The district is a great attraction to all kinds of people - trekkers, pilgrims, travellers and tourists. This area is famous for the coffee estates in the vicinity and also known as the Coffee Belt of the South.
Mangalore airport (IXE), 170km Bangalore airport (BLR), 250km.
- Passenger trains are available from Shimoga and Kadur at a distance of 40km.
- Arrivals and Departures from Chikkamagaluru Railway Station
- Train Number 56271: Shivamogga-Chikkamagaluru Passenger-Departs Shivamogga at 18:15 and arrives Chikkamagaluru at 21:30
- Train Number 56272: Chikkamagaluru-Shivamogga Passenger-Departs Chikkamagaluru at 06:30 and arrives Shivamogga at 09:30
- Train Number 56277: Chikkamagaluru-Yeshvantpur Jn Fast Passenger-Departs Chikkamagaluru at 07:30 and arrives Yeshvantpur Jn at 14:15
- Train Number 56278: Yeshvantpur Jn-Chikkamagaluru Fast Passenger-Departs Yeshvantpur Jn at 15:15 and arrives Chikkamagaluru at 22:20
By busChikmagalur is located on the Highway from Hassan towards Shringeri and has regular Luxury as well as ordinary buses from Bangalore. Regular ordinary buses connect Chikmagalur to Mysore, Hassan with a single services to Calicut. Buses from interior Karnataka towards Mangalore too pass via Chikmagalur and hence, ordinary buses connect Chikmaglur regularly to Dharmastala, Mangalore, Shimoga, Davangere and Sringeri.
By carYou can drive to Chikmagalur comfortably by road from Hassan km, which is again 185 km from Bangalore.
By taxi/car rental
You can hire a taxi or rent a car from Bangalore to visit Chikmagalur. Out station car rental companies charge for a minimum of 250 km/day @ a fare/km rate + driver charges (BA/TA: Boarding Allowance Travel Allowance). The fares depend upon the type of car you are looking for. It is advisable to rent cars from reliable and established car rental operators.
Drivers don't go by meters. They fix a charge for the place you want to go; bargaining is up to you. The more your attire and luggage announce that you are a tourist the greater the chance of drivers ripping you off.
Tourist Cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places like Kemmannagundi. Costs are about ₹10 per kilometer
Amrutapura Templeaddress: AmrutapuraThis temple is located the village of Amrutapura 67 km north of Chikmagalur.
Veera Narayana Templeaddress: BelavadiThe village Belavadi is home to this well known temple. It is located approximately 30 km from Chikmagature
Shree Kshetra Horanadu Annapooraneshwari TempleAbout 80 km from chikmaglur; Famous for the Annapooraneshwari Temple, or the Goddess of Food. Hence, Lunch and Dinner is a must have here, as it is considered a direct Prasadam by the Goddess. Located on bhadra River
The Roads wind around the ghats. Self driving not recommended, unless one is very familiar negotiating the ghat terrains regularly.
Taxies available as a package connecting Sringeri and horanadu and returning back to Chikmaglur on same day , at pre-fixed prices
Kalasa Shiva TempleLocated 5 km from Horanadu. Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva a.k.a Lord Vishwanatha. Believed to be the Kashi of the South, owing to the presence of Annapooraneshwari Temple at 5 km distance, similar to Kashi Kshetra. Main attraction is the idols of a Male & Female Elephant pulling the trunk of the tree, the process of devouring a demon
Sringeri Sharadha Peetham100 km from Chikmaglur, is the Sharada peetham of Sringeri, established by Shri Adi Shankarar. It is said, that while Adi shankarar searched for a place for establishing a Devi Peetham, he reached the banks of Tunga River. It was raining heavily. At that moment, he noticed that a Frog was into labour, unable to move in the rain. A cobra, at this point, spread its hood and protected the frog from the rain . Adi shankarar concluded , that no other place could be better for establishing the Peetham and immediately chose it
sharada Devi, incarnation of Adi Parasakthi , in knowledge form, is the main deity. There is also an old Hoysala type Temple on the banks of Tunga River housing 3 other Sannidhis. The Ashrama of the Head, is on the other bank of the river, and a bridge connects across. The Ashrama has a very peaceful atmosphere
B.B.HillsMinibus starts from the Private busstand everyday by 12.30 pm. Once you reach B.B.Hills, you have just one hour to explore the hills because the same bus returns by 5 p.m. There is only one tea shop at B.B.Hills, so you have to beg for a plate of hot porottas. But you can skip the eating as the scenes are terrific.
