Situated in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikamagalur is a beautiful travel destination which is largely due to its pleasant climate and coffee estates. It is situated in the south-western part of Karnataka. Chikmagalur literally means “The town of the younger daughter” in the Kannada language. The district is named after its headquarters town of Chikmagalur. The major commercial crop is coffee. The hill stations around Chikmagalur are famous summer retreats since they remain cool even during summers. Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka is just 12 kilometres away from Chikmagalur. The district is dotted with many holy spots and tourist places. A number of rivers originate from the hills of Chikmagalur district and flow in almost all seasons.
Some of the town’s must visit tourist attractions include Kudremukh National Park, Kalhatti Falls, Hebbe Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum and Bhadra Dam.
Being a popular holiday destination, Chikmagalur is well-connected to other major cities of the country by air, road and rail.
How to Reach Chikmagalur?
Mangalore Airport, which is located around 113 kilometres away, is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur. The airport is well-connected by flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and other major Indian cities. You can also hire a prepaid taxi from the airport for Chikmagalur.
Chikmagalur is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run buses and private luxury buses.
The city does not have a railway station and the nearest railway station is located in Kadur, at a distance of about 40 kilometres. You can also take a taxi from Kadur railway station for Chikmagalur.
Best Time to Visit Chikmagalur
The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from the months of September to March. The weather is quite suitable and is perfect for sightseeing in the local area. The temperature is neither too low nor too high between these periods.
Summer (March – June): The temperature in summers ranges from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. The hill station can be visited during this period of time, but the hot weather and humidity during the peak hours can make the sightseeing a little bit difficult.
Monsoon (July – September): Undoubtedly, the hill station looks very stunning and beautiful during the monsoon season. However, the place receives heavy rainfall which affects the visit to a lot of places in the town.
Winter (September – February): The temperature in winters ranges from 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. This is the best time to visit Chikmagalur. The weather is extremely delightful during this period and is perfect for local tour to various parts of the towns.
Places to visit in Chikmaglur:
- Hebbe Falls
- Baba Budan Giri
- Shanti Falls
- Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
- Manikyadhara Falls