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Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Kemmanagundi, Chikmagalur (62 Kms)

Nearest City to Kemmanagundi: Mangalore (205 Kms), Bangalore (246 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Kemmanagundi: November to May

Peak Season: March to May

State: Karnataka | District: Chikmagalur

Kemmanagundi Weather: Maximum - 28°C
Minimum - 10°C

At a distance of 62 km from Chikmagalur, 41 km from Kadur, 121 km from Hassan, 68 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore and 246 km from Bangalore, Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. At an altitude of 1434 m, Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station, situated on the Baba Budan range. Kemmangundi derives its name from three Kannada words - kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) means a place with red soil. It is among the popular tourist places in Karnataka and an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore.

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.

According to puranas, Kemmangundi was called Chandra Drona Parvatha. Water, gushing down through innumerable herbs and medicinal plants, is believed to cure many diseases, including the common cold and skin ailments. The region is covered with plantations of coffee and tea along with thick bamboo groves forming a dense forest cover.

Kemmangundi is a beautiful hill station with breathtaking views of the valleys amidst mountain streams and lush vegetation. The main attractions of Kemmangundi are Raj Bhavan, Z point, Rock garden, Hebbe Falls, Kalhattagiri Falls, Baba Budan Hill and Bhadra Tiger Reserve. The sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer's delight. Kemmangundi is 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.

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.

Mangalore airport is the closest airport which is 219 km from Kemmangundi. Birur (32 km) & Shimoga (68 km) are 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 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.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 08261
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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HOW TO REACH KEMMANAGUNDI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Mangalore - Mangalore Airport (219 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Birur Junction (32 Kms)
Shimoga Town Railway Station (68 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kemmanagundi (0 Kms)

12 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN KEMMANAGUNDI


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance of 5 km from Kemmanagundi, 67 km from Chikmagalur and 1 km from Shanti Falls, Z Point is a wonderful trekking spot and one of the prime places to visit in Kemmanagundi. Z Point is a beautiful spot with deep valleys all around amidst thick green surroundings. The cool breeze on the peak mesmerizes visitors. It is one of the best short treks in Karnataka with beautiful views of nature and valleys.

The 3 km trekking trail to Z Point starts from Kemmanagundi Raj Bhavan and runs through thick forest. Shanti Waterfalls is situated enroute to the Z Point. The trek is relatively easy till Shanti Hills and gets little tough afterwards. The later part of the trek runs through narrow path with deep gorges and steep hills. The trek route provides breathtaking views of the hills of Kemmanagundi. The wide and beautiful grasslands provide unique setting to the slopes.

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Waterfall

At a distance of 6 km from Kemmanagundi, 36 km from Tarikere and 66 km from Chikmagalur, Hebbe Falls is a wonderful waterfall located in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. The waterfall is situated inside Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which is a tiger reserve. It is one of the top Kemmanagundi tourist places and among the best places to visit near Chikmagalur.

Hebbe Falls is surrounded by dense forest and coffee plantations. It cascades down from a height of 550 feet in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). This falls is created by the springs generated in the mountains. A pool is formed by the waterfall below the second stage which allows visitors swim and play in the water. It is believed that the waters of these falls are infused with herbs and can cure skin diseases. Taking a refreshing bath in the herb-infused water is popular among the .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 10 km from Kemmanagundi and 82 km from Chikmagalur, Kalhatti Falls is located at Kallattipura in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. It is also known as Kalhattagiri Falls or Kalahasthi Falls. It is one of the spectacular waterfalls and most picturesque tourist places to visit in Kemmanagundi.

The waterfall cascades down from a height of over 400 feet through the Chandra Drona Hills in front of the Veerabhadreshwara Temple, which is the most commonly visited part of the falls. The presiding deity in this cave temple is Lord Shiva. It offers an excellent view of the surroundings valleys. The adjoining mountain is enriched with rare flora and fauna.

According to legend, sage Agastya had prayed for a long time at this place. The Veerabhadra temple is believed to be built in the Vijayanagara period. The entrance of the temple is adorned with carved elephants. .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 4 km from Kemmangundi & 66 km from Chikmagalur, Shanti Falls is a small and beautiful water fall situated on the way to Z Point in Kemmangundi. It is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Kemmanagundi.

Shanti Falls is a refreshing sight that awaits visitors on their trek to Z Point in the lush green forest stretch of Kemmangundi. The water flows all the way from top of the hill, creating a spectacular view while falling into the valley below. The waterfall cascades down to create a natural pool that is believed to have remarkable medicinal qualities. The most interesting fact about this waterfall is that its water remains extremely cold even during the hot summer months. Visitors can enjoy a swim in the cool waters of the Shanti Falls.

This is one of the trekking trails in Kemmangundi. The route all the way is very scenic with deep valleys on one side and hills cover on the other. This place can be reached by trekking through the forest from Kemmanagundi Raj .....


Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 29 km from Kemmanagundi & 36 km from Chikmagalur, Baba Budangiri (also known as Dattagiri & Chandra Drona Parvatha) is a mountain in the Baba Budan range in Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. This is one of the highest mountain peaks in Karnataka at an altitude of 1895 meters and also among the top places for trekking in Karnataka. It is one of the popular Chikmagalur tourist places, especially for trekking and great views.

Baba Budangiri is named after the Muslim saint, Baba Budan who used to reside here. Baba Budan was a 17th century Sufi saint who came to India in from Saudi to spread the message of Islam and peace. According to legend, he introduced coffee to India by bringing beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen in 1670 AD. This place is also important for Hindus as Dattatreya Peetha. A cave here is believed to have been the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. .....

Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 29 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kemmanagundi - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Waterfall

At a distance of 7 km from Baba Budangiri Dattatreya Peetha, 36 km from Kemmangundi & 29 km from Chikmagalur, Manikya Dhara Falls (also known as Honnammana Halla Falls) is situated in the dense forest of Baba Budangiri hills in Western Ghats of India.

With a height of about 30 feet, the waterfall is situated midst dense Forest offering great views of Baba Budangiri Hills. Locally known as Nellikayi Theertha, this waterfall is considered as a holy site by Hindus as well as Muslims. Manikya Dhara, which literally means a string of pearls, is the ideal site for people looking for a peaceful and scenic atmosphere. According to the legend, saint Baba Budan along with his 4 disciples came to the site in search of water. After their prayers, they were blessed with water flowing from the mountains in the form of this waterfall.

People believe that bathing in this fall can cure various ailments. It is one of the main attractions of Baba Budangiri Hill. There are several shops around .....

Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 36 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kemmanagundi - Including Travel): 2 Hours
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Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 39 km from Kemmangundi, 47 km from Shimoga, 79 km from Chikmagalur & 9 km from Tarikere, Amruthapura is a village located in Chikmagalur district of the Karnataka which is well known for the famous Amruteshwara Temple.

The Amruteshwara Temple is an ancient temple built in 1196 AD by Amruteshwara Dandanayaka, a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. Ruvari Mallitamma, the well-known Hoysala sculptor and architect is known to have started his career here working on the domed ceilings in the main mantapa. On the porch of the temple is a large stone inscription, a fine example of medieval Kannada poetry. This temple is situated near the Bhadra Reservoir in Malnad region surrounded by coconut and palm plantations.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built using soft clay stone. This medium sized temple showcases excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala architecture. This temple is in the ekakuta style, .....


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 52 km from Kemmangundi, 20 Kms from Tarikere, 78 km from Chikmagalur & 31 km from Shimoga, Bhadra Dam is a magnificent Dam built across Bhadra River near Lakkavalli village.

The dam offers wonderful views of the surrounding hills. There are several small islands formed by the reservoir and these islands are shelters for migrating birds. Boating facility is available in the reservoir. The forests & valleys surrounded by the dam are rich in wildlife and the reservoir is the western boarder of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

Safari into the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary starts from River Tern Lodge near Bhadra Dam.

Lakkavalli can be easily reached from Tarikere.


Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 52 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kemmanagundi - Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
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Wildlife

At a distance of 53 km from Kemmangundi, 79 km from Chikmagalur & 33 km from Shimoga, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area and a tiger reserve, situated amidst Western Ghats in Chikmagalur and Shimoga districts of Karnataka.

Spread over an area of 490 Sq. km, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary. The region was declared as a natural reserve, known as the Jagara Valley Game Reserve, in 1951 by Government of Mysore. In 1974, the reserve was named as the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary boasts of a substantial tiger population and it was declared as the 25th Project Tiger of India in 1998.

The sanctuary is situated in lush tropical forests of the Western Ghats and accommodates the tributaries of the Bhadra River. The sanctuary gets its name from Bhadra River and a dam has been built on the river near Lakkavalli. The sanctuary has an elevation ranging from 750 m to 1875 m above .....

Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 53 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhadra Dam (2 km) - Including Travel): 2-3 Hours
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Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 5 km from Sakharayapatna, 63 km from Chikmagalur and 25 km from Chikmagalur, Ayyanakere Lake is an ancient lake situated at the eastern base of Baba Budan Range hills. This is the biggest lake in the Chikmagalur district and the second largest lake in Karnataka. Ayyanakere is also called as Dodda Magoda Kere and it is surrounded by beautiful hills. It is one of the prime places to visit in Chikmagalur.

This lake believed to have been constructed by Rukmangada Raya, a ruler of Sakharayapatna. It was renovated in 1156 AD during Hoysala's rule. The sprawling lake was built to supply water for was agriculture. It supplies water for irrigating 21,560 hectares of land in the region.

Ayyanakere Lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides. There is a beautiful mountain called Shakunagiri. The 4,600 ft conical shaped Shakunagiri forms a picturesque backdrop for the lake. Positioned in the Malnad region, tourists .....

Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 63 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kemmanagundi - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day
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Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 50 Kms from Sringeri, 25 Kms from Koppa, 88 Kms from Kemmangundi & 45 Kms from Chikmagalur, Balehonnur is a beautiful place dominated by coffee plantations. It is receives an average rainfall of 80 inches per year.

Balehonnur is also the seat of Shrimad Jagadguru Rambhapuri Veersimhasana Mahasamsthana Peetha. This matha has mythical connections to Rambha, the celestial dancer It is one of the five great panchacharya mathas. The Veerabadra temple attached to the matha has metallic images of Veerabhadra & Bhadrakali.

Balehonnur Bridge was constructed in 1946 across the Bhadra River.


Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 318 km from Bangalore, 104 km from Mangalore, 99 km from Shimoga, 88 km from Chikmagalur, 256 km from Mysore and 79 km from Udupi, Sringeri in Chikmagalur district is one of the important pilgrimage centers in South India. Sringeri is well known for Sharada Peetham, the first and foremost of the 4 Peethams established by the renowned 8th century saint Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the most famous tourist places to visit in Karnataka, mainly as a pilgrimage destination.

Sringeri is situated at an altitude of 2789 ft on the banks of River Tunga bounded by Western Ghats. The name Sringeri is derived from Rishyashringa-giri, a nearby hill that is named after Sage Rishyashringa. Hyder Ali annexed Ikkeri to the kingdom of Mysore. Tipu Sultan provided financial aid to Sringeri for the reconstruction of temples.

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Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 125 Kms
Trip Duration (From Kemmanagundi - Including Travel): Full Day
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