KEMMANAGUNDI TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO KEMMANAGUNDI
#25 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Kemmanagundi: Mangalore (205 Kms), Bangalore (246 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Kemmanagundi: October to February
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 41 km from Kadur, 62 km from Chikmagalur, 68 km from Shimoga, 121 km from Hassan, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore, and 246 km from Bangalore, Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. It is one of the popular tourist places in Karnataka, and among the best places to visit near Bangalore.
Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station situated at an altitude of 1434 m on the Baba Budan range. Breathtaking views of the valleys amidst mountain streams and lush vegetation are the main attractions of Kemmanagundi tour packages. The region is covered with plantations of coffee and tea along with thick bamboo groves forming a dense forest cover.
Kemmangundi derives its name from three Kannada words - kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) mean a place with red soil. Kemmanagundi is also popularly known by the name of KR Hills, named after the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Mesmerized by the beauty of the place, he made Kemmangundi as his summer retreat. He later donated this resort to the Government of Karnataka. The Horticultural Department of Karnataka now develops and maintains the resort and its surroundings. The department grows a lot of ornamental plants here. Kemmanagundi is one of the top attractions you must include in Chikmagalur packages.
Raj Bhavan, Z point, Rock garden, Hebbe Falls, Kalhattagiri Falls, Baba Budan Hill, and Bhadra Tiger Reserve are the most poular place to visit in Kemmanagundi. The sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer's delight. Kemmangundi is also popular among tourists for trekking routes, mountain trails, and other adventure activities. Shanti Falls and Hebbe Falls are the two famous waterfalls located here that offer trekking opportunities.
Mangalore airport is the closest airport which is 219 km from Kemmangundi. Birur (32 km) & Shimoga (68 km) are the nearest railheads to Kemmangundi. Birur has trains from Bangalore, Mysore, Hubli, Kolhapur, Goa, Ajmer & Pondicherry. Shimoga has train connectivity from Bangalore, Mysore & Talguppa. Kemmangundi is well connected by bus services. Private and public transport buses connect frequently to Chikmagalur, Bangalore, and Mangalore.
Kemmangundi provides various accommodations in the form of homestays and resorts. Horticulture Department Guest House (known as Raj Bhavan), The Last Resort, Valley of Birds, Dhoopada Giri lodge, Kallahatti lodge, etc., are some of the places tourists can enjoy staying.
Kemmangundi offers a pleasant climate throughout the year. The best time to visit the destination is from September to May; avoid visiting during the monsoons. Usually, it takes 1-2 days to explore the major places here.