Like the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words”, these pictures will paint a lovely journey. Click on the picture to see them in larger size.
|Mist clad valleys|
|Water falls, water falls everywhere!|
|Driving on the foggy road|
|Fog cleared and rain drenched road|
|The Gopura of the Shiva temple at the foot hill of Mullayanagiri|
|Beautiful waterfall on the way to Kemmanagundi – Shot in different angles and shutter speed|
|The road condition is fantastic making drive a pleasure|
|Water cascading with full force|
|Fog clears and we get a glimpse of valley|
|Foggy road again|
|From here, the road condition to Kemmanagundi deteriorate|
|Lovely meadows on the way to Habbe Falls|
These are few videos we shot of the drives
a) Monsoon drive – 1
By Road – There are plenty of buses by state run Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation to Chikmagalur from different parts of the state. If you are driving by car, it is at a distance of 240 KMs from Bangalore. The road condition is very good and driving time will be 5.30 hours with a break.
By Train – There is no direct train to Chikmagalur. The nearest rail-head is Kadur on Bangalore – Mumbai line. All important trains stop here. Kadur is 35 KMs from Chikmagalur and there are plenty of buses and taxis from here to Chikmagalur
By Air – The nearest airport is Mangalore which is at a distance of 200 KMs.
The best way to enjoy Chikmagalur and Malnad is to stay in many home stays in the region. Since most of the home-stays are in Coffee estates, it will give you an opportunity to experience estate life as well. If you are a “resort type” of person, then there are resorts as well.
Resorts & their websites
Home Stays & their websites
- Thotadahalli Homestay – Thotadahalli
- Thippanahalli Homestay – Thippanahalli
- Balur estate by Linger – Linger @ Balur
- For other options look at this link – Home Stays In Chikmagalur
Lodges & their websites
Planters court – The Planters court
a) Chikmagalur is a driving enthusiast’s dream. The hill roads, greenery, waterfalls, rivers makes this a real pleasure. Though monsoon drives are exhilarating, any season is good.
b) Minimum three days are required to explore Chikmagalur. Places not be missed (along with their web links) –
- Mullayanagiri – Mullayanagiri in Wiki
- Baba Budan Giri – Baba Budangiri in Wiki
- Kemmanagundi – Kemmangundi in Wiki
- Ayyanakere Lake – Ayyanakere
- World Heritage site of Belur – Belur
- World heritage site of Halebid – Halebid
- Hoysala temple Belavadi – Belavadi
- Bhadra tiger reserve / Muthodi wild life sanctuary – Bhadra
- Sringeri – Sringeri
- Horanadu – Horanadu
- Kudremukh Tiger reserve – Kudremukh
c) Try authentic “Malnad cuisine” served in the home-stays.
d) “Town canteen” in Chikmagalur town is famous for “Butter Masala Dosa”. Don’t miss it.
e) Driving up Mullayanagiri is only for experienced drivers. The last three KMs is very narrow and needs to be very careful.
f) MG Park in Chikmagalur town is a good place for kids. It has musical fountain which is operated in the evenings.
g) If you are a golf enthusiast, then try putting in Chikmagalur golf club. Check with the hotel or home stay personnel for more details.
h) Winters are best for watching the sun rise and sun sets at Mullayanagiri.
i) Chikmagalur is also the base for many treks in western ghats. If you are a trekking enthusiast, check this link Trekking in Western Ghats
j) Carry a good Binoculars to enjoy the valley views from the hills and also for bird watching.
Western Ghats – Mountain ranges in Peninsular India
Malnad – Mountainous region of Karnataka state
Hoysala – A medieval dynasty that ruled parts of South India
Masala Dosa – Indian pan cake made of rice and lentil with a stuffing of spicy potato and onion
Also check out this post
Spectacular Sunrise in Mullayyanagiri!
Planning to drive in Monsoon this year? These posts in this blog will be helpful. Please click on links below
10 Places to experience monsoon in India!
Monsoon drive in Western Ghats – An itinerary to experience it!
Monsoon drive in Malnad – Countless waterfalls & Visual bliss!
Sakleshpur – Mesmerised in Monsoon!
Please check out the following related posts on Chikmagalur
a) Sunrise in Mullayanagiri
b) Halebid – Zenith of Hoysala Architecture!
c) Driving Holidays from Bangalore 2 – Magical Malnad
d) Alekan Falls
Happy to help.