Chikmagalur--"Coffee Land of Karnataka" is a popular tourist destination in South India. Covered by hills all around the town, summers will be cooler than one can expect. Due to extensive coffee plantations and thick forests; rains will be heavy and winters will be cold. During monsoon surrounding places will be modified into "a green paradise". This place is well known for birding and wild life too.
|In between Coffee Plantations.|
|Natural Streams are common during Rainy seasons.|
|Kalhatti Falls @ Kalhattigiri.|
During summer the falls do not have much water due to which the place may not look clean.
|Shiva Lingas carved on a rock.|
|"I see what you are doing.!"--God.|
|Icy white water.|
|First level of Kalhatti Falls.|
There are couple of temples on top of the hills. First level of the hill is known as Seethalayyanagiri, and there is a small temple. Tip of the hill is known as Mullayyanagiri ; also has a temple.
|A beautiful place to live. View from hill-top.|
|Way to Mullayyanagiri.|
|Nandi infront of Mullayyanagiri temple.|
My next trip was to Kemmannugundi. Again a well known hill station which is covered by chandradrona hills and bhadra tiger sanctuary. A beautiful place to experience the misty clouds and plenty of natural streams. Leech dominate here as the soil is red and holds water for a longer time. Beautiful rose garden is maintained by the horticultural department on top of the hill station.
|Kemmannugundi Park entrance.|
|View from Z point.|
This place was once a summer retreat for Mysore Wodeyars. Kemmannugundi can be translated to english as "red soil pit".
|A typical fresh water Stream.|
Places near to Chikmagalur:.
1: Baba Budan Hills-- Datta peetha/Baba Budan shrine---30kms from Chikmagalur.
2: ManikyaDhaara Falls-- Waterfalls--8kms from B.B Hills.
3: Mullayyanagiri Peak--trekking spot--- 35kms from Chikmagalur.
4: Kalhattigiri waterfalls--Waterfalls/Pilgrim place--60kms from Chikmagalur.
5: Kemmannugundi--Hill Station--70kms from Chikmagalur.
6: Hebbe Falls-- Waterfalls-- 8kms from Kemmannugundi.
7: Muttodi Forest range-- Protected forest- birding and elephant sighting--40 kms from Chikmagalur.
8: Sringeri--Sharadambe temple, shankaracharya shrine--90kms from Chikmagalur.
9: Kigga--Sirimane Falls--11 kms from Sringeri.
10: Kuduremukh--Bhagawati nature camp (Jungle Lodge and Resorts), Hill Station--100kms from Chikmagalur.
11: Horanadu--Annapoorneshwari temple-- 140kms from Chikmagalur.
12: Lakkavalli-- River Tern Lodge (Jungle Lodge and Resorts) Safari and Boating--90 kms from Chikmagalur.
13: Belur and Halebidu--Historic temples--40kms from Chikmagalur.