Chikmagalur is a beautiful city with serene vistas around it. It is located in the Chikmagalur district in the Indian state of Karnataka, and serves as its district headquarters. Situated at the base of the Mullayanagiri range of hills, the city with its favorable climate, coffee estates, and gorgeous surrounding scenery attracts tourists from around the state and country.
Chikmagalur takes its name from the Kannada terms chikka magaḷa uru, which translates to "younger daughter's town". It is said to have been given as a dowry to the youngest daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakharayapattana.
Chikmagalur can be located in the malnad region of Karnataka in the Deccan plateau, along the Western Ghats. It is situated at an elevation of 1,090 m (3,580 ft) above mean sea level. Chikmagalur generally has a moderate to cool climate, pleasant throughout the year. The temperature of the city varies from 7-19 °C during winter to 25-32 °C during summer.
Chikmagalur is a region of the dawn of the Hoysala dynasty. According to legends, it began at a small town called Sosevur, now identified as Angadi in Mudigere of Chikmagalur. King Sala, the founder of the Hoysala dynasty, killed the legendary tiger, which was later immortalised in the Hoysala crest. It is discovered that King Veera Ballala II (1173 – 1220 CE), the most prominent ruler of the Hoysala dynasty built the Amriteshwara temple at Amrithapura in Tarikere of Chikmagalur.
Chikmagalur is the place of origin of coffee in India. The first coffee crop was grown in the baba budan giri range during 1670 AD. The sufi saint Baba Budan on his pilgrimage to Mecca traveled through the seaport of Mocha, Yemen where he discovered coffee. To introduce its exotic taste to India, hem wrapped seven coffee beans around his belly and got them out of Arabia. On his return home, he planted the beans in the hills of Chikmagalur.
Chickmagalur has been the place where the first and only woman Prime Minister of India till date, Indira Gandhi, contested and won the parliamentary election.
Chikmagalur district attracts many tourists especially from India due its scenic locations and nearby hill stations such as Baba Budan giri, Kudremukha, Mullayanagiri, Kalasa, Koppa, Sringeri, Jayapura, and Mudigere. Here is the list of all the beautiful places to visit for tourists in Chikmagalur.