Chikmagalur is situated in south western part of Karnataka. This hilly district has some of the most exciting trekking routes in Karnataka. Number of rivers - Bhadra, Tunga, Hemavathi, Netravathi & Vedavathi originates from the hills of Chickmagalur. The district is dotted with many holy spots and abounds in legends associated with stories from epics.
At about 250 kms from Bangalore Chikmagalur is an ideal weekend destination near Bangalore. There is lots to see in and around Chikmagalur. Some of the most exciting trekking routes in Karnataka happen to be in Chikmagalur. Kemmanagundi, Baba Budan Giri, Kudremukh Mullayanagiri etc makes Chikmagalur a great holiday destination near Bangalore ideal for a long holiday. Muthodi and Bhadra forests are home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
There are many water falls in Chikmagalur, Doda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe are amongst the most prominent water falls near Chikmagalur. Hebbe Falls is located at about 8 kms from the horticulture guest house in Kemmanagundi. A jeep track leads to the falls from the guest house. At Dodda Hebbe falls (Big falls) water gushes down from a height of 250 feet and at Chikka Hebbe falls from a height of 200 ft. The Hebbe falls is surrounded by dense forests and coffee plantations which adds to the beauty of the falls.
Spread over an area of over 600 sq km at an altitude of 1,894 m Kudremukh is as yet 'undiscovered' by tourists. Kudremukh is a trekker's paradise. The Kudremukh (Horse Face) range gets its name from the unique shape of its peak.
About 25 Kms from Chikmagalur is Baba Budangiri, one of the highest peaks in Karnataka. A trek route from Chikmagalur via Galikere to Baba Budangiri is frequented by ardent trekkers. This trek route from Chikmagalur is approximately 20 kms long.
From Baba Budangiri another trek route about 10 kms long will take one to Mullayanagiri - the highest peak in Karnataka