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There are several beautiful places to visit in Chikmangalur which I have listed in this travel blog. The town is located in central Karnataka and on the base of Mullayanagiri range is the primary coffee growing region of the state. And the Bengaluru folks sipping coffee in the comfort of their homes, this is where your delicious filter coffee come from! Though the town is famous for coffee, there are also plenty of places to see in Chikmagalur.
Chikmagalur literally translates to the town of younger daughter. According to the legends the great Rukmangada, gave the town as to her daughter as a marriage gift.
Chikmagalur from bangalore can be done as a 2 days trip, you can plan a 3 days trip to chikmagalur from bangalore. The ideal time to travel and see makes it one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore.
Here’s a list of top Chikmagaluru attractions and best places to visit in Chikmagaluru for sightseeing.
BB Hills Chikmagaluru
Located at a distance of 25 km from Chikmagaluru, Baba budangiri or BB Hills in short, is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagaluru. It is essentially a flat land on top of the Baba Budan range and offers excellent views of the surrounding valley. The place gets particularly scenic in rainy season. Once in twelve years you can also see the famous Neelkurinji bloom.
There is also a shrine of a saint, Baba Budan, which is visited by the members of Hindu and Muslim faith alike. To get here you can take a pubic minibus or a hired jeep. Perfect if you are taking 3 days trip to Chikmagalur from bangalore.
Raising tall at 6330 feet Mullyangiri, the highest peak in Karanataka, is one of the best places to visit near Chikmagaluru. The views of the green valley and the neighboring western ghat ranges are spectacular from the summit. The place is quite popular among trekkers who come here in particular to enjoy the sunset.
The name of hill comes from a saint named Mulappa swamy who spent his time meditating in a cave near the summit. The caves are fairly safe and can still be visited.
The trek starts from Sarpadari which is located at the base of the hill. To reach Sarpadari from Chikmagalur take the local city bus. The difficulty level of trek varies from easy to moderate. I will recommend you to add Mullyangiri to your 2 night Chikmagalur itinerary.
The total length of the trek is about 4 km which takes about 3-4 hours to complete, depending on the fitness and the number of stops you take to click pictures. And finally, do not forget to carry enough water as you wouldn’t find any on the trail. Surely, a must visit place in your 3 days trip to Chikmagalur from Bangalore.
Central Coffee Research Institution
Next stop on the Chikmagalur sightseeing itinerary is CCRI. Founded by Dr. L.C. COLEMAN during the British Raj, CCRI, has a very well done museum run by the Coffee Board of India. Through pictures, samples and videos, the institutes tries to educate the visitors on the details of coffee plantation in the Chikmagalur area. You will also learn about the different types of coffee and the process of making coffee right from plantation to brewing the beans. The museum also includes nice touch screens for interactive presentation.
Timing: 9AM to 5PM – Mon-Fri
Sringeri Sharada Peetha
One of the best places to visit in Chikmagaluru, the old matha houses the Sharada temple which is dedicated to the Goddess Sharada also known as Sarasvati. According to Hindu believes Sarasvati is regarded as the Goddess of education. The matha is located in a very beautiful location on the banks of the river Tunga (a tributary of Tungabhadra). The matha was founded in eighth century by Guru Adi Shakara and it follows the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta. You can enjoy the excellent and hygenic free meal in the afternoon which is served as a prasadam. Definitely a must visit place in Chikmagalur trip for 2 days.
Best time to visit Chikmagalur
The best seasons to visit Chikmagalur are monsoon and winter. During monsoon the hills are painted green and the waterfalls are in their majestic form, can’t be more perfect for local sightseeing!
How to get to Chikmagalur by Train, Bus, Taxi
If you are planning to go on a weekend trip to Chikmagalur this travel guide should help you plan the same. You can from bangalore to chikmagalur by train or alternatively by bus at a budget fare. For bus you can check ksrtc.in website, with good quality Karnataka and in budget Govt. buses.
Located in North Karnataka, the beautiful hill town of Chikmagalur can be easily reached from Bangalore by Bus, Train and Flight.
How to get to Chikmagalur from Bangalore by Train
Chikmagalur has a railway station which is well connected with Bangalore. Note that most of the blogs which report Kadur as the nearest station are outdated. The Yeshwantpur- Chikmagalur passenger starts at three in the evening and takes a total of seven hours for the journey.
How to get to Chikmagalur from Bangalore by Bus
There are several buses daily from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. You can board the afternoon bus (KSRTC AC / Non-AC) from Bangalore from majestic bus station which arrives around eight in Chikmagalur. As always, book your bus in advance on the official KSRTC website.
How to get to Chikmagalur by Flight
The closest airport to Chikmagalur is Mangalore located at a distance of 180 km, while Bangalore airport is some 270 km away from Chikmagalur.
Hope you liked my Chikmagaluru travel blog. I have tried to list down as many as places to visit in chikmagalur in 2 days. If you do need any advice in creating your own chikmagalur travel plan, or need answer to a quora question or a trip review, let me know in the comments.