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Best Places to visit in Chikmagalur With Kids & Family

The charm of a holiday in a quaint Hill Station, is unparalleled. Escaping into the tranquillity of a town nestled in the hills, is clearly the best antidote to that Big-City hustle and bustle.

This is exactly what Chikmagalur offers the discerning traveller. Securely tucked into the sprawling Western Ghats, it’s a slice of Heaven, for those seeking rejuvenation from the trappings of an Urban existence. In this article, we have curated for you a list of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur for the family. Indeed, a trip to Chikmagalur is not merely warranted for the solo traveller! When travelling with kids, you want to keep it high at the top of potential holiday places.

Without wasting any time, let’s kickstart  our virtual travel, to the quaint city of Chikmagalur!

Top 10 Places to visit in Chikmagalur

No need to run a Google Search, for the top places to visit in Chikmagalur. We have them covered here, in our list of the Best Tourist Places to visit in Chikmagalur.

  1. Mullayanagiri
  2. Looking for a Bird’s Eye View of Chikmagalur? Make your way to Mullayanagiri, Karnataka’s highest peak!

    Things to do: If you or any of your family members are adventure seekers, this makes for the perfect destination! Here you can actively participate in all things adventurous. In fun activities like Trekking and even, Camping!

    Timings: 24 Hrs
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 3 hrs
    Don’t miss: The Tapasvi Mullappa Swamy Temple and Sunset Point.

  3. Hirekolale Lake
  4. If you’re looking to escape into tranquillity, this one’s the perfect spot to visit!

    Things to do: This beautiful manmade lake only 10 km from Chikmagalur, is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it has an aura of serenity that makes one want to bask endlessly in its environs.

    Timings: 24 hrs
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 1-2 hrs
    Don’t miss: The grand views of the landscape at sunset.

  5. Z Point
  6. The mysterious name of this popular tourist attraction, provokes a sense of Curiosity!

    Things to do: If you’re looking for a cool Vantage Point where you can get a beautiful glimpse of the landscape, you don’t want to miss this one.

    Timings: 24 hrs
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 2-3 hrs
    Note: You have to trudge upwards for close to an hour to get there, so it’s not for those not inclined towards intense physical activity.
    Don’t miss: Taking some cool clicks on a phone or camera, to document the fact that you were here!

  7. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Tell your children you are taking them to a zoo, and see how they jump! Certainly, one of the top places to visit in Chikmagalur when travelling with the family.

    Things to do: This sprawling sanctuary covers a massive area of over 490 square kilometres! What’s more, it is surrounded by the Western Ghats on all sides. This only adds to the stunning beauty of the place.
    Timings: 6.30 a.m. to 8.30 a.m., 3.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Entry Fee: Rs. 400 for adults and Rs. 200 for children below 10 yrs
    Ideal Duration: 2-3 hrs
    Don’t miss: The tigers and leopards that can be spotted here, as well as the numerous birds, of which there are over 250 species!

  9. Hebbe Falls
  10. There’s nothing quite soothing as witnessing the cascading waters of a majestic waterfall!

    Things to do: Did you know, that this waterfall is actually rumoured to have Medicinal properties? Immerse yourself in the grand beauty of this serene location, that is bang in the middle of some pretty dense forests.
    Timings: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 2-3 hrs
    Don’t miss: The Flora and Fauna on the way to get there, as well as the Coffee Estates for all you lovers of Java! Oh, to do this you will need to trek to the falls!

  11. Hornadu Annapoorneshwari Temple
  12. A visit to any place in the world is incomplete, without a trip to one of its holy places! Like this temple, one of the top tourist places to visit in Chikmagalur, that is dedicated to Annapoorani, the Goddess of Food.

    Things to do: After you and your family have paid your respects to the Goddess, you can sit back and bask in the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere.
    Timings: 6.30 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 1 hr
    Don’t miss: Taking a few moments to Meditate!

  13. Ballalarayana Durga Fort Trek
  14. This one’s for all the Thrill seekers out there!

    Things to do: Although the fort is pretty dilapidated, it serves as a glorious reminder of the beautiful past for all the travellers who make the trek up to it.
    Timings: 6.30 6 p.m.
    Entry Fee: Rs. 250 per adult,. Rs. 125 per child
    Ideal Duration: 4-5 hrs
    Note: The trek is not an easy one, and takes about an hour and a half.
    Don’t miss: Camping with a picnic basket, and watching the sunset.

  15. Baba Budanigiri
  16. This glorious mountain that is part of the Baba Budan range, is well-known for its shrine to the Sufi Saint popularly known as Baba Budan.

    Things to do: Apart from all the wonderful hiking and trekking that you can get a taste of here, this place is known for its unique Forest Range.
    Timings: 8 5 p.m.
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 5-6 hrs
    Don’t miss: Hiking through the forest, to pay a visit to the shrine of Deviramma Betta.

  17. Kemmangundi
  18. What’s the next best thing to a Hill Station? ‘Another’ hill station, right next to it!

    Things to do: This hill station that is close to Chikmagalur, is well known for its ornamental gardens and enchanting views of picturesque landscapes.
    Timings: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Entry Fee: None
    Ideal Duration: 5 hrs

    Don’t miss: A visit to the Raj Bhavan Guest House, where you will find a children’s park. Witnessing the sunsets and sunrises here, makes for a truly enthralling experience.

  19. Kudremukh
  20. Since Chikmagalur is primarily for nature enthusiasts, this one simply has to make it, to Chikmagalur’s top 10 places to visit.

    Things to do: When one speaks of Kudremukh, they usually talk of breath-taking mountains and verdant landscapes.
    Timings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Entry Fee: Rs. 200
    Ideal Duration: 8 hrs (4-5 hrs to reach the peak and around 3 hrs to return)
    Don’t miss: Taking your better half on this trek, since it’s one of Chikmagalur’s most Romantic places!

At Eurokids we are all for promoting Tourism in India. When we have such lovely places in our own backyard, where is the need to venture to foreign shores for our annual holidays? Like Chikmagalur, where the weather is great pretty much all year round, making it even more ideal for that next family vacation.

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