India has some of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. Chikmagalur is one among them, situated in the state of Karnataka. This city is known for its serene and beautiful climate. Attracting tourists from around the country and state. This city will certainly show you what heaven looks like. Let’s have a look when in Chikmagalur what are the top 10 places you must visit.
It would be a sin going to Chikmagalur and not visit Mullayanagiri. Considered to be the highest peak in Karnataka. With an elevation of 1,925m (6,316ft), the hill gets its name from a small temple at the top of the summit. Not only known for its elevation, if you are an adventure or trekking enthusiast, but there is also good news. Mullayanagiri is considered to be one of the best trekking places in South India. The best time to visit these hills would be from April to September. So trekkers, what are you waiting for?
Well, you must be curious about the name of this place. KUDUREMUKHA(Kannada) it means horse
face. The reason the hill get’s this name is because of how it resembles the face of a horse. Now that is interesting, isn’t it? This place is another beautiful hill station. Known for its national park, now there are various animals found in this park, like Tigers, Lions, and Leopards, and it’s not just the animals that are famous here, you also have rivers, such as Tunga, Bhadra, and the beautiful Nethravathi river, flowing through the lands, now this is one beautiful sight to witness. The best time to visit this place will be from March to May.
ENTRY FEE: 200 per person (INDIANS) and 1000 per person (foreigners).
3. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
By now, we know that Chikmagalur is not just known for its beautiful hill stations. But also its wildlife. If you are someone who enjoys wildlife, then this is the place for you. This sanctuary is 38km from Chikmagalur. This is a very protected sanctuary, as it plays a role in reserving its tigers. As a part of project tiger. It is not just the tigers you get to see in this place, but also other animals, reptiles, and birds. The best time to visit this place would be during summer. Which is from March to May.
ENTRY FEES: 300 per person(Indians) 1,500 per person(foreigners), and the jeep safari would cost around 800 per person.
TIMINGS: 6:30 am -6:30 pm.
4. Baba Budan Giri
This hill station is another special monument. these hills are approximately 40km from Chikmagalur. These hills are considered to be very sacred, Especially by Hindus and a very few Muslims. As they believe in saints. It is also known for the famous Manikyadhara Falls, considered to be one of the famous attractions on the hills. Another interesting fact is, these hills naturally form the shape of a crescent moon. The best time to visit this place is around March and April.
5. Kodandarama Temple
The temple was constructed in the 14th-century. The beautiful structure of the temple was constructed in 3 stages. Garbhagrha and Sukhanasi constructed in the Hoysala style. And the remaining structure of the temple was constructed using the Dravidian style of architecture. The Deity of this temple is Lord Rama or also known as Kondandarama. The visiting time of the temple starts at 5 in the morning till 8:30 at night.
6. Hebbe Falls
Located approximately 66km from Chikmagalur. These waterfalls are certainly one of the most beautiful sights to witness. With water flowing down from a height of 551ft. The best time to visit this magnificent place is during the winters, which is during October-January.
Here is another beautiful hill station located in Chikmagalur. This hill station has a history with the Wodeyar dynasty. The most beautiful sight to witness in this hill station is the fog during the day and the sunset view. The best time to visit this place is from September to February.
8. Kelagur Tea Estate
Located approximately 62km from Chikmagalur. This beautiful plantation is definitely a wonder to look at. With amazing greenery all around this place. A perfect place to visit and spend time with your loved ones.
9. Veera Narayana Temple
A beautiful temple with magnificent architecture. It was constructed using soapstone. The amazing structure of the temple is sure to wow anyone. Built during the rule of the Hoysala dynasty. This temple is one of the largest temples built by this dynasty. It is located 29km from Chikmagalur.
10. Manikyadhara waterfalls
Chikmagalur never runs out of places to amaze you. Witnessing these waterfalls gushing out will surely show you how beautiful mother nature can get. It is located 40km from Chikmagalur.