Known as the “Coffee Town of Karnataka”, Chikmagalur is
considered to be one of the most serene and enchanting places in the Western
Ghats. The town is surrounded by beautiful landscapes including mountains, hills,
evergreen forests, coffee plantations, rivers and waterfalls. The wonderful
sights of nature, peaceful environments and favouring weather attract adventure
seekers from around the country to Chikmagalur, all year round.
One of the most popular adventure activities in Chikmagalur
is trekking. There are various trekking trails near the town that go through
the forests and hills. These treks vary in difficulty and distance and even
beginners can find suitable treks here. Given below are two of the favourite trails
of the trekkers in Chikmagalur-
- Kemmangundi Trek– Also speltKemmanagundi, this peak is a paradise for nature lovers because of themagnificent view that it offers. The trek to Kemmangundi peak takes one for amagical walk through the lush green forests and the scenic hills. The mostpopular attraction that the trail offers is Shanti Falls. The trek fromTarikere to Kemmangundi, which is about 30 kilometres long, gives theadventurers a chance to visit Kallathigiri Falls. This waterfall is 122m highand has a temple built within its rocks.
Hebbe Falls is located about 8 kilometres
from Kemmangundi and is a must visit place for the trekkers. Z point, a famous
viewpoint at Kemmangundi, offers breath-taking views of the landscape and
greenery of the Ghats.
- Mullayanagiri Trek– The trek toMullayanagiri peak is very popular because of its spectacular views and ease.Mullayanagiri is Karnataka’s highest peak with a height of 1930 metres abovesea level. The trekking distance to the top is just about 3 to 4 kilometres andcan be covered in around 3 hours.
However, most trekkers include the
Manikyadhara falls, which is situated about 9 kilometres from Mullayanagiri peak,
in their trek.
Some of the other adventure activities that tourists can
enjoy in Chikmagalur include kayaking and river rafting in the river Bhadra,
and wildlife safari at the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The best
time to go for a trek in Chikmagalur is in the months of September to December.
During this time the waterfalls and streams are full and the weather during the
day is cool.
You can contact us for more information about trekking and
other adventure activities in Chikmagalur.
(Please remember to carry all the required items
listed for the trek or any other adventure activity to ensure safety and
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to visit Chikmagalur for trekking?
The best time to visit is during the months between September and February. Chikmagalur’s winter creates the peak season and is the most significant tourist hotspot in the year. The temperatures drop down to 14 to 32 degree Celsius and result in cold, cosy weather. The nights might turn out to be colder still and hence it is recommended to carry woollen clothes to protect from the chill. The weather is extremely delightful during this period and is perfect for the local tour to various places in the town. Chikmagalur’s coffee plantations are also a highlight during the winter season and should most definitely be visited along with all the other places that seem to take on a different glow during these chilly months.
Which treks are good for beginners?
If you are a beginner at trekking, then Mullayanagiri Trek is a great choice to start out with. The trek to Mullayanagiri peak is very popular because of its gorgeous views. The trekking distance to the top is just around 3 to 4 kilometres and can be covered in approximately 3 hours. The best time to go for a trek in Chikmagalur is in the months of September to December. During these months, the waterfalls and streams are full of water and the weather during the day is cool.
Which is the highest peak of Chikmagalur?
Mullayanagiri is Karnataka’s highest peak and has a height of 1930 metres above sea level. The total distance top is around about 3 to 4 kilometres and can be covered in around 3 hours. Mullayanagiri is located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur. This peak gets its name from a tiny temple that is at the base and is dedicated to a saint named “Mulappa swamy”. In Kannada, “Mullai” means forest.