10 Best Places To Visit In Chikmagalur

10 Best Places To Visit In Chikmagalur





Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka, India. It is located at 13°23′26″N 75°43′18″E in the Chandra  Dhrona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur District with a height of 1,925 metres (6,316 ft), it is one of the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.

Mullayanagiri is one of the best trekking places in Karnataka and South India. The Sunset presents a spectacular view from the peak. Seethalayyanagiri is a prominent peak which is adjacent to this place.

The peak gets its name from a small temple which is dedicated to a sage “Mulappa swamy” who, is believed to have meditated at the caves. The caves are accessible and not very deep, they have a direct entrance to the garbagudi of the temple, which is now blocked by the temple priests. Apart from multiple versions of folklore and strong Siddha culture around the belt, the origins or any information about the deity remains ambiguous.

Best time to visit Mullayanagiri : Early winter season

How to reach Mullayanagiri

By Air :

Mangalore International Airport

By Train :

The nearest railheads are located at Birur, Kadur and Tarikere.

By Road :

Chikmagalur is well connected by road network. This peak can be reached from Chikmagalur. A few buses going towards the Bababudangiri will take to the foothill of the Mullayanagiri.


Reaching Mullayanagiri from Bangalore :

Route 1 (via Hassan) : Bangalore – Kunigal – Hassan – Belur – Chikmagalur – Mullayanagiri

Route 2 (via Tumkur) : Bangalore – Tumkur – Arasikere – Kadur – Chikmagalur – Mullayanagiri


Reaching Mullayanagiri from Mysore :

Mysore – Hassan – Belur – Chikmagalur – Mullayanagiri





Baba Budan Giri is a mountain in the Baba Budan range of the Western Ghats of India. Located in the Chikmagalur District of  Karnataka. It is known for its shrine to the Sufi saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims.

Baba Budan Giri range  is a range of mountains in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. The range, originally known as ‘Chandra Drona Parvatha’, takes its current name from the Dattapeeta Cave and 17th century Sufi saint Baba Budan. The Baba Budan Giri Range includes the highest peaks of Karnataka. Unique mountain flowers called ‘kurinji’ blooms in these hill ranges once every 12 years. The last time this spectacle happened in 2006. The next one is expected on 2018.




Kemmangundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is 1434m above sea level. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king, it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. The station is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range, with cascades, mountain streams, and lush vegetation, Kemmangundi has ornamental gardens and mountains and valleys views. There is a spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan.

How To Reach Kemmangundi

By Air :

The nearest airport to Kemmangundi Karnataka is the Mangalore International Airport. The distance from Mangalore to Kemmangundi is 150kms.

Flights to Mangalore International Airport:

  •  Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines operate flights from Bangalore to Mangalore International Airport.
  •  Kingfisher Airlines operates flights from Chennai & Cochin to Mangalore International Airport.
  • Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Indian, and Air-India Express operate flights from Mumbai to Mangalore International Airport.

By Train :

  •  Take a train from Bangalore to Tarikere, which is just 25 to 30kms from Kemmangundi. At the station hire a taxi (Rs.450/- to Rs.500/-) or take a local bus from there to Kemmangundi.
  •  Take the Janashatabdi Express from Bangalore to Birur. From Birur station hire a taxi (Rs.450/- to Rs.500/-) or take a bus to Kemmangundi.

There are two return trains from Birur to Bangalore:

the Janashatabdi Express and the Chalukya Express.

By Road :

  •  Take a KSRTC bus from Bangalore to Kadur and another bus from Kadur to Kemmangundi.
  • Take a KSRTC Bus heading to Shimoga, and get off at Birur. At Birur take another bus to Kemmangundi. Birur is about 36kms from Kemmangundi.






Hebbe Falls are situated at 13°32′29″N 75°43′30″E about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.) and is known for it’s medicinal properties.

How To Reach Hebbe Falls

By Road :

Birur is a small town located in Kadur taluk, plenty of connectivity by buses plying between Bangalore-Chikmagalur or Bangalore-Shimoga buses. If self driving then experience a beautiful National Highway 206 (a.k.a State Highway 68; SH 68 or BH Road; Bangalore-Honnavar Road). From Birur, switch to a local mode of transportation such as a local taxi or private buses. Jeeps are available from one particular point to Hebbe falls that charge around Rs.700/- to Rs.1200/- (for up and down depending on number of persons).

