A mountain escape for nature lovers is what the town of Chikmagalur promises. This town located in the Western Ghats allows one to look out the window to find the mist coming to greet them. It is blessed with rich wildlife in its land amongst other wonders. The town is home to a number of coffee plantations, giving you a chance to see and interact with the locals who are involved in the process of growing the thing you want first thing in the morning! A visit to greet Mullayanagiri Peak is what attracts most travellers here, for a chance to be lost amongst a stretch of green overlooking a pretty peak. Not to forget the fact that it is also home to 3 caves that are mythically believed to be holy actually. So, with all these reasons and more Chikmagalur has overtime become quite a cosy and scenic holiday getaway.
Best time to visit: Chikmagalur is one of those destinations that can actually be visited throughout the entire year, however, the months from September to May are deemed as having the most favourable weather.
How to reach: At a distance of 113 kms Mangalore airport is the closest airport while at a distance of 40kms Kadur is the nearest railway station. Whether you fly in or take a train, you will subsequently have to travel by road to reach your destination. Luckily, you can find local taxis and buses from both on account of Chikmagalur’s popularity. Do check their availability in advance or else book a private taxi beforehand.
Approximate Cost: Rs.2,822
This is a comfortable property with warm and cosy rooms. With modern amenities, it takes care of your day to day and regular requirements. Their restaurant serves multiple cuisines catering to the varied tastes of all sorts of guests. The hotel can help you make your arrangements for your sightseeing and exploring activities. You could head over to Kemagundi hill station for a pleasant day and even make a picnic out of it! If you wish to pay your respects at the local temple you can go to Belur where you can even take the time to admire the intricate architecture. For a short holiday getaway with ease and comfort, this property works as a good fit within this budget.
Approximate Cost: Rs.2,940
A tastefully done property in Chikmagalur goes by the name of Hotel Aadrika. This property stands within the heart of the city making your roaming about pretty convenient thanks to its location. If you want to sip on that cup of local coffee with a view you can take a balcony room or else if you are looking to deep dive into the luxe life, their luxury suites await you. Along with their restaurant they also offer a bar and lounge area for the guests to enjoy. If you have been looking forward to indulging yourself with a spa day then your wait it over as they offer these services as well. If self-pampering is on the menu, then here it has been served! The hotel has also been appreciated for its fine hospitality.
Approximate Cost: Rs.4,900
When you start to read and look through the information about a hotel called Vistara, you know you can expect a certain level of quality. F you are looking to plunge into the plush existence then your search is over because this property offers it all. The hotel has been a work of art by the architects and planners who have ensured that you feel as close to nature as possible here. The outside area of the property is surrounded by greenery completely. Added to this are its open windows and corridors that allow the natural light to flow in. From family suites to private pool villas, depending on who’s accompanying you on this hilly retreat! A games room, a table tennis area, a badminton area and of course, a pool, are all there to keep you occupied in fun ways during your visit.
Tresca Luxury Hotel
Approximate Cost: Rs.2,872
The Tresca Luxury Hotel is a popular pick on account of its central location. Looking to head to the lake? The hotel’s travel desk will set you up. You can simply head there for a leisurely boat ride and better yet, even catch the sunset as it descends upon the soft waters. The hotel in itself is family friendly. Their rooms are clean and well-maintained. Their restaurant serves a range of cuisines to serve the most popular dishes possible. For a budget-friendly option in order to go about exploring the hill station of Chikmagalur this one makes for a comfortable pick to meet your basic needs.
The Spectrum Homestay
Approximate Cost: Rs.4,137
If you are looking for something cosier and more intimate during your holiday then meet the Spectrum Homestay. At a distance of 10kms from the city centre, it is just a short 20 minutes’ drive away. The property is surrounded by coffee plantations which bring in an essence of this town to your surroundings. You will be treated to their green views while looking about. Then its distance from the city gives you ample opportunity to enjoy a quiet break for yourself away from the hustle bustle. They prepare homely meals and if you are the foodie traveller, you can even request them for some authentic local dishes to give your taste buds a bite. Interact with the locals running with the place to learn more about Chikmagalur from its actual inhabitants. Walk around the garden, sit down with a book and give yourself the escape you want in the serenity of the mountainside.
Chikmagalur is a sweet and simple scenic surprise that you can turn to when you are craving that much needed time with nature. And if the above hotels fall within your pocket’s bracket, you can enjoy the courtesy and comfort that these stays offer as per your specific needs. Happy holidaying!
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