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Nestled at 3,400ft in the Sahyadri mountains of the Western Ghats, Chikmagalur is situated in the south-western part of Karnataka. Barely 250km from state capital Bangalore, it lies at the foothills of the Baba Budan range and offers an ideal getaway for those looking at a quiet weekend. Typical of Ghat topography, the town offers unending vistas of mountains, streams, and coffee and pepper plantations. A number of rivers, such as Bhadra, Hemavathi, Tunga, Netravathi and Vedavathi, originate in the hills surrounding the town. Chikmagalur today serves as the headquarters of a district by the same name. It was here that coffee was first cultivated in India in 1670 by Baba Budan, a Muslim saint who brought coffee seeds from Yemen, and after whom the mountain range to the north of the town is named. Later taken up by European planters, coffee production and trade has since been Chikmagalur's mainstay.

Historically it is recorded that the Chikmaglur city was presented as a dowry to the younger daughter of the unquestioned and legendary figure Rukmangada, the chief of Sakrepatna. The other part of the town, which was given as dowry to elder daughter of Rukmangada is the Hiremaglur. Some of the inscriptions available in Chikmagalur and Hiremagkur point out to the old names of Kiriya-Magalu and Priya Magalu.

The mind blowing attraction in Chikmagalur is Mullain Giri, the highest peak in Karanataka. Mullain giri is placed at an average height of about 6,300 ft above sea level. The major attractions of Chikmagalur are the Kondadarama Temple, an symbolic blend of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architectures, and the Jamia Mosque. Another attraction is St Joseph's Cathedral, renowned for the unique feature of shell shaped portico. The important nearby attractions include 13th century Siddeshwara temple, the grand old cave of Nirvanaswam at Thiruvanahalli and the 17th century Lakshmi Kantha temple.

Kemmanagundi

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Situated at a height of 1434 m above sea level, Kemmanagundi is at a distance of 55 Km from Chikmagalur. The main attraction of the hill station apart from the places to visit is the absolutely enamoring climate here. It remains the same throughout the year. The places to visit in Kemmanagundi are Hebbe falls, Kallathi falls, Rose Garden and Raj Bhavan. Trekking is the best way to move around in this pristine hill station as this lets you explore many beautiful places that are a yet untouched. The scenic beauty in and around, mesmerizing sunrise and sunsets and magical climate have all helped it being called as 'The Ooty of Karnataka'.

The Baba Budangiri Hills

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The Baba Budangiri hills are named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who took up residence here in the 17th century. The Baba Budan Shrine is revered by both the Hindus and Muslims and thousands of devotees throng the shrine for the blessing of the peer. A complex of three caves can be found here, believed to have been sanctified by 3 revered siddhas whose icons and 'gaddinges' (tombs) are located in the caves.

Angadi

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Angadi which means a market place or shop is 18 km south of Mudigere Town. This place has been identified as Sasakapura or Sosevur which was the original home of Hoyasalas who rose to great power in South India. The shrine here has pillars of granite with cylindrical shafts and hemi spherical mouldings. Three other ruined temples were dedicated to Keshava, Veerabhadra, and Mallikarjuna.

Surface
State owned bus services are available connecting Chikmagalur to other major cities in the state. Special deluxe luxury buses are available from Chikmagalur to Mangalore (170 km), Bangalore (240 km) and Hubli (239 km). Bus fares for deluxe buses are Rs 3 - 4 per km.

Train
The nearest railway station is Kadur (40 km) and Hassan (60 km). The Major railhead near Chikmagalur is Hubli which is 239 km away from the heart of the city. Kadur to Chikmagalur by taxi costs around Rs 600. Hubli is well connected

Air
Mangalore is the nearest domestic Airport, which is 170 km away and Bangalore is the nearest international airport, which is 240 km away. Taxi cab costs about Rs 2500 from Mangalore and Rs 3500 from Bangalore. Mangalore air terminal is connected to Bangalore and Chennai. Bangalore airport is well connected to almost all airports in India. International flights to major foreign cities are also operated from Bangalore.

Athithi Homestay

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Athithi Homestay offers a panoramic view of the morning mist rolling down the thickly wooded hill slopes, a ripple of a valley stream and rows of coffee bushes and cardamom shoots nurtured superbly under the blue skies. It is a bird sanctuary and an ideal place for bird watchers. A heaven for an amateur astronomer to watch the sky on a clear night.
Hosamane Road, Chikmagalur.

Devigiri Homestay

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Devigiri Homestay Chikmagalur  specialize in Homestay Accommodation. It offers panoramic view of the city and also own  a wide range of coffee estates.  If you would like to stay in Homestay Accommodation Devigiri is the perfect place for you.
Hosa Road, Arasinaguppe, Chikmagalur.

Hulikatte Estate

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Hulikatte Estate is 40 acres of rich green coffee plantations nestled amidst misty hills, fresh waterfalls, untouched wildlife and reminiscent of Scottish meadows. It is situated in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka.
Mudigere taluk, Chikmagalur.

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