Karnataka India

Chikmagalur is a hill station in Karnataka, a state in southwest India. To the north is Baba Budangiri, a mountain range in the Western Ghats, with 3 large caves said to be holy. Trails through forests and grasslands lead up to Mullayanagiri Peak. The cascading Hebbe Falls lie in an area of coffee plantations. The forested Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, northwest of Chikmagalur, is home to elephants, tigers and leopards.

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Mullayanagiri Hills

Mullayanagiri is one of the best trekking places in Karnataka and South India. The summit of Mullayanagiri also houses a police radio relay station. Seethalayyanagiri is a prominent peak is adjacent to this place.

Anciently, when the present asphalt roads and the 300 concrete steps were not present, a trail was used to reach the peak, known as 'Sarpadari' or 'sarpanadi'. Although it is not very frequently visited now, this trail is cherished by trekkers.

Mahatma Gandhi Park

Mahatama Gandhi Park, also known as Rathnagiri Bore, is located to the north of the town. The nature park along with the site of 'Mullayanagiri' in the back drop was previously an open forest. The park was later converted into a beautiful garden, designed with pavements and lawns. Among other highlighting attractions of the park are the lotus pond and a children-cross bridge. Besides, Nehru Rose Garden on the left of the garden towards the amphitheatre features over 250 varieties of rose plants. The amphitheatre at the park hosts art, music and cultural events through the year. To cater to nature lovers, there is a greenhouse within the garden housing over 300 floral species.

Manikyadhara Falls

With a height of about 30 feet, the waterfall is situated midst dense Forest offering great views of Baba Budangiri Hills. Locally known as Nellikayi Theertha, this waterfall is considered as a holy site by Hindus as well as Muslims. Manikya Dhara, which literally means a string of pearls, is the ideal site for people looking for a peaceful and scenic atmosphere. According to the legend, saint Baba Budan along with his 4 disciples came to the site in search of water. After their prayers, they were blessed with water flowing from the mountains in the form of this waterfall.

Kudurekuha Jamly

Kuduremukha is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station cum mining town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometres from Karkala and around 20 kilometres from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha literally means 'horse-face' (Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse's face. It was also referred to as 'Samseparvata', historically since it was approached from Samse village. Kuduremukha is Karnataka's 2nd highest peak after Mullayangiri. The nearest International Airport is at Mangalore which is at distance of 99 kilometres.

Hirekolale lake

The perfect time to visit the Hirekolale Lake is from September to March since the climate is pleasant during this time and suitable for sightseeing. During this time, the temperature is neither too high nor too low.

The perfect time to visit the Hirekolale Lake is from September to March since the climate is pleasant during this time and suitable for sightseeing. During this time, the temperature is neither too high nor too low.

Coffee Museum

Hop on to witness the journey of your favourite beverage right from the plantations to the delicious cuppa that you enjoy every day at Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur. One of the most intriguing places to visit in Chikmagalur, Coffee Museum and offers an interesting depiction of the history, processes and varieties of coffee. The museum uses exciting ways to narrate the story of coffee like movies, songs and interesting visuals and the friendly staff gives the tourists all the information about the displays here.

It is surrounded by an exquisite scenery of coffee plantations. This thematic museum offers an interesting insight shown by an inhouse expert through various demonstrations and presentations. A visit to this museum in Chikmagalur is both an educational and recreational for all the coffee lovers. It is for sure that you will return from Coffee Museum knowing more than ever.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a tiger reserve as part of Project Tiger, located 23 km south of Bhadravathi town and 38 km northwest of Chikkamagaluru town in Karnataka state, India Bhadra sanctuary has a wide range of flora and fauna and is a popular place for day outings.

Jagara and Sirivase are the villages located within the sanctuary. Bhadravathi, Tarikere, Birur are cities nearby the sanctuary. Larger metropolitan cities are well connected to Bhadravthi and birur by bus and rail. There is frequent local bus service from Bhadravathi to both Bhadra Dam and Bhadra WLS. The nearest airport is in Mangalore, around 163 km (101 mi) from Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Baba Budan giri

Baba Budangiri is a mountain in the Baba Budan range of the Western Ghats of India. Located in the Chikkamagaluru taluk, Chikkamagaluru District of Karnataka, Baba Budangiri is known for its shrine to the Sufi saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. Sangh parivar organizations started "Datta Jayanti" celebrations in the late 2000s as part of their fight to claim "Sri Guru Dattatreya Bababudan Swami Dattapit". People go to have a darshan of the dargah. The main peaks in this range are the Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri (height 1895 m). Collectively, these peaks are known as Chandradrona Parvatha Shreni (Chandradrona Mountain Range)[1] as they naturally form the shape of a crescent moon.

Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls is situated at 13°32′29″N 75°43′30″E about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls is inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.)

The option of trekking is available (as of Aug 2016), but the place is filled with leeches especially in the rainy season. The best option is to take a government approved forest jeep which goes through private estates. The last kilometer needs to be trekked in order to reach the falls.

Kallathigiri Falls

Kalhatti Giri Falls (Kalahasti Falls) is in Chikmagalur district at Kallathipura in Karnataka. The waterfall is in an elegant location and is a beautiful cascading waterfall amidst the luscious greenery. The waterfall from the Chandra Drona hills around 122 meters’ height above. The fall is in the front of Veerabhadreshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Kemmangundi hill station is around 10km from the waterfall. The waterfall is surrounded by captivating valleys and gardens, which is indeed a visual treat to visitors.

Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple

Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple in Chikmagalur. It is located near the River Tungabhadra. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In this temple, life-size idols of Lord Rama, his sibling Laxmana, and Devi Sita are placed in the main sanctum. All idols of the deities are carved out of the single rock.

Kodandarama Temple

Kodandaramaswami Temple is a Hindu shrine located at Hiremagalur near Chikkamagaluru, in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka, India. The temple deity is called Kodandarama, as Rama, and his brother Lakshmana are depicted holding arrows.  The remaining portions are additions in Dravidian style. The present navaranga is of the 14th century. While the mukhamandapa may be of the 16th century. The outer walls of the garbhagruha and vestibule are raised on a square basement which consists of six cornices. The outer walls of the navaranga and mukhamandapa are built with brick and mortar. The projection of the vestibule appears to be of the 17th century.

Rameshwara Lake

Rameshwara Temple is located on the banks of the Tirtha River Laxman in the district of Coorg in Karnataka. This temple is small but beautifully carved. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and knows a huge crowd of devotees at Shivratri. The temple has a strong historical past dating back to the time of Ramayana. It is believed that he has the power to cleanse the sins of those who visit with faith. The Rameshwara Temple is an example of strong religious beliefs rooted in the beauty of the hills.

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