Places to Visit near Chikmagalur

Bangalore, Coorg, Mysore, Ooty, Sakleshpur, Hampi, Coimbatore, Mangalore. Gokarna, Madikeri, Belur, Hassan, Agumbe, Shimoga, Srirangapatna, Nandi Hills, Coonoor, Udupi, Wayanad, and many more.

Saturated with its vast coffee plantations and rolling green hills, there is no end to the popular
tourist places near Chikmagalur. The stunning wildlife of the Western Ghats, along with the natural waterfalls and glittering blue lakes make it an ideal tourist destination for people of all tastes and interests.

The most famous
places to visit near Chikmagalur include the renowned wildlife sanctuaries at Bhadra, Bheemeshwari, Ranganathittu and Kudremukh. With their array of local and exotic animals and birds, the national parks offer a delightful natural retreat. The Parks and Sanctuaries near Chikmagalur also offer camping and adventure sport options for those with an adventurous bent of spirit.

The areas near Chikmagalur are also popular trekking hotspots, housing some of the most scenic and sought after trekking routes in Karnataka. The waterfalls in the surrounding  districts, such as the Mekedatu Falls or the Hebbe Falls, are also popular tourist places to visit near Chikmagalur.

Here is a list of places to visit near Chikmagalur:

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Bangalore

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Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, is the capital of the state of Karnataka. It is located in southern India on Deccan Plateau. The city is a mix of traditions and modernity. The various ethnicities residing in it celebrate their cultural festivities while engaging with the recent upsurge in its café culture and pub-hopping. It is often referred to as the ‘Silicon Valley’ being the hub of IT development in India.

The lush green area around Bangalore is interspersed with waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, and brooks and rivers waiting to be explored. Due to the presence of lush gardens and pastoral land, it has gained a reputation for being the ‘Garden City of India.’ Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake, Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park, Bugle Rock Park, and Lumbini Garden are the marvels of this city.

Bangalore is flushed with the picturesque sites where you can try the most adrenaline rushing activities. Trekking or hiking at places like Ramanagara, Nandi Hills, Savandurga, and Narayanagiri are exciting activities undertaken by trek enthusiasts. You can also try camping and fishing over here for a rejuvenating experience. 

Bangalore is not just a place for nature lovers, but also music enthusiasts. Hard Rock is an elite pub in Bangalore due to its live performances by renowned bands. There are various other entertainment places within the city including Snow City, which enthuses visitors with activities like ice-skating, gaming arcades and bowling alleys. 

Bangalore has two distinct seasons – wet and dry. The wet season begins with the monsoon in June and lasts till September. The rest of the year is mostly dry but may encounter unpredictable showers. The dry days are sunny, with temperatures not going beyond 25 – 30 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit Bangalore is from November to March. 

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Coorg

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Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

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Mysore

Mysore

Mysore is identified as the cultural capital of the state, with plenty of historical sights to make your trip worthwhile. It boasts of grand palaces, gardens, and majestic temples that hypnotize every visitor.
The sites like the Mysore Palace, Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, Brindavan Gardens, and Karanji Lake make it amongst the favorite places to visit in Karnataka in summer for many.

The Mysore Palace will sweep you with its Indo-Saracenic architecture, artisanship, design, and old upholstery. Furthermore, you can taste some of the most flavorful and traditional food of South India. If you are planning a family vacation, you must visit the GRS fantasy park to enjoy with your kids.

Best Time: Throughout the year

Tourist Attraction: Sightseeing tour, and water park.

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Ooty

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From nature walks in gardens that makes one wonder whether Paradise, as depicted in scriptures of various cultures, have actually been derived from such sensory experiences to relaxing over a cup of tea from the tea plantations dotting the hillside, only to realize most humbly of nature’s gifts as a bountiful provider, the tourist places in Ooty can be expected to resuscitate the soul, depleted of its spiritual reserves through the trials of everyday existence. 

Ooty, once the summer capital of Madras Presidency under the British, can be safely regarded as “India’s Switzerland”. John Sullivan, the then collector of Coimbatore had noted the same in his elaborate report on the region, way back in the 19th century. After independence, Ooty was developed into a major tourist destination and understandably so, given its qualification for the same, owing to nature’s abundant blessings in terms of climate, scenic splendour, local sights and sounds, its wealth of birds and beasts and of course its homegrown beverages of tea and coffee.

