For a whiff of perpetual coffee aroma in the air, you have got to visit India’s very own coffee land – Chikmagalur. A tiny town in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is not just famous for producing all the great Indian coffee in the country but is also known to be a rather preferred spot for a getaway from the bustle of city. It is an ideal place for a lazy traveller to unwind, but if you’re one of those who has to experience as much as a place can offer and more, Chikmagalur will not disappoint you either.
From taking walks in the coffee plantations to hiking to the highest peak in Karnataka, visiting a wildlife sanctuary and enjoying a waterfall in the wilderness – there’s a lot to do and see in this gorgeous little hill station.
A trek to Mullayanagiri should be high up on your list when you’re here. Standing tall at 1930 Metres, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. Part of the famous Bababudangiri Range, it is 25km away from Chikmagalur. It is one of those places to catch a beautiful sunrise from. There is nothing all around except snowy clouds and the chilly breeze to keep to company up there.
Chikmagalur is all about coffee. And no matter what you do; a walk through a coffee plantation is like an unwritten rule. The best time to visit the coffee plantations is from December to January because that is when the coffee beans are plucked and the plantations look their best.
If you don’t mind a little drive from Chikmagalur, you must visit the Kudremukh National Park, about 96km from the centre of the town. Kudremukh means ‘Horse’s Face’, and is named after the shape of the peak. It is the second largest national park in Karnataka and covers an area of 600 square kilometres and has an impossibly rich and diverse flora and fauna.
Legend has it that a renowned sage prayed at the Kalhatti Falls for a long time and therefore, the water flowing here has healing powers of its own. Located around 50km from Chikmagalur, don’t miss out on the temple built right next to it. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the slippery rocks leading to the cool, cascading waterfall and enjoy the raw wilderness around you.
Have the time of your life camping along Ayyanakere, the second-biggest lake in Karnataka, about 20km away from Chikmagalur. The nearest airports are located in cities like Bangalore (245km), Mangalore (152km), and Mysore (178km) and they are all well-connected to Chikmagalur through road.