• Chickmangalore

    Chikmagalur is situated in south western part of Karnataka. Carved against a mountainous canvas this beautiful Malnad district is full of surprises... lofty peaks... delightful dales... racing rivers... sparkling streams... captivating cascades... and the bracing mountain air - a balm to the work-weary. Climb high above the world where the mountains seem to touch the sky. Marvel at the unspoilt beauty of the snow-white coffee blossoms. To add adventure to enchantment this hilly district has some exciting trekking routes in the Western Ghats.


    Welcome to Chickmangalore

    In Chickmagalur district, the major commercial crop is coffee. Other commercial crops are Pepper, Cashew nuts etc.. mullain giri, the highest peak in Karnataka (viz., 6,317 feet high from Sea Level) is 12 Kms away from Chickmagalur. Number of rivers originates from the hills of Chickmagalur district and flow in all the seasons. Rivers such as, Bhadra, Tunga, Hemavathi, Netravathi & Vedavathi. Several minerals are found in the district such as iron, magnetite, granite etc., major iron ore company in Asia is located at Kudremukha in Mudigere taluk of Chickmagalur district.The Serai @ Chikmagalur is one of the most famous & luxurious resorts in South India. Home stays in Chikmagalur are popular options for tourists to stay. The Gateway hotel from TAJ Hotels is another popular & upmarket hotel in Chikmagalur. Resorts in Chikmagalur caters to from the rich to budget conscious tourists.

    THE SERAI

    Welcome to the country where lush green plantations fill miles of open land, where sprawling historical ruins hold hidden secrets, where entrancing temples beckon from dynasties of yore.Ask the team @ The Serai Chikmagalur to organize a coffee-picking tour for you. Roll up your sleeves and learn to tell which bud is ready for the picking... and what goes into making the finest coffee in the world. And by the time youre back in your room, taste it.

    FLAMEBACK LODGES

    Flameback Lodges, Mudigere, Chikmagalur - the luxurious and secluded oasis - nestles in a green valley and is surrounded by the rolling Western Ghats of Chikamagalur district. Spacious and elegant villas, suites and cottages are tucked away in lush gardens, looking out across paddy fields onto a beautiful private lake. The proprietor's enthusiasm for birds inspired them to name each room in Flameback Lodges after one of the many varieties found within the sprawling 150-acre coffee estate. The all-inclusive Flameback Lodges has a rich and varied source of activities in the surrounding area, including treks in unspoilt forests and the cultural gems of Halebid and Belur.

    THE GATEWAY HOTEL

    Hide away in coffee country surrounded by the mountains and snowy white blossoms. The Gateway Hotel KM Road Chikmagalur offers serenity, privacy and exquisitely restored colonial architecture. Located in the coffee district of Karnataka, the hotel surrounds guests with the tranquil sights and sounds of nature.

    Manikya Dhara

    At a short distance from Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswaamy’s Darga are the three famous waterfalls with epic associations – Gada Theertha, Kamana Theertha, Nellikayi Theertha. Gada theertha according to a myth was created by the Pandava prince Bheema with his ‘gada’, to quench the thirst of his mother during their exile. Pilgrims who bathe in the Nellikayi Theertha formed by Manikya Dhara Waterfall, leave behind one item of their clothing as per a local belief.

    Baba Budan Giri

    To the north of Chikmagalur town is the Baba-Budan Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in olden times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The loftiest point of the range is Mullaiyanagiri which is 1,926 meters above sea level. The three large caves here said to have been sanctified by 3 siddhas contain their icons and gaddiges (tombs) and an annual jatra is held here in their honor. The enthralling scenery around makes this a much frequented pilgrim center. Seethala Mallappana Kanive to the left side is said to have been hallowed by Sidha Seethalaya and contains a Matha and the dual shrine temple of Seethala-Mallikarjuna.

    Sringeri

    Sringeri, 90 kms west of Chickmagalur town on the banks of river Tunga, is a city with epic associations. The place is said to have been named after Rishyashringa who figures in the Ramayana as the chief priest at the great sacrifice of King Dasharadha. Widely known for the Jagadguru Shankaracharya Mata of the Adwaitha school of philosophy. Sringeri also has an ancient temple of Vidyashankara. Constructed on a picturesque spot parallel to the river Tunga, the temple is a fine example of artistic transition from Hoysala to Vijayanagara style. Built around 1357 A.D., the imposing granite structure encloses friezes of elephants, lions, pouranic scenes, dancers in various poses etc. and figures big and small of various Hindu gods enshrined in niches with ornamental towers. The garbha - griha has a linga called Vidyashankara installed in the memory of Guru Vidyatheert.

    Mullain Giri

    To the north of Chikmagalur town is the Baba-Budan Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in olden times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The loftiest point of the range is Mullaiyanagiri which is 1,926 meters above sea level. The three large caves here said to have been sanctified by 3 siddhas contain their icons and gaddiges (tombs). The enthralling scenery around makes this a much frequented pilgrim center.

    Kemmangundi

    55 kms north from Chickmagalur town on the Baba Budan range is the scenic hill station of Kemmannugundi called K.R hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar - IV who made it his favorite summer camp. Situated at a height of 1434 meters and surrounded by thick green forests. K.R Hills makes and ideal health resort. Beautifully laid out ornamental gardens, salubrious climate throughout the year and the panoramic view of mountains and valleys are just a few of the attractions. Kemmengundi Rajbhavan is also seen in the photo. Horticultural Department is maintaining the beautiful gardens here in the top of the hill station.


    1.By train:

    2.From Bangalore by Train:

    3.Route: Bangalore- Tumkur - Arsikere - Kadur.

    4.Kadur is the nearest railway station to Chikmagalur & 3 hours running time to Chikmagalur from Kadur.

    5.It is 45 minutes journey by bus/taxi to Chikmagalur from Kadur.

    6.From Mysore by Train

    7.Kadur is the nearest railway station to Chikmagalur & 3 hours running time to Chikmagalur from Kadur.

    8.It is 45 minutes journey by bus/taxi to Chikmagalur from Kadur.

    9.By road

    10.From Bangalore by Road (Both Private and KSRTC Buses are available)

    11.Buses are available via Bangalore - Hassan - Belur- Chikmagalur (5 hours 30 minutes)

    12.Buses are available via Bangalore - Arsikere - Kadur - Chikmagalur (5 hours 30 minutes)

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