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How to reach Chikmagalur

How to reach Chikmagalur?


Chikmagalur, The Land of Coffee  is  situated   in 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 the midst of nature . Chikmagalur has many tourist attractions which include Hebbe falls , Kalhatti Falls Kudremukh National Park, , Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Coffee Museum , Bhadra Dam , Ayyankere  , Hirekollale lake etc. For traveller's, 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 Chikmagalur then do not worry as Chikmagalur is well connected to all major cities by air, road and rail


How to Reach Chikmagalur by Air


As there is no airport operational in Chikmagalur, the nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport which is around 170 KM away . Mangalore Airport is well-connected to flights from Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and other international 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 a 5 hour drive by taxi and KSRTC bus  is among the best options to reach Chikmagalur .


How to Reach Chikmagalur by Train


Chikmagalur has got a new railway station and is connected via kadur to Bangalore and Shimoga

For Direct Trains: There is a daily passenger train that runs between Yesvantpur and Chikmagalur . It leaves Yesvantpur at  15:30 and reach chikmagalur at 22:30

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



How to Reach Chikmagalur by Bus


Chikmagalur is very well-connected via KSRTC and private luxury buses from cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Hubli  There are buses running from Bangalore every 30-60 minutes. During the weekends these buses are often full and getting a ticket can be a bit of a hassle unless booked in advance. KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are comfortable, especially the Airavata Volvo buses.


How to 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 fatigued.

But arriving by car gives you a flexible option to tourist visit the places around chikmagalur . Also if you plan to stay in the homestay they arriving by car is the best option as many of the homestays are inside the coffee estates and forest area.


You also have the option to hire/rent a car from Bangalore through Zoomcar and Drivezy.