How to Reach Chikmagalur?

How to Reach Chikmagalur?

Are you planning a holiday trip to Chikmagalur? Are you wondering how to travel to this beautiful destination? Here you go; we have listed out all the possible ways to reach Chikmagalur.

Located at the foothills of Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is a gorgeous hill station in Karnataka. This offbeat destination is a tourist hotspot and is suitable for weekend getaways from nearby cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, and Mysore. The weather in Chikmagalur is pleasant throughout the year; a reason you see travelers all the time.

Modes of Transport to Reach Chikmagalur:

Being a famous tourist attraction, visitors can travel by bus, rail, or by air to reach this beautiful coffee town. However, traveling by road is the most preferred way to reach Chikmagalur as the distance from Bangalore to Chikmagalur is only around 250 km. If you’re interested in driving the whole route, you surely can. It is a short 4 to 5-hours drive on good roads with enough places to take a break and refresh yourself on your way to Chikmagalur. There are quite a few good eateries alongside the highway on both sides.

How to Reach Chikmagalur by Road?


Chikmagalur is easily accessible via road. For people who are likely to commute via public transport, they can travel by the KSRTC bus operated by the Govt. of Karnataka, or by private luxury buses. You can pre-book them online and book seats of your choice.

Another way is to drive/ride your own vehicle (or rented vehicle) to reach Chikmagalur. You can take the NH75 that passes by the historical towns of Belur and Hassan. In a way, it is more independent, and you can cover all the major tourist spots and detours by yourself.

How to Reach Chikmagalur by Air?


Since Chikmagalur doesn’t have an airport, the nearest airport that you can take is Mangalore airport. It is around 113 km from Chikmagalur district which means you have to rely on public transport once you reach the airport. Bangalore airport is also about 215 km away from Chikmagalur town. So, you need to hire a taxi or board a bus to reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore airport.

How to Reach Chikmagalur by Rail?


Travel via rail is another option you can choose to reach the hilly region. Chikmagalur Railway Station has trains from all the major cities; however, the connectivity doesn’t seem to be first-class. Hence, it is advisable to get a good understanding of the availability of trains for your scheduled dates.

You can also deboard at the Kadur Station, which is 40 km away from Chikmagalur. Taxi and buses operate from Kadur at any time of the day.

Local Transport in Chikmagalur:


If you’re relying on local autos, then forget about that. You won’t get to see many autos in the hilly terrain of Chikmagalur. Instead, buses and jeeps come really handy when it is about sightseeing and roaming around the coffee town. You will find plenty of buses operating in the town that will take you to the nearby tourist spots.

Jeep Safaris are also available to visit the coffee and tea plantations. If you are planning to stay in a coffee resort in Chikmagalur, get in touch with their front desk, they will guide you in sightseeing and touring the top places in the Chikmagalur district.

Quick Tips:

  1. If you’re on a budget trip, you can reach Chikmagalur via Govt. Bus, or train. There is a saying that if you want to know the city well, then traveling on public transportation is a must.
  2. For fun and a relaxing gateway, it is suitable to get your own vehicle or a rented one and enjoy it to the fullest.
What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur?

You can visit the city at any time of the year. However, from September to March, you can witness the beauty of Chikmagalur at its best.

What are the famous places to visit in Chikmagalur?

There are many places to cover. To name some, we will suggest you not to miss Baba Budangiri, Kemmanagundi, waterfalls like Hebbe Waterfalls, Jhari Waterfalls, Belur and Halebidu for the ancient temples, etc. Know more about the famous tourist places in Chikmagalur here.

How many days are enough to cover the major tourist places in Chikmagalur?

A weekend is ideally enough to see the main attractions in Chikmagalur. But it’s entirely up to you as per your plans.  Have a proper itinerary before you start your journey to the Chikmagalur district.

Explore Chikmagalur at its Best

Explore Chikmagalur at its Best

Are you an adventure junkie looking for some thrilling off-roading experience? If yes, then Chikmagalur is the right place (for all kinds of tourists). Located in the backdrop of the Western Ghats, the Chikmagalur district is situated 3,580 ft above main sea level. Along with beautiful landscapes, this coffee town is equally popular for its great trekking trails and adventure activities.

