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Best places to visit in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur history dates back to the time when Baba Budan brought back seven beans of coffee from Mecca and planted them in the hills of Karnataka. In a few hundred years, this hill station rose to fame as one of the best sights in India suited for coffee plantation.

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Today, Chikmagalur holds the reputation of coffee plantation and one of the most beautiful destinations near Bangalore where one can visit to enjoy a break from the hustle bustle of city life. Known for a plethora of activities, this scenic getaway is speckled with heritage spots and adventure options. One can go on multiple treks and explore forests to enjoy the unique wildlife and nature of this destination.

Home to the highest mountain range of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur is also a popular trekking option from Bangalore (245 km). For a travelling soul, Chikmagalur presents a mixed bag of activities and places to visit. Here are a few of them –

Hebbe Falls

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This cascading waterfall is 168 meters tall located amidst the picturesque Kemmanagundi hills. It is a popular hiking spot in Chikmagalur and very popular between camping lovers.

Mullayanagiri

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One of the best trekking destinations, Mullayangiri is located at an altitude of 1950 meters. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, makes it a favourite among the adventure seekers. You can also go for mountan biking and camping in the foothills of the peaks.

Kudremukh

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Known for enthralling mountains, pristine waterfalls, and uninterrupted sights of lush green valleys, Kudremukh is the most popular destination near Bangalore and Mangalore. This is one of the unique spots where you will find amazing views and unique birdlife. Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Surimale Falls, and Kadambi Waterfalls are other popular attractions here.

Baba Budangiri

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Named after a Muslim Saint, Baba Budan, this hill is a part of Chandra Drona Range. The presence of the revered shrine dedicated to Baba Budan makes it destination of communal harmony quite significant amongst Hindus, Muslims, and Parsis.,Coffee Museum ,The famed Coffee museum is run by Coffee board of India. The galleries of this museum offer insights on the history of a coffee plantation in South India.

Hornadu Annapoorneshwari Temple

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Hornadu Annapoorneshwari Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Annapoorani. It is located on the banks of River Bhadra and offers amazing sights of the landscapes of Western Ghats.

Sringeri Sharada Peetham

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Located on the banks of Tunga River, Sringeri Sharada Peetham is a renowned monastery established by Adi Shankara in the 8th century. The tranquil surroundings of the temple make the place look very gorgeous.

Hirekolale lake

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Hirekolele Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Chikmagalur. The whole area is surrounded by peaks of Western Ghats which makes it a sight to behold. One can also sight a lot of birds in this area.

Kemmangundi

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A small hill station in Chikmagalur region is a favourite among the monsoon lovers. The height of the hill station is around 1400 meters above sea level which makes it very cold.

Z Point

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One of the lesser known treks in Chikmagalur, this adventurous destination is a series of narrow paths that lead to a point from where you can enjoy lovely views of nearby surroundings. It is also a favourite biking destination.

If you are looking for a quick weekend getaway from Bangalore this plan a visit to Chikmagalur and you’ll have the best time of your life.

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