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