The majestic “Queen of the Hills” forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, reputed for its fragile and exquisite ecosystem. In the ecological parlance, it is best known as a “hotspot”, the label justifying the designation of the section of the Western Ghats as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ooty has been developed to offer a rare glimpse to tourists of the essence of the rest of the reserve, much of which are out of bounds as part of conservation efforts.

The wooded hills of the Western Ghats with its canopy of unkempt, untouched shola vegetation interspersed with maintained and cultivated tea gardens offer a rare view of the symbiotic existence of man and nature where one can see and learn what sustainable use of natural resources should ideally look like. The botanical garden and rose garden curate much of the bounty of nature at Ooty to mesmerizing effect. One has to see the tourist places in Ooty it to believe in the gifts of life, otherwise often conveniently overlooked.

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Sakleshpur

Sakleshpur

Situated at an elevation of 950 metres above sea level, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful Karnataka hill stations nestled in the Western Ghats. This popular destination is enveloped with the aroma of cinnamon, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations. Cocooned with verdant landscapes and sceneries, Sakleshpur is an ideal place to unwind for a quick getaway.

Location: Located at Hassan District of Karnataka. 221 Kilometres from Bangalore and 130 Kilometres from Mangalore

Best time to visit: November to April

Attractions: Agni Gudda Hill, Sakleshwara Temple, Raxidi Estate, Manjehalli Waterfalls, manjarabad Fort, The Bisle Reserve Forest

Activities: Trekking expedition, backwaters, cycling, camping
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Hampi

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Hampi is popular as the majestic city of ruins found beside the Tungabhadra River. It is a hub for cultural explorers where they get a comprehensive insight into the history of this town. Hampi is in the list of UNESCO world heritage sights as the most unusual ruins of India. The sites here show the aesthetic excellence and influence of the then rulers that are a representation of both Muslim and Hindu architecture.

So, during your trip to Hampi, explore various temples of the bygone era like Achutaraya Temple, Hazara Rama Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Balakrishna Temple, etc. Further, go on a sightseeing tour of The Stone's Chariot, Elephant Stable, and King's balance.

Best Time: October-March

Tourist Attraction: Cultural and historical sightseeing, temples visit.

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Coimbatore

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Making every small detail stand out in India and setting a hard-hitting impression in the travelers’ mind comes another place lying in the state of Tamil Nadu. This place called Coimbatore is also known to many as Kovai.

Coimbatore or Kovai occupies the most of South and has a lot to offer to its visitors. There is no justice that you can do while you’re at this place except for appreciating the beauty and magnificence of the place. The green hills, broad ghats and the beautiful waterfalls – it is one the most popular destinations in Coimbatore. This city sets itself apart in terms of its culture, education, geography and ethnicity. Charming its way through – the city has endless amounts of activities to offer at every nook and corner of the place.

The city is surrounded by the river Noyyal on its South west region and covers an approximate area of 642.12km. The Western Ghats make up for the most region on the North and the West and the important location of the place is the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which lies in the north. There are eight other major tanks and wetland areas that comprise Coimbatore. These are: Kumaraswami, Krishnampathi, Selvampathy, Singanallur, Selvachinthamani, Valankulam, Ukkadam Periyakulam.

The place is blessed with an extremely pleasant climate especially given the presence of luscious green forests in the north.  As far as the culture is concerned, Coimbatore and its people have set themselves a reputation for getting recognized in the world for their dominance in entrepreneurship. The place is considered as the traditional capital of India and holds great respect in the minds of all those who have already visited the place.


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Mangalore

Mangalore

Distance from Bangalore: 355km

The port city of Mangalore, named after the Goddess Mangaladevi, was occupied by a number of dynasties apart from the Portuguese in the mid-16th century. It has many spotless and pretty beaches including the Someshwar Beach, Panambur Beach, Surathkal Beach, Tannirbavi Beach and Kapu Beach where one can view beautiful sunsets, lounge around or indulge in beach games.

There are plenty of temples and churches to visit here like Mangaladevi Temple, Shree Kalikamba Vinayaka Temple, Kadri Manjunatheswara, Sharavu Ganapathi Temple, St. Aloysious Chapel and Milagres Church. With the temple town of Udupi not too far from here, one can include a trip there in one’s itinerary while going around in Mangalore. The beaches of Malpe, popular with tourists for the watersports conducted on its shores, is just an hour’s drive from the city too.

