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Translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’ as it was presented as dowry to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada, this serene city is also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ tranquilizing you from within with its aroma.

Lush green trees set against the backdrop of majestic Mullayangiri ranges, Chikmagalur is one of the most popular spots for trekkers, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and explorers. The pious land is home to numerous temples including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple adding grace to the grandeur of the vicinity bringing in devotees from far and close offering their prayers.

Chikmagalur stands at an elevation of 3,400 feet, covered with eye-catching tea and coffee plantations, making it a major commercial hub of the state, and also bringing in tourists from all over the world to entice the unique experience of walking through the plantations.

This entrancing hill station is not just about temples and sightseeing but also adventure activities that would savor your inner thrill enthusiast.  
Do not miss out on the famous waterfalls, namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls as there are plenty of them that will surely leave you mesmerized by spellbinding scenic beauty. Cascade of water flowing over the rugged terrain, it is a view that you will remember all through your life.

If you wish to find an escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life, this is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna. Do not forget to carry your camera along to come back with pictures to flaunt on your social media. 

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Latest Information on Travelling to CHIKMAGALUR?

Entry is open form all domestic states for all kinds of travel. However carrying a Covid-19 negative certificate is mandatory. This includes flights, buses, trains or even private vehicles.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory in public areas.
  • All hot spots and contamination zones have been gone under lockdown till further notice.
  • For international travel, passengers will have to showcase Health Declaration form upon arrival to airport health staff
  • International travellers need to furnish a negative test report of Covid-19. However, the test must not be older than 72 hours.
  • A fine of Rs. 100 will be imposed in rural areas for not wearing a mask.
  • Spitting in public places is punishable by a fine.
  • Consumption of paan, gutka, liquor and tobacco in public places is prohibited.
  • Quarantine is not required for asymptomatic domestic passengers.
  • International passengers with symptoms will be sent to testing centers and Health Authorities shall decide about the Quarantine requirements for symptomatic passengers
  • The nearest easily accessible airport is in Bangalore. The flights for Bangalore are available from domestic destinations like Indore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and 10+ other destinations
  • The nearest operational railway station to Chikmagalur is Bangalore. The Bangalore railway station can be reached from Mumbai, Dananpur, Hubli, Guwahati, Chennai and New Delhi
Local Transport
  • State transport buses, autos, taxis and cabs are allowed to run in the city while taking care of COVID-19 guidelines.

It is safe to visit Chikmagalur for travellers. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all safety precautions and guidelines issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to stay safe.

Lockdown relaxed in Chikmagalur Updated: 12 Jun 2021

With the positivity rate in the 19 districts showing less than 5 per cent, chief minister announced that the relaxation will be on a trial basis from June 14, 6am to June 21, 6am.

Full lockdown to be experienced in Chikmagalur Updated: 04 Jun 2021

Chikmagalur to experience complete lockdown from 10 AM to 6 AM till further notice.

Covid-19 test required to enter Karnataka Updated: 04 May 2021

Tourists need to get their RT-PCR test done as COVID-19 negative certificate is mandatory for all visitors.This includes flights, buses, trains or even private vehicles.

Covid guidelines for travellers coming to Karnataka Updated: 04 May 2021

Travellers visiting Karnataka will be screened at the airport and will need to provide a Covid-19 negative certificate. However, the test has to be done 72 hours prior to the visit. The negative report will be verified by the airline staff at the time of boarding.

Kerala-Karnataka borders reopened for inter-state travel Updated: 04 May 2021

The Kannada district of Karnataka has opened all border roads to Kasaragod district in Kerala, allowing inter-state travel of daily commuters with some regulations related to COVID-19 norms.

Public transport running properly in Chikmagalur with strict COVID-19 guidelines. Updated: 09 Mar 2021

Bengaluru and other parts of the state (including Chikmagalur) opened up to movement of people by public transport, resulting in seamless travelling experience.

New rules for containment zone in Karnataka Updated: 20 Feb 2021

If 5 or more people are tested positive from the same building be it housing, hostels or institutions, then it would be declared contaminated.

Inter-state movement restrictions relaxed in Karnataka Updated: 08 Feb 2021

Inter-state travel is open for domestic travellers. However, it is advised to practice social distancing and monitor your health. If you start to feel Covid-19 symptoms, self isolate and seek medical attention immediately.

