Occupying 495 km² of wildlife sanctuary and Project Tiger
Reserve, this region is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra River. The
huge reservoir here is the main water supply to several districts in the rain
shadow regions of south Karnataka.
The forests here are rich in Bamboo and bird’s species unique to both the Malabar and Sahyadri ranges.
The Kudremukh National Park (latitudinal range 13°01'00" to
13°29'17" N, longitudinal range 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the largest
declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 km²) of a tropical wet evergreen type of
forest in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is one of the twenty-five hot
spots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world.
Kudremukh National Park comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the format developed jointly by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World-Wide Fund-USA.
Muthodi Forest Camp is the most famous part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It is 32 km
from Chikmagalur. Muthodi is a natural forest with a variety of lofty mountains and
wide variety of birds. It is part of Bhadra Tiger Reserve and inhabits sizeable
number of tigers.
Besides, one can sight Elephants, Sambhar, gaurs, red Squirrels, spotted deer, barking deer and variety of birds. There is a nature camp run by forest department.
Sharadamba Temple situated at Sringeri on the banks of river Tunga , is the most
famous worship place in the Chikmagalur district. The temple is dedicated to the
Goddess Sharada Parameswari, Goddess of Knowledge and houses a deity image.
The temple is believed to be built during Adi Shankaracharya's period. It is believed that it had a deity image of the goddess at that time made from sandalwood. The sandalwood statue was replaced by a stone and gold image in the 14th century by Vidyaranya.
Hebbe Falls, located 8 km away from Kemmangundi, is another popular tourist spot. The
water stream is also a source of drinking water in the region due to its enriched
On striking a rock, the waterfall splits into two separate water streams. Among these diverging streams, the smaller one is known as Chikka Hebbe, whereas, the bigger one is known as Dodda Hebbe.
The Baba Budan Hills are named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan, who took up
residence here in the 17th century. The Baba Budan Shrine is revered by both the
Hindus and Muslims and thousands of devotees throng the shrine for the blessing of
A complex of three caves can be found here, believed to have been sanctified by three revered siddhas, whose icons and 'gaddinges' (tombs) are located in the caves.
It is situated at a height of 1434 m above sea level. Kemmanagundi is at 55 km from
Chikmagalur. The main attraction of the hill station apart from the places to visit
is the enamouring climate.
It remains the same throughout the year. The places to visit in Kemmanagundi are Hebbe falls, Kallathi falls, Rose Garden and Raj Bhavan.
Amruteshvara Temple, is in Amruthapura town, 67 km north of Chikmagalur. One of the
highlights of the temple is rows of shining lathe turned pillars supporting the
ceiling of the mantapa. The inner ceiling of the mantapa is carved with floral
The open mantapa has 140 panels depicting Hindu mythological characters. South side of the wall is carved with scenes from the 'Ramayana' in an unusual anti-clockwise way, whereas the north side depicts life of Lord Krishna and scenes from Mahabharata in a clockwise manner.
Vidyasankara Temple is situated on the banks of the Bhadra River in Sringeri on the
south-west of the town of Chikmagalur. One of the highlighting features of the
shrine is Mahadwara (entrance) of the temple.
The holy shrine is one of the Pancha Kshetras, positioned on the banks of Bhadra River. Along with the temple, there is also a sacred pond, known as Pancha Theerthas, in the premises. Built in Hoysala style, the temple has sculptures of various Hindu mythological characters.
Kalahatti Falls, one of the major tourist spots of the region, is located at 10 km from Kemmangundi. They are also known as Kallathigiri Falls and Kalahasthi Falls. This is believed to be the favourite tourist spot with the 122 m high waterfall along with its beautiful surroundings.
Mallikarjuna Temple is situated at the Mullayanagiri hilltop. Mallikarjuna Temple, is
one of the religious shrines located in Sitalayangiri. Located at Sitalayangiri
point in Baba Budan Giri Hills, the temple is visited by devotees from across the
country. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and features a small stream in a
Built under the patronage of Harihara Dandanayaka in 1234 AD, the structure stands on a four-foot 'jagathi'. The door of the lintel has a detailed carving of Nataraja surrounded by his disciples.
Ayyanakere Lake is located at 20 km from the town of Chikmagalur. The view of a
pyramid shaped peak standing alongside the reservoir is one of the highlights of the
This is also the second biggest lake in Karnataka, It was developed in the 12th century with the objective to maintain and enhance the fertility of the land. Irrigation is carried out widely over 21,560 hectares in the region. Fishing and camping at the lakeside are an added recreation for the tourists.
