Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chikmagalur - Where Coffee was first planted in India

Chikmagalur means a present or gift at the marriage ceremony of the youngest daughter. Distance of Chikmagalur from Hassan is 58, Bclur 24, Kadur 40 and Tarikere 56 km.

Through the slope of the mountain, the road leads to the top. The road is enclosed with beautiful forest. A Muslim fakir, Bababudan, brought the coffee seed from Mecca and sowed it on the slope of Bababudan hill (1829 m) in 1670 AD. That was the beginning of coffee plantation in India and Chikmagalur is one of the foremost coffee production centers of India. Central Coffee Research Institute was established here in 1925. Nestled in the slope of Babbudan hill, Chikmagalur is a district town with unending trails of natural beauty.

What you will see at Chikmagalur:

Forts, Kali Temple, Parashuram Temple, Kodandarama Temple, Iswar Temple, St Joseph Cathedral and three caves. The hills, valleys, rivers and blooming white coffee flowers in March and April add to the beauty of Chikmagalur.

Places where you can stay at Chikmagalur:

On Indira Gandhi Road:
Hotel Mount Palace, Hotel Rajmahal, Hotel Maland Paradise, Hotel Woodlands, Quality Inn, Gin Lodge

On KM Road:
The Taj Garden Retreat, The Planters Court Hotel

Near bus stand:

JP Lodge, Hotel Presidents Palace, Prakash Lodge, Asha Hotel and other hotels and lodges.

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