Located in the Baba Budan hills, Western Ghats, Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a small but pretty town in located in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. Chikmagalur is a place known for its scenic beauty with full of hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Situated 251 kms from Bangalore, the place is a trekker's delight, with its rugged mountain trails.
A District, spread over an area of more than 7,200 sq km, Chikmagalur is also known across the world for its rich coffee. It is divided into seven taluks namely Chikmagalur, Kadur, Tarikere, Mudigere, Koppa, N.R.Pura and Sringeri.
Chikmagalur, also spelled as Chikkamagaluru, takes its name from a Kannada word which means, 'The town of the younger daughter'. This scenic coffee town belongs to the era when the district had been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, a prominent local chieftain. Another part of the town bestowed on the elder daughter is known as Hiremagalur.
Chikmagalur has a wide variety of attractions inside as well as around. Attractions that have made Chikmagalur one of the most visited cities in Karnataka are - Kemmanagundi, Kudremukh, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budan Giri (Datta Peeta), Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Horanadu, Sringeri, Kalasa, Amritapura, Belavadi, Manikyadhara, Kallathigiri, Hebbe, Shanti, Hanumana Gundi, Kadambi etc.
From a tourist point of view, it is tough to find such a magnificent place soaked in scenic beauty. Embracing lofty hills, splendorous waterfalls, wild-life sanctuary, religious places, and having magnificent hill stations, Chikmagalur is among the most visited places in Karnataka. Well known for its tea and coffee estates and a trekker's paradise which also attracts tourists thronging temples along with scintillating hill stations that offer an all round experience. Rivers like Tunga and Bhadra have their sources in the mountains which form an integral part of the Western Ghats. Chikmagalur district also contains Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka.
Your tour to Karnataka remains incomplete without visiting this amazing place.
Chikmagalur is just about 250 kms away from Bangalore and 170 kms from Mangalore, Karnataka.