The entire region of Chikmagalur is a tourist heaven. With many exciting places to visit, there's something that suits everyone. Be it the coffee plantations its famous for, or the national forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, Karnataka's highest peaks, ancient temples and historic pilgrimage destinations, the list is endless.
Thanks to its excellent location, The Wildernest serves as a gateway to all these interesting hotspots. From popular hill stations to ancient monuments, we are close to most of the major Chikmagalur tourist places. Below are some of the must visit tourist locations in Chikmagalur, all located in close proximity.
Among the many waterfalls of Karnataka, Kalhatti Falls is one of the spectacular waterfalls and most picturesque tourist destinations of Karnataka.
The most magnificent spot in the Baba Budan range, Kemmangundi is also known as K.R. Hills. Named so after the King Krishnaraja Wodeyar who made it his favourite summer camp. At a height of 4,732 feet above sea, it is famous for its rich and diverse flora & fauna. Two waterfalls - Kallathagiri and Hebbe are scenic picnic spots. The peak offers breathtaking views at sunrise and sunset.
At 1930 meters tall, the tallest peak in Karnataka state. You can drive only halfway upto the top and have to trek the rest of the way. From the top of the hill on a clear day you can catch a view of the Arabian Sea. A must visit enroute is the Sitalayanagiri Shiva temple where the water inside is always at a constant level.
The Baba Budangiri shrine is a place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims. According to legend, the Muslim saint Babu Budan brought seven coffee seeds from Yemen and started cultivating coffee here in 1670. Chikmagalur is generally believed to be the first in India to cultivate coffee. The CCRI (Central Coffee Research Institution) is also located here.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
38 km north-west of Chikmagalur town, the sanctuary is surrounded by hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. Exotic wildlife found in this sanctuary include Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, spotted deer, Boar and birds like the Peacock, Parrot, Partridge, Munia alongside reptiles such as King Cobras and Indian Rock Pythons.