Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises ….hill valley streams and snow white coffee blossoms. Situated 251 kms from Bangalore, Chikmagalur is a trekker’s delight with its rugged mountain trails. This town rose to prominence as an outpost of the Vijayanagar Empire. Later, in the 17th-18th centuries, it became the headquarters of a line of local chiefs known as Bedas, until it was occupied by Haider Ali in 1799 and then by the British. The Fort defines by Walls of huge granite blocks, rises above the town. A series of three gates leads into the irregular inner zone, strewn with striking granite boulders. There are several small temples here, as well as a number of ceremonial gateways erected by the Bedas.