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Chikmagalur is a city in Karnataka. It is known for its coffee plantations and Bababudan Giri ranges.
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Nearest Airport is Mangalore airport which is 150 km from Chikmagalur. Bangalore airport is 250 km away.
Chikmagalur is not reachable by train from other Indian cities. However Kadur has the closest railway station which is 40km from Chikmagalur. For train timings and on-line reservations (within India) visit the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation's website .
There are buses every 30 minutes from Bangalore. During the weekends these buses run full and getting a ticket can be a bit of a problem unless you book them in advance. KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are comfortable especially the Rajahamsa (Luxury) buses.
You can reach Chikmagalur by road from Bangalore but be warned about driving in India. The fastest route is via Hassan which is on NH 48. Now road is good from hassan to chickmagalur.
Drivers don't go by meters. They fix a charge for the place you want to go; bargaining is upto you. The more your attire and luggage announce that you are a tourist the greater the chance of drivers ripping you off.
Tourist Cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the city all day or visit nearby places like Kemmannagundi etc. Costs closer to about Rs. 10 per kilometer
Chikmagalur is surrounded by Scenic places. Don't miss Giridarshini a small hill station just 6 km from the city in the Mangalore road. The view of the city can be obtained from the top of Mahatma Gandhi Park (also called Rathnagiri hill).
The way from Kaimara to Kemmannugundi is actually a heaven. If you can somehow manage to travel on the top of a vehicle, then it will be a never forgettable event in your life. The beautiful locations in this area include Mullayyanagiri, the highest point in south karnataka, Bababudangiri which is of late very famous for all wrong reasons, Kemmannugundi, Devirammanabetta, Manikyadhaara and so on. In order to see Hebbe falls, you have to take a deviation near Kaimara. If you are adventurous you can climb the moumtains or camp on one of the peaks. There are no shops or hotels once you cross Kaimara. So you should be accomplished with your own food and water. You can find hotels only in Kemmannugundi.
Towards Balehonnur and Sringeri, the coffee plantations open up to great you. The curvy roads give you some special experience. Kudremukh is also a hillstation nearby. Agumbe is 3 hours drive from Chikmagalur.
The other places nearby are Malayamarutha which is 50 km from Chikmagalur is a famous outing spot. Hirekolale pond is also a place for outing for a day. If you like water, then you should visit Rameshwaram which is a big pond 6 km away from the city.
Various Banks like State bank of Mysore, State bank of India, Canara bank,corporation bank provide ATM in the city. Be aware that your bank might charge you a nominal amount for using an out of network ATM.
Hotel Kamat, Indira Gandhi Road, Malnad paradise,IG Road.Raj Mahal Hotel.IG Road
Hotel Soundarya Residency and Hotel Soundarya Deluxe which are situated in Indira Gandhi road, very near to the bus stand are good restaurants. Hotel Mayura Deluxe on Mahatma Gandhi road is also a decent restaurant.
Town Canteen, Ratnagiri Road, Opposite DACG Polytechnic Do not miss the Masala Dosa. One of the famous joints for them, they may beat even Vidyarthi bhavan of Bangalore. Avoid extra butter!!!
Hotel Taj garden Retreat Awesome place, it is right on top of a mountain with a scenic beauty. Surrounded by mountains and lush green flora.
Hotel Taj-MG road, Hotel King-MG road
Taj Garden Retreat, Eagle Eye Resorts, Silent Valley Resorts
Cool place to stay. Life is easy. No busy. No traffic jam.
Dr Lakke Gowda, Prabhat Clinic on MG Road.
Beauty parlors & hair salons
Fantasy on IG Road equals any state of the art saloons across the major cities
Post & telegraphs
You have post offices in Basavanahalli, Vijayapura, MG Road & General post office at the end of MG road.