Kudremukh National Park, is the famous tourist spots around Chikmagalur. Designated
under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, the national park offers
opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor activities, in the presence of rivers and
historical shrines in the vicinity. Apart from Tunga and Bhadra Rivers, and
rivulets, various perennial streams also flow through the park.
You can spot few interesting animals like sambar, muntjac, chevrotain, sloth bear, mongoose, lion tailed macaque and some of the rare bird species.
Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range
of the Western Ghats. Standing at an altitude of 1,930 m above sea level, it is the
highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
The route to the amazing destination begins from Sarpadaari, which connects to Chikmagalur by road. Located in the Baba Budan Giri range of the Western Ghats, the mountain peak is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris after Chembra, Banaura and Vellari Mala peaks located in Kerala.
Central Coffee Research Institution (CCRI) was set up in the year 1915 at Koppa
laboratory. This was later renamed by the Government of Mysore as 'Mysore Coffee
Experimental Station' in 1925.
Spread over an area of 130 hectares with a plantation area of 80.26 hectares, CCRI is the frontrunner coffee research institute in Asia. The plantation area comprises 51.32 hectares of Arabica and 28.94 hectares of Robusta coffee.
CCRI features a dam for impounding the quantity of water. The farm infrastructure encompasses 4 drying yards, one check dam and two water tanks. The other features are advanced laboratory, central library which features books and periodicals on coffee and plantation.
Mahatama Gandhi Park, also known as Rathnagiri Bore, is located to the north of the
This park has also an entry exclusively for vehicles. Moreover, the park has a wide suite of contrasting hued flowers and ornamental plants. The other attractions of the park are the lotus pond and a children-cross bridge. Besides, there is Nehru Rose Garden, amphitheatre, and a greenhouse within the garden housing over 300 floral species.
There is also a telescopic view point, from where tourists can view contours of Baba Budan Giri mountain range. Besides, the garden also features a canteen, which serves various beverages.
Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, a heritage monument, is positioned south-east of the town. The temple hosts a popular festival every year called Jatra. This temple is built in three phases and designed in Hoysala style of architecture. Navagraha of the shrine was built in 14th century AD, while the Mukhamantapa (porch) was constituted during 16th century AD. Moreover, the entrance of the temple was set up in the 17th century.
Inam Dattatreya Peetha, situated on the Baba Budan Giri Hills, is the holy place for Hindus as well as Muslims.The cave at Inam Dattatreya Peetha is believed to have sheltered Guru Dattatreya and Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar. Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar was a Muslim saint sent to India by Prophet Muhammad. In the month of Rabi-ul-Avval, they host three-day celebration every year known as “URS”. Hindu devotees visit the site during the Kartik Poornima celebrations.
The sanctuary is named after a perennial river, 'Bhadra', which flows through this place. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has an elevation gradient ranging from 750 metres to 2,100 metres above sea level. Spread over an area of 490 square km, in 1974, the reserve was named as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to this, the sanctuary was also declared as the 25th Project Tiger of the country in 1998. At Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, you can find a wide range of animals like bison, gaur, leopard, elephant, tiger, sambar, boar, chital, deer, porcupine and muntjac. Bird species like emerald dove, southern green imperial pigeon, great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet.
Manikyadhara means 'a string of pearls'. Manikyadhara Falls is one of the chosen tourist spots by many in Karnataka. It is in proximity to Baba Budan Giri Hills. Manikyadhara, meaning 'a string of pearls' is also associated with a legend. According to the natives, saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar along with his 4 disciples came to the site in search of water. After their prayers, they were blessed with water flowing from the mountains in the form of this waterfall. Manikyadhara fall is 40 km away from Chikmagalur, Visitors can reach Manikyadhara Falls from Kemmangundi
Bhagwathi Nature Camp is located 15 kms North of Kudremukh. The Kudremukh National Park covering an area of 600.32 sq.kms is 1,894.3 meters (5682.9 ft) above sea level and is rich in iron ore deposits. With prior request the forest department provides tented accommodation and the treks to the park. One may relax in the camp, take long walks in nature, visit the Hanuman Gundi Falls near Karkala and Ganga Moola, the birthplace of three rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi. Jamalabad Fort is quite a distance from the camp.