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Places To Visit Chikmagalur

Belur

Once the capital city of the Hoysala dynasty, Belur is home to the Chennakesava Temple known as the 'jewel in stone' - a title it's held unsurpassed since 1116 AD. With nearly ten thousand intricately carved sculptures that bring to life, stories from the Hindu myths and routine from the day and age of the Hoysalas, this temple dedicated to the "beautiful" avatar of Vishnu, is indeed the epitome of beauty.
 

Halebeedu

Halebeedu, before it became Halebeedu or the destroyed city, was the second capital of the Hoysalas and went by the name Dwarasamudra. Today, the Hoysaleshwara Temple, though the sole survivor of all the grandeur that once was, hitherto the plunder of successive invaders, still tells a mean tale.
 

Shravanabelagola

Atop the Vindhyagiri hill stands Asia's tallest monolithic statue, and yet, you need to toil up 600-odd steps for a glimpse of it. Shravanabelagola as a Jain bastion is home to many basadis and is a vital stop to the pilgrim. The 52-foot statue of Bahubali from its high perch has a gaze that takes in the lay of a rather scenic land - a treat you can partake, provided you make the arduous climb up.
 

Mulliyana Giri -Baba Budan Giri

The highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris, Mulliyanagiri stands at a height of 1,930 metres (6,330ft). With two temples, one at the peak and one exactly half-way up which legend attributes to a completed penance and half-complete one, a car-drive and a small trek is all it takes to get to the very top. And yes, to call the view breathtaking would be a gross understatement.
 

Bhadra (Muthodi) Wildlife Sanctuary

The sanctuary takes its name from the Bhadra River, its lifeline. Popularly known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, after the village of its periphery, it is a great place to sight the tiger, observe the Indian bison, hear the strange calls of the striped hyena and spot the rare flying lizard. The southern part of the sanctuary is rich in birds, butterflies and reptiles. More than 250 species of birds, many of which are endemic to the Western Ghats, are spotted here.
 

Sringeri

It is believed that this town was named after Rishyashringa, who figures in the famous Indian mythological epic, Ramayana, as the chief priest at the sacrifice of King Dasaratha. Sringeri, where Adi Shankara, the founder of the Advaita philosophy, discovered a cobra sheltering a frog from torrential rains, has its spiritual centre on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, in the evergreen forests of Chikmagalur. The Vidyashankara Temple located here is an architectural marvel its 12 sculpted pillars, each representing a sign of the zodiac, are placed so that the sun's rays fall on each successively, in the order of the solar months. The temple also has a paved courtyard. A second temple, built in the Dravidian style, is dedicated to Sharada, the goddess of learning. The Tungabhadra River flows past the temple, where devotees feed the sacred fish.
 

Kukke Subrahmanya Temple

Kukke Subrahmanya, dedicated to Lord Subrahmanya, is a Hindu temple situated in Subrahmanya, in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. It is believed to have been the place where Vasuki, the divine serpent sought refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda. The temple is visited by people from various faiths, as it's believed to protect one from the effects of sarpadosha. The temple lies about 105 km from Mangalore. A particularly significant feature is the silver covered Garuda pillar positioned to shield the devotees from the poisonous flames from the breath of the snake God Vasuki.
 

Kalasa

The old Agrahara settlement, 92 kms south - west of Chickmagalur and situated on the banks of the river Bhadra, is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra. Close by are the pancha theerthas, the five sacred ponds. On a small hillock here is the Kalaseshwara temple dedicated to Ishwara, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone nearby. The Madhawacharya Bande, a large boulder at one of the theerthas here, is supposed to have been placed by Shri Madhawacharya the founder of the Dwaitha school of philosophy. A statue of this Acharya is carved on the upper portion of the rock.

Horanadu

Is a quaint little village boasting of pristine nature in and around. It is famous for the Goddess Annapoorneshwari Temple and its beautiful sights. Horanadu is well connected to Kalasa by way of a bridge over Bhadra river. Horanadu is also connected to Balehole (15km) from where one may proceed towards Balehonnur/ Sringeri.
 

Mahatma Gandhi Park

The Park is a big attraction for the tourists. Surrounded by greenery, children have a variety of equipments to play.
 

Devaramane

Blessed with lush green grass lands, magical streams and awe-inspiring water falls, Devaramane is a must visit place for nature lovers. It is an ideal trekking spot for both beginners and hard core trekkers. The hill top giving an all-round view of the coast and the mountains and the wind-swept KALABHAIRAVESHWARI TEMPLE offers mesmerising views to the visitors.
 

Kudremukh

Kudremukh is a mountain range and the name of the peak located in Chikmagalur Dt. It is also a hill station and ex-mining town situated near the mountain around 20 km from Kalasa. The name Kudremukh literally means ‘ Horse Shoe’ in Kannada and refers to a particular hill in the range viewed from South Kanara. Kudremukh is Karnataka’s 2nd highest peak ( after Mulayanagiri )
 

Kudremukh National Park

Located in the midst of the mountains, the Park is popular for its scenic beauty. Designated the status of a national park in the year 1987, the 600 km square area is one of the most well preserved national park in the state. The National Park is jewelled with natural beauty, high rising peaks studded with a plethora of Flora and Fauna to picturesque trekking routes over seeing verdant grass lands. This is a wild life protected area.
 

