Chikkamagaluru Sightseeing


Parks Hill Stations Water Falls Temple Towns Wild Life

 Parks

Mahathma Gandhi Park

This is a beautifully maintained garden for entertainment of people of all walks of life. Good for jogging, walking, children's entertainment.
A small hillock, locally called 'Rathnagiri Bore' located on the northern side of Chikmaglur town has become a 'Star of Attarction' to the local people on almost all evening outgoings and weekend holidays. Located on a vital spot, it gives the most beautiful sight of 'Mullayanagiri' on the back drop with ever-changing natural scenario. Clouds and fog playing around the top of the hill, is really the most wanted place for visitors of all ages. 'Rathnagiri Bore' - a small hillock used only by the morning joggers has now been converted into a small but beautiful garden called Mahathma Gandhi Park. It has two entry gates, one for convenience of the walkers and the other main gate for those who can reach by vehicles. The Garden has beautifully designed pathways, steps and lush green lawn on ether sides with variety of colorful flower plants and ornamental plants. There is a water body flowing down from the top of the hill to the fountain point designed to draw the attention of the walkers. The noise of the flowing water is an experience to the young children. The colour lights in and around of the garden adds to the beauty of the flowing water.

Multi coloured king fountain in the water of the small pond and four small fountains with their foamy water around welcome the visitors from the main gate. The visitors are thrilled with the sight of the fountain with the garden on the back drop. While you climb the top through the walking path, lutus pond and children-cross bridge halts you for a while. Towards left of the garden, while you go towards the Amphi - Theatre becons the Nehru Rose Garden. As many as 250 variety of rose plants catches your sight by thier colours and shapes. Amphi-Theatre, a totally new concept of mini out door stage activity for the childern (with an audience capacity of 250) is a wonderfull place for childern to celebrate thier birth day, conduct mini art and music programmes. From there you proceed to kinder play unit with variety of kinder play equipments. Childern below 12 years will defenitely love to spend thier time here. At the top of the hill, provisional telescopic view point a plat form from where many enjoys the ever attractive contours of 'BABA BUDAN GIRI' sight which will record in your memory for years. A green house and variety of more than 300 species of plants and trees provide ample opportunities to nature lovers and students as well. Navagraha Vana traditional imagination of the nexus between Nature God and the trees takes you back to the Vedic age.

Ratnagiri Toy Train cynosure of the garden is the real star of attraction and pet entertainer of all. Even the aged people enjoys the one kilometre trip on a most tough laid track with an embankment of the 30 ft height places and bunds. The ground level gives the feeling of the real malnad tracks. It has gained the nickname 'the first train of malnad'. A canteen to serve the visitors with snacks and beverages where you can spend some time enjoying the beauty of scenarios around and occasional sunseting. Majestic entry gate, ticket counter, high-tech toilets are built to the needs of visitors. The garden has become a point of visit for daily walkers and joggers. Visitors rush to the garden and takes joy rides of 'Ratnagiri Express'.


 Hill Stations


Kemmangundi

Kemmanagundi in Chikkamagaluru

Also known as K.R. Hills after the Wodeyar King - Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favorite summer camp, Kemmangundi is at a height of 1,434 meters and is surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate through out the year. It is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush vegetation. Its beautifully laid out ornamental gardens and enchanting mountain and valley views are a treat to the eye. Spectacular sunsets are a must see from various locations in the district, even from the Raj Bhavan. For the adventurous, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore. This place has a beautiful rose garden and other attractions.

Kudremukh

95 km southwest of Chikmagalur town is Kudremukh range, so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valley & steep precipices. Situated at 1,894.3 meters above sea level, Kudremukh is rich in iron ore deposits. The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company conducts mining operations, benefaction and transportation of the ore as slurry through pipelines to the port at Panambur near Mangalore.

