10-May-2007

Chickamagalur - Factsheet

Getting there

1. From Chennai to Bangalore: plenty of trains and flights

2. From Bangalore to Chickamagalur and back:

(a) By train: Option 1 - take a train to Birur/Kadur. 40 Km road journey from there. Roads are average. Option 2 – take a train to Hassan. 65 km road journey from there. Roads are good. Train journey takes 3 – 3.5 hours. Sumos available for hire at both stations. We had pre-booked a Sumo through the resort.

(b) By road: Option 1 – take a KSRTC bus. Can be booked online. Airavath, Meghdoot and Mayura are the a/c options. Choose the route through Hassan not Tumkur. Roads are good. Option 2 – drive down. Road journey takes 6 hours

Stay

We stayed at Nature nirvana (www.naturenirvana.com). There are other options if you do a google.

To do

Treks. Popular one is to Mullayanagiri

Visit Mullayanagiri, Bababadungiri, Hebbe falls

Drive to Kemmangundi, a hill station about an hour from Chickamagalur

If you drive down to Chickamagalur you can break the journey at Belur – Halebid. There are also other lesser known Hoysala temples on the way.

Best time to go

Post rains, winter. Summer is too hot to trek. Rains will make the trek difficult

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