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.
Area:7,201 Sq km (2,780 sq mi))
Hill Station, Highest Peak, Coffee Estates, Temples, National Parks
1,926 metres Mullayanagiri (also highest point of the state)
Chikmagalur, Mudigere, Koppa, Sringeri, NR Pura, Tarikere, Kadur
Currency:Indian Rupee (INR)
Summer:March to May
Monsoon:June to October (Heavy rain between July and August)
Winter:December to February
Average Rainfall:1925 mm
Clothes in Summer:Cotton
Clothes in Winter:Wollen
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)