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Hirekolale Lake, Chikmagalur

Published Date: 09-May-2024

Yearning for tranquillity away from the mad rush of city life? A trip to Hirekolale Lake, surrounded by the charming Western Ghats, can feel like therapy. It was originally built to provide drinking water to Chikmagalur. Though manmade, the expansive lake is a soothing sight, with a bridge projecting across it, so that tourists can walk up to the middle of the lake and click beautiful photos. The gazebo-like structure at the end of the bridge is an especially photogenic spot, from where you can enjoy sunsets and the sight of Mullayanagiri Hills.

  • Best time to visit: September to March
  • Ideal duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Mangalore Airport and then hire a cab to reach the lake.
    • By Train: Once you reach Kadur Junction, take a taxi.
    • By Road: KSRTC buses are available aplenty from different parts of Karnataka to take you to Chikmagalur. Then, you can hire a cab.  
  • Best for: It is among the popular tourist places Chikmagalur has to offer.
  • Tip: Plan a picnic with your friends and family.
  • Nearby Attractions: Mullayanagiri, Sringeri Mutt, Z Point, Jhari Waterfalls, Baba Budangiri, Nirvanaswamy Temple
  • Nearby Restaurants: Mirra, Town Canteen, The Estate Cafe, Siri Coffee, The Kalyani Bar, Vishnu Delicacy, Maharaja Restaurant
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.1 rating and 600 reviews

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