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Chikmagalur is situated in south western part of Karnataka, India, 3,400ft above sea level on the Sahyadri Mountains. Chikmagalur is in the foothills of the Baba Budangiri and offers a panoramic view of mountains, streams, coffee and pepper plantations for the tourists.

Rivers such as Tunga, Bhadra, Hemavathi, Netravathi and Vedavathi originates in the hills around Chikmagalur and has covered the town in different directions. History of this place dates back to 1670 when Baba Budan, a Muslim saint first brought coffee crop to India and cultivated first in Chikmagalur. He had brought coffee from Yemen and later the European planters developed the cultivation enormously in the hills of this region.

Coffee production and trading in this region is prevalent since the European era in India. For tourists, Chickmagaluru is an ideal retreat since it will maintain cool climate even during the summer season. Besides the climate, the nature in the region is green all time and gives you a special feeling of rejuvenation. Go for a trekking, visit a waterfalls and just laze in the coffee estates of Chikkamagaluru.

If you literally translate Chikmagalur in to English then it becomes "The town of the younger daughter". It is believed that the town was given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakkaraypatna. About 5 km from Chikmagalur town there is Hiremagalur which translates to "The town of the elder daughter".

Homestays in Chikmagalur

Chikmgalur is also known as the coffee country in Karnataka. The region is a habitat of several types of flora and fauna in Karnataka. The homestays in Chikmagalur are located amidst plantations and coffee estates with beautiful landscapes around them. The environment in these home stays are refreshing with fresh air to breathe and rib tickling breeze during the evenings. You can visit Chikmagalur homestays during any season and everytime you visit you will have a different and memorable experience. Chikkamagalur home stays under our umbrella are known for their heritage, hospitality, quality food, hygiene and feel at home experience offered to our guests.

Resorts in Chikmagalur

There are several resorts in Chikmagalur which are listed under regular and star category. The resorts are located amidst huge coffee estates and plantations. The holiday packages are tailored as per the individual or group requirements during the visit to Chikmagalur resorts. You can expect exciting activities like trekking, cycling, fishing, coracle ride, boating, plantation tour, bird watching... that are offered at the resorts during your stay. Chikkamagalur resorts are available online for comparison and booking on our portal with best price. You can take a prior reservation with us at our top 50 homestays & resorts by getting attractive packages and discount vouchers.

How to Book a Stay?

The availability of the stays is very important to continue your reservation procedures. You can first compare the stays listed on our portal and request a quote individual by simply filling a form or write to us by email or by just giving a missed call to our customer support number. After you select a stay you can proceed for rooms’ reservation with our online booking facility. Use your credit or debit card or net banking online for advance payments and receive your confirmation voucher.

We have some of the best villas, cottages, home stays and farm stays for your holiday in Chikkamangalore District. 

How to reach Chikmagalur?

 The nearest airport is at Bangalore (240 km)

 The nearest railway station is Kadur (30 km).

 Chickmagalur is well connected by roadways with all major cities in Karnataka. Cities like Shimoga (83 km), Mangalore (146km), Bangalore (240km), Hassan (60 Kms) are linked by roadways with Chickmagalur

Distance to Chikmagalur from major Cities

240 KMs
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146 KMs
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Travel Tips:

What to wear:

Since the region is known for moderate weather conditions, can be cold during winter and rainy and humid during summer. You should carry cotton clothes, sweaters and also nice shoes if you are planning for a trekking or estate tour. Carry umbrella during all seasons while stepping out for sun or rain during sightseeing.


This hill station in Malnad Karnataka is famous for heavy rains as well humid climate during rainy and summer seasons. The winters will be relatively cooler and you definitely need warm clothing to beat the cold. Keep umbrellas in your car always and can be handy for both hot sun and rainy season. The rains will pour nonstop at times and your rubber boots will be useful for tricky nature trails.

When to go:

If your travel dates are already planned then don’t worry what’s the weather condition and just enjoy your trip. In case you are still planning then decide whether you love rains or winter in Chikmagalur. This destination is beautiful to travel during any season and any month in a year.

Speak to our travel experts for more information.


Sightseeing Places in Chikmagalur

A scenic beauty of Karnataka, Kemmannugundi is located in Tarikere Taluk of Chikmagalur District in Karnataka, India. Kemmannugundi has a historical significance and it was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king.

