Chikkamagalur, the coffee estate land is a city in Chikkamagalur district of Karnataka at the foothills of Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. It is located 60 km from Hassan and 150 km from Mangalore. The name Chikkamagalur means “younger daughter’s town”. This region is covered with hilly areas and receives heavy rainfall. The first ever coffee plant brought from West Asia by a Muslim saint Baba Budan was grown here; and a mountain has been named after him (Baba Budangiri).
Places to Stay
Good budget accommodations are available in Chikkamagalur. Some of them are The Planter’s Court (Tariff – Rs. 1000), SK Regency (Tariff – Rs. 1000), FJ Comforts Inn (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Hotel Rajmahal (Tariff – Rs. 600).
Kannada is official language spoken in Chikkamagalur.
The important festivals and events celebrated in Chikkamagalur are Ganesh Chaturthi in August, Deepavali in November and Kailash Fair.
Places of Interest
There are several beautiful places one can visit around Chikkamagalur. Some of these places are Mullayanagiri Peak (15 km), Baba Budangiri (25 km), Guru Dattatreya Temple (30 km), Belavadi (30 km) and Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (40 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Chikkamagalur is at Mangalore. It is located about 150 km away from this city.
Chikkamagalur Railway Station has been recently built. The other station close by is at Kadur (40 km).
There are no private buses to Chikkamagalur. However, state-run KSRTC buses ply between Chikkamagalur and other cities in Karnataka. When you are booking a bus ticket online ensure that you log on to a good bus booking portal like Ticketgoose.com.