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Gokarna

Gokarna

There is no better beach destination to beat the heat than visiting Gokarna. So, relax, eat, drink, celebrate, and enjoy around with your loved ones at one of the beaches dotted with palm trees. Also, it’s a treat for the eyes of all the tourists who love to explore sites with religious significance.

You can make special visits to the age-old architectural Mahabaleshwar Temple, which is adjacent to the Gokarna beach. Gokarna is undoubtedly one of the best tourist places in Karnataka in summer, grabbing the visitors' attention with its long Arabian Sea coastline, breezy air, and a stunning view of the rocky mountains of Western Ghats.

Best Time: October-March

Tourist Attraction: Om beach, Gokarna beach, Kudle beach, and Mahabaleshwar temple.

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Madikeri

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Nestled amid the condescending peaks of Western Ghats, cascading waterfalls, eye-catching views of lush valleys and ravines, Madikeri is stands at a height of 1700 metres above the sea level. It is one of the finest places to see in Karnataka which looks breathtaking especially during the misty evenings.

Location:
District Capital of Kodagu. 265 Kilometres from Bangalore and 18 Kilometres from Coorg

Best time to visit:
Summers- March to May, Winters- October to February

Attractions:
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Mercara Gold Estate

Activities: Trek to Kote Betta, Nishannimotte, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri.
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Belur

Belur

The town of Belur is known for its architectural excellence that is sure to take you back in time to witness the marvel of the Hoysala empire. The ancient city is situated on the banks of river Yagachi and is most famous for its temple - Chennakesava which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

In the same complex are two other temples called Kappe Chennigaraya and Ammanavara temple where the same level of architecture can be seen. Majority tourists who take a trip to Belur, often extend their journey to Halebid which is referred to as a twin town of Belur and is located at a distance of just 18 kilometers. Location: Chikmagalur.

Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand :- 
25 kilometers

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Hassan

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Located in the South Indian state of Karnataka, Hassan is a famous historic site for Srvanbelagola, Halebid, and Belur. Being dedicated to the Hasanamba deity, this town is acknowledged as Karnataka’s architectural capital. It is highly influenced by the rich and authentic culture of the Hoysala dynasty.

The Hasanamba Temple situated here features the local, regional customs and has now become one of the key pilgrim attractions in town. Maharaja Park is a spacious and peaceful park located amidst the city. It is all over flanked with lush green lawns and tall trees. While the Hulikere Pond represents a stunning architectural piece flanked all over by lush greenery encircling numerous descending steps leading you to the bottom of the pond to dig the water.

Best time: 
November to February.

Distance from Udupi:
 221.7 km, through NH 73 (4 hours and 54 minutes).

Highlights:
-Hoysala Temples at Mosale,
-Shettihalli Church,
-Gorur Dam,
-Kedareshwara Temple,
-Ishvara Temple,
-Lakshmi Narasimha Temple,
-Bhagwan Bahubali Statue,
-Maharaja Park, and
-Ramanathpur Temple.

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Agumbe

Agumbe

Agumbe is amongst the most prominent places to visit in Karnataka in summer for many reasons. This picturesque hill station is in Shimoga district of Karnataka, recognized for its non-stop rainfall, hence named as the 'Cherrapunji of the South.'The dramatic landscape surrounding Western Ghat ranges, and rapids create an ideal scene for couples here.

Further, there is a myriad of waterfalls such as Barkana falls, Kunchikal falls, Onake Abbi Falls, etc. So, you can trek at these offbeat destinations and rejuvenate yourself at the hidden lap of nature.Also, the green rainforest harbors at this place invites many wildlife lovers and zoologists from throughout the world to explore its diverse flora and fauna, and medicinal plants.

Best Time: June-October

Tourist Attraction: Rainforest hiking, waterfalls, sunset view, diverse flora, and fauna.

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Shimoga

Shimoga

Shimoga is abundantly blessed with the natural beauty and some man-made wonders which makes it one of the most fantastic tourist places near Bangalore within 300 kms. Standing on Tunga River banks, Shimoga is a gem for tourist enthusiast which has many things to offer.

The lush green forests, supercilious mountain peaks, glittering waterfalls, architectural magnificence, and the scenic landscapes make it an unmissable place for a short weekend trip.

Activities & Attractions:
 Mountain trek to Kodachadri, Safari, Bird watching, Water sports, Jog Falls, Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Nagara Fort, Keladia and Dabbe Falls.

Distance From Bangalore:
300 Kilometres

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Srirangapatna

Srirangapatna

A hidden treasure in the state of Karnataka, Srirangapatna is one of the offbeat places to visit near Mysore over a weekend. Even though the town is not much known to tourists, it holds a great religious, cultural and historical significance.

