Chikmagalur is one of the most serene and a picturesque destination in Karnataka and it’s a home to copious places that are swarmed by Globetrotters. If you have been looking for a place to retreat to with someone or refuel just by yourself, Chikmagalur is the best place. Chikmagalur is known as the coffee-land of Karnataka and located on the Deccan Plateau of the Western Ghats.
Chikmagalur originates its name from the Kannada phrase Chikka Magala Ooru meaning ‘younger daughter’s town’ as it was believed to be given away as ‘dowry’ of the younger daughter of Rukmangada—the chief of Sakharayapatna.
Chikmagalur is nature’s bounty and a pleasurable travel attraction in Karnataka. It is endowed with garnet green hillocks, woodlands, waterfalls, sanctuaries, and much more that lures excursionists on a large-scale. Planning a vacation in Chikmagalur is a smart choice and surely you will not be disappointed after spending a holiday here and would take away a bunch of unforgettable memories.
Below is a detailed idea about what to do in Chikmagalur!
1) Explore the coffee culture and cultivation in Chikmagalur: The region was India’s first region where coffee was grown. To this day, coffee farming is the backbone of the economy in the district of Chikkamagaluru, which is mainly farming. 15,000 coffee farmers are here; more than 95 per cent have no more than a maximum of four hectares of land. However, yields are good, productivity per hectare is much higher than average in India. These plantations are humanmade vegetations that enhance the already stunning natural surroundings.
Owners of these coffee plantations keep organizing visits, where they will brief you about the coffee making process, its history, etc. The plantations are a perfect place to do nothing except sit down and give your mind and body the much necessary rest that it deserves. If you want to know more about history and process of making coffee, visit Coffee Yatra Museum.
2) Mullayanagiri: The highest peak in Karnataka is at Chikmagalur. With the garnet green carpet of grass unrolled over vast acres of land, Mullayanagri is an alluring trekking destination in Chikmagalur. Mullayanagri is elevated at the height close to 6000 feet above the sea level and is known as the highest peak of the enchanting Nilgiris. It has a perfect ambiance that has the capability to bring out the trekker in you. This mountain makes you curious and brings out the explorer in you. It is also tagged as a peaceful spot for camping under the cerulean sky.
3) Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta): Also known as the Chandra Drona Parvatha. A pre-eminent and tantalizing location in Chikmagalur, Baba Budangiri hills is a magnificent attraction in Chikmagalur. Although it is a trekking site, it is also revered as a pilgrimage spot for the followers of Sufism. There are three caves located in the Budangiri Hills and many people from nearby areas visit and offer prayers at these caves. As a part of the ritual, a lamp is lighted to seek blessings of the divine power that resides in these caves.
4) Kemmangundi: Kemmangundi is another beguiling attraction that is a must-visit location in Chikmagalur. The lush green hills of Kemmangundi are elevated at the height of 4500 feet above the sea level. In the past times, this place served as the summer palace of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. He was tranquilized by the arresting beauty of Kemmangundi and decided to make this place as his summer capital. Today, this site is recognized as a trekking and camping site. Kemmangundi is a beautiful and outstanding hill station.
5) Z Point: Let us clear that this place is not in the shape of the English alphabet Z. A renowned point amid the people, Z Point is a bewildering location located on the outskirts of Kemmangundi. It is girdled by serene hills that have a soul-soothing ambiance. It is an ideal place where you can succumb to nature and rejuvenate the tired eyes. Wake up the sleeping trekker in you and gear up to enjoy the venture of trekking.
Picture Credits : https://www.trawell.in/karnataka/kemmanagundi/z-point
6) Sharadamba Temple and Sringeri Sharada Peetha: The Sharadamba Temple is located in Shringeri which is a town in Chikmagalur district. Adi Shankaracharya, the great Hindu practitioner, set up his practice at this place. Established on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, the Sharadamba Temple chronicles back to as early as the 8th century. The temple is devoted to the goddess of wisdom. Praying to the goddess is said to increase one’s learning capacity. The young and the old visit this temple to offer their prayers.
The Sringeri Sharada Peetha is positioned in one of most green surroundings. All around this place are lush green mountains. The Sahyadri mountain range can be seen overlooking the peetha. The peetha is alternatively called the Dakshinamnaya Sharada Peetham. Out of Four Hindu Advaita Mutts, this is one among them. Adi Shankaracharya established all the four mutts. This Mutt has a unique culture, and the primary objective of the Mutt is to impart knowledge and wisdom.
7) Hebbe Falls: A trip to the Hebbe Falls is a must do for any traveler. It serves both the adventure junkies and nature lovers. It is always exciting to see the white waters gushing down from a high height. Hebbe is an enchanting place to witness the roaring waters cascading down from a height of 500 feet into a pool of water that is encircled with exotic flora. During the monsoon season, creeks get widen due to the overflow of water. This makes Hebbe Falls resemble a miniature Niagara Falls in Chikmagalur. It is an ideal destination for day’s itinerary for excursionists.
Picture Credits : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebbe_Falls#/media/File:Hebbe_Falls.jpg
8) Kalhatti Falls: Located some kilometers away from Hebbe Falls, Kalhatti Falls is another not to-be missed a place in Chikmagalur. It is a sacred site for the local people, the legends and folklores claim that saint Agastya did penance in front of Lord Shiva. Impressed by his penance, the Lord appeared in front of him, and the saint beseeched him to reside near the waterfall. Since then, a jet-black shiva-linga is worshiped in the small shrine located close to Kalhatti Falls.
Picture Credits : http://www.homestayinchikmagalur.co.in/things-to-do/kalhatti-falls/
9) Kudremukh National Park and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Deriving its name from the Kudremukh peak, Kudremukh National Park is a major attraction in Chikmagalur. It is a delightful national park beckoned by the hills of Kudremukh range. It boasts a variety of flora, fauna, and the avifauna. You can easily spot animals like lion-tailed macaque, panther, bison, barking deer, hawk, falcon, peacock, and owl in the vicinity of this national park. Do take out some time and pay a visit to Kudremukh National Park.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a well-known and a protected area in Chikmagalur. It is one amidst those sanctuaries where the Project Tiger was initiated. Surrounded by green vegetation, this destination is worth visiting. Bhadra sanctuary is a home to some astounding mammalian species including the jaguar, langur, sloth bear, tiger, elephant, deer, Falcon, and reptiles like the snake and pythons. Do not forget to take your cameras along with you.
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