About Chikkamaglur

Chickmagalur is situated roughly in the south-western part of Karnataka state. A large area of this district is 'malnad', i.e., a largely forested hilly region of heavy rainfall. The district takes its name from the headquarters town of Chickmagalur which literally means younger daughter's town - Chikka+Magala+Ooru-(in Kannada). It is said to have been given as a dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the legendary chief of Sakrepatna. Another part of the town bestowed on the elder daughter is known as Hiremagalur. Situated in a fertile valley south of the Baba-Budan hill range is the headquarters town of the district. A centre of education, trade and commerce. The town enjoys a salubrious climate and has venerated monuments of all religions- Kodandarama temple a synthesis of Hoysala and Dravidian styles of architecture, Jamia Mosque and the new St.Joseph's Cathedral with an attractive shell shaped portico.

General Profile

Number of Taluk Panchayats                                      07

Number of Revenue sub divisions                                02

Geography: The district receives normal average rainfall of 1925 mm. The highest point in this district is Mullayanagiri, 1926 mts. above sea level which is also the highest point in the state of Karnataka. 30% of the district (2108.62 km²) is covered with forests. Cradle of coffee: It was at Baba-Budan Giri that the first ever coffee in the country was grown way back in 1670 A.D. Enterprising Europeans pioneered large scale coffee plantations in the district more than 150 years back and to this day the sylvan slopes are studded with coffee plantations.
Rivers:Netravati and Bhadra. Religion ,Castes : People belong to Tuluva community like, Shettys, Poojarys speak Tulu with Ghatta accent. Bearys, the immigrant Muslims hailing from a neighboring district, Dakshina Kannada, and who are engaged in various small scale business activities do speak Beary bashe.

Tourism

Kemmangundi: 55 km north from Chikkamagaluru town is Kemmangundi, a scenic hill station on the Baba Budan Giri range of hills. Kemmangundi is also known as K.R. Hills after the Wodeyar King, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favourite summer camp. Amrithapura:67 kms north of Chickmagalur, Amrithapura is known for the splendid Amrithapura temple built in 1196 A.D . Kallathagiri Water Falls: This water fall is very near to the Kemmengundi hill resort where the water cascades down from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating scenery. A legend associates this place with sage Agastya and the local temple in a gap between rocks, is attributed to the Vijayanagara times. Kudremukh and Kudremukh National Park: 95 km southwest of Chikkamagaluru town is Kudremukh range (in Kannada Kudure = horse and mukha = face), so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valley & steep precipices. Situated at 1,894.3 meters above sea level, Kudremukh is rich in iron ore deposits. Mullayanagiri:is part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges here. 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 Chikkamagaluru town. Manikyadhara Falls,Kallathigiri Falls,Hebbe Falls are few of the Waterfalls in the district.

Art And Culture

Every little village or town has some story behind it and some jatra or festival is on throughout the year ... it could be one of the fifty festivities celebrated during the year at Sri Sharada Peetha at Sringeri or Sri Renuka Jayanthi or Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Mahotsava at Rambha Puri Matha at Balehonnur.The Dassera Mahotsava of Mailaralingeswami of Birur where one can see the Dollu Kunitha and Veeragase, the thrilling and heroic folk dance of the area, the Urs at Baba-Budan Giri Or any of the annual festivals of local temples held in many of the villages and towns. Suggi habbais celebrated with great rejoicing in the rural parts .

Chickmagalur in Karnataka

Chikkamaglur
Subdistricts
Chikkamagaluru, Kadur, Tarikere, Mudigere, Shringeri, Koppa, Narasimharajapura
Headquarters
Chickmagaluru
Population
1,139,104 (2001)
Density
158.19 /km2 (410 /sq mi)
Time zone
IST (UTC+5:30)
Area
7,201 km2 (2,780 sq mi)
Code
Pincode :571401-571487 Telephone Vehicle KA-18
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