Chikmagalur literally means "The town of the younger daughter" in the native Kannada language. The town is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna and hence the name. As one can guess, there is indeed a town called Hiremagaluru which means "The town of the elder daughter" which is about 5 km from Chikmagalur city.
Chikmagalur is a district situated in south-western part of Karnataka, India. It was in Chikmagalur that coffee was first cultivated in India. Rivers like Tunga and Bhadra have their sources in the mountains here which are part of the Western Ghats. Chikmagalur district also contains Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka.
Carved against a mountainous canvas this beautiful Malnad district is full of surprises. The hill stations, the waterfalls, the historical temples and the wildlife sanctuaries make this region a tourist paradise.
A family excursion was planned to a resort in Chickmagalur in June and we reached this place in the thick of the monsoon period. It was wet and cloudy but lush and green.