First Time Tourists Guide in Chikmagalur

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Chikmagulur is a city in Karnataka state, India located on the foothills with beautiful scenery.

It attracts the visitors for its stunning nature destination and pleasant climate.

Mullayanagiri Peak is one of the most popular spot to go sightseeing in Chikmagalur.

Besides, to discover a historical site, you may go to Beluru Sri Chennakeshava Temple.

Let's explore this amazing city!



Located on the foothills, Chikmagalur has a lot of relaxing nature destinations. Go to Mullayanagiri Peak as the highest peak in Karnataka and considered as the best trekking place. It stands between the Himalayas and Nilgiris mountains. Enjoy your trip here as you can do many things such as hiking, catching sunset, photography, or picnic. You can also enjoy its breathtaking valley view from the peak. Moreover, a Nandi statue and a cave can be found around the trek.


Find a beautiful and relaxing park in the central city. Chikmagalur Gandhi Park is a pleasant place to go for walking or playing with your children. The main attraction here is the toy train and a musical fountain. Even there is nothing much to do for adults, but you can still stroll the entire park while feeling the fresh atmosphere here.


As the city that produces various coffee beans, it is unfortunate if you do not brings some as souvenirs for your relatives. For buying variant coffee beans, you may head to Market road. There are a lot of shops selling coffee beans. Along the road, several stores selling clothes, daily necessities, souvenirs also provided here.


The staple food of Chikmagalur is rice and fish curry. The city also has plenty of local cuisines to offer. You may try Malanadu that known for its richness and spice. Dishes like Arri Roti and Kakadu are also worth trying. In addition, Chikmagalur also called as "land of coffee" since its large coffee plantations and production.


Chikmagalur has rich culture and history dating back to medieval era. The city has an extraordinary culture of dances, festivals, as well as fairs. The most popular folk dances here are Dollu Kunitha and Veeragase. This city also has classical genres dances such as Durga Puja and Navratri.


The best time to visit Chikmagalur is during winter. It ranges from December to February. You will get a pleasant temperature.


Treebo Trend Maharaja Inn is where you should go for a budget stay in Chikmagalur. This 3-star hotel is located in strategic downtown with market around, easier you to fulfill your necessity. If you prefer to stay in a comfortable area with greenery view, you may book a room at
Java Rain Resorts. This 4-star hotel offers you a nice sunset view from your room. The hotel is surrounded by pristine forests.


Mysore foodz-little corridor is a great restaurant to taste Chikmagalur local cuisine. Not only serving Indian dishes, but they also have a Chinese menu. You will feel antique ambiance and hygienic food here. And do not forget to taste Biryani rice in its home. New Hotel Niyamath is a famous Biryani restaurant in Chikmagalur. The beef biryani is the star menu here, even tough al


Becoming one of the best coffee production in India, the city has many great coffee shops for coffee lovers. You may go to Panduranga Coffee 1938 to taste the original coffee from Chikmagalur. You can also visit its coffee museum to know the process of making coffee. S V Coffee is another choice to stop. This cafe is also one of the top places in the category of Coffee Ground Retailers.


Chikmagalur has limited bars and nightlife entertainment to offer. Hill View is the most visited bar serving cocktails and beers to drink. The place here is not too large but it gives you comfortable feeling while enjoying the drinks. Mukwada Bar is another spot to enjoy your nightlife. This small bar is the second favorite bar among people. They have a few options of beers you can drink.


Baba Budan giri is a must visit destination for nature lovers. As one of the top place for trekking, visitors can hike through the forest and find historic shrine of Deviramma Betta. A short distane from there, you will also discover three popular waterfalls nemely Gada Theertham Kamana Theertha, and Nellikayi Theerta. Another great attraction is Kodanda Rama Temple which situated just 5 km from Chikmagalur. The temple was built during 14th to 17th centuries. The central structure of the temple has Hoysala style, while the remaining has Dravidian style.


Head to Beluru Sri Chennakeshava Temple to see the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is located on Bangalore to Chikmagalur route which only need about 30 minutes to get there. The temple is one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture. Hirekolale Lake is also the best spot for photos. This beautiful man-made lake offers its beauty since surrounded by high mountains. You can get the best photo with the hills of Mullayagiri as the background.