Easily featured among the most charming tourist spots of Karnataka is Chikmagalur. Tending beauty in its abode with heavenly mist on its many hills, Chikmagalur could be called the Queen of Hills. Filled with the aroma of coffee beans and with the credit of bringing coffee to India, it is the coffee capital of Karnataka.
Located 250 km to the North-West of Bangalore, Chikmagalur could be best accessed via road. Passing through Nelamangala, Kunigal, and Hassan, Chikmagalur makes for a beautiful holiday.
Chikmagalur is often considered to be a trekker's paradise. Mullayangiri, Baba Budan Giri, Kemmangundi are some of the hotspots for trekkers. The mist of one particular hill beautifully merges with the mystic. Similar to the Hasanamba temple of Hassan, Deviramman temple on the Deviramman hill opens only once a year during Diwali. It is nothing less than a mystical experience to witness thousands climb up the hill at once in contrast to the rest of the year.
The hills and the waterfalls are not the only attractions in Chikmagalur for here's a list of tourist spots that are open for each one of you throughout the year...
Savour a bit of Chikmagalur as you savour its coffee...
Deviramman Hills/ Devigiri
Located in Mallenahalli, Deviramman temple is the main attraction of this hill. Open only once a year during Diwali, the hill summit can be approached only on foot. Devotees prefer to climb this 7 km stretch on bare foot.
Mullayangiri is the highest peak in Karnataka! This 6,330 ft hill is part of the Chandra Drona Hill Ranges. This assures to be a treat to the trekkers.
Dattapeeta/ Baba Budan Giri
Dattapeeta for the Hindus, Baba Budan Giri for the Muslims, this hill is a prominent pilgrim spot. Along with Mullayangiri, this hill is part of the Chandra Drona Hill Ranges and called so beacause of its naturally formed crescent shape.
The pearl-like Manikyadhara falls of Baba Budan Giri is situated on the way to Kemmangundi and is a must visit.
Situated 4 km from Chikmagalur, the Kodandarama temple is in the town of Hiremagalur. Adopting the Dravidan and Hoysala style of Architecture, this temple is supposed to be the place where Lord Rama met Parashurama.
Located 4km to the North of Chikmagalur, Ratnagiri Bore is an alluring picnic spot. Being a children's park, this spot is set atop a small hill. A popular weekend destination, Ratnagiri Bore offers a beautiful view of Mullayangiri.
A painting painted by nature - that is the perfect definition of Kemmangundi! 55 km North of Chikmagalur, Kemmangundi is not alien to the trekkers in Karnataka. Once a summer spot for Krishnaraja Wodeyar, the royal blood of Mysore, Kemmangundi is hence also called K.R. Hills.
To the South-West of Chikmagalur is this picturesque green mountains of Kudremukh. The hill gets its name due to its shape in the form of a horse. Kudremukh stands majestically facing the Arabian Sea.
A place with great historical importance, Belavadi is located to the South-East of Chikmagalur. The main attraction in this beautiful village is the Veera Narayana Temple build during the Hoysala rule. Belavadi is mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as the place where Bhima killed the demon Bakasura.
Amruthapura is 67 km to the North of Chikmagalur, and famous for the Amrutesvara temple it houses. Built under the Hoysalas, Amrutesvara temple is a beautiful abode of fine architecture. Those interested in history, art and architecture, this place is a must-visit!
Situated 90 km North to Chikmagalur, Sringeri is a famous pilgrim centre. It is one of the many sacred temples initiated by Adi Sankaracharya. The Sharada devi temple here attracts devotees in hundreds each day!
The 12 pillars here indicate the 12 planets in the Hindu lunar calendar. Each month, the rays of sun fall on the representative pillar.
Food is given utmost importance in Hindu tradition. The Goddess of food or Anna is known as Annapoorneshwari. Hornadu has a temple dedicated to Goddess Annapoorneshwari! It is a beautiful place situated amidst hills and estates.