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21 August 2019
The drive to the location is scenic and if you love driving, then it is a double-treat. We reached around 2 PM in the afternoon last weekend and yes, it was raining but intermittently. We enjoyed the rainy weather a lot. Kids had an absolutely wonderful experience with some of the activities on site like playing in the slushy mud, rain dance, and of course we spend a good amount of time in the water stream that passes around this camping site. No, it's not a river... it is a big water stream that flows from the hills around the site. The staff is extremely helpful, and Aditya who manages the site is a great person. He can also talk in Hindi and English fluently, not just Kannada. So, you will never have to worry about communication issues. The food was super delicious all through lunch, dinner and breakfast... served hot. In fact, when we arrived at the site we were the only guests there and that earned us brownie points in specifying the menu for both lunch and dinner. We did not stay in the tents that were available as we had two kids who were less than five years old and didn't want the weather to affect their health. Next time for sure though. The cottages were well-maintained and we stayed in one of them. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking with the stream flowing right in front of the cottages. Overall, a fantastic place to unwind and relax... and have fun with the various activities. A big thank you to the staff for making our stay a memorable one. I for one would surely like to revisit this place and stay for more than a day. And, in the rainy season! Cheers!
"It was a great experience. Having had no experience of this sort before, I was in dilemma to book it or no. However, It was lot of fun, we covered all the locations in less time than scheduled. "
This homestay is at the top of the hill and a maximum of 12-15 people can be accommodated at a time . You feel at one with nature and can sit watching the hills for ever . The couple who host this place are very warm and make you feel at home. Extremely clean and tasty food add to the experience. I would love to go back and recommend this to any one who wants a calm get away with their family and friends.
A secluded home stay in the middle of jungle and mountains with little to no connectivity to the city. The jeep ride from hanbal to the spot is hell of a journey, you’ll remember forever. The view point from the spot is amazing and out of the world. However, beware of leeches if you’re going in monsoons. It’s a perfect weekend gateway if you want to relax with your family and friends.
"it was an awesome experience, Stay was good and Karthik arranged trekking,visit to less known water fall and and a hill station view and shooting point... Everything was awesome. the Time we choose to visit chikmagalur was just perfect (Aug 31 to Sep2). it was cool weather there with slight raining and drizzling. They Serbia malnad style food which was tasty and good for the that kind of climate."
The campaign was great and the activities were sorted out. We went on a Thursday which ensured that we had the whole place to us and hence we were more at peace. The food can be improved.
"We were 3 couples with 2 kids staying 3 D/ 2 N. Mind-blowing experience. Out-of-the-world hospitality and lip-smacking food. "
28 January 2021
It was wonderful experience we had here, we were five friends and wanted to have a peaceful and private place to talk and enjoy. and this place was awesome. All amenities were available to perform the activities. Food is also superb and hospitality was also fantastic.
15 January 2021
Brilliant location, total privacy, tasty food, Bonfire going into the early hours with loud music... what more can we ask:-)
12 January 2021
My family along with my friend's family had visited Chikmagalur for 3 days trip. The stay in your estate was very good. The food you served was extremely good in quality. My two year old baby had the same food what we had and she was very comfortable with the same. The only thing which needs attention is geyser. It took more time to get the water heated. Other then that, the rooms, washrooms etc., are all very good.

People Also Ask About Chikmagalur

  1. Which are the must visit attractions in Chikmagalur?

    The verdant greenery has umpteen number of attractions to share with each of its visitors makes this top among travellers list. Click here to know all the famous places in the city. 

    Kudremukh National Park - Best known for trekking and wildlife
    Hebbe Falls - Best known for natural jacuzzi with exotic herbs
    Tea Plantation - Best known for photography, accommodations
    Homestay with Private Waterfall - Best known for homely feel and best amenities 
    Kyatanamakki - Best known for jeep ride, picturesque sunsets
    Madu Gundi Falls - Best known for off-roading, nature photography
    Mullayanagiri Coffee Estates - Best known for jeep ride, heaven for coffee lovers

  2. What are the best things to do in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is one of those tourist attractions known for its heritage spots, water attractions, adventurous activities, wildlife safaris, and unique nature themes. So whether you are one of those bold adventure junkies or the silent brooding nature lovers, Chikmagalur will delight you with the plethora of activities which it offers.

