Bangalore: South India is known for its lush green scenic beauty, placid lakes, serene beaches, and sublime sunsets. Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district touts itself as a unique tourist destination. It is the place where coffee was cultivated for the very first time in India. Located in the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, the town with its favorable climate and coffee estates attracts tourists from across the globe.
Centuries ago, when the Sufi mystic Baba Budan smuggled seven coffee beans from Yemen into India, he probably didn’t bargain for millions of coffee junkies unwittingly blessing his soul every day with every sip of their coffee. Chikmagalur, whose hills nurtured the coffee culture at its bosom, is a green slice of heaven on a permanent coffee high.
Rambling hills, pristine pools, fascinating nooks, and crannies with a shrine, intriguing caves, mists, and dreamy woods compose the geography of Chikmagalur. The journey to the highest peak in Karnataka is so engaging is very thrilling and a must-try for every visitor.
The roads are tricky, yes, but getting to the top is worthwhile. Just like the 10 km trek to the gorgeous Habe Falls is. It is almost impossible by vehicle and is inaccessible in the monsoons.
Despite all that coffee, Chikmagalur is far from a gracious host. You need to work hard to win her affections. Well, it is not for nothing Chikmagalur was a princess dowry. When King Rugmagada Raya’s younger daughter was given away in marriage, she brought with her a pretty portion of the Western Ghats as her dowry, thus giving the place its name – Chikka-magal-uru or Younger Daughter’s Village.
Long treks, safaris and breathing plenty of fresh, coffee-scented air – Chikmagalur makes you feel so good that you want to throw your arms around the world.
How to Reach:
Chikmagalur is connected to other parts of the state through roads. National Highway 173 (India) passes through the town connecting it with the state capital Bangalore which is located 250 kilometers away. A railway line connects Chikmagalur to Kadur. And the nearest international airport is at Mangalore.