With so many places to visit and experience, Chikmagalur is the perfect destination for the adventure streak in you. The great off-roading experiences and the strolls amidst the coffee estates are irresistible, and you must experience this as soon as you can.

Get these Thrilling Off-Roading Experiences in Chikmagalur for a Memorable Trip:

Exciting Off-Road Trails across the waterfalls in Chikmagalur:


Chikmagalur is home to many magnificent waterfalls amid awe-inspiring landscapes. What adds to the charm of these waterfalls are the thrilling trekking trails through the dazzling hills. The off-road trail to the giant Hebbe waterfalls is best enjoyed in a Jeep Safari ride. Witness the surreal beauty of the verdant valley along with the soothing sound of the waterfalls on your way to the falls.

A short ride to Jhari waterfalls is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. To reach the waterfalls, you must hire a jeep (locally called Jeep Safari-they still use the Mahindra Jeep) which will take you to the falls through the lush green scenery and the misty hills. The terrain is scary enough to give you the thrills, but for the local drivers, it is just a casual off-roading journey.

Famous Off-Road Trails to Mullayanagiri Peak:


Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and is very famous for adventurous off-roading and trekking trails. At a height of 6,330 ft, the sunrise and sunset of the Mullayanagiri peak are sights to behold. Whether you choose to walk amidst the lush green landscape or take a jeep, you will witness the spectacular view of the Western Ghats. This trek is loved by the hikers, as it is considered one of the most challenging ones. Hence, it is always advisable to hire a local driver for such terrains unless you are an off-road aficionado. Enjoy the majestic hills and fall in love with nature time and again.

Off-Road Jeep Ride to Kyatanamakki Hills:


Get rid of your vehicle when you are surrounded by the hills of Western Ghats. Hire a rental jeep; most resorts have rental jeeps with experienced local drivers. Enjoy the most fun-filled adventurous rides in the muddy, slippery tracks of Kyatanamakki Hills. The guides will assist you all the way up to the top and make sure you have a great off-roading experience. Witness the surreal views and the lush greenery that you will remember for a lifetime.

Quad Biking: An Off-Roading Adventure for Life


Have you ever imagined riding a quad bike or an AV bike through the verdant nature? Yes, Chikmagalur has it all. You will find personalized tour facilities along with assistance from local people (organization or the resort itself). They will take you to the newly discovered trails safely. Enjoy the exhilarating experience and catch the sunset from the top of the hills.

Trek to Kudremukh:


Kudremukh or Kudurekuha Jamly is located at a distance of 96 km from the district of Chikmagalur. Take this opportunity to explore the tropical wet evergreen type of forest which is spread over an area of 600 sq km with very diverse flora and fauna. The narrow path will keep you thrilled and excited. But don’t forget to capture some stunning clicks while enjoying the beauty of the place!

Chikmagalur has everything for everyone.

Chikmagalur is a paradise for all, be it an adventure seeker, a pilgrim, or a nature enthusiast. Wait no more, pack your bags, and head to Chikmagalur for a thrilling off-road experience.

To explore the tourist places in Chikmagalur to the fullest, make sure you visit this place in the right season that starts from October to February. Stay at a resort in Chikmagalur amidst the coffee plantations to make your visit worth remembering!

We, at Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort, welcome you to have a comfortable stay at Chikmagalur.

10 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

10 Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

Known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a wonderful hill station and a perfect holiday destination. It is a paradise for nature lovers, tourists, and adventure junkies! The city houses various gorgeous waterfalls, historical monuments, dense forests, picturesque landscapes, and coffee estates (well, of course!). It is well-connected via rail and road. The distance from Bangalore to Chikmagalur is around 250 km, which hardly takes 4 to 5 hours of drive. So, get some time off from your busy schedule and head to Chikmagalur for a relaxed weekend. Visit the top tourist places in Chikmagalur situated in the lap of mother nature; fill your tastebud with authentic coffee and the local Malenadu cuisines to make your trip unforgettable.

1. Baba Budangiri (Datta Peetha):


Baba Budangiri is named after a Sufi saint Baba Budan who is said to have brought coffee to India in the 1670s. Witness the beautiful Manikyadhara Falls and the caves on your way to the top while enjoying the cold breezes and birds chirping across the mountain range. Also called Chandra Drona Hill and Datta Peetha, Baba Budangiri is known for its divinity for both Hindu and Muslim communities. People worship Sufi saint Baba Budan and Dattatreya who is believed to be an incarnation of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheswara.

