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About Chikmagalur

Hidden within the rainforests of Karnataka, Chikmagalur lies in the heart of South India’s coffee plantations. Acres of green hills sit covered in coffee shrubs. Pepper vines climb up the trees as far as your eyes can travel. A retreat here allows you to immerse yourself into a relaxed way of life.

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Sight Seeing

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Belur and Halebidu

The nearby towns of Belur and Halebidu were once the seat of the Hoysala empire. The temples here are considered to be among the best examples of Hoysala architecture, with the distinctive tower over the Vimana or sanctum, and the exquisitely detailed sculptures that are typical of the era.
Time : 9:00 AM
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Veeranarayana Temple

The biggest attraction of the Veeranarayana Temple is the stunning idol of Lord Krishna it houses, which is believed to be the most beautiful rendition of his avatar. The temple is located in Belavady, 30km from Chikmagalur, and is built in the Hoysala style of architecture.
Time : Morning
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Hebbe Falls

The famous Hebbe Falls are breathtaking, as they gush down from a height of 168 metres through lush foliage. Be prepared to trek, through picturesque settings, to reach the falls. For the more adventurous, a longer, more challenging route also waits to be explored.

Activities To Do

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Explore where your coffee comes from

Take a guided walk through a coffee plantation and discover how your favourite brew gets to your cup. These sprawling estates also attract several rare species of birds, which make them fabulous spots for bird watching.
Time : Daytime
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Challenge yourself with a trek

Start early and drive to the base of Mullayanagiri – the highest mountain in the state, from where you can climb the stone steps that snake their way to the peak. This fairly steep trek, is especially known for the breathraking views it offers.

Shopping

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Get coffee to go

Most plantations retail regular items like coffee beans and coffee powder. But that’s not all! You can also indulge in unique products like coffee-scented candles and coffee-bean scrubs from Chikmagalur.
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Shop local every week

At the Mudigere shandy, or sandhai, held every Friday, you can find farm-fresh produce and a smattering of handmade knick-knacks like artistic clay figurines which make for wonderful souvenirs.
Time : 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Get a whiff of fresh spices

Apart from coffee, Chikmagalur also produces a volumes of fragrant spices, like pepper and cinnamon, sold whole or ground.
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Absorb the local culture: Admire temples and architecture from the Hoysala period, learn how your coffee comes to you and pick up fresh spices.
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