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.
Calicut which is also known as Kozhikode is the third largest city that belongs to the state of Kerala. It is situated on the Malabar Coast. The city is also being referred as "City of Sculptures" for there are many ancient architectural sculptures seen in different parts of this city. According to history, this city was once a powerful trading centre for Arabs, Chinese and East African traders during the 12 century. Even Vasco da Gama has landed in the shores in 1498 to carry out trade.
Budget Hotels in Calicut
There are good budget hotels in Pollachi . Some of them are Paramount Tower (Tariff – Rs.1000), Alakapuri Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Hotel Asma Tower (Tariff – Rs.1700) and King Fort Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Calicut is Malayalam. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Calicut
Some of the famous festivals and events in Calicut include Utsavam or Annual Festival (March) and Bajanotsavam (August) .
Places to See in Calicut
There are several places of tourist attraction in Calicut. Some of the places include Kappad Beach ( 16 kms from Calicut) Tali Temple ( 20kms from bus stand), Kozhikode Beach (6kms from bus standi), Aliyar Dam, ( 10 kms from Pollachi) and Kozhikode planetarium (5 kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
Calicut International Airport is situated at at Karipur in Malappuram. It is about 26 kms away from the city.
Calicut has railway station of its own. There are trains to major cities like Kochi, Palakkad, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kannur, Mangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. vijayawada, vishakaptnam, Hyderabad.
There are KSRTC buses that provide regular bus services to many destinations. The city has three major bus stands. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Kallada Travels, Parveen Travels and Paulo Travels. To keep customers happy, several travel websites offer discount coupons for bus tickets on a regular basis.