    Mullayanagiri Trek, Chikmagalur @ Rs 3287/- 
    Chikmagalur Camping At Great Monsoon Retreat at Rs 3050/-
    Kudremukh Trek, Chikmagalur at Rs.3499/-
    Bhadra River Rafting, Chikmagalur at Rs.1200/-
    Tea Plantation Walk In Chikamagalur @ Rs.380/-
    Kayaking In Chikmagalur at Rs.250/-
    Stay at Chikmagalur Homestay With Private Waterfall at Rs.2500/-

  3. What are the romantic things to do in Chikmagalur?

    Here are some of the most romantic things to do in Chikmagalur;

    1. Tea plantation walking tours: 
    Being one of the most loved hill stations of Southern India, Chikmagalur has got over thousands of acres of tea and coffee plantation. You can spend time with your beloved taking walks along with the aromatic estates. 
    2. Witness the majestic Hebbe Falls: Hebbe Falls is one of the cascading falls in Chikmagalur that is adorned with pristine natural beauty. It falls from a great height of about 551 meters above the ground. 
    3. Jeep Ride to Jhari falls: Taking a jeep ride to the jhari falls is surely one of the most loved romantic as well as offbeat experiences that you can have with your beloved partner in the course of your stay in Chikmagalur. 
    4. Camping in Chikmagalur: Camping in the middle of the alluring nature on top of the hills of Chikmagalur is one of the best experiences that you can relish. Come over with your beloved partner and share a tent in the campsite to experience life at its best close to nature. 
  4. Where is Chikmagalur located? How can I reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore?

    Chikmagalur is located in the Chikamagaluru district along the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range in the Indian state of Karnataka.

    By Air: If you want to reach Chikmagalur by air then there are various airline options are available for you. The Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Chikmagalur; sharing a distance of 110 km. from Mangalore airport you can hire a taxi to reach the location. There are both domestic and international flights landing in that airport. These flights are affordable and you can approach for early booking.

    By Railway: Yes, Chikmagalur has its own railway station but to be frank, it is not well-connected. And thus if you want to reach Chikmagalur by train you have to reach Kadur railway station that shares a distance of 40 km from Chikmagalur. The Bangalore rail station lies within 203 km from Chikmagalur.

    By Bus: Bus services are also available to reach Chikmagalur. The distance between Bangalore and Chikmagalur is 240 km and takes 6 hours to reach. From Mangalore junction, the ticket costs Rs 150 and it takes near about 4 hours to covers 127 km. From Mysore, it takes 3 hours to reach covering a distance of 180 km. The ticket costs Rs 100.  This is perhaps the most hassle-free journey to Chikmagalur, as you won’t need to change the vehicle again and again and can direct visit the destination.

    By Car: If you want to drive your own car to reach Chikmagalur then you have to cover a total distance of 240 km. from Bangalore you would take 4 hours to reach.  The route is Bangalore kunigal - Channarayapattana - Hassan - Belur - Chikmagalur. From Mysore, it is 180 km. In the car you would take 3 hours covering the route via Arsikere - Mysore - Belur - Chigmagalur. And from Mangalore, you have to cross 110 km taking 1.5 hours via NH169 and Sringeri road in a car. 

    Check Out: Bangalore to Chikmagalur Travel Guide

  5. What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur for a vacation?

    From the month of September to the month of March is considered as the right time to visit the place. During this period of time, the weather remains very soothing and comfortable for the tourist to explore different tourist spots in Chikmagalur.

    During the summer season: From March to June the temperature of Chikmagalur ranges between 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. This wonderful hill station can be visited in these months, but sightseeing becomes difficult during the hours when the humidity and the hot weather reach its top. If you have no issues with the time schedule, then it would be better if you skip this season and visit Chikmagalur during the monsoon or during the winter season. 

    During the monsoon season: The months July, August, and September cover the monsoon season in Chikmagalur. During this period of time, the beauty of this hill station enhances. The hills look more attractive and spellbinding. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur you can try booking this tourist destination during the monsoon. Remember that heavy rainfall may affect your tour to visit the markets in the town. And this is why do not forget to carry an umbrella or raincoats if you visit this place during the monsoon. 

    During the winter season: September, October, November, December, January, and February are considered as the winter months in this amazing hill station. During these periods of time the temperature ranges from 10 to 32 degree Celsius. This is undoubtedly the best season to visit this attractive tourist destination. During the winter season, the weather of Chikmagalur remains extremely delightful and the hill starts looking colourful. The winter season is considered as the perfect season to visit for the tourist. If you are planning to visit Chikmagalur, you are advised to book tickets for the winter season.

