Who needs the imported Brazilian coffee when we have our very own ‘Made in India’ version. For Karnataka, a southern state of India, houses hotspots of authentic ground coffee plantations. The most prominent amongst them is Chikmagalur which is a small arcadian town nestled in the luscious topography of the Western Ghats.
What makes it stand out is the fact that coffee sways in the very air of Chikmagalur. Apart from its colonial heritage of coffee estates, the town has a lot to offer to one’s peace of mind. Adorned with these listed tranquil waterfalls and exotic wildlife sanctuaries, Chikmagalur is the perfect remedy for our getaway needs!
Sitting at the height of 1950 meters, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the Karnataka state. The road leading to the top of the cliff is a treat in itself, providing a holistic experience that leads to a small temple dedicated to a sage named Mullapa Swamy. Besides the panoramic views, this place is a haven for adventure-seekers, providing them with an array of activities like trekking, hiking, and old-school camping.
The headlining Coffee Museum of Chikmagalur is a must for all the coffee lovers out there. The entire process of the fine of coffee-making is unraveled and put up for display, right from the first stage of coffee bean selection to the final savory powder. Entering into the place, the heavenly aroma of coffee will infiltrate one’s senses. From the knick-knacks of quality checks to the historical documents giving us a visual timeline, this place reeks of anything and everything about coffee.
Baba Budangiri (Datta Peeta)
The popular Baba Budangiri range is abode to high rising peaks, a sweet haven for trekking enthusiasts. It’s a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus (called Chandra Drona Parvatha) and Muslims as it is named after Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar, aka Baba Budan, a 16th-century Sufi saint whose shrine is much revered here. It is home to Baba Budan’s seven coffee beans which, as per popular belief, he smuggled in his beard from Yemen en route from Haj.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
If wildlife-watching is your muse, then this wildlife sanctuary is the ultimate calling for you. A Tiger Project and protected property to house an exotic assortment of flora and flora, this place gets its name from the river Bhadra that flows through the area. Tourists flock here for the jeep safaris that take one closer to the natural habitat. Visitors can spot some exclusive breeds like king cobra, marsh crocodiles, and pit viper on lucky days. As for bird-watchers, this place is home to about 250 species of birds.
These picturesque waterfalls will provide you the ultimate calm. Merely 8 kilometers from the town, lush greenery and flora are sprawled all around it. The waterfall itself is divided into two stages- the Big Falls and the Small Falls. The mistful air that intermingles with the periphery’s exotic herbs is ideal for unwinding and providing a soothing escape from the usual hustle and bustle of city life.
A visit to a pilgrimage site during your tour is a must. When in Chikmagalur, the Sharadamba temple is a sought-after place for the devotees. Established by the revered seer Shri Adi Shankara, this temple is dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba.
Believed to have been constructed back in the 8th century, the temple’s structure is made out of wood. It sits on the banks of river Tungabhadra, both young and old look forward to getting the blessings of the ‘Goddess of Wisdom.’ The temple is known for organizing rites during the Navratra festival, making it ideal for visiting.