The land of hills and valleys, water falls and coffee estates, Chikmagalur district has turned out to be one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the State.
The number of tourists who visit Chikmagaluru has been increasing over the years. Various places like Sringeri Sharadambe temple, Hornad Annapoorneshwari temple, Baba Budangiri have become the most preferred tourist destinations.
Records reveal that the number of tourists visiting Chikmagaluru has crossed one and half crore in the last two years. According to the statistics available in the Tourism Department, the number of tourists who visited the district in 2010 is 85,81,493 while 2,615 foreigners have visited the district last year.
The number of tourists to visit the district this year between January and October is 60,61,685, where as the number of foreign visitors during the same period is 1,947. The Tourism Department officers hope that the number of visitors would be the highest during November and December and with this, year’s statistics is sure to over take the previous year’s record.
Sringeri is the most sought after destinations among all other places in the district. As many as 38.2 lakh visitors visited Sringeri last year while the number is 27.71 this year (till October).On the other hand, the number of visitors to visit Hornad last year is 23.8 lakh and this year it is 16.30 lakh.
As many as 15,25,532 tourists visited Balehonnur last year, 5.39 lakh visited Kalasa, 1,36,460 tourists visited Kemmannugundi and 38,501 tourists visited in and around Chikmagaluru. In the last 10 months 1,28,833 tourists have visited Dattapeetha while 24,513 have visited the places in and around Chikmagalur.
As many as 80,276 tourists visited Kemmannugundi, 8,70,014 visited Balehonnur, 16.30 lakh visitors visted Hornad and 5.61 lakh visited Kalasa.
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History of Coffee
The birth place of coffee in India is Chikmagalur.The first seeds were sown about 350 years ago on the slopes of Baba Budan Giri Hills in Chikmagalur.As History tells it is the Arab Connections that led to the mushrooming of the coffee industry in India.The story goes like this a piligrim known as Baba Budan also known as Hazarat Shah Janab Allah Magatabi smuggled seven seed of coffee from Mecca while he was on a piligrimage. The seer sowed these seeds in his garden near a cave in Chandragiri.
The Hills was called as Chandra Drona in the ancient age and now called as Baba Budan Giri after the seer.Mysore Maharaja KrishnaRaja Wodeyar III gave away lands and establised norms for growing coffee in India. Even Tipu Sultan gave inam and rent free lands to farmers to grow coffee.
Visitors and guests can enjoy, visits to the game sanctuary or go for picnics to the picturesque Kemmangundi and Bababudangiri hills or go for walks or trekking around the region.
Do not miss visiting the sunset point atop Kemmangundi hills.