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Tourist Places to Visit in Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur is one of the important tourist destinations of Karnataka state.
Chikmagalur is popular tourist spot because of the scenic beauty and entire district remains cool even during summer. Hence it is regarded as an important hill station of Karnataka.
The Chikmagalur district is dotted with many tourist attractions. The following are few important tourist places to visit in Chikmagalur district.
Amruthapura is known for the splendid Amriteshwara temple built in 1196 AD by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Ballala II.
Ayyanakere: Ayyanakere is about 18 kms north-east of Chikmagalur town. It is located at the eastern base of the Baba-Budan range, this ancient tank to have been constructed during the Hoysala times.
The Bababudan Range: Originally called Chandra drona parvatha, Baba Budan Giri Range is one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy's Darga located on the Baba budan hills and respected by both Hindus and Muslims.
Ballala Rayana Durga: The ancient ruins of the Hoysala fort are located on top of a hill.
Balehonnur: Balehonnur is located on the banks of river Bhadra, the famous Shrimad Jagadguru Rambhapuri Veerasimhasana Mahasamstana Peeta
Belavadi: Belavadi, also known as Ekachakranagara is a village. Belavadi is a land of rich historical references.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is 38 km north-west of Chikmagalur town. The various wildlife can be found in this sanctuary like Gaur, Elephants, Tiger, Leopard, Sambar, Chital spotted deer, Boar, Porcupine, Muntjac.
Gangamoola is located in middle of the thick forests. The three main rivers of Karnataka, the Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi originate from this place in Chikmagalur.
Horanadu is a place of charming natural scenery, the ancient temple of Goddess Annapoomeshwari here has been restored and renamed as the Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoomeshwari.
Kalasa is surrounded by lofty hills of the Western Ghats. On a small hillock here is the Sri Kalaseshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap stone nearby.
Kemmangundi is located on the most fascinating spot in the Baba Budan range. An ideal retreat of loneliness and natural beauty.
Kudremukh literally means 'horse face' because for its mountain ranges look like the face of a horse.
Marle is home for ancient temples. Most chief amongst them is the Chennakeshva temple dating back to 1150 AD
Narasimha Parvatha also known as the Agumbe peak, is portion of the popular "Agumbe - Sringeri" trekking path.
Sringeri is a popular pilgrim centre situated on the banks of the River Tunga in Chikmagalur district. The famous temple dedicated to Goddess Sharada and ancient Vidyashankara Temples are main attractions of Sringeri.
How to get there (Chikmagalur)
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
Nearest Railhead: Chikmagalur town does not have a railway station. The nearest railheads are located at Birur, Kadur and Tarikere
Road: Chikmagalur is well connected by road network.
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