Kemmanagundi Hills - Hill Station - Karnataka
The scintillating landscapes of Kemmanagundi is a must-visit for trekkers and Nature photographers. Mullayanagiri, the tallest peak in Karnataka is in the KR or Kemmanagundi Hills. A perfect summer retreat location for adventure zealots and the silence loving population.
From luscious forests, ineffable gardens to small rivulets and brooks, Kemmanagundi is everything an individual seeks. The Royal Horticulture Society of India permits visitors to explore the beauty of the gardens here. They act as a host for various activities like trekking, picnic, and nature walks.
The famous places here include Z Point, Rock garden, Hebbe falls, Bababudan Hill Town, Kalahasti falls, and the Shiva temple. In the Bababudan Ranges, Kemmanagundi is a prominent location for beautiful photos.
Kemmanagundi means Red Soil in the region's language. It is a form of a donation to the Karnataka Government from the Mysore King, Krishnaraj Wodeyar IV. The landscapes of Kemmanagundi is as enchanting as the whole of Karnataka.
An erstwhile summer retreat for the Mysore King holds a beautiful temperature throughout the year. The small caves, Hebbe Waterfalls, and Klahatti Falls are major attractions. Devotees of Lord Shiva can explore the Shiva temple en route Mullayanagiri.
Nearby Attractions of Kemmanagundi Hills:
Hebbe Falls: An eight-hour drive from Bangalore takes one to Chikmagalur district of West Karnataka. At the end of the ruminating road trip, healing properties filled Hebbe Waterfalls with surrounding coffee plantations offer an exotic view. (8 km away)
Mullayanagiri: Located in the Bababudan Range, Mullayanagiri peak is 1930 m above the sea level. A definite spot for trekkers, mountain bikers, and adventure seekers. (21 km away)
Shiva Temple: The walk through the tranquil forests with the sound of the rhythmic waterfalls make the entry to the highly revered Lord Shiva Temple unforgettable. (5 km away)
Z Point: A thrilling trekking experience but not for the light-hearted population. A beautiful sunset viewpoint. (4 km away)
Rock Garden: A romantic place full of flowers arranged in an exquisite pathway. A must-visit sunset viewpoint. (5 km away)
Kalhatti Hills: A mix of spirituality and enthralling natural landscapes offer an eclectic view of the waterfalls descending down. Bears and elephants surround this celestial territory (10 km away)
Rajendra Hills: Famous for its iron ore deposits, the hill station is one of the highest at an elevation of 1448 m above the sea level. (5 km away)
Shanti Hills: A less visited waterfall 4 km away from Z Point is a treasure trove in the dense regions of this place.
Best Time To Visit:
September to February is the best time to visit the Kemmanagundi Hills. But the whole area has an amicable climate throughout the year. Rain is intermittent with lesser tourists compared to Summer. If you can bare the freezing temperature in winter, Kemmanagundi is explorable in winter with less crowd. Dussehra happens in the winter season and an ideal time for budget travelers and honeymooners. The valleys are its best during the monsoon climate. However, trekking is sloppy and slippery. But, a splendid time for photography. During summer, 18 - 28 degrees Celsius temperature offer excellent conditions for families with kids to stroll. Rain-protection gears should always be there to bear the occasional showers.
Way to Reach:
By Air: Mangalore Airport is the nearest and 150 km away. Taxis are available and within 3 hours, Kemmanagundi hill station can be reached.
By Rail: The closest station is Tarikere and 35 km away from Kemmanagundi. The place is well connected with Bangalore and Mangalore.
By Road: Apart from shared taxis and cabs, private and state bus connect this place with major cities of Karnataka.