5 Best Reasons to Visit Chikmagalur

Chikkamagaluru, also known as Chikmagalur, is situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet at the foothills of Mullayangiri range in Karnataka. The Western Ghats start from this area and also the Yagachi River is originated from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its tranquil environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Popularly called as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the popular summer destinations in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore, there are plenty of Chikmagalur tour packages from Bangalore

From the misty mornings and the downpour during monsoons to the tourist attractions in the place, there are several reasons to visit Chikmagalur.Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Mullayangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi and Manikyadhara Falls are the important places to visit in Chikmagalur.

Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Chikmagalur.

1. ExtensiveCoffee Plantations

Renowned as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is well known for its extensive coffee and tea plantations. Coffee Plantations are one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places and the plantation walks are considered to be one of the most popular things to do in Chikmagalur. There are so many private coffee estates that allow visitors to take guided tours through the plantations and you can witness the many stages of the production of coffee. There are various home-stays available within the coffee estates, where guests can stay and breathe coffee.

2. Popular Trekking Points 

Chikmagalur has established itself as a trekker’s paradise and has many popular trekking trails which include Kemmanagundi, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and also one of the best places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m, Mullayanagiri is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris and among top sites for trekking places to visit in Chikmagalur. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. Other trekking trails from Mullayangiri are Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls and Deviramma Temple.

3. Placid Lakes

 Chikmagalur is famous for its serene lakes amidst the misty hills. Hirekolale Lake and Ayyanakere Lake are the two popular manmade lakes in Chikmagalur. Ayyanakere Lake is an ancient lake situated at the eastern base of Baba Budan hills. This is the biggest lake in the Chikmagalur district and the second largest lake in Karnataka. Also called as Dodda Magoda Kere,it is one of the prime places to visit in Chikmagalur. The sprawling lake was built to supply water for was agriculture. It supplies water for irrigating 21,560 hectares of land in the region.

4. Enchanting Waterfalls

Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises like misty hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Besides these, Chikmagalur is also popular for its breathtaking waterfalls. Manikyadhara Falls, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls and Honnamana Falls are some well-known waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Manikyadhara Falls is situated in the dense forest of Baba Budangiri hills in Western Ghats of India. With a height of about 30 feet, the waterfall is one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places. Hebbe Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated inside Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur.

5. Pleasant Weather 

Situated at an altitude of 1,090 m, Chikmagalur is situated in the Malnad region of Karnataka in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Being a hill station, Chikmagalur has pleasant climate throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. The summer season in Chikmagalur begins in the month of March and lasts till May. Though during summers the town temperature goes up but still the maximum temperature remains under 35°C. Monsoon brings heavy rainfall at Chikmagalur which lasts from June to September. Heavy rains in monsoon make this hill station more inviting with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. Winter, spans from December to February, is the suitable time for tourists with pleasant climate.


6 Breathtaking Waterfalls in Wayanad

Often called as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the charming hill stations located in Kerala. Settled in the Western Ghats, Wayanad is one of the top destinations in Kerala and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.  Wayanad is famous for its lakes, hills, ancient caves and extensive flora and fauna. Besides these, Wayanad is also blessed with several waterfalls. These waterfalls always add an extra charm to this beautiful destination and these are the best Wayanad tourist places.

Here is the list of some breathtaking waterfalls in Wayanad.

Meenmutty Waterfalls 

Meenmutty Waterfall is a fascinating waterfall located near Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad district of Kerala. Cascades down from a height of about 800 feet over three stages, it is a spectacular fall situated inside thick forest flowing through rocky platform. This is one of the best waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad. Each of its three tiers requires a separate hike through a moist, deciduous forest. One can get a breathtaking view of Banasura Sagar Dam and surrounding valleys from the peak on top of third tier of the falls.

Soochipara Waterfalls 

Soochipara Waterfalls, also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall situated in Vellarimala mountain range of Wayanad district in Kerala. Dropping down from a height of 200 meters, Soochipara is one of the most scenic waterfalls in Kerala and also one of the must visit Wayanad Tourist Places. This three tiered fall cascades down into a large pool, which is a good place for swimming and bathing. The waterfall is surrounded by dense green forests. One has to trek down for about 2 km to reach the falls from the road point through well laid path and is of easy level, which takes about 30 minutes one way.

Kanthanpara Waterfalls 

Kanthanpara Falls is a magnificent waterfalls situated near Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala.Gushes down from a height of 30 meters in two steps, it is known for its scenic beauty, and abundance of flora and fauna.The path leading to the waterfalls is full of breathtaking scenery and thus, is a popular trekking trail. Kanthanpara Waterfalls is one of the most charming waterfalls in Kerala and an ideal place to visit in Wayanad.

