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.

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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.

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All you need to Know about Nagarhole National Park

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Brief Introduction

Nagarhole National Park is one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in India and also one of the popular places to visit in Coorg. Popularly called as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park is spread across Mysore and Coorg districts in Karnataka. This jungle oasis in South India is less popular than its northern counterparts, but the incredible scenery and extensive wildlife make it one of the best National Parks in India and also a perfect getaway for the wildlife photographers, bird watchers as well as wildlife enthusiasts.

History at a Glance

Initially, Nagarhole was the private hunting ground for the Maharajas of Mysore. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This reserve forest is flanked by the Nagarhole and Kabini Rivers from different sides and encompasses lush forest cover, small hills, waterfalls, valleys and streams within its boundary. The Western Ghats Nilgiri sub-cluster of 6,000 Sq. km, including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage for World Heritage Site status.

Wildlife in Nagarhole

Named after late prime minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, Nagarhole is situated to the north-west of Bandipur National Park which are separated by Kabini River. The park has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants and therefore the chances of sighting a tiger in the wild is quite high. Other mammals includes the common langur, bonnet macaque, jungle cat, leopard, civet cat, mongoose, common otter, giant flying squirrel, giant squirrel, porcupine, jackal, mouse-deer, hare and pangolin. Over 250 species of birds are also found at Nagarhole National Park. The vegetation of Nagarhole National Park is mostly moist deciduous in nature.

Safaris

Safaris are organized in the forest department vans during morning from 6 AM – 8 AM and from 3 PM – 5 PM in the evening. Government-run 4WD safaris and boat trips are conducted from Kabini River Lodge, which are good options to explore the animals in the park. Traffic movement is restricted from 6 pm to 6 am every day and the gates are closed on either sides of entry into the forest. Two wheelers, three wheelers and goods vehicles are not permitted inside the park. The best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is November – May, especially April – May.

Best Season to Visit

The best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is from October to May while the peak season is from April – May. During monsoon season (June-September), the park remains closed for the visitors.

Accommodation

The Forest Department manages two rest houses at Kabini, but reservation has to be made well in advance through the Forest Department offices in Mysore or Bangalore. The Kabini River Lodge near Karapur on the Mysore-Mananthavadi highway with good accommodation facilities which also organizes safaris including elephant ride and coracle ride. Various home stays are also available near to Kutta, Srimangala and Gonikoppal.

How to Reach

Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Nagarhole National Park which is around 236 km from the Park. Bangalore is well connected with all major cities of the country. Mysore is the nearest rail head which is about 88 km from Nagarhole. The park can be reached by bus from Mysore, Bangalore, and Madikeri.

8 Must Visit Tourist Places in Murudeshwar

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Murudeshwar is a well known pilgrimage and beach destination located in the Bhatkal Taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Murudeshwara is another name of the Hindu god Shiva. Famous for the world’s second tallest Shiva statue, the town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea and is also famous for the Murudeshwar Shiva Temple. Murudeshwara has a railway station on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route. It is also one of the top places to visit in Karnataka tourism.

Murudeshwar Temple

Murudeshwar Temple is built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. It is dedicated to Shiva, and a 20-storied gopura is constructed at the temple. The temple authorities have installed a lift that provides a breath-taking view of the 123-feet Shiva idol from the top of the Raja gopura. There is also a Rameshwara linga at the bottom of the hill, where devotees can do seva themselves. A Shaneswara temple has been built next to the idol of Shiva. It is among the main places to visit in Murudeshwar.

Lord Shiva Statue

The statue of Lord Shiva, visible from great distances, is present in the temple complex. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world. The tallest Shiva statue is in Nepal known as the(Kailashnath Mahadev Statue). The statue is 123 feet in height and took about two years to build. The statue was built by Shivamogga’s Kashinath and several other sculptors, financed by businessman and philanthropist Dr. R.N. Shetty, at a cost of approximately Rs 50 million. The idol is designed such that it gets the sunlight directly and thus appears sparkling.

Murudeshwar Beach

Murudeshwar Beach is a beautiful beach situated near Murudeshwar Temple. This beautiful beach is situated just beside the Kanduka Giri on which Lord Shiva Temple is located. It is among the prime places to visit in Murudeshwar. It is one of the best beaches in Karnataka. Murudeshwar offers magnificent natural views with serene and calm surroundings. One can come down to Murudeshwar beach for a great view of the sunset. It is one of the Top Tourist Places in Murudeshwar.

Idagunji Ganapati Temple

Ganapati Temple at Idagunji is one of the famous temples in this region and among the popular places to visit near Murudeshwar. The temple’s popularity as a religious place is recorded by about 1 million devotees visiting it annually. It is one of the six famous Ganesha temples on the west Coast of India, which is also popularly called the “Ganesha Coast”. Lord Vinayaka can be seen in standing posture at this temple, which is a rare sight. Vinayaka Chathurthi is the major festival celebrated here. Idagunji can be reached by bus from Honavar or Manki.

Apsara Konda Falls

Apsara Konda Falls is a small waterfall located in the Uttara Kannada (North Canara) district of Karnataka. It is one of the scenic tourist places near Murudeshwar. The specialty of this pond is that it faces the sea and appears like a lagoon. People say that Angels used to come from heaven and take bath in that pond, hence the name Apsara Konda. Reaching the base of the waterfall is an easy as steps have been built to make the trail easier for the public. A unique fact about the waterfall is that the water flows down through the roots of a peepal tree while descending to the pond below. The pond is very safe for swimming and playing.

Netrani Island

Netrani Island is a tiny island in the Arabian Sea which is famous for diving/snorkeling. It is approximately 10 nautical miles from the temple town of Murudeshwara in Bhatkal Taluk. Views from above give this island the appearance of being heart-shaped. Besides pigeons, the other inhabitants of the island are wild goats. This island has scuba diving facilities and the place is easily accessible from Mangalore, Goa, Mumbai or Bangalore. There are dive shops at Murdeshwara and Goa, that regularly organize diving tripes to the island. It is one of the very few places for snorkeling in Karnataka. It is also one of the top things to do in Murudeshwar.

Kodachadri

Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests in the Western Ghats in South India. Kodachadri forms a background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. The name comes from native word “Kodacha” or “Kodashi” which means hill of Kutaja flowers and “Adri” a Sanskrit word, both combined together coined the word Kodachadri. It is located at a distance of 21 km from Kollur and 15 km from Nagodi village, in Hosanagara taluk. There are different routes to reach the Peak of Kodachadri and the difficulty varies highly with respect to the route chosen. However it is challenging to reach the peak in monsoon due to heavy rains that make the routes slippery.

Kollur Mookambika Temple

Sri Mookambika Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka. The temple is located in the valley of Kodachadri Mountain Peak on the banks of Souparnika River. Kollur is regarded as one of the Seven Mukti Stalas created by Parashurama and the other places are Udupi, Subrahmanya, Kumbasi, Kodeshwara, Sankaranarayana and Gokarna. It is a famous site of pilgrimage in Karnataka and one of the top places to visit near Murudeshwar.