I never thought, for some reason, that I would like Chikmagalur, having been to Madikeri earlier. And I was more than happy to be proven wrong. Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri Hills, Chikmagalur has a mild climate suitable for coffee plantations. Nestled amongst the hills and valleys of the fabulous Western Ghats, Chikmagalur has, apart from its beautiful climate, excellent bio-diversity.
If you are seeking a green escape, Chikmagalur is for you!
What to do in Chikmagalur: Stay at a home stay or a coffee estate. Go for long walks. If you have a bicycle handy, ride the beautiful winding canopied roads of Chikmagalur. Visit the nearby Bhadra Tiger Reserve. Go for a trek in Mullayanagiri. Do not throw plastic or litter this heavenly place. With more than 260 species of birds recorded here, birding is another thing to indulge in.
Where To Stay : There are plenty of stay options at Chikmagalur in all budgets. We stayed at the Tata Plantation Trails. They have excellent 100 year old plantation bungalows that are let out. These are not suitable for children or family groups (thankfully) but greatly suitable if you are looking for peace and introspection along with great food.
[box type=”success” width=”100%” ]How to reach : Chikmagalur is roughly 250-300 km from Bangalore. Driving down is an option though you can also take a train.
When to visit: Monsoons are divine. That’s the time from around June to August. Winters can get very cold here.