Thushargiri Waterfalls 

Thushargiri Falls is one of the enthralling waterfalls located in Kozhikode district of Kerala. Literally means ‘Snowcapped Mountains’, Thusharagiri Waterfalls is generated by Chalippuzha River, formed by merging two streams originating from the Western Ghats. The river diverges into three waterfalls here and creating a snowy spray, which gives the name – Thusharagiri. The highest of the three falls is the Thenpara Fall cascading down from a height of 75 m. Widely known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’, Thusharagiri offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing opportunities to its visitors.

Arippara Waterfalls 

Arippara Falls is a stunning waterfalls located near Nellipoyil in Kozhikode district of Kerala. The waterfall is formed by one of the tributaries of Iruvanji River commonly known as Iruvanjipuzha.  The fall is surrounded by thick green forest with water flowing through huge flat rocks and dropping at different places. A pool is formed at bottom of this long cascading falls which is a good place for swimming.  It is one of the most pretty river picnic spot and also one of the best tourist places in Wayanad.

Chetalayam Waterfalls

Chetalayam Falls is a seasonal waterfalls located near Kidangand, Kerala. Chethalayam is a smaller and lesser known waterfall compared to other waterfalls in Wayanad. With its picturesque beauty, scenic slopes and blue water bodies make this falls an ideal trekking place in Wayanad. Its surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird watching. Visitors need to trek for about 4 km from Kidangand to reach the falls. This waterfall is situated close to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which is inhabited by the spotted deer, sambar, gaur, elephants and sloth bear, amongst others.

Two of these waterfalls are must include places in Wayanad Tour Packages.

5 Fascinating Hill Stations in South India



South India is referred as the land of several beautiful and charming hill stations. Munnar, Ooty, Coorg, Wayanad and Kodaikanal are some of the top and famous hill stations situated in South India. These magical hill stations covered with dense forests, deep valleys, exotic scenery, misty hills, tea and coffee plantations and abundance of flora and fauna. These are most popular summer gateways in South India due to its pleasant weather. Blazing sun, scorching heat, humid climate and enormous sweating, Indian summer is just around the corner and is the time to escape the heat to the South India hill stations around.


Munnar is a fascinating hill station located at the confluence of three mountain streams Mudra puzha, Nallathanni and Kundala in Kerala. Situated at an altitude of 6000 feet, Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in South India and also regarded as one of the best honeymoon destinations in India. This mesmerizing hill station is famous for its tea estates, exotic scenery and abundance of flora and fauna. Also known as Swiss of South India, Munnar was once the summer resort of the British Governors of South India and also one of most visited hill stations in Kerala. Mattupety Dam, Anamudi Peak, Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Eravikulam National Park, Top Station and Tea Museum are the top places to visit in Munnar. Munnar weather is pleasant throughout the year, while March to May is the peak season.



Ooty or Udhagamandalam is one of the best hill stations in India. Often referred as ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty was served as the summer capital of the Madras Presidency during British Rule. Its rolling green hills and pleasant weather make it one of the best hill stations in South India after Munnar. Ooty is also one of the best hill resorts near Bangalore and also one of the top places to represent Tamilnadu Tourism. Ooty Lake, Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Wenlock Downs, Pine Forest, Doddabetta Peak, Emerald Lake, Pykara Dam & Falls, Avalanche Lake are the top tourist places to visit in Ooty. The narrow gauge Nilgiri Mountain Railway that runs from Mettupalayam to Ooty is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must be experienced.


Situated at an altitude of 1525 m on Western Ghats, Coorg is the most famous hill station in Karnataka and one of the best summer destinations in South India. Also referred as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India and also one of the top hill stations near Mysore. Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination in South India. Raja seat, Abbey Falls, Irupu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Golden Temple at Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare the top attractions of Coorg Tourism. Coorg is also popular for its wildlife tourism which includes Pushpagiri Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Sanctuary and the Nagarhole National Park.


Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is a beautiful plateau situated at a height of 700 m – 2100 m above the sea level in the Western Ghats on the borders of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Kerala and also one of the top hill stations in South India. Wayanad is well-known for its rich tribal heritage, agricultural prosperity, lush green virgin forests, waterfalls and hill ranges. The district of Wayanad is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar Dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri, Chembra Peak, Lakkidi and Edakkal Caves are the must visit places of sightseeing in Wayanad.



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Kodaikanal, often referred as the ‘Princess of Hill stations’, is a beautiful hill resort situated on the southern tip of upper Palani hills in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Featuring unspoiled natural beauty, cascading waterfalls, glimmering lake and cool weather, Kodaikanal is one of the best hill stations in South India and also one of the top places to experience Tamilnadu Tourism. Kodaikanal is not commercialized like Ooty and it offers a pleasant experience to tourists with relatively less crowd. Kodai Lake, Bryant Park, Coaker’s Walk, Bear Shola Falls, Silver Cascade and Pillar Rocks are the famous places to visit as part of Kodaikanal tour.