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The park near State Bank junction, Court Road, Chikmagalur
Kadur Road
Rice, lentils and raita are the ingredients of Chickmagalur food

Chikmagalur (Kannada: ಚಿಕ್ಕಮಗಳೂರು) is a city in Karnataka, known for its coffee plantations and Bababudan Giri ranges.

Understand

Chikmagalur city is at the foot of highest mountain range in Karnataka. The life-supporting rivers of Karnataka and other states - Tunga, Bhadra, Hemavati, Vedavati, Yagachi originate in the Western Ghat hills of the district. The district is a great attraction to all kinds of people - trekkers, pilgrims, travellers and tourists.

Get in

By air

Mangalore airport, 170km Bangalore airport, 250km .

By train

Passenger trains are available from Kadur, at a distance of 40km.

By bus

Buses are available from Bangalore, Hassan and Mangalore.

By car

You can drive to Chikmagalur comfortably by road from Hassan60 km, which is again 185 km from Bangalore.

By taxi/car rental

You can hire a taxi or rent a car from Bangalore to visit Chikmagalur. Out station car rental companies charge for a minimum of 250 km/day @ a fare/km rate + driver charges (BA/TA: Boarding Allowance Travel Allowance). The fares depend upon the type of car you are looking for. It is advisable to rent cars from reliable and established car rental operators.

Get around

By autorickshaw

Drivers don't go by meters. They fix a charge for the place you want to go; bargaining is up to you. The more your attire and luggage announce that you are a tourist the greater the chance of drivers ripping you off.

By taxi

Tourist Cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places like Kemmannagundi. Costs are about ₹10 per kilometer

See

Temples

  • Amrutapura.
  • Balehonnur.
  • Belavadi..
  • Horanadu.
  • Kalasa.
  • Sringeri.

Hill Stations

  • B.B.Hills (Bababudangiri). Minibus starts from the Private busstand everyday by 12.30 pm. Once you reach B.B.Hills, you have just one hour to explore the hills because the same bus returns by 5 p.m. There is only one tea shop at B.B.Hills, so you have to beg for a plate of hot porottas. But you can skip the eating as the scenes as terrific.
  • Devi Rammana Betta.
  • Giridarshini, Mangalore Road (6 km).
  • Kaimara. The road from Kaimara to Kemmannagundi is heavenly.
  • Kemmanagundi (57 km). Rose garden also.
  • Mullayangiri. highest point in South Karnataka
  • Rathnagiri. Good view of the city

Other Attractions

  • Agumbe (3 hour drive).
  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (38 km). 1,875 m above sea level
  • Cafe Coffee Day Headquarters.
  • Coffee Museum (5 k.m.).
  • Hebbe Falls, Near Kemmanagundi.
  • Hirekolale Pond.
  • Kudremukh National Park.
  • Malayamarutha (50 km).

Do

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Trekking
  • Chikmagalur Walk (5 km). Turn right from the chekpost bus stop on Kadur road. Walk past summit school upto Aldur village. Proceed to Railway station area. Visit the Brahmakumaris ashram on the way. Very scenic surroundings.

Buy

ATMs

Available in plenty.

Money Exchange

Do it before you arrive at Chikmagalur.

Eat

Balls of red finger millet are eaten in Chikmagalur with a curry of pulses

Budget

  • Food Palace, RG Rd. is a fairly small fast-food joint, ideal for breakfast
  • Hotel Kamat, Indira Gandhi Rd.
  • Maharaja Restaurant, IG Rd. You will get very good non-veg food at very reasonable price. The service is very nice.
  • Malnad Paradise, Indira Gandhi Rd.
  • Mayura Vegetarian, Near Head Post Office. for Masala Dosai, a fermented crepe made from rice batter, black lentils, potato and onions. ₹35
  • Raj Mahal Hotel, Indira Gandhi Rd.
  • Salpicon, K.M Rd (head north-east on KM Rd. Pass by Gas Station (on the left). Destination is on the right, opp APMC Market and nearby to AIT college), +91 98 45231359. Open Mon 4PM-9:30PM; Tue-Sun 11:30AM-9:30PM. Burger shop with an unique flavour of herbs on it.

Mid-range

  • Hotel Soundarya Residency and Hotel Soundarya Deluxe, Indira Gandhi Rd (nearby the bus stand).
  • Town Canteen, Ratnagiri Rd (opposite DACG Polytechnic). Do not miss the Masala Dosa. One of the famous joints for them, they may beat even Vidyarthi Bhavan of Bangalore. Avoid extra butter.

Splurge

  • Eagle Eye Resort, Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet (between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary Kadavanthi. From Chikmagalur follow the road about 45 km toward Aldur. From Aldur Junction turn right and travel until you reach a small church on the left. Turn right there. Total distance from Chikmagalur is about 45 km), +91 8262 324522. ₹1,400-₹4,000.

Drink

Sleep

Budget

  • Hotel Empire, Off Indira Gandhi Rd. Opened around Oct 2010, small but good rooms, clean bathrooms but questionable service. ₹1,000.
  • Hotel Soundarya Residency, Indira Gandhi Rd. Some rooms have A/C.
  • Raj Mahal Hotel, Indira Gandhi Road.

Mid-range

Splurge

  • Eagle Eye Resort, Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet. Between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary Kadavanthi (From Chikmagalur follow the road about 45 km toward Aldur. From Aldur Junction turn right and travel until you reach a small church on the left. Turn right there. Total distance from Chikmagalur is about 45 km), +91 8262 324522. Scenic resort with sports, volleyball, badminton and a bonfire in the evenings. River side picnic (extra cost of ₹500). Shooting and target practice cost ₹1,400-₹4,000 per day/person. Room/cottage/villa/glass-house with a mini skywalk. Room rate includes breakfast-lunch-dinner and tea in the morning and evening.
  • The Gateway Hotel, K.M. Rd (Opposite Pavitravana Jyothinagar), +91 8262 660660-1. Restored colonial architecture in the coffee district, surrounded by sights and sounds of nature.
  • The Planters Court, K M Rd, +91 8262 223 5881. Accommodation includes 3 suites. Multi cuisine restaurants serving local Malnad cuisine to North Indian, Chinese & European specialities.
  • The Serai, Mugthihalli, K M Rd. Check-in: 2:30PM, check-out: 12:30PM.

Connect

Post offices are available in Basavanahalli, Vijayapura, MG Rd and the General Post Office (GPO), at the end of MG Rd.

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