#1 of 12 Places to Visit in Kemmanagundi
Distance (From Kemmanagundi): 6 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3-4 Hours
Place Location: Inside Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Transportation Options: Cab / + Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: Beware of leaches in the pool of the falls.
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 Bangalore.
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 visitors.
Hebbe Falls is a perfect retreat from the busy city life and it is one of the must visit tourist spots in Karnataka. These waterfalls are situated inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. There is a motorable road for first 4 km and remaining 2 km has to be trekked through dense forest (the hike is little steep). Jeeps are available from Kemmangundi to Hebbe falls that charge around Rs.3200/- per Jeep including return (6 to 8 people) .
The best time to visit Hebbe falls is from October to January, when you can take advantage of the various flora and fauna nearby Hebbe Falls. Avoid peak monsoons as the path gets slippery and water flow would be dangerous to get closer and swim.