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Monsoon is nearing and what better way to start it off other than by visiting a hill station ?? Sounds awesome right ? Well, that’s how I started mine ! I recently visited Chikmangalur, popularly known as Coffee Land of Karnataka and is situated 251 kms from Bangalore.
The birthplace of Indian coffee is Chikmagalur. In other words, it is the “Coffee Land of Karnataka.”
Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, the city of Chikmagalur is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the state of Karnataka.. Chikmagalur in Kannada means – “the town of the younger daughter.” History says that Rukmangada, the chief of Sakkarepatna gave this town as a gift to the husband of the younger daughter and hence the name. Just five kilometres from Chikmagalur is Hiremagalur which means “the town of the elder daughter.”
According to the article origins of coffee, the saint Baba Budan on his pilgrimage to Mecca travelled through the seaport of Mocha, Yemen where he discovered coffee. To introduce it’s taste to India, he wrapped seven coffee beans around his belly and got them out of Arabia. On his return home, he planted the beans in the hills of Chikmagalur.
If you are a coffee lover, you wouldn’t be able to resist visiting Chikmagalur for long. Evenif coffee is not your weakness, this lush green town should be your next holiday destination. The fresh oxygen loaded air is a retreat for everyone who is looking for a relaxing break from his or her monotonous life.
It is a fact that if you are a coffee lover, you cannot resist the temptation to go to Chikmagalur. You find many of the resorts in Chikmagalur amaong coffee plantations. Chikmagalur is also a trekker’s delight, with it’s rugged mountain trails. So, let’s see some facts about Chikmangalur :
Area of Chikmagalur : 7,201 sq. km.
Tourism Importance of Chikmagalur : Hill station, Highest Peak of Karnataka, Coffee Estates, Temples, National Parks.
Highest Elevation in Chikmagalur : 1926 metres – Mullayanagiri which is the highest point of Karnataka.
Best Season to visit Chikmagalur : June to September.
Weather in Chikmagalur : 21-35 degree Celsius on Summer and 14 to 32 degree Celsius in Winter.
Food of Chikmagalur : Chikmagalur has an exotic local cuisine called “Malanadu” which is rich and spicy flavoured with coconut milk. A commonly known dish from this cuisine is Akki Roti and Kaikadbu.
Best time to go to Chikmagalur : Chikmagalur has a stable weather all through the year so any time of the year would be suitable to visit the town. To experience the chill waters and climate, winters are the best. Taking a dip in the ice cold waters is a one of a kind experience. The temperatures would range from 14 to 32 degrees Celsius. For those looking for vacations during the summer, the temperature will be around 35 degree Celsius, ideal for the holiday time.The resorts will offer good packages to retreat to some peace of mind away from it all!
Other places to visit in and around Chikmagalur :
Mullayanagiri – Highest peak of Karnataka which is famous for trekking.
Bhadra Wildlife Santuary
Kudremukh National Park
The mountain circuit is the main attraction of Chikmagalur. It covers the three main mountain peaks; Sheethalagiri, Baba Budan Giri, and Mullayanagiri. The trip will start from Sheethalagiri. There you will get to see an ancient temple whose history dates back to about 1000 years. Next, you will head towards Baba Budan Giri hill, also known as Dattagiri Hill Range.
Explore this scenic town in cycle rickshaws and tongas (horse drawn carriages). Alternatively, there are city bus services that ply within Chikmagalur and are a good means of travel. But I recommend you going in your own vehicle coz in that way you can cover many places in and around Chikmangalur.
So, as I told I recently visited Chikmangalur and now I am gonna tell what we did..
We left Bangalore on Friday night at around 11 PM and reached Chikmangalur at around 5 30 AM where one of our friends who stays in Chikmangalur picked us up from the bus stand.. We later picked up our other friends, had breakfast and straight away headed towards the famous and must visit hill – Mullayangiri. The road to the top is a ghat section and muddy at few places.. It took us around 30 minutes to reach the top from the foot.. As we reached the point, we parked our car and we had to climb 400 steps to reach the top of the hill.. It was like a little fun trek in itself 😛 As we reached the top, the view was amazingggg ! There is also a little cave on the top.. and a temple.. the weather cool but a bit sunny coz it was almost 12 noon by the time we reached there.. We took a lot of pictures and sat there in peace for a while.. It was serene and relaxing there.. We spent 1-1.5 hours there and then came down to our car..
There were a lot of snack shops there and we had little snacks and then were on our way back.. We came down and headed towards our home stay..
We stayed in a super-pretty home stay just a little outside the city n Chikmagalur for a day. The home stay had a house in the front where the landlord lived and a cute and quirky space in their backyard with tables and chairs, a swing, cats and birds and a garden as well !! And this was the view from our room!! Who wouldn’t wanna stay in such an amazing environment, right?
Just when we thought the place couldn’t get any better, we discovered more !! There was a small pathway to another beautiful place from our place.. It was more beautiful than this.. It consisted of 2 villas, a few swings and a bigger garden..
The landlord was a very sweet and creative lady who had turned her small place into a beautiful abode for a lot of people like us.. We did not even know how beautiful the place was till we visited it ourselves !! It is called Mountain Valley Home Stay and can be reached very easily from the city as it is just in around 5 km radius..
We reached the place around noon and ordered the food that we wanted for lunch.. The landlord was kind enough to agree to everything we asked for.. And then we went to rest for a while as we were too tired of all the travelling and trekking.. By the time lunch was ready we rested for a while and then had our yummy lunch and then decide to get ready coz the landlord told us about a near-by park which had swings and tyres and other fun games.. Yes, I get excited about kid games 😛 We went in to get ready but happily slept coz we were still super tired and now that our tummies were full, we felt more drowsy 😛
We got up after napping for 2 hours and got ready and clicked pictures for a while and by “for a while” I meant for almost 2 hours again 😛 While going around the property clicking pictures, we found that they had bicycles also.. I was super excited and took it out and we had fun on the roads for a good 30 minutes..
That’s when we realised we totally forgot about the park the landlord told us about !! It was already around 6PM and it was getting dark but I still wanted to go there coz mentioned it was just 5 minutes from her property.. So we headed in search of the park and completely lost our way and ended up off-roading a bit to another hill.. We ended up in a jungle, lol 😛 We couldn’t click a lot of pictures there coz the lighting was bad and our battery’s ran out of charge !! But the off-roading was fun and we even got to see the beautiful sunset..
We were hungry and hence headed towards the city to have some snacks.. We went to the chat street and had the yummiest of street food !! Chikmangalur’s street food is something I would recommend to anyone and everyone ! Just don’t miss trying it out at any cost !! We ate and drank juice nicely and decided to take dinner from there .. We took dinner and a lot of snacks and went back to the home stay.. We changed and I was in a mood of reading a novel that I had carried with myself.. The place was just so peaceful and made the perfect atmosphere for a good read…
After 1-1.5 hours of my reading and chit-chatting with friends, we had dinner and went to bed..
We woke up around 8 30 AM next morning, had breakfast and again clicked a few pictures for my blog.. We then got ready and headed to our next destination, Sakleshpur , about which you will read in my next blog post 🙂