Chikmagalur – A Pleasant Hill Station

Chikmagalur is a beautiful town located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Sitting at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range the region is endowed with fresh natural beauty that provides the perfect abode to city dweller to relax and unwind enjoying the bounties of nature. The region widely renowned for its coffee plantation and Bababudan Giri Ranges is a popular weekend getaway for all the people living in the nearby cities.

There is an interesting belief behind the name of the region ‘Chikmagalur’. The name literally means Chikka meaning Younger, Magalu meaning Daughter and Ooru meaning City and as such a popular belief holds that the region was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna.Chikmagalur is said to be the first place in India where coffee plantation started and as such the region is now home to several tea and coffee plantations. There are also plenty of tourist attractions in the region that are interesting and are worth a visit on a trip to Chikmagalur. Some of these attractions include the Manikyadhara Falls, Kallathigiri Falls, Hebbe Falls, Shanti Falls, Hanuman Gundi Falls,Kadambi Falls, Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary, Kudremukh National Park, hill stations like Kemmanagundi, Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budan Giri also known as Data Peeta. Apart from sightseeing tourists can also indulge in activities like trekking, fishing as well camping among the pristine surroundings of the region.

Being a popular tourist destination thousands of tourists from all over the region and the country flock to the region to enjoy a soothing holiday amidst nature and as such there are plenty of good hotels in Chikmagalur that offer quality lodging facilities along with various services and facilities catering to the needs and preferences of the myriads of travelers to the region.

Chikmagalur enjoys a pleasant climate and as such it can be visited throughout the year, however, the best time to visit the region is during the summer months. Chikmagalur is also pretty well connected to the rest of the state and also the country, making commute to and back the region a hassle free process. The nearest airport is Mangalore airport located 170 km from Chikmagalur and an alternative to it is the Bangalore Airport while the nearest railway station is located in Kadur at a distance of 40 km. Lastly, the state and private buses offer the much needed road connectivity to Chikmagalur from the various regions of the state and its neighboring areas.