paintings, artifacts, chandeliers, carpets, dolls, antique furnitures, collected over a period of five generations.
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Athithi Home Stay brings visitors to the serene environs of Chikmagalur: comfortable accommodation in a homely atmosphere, along with all the amenities required for a hassle-free stay. Athithi Home Stay offers a panoramic view of the morning mist rolling down the thickly wooded hill slopes, a ripple of a valley stream and rows of coffee bushes and cardamom shoots nurtured under the blue skies.
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Located at the base of the Kemmangundi hills Rangers Camp is an ideal getaway that offers both adventure and comforts, where you can choose to relax on the hammock in the cashew plantation and listen to the soothing music of birds or to go for a trek to the near by waterfalls..
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 Kemmanagundi, Chikamagalur
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Just four and a half hours away from bustling Bangalore city, this picturesque little town captivates you with its charm. The soothing vistas of coffee plantations at The Hidden Valley and the fragrance of fresh coffee beans will linger in your memory long after you have left the holiday home behind.
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 Mudigere, Chikamagalur
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If you seek a peaceful holiday in solitude away from the maddening crowd, then you have to head to The Spectrum, where nature's beauty will leave you spellbound. The spectacular greenery here provides the break one seeks on a nature getaway.
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Nestled in a scenic valley on a seven acre Areca nut and Coffee plantation, Valley of Birds homestay perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate. Take a long walk in the jungle, visit the famous hills, shrines and water falls of Kemmanagundi or just kick back and enjoy the distance from urbanization.
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Experience hospitality at its best at Gonakal Homestay, a 360 years old heritage abode midst the scenic beauty of Malnad's lush green forests, widespread coffee plantations and the intoxicating aroma of the black pepper creepers.
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Nature Craft Homestay is a quality budget property that offers comfortable accommodation and a range of services and facilities at reasonable prices.
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 Joldal
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Winter Greens, the Eco-Resort, is a 2-Star property that offers visitors to Chikmagalur comfortable accommodation along with a variety of facilities and services.
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