Chikmagalur tourist places are the best to visit. If you are planning tourist places near bangalore to visit for 1 night and 2 days by car, then chikmagalur tourist places will be the best options for family and couples. Road trip from bangalore to chikmagalur will be good if you prefer by own car. There are lot of places to visit in chikmagalur in 1 day or 2 days or 3 days. Trust me, if you are planning for 1 day trip still you will return happily. I listed out activities like, mullayanagiri peak, sri sitalayyana giri temple, zipline ride adventure sports activities, jhari falls falling under mullayanagiri waterfalls list, z point, yagachi water sports.
My home location is bengaluru. I was searching for places to visit near bangalore which will be exiting, more fun and adventurous. Decided for bangalore to chikmagalur road trip by personal car. Bangalore (My home location) or bengaluru to chikmagalur distance by road is 281 to 310 KM. Travelling with normal route in bengaluru then via NH 75, distance is 281 KM. I decided to travel 310 KM using NH 48 and NH 75, since i can travel fast and no traffic problem.
Road trip from bangalore to chikmagalur
Road trip from bengaluru to chikmagalur by car with music was exciting since i created songs playlist. I enjoy car driving. Me and my wife enjoyed foods and small breaks on the way.
Homestay in chikmagalur
I already booked homestay in chikmagalur since places to stay should be planned before visit. During peak season its not good idea to visit the location and book directly. You will find many homestays in chikmagalur but during peak season most of the rooms in homestay, hotels and resorts will not be avilable. Travelling time from bengaluru to chikmagalur homestay for me was 7 hours. I was driving my car with speed limit of 85 to 100 km per hour and reached homestay around 2 pm IST. I checked in the homestay. Took rest for few minutes and decided to visit nearest places that i can visit in few hours during evening. I decided to visit famous places on the next day in chikmagalur.
HirekoLale lake near mullayanagiri peak chikmagalur
HirekoLale lake near mullayanagiri peak was the place that suits best as per the distance from my homestay area. It was nearly 4 KM from my location. One of the best places near Mullayanagiri peak where you will feel peace and relaxing. Please find few clicks from the hirekoLale lake.
Back to homestay before dark and enjoyed the homestay environment.
Bonfire night with music in chikmagalur homestay
Chikmagalur homestay experience is different. If you looking for star treatment from homestay like you get in stanard hotels, then change your mindset once and go with homestay once. Homestay experience is different but you have to be prepared with few things before travel. If you are more concerned about cleanness, then you may not enjoy homestay. Keep your own bedsheets, bath towels, hand towels, toothbrush if you are staying standard homestays. My homestay place was quite good. You will find the roof tiles in the room has gaps as per the building style and you will feel cold.
People there in homestay who will provide breakfast, dinner as per request but i feel cost is high more then standard price. Its not about you cannot afford but if you have option to try outside of homestay then why to pay more. All depends on the place you are staying, because few places are more inside forest where you have to take food from them only. The place i was staying was coming under the distance limit of zomato. I visit outside or order from zomato. There was bonfire arrangment during night. You will enjoy bonfire and music along with adventure activities in chickmagalur. Glimpse of bonfire is sharing with you in the video below. You have a look to get an idea before visit.
bonfire night with music at chikmagalur homestay
Mullayanagiri peak chikmagalur
Next day memorable morning moment was really different and peaceful at homestay. Took hot water bath and started towards one of the best places to visit in chikmagalur mullayanagiri hills peak. mullayanagiri peak is the highest peak in chandra dhrona hill ranges and present western ghats of chikkamagaluru Karnataka. You consider mullayanagiri hills peak as one of the adventure activities in chikmagalur since you will get a great trek experience there. This peak remains the top place in chikmagalur tourist places list.
Best time to visit mullayanagiri hills peak is september to may. Choose mullayanagiri peak visiting time as early morning to see sunrise else afternoon hours to see sunset. I decided to start at early morning. I left from homestay at 6 am. Mullayanagiri peak to my homestay distance was around 23 KM. With in 1 hour reached to my destination.