  6. Is it safe to travel to Chikmagalur?

    Karnataka is considered as the safest state of India because of the low crime rates. Known for friendly and welcoming locals, you can comfortably seek help from the locals if you get stuck anywhere. It is advisable to stay alert and not trust anyone blindly on the trip.

    Women should try not to wander around alone during the late hours. It would be better to keep a small knife and pepper spray handy for your own safety. Make sure you let someone know about your location and keep them well informed of your plans to be on the safer side.

  7. I am woman visiting Chikmagalur alone? Will I be safe?

    Chikmagalur is one of the safest destinations for women travelers in India. The state of Karnataka has one of the lowest crime rates in the country and you should be fine even if you are traveling alone.

    However to be on a safer side, we suggest you to dress conservatively and not go out alone at nights or isolated locations by yourself.

  8. Is Chikmagalur a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    Chikmagalur is an excellent location to venture out on weekends from Bangalore. With its pleasant climate and its picturesque landscapes favorable for trekking and sightseeing across its coffee plantations and green velvety hills, it is an ideal getaway option for both family and friends and you will enjoy a lot with your group in this amazing tourist destination.

  9. Can we go to Chikmagalur for a family vacation?

    Yes! Home to numerous temples dripping in architectural grandeur including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple to name a few, major families come flocking from far and nearby pay their religious respect and pray for good fortune.

    Not just temples, Chikmagalur also has an abundance of attractions like the Bhadra WildlifeSanctuary, Coffee Museum, Bhadra Dam, and Kudremukh National Park, which you can visit along with your kids.

    You can also enjoy the eye-feasting view of the cascading falls which are plenty in the vicinity namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls.

    Must Check: Best Chikmagalur Tour Packages

  10. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Chikmagalur?

    Your trip to Chikmagalur can be easily completed in a couple of days where you can explore trekking, wildlife safaris, camping and other adventure activities

    It is better you select a holiday package depending upon the time and money you wish to spend on different activities. Also, take your budget into consideration while planning a trip to Chikmagalur or check out some
    Chikmaglur tour packages.

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    laces to visit in Chikmagalur in 2 days

  11. Which are the best camping tours in Chikmagalur?

    Camping places in Chikmagalur allows you to take the vacation which you will cherish forever.  Click here to grab the tour at the best price available starting from just 1500 INR. 

    Camping In Sakleshpur, Chikmagalur @ 1749 Only
    Chikmagalur Camping At Great Monsoon Retreat @ 3050 Only
    Riverside Camping In Chikmagalur @ 1920 Only
    Campsite With Fun Activities Near Chikmagalur @ 1500 Only

  12. Which are some highest peaks in Chikmagalur for trekking?

    If wandering amidst the forests, listening to the chirping sounds of birds and counting stars in the sky during the night defines your dream adventure excursion, then Chikmagalur is one of the best spots to make this dream of yours come true. 

    Chikmagalur is an ideal location for trekking to the hills. The highest peaks here for trekking are:


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  13. Can we do Kemmanagundi Trekking in Chikmagalur? What is special about it?

    Yes, you can do Kemmanagundi Trekking in Chikmagalur to explore the beauty of Western Ghats. The trek includes camping, bonfire and a visit to Hebbe Falls with an excellent opportunity to discover the coffee plantations in the backdrop of a serene landscape.

    The beautiful waterfall located between the green hills and dark forests makes the trek unforgettable. The trek is known for its captivating beauty and a tranquilizing experience amidst nature which will de-stress you as you engage in this adventurous activity.

  14. Can we trek to Kudremukh in Chikmagalur? How difficult is it?

    The Kudremukh trek in Chikmagalur is an exciting activity for a delightful experience to explore the majestic landscapes. The difficulty level of this trek is from moderate to difficult. It is one of the most beautiful treks of South India and an ideal place to tramp in the wild.

    The trail offers some breathtaking vistas of the lush green valleys and the verdant meadows of the Western Ghats. There is also an opportunity to witness an enchanting waterfall as you cherish the experience in such a great landscape.

  15. Can we visit Coffee Plantations in Chikmagalur? What is special about it?

    Yes, you can definitely enjoy a Coffee Plantation tour when in Chikmagalur. It includes a homestay at a coffee estate where you can explore the coffee plantations and spend time amidst nature.

    Chikmagalur is popularly known as the Coffee Land of Karnataka and an awesome destination to enjoy the aroma of coffee while trekking around the coffee plantations.

