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.
Coimbatore is one of the fastest growing tier-II cities in India and this large metropolitan city is known for being the textile, industrial, commercial, educational, information technology, healthcare and manufacturing hub of Tamil Nadu. Considered to have existed before the 2nd Century AD, Coimbatore had once been a small village called Kongunad. Known for its flourishing agriculture business and textile mills, Coimbatore is currently an upcoming Information Technology Hub of Tamil Nadu. This city is also referred to as the "Manchester Detroit of Southern India". Coimbatore is surrounded by the Western Ghats and is positioned on the banks of the Noyyal River.
Budget Hotels in Coimbatore
There are great hotels near the bus stand in Coimbatore. They are Hotel Sree Murugan (Tariff – Rs. 1,685) and Metro Park Inn (Tariff – Rs. 2,150).
Tamil is the local language in Coimbatore. There are many inhabitants from other states settled in this cosmopolitan state and the languages spoken include English, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada.
Events in Coimbatore
The Mariamman festival is a major event in summer and also the Koniamman temple car festival attracts a lot of populace to the city.
Places to See in Coimbatore
Lot of people visit Coimbatore for its pleasant weather and hospitality. The interesting tourist spots include Kovai Kutralam falls (35 kms from the city), Vydehi Water falls(35 km),Monkey falls(75 km), Malampuzha dam(60km), Thirumurthy waterfalls(90 km),Bhavani Sagar(55km).Dhyanalinga Yogic temple & Isha Yoga centre (35 km), Vellingiri hill temple(37 km), Marudhamali Hill Temple(13 km from Gandhipuram BS), and Vydehi Water falls(35 km).
How to Get There
Coimbatore International Airport is located at Peelamedu (15 kms) from the city. The Coimbatore International Airport offers domestic flights to major Indian cities, while international flight services are only limited to Sharjah and Singapore.
Coimbatore Junction is also referred to as Kovai Junction. This major railway junction is the busiest railway station in Tamil Nadu. Many trains from different states connect via Coimbatore Junction.
Currently there are 3 mofussil bus stands at Gandhipuram, Singanallur and at Ukkadam. Besides these, the Government bus stand and Town Bus Stand is also situated at Gandhipuram. The three leading bus operators which include KPN Travels, KMP Travels and Kings Travels. Book a bus ticket online and travel hassle free without standing in serpentine queues.