Chikmagalur also known as ‘Coffee land’ is a largely forested hilly region of heavy rainfall located in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range in Karnataka. The place is famous for Coffee. The first coffee plant is believed to have been grown on the Giris mountains at Chikmagalur by Baba Budan, a monk who brought seven coffee seeds from West Asia and planted it here. A shrine dedicated to the monk is on top of the hills in the region.
Famous for its hill stations and religious monuments, the City is well connected by Road and railways. The nearest airport to this town is MangaloreAirport (160 km). The town enjoys a pleasant salubrious climate. Kemmangundi an enchanting hill station is located at a height of 1,434 meters with beautifully laid out gardens and enchanting mountain and valley views. Surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush vegetation, the place offers spectacular sunsets views. For the daring and adventurous, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore.
Kudremukh located 95 km southwest of Chikmagalur town is another location on the Kudremukh ranges, so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hill ranges are linked to one another with deep valley & steep precipices. Kudremukh is rich in iron ore deposits.
Mullayanagiri,a part of the BabaBudanGiriHillRanges, with height of 1930 meters and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. The place offers spectacular views of sunsets and is 16 km from Chikmagalur town. The place is a great trekking spot.
Some of the enthralling water falls in the area include Manikyadhara Falls, close to Baba Budan Giri where water spills down like small pearls; Kallathigiri Falls or Kalahasti Fallls closer to Kemmangundi,(10Km) where water cascades down the Chandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters and Hebbe Falls located 10 km from Kemmangundi where water streams down from a height of 168 meters.
The place has venerated monuments of all religions: Kodandarama temple a synthesis of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, Jamia Mosque and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral with an attractive shell-shaped portico to name a few. Sringeri, about 90 km west of Chikmagalur town, on the banks of Tunga, is a Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara and famous for VidyashankaraTemple and Sharada temple. Horanadu, about 100 km southwest of Chikmagalur has an ancient AnnapoorneshwariTemple.
The place is also famous for its wild life sanctuaries. The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary occupying 495 km² of wildlife sanctuary and Project tiger reserve is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra river. The forests are rich in Bamboo and birds species unique to both the Malabar and Sahyadri ranges. The KudremukhNational Park is the largest declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 km²) of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats.
Located in amidst hill ranges, with places of scenic beauty, serene plantations, and enchanting water falls with nature untouched, the place gives a refreshing and rejuvenating experience to a tired traveler.