Chikmagalur 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.
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.
The best season to visit Chikmagalur are monsoon and winter. During monsoon the hills are painted green and the waterfalls are in their majestic best.
Here’s a list of top Chikmagaluru attractions and best places to visit in Chikmagaluru for sightseeing.
Located at a distance of 25 km from Chikmagaluru, Baba budangiri or B.B. Hills in short is a flat land on top of the Baba Budan range and offers excellent views of the surrounding valley. The places 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.
Raising tall at 6330 feet Mullyangiri is undoubtedly the highest peak in Karanataka. 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.
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.
Central Coffee Research Institution
CCRI, founded by Dr. L.C. COLEMAN during the British Raj, has a very well done museum run by the Coffee Board of India. Through pictures, samples and videos, the insituties 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
Below are the two official websites to explore further on the topic:
Sringeri Sharada Peetha
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.