Along the Western Ghats lies a mountain range stretching from Kerala to Gujarat. The southern range includes Bisle Reserve Forest and the locality near Saklespur. It is known for it’s sub-tropical weather and great rains during the wet season, creating a natural abode to several unique plants and animals. Particular to Saklespur are the local reddish-orrange pagoda flower, known as raktha pushpa or blood flower. Saklespur is only 280 kilometers away from Banglore. There are many adventurous activities that can be done here such as camping, walking, hiking while enjoying the natural beauty of mountain range, visiting the waterfalls, swimming in the river, plantation visitation and a number of indoor and outdoor games.
Coffee Plantations in Chikmagalur
Wake up your senses in the lovely coffee plantations of Chikmagalur. Known as the “Coffee Land” of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is a coffee lover’s dream.
Owners of these coffee plantations routinely set up visits, where they will briefly give a class about the coffee making process and its history. The coffee plantations are the ideal place to sit down and refresh your sense.
The highest peak in Karnataka is at Chikmagalur, called the Mullayanagiri. The height of this peak is approximately 2000 meters. This peak has been known to resemble a trekker’s backyard. Mullayanagiri has amazing trekking trails. Nature lovers who walk here call it the best in the country. Located 12 km from Chikmagalur, Mullayanagiri is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. There is a small temple on the peak. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, multitudes of Shiva devotees trek all the way up to offer their prayers.
Hebbe Falls are an awesome destination in Chikmagalur. You can arrive at the Kemmangundi hill station. It is located 8 km from this hill station. The falls are surrounded by astonishing greenery. Thick forests, rich foliage, sprouting flora and sprawling hills surround this region. Coffee plantations are sprawled across the expanses around the falls. Falling from a height of 168 metres, the falls are divided into two stages – the Big Falls and the Small Falls. Called Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe, the waterfall varies in height at these two regions. Furthermore, one can enjoy the best homestays in Chikmagalur with family and friends.
Datta Peeta has several high mountain rises. Located in the Baba Budan Giri range, this is a popular tourist destination. The mountain is named after the Muslim saint Baba Budan. The Baba Budangiri range is very famous in Chikmagalur. It is a wonderful destination with pleasant sightseeing attractions.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
A protected area and Project Tiger area, this wildlife haven is home to a number of wild animals and birds. The tropical flowers and plants that you find here are great and worth seeing. The sanctuary is located between the Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts. It is about 35 km from Chikmagalur town. There is a large population of wild tigers. There is natural beauty in the land of Chikmagalur.