Hanumanagundi and Kadambi falls

The water falls dropping from big heights is an amazing sight when water is at its zenith. Both these falls are close to each other, located on Kalasa Road SH 66.
 

Gangamoola Hill

Part of the National Park, Gangamoola is the origin of 3 Rivers - Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi.
 

Tunga

From its origin Tunga flows passing the towns of Sringeri, Thirthahalli and Shimoga. After covering a distance of 147 km it joins Bhadra at Koodli near Shimoga and forms the Tungabhadra River.
 

Bhadra

From its origin the Bhadra River flows past the town of Bhadravathi. After travelling 178 km it joins the Tunga at Kodli.
 

Nethravathi

From its origin, the Netravathi flows west passing the towns of Dharmasthala and Mangalore before joining the Arabian sea.
 



6 places to visit in Chikmagalur in 2020

Located near the hilltop temples, coffee plantations and national parks in the area, the biggest surprise of the district capital is that it has preserved its off-the-beaten-path soundscape. Besides a serene environment, Chikmaglur host activities such as trekking, bonfire, picnic, sightseeing, and so on. The beautiful hilltop area is located just 4 hours drive from the urban city Bangalore. Wondering what to do here? We got you covered with a list of all the best places to visit in Chikmagalur.

Location: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka

Exquisite homestays

Located away from the noise and pollution of the cities, the homestay offers an experience where you can enjoy seclusion and harmony along with the modern conveniences of life. Whether you want to spend a romantic getaway with your partner or a thrilling weekend with friends or to bond over greenery with your children, Chikmagalur is where you head to. The Hidden Valley is one of those comfortable holiday homes that you can stay in irrespective of the time and people you are with.

Coffee Plantations

Taking a tour of the resplendent coffee plantations is one of the most essential things to do in Chikmagalur. You can talk a walk in the coffee plantation, enjoy freshly brewed coffee from fresh coffee beans while you watch the coffee plants grow and the different stages and transformation the beans go through before they touch your lips. The coffee plantation is in and near and everywhere in Chikmaglur.

Mullayanagiri

Hello trek lovers! Hello bike lovers! Get an overview of Chikmagalur from Mullyanagiri. It is perched at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, Mullayanagiri peak is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats and is just 45 minutes from Chikmagalur. It is a must-visit place near Chikmagalur if you like to trek and explore the greenery. Renowned for its serene atmosphere and the sheer beauty of nature, this peak is adorned with green grassland, rocky rocks, and a good trekking trail is also popular with adventure lovers. This serves as the highest point between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering a quiet getaway with temperatures between 20-25 degrees Celsius to its visitors. Mullayanagiri is also famous for the nearby coffee plantations. Mountain biking and road biking is not uncommon here.

Rafting in Bhadra River

Welcome adventure-seekers! Does the idea of rafting appeal to your senses? The rapids stretch over a distance of 8 km, and it takes 1.5 hours to complete rafting activities. If you're a fan of adventure, don't miss out on rafting in the outskirts of River Bhadra. It is a perfect place to go when in or near Chikmagalur.

Trained instructors and well-maintained equipment are available, so you won’t have to bother about your safety. Rafting is open from June to October when the water level of the river is very good. The rafting spot is pretty far away from Mullayangiri, so make sure you schedule your day.

Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh Overview

Located amidst mountains, Kudremukh National Park is popular for the time it was made, in the year 1987, the 600-kilometre square area is one of the most well preserved national parks in the state. The wildlife protected area is the second-largest belonging to a tropical wet evergreen forest in the zone of the Western Ghats. The area is the habitat of many endangered and endemic species of plants and animals, with mammals such as tigers, leopards and wild dogs as the primary predators of the region. It also has a mountain peak in the park rising to a height of 1,894 meters making it the second-highest peak in Karnataka. These factors make it one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur.

Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls is located 40 km from Chikmagalur. This area is covered by dense forests, thick vegetation, lush flora, and hills. Coffee plantations are sprawled across the expanses around the falls. Descending from a height of 168 metres, the falls are divided into two stages – the Big Falls and the Small Falls named Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe. This is worth the effort to attain the Hebbe Falls. From a distance you can hear the sounds of splashing water, heightening your sense of suspense and excitement. The weather is serene and mild throughout the year. This aspect makes it an ideal location to escape from the heat and into a much cooler place.

If you are not under any time restrictions and love sightseeing and heritage visit, we suggest you explore Sringeri and Shravanabelagola which are 85km and 110 km from Chikmagalur respectively. Sringeri and Shravanabelagola are famous for its very famous heritage and ancient temples like Sri Sharadamba Temple, Sri Vidyashankara temple, Sri Malahanikareshvara, The Ghati Subramanya Temple, Sri Ramadevara Katte Waterfalls, Bandipur Forest Reserve to name a few.