Mullayanagiri

Is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Mullayanagiri is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats. With a height of 1,930 metres (6,330 ft), it is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris after chembra peak (2100 m),banaura peak(2073m),and vellari mala(2339m) of wayanad district of kerala.

From the top of Mullayangiri you will get excellent views of the Chikmaglur town, and can clearly see how far Chikmaglur spreads. This 1930 meters tall peak can be reached by foot, by motorbike or car from the city. Travellers can also find at the top of the hill a temple one of the old temples of Chikmagalur. Visitors had to climb nearly 1000 steps to reach this temple.

Sithallayyangiri

Seethala contains a 'matha' and the dual shrine temple of 'Seethala-Mallikarjuna'.

Bababudangiri

Dattagiri/Baba Budangiri is the location of a small Sufi shrine devoted to the saint Baba Budan and Guru Dattatreya. They were revered by both Muslims and Hindus. Its origin appears to be a syncretization of reverence for an 11th century Sufi, Dada Hayath (Abdul Azeez Macci); for the 17th century Sufi Baba Budan, said to have brought coffee to India; and for Dattatreya, an incarnation of Shiva. It has been controversial due to political and religious tension over its status as a syncretic shrine. This 1930 meters tall peak can be reached by foot, by motorbike or car from the city. Travellers can also find at the top of the hill a temple one of the old temples of Chikmagalur. Visitors had to climb nearly 1000 steps to reach this temple.

Kalhatagiri

Waterfall and a trecking spot

Kemmannagundi

Kemmannagundi is a hill station which is 1434m above sea level. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king, it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station.Its a point on the highest peak of mountian range. Lots of view points around this place takes you to another world. The station is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range, with cascades, mountain streams, and lush vegetation, Kemmangundi’s has ornamental gardens and mountains and valleys views. There is a spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan.

Hebbe Falls

Situated about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. An 8 km trek from Kemmangundi along a steep and narrow path leads you to these sprightly falls. Surrounded by dense forests and coffee plantations, Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.) Don’t miss a refreshing dip in this herb-infused water.

Manikyadhara

Manikyadhara lies astride a wonderful part of the Bababudan giri and Devirammana Betta and about a kilometer away from Bababudan Giri. On getting there, a set of stairs lead downhill to the foot of the waterfall.

This is a small water fall but it is absolute heaven for hikers, bikers, as well as nature lovers of all type. The views are picturesque from this fall. Manikyadhara Falls is an ideal tourist place to keep away from stress of everyday life.

This is also a sacred spot for both Hindus and Muslims. You can find herbal medicines for a number of ailments. It is believed that taking bath from Manikyadhara Falls make free from ailments.

If you are looking to enjoy icy cold showers. This can be the better option to calm down, relax and also have fun in Manikyadhara Falls. The mist covered hills as well as cool breeze add to the splendor of the sight.

The specialty of the Manikyadhara falls is that it will not get drained during the summer; instead the water remains icy cold.

Devirammanabetta

Devirammana betta' is one of the major hills in this range, this mountain temple is accute triangle in shape and majority of people climb the hill during first day of Diwali festival to get the devi darshana.

Muthodi Forest

The Muthodi Forest Reserve is one of the four main parts of the Bhadra Wild life Sanctuary,the other three being Tanikecoil, Lakkavalli and Hebbe.Gaur, chital, sambar, elephants and tigers are some of the wildlife found here. This place is truely mysterious, magical and mind-blowing. The secrets of the jungle unwind as you go deep into the seemingly silent forest. Birds whistle their favorite songs. Monkeys chatter incessantly. Elephants trumpet in delight… Welcoming you to discover their magnificent land.

The Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary in the Chickmagalur and Shimoga Districts, is one of the most fascinating sanctuaries. Sheltering some exquisite flora and fauna. The great Indian gaur, barking deer, flying fox, mongoose, elephant, panther, macaque, babbler, barbet, blue jay, kingfisher, robin, weaverbird, and drongo… have all made their home here.