So, of course, you can definitely expect to find some ancient temples and exemplifying examples of architecture from the past during your days in Srirangapatna. With sites like Tipu’s Fort and Ranganathaswamy Temple, this town is a delight for history and architecture aficionado.

Distance From Mysore:
17 km

Places To See:
Daria Daulat Bagh, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Tipu Sultan Summer Palace.

How to reach from Mysore:
regular buses and cabs ply between Mysore and Srirangapatna.

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Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Also known as Nandidurga, Nandi is a beautiful hill station in Chikballapur district, Karnataka. Nandi Hills  often serves as a much needed respite for many of those living in the nearby cities. Excellent weather, great view points, wonderful ambiance and interesting attractions make Nandi Hills a very apt holiday destination.

Here you will find some beautiful cascading waterfalls, streams scenic picnic spots, rolling hills, caves and perfect landscape for photography. Nandi Hills is also an ideal destination for adventure seekers who are interested in paragliding.

It is one of the best hill stations near Mangalore that has fantastic terrain for cycling expeditions. One of the most popular attractions here is Tipu’s Drop, a 600meters high cliff which was used by Tipu Sultan to fling off prisoners. 

Distance from Mangalore: 378 km

Best Time to visit: October to May

Highlights: Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Sri Bhoga Narasimha Temple, Gavi Veerabhadraswamy temple, Summer Residence of Tipu Sultan, cycling, paragliding.
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Coonoor

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Coonoor is a municipality and a Taluk located in the Nilgiris district, on the western edge of the state, Tamil Nadu, India. As far as size is concerned, Coonoor, after Ooty, comes second in largeness in all of the beautiful hills of the Nilgiris, providing people with a lot of ground to tour. For more than one trekking expeditions, Coonoor is an ideal base and leads right into the Nilgiri Hills. The tourist places in Coonoor are breath-takingly beautiful.

For a Hill station, Coonoor is very accessible, with the nearest airport being only at a distance of 79 km from the town of Coonoor. The population being so less, it offers a peaceful and relaxing environment which other hill stations don’t. The station features a subtropical highland climate which basically means cool summers and cool but not cold winter.Among the tourist places in Coonoor comes Sim’s Park, with a collective display exceeding one thousand types of species of plants.

The botany based garden is developed partly in Japanese style. The main attractions of this park are the fruits and vegetables shows held annually, in May. Another important place to visit lies about 10 km away from Coonoor, considered a part of Coonoor, which is the Dolphin’s Nose Viewpoint, which is famous for the magnificent view of the beautiful Hills of Nilgiri and the beautiful Falls called Catherine. Catherine Falls is another important tourist attraction Coonoor.

Tourists normally go trekking from Lady Canning’s seat to Dolphin’s nose. Five and a half km away from Coonoor, also considered a part of Coonoor, lies Lamb’s Rock, which is another point of vantage. The Fort of Droog is a well-known attraction. People commuting to Mettupalayam, witness Law’s Falls about five km away from Coonoor.

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Udupi

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Udupi is a wonderful holiday destination in Karnataka located about 60 km away from Mangalore. One of the unique things about this city is that it is surrounded by the Western ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other. After Bangalore and Mangalore, Udupi is the most important city in Karnataka.

Udupi is famous for its scenic beauty, mouth watering cuisines, pristine beaches and untouched forests. One of the best things to do in Udupi is explore the wonderful green forests and get a glimpse of some of its rare inmates. The intricately carved temples are visited by devotees and history buffs all year round. Udupi has a rich cultural heritage with a history that is over 700 years old. 

Udupi has some of the most beautiful places to visit in Karnataka such as the famous Krishna temple which is visited by devotees all year round. Other popular places to visit here are St. Mary’s Island, Bramhvar, Barkur, Maple Beach, Kudlu Falls and Anantheshwar Temple. 

Udupi city is not only famous for having some good temples and beaches, but you can also do some fun activities in this city. You can try the banana boats on Maple beach or ride the speed boats and enjoy a trip to St Mary's island. Apart from boating, you can also do trekking, river rafting, water sports, pilgrimage, and many other outdoor activities. Udupi is also a great place to shop for Kanjeevaram sarees and other silken goods. 

