With the Western Ghats sprawled across the state, one is never at a loss for hill stations in Karnataka. You could choose to explore the rainforests of Agumbe or the coffee plantations of Coorg for some serene natural beauty. The mystical caves of Anthargange and the trek up the famous Ramanagaram are perfect for the adventure junkies. For those looking for the picturesque panorama, head on over to Kudremukh or Nandi Hills for some breathtaking views of the valley below.
Here is the list of 13 Hill Stations in Karnataka For A Summer Weekend Getaway
Known For : Mullayanagiri | Kudremukh National Park | Baba Budangiri
If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the mornings, you are going to love Chikmagalur, which has a perpetual fragrance of coffee lingering in the air. This hill station in Karnataka is very famously known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’. Chikmagalur is situated in the foothills of the Mullayangiri Range in Karnataka and stands at an altitude of 3400 feet. Famous for its tall mountains, lush green forests and its tranquil environment (apart from its coffee production), Chikmagalur is a very popular tourist destination and is a quaint getaway from the busy life of the city.
Best Time : Throughout the year
Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Namdroling Monastery
Generally covered as a part of trips to Coorg, Madikeri is a quaint district hill station in Karnataka with vast coffee plantations, lush forests and misty hills, all culminating into a breathtaking view.
Best Time : February to September
Known For : Abbey Falls | Talacauvery | Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)
Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers. This coffee producing hill station in Karnataka is very popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality.
Best Time : October to March
Known For : Kudremukh Peak Trek | Kudremukh National Park | Hanuman Gundi Falls
With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and is a hill station in Karnataka known for its scenic beauty.
Best Time : October to May
Known For : Elk Falls | Longwood Shola | Trekking
Kotagiri is a smallest and oldest hill station in Karnataka, nestled in the lap of Nilgiri Hills bounded by surroundings that exhibit peace and tranquillity. A hill town that was first noticed by the British as their summer home away from the heat of plains, today, it is again gaining popularity among tourists.
Best Time : December to May
Known For : BRT Wildlife Sanctuary | Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple | Activities
The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.
Best Time : April to October
A one of a kind experience in perhaps one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, the Sita Nadi river rafting is an unparalleled experience. Agumbe is also called as the "Cobra Capital" because of the high number of Cobras found here. Tourists from all over flock to this mesmerising hill station in Karnataka to experience tranquillity.
Known For : Hebbe Falls | Mullayanagiri | Z Point
A hill-station in Karnataka offering widespread views and scents of beautiful gardens, Kemmanagundi or KR hills, is home to the tallest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri.
Best Time : September to May
Known For : Cave Exploration | Trekking in Anthargange
Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking, rock climbing and cave exploration enthusiasts.
Best Time : October to March
Known For : Paragliding in Nandi Hills | Tipu's Drop | Tipu's Summer Residence
It is often said that 'the best places are off the beaten path', and Nandi Hills is a clear testimony to that. Located around 60 kilometres away from Bangalore, Nandi Hills is one such tourist spot that has gradually been discovered by visitors over the years, and has now become a well-known holiday spot. Situated at a height of 4851 feet above sea level, this ancient hill fortress is an idyllic escape from the daily city life. Once used as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan, Nandi Hills is scattered with shrines and monument, and is surrounded by mesmerizing views, making this place no less than a hidden paradise.
Best Time : October to June
Known For : Dabbe Falls | Kodachadri | Jog Falls | Agumbe
With nature in its full bloom, the town of Shimoga has been a home to several great dynasties and kingdoms. Steeped in rich heritage and culture, this main city of Shimoga District derives its name from the words 'Shiv-Mukha' implying 'Face of Lord Shiva'.
Best Time : July to December
Known For : Ramnagara Hills | Ramdevara Temple | Ramadevarabetta hills
Set amidst the challenging rocky hillocks and lush green surroundings, Ramnagaram is a popular weekend getaway for Bengaluru folks.
Best Time : November to February
There are a plethora of hill stations in Karnataka which are perfect for a getaway. Among this is a place named Sakleshpur which is Karnataka’s best kept secret. This quaint hill station is not to be missed out while planning a weekend getaway. This foggy and misty hill station elevated at 950 meters, peacefully lies nestled in the Western Ghats. The hill station is cocooned with the aroma of coffee, tea, cardamom and cinnamon. Affectionately known as “Poor man’s Ooty”, this hill station is surrounded by hills covered with lush green trees and is filled with serenity.
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Karnataka is a land of diverse topography and it has thankfully been blessed with many high-altitude towns. These hill stations in Karnataka are the perfect getaways to unwind, relax, beat the summer heat and the hustle of the cities.