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Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint (23 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 09-May-2024

Gorgeous views can transform even the dullest of days, and any passionate traveller knows that. This is why Kavikal Gandi Viewpoint or Horse Shoe Viewpoint has earned a special place in Chikmagalur. On the road between Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri, there is a check post, from where you can reach the viewpoint by climbing just 50 steps. The weather here is usually pleasant and the surroundings a vivid green, with a gentle wind blowing in your hair as you scale your way to the top. An idol of Lord Hanuman at the base of the hill and a painting of Swami Vivekananda at the top add character to this tourist hotspot. From the summit, you can view the Chandra Drona mountain range in all its glory.

  • Best time to visit: October to March
  • Ideal duration: 1 hour
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: Fly to Mangalore Airport and take a cab from there.
    • By Train: First, reach Kadur Junction, and then hire a cab to reach this viewpoint.
    • By Road: You will get private or state buses from Bangalore or Mangalore to Chikmagalur. Then take a taxi. Or, you can drive down from Bangalore or Mangalore.
  • Best for: It is among the best places to visit in Chikmagalur for sunrise.
  • Tip: Wear comfortable trekking shoes.
  • Nearby Attractions: Ayyanakere, Seethalayanagiri, Mullayanagiri, Honnamana Halla, Baba Budan Giri, Manikyadhara Waterfalls

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