  16. Are there any famous temples to see in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are many famous temples where you can explore the beauty of Chikmagalurthey are:

    -Sharadamba Temple
    -Amruteshwar Temple
    -Vidyashankara Temple
    -KodandaRamaswamy Temple

  17. Which are some famous resorts to stay in Chikmagalur?

    Chikmagalur is known for its scenic beauty which is unparalleled to most of the places. The verdant greenery will just take your breath away as you indulge in sightseeing in Chikmagalur.
    So the best way to cherish these experiences is by picking the resort which allows you to fulfil your travel goals in Chikmagalur.

    Some of the
    most famous resorts for staying in Chikmagalur are:

    -The Serai Resort
    -Winter Greens Resort
    -Eagle Eye resort
    -Jenukallu Resort
    -Tusk and Dawn
    -River Tern Lodge
    -Kalgreen Valley Resort
    -Silent Valley Resort

  18. Which restaurants serve local cuisine of Chikmagalur?

    The local cuisine of Chikmagalur which is also known as Malenadu cuisine is famous for its richness and spicy flavors, mainly supplemented by the taste of coconut milk. Rice and fish curry serve as staple items of the local platter in Chikmagalur.

    There are many restaurants where you can enjoy the local cuisine at Chikmagalur. Some of these are:

    -Grand Maharaja Multi Cuisine Family restaurant
    -Food Palace
    -Town Canteen
    -Odyssey, The Serai
    -Coffee Barn Cafe
    -The Estate Cafe
  19. Are there sufficient ATMs in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are plenty of ATMs in Chikmagalur of various banks like State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank, Corporation Bank, Axis Bank etc.

  20. How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Chikmagalur? Is there any hospital?

    There are many institutions in Chikamagalur in case you face any medical emergency. Some of the hospitals are:

    -Ashraya Hospital
    -Malnad Hospitals
    -Anuradha Hospital etc.

  21. Is smoking/drinking legal in Chikmagalur?

    Yes, there are many resorts where you can indulge in smoking or drinking in Chikmagalur. So if you are 18 or above, there is no restriction on drinking/smoking. However, it is advisable to check with the resort/restaurant where you are.

    Smoking/drinking is strictly prohibited when you are going for trekking or engaging in any other adventure activities.

  22. Which are famous waterfalls in Chikmagalur?

    The best waterfalls in Chikmagalur are:

    -Jhari Waterfalls
    -Hanuman Gundi Falls
    -Shankar Falls
    -Kadambi Falls
    -Jhari or Dabdabe Falls

  23. How can I explore Chikmagalur in 2 days?

    Here are some of the places that you can explore in 2 days at Chikmagalur:

    1. Trekking at Mullayanagiri: 
    Mullayanagari is one of the best peaks of Chikmagalur that is widely popular for its adventure activities. Adventure seekers love to trek to the top of the peak and experience heaven on earth located 2000 above the sea level. 
    2. Explore Caves at Baba Budangiri: Baba Budangiri is yet another popular tourist spot that is named after the famous Muslim Saint Baba Budan. This place is located at an elevation of about 1900 meters above sea level. 
    3. Experience Homestay at Chikmagalur: Homestays in Chikmagalur are considered to be one of the best accommodations that one can relish in Karnataka. These homestays are located in the middle of lush green covers as well as coffee plantations. Staying at this place, you can relish the delicious local cuisine. 
    4. Learn more about the coffee culture of Chikmagalur: Coffee plantation of Chikmagalur is widely known all over the world. Coming over to this place, you will be able to relish strolling around the bushes of coffee estates experiencing eye-catching animals and birdlife. 
    5. Bone Rattling Drive to Hebbe Falls: Driving to Hebbe Falls is one of the best ever activities that you can carry out to explore the offbeat lifestyle. The best way to experience the thrill would be driving an SUV to reach the destination. 
    6. Try golf at Chikmagalur Golf Club: Playing golf at the Chikmagalur Golf Club will surely be one of the best experiences that you can get from this serene hill station of Karnataka. The club house is well maintained and impressive. 
  24. What all should I carry while visiting Chikmagalur for holiday?

    While it is advisable to pack less for the trip, there are certain things you must keep handy for a successful and comfortable trip, namely:

    -Mosquito repellants
    -Warm clothes
    -First aid kit (inclusive of basic medicines for cold, fever, cuts, and injuries)
    -Tickets and itinerary
    -Medical requirements (consult a physician)
    -Sports shoes

    Make sure you check your shoes prior to your journey as you would not want to have sore feet keeping you off the thrill so close.