Chikmagalur One of the most Beautiful Hill Stations in Karnataka
Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, the city of Chikmagalur is one of the most beautiful hill stations located in the state of Karnataka. It is also known as the ‘land of coffee’ as the first coffee plant was grown in this region by Baba Budan. He brought the plant from West Asia and planted it in this city and as his shrine is located on top of the hills here, the hill gets the name Baba Budan Giri. Most parts of this region are referred to as Malnad in Kannada which means a hilly region with thick forest cover. The place gets its name from the Kannada words- Chikkamagala uru which means town of the younger daughter. The place is said to be given by the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada to this younger daughter as dowry at the time of her marriage. The other part of the city, given to his elder daughter in a similar fashion was known as Hiremagalur.
The town has a strong religious history with many monuments from all religions. These are the Kodandarama temple which portrays two forms of architecture from the Hoysalas and the Dravidians. There is also the Jamia mosque along with the St. Joseph’s Cathedral which is known for its architecture too. On the other hand, Hiremagalur is now a part of this town also holds the Ishwara temple having the corpulent round structure of Jademuni.
The main cash crop here is coffee so buying coffee from this place should be on the top of the list of things to do in Chikmagalur. The place is also widely referred to as Chikmagalur. Knowing the local language will suffice and there is no need for a tour guide. Most of the tourist attractions are located closely but prior planning will help greatly on the trip. The hill stations main attractions are mostly temples and shrines with beautiful scenic beauty. A trip planned for four to five days will be ideal to visit all the attractions and the wildlife sanctuary among it. The river Bhadra flows through these thick forest ranges and all the animal lovers too will get their share of the pie. Hiring a local cab will help with travelling around the place if personal travel is not available.
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. For the most attractive sceneries, the monsoons are the best time to visit. June to September is an ideal time to visit the place. The resorts will offer good packages to retreat to some peace of mind away from it all!
Facts of Chikmagalur
Famous for/as: Hill Station
Languages: Kannada, English
Best Season: Sept - May
Weather: Summer 21 to 35°C, Winter 14 to 32°C