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A 2 day trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur

Bangalore is one of the most famous metropolitan cities in India and has millions of people living in the city and calling it home. In this blog, we will discuss a 2 day trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. Bangalore in itself is one of the most beautiful cities in India and is surrounded by nature and lush greenery all over. Bangalore is surrounded by many beautiful locations that can be visited in a couple of hours of drive.

Bangaloreans have always been famous for taking these short weekend getaways of two to three days, enjoying the nature and coming back to the city just in time for work on Monday. In this article as you read on, I am going to be sharing the process of planning an itinerary and the major attractions for a 2 day trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur.

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A 2 day trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur

The Basics

Now let us look at some of the basic facts that are required to plan this trip. The first obvious one would be the starting point of the trip, being Bangalore. The suggested mode of travel for this trip would be by car, or by hiring a car with a driver. Having said that if you are an experienced driver you can also do this road trip from Bangalore on a bike. The total round trip distance of the trip would be about 600 odd kilometres and the total round trip duration of the trip would be anywhere from 9 to 12 hours based on the live traffic the day you are travelling. The one-way drive between Bangalore to Chikamagalur can be anywhere from 4 to 6 hours based on the live traffic. Bangalore’s traffic is legendary and recently it was also recognized that the city had one of the worst traffics in the world. Keeping these things in mind I would recommend you to leave the city of Bangalore as early as possible on the first day morning. With the duration of the trip being only 2 days, An early start and leaving the Bangalore city is also the best possible way to make use of time. You can visit as much as 8 places in 2 days on this particular journey. This might suit some people and some people might feel it to be too hectic. You can pick, choose and plan however feasible for you according to your preferences. Now let us look at the major attractions.

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Major attractions on the Bangalore – Chikmagalur Trip

Chennakesava Temple at Belur

The Chennakesava temple in Belur would be our first stop on this trip. The temple is just situated at 0.5 km distance from the Belur bus stop and is a perfect place to be visited in the morning. The famous Belur temple was built in 1117 AD and is the major attraction of Belur. The Temple is famous for its extensive stone carvings, sculptures depicting stories, artwork and a unique stone architecture to complement it all. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The temple is open from 9 Am till 6 Pm and would take about an hour or two to explore.

Yagachi Dam

Post your visit to the Chennakesava temple, you can visit the famous Yagachi Dam which is situated just about 3 Kms from the Belur bus stand. The Dam is one of the most important attractions of Belur and many people come to visit this magnificent structure. The Yagachi Dam is also famous for its water sport activities. Keep in mind that the prices and the availability of the activities are seasonal and weather dependent.

Yagachi Dam
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Hirekolale Lake

Hirekolale Lake is a beautiful man-made lake that is surrounded by mountains on all sides. It is located at a distance of about 10 km from the town centre of Chikmagalur and is located 50 km from the town of Kemmanagundi. The lake is also a famous viewpoint for the Mullayanagiri mountain. This lake is the major supply of water to the Chikmagalur town and serves as irrigation water to the fields.


The Mullayanagiri mountain is the most popular attraction of Chikmagalur. It is located at a distance of 20km from the town centre of Chikmagalur and 23km from Baba Budangiri. It is the highest peak in Karnataka standing at an elevation of 1950 metres. It is also considered as the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The Mullayangiri mountain is one of the most famous trekking paths in the country and is a must-visit for mountaineers and trekkers. The mountain also has a small temple at the summit which is also from which the mountain derives its name from.

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Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint

The Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint is one of the most popular viewpoints in Chikamagalur. It is located at a distance of 11km from Mullayanagiri, 11 km from Baba Budangir and 18 km from Chikmagalur. The Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint is famously known as a horseshoe viewpoint thanks to its shape and elevation. It is the most famous viewpoint in the Chikmagalur region and is a must-visit for everyone visiting.

Manikyadhara Falls

The Manikyadhara Falls is one of those waterfalls that is hidden inside the dense forests and needs to explore to be found. The Manikyadhara Falls is at a height of 30 feet and is hidden deep inside the Baba Budangiri forest range. It is about 7km from the Dattatreya Peetha and about 30 km from Chikmagalur. This is yet another attraction that should not be missed. Be sure to go with a pre-booked local guide who will be able to guide you through and bring you back safely.

Chikmagalur is one of the most beautiful hill ranges in India and is the crown jewel of the western ghat hill ranges. This is a perfect location for you to take your car, your loved ones, go on a long drive in the winding roads and have a weekend staycation and return in time for a normal life. This is one of the best road trips in India. Reach out to the experts at Pickyourtrail to craft curated deals for you.

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