Mullayanagiri

Mullaingiri in Chikkamagaluru

Mullayanagiri is part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges here. It stands 1930 meters tall and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Its height is famous mostly for watching sunsets from. It is 16 km from Chikmagalur town. Driving to Mullayanagiri is worth taking a risk. On the way is Sitalayanagiri where the water in the Shiva temple neither increases nor decreases. The road to Mullayanagiri is very narrow with a views from steep cliffs. Driving to the peak is not possible and includes a trek up the hill from the half way point. From the topmost point of the hill the Arabian Sea is visible on clear days. The small hillock in the temple compound is the highest point in Karnataka. It is a great trekking spot in Karnataka.

Baba Budan Giri (Datta Peeta)

Baba Budangiri in Chikkamagaluru

To the north of Chikmagalur town is the Baba Budan Giri Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in the ancient times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The peak takes its name from the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who resided here more than 150 years ago.


 Water Falls


Manikyadhara Falls: It is a waterfall near the famous pilgrim centre Baba Budan Giri Dattatreya Peetha where water spills down like small pearls giving the visitors a memorable shower bath.

Kallathigiri Falls: Just 10 km away from Kemmangundi is Kallahathigiri falls, also known as Kalahasti falls. Water cascades down from the top of theChandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery. There is an old Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed ina gap between rocks. This temple can be approached after crossing the waterfall.

Hebbe Falls: This beautiful waterfall is over 10 km away from the famous hill station, Kemmangundi. Here water streams down from a height of 168meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls).

Shanti Falls: This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Z-Point in Kemmangundi.

Hanumana Gundi Falls: Located 32 km. from the Kalasa, the waterfall has water falling on to Natural rock formations from a height of more than 100 feet(30 m).

Kadambi Falls: This is a waterfall located in the Kudremukh National Park.


 Temple Towns


Sringeri: 90 km west of Chikmagalur town is Sringeri situated on the banks of Tunga, a Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara, the exponent of the Advaita philosophy in 9th Century A.D. It is famous for Vidyashankara Temple originally constructed by the Hoysalas and later completed by the founders of the Vijayanagar Empire and Sharada temple, an early 20th. century addition. In the Vidya Shankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar corresponding to the month.

Horanadu: Horanadu is 100 km southwest of Chikmagalur and has an ancient Annapoorneshwari Temple, which has been renovated recently. With the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti, now the temple is called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. The place attracts lots of pilgrims who are provided free boarding and lodging by the temple.

Kalasa: Kalasa is 92 km southwest of Chikmagalur and situated on the banks of the river Bhadra. It is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra. Close by are the pancha theerthas, the five sacred ponds. On a small hillock here is the Kalaseshwara temple in dedicated to Ishwara, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone in Hoysala style nearby. The Madhawacharya bande, a large boulder at one of the theerthas here, is supposed to have been placed by Shri Madhawacharya the founder of the Dvaita school of philosophy. A statue of this acharya is carved on the upper portion of the rock.

Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy Darga:
Situated on the Baba Budan Giri is the Inam Dattatreya Peetha venerated by the Hindus and the Muslims alike. A laterite cave here is believed to have been sanctified by the residence of Dattatreya Swami as well as Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khalander. The worship here is conducted by a fakir and the annual jatra or urs is attended by both Hindus and Muslims with great fervors.

Amritapura: 67 km north of Chikmagalur, Amrithapura is known for the Amritheshwara temple built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. Delicacy of touch, originality of design and fine features have made this temple one of the notable structures of the Hoysala period.

Belavadi: Located 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur town on the Chikmagalur-Javagal road and 10 km north west of Halebidu, Belavadi is famous for Ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Belavadi is also famous for the temple of 'Udbhava Ganapathi'.


 Wild Life


Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in Chikkamagaluru Occupying 495 km². of wildlife sanctuary and Project tiger reserve, this region is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra river. The huge reservoir here is the main water supply to several districts in the rain shadow regions of south Karnataka. The forests here are rich in Bamboo and birds species unique to both the Malabar and Sahyadri ranges.

Kudremukh National Park:
Kudremukh National Park in Chikkamagaluru The Kudremukh National Park (latitudinal range 13°01'00" to 13°29'17" N, longitudinal range 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the largest declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 km²) of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is one of the twenty-five hot spots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world. Kudremukh National Park comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the format developed jointly by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wide Fund-USA.


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