Bhadra Forest

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 38 km north-west of Chikmagalur town. The sanctuary is surrounded by Mullayanagiri, Hebbe Giri, Gange Giri and Baba Budan Giri hills and has the tributaries of the Bhadra river flowing through it. The various wildlife can be found in this sanctuary like Gaur, Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Chital spotted deer, Boar, Porcupine, Muntjac, birds like the Peacock, Parrot, Partridge, Pigeon, Munia and Bee eaters, and reptiles such as King Cobras and Indian Rock Pythons.i.The western border of the sanctuary abuts the back waters of the Bhadra Reservoir which has a catchment area of 1,968 km², surrounded by scenic hills and steep slopes.

Sringeri

90 km west of Chikkamagaluru town is Sringeri situated on the banks of Tunga, a Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara, the exponent of the Advaita philosophy in 9th Century A.D. It is famous for Vidyashankara Temple originally constructed by the Hoysalas and later completed by the founders of the Vijayanagar Empire and Sharada temple, an early 20th. century addition. In the Vidya Shankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar corresponding to the month.

Horanadu

Horanadu is 100 km southwest of Chikkamagaluru and has an ancient Annapoorneshwari Temple, which has been renovated recently. With the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti, now the temple is called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. The place attracts lots of pilgrims who are provided free boarding and lodging by the temple.Every visitor to the Annapoorna temple at Horanadu, irrespective of their religion, language, caste, or creed, is provided with a three-course vegetarian meal (including a dessert made from Dhal or Lentils).

Bhadra

Kalasa is home to the Kalaseshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kalasa lies 92 Kilometres South-west of Chickmagalur and is located on the banks of the Bhadra River.

Is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on the banks of the Bhadra. Close by are the pancha theerthas, the five sacred ponds. On a small hillock here is the Kalaseshwara temple dedicated to Ishwara, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone nearby. The Madhawacharya Bande, a large boulder at one of the theerthas here, is supposed to have been placed by Shri Madhawacharya the founder of the Dwaitha school of philosophy. A statue of this Acharya is carved on the upper portion of the rock.

Kudremukha

Kudremukha is a mountain range in Chikkamagaluru district. It is also the name of a small hill station town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometers from Karkala and about 20 kilometers from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha (as it is known by the natives) literally means 'horse-face' (in the local language Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles the same. It was also referred to as 'Samseparvata', historically since it was approached from Samse village.

The Kudremukh National Park (latitudinal range 13°01'00" to 13°29'17" N, longitudinal range 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the largest declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 km²) of a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is one of the twenty-five hot spots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world. Kudremukh National Park comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the format developed jointly by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wide Fund-USA.

Agumbe

Agumbe is one of the most scenic places on the Western Ghats of the Southern India. Added to the lush green view all around, the attractions for the visitors is the spectacular sunset and vast opportunities it offers to the trekkers. Agumbe is among the places that receive high rainfall and is rightly called the Cherrapunji of South India. Agumbe also served the screening of most of the episodes of one of the most popular television serial Malgudi Days based on R.K Narayan's novel.

Hirekolale lake

A large artificial lake just outside the town, it is surrounded by green hills and coffee estates in all sides. It's calm waters are appealing, and the scenic location facing the hills of Mullayyanagiri make the lake a great sight. Many Kannada movies have been shot on the lake shore. Hirekolale Lake is nearly 10km from Chikmaglur Town.

Ayyanakere

This is another large lake that lies close to the hills of Bababudangiri ranges. It is said that the lake was constructed as early as in 12th century. Ayyanakere is another place popularly used for shooting Kannada movies. Ayyanakere is 18 km from Chikmaglur.

Attigundi

This pilgrim place, on Bababudangiri Hill, is 14 km north of Chikmagalur and 13 km south of Kemmannagundi, a prominent hill station of the district.

A dargah is located at Attigundi and free accommodation is available for the pilgrims. Tomb of Baba Budan is nearby.

Yagachi Dam

The River Kaveri forms a tributary called ‘Yagachi’ in Belur.Just after Belur town on the way to Chikmaglur is a small dam built across Yagachi river.It has a very big reservoir which has964.25 ft heifht. The backwaters of the dam spread over a vast area give it a pleasant charm. The picturesque surrounds combine with a tranquil atmosphere to give this place a unique appeal.Yagachi offers scope for aqua sports like banana ride, jet-ski, speed boat., etc.