Chikmagalur, also known as “Land of Coffee” offers scenic surprises such as beautiful mountain ranges, lush green valleys, perennial water bodies such as water falls, streams and lakes, temples and historical sculptures. There are over a dozen interesting places to visit in and around Kuteera. Some of the important places one should consider visiting are:
Mullayyanagiri (15 Kms):
Mullayyan GiriMullayyanagiri is part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges. It stands 1930 meters tall and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Its height is famous mostly for watching sunsets from. It is 16 km from Chikmagalur town. Driving to the peak is not possible. One can drive up to the footsteps and climb around 500 steps to reach the peak. For the adventurous lot, there is a trekking path (restricted at times by the forest department) that takes about a couple of hours through the mountain ranges. There is a cave underneath the temple on top of the mountain, which is worth exploring.
Dabdabbe Falls (15 mins walk):
Dabdabbe falls also known as “Jhari falls” / “Sagir Ahmed falls” / “Butter Milk falls” is adjoining Kuteera and one of the streams of the falls flows through our plantation. At the top of the Dabdabbe falls (within our property) are two other falls that are unexplored and exclusive to Kuteera guests. These two falls converge to form the more popular Dabdabbe falls. Dabdabbe falls is active all-round the year. It’s just about 15 minutes of trek from Kuteera down to the falls. For those who cannot trek, this falls is reachable by Jeep as well. It’s absolutely safe to go to the foot of the falls and enjoy the massage by freezing cold mountain stream!!
Muttodi / Bhadra Wild Life Sanctuary(30 Kms):
Occupying 495 km² of wildlife sanctuary and Project tiger reserve, this region is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra river. Its home to more than 300 species of birds, some prevalent to this county and some seasonal, surrounded by scenic hills and steep slopes.
Kemmangundi (25 Kms):
Also known as K.R. Hills after the Wodeyar King – Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favorite summer camp, Kemmangundi is at a height of 1,434 meters and is surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate through out the year. It is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush vegetation. For the adventurous, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore. The trip to Kemmangundi is not complete without a trek to the Z point shown in the picture above.
Kallathigiri Falls (35 Kms):
Just 10 km away from Kemmangundi is Kallahathigiri falls, also known as Kalahasti falls. Water cascades down from the top of the Chandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery. There is an old Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, constructed in a gap between rocks. This temple can be approached after crossing the waterfall.
Galikere (20 Kms):
This is a beautiful lake on the top of Bababudan Giri mountain Range. This is about 15-20 mins drive from Datta Peetha and about 45 mins drive from Kuteera. The drive from Datta Peetha to GaliKere is probably one of the most beautiful drives in the country. One can trek around Galikere on the surrounding slopes to get a view of Chikmagalur on side of the peak and the beautiful inner ranges of Bababudan Giri and Mullayyan Giri on the other.
Ayyanakere ( 40 Kms ) :
Ayyanakere is located at a distance of 20 km from the town of Chikmagalur. One of the highlights of the lake is the view of a pyramid shaped peak standing alongside the reservoir. This is the second biggest lake in Karnataka and was developed in the 12th century with the objective to maintain and enhance the fertility of the land.
Belur and Halebeedu (60 Kms):
Belur and Halebeedu are the home to one of the finest patterns of Hoysala temple structures from 12th century. The holy places are covered with a limitless collection of hypnotic carvings; and yet no two figures of the temple are identical. A must visit for all history lovers...