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If you are planning to visit Karnataka on your next vacation, you have to include Chikmagalur on your list. This is one of the most happening places in this state where you will be amazed by the natural beauty and the rich culture and tradition of this place. Chikmagalur means ‘Young Daughter’s Towns’. Whenever you visit a place, you should always know the best time to get the place at its best. If the scorching heat of May is troubling you, pack your bags and set forth for Chikmagalur. There are umpteen number of things to do in Chikmagalur in May. The best time to visit this town is around May when the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius and that is quite soothing for exploring the city.

8 Best Things To Do In Chikmagalur In May

Here is a list of the best things to do in Chikmagalur in May that will give you a heartwarming experience. Take a look!

1. Visit The Coffee Plantation

Coffee Plantations

This is one of the most popular things you can do in Chikmagalur in May. This is the season of coffee harvesting, so you can experience that. To check out the coffee-making process and lots of other details regarding that, you can visit any coffee plantation of this town. As lots of resorts are located with the backdrop of such coffee plantations, you don’t need to travel much. You can just sit back and relax while enjoying the lush green plantation, red gems-like berries and take sips into the aromatic coffee.

Where: Throughout the town
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: Until the sunset

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2. Bone Rattling Drive At Hebbe Falls


Are you fond of adventure sports? Then Chikmagalur won’t disappoint you. If you are a skilled driver go for the most adventurous driving experience from Kemmangundi to Hebbe Falls. It is 13 km drive and you can have enough adrenaline rush throughout. If you want, you can also hire a local jeep to enjoy the scenic beauty of the road and the thrill of the drive. To reach the falls, you have to walk. Dipping into the lake, made by the falls is the perfect ending of your journey.

Where: Chikkamagaluru District, Kesavinamane, Karnataka 577131
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: Until the sunset

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4. Get Amazed By The Beauty Of Kalhatti Falls

Chikmagalur is also famous for its spectacular natural beauty and that you can experience the best when you visit Kalhatti Falls. This area is full of small streams and lots of waterfalls where you can dip and take a bath and also enjoy yourself with your family and friends. Not only exploring the amazing beauty of the Kalhatti Falls and surroundings, but you can also visit Veerabhadra Temple nearby where you can get to see the amazing architecture of middle age.

Where: Manchethevaru, Karnataka 577129
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: 24 hours

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5. Know About Coffee At Coffee Yatra Museum

Museums in Chikmagalur

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This is, perhaps, the only of its kind throughout the country. Coffee Yatra Museum is an initiative of the Coffee Board of India, where the visitor can watch the coffee-making process, picking the beans, drying, grinding, filtering, etc. They can also enjoy a short video presentation of coffee making process over there. There is also a laboratory where you can visit the process in detail.

Where: Dasarahalli, Karnataka 577101
Entry Fees: Rs. 20 per person
Timing: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on weekdays

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6. Enjoy Prasadam At Horanadu Temple

Entry of Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple

This is one of the most famous pilgrimages in Chikmagalur which is crowded throughout the year. This temple is dedicated to goddess Annapoorneshwari and it is believed that once you visit this temple, you will never have any lack of food throughout your life. In this temple, a three-course meal is served by the priests to the devotees and the taste of that traditional Kannadiga food is mind-blowing. If you are in Chikmagalur, you should try this once.

Where: Mudigere – Taluk, Chikmagalur – District, Hornadu, Karnataka 577181
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: 6:00 am to 9:30 pm

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7. Travel To Kemmanagundi


Though May in Chikmagalur is not very hot like it is in several other parts of the country, people prefer to visit hill stations always. So, a trip to Chikmagalur in May can be awesome if you travel to Kemmangundi Hill Station. The breathtaking view from the top is outstanding and you can also get amazed by the panoramic view of the lush green valleys. Lying on the valley and seeing the clouds, moving almost touching you is romantic. You can also visit the Raj Bhavan which is the most popular point at the hilltop.

Where: Karnataka 577129
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: Opens 24 hours

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8. Blooming Of Neelakurinji

Blooming Of Neelakurinji

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Nature often allows you to witness some spectacular phenomenon that can be a lifetime experience. The blooming of the Neelakurinji flower is a rare phenomenon that happens only in 12 years around April and May. You can book early to see the valleys of Chikmagalur flooded with light purplish blue-colored flowers. The fact is 2018 has seen the blooming of the Neelakurinji flower. And you can watch it again in 2030.

Where: Valleys of Chikmagalur
Entry Fees: Free
Timing: Every 12 years

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Tips To Visit Chikmagalur

  • No matter your visit in May, you can pack light woolens in your luggage as you can get cold at night. For the daytime, carry cotton clothes, denim, etc.
  • You should never forget to taste the hot and aromatic coffee when you are in Chikmagalur.
  • You should book your hotel near coffee plantations so that you can enjoy the most exotic view from your room rsquo;s windows.
  • To travel around the hilly town, you can hire local cars instead of driving yourself. The slopes are quite slippery here, especially in the monsoon.
  • If you are experienced in trekking, you will find lots of wonderful trails here to fulfill your wish of trekking at Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur is the land of coffee and people visit this place to buy different types of coffee. But that is not the only reason. Hopefully, now you get to know why visiting Chikmagalur in May is a wise choice. Plan your trip to Karnataka early so that you get a suitable place to stay and also plan your day trips over there. Spending a week in the lap of nature is possible while you are in Chikmagalur. The weather is soothing throughout the year and you can also visit this city during the winter season.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Things To Do In Chikmagalur In May

Can you visit Chikmagalur in May?

Though May is summer, the temperature of Chikmagalur is always within 30 degrees Celsius. That means, it is quite soothing and comfortable weather to explore the surroundings.

What are the best places to see in Chikmagalur?

Once you are in Chikmagalur, you can visit lots of places of attractions, like Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri, Kudremukh National Park, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, kemmanagundi, and so on.

What is Chikmagalur famous for?

Chikmagalur is the famous hill stations in Karnataka which is popular for the lush green valleys, wonderful waterfalls, peaceful environment, and dense forests.

What is the best time to visit Chikmagalur?

The weather of Chikmagalur is always comfortable, but summer is soothing here. The best time to visit Chikmagalur is from September to May. You can also visit this city during the winter season, from December to February.

What are the main festivals of Chikmagalur?

The main festivals of Chikmagalur are Diwali and Ganesh Chaturthi as these are celebrated with pomp and vigor. Apart from these, there are lots of other festivals are also celebrated in this city, like Kori Katta, Bhuta Kola, Suggi Habba, etc.

What can you buy from Chikmagalur?

Though there are lots of things you can buy from this city, the best thing you can buy here is coffee. You can buy filtered and unfiltered coffee from the roadside stalls and also from different shops.

What to eat in Chikmagalur?

When you are visiting a place, you can try the local food there. In Chikmagalur, you can try local Kannad foods, like Kakadu, Akki Roti, etc. The staple food of this place is rice and fish curry. Don’t forget to enjoy aromatic coffee over here.

What is the meaning of Chikmagalur?

Chikmagalur is known as the coffee land of South India. But, the actual meaning of this city is that ‘The Town of Younger Daughter’. As per myth, this town was a gift to the younger daughter of the king of this place.

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