This city of Karnataka gets quite hot in summer with soaring temperatures that averages around 40°C. Udupi is no different during the day but it gets quite pleasant in the evenings. Monsoon brings with it moderate to heavy showers which may hamper your sightseeing expeditions if you plan to visit during this time.  However, the best time to visit this interesting town is between October to March. This is the time when the weather is at its best and the surroundings have been washed over and refreshed after the monsoons rains.

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Wayanad

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Known for its soothing temperature all around the year, Wayanad is the ultimate destination to escape the scorching sun of North India. This place doesn’t only offer its cool temperature but along with that, it has untouched woods, misty mountains, and long spread plantations. Often called the spice garden of India, Wayanad is laid with many tourist places and vast orchards of various spices like cardamom, Black pepper, Star Anise, Fenugreek, Black cumin and more. These green orchards of distinct spices give this place a different fragrance which is further enriched with the aroma of coffee plantation, nutrition of organic fruits and vegetables and waving paddy fields.

Having said this much about the greenery in the city, it is understood that it will have numerous wildlife sanctuaries, reserves and national parks protecting the rural life of the forests. Adding to all the natural beauty you have India’s largest earth dam and Asia’s second-largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. Having mighty mountains, dense woods, and gushing rivers, Wayanad is a hub for trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and many more adventurous activities.

You can trek to India’s largest Earth Dam, Banasura Dam or trek to witness the sun setting behind the mountains from Wayanad’s highest peak, Chembra Peak. The list doesn’t end here, you have the chance to explore potentially Neolithic age at Edakkal Caves. You will find some petroglyphs- prehistoric rock carvings used as a communication tool.

Moreover, you will find some amazing examples of ancient architecture and religious beliefs through the monuments like Thirunelli Temple, Karinthandan Temple, Ancient Jain Temple and much more. All these threads weave into an amazing tapestry that will glorify your photo album as well as the album of your life.

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Ramanagara

Ramanagara

If you merely have a day in hand and want to spend some time far from the city rush, head to Ramanagar. Settled between Bangalore and Mysore, a lot of people have a fun day out here amidst the surrounding rocky hills. The town experiences pleasant tropical weather, thus frequently visited during the summer season.

Ramanagar boasts of seven hills which is the reason it is a heaven for rock climbers and trekkers who flock here to explore the surrounding hills. Other than adventure activities, it is likewise an ideal location for bird watching, nature trails, and wildlife spotting.

Best Time: November-February

Tourist Attraction: Bird watching, nature trails, and wildlife exploration.

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"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
04 September 2019
Excellent
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
09 November 2018
Excellent
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought. Kodachadri trekking was one of my awesome experience. They experience going through Jungle, waterfall, the valley of mountain and at the end reaching to the peak of 1343m its just awesome. #loveKodachadriTrek....!!
17 September 2018
Excellent
I would say that this is once in a lifetime trekking experience. Conquering the 3 highest peak. Karthik n Anupam who were our ODL made our trek memorable n entertaining through out, very friendly n energetic guys. We never felt that this was a group trek with some strangers, it was a nice bonding experience n meet new people. It’s a must do for core trekkers.. tests your endurance n spirt. 22 kms to n fro.. if u think only climb would b difficult n u can come down easily your wrong.. the path is so narrow n tricks n will test you in each n evry corner. A sense of accomplishment after completing the trip successfully with lots of stories to tell around and eager to venture on the next one. Thanks a lot to Anupam n karthik who took such good care of us throughout the trip.. awesome hospitality. Would love trekking with you all again soon
15 August 2014
Excellent
Kudremukh is an amazing peak and so far I had just heard about this place but finally I get to see it. Amazing place - loved the trekking experience. What an experience. I'm going again.
It was an awesome experience, the 3 days Chikmagalur tour was a fun and relaxing experience. Nice accommodation, neat & cleans rooms and the food was also good. We had fun while trekking and visiting the beautiful waterfalls.
22 January 2020
Excellent
We booked for 4 and we were so happy there on all over the trip, the food and camp was fine. The games and activities there and singing around the bonfire is very relaxing and satisfactory… we are coming again for sure.
03 March 2020
Excellent
The trekking trail is covered with lush greenery which can be seen throughout the trek and it looks amazing. The mountain views from the top are magnificent and the feeling was amazing to see the views from the highest peak of Karnataka.
24 February 2020
Excellent
We wanted to the trekking from long time finally we decided Thrillophilia because of its discounts and good reviews. The place was stanning and definitely the camps were comfortable. I m satisfied with the guide as his behaviour towards us is good and also he helped us regarding the food. very good experience and we enjoyed it.
02 January 2020
Excellent
Excellent trip with the amazing group, the guide was a professional person and we enjoyed with him, although our group was of 10 but we had a super trip like I cannot compare. Such a beautiful place with so many different views to enjoy. Very well managed trip with no worries. We will do this again soon and recommend you all to try this one out.

