Chikmagalur - a Jewel in the Crown of Karnatka

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Published: 26th October 2012
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A trip to Chikmagalur makes for an invigorating experience. Deep green valleys, craggy hill peaks and acres and acres of soothing coffee plantations all seem to have been benevolently placed by the creator. A plethora of attractions, both natural and manmade, make the destination an irresistible place. The fact that Chikmagalur is also located reasonably close to Hassan, Mangalore and many other hot tourist getaways, further enhances its popularity. Overall, Chikmagalur is easily one of the most unforgettable places in Karnataka. Many jaded travellers agree on this count. Come, get acquainted with the most popular attractions in Chikmagalur and grab some quick tidbits on Hassan and Mangalore by sifting through this Chikmagalur travel guide.


 

Tour of Baba Budan Giri



Easily one of the top highlights of one’s Chikmagalur travel, Baba Budan Giri or Dattagiri is a very well known hill peak. Located at a height of around 1895 metres above sea level, Baba Budan Giri offers marvellous views and is home to a rich variety of bird life. The area is also famous for the beautiful Manikvadhara waterfall. Nature lovers will be delighted to known that mountain flowers called ‘Kurinji’ are found in abundance here. These flowers only bloom once in 12 years. The peak is also revered greatly by Hindus and Muslims alike owing to its association with the Hindu God, Guru Dattatreya and the fact that it is named after Baba Budan, a Muslim saint. In  a nutshell, Baba Budan Giri has often been billed as the most valuable element of Chikmagalur tourism.



Travel to Horanadu



Add a tinge of religion to your Chikmagalur tour by venturing to Horanadu, located around 100 km beyond the town of Chikmagalur. Located amidst the spectacular settings of the Western Ghats, Horanadu is highly popular for the very old temple of Goddess Annapoorneshwari. However, the temple is now known as Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. Every visitor is offered food and shelter here. The Goddess is depicted with four hands holding Chakra, Sri Chakra, Gayathrimantra and Shanka. The beauty of the surrounding lush jungles and valleys perfectly complement the peaceful and pious ambiance of the temple. You certainly won’t regret including a detour to this temple in your travel planner for Chikmagalur.



A Camping Trip to Mullayanagri



Most people who travel to Chikmagalur have a love for the outdoors and like to camp out. Well, Chikmagalur is just perfect for camping trips and one of the best places for camping is Mullayanagiri. Located approximately 16 km from Chikmagalur town, it forms part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill ranges. Try to imagine ponds full of fishes and jungles full of bird and animal life and you will get a brief idea about the beauty of Mullayanagiri. With spectacular sunsets and wonderful trekking tracks, Mullayanagiri effortlessly endears itself to visitors. Go ahead and plan a trip to Mullayanagiri if you want to enjoy nature to the fullest.



Tourist Places around Chikmagalur

  

There are plenty of attractive tourist places around Chikmagalur. Just two of the popular destinations include Hassan and Mangalore. Here is how you may go about finalising a travel planner to both these places from Chikmagalur.



Trip to Hassan



The Chikmagalur to Hassan distance is approximately 60 km. You may hire a Chikmagalur to Hassan car or cab. By car, the journey can be completed in a little over an hour’s time.



Trip to Mangalore



The Chikmagalur to Mangalore distance is about 150 km. Dozens of visitors travel from Chikmagalur to Mangalore as the destination holds a lot of tourist charm. You can try to make train ticket reservations for your journey. However, many tourists prefer to travel from Chikmagalur to Mangalore by car as the drive is pretty scenic.


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