Devi Rammana Betta
Giridarshiniaddress: Mangalore Road
KaimaraThe road from Kaimara to Kemmannagundi is heavenly.
KemmanagundiRose garden also.
Mullayangirihighest point in South Karnataka- accessible only through private vehicles. Road leads almost to 80% of the peak and balance to be climed by a fleet of stairs. Self driving not recommended, owing to steep assent and blind curves enroute
RathnagiriGood view of the city
- Bhadra Tiger Reserve
Cafe Coffee Day Headquarters
Hebbe Fallsaddress: Near Kemmanagundi
Chikmagalur WalkTurn right from the chekpost bus stop on Kadur road. Walk past summit school upto Aldur village. Proceed to Railway station area. Visit the Brahmakumaris ashram on the way. Very scenic surroundings.
ATMsAvailable in plenty.
Do it before you arrive at Chikmagalur.
Food Palaceaddress: R.G RdFairly medium sized fast-food joint, ideal for breakfast as well. Very clean hotel.
Hotel Kamataddress: Indira Gandhi Rd
Maharaja Restaurantaddress: IG RdYou will get very good non-veg food at very reasonable price. The service is very nice.
Malnad Paradiseaddress: Indira Gandhi Rd
Mayura Vegetarianaddress: Near Head Post Officefor Masala Dosai, a fermented crepe made from rice batter, black lentils, potato and onions. ₹35
Raj Mahal Hoteladdress: Indira Gandhi Rd
phone: +91 98 45231359address: K.M RdBurger shop with an unique flavour of herbs on it.
address: - Kadabagere, Sangameshwar Pet Post
Hotel Soundarya Residency and Hotel Soundarya Deluxeaddress: Indira Gandhi Rd
Town Canteenaddress: Ratnagiri RdDo not miss the Masala Dosa. One of the famous joints for them, they may beat even Vidyarthi Bhavan of Bangalore. Avoid extra butter.
phone: +91 8262 324522address: Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet
phone: +91 8262 660660, +91 8262 660661address: K.M. Rd
phone: +91 8262 2235881address: K M Rd
address: Mugthihalli, K M Rd, Karnataka
Hotel Empireaddress: Off Indira Gandhi RdOpened around Oct 2010, small but good rooms, clean bathrooms but questionable service.
Hotel Soundarya Residencyaddress: Indira Gandhi RdSome rooms have A/C.
Raj Mahal Hoteladdress: Indira Gandhi Road
phone: +91-974-229-6065address: 5 Kerekal Estate, Sunkasale Post, Mudigere (T), Aramane ThalagurTucked in a remote corner of Chikmagalur district.
phone: +91 9241 222 504address: Mekanagadde, MudigereScenic homestay within the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. Serves authentic food.
phone: +91 8262 324522address: Hoscodu Estate, Via – Sangameshwarpet. Between Bhadra and Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary KadavanthiScenic resort with sports, volleyball, badminton and a bonfire in the evenings. River side picnic (extra cost of ₹500). Shooting and target practice cost ₹1,400-₹4,000 per day/person. Room/cottage/villa/glass-house with a mini skywalk. Room rate includes breakfast-lunch-dinner and tea in the morning and evening.
phone: +91 8262 660660-1address: K.M. RdRestored colonial architecture in the coffee district, surrounded by sights and sounds of nature.
phone: +91 8262 223 5881address: K M RdAccommodation includes 3 suites. Multi cuisine restaurants serving local Malnad cuisine to North Indian, Chinese & European specialities.
address: Mugthihalli, K M Rd
phone: +919448245240address: Thotadhahalli Estate, Kaimara (P)
Post offices are available in Basavanahalli, Vijayapura, MG Rd and the General Post Office (GPO), at the end of MG Rd. BSNL mobile services are available at most places of this region.