By Train :

Birur is a junction located on the southern railway route between Bangalore-Shimoga, Bangalore-Davanagere. From Birur, switch to a local mode of transportation
such as a local taxi or private buses.

By Air :

Nearest airports are at Bangalore and Mangalore, and it is a 5 hour journey by road.





Kodandaramaswami Temple is a Hindu shrine located at Hiremagalur near Chikmagalur district, Karnataka, India. The temple deity is called Kodandarama, as Rama, and his brother Lakshmana are depicted holding arrows. The temple is State protected and appears to have been constructed in three stages, with its garbhagrha and sukhanasi structures in the Hoysala style. The remaining portions are additions in Dravidian style. The present navaranga is of the 14th century. While the mukhamandapa may be of the 16th century. The outer walls of the garbhagruha and vestibule are raised on a square basement which consists of six cornices. The outer walls of the navaranga and mukhamandapa are built with brick and mortar. The projection of the vestibule appears to be of the 17th century.


How To Reach Hiremagalur

By Air :

Mangalore International Airport

By Train :

The nearest railheads are located at Birur, Kadur and Tarikere

By Road :

Hiremagalur is well connected by road network.





Kudremukh is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikamagalur district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station cum mining town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometres from Karkala and around 20 kilometres from Kalasa. The name Kudremukh literally means ‘horse-face’ (Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse’s face. It was also referred to as ‘Samseparvata’, historically since it was approached from Samse village. Kudremukh is Karnataka’s 3rd highest peak after Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri. The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area belonging to a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats.

Best time to visit Kudremukh : Between October and February.

How To Reach Kudremukh

By Air :

Mangalore Airport located at a distance 190 km is the nearest domestic airport and international visitors should take flights from Bangalore international Airport located at a distance of 295 km away.

Nearest Airport : Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore (50.575)

By Road :

State run and public buses connect Kudremukh to Mangalore, Horanadu, Kalasa and many other neighboring cities.

By Train :

Tarekere railway station is the nearest railhead to Kudremukh. The railhead is well connected to Mangalore and Bangalore with frequent trains.





Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a Project Tiger, tiger reserve located 38km. Northwest of Chikmagalur town in Karnataka state, India. It has a wide range of flora and fauna and is a popular place for day outings.  It is also called Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary, deriving the name from the village on its border. It is spread over an area of 490 sq km. The sanctuary gets its name from the river Bhadra, which flows through the forests. There are two main areas in the reserve namely Muthodi and Lakkavali. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has a sizeable Tiger population and hence was declared as the 25th Project Tiger by the Government of India in 1998. The highest peak in the sanctuary is Kallahathigiri, situated at a height of 1875 metres above the sea level. The very famous peaks of Kemmangundi and Bababudangiri also fall within the limits of the sanctuary.

Best Time To Visit : Between October and February.

How To Reach Bhadra Wildlife Sanctury

By Air :

The closest airports are at Mangalore (185 km) and Bangalore (275 km).

By Train :

The nearest railway station is at Kadur, 40 km away from the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

By Road : 

Bangalore – Kunigal – Channarayapattana – Hassan – Belur – Chikmagalur – Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, via NH 75. This takes 5 h 22 min to reach and is 295 km from Bangalore.






Sri Sharadamba Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Saraswati in the holy town of Sringeri in Chikmagalur,Karnataka, India. The Sharadamba Temple at Sringeri (Shringa giri in Sanskrit) is an 8th-century temple, founded by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It housed a sandalwood statue of Shardamba in a standing posture,
which was installed by Adi Shankarachaya until the Vijayanagara rulers and Sri Vidyaranya (12th Jagadguru) installed a seated gold statue of Sri Shardamba in the 14th century. Now the Sringeri Jagadguru takes care of the Sringeri Sharada Temple. On the day of Vyasa Pooja, the Jagadguru first offers prayers in the morning to Sri Sharadamba, visits other temples and then performs the Vyasa Pooja in the presence of his disciples at Narasimhavanam.  It is considered to be very auspicious to have darshan of the Jagadguru of Sringeri during the months of Chathurmasya. The Shrines of Shakti Ganapati, Bhuvaneswari and Aadi Sankara can be seen here. Every Friday there will be a procession of Goddesses Sharadamba in a silver chariot around the temple. She is one of the goddess celebrated during Navarathri festivals. There is also a dyanamadira of Sharada Devi where yogas are performed. There is a big veena kept for spectators view in Sringeri Sharada Temple.

