- Chikamangalur- Enchanting Chikamangalur
Chikamangalur is the ultimate trekkers paradise hills, valleys and
rugged mountains characterize the landscape of this scenic town situated
in the Sahyadri Mountains. Coffee and pepper plantations cover vast
stretches of the valleys. Even now, coffee cultivation is one of the
mainstays of Chikamangalur. Coffee is said to have introduced to India
here, the first seeds having been brought from Yemen by the Muslim saint
Baba Budan. One of the mountain ranges has in fact been named after the
saint. A popular spot of tourists is the laterite cave Inam Dattatreya
Peetha, visited by both Hindus and Muslims. Down the mountains trickle a
number of streams of the rivers Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi,
Chikamangalur means the town of the younger daughter. 5 km from here is Hiremagalur, the town of the elder daughter
The Kodanda Ramaswamy temple has been dedicated to Lord Rama. The
architecture of the temple reveals that it was built in three stages the
basic structure, especially the Garbagriha and the sukanasi exhibits
Hoysala architecture. The remaining parts are typical Dravidian in their
style and form. The Rathnagiri Bore is a hillock from the top of which
you can have spectacular views of Mullayanagiri, the highest peak of
The town also has some temples and shrines spread across its surroundings, which would definitely be of interest to an archeologist. The Belavadi, for example, is an ancient village peppered with temples the most important of which is the Veeranaraya temple that upholds the best depiction of Hoysala architecture. Marla also can take you by surprise, given the intricate carvings and craftsmanship of the temple there the Chennakeshava temple.
The Bhadra wildlife sanctuary is home to a variety of rare animals such as the Gaur, the chital, the sambar, panther, partridge, porcupine, reptiles like the cobra, python etc. There is a long stretch of road running alongside the sanctuary from where spectators can safely view life inside.
The scenic hill station of Kemmanagundi lies 55 km north of Chikamangalur. Kemmanagundi was also the favorite summer camp of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar. The climate here is pleasantly cool throughout the year. The area is also famous for its multihued rose garden, which lies amidst natural surroundings of mountain, valley and river.
At a distance of 8 km from here is the Hebbal falls. The silver cascades drop down from a height of no less than 168 m here. The Kalhatti falls are also situated nearby. The little temple tucked away in between two rocks is something one should watch out for.
Kudramukh is another equally enchanting hill station overlooking the Arabian Sea. Kudramukh with its tropical evergreen rainforests, deep gorges, precipices and valleys can tempt even the most hesitant of trekkers to find a track. Kudramukh can throw unexpected surprises at you the ruins of an ancient civilization or an unexplored cave. Kudramukh, which means horseface, also has a wildlife sanctuary called the Kudramukh national park.
- Best Time To Visit
All around the year.
- How to Reach
Mangalore airport is the nearest airport, 170 km from here.
Kadur Railway station, 40 km away.
NH 13 and NH 206 run though here.