Chikkamagaluru

Place Description

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 
 

State:Karnataka

Location:13.32°N 75.77°E

District Headquarters:Chikmagalur

Area: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

Languages:Kannada, English

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)