Saturday, December 17, 2011

A weekend getaway to Chikmagalur

I used to travel either my home town or spend my weekend in Bangalore. It was my colleague Arjun & Charles, who came with an idea to go somewhere where we never been. It was my first trip and my first weekend getaway from Bangalore. As we had only two days (Sat & Sun), we had to shortlist the places for one day trip and soon we came to know about Chikmagalur, a hill station and picturesque destinations in Karnataka, which is one of the preferred destinations for nature lovers, trekkers and for weekend getaway from Bangalore. But, before we decide the final date for our trip, Arjun came to us and said he is busy this weekend and Charles was not ready if we are only two. We decided to drop the plan.

After a few days, one Friday, December 09, 2011, Arjun came with Charles and told his plan for going somewhere was dropped so let us go Chikmagalur same day night. I was shocked but thrilled to see a picturesque destination of Karnataka. We three agreed to meet in Majestic Bus Stand after our office and check for buses available. The distance between Bangalore to Chikmagalur is about 236 km. We preferred KSRTC KARNATAKA SARIGE Bus from Majestic Kempegowda Bus Station. We enquired in Majestic KSRTC depot for a bus and one conductor helped us with option of buses available and said if ready to wait till 11 pm, we can get a direct bus to Chikmagalur.

We three agreed and the KSRTC bus came around 11 pm on Dec 09, 2014 and we reached Chikmagalur around 5.30 Am on next day December 10. We searched for some lodging or hotels in Chikmagalur, but as that day was Datta Jayanti at Baba Budangiri Hills (a tourist destination in Chikamagalur), rooms and lodging were almost full.

We roamed in Chikamagalur searching room and around 7 am, we had a tea at one tea shop nearby and discussing the plan. The shopkeeper uncle said, we can try rooms near bus stand a cross road called Indira Gandhi Road (IG Road). We searched there and we had one or two standard accommodation in the road. We chose an affordable stay near a mosque in Indira Gandhi Road. The receptionist spoke very friendly, he said due to Datta Jayanti at Baba Budangiri, there would be a huge rush of devotees, so it will be better if can avoid that place. He also said that he can help us to book a cab for sightseeing in Chikamagalur. We thanked him and booked a room for one day and requested to book a cab for us.

The Cab driver came around 10 Am and suggested plans for sightseeing. On the way we had our breakfast and started moving towards Mullayanagiri. The cab driver too was very friendly sharing jokes and he is also a good tour guide for us.

Charles, Me & Arjun at Mullayanagiri



View of Mullayanagiri road




viewpoint

Kadur is the nearest railway station to Chickmagalur.
Buses are available via Bangalore -  Hassan - Belur- Chickmagalur
No Airport but you can access via Mangalore or Bangalore or Hubli

Places we visited

  • MULLAINGIRI: 1,926 meters above sea level, the highest peak in the state of Karnataka.
  • SEETHALGIRI: on the way to Mullain Giri,
  • Kemmangundi: beautiful gardens in the top of the hill station
  • Kalathgiri Falls: 
  • Hebbe falls:  8 kms away from Kemmannugundi

Places we missed

  • BABA BUDDAN GIRI
  • Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswaamy’s Darga
  • Manikya Dhara Waterfall
Day 02: We visited temples 
Next Day December 11, 2011, we visited one jain temple and Kollapuradamma Temple and went to Belur temple.



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