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.
Bijapur is an ancient historical and cultural city that was established in 11th century during the Chalukya dynasty. It is 530 km away from Bangalore and nearby Belgaum. Known for its medieval monuments of Islamic architecture, Bijapur has the second largest dome in the world, the “Gol Gumbaz” and the first mosque in India, the “Jamai Masjid”. Historical mosques, palaces, canons, tombs, and dams here draw a large number of tourists to Bijapur every year. The city is well connected by rail and road.
Budget Hotels in Bijapur
Bijapur has a sizeable number of budget hotels. Some of them are Madhuvan International (Tariff-Rs. 950), Kanishka International Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 500), and Shashinag Residency Hotel (Tariff-Rs. 650).
The official language of Bijapur is Kannada. English is the alternate language used.
Events in Bijapur
Navaraspur Music Festival is an annual classical music concert held in January and February every year. A fair organized by Shri Siddheshwar temple during Makar Sankranti is also a popular event here.
Places to See in Bijapur
Swami Narayan temple, Ram Bagh temple, Basanta Vana, Malik-e-Maidan, Almatti Dam, Ibrahim Rouza, and Mehtar Mahal are key tourist landmarks in Bijapur.
How to Get There
Bijapur does not have an airport of its own. The nearest domestic airport to Bijapur is in Belgaum (205 km).
A couple of trains pass through and stop by at Bijapur.
Bangalore is approximately 682 km away from Bijapur. Around six operators offer bus services from Bangalore to Bijapur on a daily basis. Some of them are SRS Travels Bangalore and VRL Travels. Get online bus tickets to more than 4,000 destinations by logging on to TicketGoose.com, a leading bus booking website of India