2. Kudremukh National Park:


One of the best tourist spots, Kudremukh is altogether an exceptional place to visit. Located in the Western Ghats, 1800 meters above sea level, Kudremukh is different from the normal forests we see. Trekking through the rocky mountains and waterfalls, you will experience the beautiful landscape of the Chikmagalur district, where tea and coffee plantations are beautifully sowed in the heart of the mountain. The dense forest of the region is home to various species of animals, birds, and herbs.

3. Kemmanagundi:


Blessed with a wonderful landscape, Kemmanagundi gives you the perfect view of the Western Ghats. A trek to the Z point is highly recommended when you travel to this gorgeous hill station. Originally, it was a summer retreat for King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, who later gave it to the Govt. of Karnataka. Hence, this place is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station in his honor. There are various other places to visit in this beautiful hilly region, such as Shanti Falls, Kallathigiri Falls, etc.

4. Mullayanagiri:


Known for its trekking trails, Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain peak of Karnataka. As a part of the Baba Budangiri range, Mullayanagiri welcomes you to witness the magnificent views which can be seen from the top. The cold breeze is enough to give the exotic feeling in the lap of nature. You can pay a visit to the beautiful Shiva temple situated at the top of Mullayanagiri. Devotees choose to trek this mountain to visit the temple and worship Lord Shiva.

5. Manikyadhara Falls:


Out of all the waterfalls, Manikyadhara waterfalls has a separate fan base for its amazing trekking routes. Located at Baba Budangiri, it attracts many tourists with its lush greenery covered with wonderful landscapes; this waterfall is an ideal place for people seeking a peaceful ambiance. The folklore says that in search of water, Baba Budan offered prayers at this place, after which water started flowing from the mountains and took the present form.

6. Hebbe Falls:


One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chikmagalur, Hebbe waterfalls has a natural Jacuzzi that attracts most of the tourists. Located about 10kms away from Kemmanagundi hill, Hebbe Falls is a go-to picnic spot. Indulge yourself in trekking and camping and get the best possible view of the dense forests and the coffee estates. Another fascinating thing about this waterfall is that it flows in two streams, known as Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe.

7. Veera Narayana Temple:


Veera Narayana Temple is one of the oldest temples in Karnataka. The beauty of this gem lies in its magnificent architecture of the Hoysala Era, which is almost 1000 years old. It has three shrines of Veera Narayana, Gopal Krishna, and Narasimha, all dedicated to Lord Vishnu. On a sunny day, the morning sunlight falls on Lord Narayana’s statue and illuminates the temple’s Griha, making it an absolute delight to watch.

8. Sringeri Sharada Peetham:


Renowned pilgrimage site, Sringeri Sharada Peetham is the 1st among the four peethams established by Guru Adi Shankaracharya. It is also called the Daksinanmaya Sri Sarada Pitham built near the Tunga River. Although the main attraction is the Sringeri Matt, there are various temples and fascinating places to visit in Sringeri. The Tunga River near the Peetha brings divinity, while the gongs can be heard from afar.

9. Jhari Falls:


With lush greenery, Jhari waterfalls is a great place for relaxation. It is situated at a private property that is only 12 km away from the Baba Budangiri Mountain range. Jhari waterfalls is popularly known as Buttermilk Falls because of the quality of water that flows here. You can swim, play, and relax in the lower pool of the waterfalls and take some beautiful pictures covering the backdrop of the Western Ghats.

10. Coffee Museum:


The Coffee Museum of Chikmagalur is a must-visit place even if you are not a coffee lover. In brief, you can experience the pictorial and short video representation of the origin of coffee in India. The museum has many exhibits that showcase the technology and research involved in the development of coffee to this date. The coffee lab will give you a brief about the equipment and items involved in the production of coffee.

The best time to visit any of these top tourist places in Chikmagalur is between the months of October and February. So, what are you waiting for? Come, visit this beautiful coffee town, and experience the beauty of Chikmagalur!

We, at Nexstay Coffee Grove Resort, welcome you to have a comfortable stay at Chikmagalur.

Visit our luxury resort in Chikmagalur amidst the coffee plantations and make your trip worth remembering!