Chikmagalur is a beautiful town located in the Indian state of Karnataka. It lies in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range.
Chikmagalur is a town situated in the Indian state of Karnataka on the foothills of Mullayanagiri range. It lies in the Chikkamagaluru district and is a major tourist attraction owing to its serene environment and lush green forests. It has tall mountains and is famous all over the world for its coffee. In fact it is widely known by the name “the Coffee Land of Karnataka”. It is quite well connected by all the major surrounding cities and the National Highway 173 passes through the city as well.
Chikmagalur has been a historically important city and was called as Kadur until the year of independence. Historians believe that the city derives its name from the word “Chikkamagala Uru” which means “the town of younger daughter” in Kannada. It is believed that this city was given as a part of dowry of the youngest daughter of Rukmangada. He was the chief of Sakrepatna, which now comes in Kadur taluk of Chikkamagaluru district. Further there is a locality in the town called as Hiremagalur, which was bestowed on the elder daughter.
From the point of view of tourism sector, the city has recently emerged as a major tourist hub of Karnataka. It lies in close proximity to Bangalore and thus has a major cultural influence likewise. It is also in close proximity to other tourist hotspots such as Shimoga, Mangalore, Hassan, and Chitradurga. If you are a nature lover, head to the Mahatma Gandhi Park which is also known by the name Rathnagiri Bore by the locals. Previously, it used to be an open forest although now it is occupied by a nature park along with the site of “Mullayanagiri” in the backdrop. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Chikmagalur. This park has a beautiful garden with well maintained lawns and pavements. There are all sorts of flowers and plants here of medicinal and ornamental value. There is a gorgeous lotus pond as well as a bridge for children.
Another major attraction near by is the Nehru Rose Garden. It has got around 250 varieties of rose plants and it also has an amphitheatre that is host to numerous cultural, art and music events throughout the year. There is also a greenhouse nearby which has a garden housing more than 300 species of flora. You will also find a telescopic view point here. It offers mesmerising views of Baba Budan Giri Mountain range. This city has a cool climate which attracts a large number of visitors, especially in these places that are famous for their natural beauty. Moreover you can also have a kilometre long ride in the Ratnagiri Toy Train. It is a quite popular recreational activity in the city and attracts lot of visitors, especially children. Apart from this, you can head to the nearby places on an exciting road trip with your family and friends. It is going to give you the memories of a lifetime. Check out the hotels in Chikmagalur to make an informed choice regarding your accommodation.