Things to do in Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is a picturesque hill station located in the state of Karnataka, India. The city is known for its lush greenery, rolling hills, and coffee plantations. Chikmagalur also offers a wide range of activities for travellers, making this city a popular destination amongst nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Below are some of the things to do in Chikmagalur.

An aerial view of a lake in between a forest with tall trees
An old building in front of a fortified wall on a mountain in chikmagalur
silhouette of a mountain peak during sunset with pink clouds in sky

Coffee Plantation Tour

Chikmagalur is well known for its coffee plantations, producing some of the finest coffee beans in the world. A coffee plantation tour is an excellent way to experience the local coffee culture and learn about the different varieties of coffee grown here. You can also sample some freshly brewed coffee and purchase some varieties to take back home. Well-known places to visit for the tours are Woodway Estates & Homestay and Jungle Greens Coffee Plantation Tour.

an image of ripe Coffee beans on a branch with the leaves in the background
A field of tea leaves with a few trees in between

Tea Plantation Tour

Chikmagalur is home to several tea plantations where you can explore the tea gardens, breathe in the luscious air and take in the breathtaking sight of Chikmagalur. Some popular tea plantations to visit are Kelagur Coffee and Tea Estate and Goomankhan Tea Estate.

River Rafting

River rafting is one of the most sought-after activities to do in Chikmagalur. The Bhadra River is a popular spot for river rafting, and the best time to pursue this activity is during the monsoon season (June to September) when the water levels are high.

A group of people rafting on an inflatable boat
A person walking on a trek in a forest


Chikmagalur is a trekkers' paradise! The most popular treks in the area include the Mullayanagiri trek, the Baba Budangiri trek, and the Kudremukh trek. These treks offer breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and forests. One of the best adventure activities in Chikmagalur is The Mountain Circuit trek, which covers Sheethalagiri, Baba Budan Giri, and Mullayanagiri, where you can visit a 1000-year-old temple dedicated to Mallikarjuna Swamy.


Chikmagalur is home to several waterfalls, including Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls, and Kalhatti Falls. These cascading waterfalls with lush greenery surrounding them are a sight to behold. You can swim in the natural pools at the base of the waterfalls or enjoy a picnic with your family and friends.

A waterfall being collected into a small pond below with rocks surrounding it
A group of people huddled around a camp fire with tents in the background


There are several things to do around Chikmagalur, one of the more relaxing ones is camping. Pitch your tent amidst the serene beauty of the hills and enjoy the sounds of nature around you at Chikmagalur. There are several campsites in Chikmagalur, including the Mullayanagiri campsite, offering stunning views of the surrounding hills.

Temple Tour

Chikmagalur is also known for its ancient temples, which attract pilgrims and tourists from all over the country. Popular temples in the area include Shri Guru Dattatreya Swami Dattapita and Veera Narayana Swamy Temple. These temples are known for their architecture and history.

A ancient temple in belur with amazing architechture

When visiting Chikmagalur to calm your adventure-seeking soul, think about a stay at The Serai, Chikmagalur. Our resort is surrounded by nature and proffers numerous activities like cycling, a trek to Mullayanagiri, coffee tours, bird spotting, and rejuvenating spa services. The Serai also caters to providing special dinners on request, be it a tantalising chef’s special dinner or a candlelight dinner with an intimate setting. All the ingredients are organic, and the specially trained chefs will offer you the best time for your palate. We offer aesthetically pleasing villas to ensure you have everything you need to relax and a space to call a home away from home.

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