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  1. What are the best places to visit near Chikmagalur within 200 km?

    1. Nandi Hills: An ancient hill fortress sprawling at an elevation of over 1,400 feet above sea level, Nandi Hills is one of the top attractions near Chikmagalur. The hills are known for commanding stunning views of the rising and setting sun. Added attractions here include Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Amrita Sarovar.

    2. Mekedatu Falls: Marking the confluence of the Arkavati and Kaveri rivers, the majestic Mekedatu Falls are characterized by its gorges and ravines.

    3. Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary: Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary offers a fine display of the local natural wealth. Spotting of elephants, otters and wild boars are common here. The wildlife sanctuary also offers jungle camping and adventure sport facilities.

    4. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary: Sprawling across 40 acres, Ranganathittu is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka. A haven for bird watchers, the Sanctuary houses over 170 species of birds. Boating facilities can also be availed here.
  2. What are the best trekking places near Chikmagalur?

    1. Mullayanagiri Trek: Commencing from the highest peak of Karnataka, this trail takes its trekkers from Mullayanagiri peak to the Bababudangiri hills, and onwards to the Manikyadhara waterfalls. The trekking route is about 12 kilometers long.

    2. Kemmangundi Trek: Nestled within the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi is one of the most popular trekking destinations near Chikmagalur. Apart from the popular trek to the Z Point, Kemmangundi also houses a number of small waterfalls.

    3. Sakleshpur Railway Trek: One of the most scenic trekking routes near Chikmagalur, this trek takes you from Chikmagalur to the neighboring district of Sakleshpur along the railway lines. A number of tunnels, bridges, and waterfalls must be crossed in this adventurous yet fairly easy route.

    4. Kumara Parvatha Trek: A route tailored for seasoned trekkers only, the Kumara Parvatha trek is said to be the toughest climb in Karnataka. The adventurous trail takes you through volcanic rocks, dense jungles and rugged terrains.
  3. What are the best resorts near Chikmagalur to stay?

    1. River Tern Lodge: A romantic retreat set in an authentic jungle setting, the Tern Lodge in Bhadra offers a scenic riverside stay. The rooms here are well-furnished and comfortable. Added amenities at the resort includes games room, garden and adventure sport facilities.

    2. Ozone Valley: Set amidst sprawling coffee plantations, Ozone Valley promises a luxury stay in a pristine setting. The resort features spacious, well-equipped rooms along with a swimming pool, a games room and other adventure sport options.

    3. Jhari Eco Stay: Embraced by stunning waterfalls, Jhari Eco Stay is one of the most sought after eco resorts near Chikmagalur. The resort features spacious, well furnished rooms with an array of activities.
  4. What are the best places near Chikmagalur for a 2 days trip?

    1. Kudremukh National Park: Being one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hotspots, Kudremukh National Park is one of the most beautiful places near Chikmagalur. Nestled in the heart of the mountains, the National Park houses a number of animal and bird species.

    2 .Belavadi: Surrounded by lush green gardens, Belavadi is a national heritage site housing a number of historical temples that boast of unique architectural designs.

    3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: Housing an excellent variety of exotic flora and fauna, this Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its jeep safaris.

    4. Kalasa: One of the best places to visit near Chikmagalur for those with a spiritual bent of mind, this temple town in the Western Ghats is known for its Shri Kalaseshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  5. What are the famous places to visit near Chikmagalur for couples?

    1. Hebbe Falls: Offering a romantic escapade from the city life, this stunning waterfall is nestled amidst vast coffee plantations and scenic green surroundings.

    2. Baba Budangiri Tea Plantations: Some of the best tourist places to visit near Chikmagalur are the vast tea plantations in the heart of the hills. The plantation tours through the lush green setting offer a delightful insight into the plucking and pruning of tea leaves.

    3. Bhadra River: With its beautiful clear waters, Bhadra River is one of the most popular places to visit near Chikmagalur for couples. A number of activities such as boating or fishing are also done here.

    4. Kavikal Gandi View Point: Commanding excellent views of the surrounding ranges, this viewpoint can be reached by a short trek.

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