Chikmagalur is a city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is a part of the Chikkamagaluru district, located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. The state capital of Bangalore lies at a distance of 245 east of the city. The city and its surrounding areas are heavily forested and lush green due to heavy rainfall. Other than this, the city with its abundant coffee plantation has earned the reputation of being the ‘coffee heartland’ of the state.
Places to Stay
Some of the budget hotels which are worth considering are Kalgreen Valley Resort (Tariff – Rs. 800), Rajmahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Suprabha Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Bhagwathi Nature Camp (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in this picturesque city are Kudremukh National Park, Inam Dattatreya Peetha (a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims), Baba Budan Giri Hills (with a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims), Hebbe Falls and others.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 153 km.
Chikmagalur Railway Station is located within a close proximity to the city centre.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities as the town has a lot of significance in the national arena for its tourist sites. It is mostly state-transport buses which cater to the needs of people. Private operators like SRS Travels have also slowly joined the race. You can conveniently book a bus ticket through online bus booking portals like Ticketgoose.com.
Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.