Highlight: Trekking, Sunset and Photography.

Ayyankere is located in the north-east of Chikmagalur in the eastern base of Baba Budangiri hills. This large tank is said to have constructed during the period of Rukmangada Raya a chief of Sakrepatna. Later in 1156 AD, this tank was renovated by the Hoysala kingdom and it provides irrigation facilities to about 1,560 hectares of land.

Highlight: Water Tank, Photography and Nature Visit

Mullianagiri hill is the highest peak point in Karantaka with a height of 6,330 feet. Mulianagiri hills is the highest between the Himalayas and Nilgiris. This mesmerizing destination in Karnataka is only 15 Kms from the Chikmagalur city. Travellers can trek to Kemmannugundi through the Bababudangiri and GaliKere. 

Highlight: Trekking, Drive amidst greenery and Sunset

Belavadi, a village in Chikmagalur district is very popular for the Veeranarayana temple constructed by the Hoysala Empire. From the Chikmagalur town on the Chikmagalur-Javagal highway, Belavadi is located 29 kms southeast and 10 km north of Halebidu.

Highlight: Those who are visiting Belur and Halebidu can find Belavadi at a very convenient distance and can visit this quiet town have an endearing experience.

Belur, also referred as Velapuri is located in the Hassan District of Karantaka and is a popular tourist destination. Belur has a rich historical background; it was the early capital of Hoysala Empire. Belur is only 16 Kms away from Halebidu, which is yet again a tourist attraction.

Highlight: The major attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which has the Chennakesava Lord. 

Halebidu, was earlier called as Dwarasamudra and the literal meaning of Halebidu is ruined city. Since the city was ruined twice by the Bahman Sultanate it was named as Halebidu. It was the regal capital of Hoysala Empire and has the history that dates back to the 12th century.

Highlight: It is one of the best examples of Hoysala architecture. Photography and History.

Sringeri, which is also knowns as Shringeri is one of the major tourist and spiritual attraction in Karnataka, India. This spiritual and mesmerizing destination is the site of the ancient maţha established by Adi Shankaracharya who was a Hindu theologian and advocate of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy during the 8th century.

Highlight: Sharadha Temple, Fishes in the River, Photography and Nature.

Kudremukh, a mountain range in the Chikmagalur District is a name of small town located near the hills. This is one of the picturesque beauty of Malnad and travellers feel enchanted driving on these roads. This area is rich in wildlife and owing to the protection of the wild life Karnataka State Government has closed down the iron ore mining. 

Highlight: Shallow forest, photography, drive amidst greenery and camping.

Baba budangiri is also known as Dattagiri and it is in the Dattagiri hill range of Western Ghats in India. Baba Budangiri and Mulianagiri are collectively known as 'Chndradrona Parvatha Shreni' in Karnataka. This hill range is located 25 Kms north of Chikmagalur district and it is one of the paradise for the trekkers. 

Highlight: Trekking, Nature Trails, Photography and Wildlife.

Horanadu is one of the spiritual and holy city located in the Chikmagalur district of Karantaka. The worship is offered at Horanadu irrespective of caste, creed, language... of the devotees. Several people flood to this place to worship Annapoorneshwari God. Horanadu lies between the rich greenery of Malnad.

Highlight: Temple, Greenery and Nice drive stretch.

Bhadra Wild Life Santuary or Bhadra Wild Life park is located 38 Kms northwest of Chikmagalur in Karnataka. The sanctuary is surrounded by Mullaianagiri, Hebbegiri, Gangegiri and Bababudangiri hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. This has scenic hills and steep slopes and known for its rich natural beauty.

Highlight: Wildlife, Safari, Photography, Nature Trails and Trekking.


List of Water Falls in Chikmagalur:

1. Hebbe Falls: Kemmangundi Area

2. Kalathgiri Falls: Near Kemmangundi, Kalattipura Village.

3. Jagara Falls: Muthodi Area

4. Shanthi Falls: On the way to Z Point in Kemmangundi

5. Hanumana Gundi Falls: Kudremukh National Park

6. Shankara Falls: Hedadalu, Chikmagalur - sringei road

List of Trekking Spots in Chikmagalur

  1. Mullayanagiri 
  2. Kemmangundi 
  3. Bababudangiri
  4. Kudhremukh
  5. Muthodi
  6. Bhadra
  7. Shooting Point
  8. Sunset Point