You can go to mullayanagiri by own car or can hire car from local rental service provider in chikmagalur. Homestay guy can guide and help on that. Although i have my own car, i booked one car as rental for safe side. Roads are narrow, some place damaged. If you are stuck somewhere, queue will be more then 1 km in few minutes and you will waste much of your time. I left from homestay at 6 am still, i had to walk 800 meter to reach statrting point of mullayanagiri peak. Road was totally blocked. Few vehicles had oil lekage and parking issue. Hiring a car rental will make you free from those kind of headache of parking vehicle or keeping your vehicle safe. You can enjoy the place.
We walked to the the peak, a height of 6300.17 feet. There is a temple at the peak. Its really good and peaceful. You will feel tired once height increases during your walk. If you are thinking of returning back due to tiredness, then i would suggest to take break in between and reach to the peak. Once you reach at the top, you will feel the happiness. My wife told to return i between but i motivated to walk taking small breaks. I reached early to mullayanagiri , i had enough time to take long break before sun light intensity is high. When you are travelling with senior citizen and kids, better to reach as early as possible and walk in cold time. You can watch my experience in the video below.
Sri sitalayyana giri temple and forest zipline adventure activities
Its time to visit sri sitalayyana giri temple and forest zipline adventure activities places near mullayanagiri chikmagalur. First visited sri sitalayyana giri temple which is near mullayanagiri peak. its a small tmeple but beautiful. I just visited the temple and quickly started towards zipline activity place in chikmagalur. This is an adventure activities place that you can do in chikmagalur. The forest zipline charges per head was 300 INR. They will help you wearing ziplining safety belt.
You have to walk to the the place where professional person will lock you with the cable and will give a light push to start the ride. Opposite side 2 professional persons there to slow down the speed and hold you on reach. Same process from that side as well to reach back the point where you started the ride which will make the ride complete. It was really great. While you are getting locked to rope during starting of your ride, you will feel the fear. Trust me, just close your eyes and wait for the push haaaaaa. After few second, open your eys and feel the happiness. You will think like its nothing to fear as you was feeling. Experience will be great. One of the main reason to visit chikmagalur is due to this zipline tourist places.
Jeep ride to jhari waterfalls chikmagalur near mullayanagiri
Jhari waterfalls in chikmagalur near mullayanagiri is one of the most beautiful and best waterfalls. I visited this place after zipline ride. Jhari waterfalls distance from chikmagalur is 23 km nearly. Mullayanagiri peak to jhari falls distance is nearly 12 to 13 km. There is no best time to visit jhari waterfalls in a day. You can visit at any time and enjoy the bath and try to spend more time. Keep extra cloths with you. After bath, you defenitely need to change.
You have to take jeep ride to reach jhari waterfalls from main road. Outside vehicles are not allowed near jhari waterfalls. Jeep ride booking is done on the spot. One jeep cost 800 rupees. Either you can book alone or can share with 6 or 8 people at max. 800 rupees will be shared per person basis. This remains top attraction in chikmagalur tourist places list. Find my experiece of zeep ride and jhari waterfalls in the form of videos ond photos below. You will get an idea to plan for your own in future.
z point in chikmagalur
After waterfalls visit, my next visiting place was z point in chikmagalur. This is one of the hill top where you can spent some quite time. z point is a great sunset sunrise point and one of the adventure activities like trekking in chikmagalur. z point distace from jhari waterfalls was not so long. i just sit at z point and finally back to homestay and took rest. Visiting for the day is completed. My visit end at 2:30 pm and took 1.5 hour to reach at home stay. I reached around 4:20 pm at homestay, perfect time to reach home homestay before evening in hill areas. Preferred to walk near homestay area and had some food.
Capture yagachi water adventure sports center in chikmagalur
Next day i returned to bengaluru. Decided to visit capture yagachi water adventure sports center near yagachi dam in chikmagalur for water rides on the way to my home city. This is one of the best adventure sports activities in chikmagalur. I did water ride like speed boat ride, kayaking, bumper ride water sports. There is another ride called banana ride but i have not tried for that moment.
Finally back to bengaluru after a nice trip. On the way took nice break for tea, breakfast where we noticed sapodilla (chiku) fruit plants.
Took nice lunch on highway hotel and reach home at bengaluru around 6 pm as per my plan.