How to reach Chikmagalur

How to reach Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur, The Land of Coffee is situated at the foothills of Mullayangiri hills. Thanks to its pleasant climate and coffee plantations, Chikmagalur has become a travel destination for many tourists who like to spend their weekend in amid Nature. Chikmagalur has many tourist attractions which include Hebbe falls, Kalhatti Falls Kudremukh National Park, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum, Bhadra Dam, Hirekollale lake and many more.


For tourists, Chikmagalur offers a wide variety of homestays in the harmony of nature. So, if you are planning to visit Chikmagalur and wondering how to reach there then do not worry as Chikmagalur is well connected to all major cities by air, road and rail.                          


If you plan to stay in the homestay then arriving by car is the best option as many of the homestays are inside the coffee estates, around hills, and by the forests. Contact us to book the best homestays in Chikmagalur.                                                                                           

Reach Chikmagalur by Air

There is no operational airport in Chikmagalur yet. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport which is around 170 km away. The Mangalore Airport is well-connected by flights from Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and other major cities.                                                                                                  


Hiring a prepaid taxi from airport or taking a bus operated by KSRTC is the best option to reach Chikmagalur.                                                                                             


BIAL airport at Bangalore which is situated 250 KM from Chikmagalur is also very well connected with major national and international locations and approximately a 5-hour drive by car and KSRTC bus is among the best options to reach Chikmagalur.                                              

Reach Chikmagalur by Rail

Chikmagalur now has a railway station and is connected through Kadur, Bangalore, and Shimoga


For Direct Trains: There is a daily passenger train that runs between Yeshwantpur (Bangalore) and Chikmagalur. It departs Yeshwantpur at 15:30 and reaches Chikmagalur at 22:30.


For faster connections, reaching Kadur/Hassan and then using KSRTC Bus service to reach Chikmagalur is the alternative.

Reach Chikmagalur by Bus

Chikmagalur is very well-connected by KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) and private luxury buses from cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, and Hubli.                    


There are buses departing from Bangalore at least once every 60 minutes during day. 


The weekend buses are almost always full, so the journey must be planned appropriately. KSRTC buses are comfortable, especially the Airavata Volvo buses.                        

Reach Chikmagalur by Car

You can reach Chikmagalur by road from Bangalore. The fastest route is via Hassan  which is on NH 48. The road from Hassan to Chickmagalur is fairly good with 2 way lane with good scenic view around the road.                               


The alternate route is to reach via Tumkur and Arsikere/Kadur. This route is very well laid but most of the parts are with single road making drive a little congested.                                          


But arriving by car gives you a flexible option to tourist visit the places around Chikmagalur.                                                                  


Other options are to to hire/rent a car from Bangalore through private services such as Zoomcar and Drivezy,                                                                                     

Key Info - Chikmagalur

Altitude: 1,894 m above mean sea level


Best Months to visit: September to May



  • Bhadra Dam
  • Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Coffee Museum
  • Hebbe falls
  • Hirekollale lake
  • Kalhatti Falls
  • Kudremukh National Park   


STD Code: 08262                       


Pin Code: 577101


Regional Language: Kannada

Best time to visit Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur can be visited any time of the year but the best time to visit Chikmagalur is between September to March when the temperature is cooler. The weather is quite suitable and is perfect for sightseeing around Chikmagalur due to which there is continuous visits from tourist all-round the year. Here is Chikmagalur's climate and temperature by season.                                                                                                               
Winter Season from October to February is the most popular season as the climate is pleasant and cozy inviting the highest number of tourists. Temperature during this season ranges between 13 °C to 25 ° C  . Cool temperature is also the best time to visit the coffee plantation around the district.                                                                                                                                                      
Monsoon season  from  July to September in Chikmagalur is mesmerizing due to the green misty mountains. Rivers and Natural falls are full at this time making the sight a memorable one.                                                                                                                                                                       
Summer season from, March to June is a fairly good time to explore Chikmagalur, and the maximum temperature remains somewhere between 32 °C and 35 °C. Even with these high temperature Chikmagalur feels cooler due to the surrounded forest which invites winds keep the Chikmagalur cooler compared to other cities.                                                                                                                                                               
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