Chikmagalur is a picturesque little town carved on the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range. This beautiful hill station is replete with breathtaking sights. It is located in the Chikkamagaluru district of the Indian state of Karnataka, at a distance of 250 km from Bangalore. Chikmagalur district was formerly known as Kadur district. Big rivers like Tunga and Bhadra have their sources in the mountains of Chikmagalur.
Chikmagalur district is also renowned for Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in the Karnataka. This beautiful place is dotted with waterfalls, hill stations and historical temples. It also boasts of a vibrant biodiversity which makes this region a popular weekend paradise. The word Chikmagalur has its own history. It is derived from the word ‘Chikmagalur Uru’ which literally means ‘younger daughters town’ in the native Kannada language.
According to a local legend, it was given as dowry by the chief of Sakrepatna namely Rukmangada to his younger daughter. It was in Chikmagalur that the coffee was first cultivated in India by Babu Budan, a Muslim saint who came from Yemen in 1670 and started to grow coffee here. Chikmagalur travel guide can also help you finding some more interesting places here.