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Chikmangaluru.. A perfect weekend retreat from Bangalore


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Bangalore to Chikmagaluru


Distance : 250 kilometers.

Me and my friends decided to visit a peaceful hill station.

We came across unseen beauty of Chikmangaluru. It is not fully commercialised like other hills stations in south India. So decided to explore those beautiful hills


So the plan was set and me along with 2 friends confirmed for the trip. Initially we thought of going in Our own bikes but dropped the plan. We hired a self drive car from Zoom car.


Day 1:

We have started our journey early in the morning from Bangalore. We have taken the Mangalore highway which is a 4 lane road. We reached the town of Chikmangaluru around 12 pm.


We have stopped at a beautiful restaurant named as Siri coffee for refreshments.The sculpture at this restaurant was very attractive and all passing by people made a pit stop at this place.


It was already 2 Pm and without wasting our time we started our journey towards Kallahatti waterfalls(Kallathigiri). This is a Ghat road and careful driving required as it passes through very narrow roads and villages.


We stopped at multiple places watching the view points.




We reached the Kallahatti falls, A small arch and some steps leads to the temple at the entrance.


We traced the path of the waterfall and trekked on small mountain following the trekking trail beside the waterfalls and taken a shower under this falls.




After exploring waterfalls we decided to take rest for the day.


We have not booked any stay.Found lot of Home stays but we decided to stay in hotel.



Day 2:

We started our journey towards our next destination that is Kemmannagundi, Krishnarajendra Hill Station. The road leading to this place is very bad shape full of rocks. Vehicles are allowed till the Restaurant which is starting point of hill.We parked the vehicle and started trekking towards the view point ( Z point).


We have come across one more waterfalls that is Shanti waterfalls. As per local people this waterfalls comes from dense forest having natural medical values to it. Their is Hebbe waterfalls which is nearby to this place and need to hire a Forest department Jeep.




We parked at a safe location.


Shanti waterfalls


Z point : The trekking to Z point is little narrow path and need to be little careful as it is a dense forest.567180d9a3e371b52732beaab9437575.jpg

The view from the Z point is really amazing.



We started our journey to the next destination Shri Guru Dattatreya Baba Budan Swamy Durga (Duttapeetha). The road leading this place is a Ghat road with lot of patches in between.


We reached the place and found a Dattatreya temple on top of the mountain.To reach on top of mountain we need to follow the trekking path. Their is a Waterfalls at this place which was very crowded.


On the way to Duttapeetha d8e727c5ef133dbe0603813adc3f96c0.jpg

Ghat section


Dirt tracks on the way.


That's Duttapeetha on top of hill.


We were having short of time.We have started our journey to next destination that is Mullayanagiri hill.Mullayangiri is the 2nd highest mountain in Karnataka. We reached the place in the evening and could see clouds around. We trekked to the top of the hill through the stairs and found a Shiva temple and cave.






Steps leads to temple


View from the top



The view from the top of hill was amazing. We started our journey back and reached Bangalore next day early morning.


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Amazing post@abhinay1189 .. Kalhatti falls is one of the beautiful place around Chikamagalur if the crowd is to be ignored.. The falls and water stress flowing from over the Temples through the day is a beautiful sight to watch out for and one needs to cross these small water streams to reach that temple. Parking our car over there and the place being too crowded spoils a little for the visitors ..

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23 hours ago, mayank said:
Superb information in the post buddy, I think you missed out on Hebbe falls which is a must go place when u been to Chikamagalur, You are supposed to do a Jeep trial from the main road deep into the forest to reach this falls. 

Thank you.Yes, I missed Hebbe waterfalls due to time constraints. Maybe next time will visit.


23 hours ago, hsudhir said:
Nice report [mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention] .. Can You please tell me if you had stayed in the chikamagalur town for the 2 nights or did you chose any resorts on the hill or inside the forest.. What is the price range and which would be suggestible for a 3 day holiday?

We stayed in a hotel named Brundavana AC Lodge & Homestay at Ballavara. It is nearest town to Kemmannagundi. You have lot of home stays and hotels at this place. Decent Homestay will cost 1500 per day per person including food and hotel cost you 1300 to 1500 per night (budget one) I suggest you Sri Krishna Rajendra Hillstation Guest House, Kemmannagundi which has great views and it is top of the hill.


23 hours ago, Krish said:
Nice report[mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention]

Miles to go before I sleep
Sent from my Asus using India-Drive app


Thanks Krish[emoji3]


On 20/02/2017 at 11:28 AM, sagar said:
Amazing post[mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention] .. Kalhatti falls is one of the beautiful place around Chikamagalur if the crowd is to be ignored.. The falls and water stress flowing from over the Temples through the day is a beautiful sight to watch out for and one needs to cross these small water streams to reach that temple. Parking our car over there and the place being too crowded spoils a little for the visitors ..

Thanks Sagar, To avoid the crowds.We have a path beside the temple. Which runs parallel to the water flow. Their is no disturbance of crowd at the top.

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Superb details and good pictures.

Chikmagaluru is my favourite hill station in south India, Post monsoon is the best time to visit.

Been there 4-times, never got bored of this place. Best part, it is less crowded and has good roads.
You can explore many mud tails. It was fun driving through the lush green hills.

Few pictures of our drive in 2015


Exploring mud trails.



17 hours ago, vinz said:

The greenery and sceneries have a very calming and de-stressing effect. 

Agree on this, greenery is unbelievable, It is even better in October, I am planning to drive down this year(post monsoon).


2 hours ago, Pralay said:

Chikmagalur is long pending in my list.


You will go back, again and again. Don't miss this beautiful place.
Hyderabad to Chikmagaluru can be done in a single day without any stress. We started at 4 am and reached by 5 pm. 
Roads are good through out the journey.


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4 hours ago, Pralay said:
Very nice..!! Chikmagalur is long pending in my list.. Thanks for sharing[mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention]



2 hours ago, gowtham said:
Superb details and good pictures.

Chikmagaluru is my favourite hill station in south India, Post monsoon is the best time to visit.

Yeah roads are good and we can off roading in some places.



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Pictures speaks a lot is so true.. this place is really beautiful.. I badly need a break and visit this place. This year summer strikes us to hell.. so when is the good time to go there?
Those view points are amazing.
Nice post [mention=616]abhinay1189[/mention]

Yeah Sam, The place is very beautiful.Post monsoon season is the best time to visit this place till march. Summers are little hot here.
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