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About Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur (Chikkamagaluru) is popularly known as Coffee Land of Karnataka and a chaming hill station of Karnataka attracts many Trekkers, honeymoon couples, explorers and nature lovers through out the year.

Chikmagalur or Chikkamagaluru literally means 'The Town of the Younger Daughter'. ‘Chikkamagalu’ in kannada means ‘Youger Daughter’ and ‘uru’ in kannada means ‘Town’ or ‘place’ It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna.

Chikmagalur comprises the taluks of Chikmagalur, Koppa, Mudigere, Sringeri, Tarikere, Kadur and Narasimharajapura.

The hill stations around Chikmagalur are famous summer retreats since they remain cool even during summers.

The Land of Coffee

Coffee was first introduced into India through the Chikmagalur district when the first coffee crop was grown in the Baba Budan Giri Hills. According to the article Origins of Coffee, the saint Baba Budan on his pilgrimage to Mecca travelled through the seaport of Mocha, Yemen where he discovered coffee. To introduce its taste to India, he wrapped seven coffee beans around his belly and got them out of Arabia. On his return home, he planted the beans in the hills of Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur Facts

13.32°N 75.77°E
District Headquarters
7,201 Sq km (2,780 sq mi))
Tourism Importance
Hill Station, Highest Peak, Coffee Estates, Temples, National Parks
Highest Elevation
1,926 metres Mullayanagiri (also highest point of the state)
Main Cities/Towns
Chikmagalur, Mudigere, Koppa, Sringeri, NR Pura, Tarikere, Kadur
Kannada, English
Indian Rupee (INR)
March to May
June to October (Heavy rain between July and August)
December to February
Average Rainfall
1925 mm
Clothes in Summer
Clothes in Winter
Tourism Season
Throughout the Year
Tourism Season (Peak)
November to May
Shopping Items
Coffee, Spices and Natural Juices
Nearest Railway Station
Chikmagalur, Kadur and Tarikere
Nearest Airport
Mangalore (152 Km)

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