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Chikmagalur
From Bangalore  243 km  4 hrs 20 mins
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A rare jewel of a district, Chikmagalur is located on the western part of Karnataka. Mostly popular for its coffee plantations, pleasant weather and stunning scenery, it's just a few hours away from Bangalore, making it an ideal weekend getaway destination. 
A rich history is tied to the lands, giving the place character. Another famous attraction is the number of waterfalls that are in the region. Other nearby hill stations like Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, etc. are also worth visiting. 
3400 feet above sea level, this hill station provides an overview of the entire region. Many travellers have fallen in love with these sights and it has therefore become a favourite among tourists. 
The Kalhatti Falls is a destination where one can truly be at peace with nature. Observe as water finds its way along the waterfall and goes down a 400 feet drop. Another popular destination is the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Acquaint yourself with the several different types of flora and fauna here and engage in activities such as trekking, rock climbing, bird watching, etc. for a fun-packed weekend. 
The local Malnad cuisine is known for its richness and spice. Essence of coconut milk can be felt in every bite of every dish as it is a local favourite. The town is known as 'The Land of Coffee', making it morally illegal to leave without having a taste of this legendary drink.
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Why Visit ? (Things to see, Things to do, Food, Notes)
  • 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
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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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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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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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Hide away in coffee country surrounded by the mountains and snowy white blossoms. The Taj Gateway Hotel at Chikmagalur offers serenity, privacy and exquisitely restored colonial architecture.
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Hide away in coffee country surrounded by the mountains and snowy white blossoms. The Taj Gateway Hotel at Chikmagalur offers serenity, privacy and exquisitely restored colonial architecture.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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INR 5806
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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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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 deep in the lush Western Ghats, this holiday home also offers a Tree House stay that gives a 360° view of the entire valley, the golden sunsets,an amazing view of the mountains, right up to the Kuduremukh peak and the sunrays slowly peeping in from the fog at dawn, right from the bedroom...
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Located deep in the lush Western Ghats, this holiday home also offers a Tree House stay that gives a 360° view of the entire valley, the golden sunsets,an amazing view of the mountains, right up to the Kuduremukh peak and the sunrays slowly peeping in from the fog at dawn, right from the bedroom...
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Located in the heart of a coffee plantation, this luxury holiday destination provides style, elegance and comfort unlike any other. Offering breathtaking views on the mystical lands of Chikmagalur. Experience the simplistic beauty of mother nature with the rich luxury of modern facilities as all rooms come with king-size beds, TV's, minibars and a viewing station. The Java Rain Resort offers a number of amenities such as a pool, Jacuzzis, personal chefs, a library and movies on demand.
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Located in the heart of a coffee plantation, this luxury holiday destination provides style, elegance and comfort unlike any other. Offering breathtaking views on the mystical lands of Chikmagalur. Experience the simplistic beauty of mother nature with the rich luxury of modern facilities as all rooms come with king-size beds, TV's, minibars and a viewing station. The Java Rain Resort offers a number of amenities such as a pool, Jacuzzis, personal chefs, a library and movies on demand.
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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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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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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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The River Tern Lodge is a perfect blend of nature and wildlife. The lodge gets its name from the congregation of thousands of River Terns during their breeding on a nearby island. Indeed a spectacular sight to behold! This is the ideal spot to get acquainted with nature in its serene beauty.
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The River Tern Lodge is a perfect blend of nature and wildlife. The lodge gets its name from the congregation of thousands of River Terns during their breeding on a nearby island. Indeed a spectacular sight to behold! This is the ideal spot to get acquainted with nature in its serene beauty.
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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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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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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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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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22 kms from the heart of Chikmagalur, this cozy homestay offers some of the best views of the Western Ghats and has many activities to offer to ensure your stay is enjoyable.
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22 kms from the heart of Chikmagalur, this cozy homestay offers some of the best views of the Western Ghats and has many activities to offer to ensure your stay is enjoyable.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where to Stay in Chikmagalur


Being a getaway destination, there are several luxury resorts and homestays you can opt for while in Bandipur. 

The Serai is a haven of rejuvenation at the serene oasis of luxury and peace. Wake up to the beautiful view of coffee plantations and experience the simplistic beauty of mother nature with the rich luxury of modern facilities at Java Rain Resort. With a traditional touch to villas, suites, and cottages, Flameback Lodges offers modern comforts in the breathtaking secluded grounds. At Taj Gateway, you get to stay in the midst of exquisitely restored colonial architecture and coffee plantations. Sip a drink by the pool, or unwind at the spa. Incredible service and a host of things to do will make you very comfortable at these luxury resorts. 

