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Off The Road in Chikmagalur

by Madhav Srinivasan 1944 days ago

Chikmagalur is a picturesque town tucked in the beautiful mountain ranges of Karnataka. Scores of tourists visit the place to experience the breath taking views of the town. It is the perfect weekend getaway.

Chikmagalur is located in the Chikmagaluru district and a popular place to holiday in Karnataka. It is a small picturesque town nestled in the southwestern portion of Karnataka in the foot of Mullayanagiri range. The word ‘Chikmagalur’ literally means ‘town of the younger daughter’ in Kannada. It is located at a distance of 250 km from the capital city of Bangalore; Chikmagalur is a famous weekend getaway.

Chikmagalur was earlier known by the name of Kadur till the year 1947. It was later named Chikamagalur, due to its history. It is popularly believed that the place was given as dowry to Rukmangada’s younger daughter, who was Sakrepatna’s chief and the other part, known as Hiremagalur was given to his elder daughter.

Places to Visit in Chikmagalur

Kemmangundi: This place is also known as K.R. Hills and was named after Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who was a Wodeyar King. Kemmangundi was his favorite summer camp. It is located at a height of 1, 434 m and has a salubrious climate all through a year. Kemmangundi is enveloped by Baba Budan Giri ranges and is gifted with lush green vegetation and clear mountainous streams. The enchanting valley views and mountain views are a treat to watch for the eyes.

Kudremukh National Park and Kudremukh: Kudremukh is located 95 km from the Chikmagalur towards the southwestern region. This broad hill ranges are intertwined with each other and form steep precipices and a deep valley. Kudremukh is located at a height of 1,894 m above the sea level. There is a huge iron ore company in Kudremukh that carries out mining operations. It is a must visit for those planning a trip to Chikmagalur

Mullayanagiri: This place is located in the Baba Budan Giri hill ranges. It towers over Chikmagalur at a height of 1930m. There road leading to Mullayanagiri is very narrow and dusty and is frequently accessed by trek enthusiasts. This is the highest point in Karnataka and a small temple is located on the hillock. Do not miss a trip to Mullayanagiri when planning to book Chikmagalur holiday tours in South India.  

Chikmagalur is also popular for its coffee and tea plantations. As a matter of fact this is the foremost place in India where coffee was cultivated. Baba Budan, a Muslim Godman, brought coffee seeds from Yemen and cultivated it here. Today, a mountain range in the town was named after him. The Sahyadri Mountains in the Western Ghats lies here, and hence, the region has a pleasant climate. Chickmagalur is a popular hill station in Karnataka and can be easily reached by taking up holiday tours from Bangalore. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is between the months of September and March.

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