Road Trips in and around Chikmagalur
Belur is a small town in Hassan district in the state of Karnataka. Popularly known as “Banaras of South” or “Dakshina Banaras”. It was the capital of the Hoysala Kingdom and also home to several monuments, temples, and holy shrines. The prime attraction in Belur is the Chennakesava temple complex which has a shrine dedicated to Chennakesava (Lord Vishnu). Another temple namely the Kappe Chennigaraya temple, built by Shantaladevi, stands next to it. There are two other temples in the complex. Hence, more than a thousand visitors come here every year. Further, Belur and Halebidu are the two crown jewels of ‘the Indian cultural heritage’ in Karnataka. Thus, this town must be visited once in a lifetime by all.
- Distance: 28 km from Chikmagalur
- Best time to visit: October to February
- Places to visit: Chennakesava Temple, Madanikas, Shravanabelagola, Yagachi Dam, and Narasimha Pillar, and Halebidu.
2. Hebbe Falls
Hebbe Falls is located in the Kemmangundi district of the state, Karnataka. Falls from a height of 551 feet in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.) This place attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers. The beautiful falls are located inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by a walk or via a two, four-wheeler. Further, this water is also believed to contain medicinal herbs offering healing qualities and so people here for a dip. Also, it is a heaven place for trekkers. Thus, the picturesque beauty of the waterfalls, the pleasant weather, and the surrounding greenery of this place make it is one of the best tourist spots to visit in Chikmagalur.
- Distance: 66 km from Chikmagalur
- Best time to visit: August to January
- Places to visit: Kemmangundi Hill, Kallathi falls, and Z point.
Mullayyanagiri is located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill ranges in the state of Karnataka. Set at a height of 1,925 meters (6,316 feet). It is known for coffee plantations that are situated nearby. Therefore, it is the highest peak in Karnataka and also the highest peak in the Krishna River basin. The peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rough rocks, and a strong trekking track. On top of the peak, there is a small temple and its dedicated to Lord Shiva. You can also engage in various adventure activities like trekking, mountain biking, and camping. The roads are really good but in the rainy season it is kind of dangerous to drive as the road is muddy and slippery. Thus, it is one of the Best Road Trips in and around Chikmagalur.
- Distance: 35 km from Chikmagalur
- Best time to visit: September to April
- Places to visit: Baba Budangiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Manikyadhara Falls, Hirekolale lake, Rock Garden, and Jhari Falls.
4. Shivanasamudra Falls
Shivanasamudra Falls is located in the state of Karnataka. It consists of two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. It is popular for fishing and trekking. This is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka. This place is an unexplored destination with not much crowd and also lots of waterfalls to visit here. It offers a visual treat to tourists. On the road trip, travelers enjoy beautiful viewpoints and some amazing waterfalls. Moreover, this place is a photographer’s delight. The waterfall is in its full strength in the monsoon season, and so more than hundreds of people visit it. Thus, it is a perfect gateway from Chikmagalur.
- Distance: 262 km from Chikmagalur
- Best time to visit: June to September
- Places to visit: Talakadu, Kaveri River, Somnathpur, Shimshapura Falls, and Shimsha Dam.
Kemmannugundi is a hill station in Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka, India. Set at the elevation of 1434 meters above sea level. Surrounded by lush green vegetation, beautiful sights, gorgeous gardens, and magnificent valleys and mountains. This is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. It is famous for trekking, nature walks, and picnics. Further, the beauty of the trekking lies in the scenic views it offers. Moreover, it is famous for its beautifully laid-out ornamental gardens, enchanting mountains, and valleys views. The roads are adventures and also maintained in a good condition.
- Distance: 62 km from Chikmagalur
- Best time to visit: km from Chikmagalur
- Places to visit: Mullayyanagiri, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, and Ayyana Kere.