How To Reach Sri Sringeri Sharadamba Temple

By Air :

The nearest Airport to Sringeri is Mangalore International Airport Bajpe, which is at a distance of about 100 km away. Pre-paid taxis are available from airport to Sringeri, taxis will charge about Rs 1,300 to cover about 100 km.

By Train :

Nearest railhead of Sringeri Sharada Temple – Sringeri, Karnataka is at Udupi, which is connected by rail to Chiknagalur and other major cities in south India. Taxi cabs are available from Udupi to Sringeri and it charges less than Rs 1,000.

By Road :

Government bus services connect Sringeri with all cities in and around the city. Sringeri is well connected by bus to Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Udupi, Mangalore and Shimoga.





Kalhatti Falls is located at Kallattipura (kallathigiri) in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, India. The waterfall is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) away from Kemmangundi hill station. It offers an excellent view of the cascading water from the Chandra Drona Hill from 122 meters (400 ft) above in front of the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kalhatti Falls is located half an hour from Tarikere. It belongs to Tarikere taluk of chikkamagalur district. From Tarikere, Kalhatti is accessible through Lingadahalli. It is believed that Saint Agastya did prayer here for a long time. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Veerabhadreshwara temple was supposed to be built during the Vijayanagara times. The temple contains three stone carvings of elephants at the entrance which depicts the Vijayanagara architecture. The cascading waterfall falls over these three elephants always. The people believe that the water is sacred and can cure many diseases. Lord Veerabhadrashwara temple celebrates the annual fair every March-April which is visited by many pilgrims and lasts for three days.

Best Time To Visit : Between June and November.

How To Reach Kalhatti Falls

By Air :

Mangalore International Airport

By Train :

Tarikere is a junction well connected on the Bangalore-Shimoga route. The Shimoga Express leaves Bangalore at 23:10 and reaches Tarikere at an unearthly hour of 04:00.
Buses from Terikere towards Lingadahalli are at 05:45, 06:30 and quite regularly after that. These buses take about 30 mins. Can hire private vehicles to take till Kalhattigiri (another 30 min. ride on road).

By Road :

The route from Bangalore is through Tumkur – Tiptur – Arsikere – Kadur – Birur – Tarikere on NH206. The road from Tarikere to Lingadahalli is about 15 km from there, there is a fork whose left arm goes to Santaveri and continues towards Chikmagalur and the right arm goes towards Kalhatti falls and Kemmangundi.





Manikyadhara Falls, located in proximity to Baba Budan Giri Hills, is a favourite tourist site. Apart from a sightseeing spot, the waterfall is also revered by both Muslims and Hindus alike. Situated in the midst of the Shola Forest, the fall flows throughout the year. Location of the Manikyadhara Falls also offers an opportunity for witnessing beautiful surroundings and greenery on the hills. Manikyadhara, meaning ‘a string of pearls’ is also associated with a legend. According to the natives, saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar along with his 4 disciples came to the site in search of water. After their prayers, they were blessed with water flowing from the mountains in the form of this waterfall. The water stream is considered sacred by the locals, according to them bathing in it treats various skin ailments. Besides, there are several shops around the fall that sell herbal medicines.Situated 40 km from Chikmagalur, visitors can reach Manikyadhara Falls from Kemmangundi. Visitors can also advance to Deviramma Betta by car to reach the site.

Best Time To Visit : October To April

How To Reach Manikhyadhara Falls

By Air :

Mangalore International Airport ( Till Chikmagalur)

By Train :

Nearest Local Railway Station (Till Chikmagalur)

By Road :

Manikyadhara Falls needs to go by jeep from Baba Budangiri. The falls are close to the approach road and not much walking is required.


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