One can enjoy a glorious escapade from the drudgeries of life over a peaceful weekend holiday in Chikmagalur
, a small town located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. Staying in sync with the rest of the western ghat topography, it provides the perfect getaway and opens a completely fresh portal full of mountain ranges and streams. Located at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Range, the coffee, tea and pepper plantations grown here hold very high reputations. In fact it was here that coffee was first cultivated in India when Baba Budan, a Muslim saint bought coffee seeds from Yemen in 1670.
Chikmagalur literally means “The town of the younger daughter” in Kannada, the native language and is an extremely popular place to holiday in Karnataka
. This town was actually a dowry given to the younger daughter of the chief of Sakkaraypatna, Rukmangada. The nearest airport is Managalore about 170 km away. It cannot be reached directly by train but the kadur railway station is just 40 Km away from the town. Buses from Bangalore to Chikmagalur are very frequent but it is advisable to book it in advance if you plan to travel over the weekend since the rush seems to increase then. Travelers, who prefer to arrange their own means of transport, be it either Motorcycles or Cars would do well to take the NH48 route passing via Hassan since the road has been renovated.
You can pack your bags for a travel that lasts for about 2 - 3 days, and you would certainly enjoy the place, and some people can’t get enough of Chikmagalur even after staying there for 3 full days. Travel within the town has limited options. If one doesn’t own a vehicle, then taxis provide the best means of transport inside the town and charge up to Rs.10/Km. Auto’s are also available but are only recommended for light travelers who are good at bargaining. Care should be taken when handling the auto drivers since tourists tend to get ripped off as the autos don’t work on meters and the best way will be to book Chikmagalur tour packages from Bangalore
Places to Visit
Primarily being a hill station, summer is the best time to explore this town. The view of the town is supposed to best from the top of Mahatma Gandhi Park also called Ratnagiri hill. Another place to visit would be Kemmanagundi which is about 57 km from Chikmagalur. The road bumpy and takes about 3 hrs to reach there. A jeep can be hired there to visit Hebbe falls, which takes another 3 hrs for the round trip. It would be sensible to cover Mullayanagiri, Kemmanagundi and the falls on the same day, which would take an additional 5 hrs.
Things to Do
The next thing would be to drive up to the coffee plantations. No directions are required as the smell of rich coffee beans provide a reliable trail. Adventurous people can always hike through the mountains or set up camps on one of the numerous peaks. Visting these places on your Chikmagalur tours in South India
should take you about half a day. Food is not a problem as the budget traveler can look out for the Kamat chain of Hotels to get his money’s worth. Resorts generally cater to expensive travelers whose main idea of a vacation is lot of peace and quiet. Hospitals and Pharmacies are abundant in case of emergencies. Coffee being very potent in these parts is the first thing one would want to buy and is available in the town market. Apart from that, souvenirs native to the town can also be purchased for loved ones.
Marvel at the beauty of the different flora and fauna and enjoy the different activities like fishing and trekking but always put your safety first.