10 Best Places to Visit near Chikmagalur

20 Best Places to Visit near Chikmagalur

One of the most beautiful locations in Karnataka for a rejuvenating, peaceful vacation is the hill town of Chikmagalur, which is tucked away among the vast Western Ghats. Sit amidst mountains covered with lush greenery, hike through scenic routes and streams.
Relaxed already, aren’t we? This guide will help you plan your next vacation to Chikmagalur and visit all the top attractions nearby.

I. Mullayanagiri
The Mullayanagiri Mountain is perched at an altitude of 6,300 feet in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats. It is the highest point between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas. Popular for its 4 km walk trail, it also has coffee plantations, lush grasslands, Lord Shiva Temple at the hilltop, and adventurers often take to mountain biking too!
Location: 1 hour from Chikmagalur
Things to Do: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Plantation Tour, Sunset View
Time Required Here: Approximately 3 hours
Best Time to Visit: September to April; the Western Ghats truly come alive during this time and the temperatures range from 15 to 32°

II. Kudremukh National Park
Kudremukh is one of the best places to visit near Chikmaglur. The name “Kudremukh” means “Horse Face”, and is derived from the unique shape of its peak.
This 600 km square park is known for its captivating mountains, cascading waterfalls like Kadambi and Surimale, and rich flora and fauna, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The evergreen forest is home to tigers, leopards, wild dogs, and several endangered species.
Location: 3 hours from Chikmagalur
Things to Do: Bird-watching, Trekking
Time Required Here: Approximately 3-4 hours
Timings: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM & Trekking hours: 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Best Time to Visit: October to May is the best time to visit Kudremukh if you're planning to go trekking, and you can spot wildlife during March-May.

III. Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls is an incredibly scenic waterfall in the Kemmangudi hill station, part of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve, dropping magnificently from a height of 500 feet and over two stages – Dodda Hebba and Chikka Hebbe, forming a small pool at the base where you can take a dip. It is believed that this water contains medicinal herbs too!
Location: 2 hours from Chikmagalur
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Best Time to Visit: October to January is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls.

IV. Veera Narayana Temple

Veera Narayana is an ancient temple built way back in the 12th century by the Hoysala Empire. Located in the Belavadi Village, it is constructed in the Trikuta architectural style with sloping roofs and beautifully carved pillars. The temple has two shrines that face each other, on either side of a spacious mandapa (wedding hall).
Location: Belavadi, 45 minutes from Chikmagalur
Timings: 8:30 AM – 2 PM, 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Time Required: Approximately 1 hour

V. Coffee Museum

Love the fresh aroma of coffee? This is the ideal place for you! The Coffee Museum is one of the most fun places to visit in Chikmagalur, taking you through the journey of growing coffee beans to grinding, roasting, and actually brewing them. You get to explore the coffee encyclopaedia, relax in the lush garden lined with coffee pots and red berries, and also watch a coffee movie at the end of it.
Location: Dasarahalli; 6 km from Chikmagalur
Entry Fee: INR 20 per person
Timings: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except on weekends
Time Required: Approximately 1-2 hours

VI. Hirekolale Lake

The Hirekolale Lake is breath-taking and definitely postcard-picture-worthy. Imagine this: A shimmering water body surrounded by the Western Ghats mountain ranges draped in greenery with the skies turning pink as the sun sets. That’s how it really is! This is the best place for you to breathe in the fresh air and relax after a hectic visit to all the tourist attractions in Chikmagalur.
Location: 9 km from Chikmagalur, 25 minute drive
Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Time Required: Approximately 1 hour
Best Time to Visit: The perfect time to visit the Hirekolale Lake is from September to March.

VII. Bhadra River Dam

Often referred to as the “Gem of Chikmagalur”, the Bhadra Dam is a landmark of this city. River Bhadra originates in the Western Ghats and flows through Deccan Plateau, and in the Bhadra Wildcraft Sanctuary.
It is every adventure-lover’s paradise. Dedicate one day to go rafting in the river with spectacular views of the plantations, hills, and clear blue skies. Location: 2-hour drive from Chikmagalur
Timings: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Time Required: Approximately 2 hours for rafting and 1 hour to visit the dam
Best Time to Visit: July to November is the best time to visit the Bhadra Dam, which is the water filling period and October to January is the best time to go river rafting.

VIII. Z Point

This vantage point near Kemmangudi requires you to trek a difficult trail through dense forests for about 3 km, but is definitely worth the adventure. The hike is not too challenging till you get to Shanti Waterfalls, post which it is relatively difficult, requiring you to walk at an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level. You can also go mountain biking here for an extra dose of adrenaline!
Location: 1.5-hour drive from Chikmagalur
Timings: Open 24 hours
Time Required: Approximately 2 hours
Best Time to Visit: The best time to trek here is October to May, when the temperatures are around 25°C and the climate is pleasant.

IX. Jhari Waterfalls

Jhari Waterfalls is one of the most sought-after places to visit in Chikmagalur. Also known as the Buttermilk Falls, it is surrounded by highlands and coffee fields, creating a small water body at the bottom where you can take a dip and unwind.
Location: 40 minutes from Chikmagalur
Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Time Required: Less than 1 hour
Best Time to Visit: The post-monsoon season, from October to January, is ideal.

X. Ghatikallu

The summit that offers a panoramic view of city; Ghatikallu is one of the most enthralling places to visit in Chikmagalur. The crown jewel of the Western Ghats, this green valley is embraced by coffee and areca plantations, waterfalls, streams, and tranquillity at its peak. Quite literally. There are beautiful homestays and resorts nearby for accommodation too.
Location: 2-hour drive from Chikmagalur
Best Time to Visit: November to March is the perfect time to visit Ghatikallu.

Things to Carry On Your Trip to Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is part of the Western Ghats in Karnataka. The weather is generally pleasant here with cool air and moderate to heavy rainfall from July to September. It offers you thrilling adventures like rafting, mountain biking, trekking, and more, so it’s recommended that you carry good quality rainwear with you – Rain jacket, rain pants, raincoat or rain poncho, shoes with excellent grip and trekking boots, a rucksack or backpack that’s preferably waterproof, and lightweight T-shirts and trackpants.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I. Is 2 days enough for Chikmagalur?

It is best to stay 2 nights and 3 days in Chikmagalur to be able to visit all the popular tourist attractions and have a relaxing vacation at the same time.

II. Is Coorg better than Chikmagalur?

Coorg and Chikmagalur both offer lush green landscapes and scenic beauty, but Chikmagalur has some of the highest peaks, and you can indulge in trekking, rafting, mountain biking, and other activities here.

III. Is Chikmagalur worth visiting?

Chikmagalur is one of the best places to visit in Karnataka if you’re looking to treat yourself to a rejuvenating holiday while you still visit sightseeing locations and go on adventures.

IV. How much does it cost for Chikmagalur trip?

A Chikmagalur trip will cost you approximately INR 40,000 per head for three days.