If you're looking to stay at a place on the cheaper side, homestays are your best bet! They offer a cosy, comfortable and homely atmosphere. Shanthi Kunnj Homestay offers luxurious log cabins, with a river gushing by - a delightful experience for people looking for offbeat stays! Unwind at Woodway Estates & Homestay, get sporty with adventure activities, and take in all that nature has to offer. Gonakal Homestay is a 360 year old heritage building with lush green forests and coffee plantations for a view. Enjoy adventure activities, plantation tours, delicious fragrances of coffee and earth at The Hidden Valley. Nestled in coffee plantations, these resorts and homestays allow you to listen to nature's symphony throughout your holiday! In Chikmagalur, irrespective of where you stay, you are guaranteed all the good things nature has to offer!
 

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How do I get to Chikmagalur? 

By road: The drive from Bangalore to Chikamagalur will take about 5.5 hours on NH75. The journey is scenic and you will get a glimpse of Indian villages and small towns. It is also reasonably well-connected to Chennai, with the drive being around 10 hours.  
By bus: Travel by bus is very convenient, especially from Bangalore. KSRTC buses leave from Kempegowda Bus Stand (Majestic Bus Stand), while private buses have many boarding points in the city. 
By train: Trains from Bangalore to Chikmagalur Railway Station ply everyday from the Yesvantpur Station in Bangalore. 
By air: Chikmagalur is a small town, so there is no airport. The nearest airport is in Mangalore about 4.5 hours away. This airport is well-connected to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and other major cities. You can hire a taxi, or take a bus from Mangalore to reach Chikmagalur. 

How do I get around in Chikmagalur? 

Though it's most convenient to travel around Chikmagalur if you have your own car, the hilly terrain in Chikmagalur is great for hiking. But if you're not into that idea, you can also travel by the local buses. It is a cheap and convenient option. Most hotels have cab services you can make use of to get around town. You can also travel by jeep, which is an experience by itself! 

When's the best time to visit? 

The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to March. The weather is pleasant and comfortable and perfect for sightseeing. The region receives heavy rainfall during the monsoon, and though it gets very pretty during this season, the rains may hamper sightseeing.  

What are the main attractions in Chikmagalur? 

Known for its natural beauty, Chikmagalur consists of many insanely amazing places to feast your eyes on! Jhari Waterfalls offers a mesmerising view of flowing white waters pouring down from gorgeous, blackish-brown, sedimented rocks. The Hanuman Gundi Falls, is a lovely sight, as its pearlish white waters, while cascading down from ebony-like rocks, create beautifully intricate patterns that you can't take your eyes off from. Visit the Hirekolale Lake where its bluish-green crystal waters, mimicking the natural colours of the azure skies and the emerald trees, will simply take your breath away. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. It is one of the best places to embark on an exciting trek. Kudremukh National Park also makes for a fun trek. Here, you can go on a safari and try and spot wildlife like wild dogs, tiger, leopard, gaur, and more! The Central Coffee Research Institute is an interesting and an educational place, as you can get to know about the rich history of coffee. They also show the processes involved in converting a coffee bean to a coffee drink. It even has a laboratory showcasing the various varieties of coffee. 

What can I do in Chikmagalur? 

Since the region grows coffee, ask owners of coffee plantations if you could explore their estate. You might even pick up a thing or two about coffee culture in Chikmagalur! A hill town that it is, Chikmagalur has great hikes and treks for tourists up for a little adventure! Visit the many waterfalls this town has to offer. Around the hills of Chikmagalur, flows river Bhadra. An outdoor adventure company called 'Capture' offers river rafting, which is a fun experience for sporty visitors. 

What to eat and where? 

The cuisine in Chikmagalur is the "Malenadu" or the Malnad cuisine; it is known for the use of rich spices for a flavourful feast! Akki Roti, and kakadu are popular dishes here. The staple dish in this town is rice and fish curry. Being a town in a south Indian state, south Indian food is available everywhere - Town Canteen in known for its dosas, and Food Palace is a favourite for traditional south Indian dishes. Banana chips are one of the favorite snacks here. Since the town is known for its coffee plantations, you must try a mug of freshly brewed coffee! 

What to take back from Chikmagalur? 

No journey is complete without buying that special something from the place that you visited, just so that you could cherish those memories long after you have made a pleasant trip to your favourite destination. At Chikmagalur, you can take back home some aromatic variety of coffee like Panduranga, Arabica and Vanilla Coffee. Also famous for its pleasingly fragrant sandalwood, you can buy some sandalwood perfume, and also some beautifully carved artifacts made from coffee wood. You can also get your hands on some fine rich vanilla and spicy pepper, that you can use in your cooking to remind you of your trip to Chikmagalur!
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