Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur) District of Karnataka at a Glance

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur) district, Karnataka (MP Constituencies) Hassan
Udupi Chikmagalur
MLA Assembly Constituencies in Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur) district, Karnataka Chikmagalur

Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur) District :

Chickmagalur district  was called Kadur district till 1947. It is situated roughly in the south-western part of   Karnataka state. A large area of this district is ‘malnad’, i.e., a largely forested hilly region of heavy rainfall. The district takes its name from the headquarters town of Chikkamagaluru which literally means younger daughter’s town – Chikka+Magala+Ooru-(in Kannada).  It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna.  Another part of the town bestowed on the elder daughter is known as Hiremagalur.  But some old inscriptions reveals that these two places were known as Kiriya-muguli and Piriya-muguli. Situated in a fertile valley south of the Baba-Budan hill range is the headquarters town of the district. A centre of education, trade and commerce. The town enjoys a salubrious climate and has venerated monuments of all religions- Kodandarama temple a synthesis of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, Jamia Mosque and the new St.Jpseph’s Cathedral with an attractive shell shaped portico. Hiremagalur which is now part of Chickmgalaur town has an Ishwara temple with a 1.22 metre high curious rotund figure of Jademuni. The temple also has a Yoopastambha supposed to be installed by King Janamejaya during his serpent sacrifice.  There is also a Parashurama temple and a Kali shrine.

The district is situated between 12° 54´ 42´´ and 13° 53´ 53´´ north latitude and between 75° 04´ 46´´ and 76° 21´ 50´´ east longitude. Its greatest length from east to west is about 138.4 kilometers and from north to south 88.5 kilometers. General boundaries are

East – Tumakuru district ,South – Hassan district, West – Western Ghats which separates it from Dakhina Kannada (South Kanara), North – East : Chitradurga district, North – Shivamogga district.

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Tourist Places :

Mullain Giri

To the north of Chikmagalur town is the Baba-Budan Range or Chandra Drona Parvatha as it was known in olden times, which has one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.    The loftiest point of the range is Mullaiyanagiri which is 1,926 meters above sea level.   The three large caves here said to have been sanctified by 3 siddhas contain their icons and ‘gaddiges’ (tombs) .   The enthralling scenery around makes this a much frequented pilgrim center.



One will reach the Seethal Giri on the way to Mullain Giri, which is the highest peak. Seethala Mallappana Kanive to the left side is said to have been hallowed by Sidha Seethalaya and contains a Matha and the dual shrine temple of Seethala-Mallikarjuna.



55 kms north from Chickmagalur town on the Baba Budan range is the scenic hill station of Kemmannugundi called K.R hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar – IV who made it his favorite summer camp.  Situated at a height of 1434 meters and surrounded by thick green forests.  K.R Hills makes and ideal health resort.  Beautifully laid out ornamental gardens, salubrious climate throughout the year and the panoramic view of mountains and valleys are just a few of the attractions.  Kemmengundi Rajbhavan is also seen in the photo.  Horticultural Department is maintaining the beautiful gardens here in the top of the hill station.

Where to Stay : Horticulture Department GuestHouse

                       Forest Guest House

Kallathagiri Water Falls:This water fall is very  near to the Kemmengundi hill resort  where the water cascades down from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery.A legend associates this place with sage Agastya and the local temple in a gap between rocks, is attributed to the Vijayanagara times.

Where to Stay : Horticulture Guest House @ Kallahathi falls

Hebbe Falls:

Just 8 kms away from Kemmannugundi is hebbe water falls where water gushes down from a height of 168 meters in two stages.


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