Chikmagalur is a town located in Chikkamagaluru district in the southwestern part of Karnataka. Located in the foothills of Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is famous for coffee and is known as the ‘coffee land’ of Karnataka. Coffee seed was planted here for the first time in India. Chikmagalur is a trekker’s delight due to its rugged mountain trails, numerous hills, valleys and fresh water streams. Explore the rare wildlife sanctuary, ancient temples and forts. Take a stroll through the coffee plantations or catch a magnificent sunset. Experience the best of Western Ghats in Chikmagalur. For an enriching experience on the world of coffee, visit the Coffee Museum… Chikmagalur is famous for its hill stations.
It has international school called Ambar Valley and a star resort by the name Serai. The nearest airport to this town is Bajpe International Airport of Mangalore (160 km). The nearest railway station is Kadur (40 km). Chickmagalur district was called Kadur district until 1947. The district took its name from the headquarters town of Chickmagalur which literally means younger daughter’s town – Chikka + Magala + Ooru (in Kannada). It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna. Another part of the town bestowed on the elder daughter is known as Hiremagalur. A centre of education, trade and commerce, the town enjoys a salubrious climate and has venerated monuments of all religions- Kodandarama temple a synthesis of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, Jamia Mosque and the new St.Joseph’s Cathedral with an attractive shell shaped portico.