The idea of lush green hills, shady avenues, and cool showers of rain is compelling; this is also the time when most families head to a hill station to beat the heat of cities, even if only for a few days. If you’re one of those planning a winter retreat this year, why not do something different? Instead of hiking up to Nainital or Shimla, why not head south to be inspired by the divine beauty of the Malnad, Chikmagalur? A holiday in November – December will be ideal since you’ll be just in time to witness the glorious beauty of the Chikmagalur winter.
A Soulful Winter
While the coffee plantations, mountains and dense woods of this beautiful southern hill station are a natural draw for thousands of tourists every year, the wonders of the Chikmagalur Winter have to be seen to be believed. A time of song and celebration, the Winter flaunts Chikmagalur at its best. Chikmagalur unfolds a series of events and fun-filled activities for locals and visitors. The events to look forward to include around are agriculture festivals, jeep and car rallys, spiritual festivals. To add to this are cultural events and adventure activities.
The winter is the ideal time to visit Chikmagalur. Not only is the weather perfect chilling, but there is also enough to do to keep your days packed with activity and excitement. The many offerings of this hill retreat include the Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri, Jhari Falls, Temples and Bhadra forest. For some thrills, go trekking or adventures in Giri hills and take in some glorious views from various vistas and vantage points. You must also make it a point to visit a tea plantation, go jeep riding and the Bhadra Forest Sanctuary.
If you’re planning to fly to Chikmagalur, the nearest airport is in Mangalore from where the hill station is a 4 hour drive. Bangalore is a more convinent to visit on the way historic places such as Belur, Halebidu and Shravanabelagola.
If you’re going to Chikmagalur by train, take the Kadur/Chikmagalur station or Sakleshpur station. The drive through villages is undoubtedly one of the most delightful aspects of trail journey.
Several government and luxury buses and taxis frequently ply from nearby towns to Chikmagalur. Going to Chikmagalur by bus is especially convenient for residents of nearby towns.
Where to Stay
Chikmagalur is the trending tourist hub of South India and accommodation options range from luxury and budget homestays tucked away in the hills. There are also a few refurbished heritage bungalows that have become guest houses that give you a taste of colonial-style living in Chikmagalur. For booking you can contact us.