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Best Time: Sep-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Nearest Airport: Mangalore Check Flights

"House of the tallest peak of Karnataka"

Kemmanagundi Tourism

A hill-station of widespread views and scents of beautiful gardens, Kemmanagundi or KR hills, homes the tallest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri.

These hills offer a perfect summer retreat for those looking for a spectacular time amongst the beauty of nature and heaven for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Its natural beauty comes in all dimensions and forms from lush green forests to exquisite gardens to springs, waterfalls and streams. The Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka finds home here and lets the visitors witness some of the most beautiful gardens. The area will also be your host for trekking, nature walks and picnics. To be a little less generic and name a few tourist attractions, we have the Rock garden, Z point, Hebbe falls, Kalahasti falls, Bababudan hill town and the Shiva temple.

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A Summer Retreat

Kemmanagundi also known as KR Hills, is located in the hill ranges of Baba Budan Giri. These hills are home to Karnataka's tallest peak, Mullayanagiri. It is a beautiful picturesque hill station which leaves you in awe, every time you visit it. The name Kemmanagudi means red soil which the region is popularly known for.

It was a summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraj Wodeyar IV. Completely awestruck and mesmerised by the beauty of the surroundings, he donated his resort to the government of Karnataka. Now the horticulture department of Karnataka maintains the famous and very enchanting lush green gardens and the surroundings. The hills are a perfect summer-holiday-break-getaway. This place has a lot to offer right from the beautiful waterfalls to nature treks. The weather is lovely throughout the year, and you can visit it all year round.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kemmanagundi

Though the area is brimming with lush green sceneries and waterfalls, the options for cuisine are somewhat limited in the area. One might have to stick to the hotels and lodges that may serve popular items across cuisines, other than which there aren't too many eating places here. You might chance upon local fares like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Mysore pak, Chiroti etc
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: On reaching Kemmanagundi, you can head straight to the beautiful Hebbe Falls. Do not forget to take a dip which is believed to cure all skin diseases. After spending some time in the falls, visit the tallest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri. For adventure enthusiasts, there are various treks and mountain biking routes which take you up the hills. Also, visit the Shiva temple on the way to Mullayanagiri. You can explore the small caves as well around this area.

Day 2: You can opt for an early morning trek to Z point. On the way up there, you will get to see Shanti Falls. The uphill trek is steep but worth all the effort and energy. After the beautiful morning trek, you can visit Kalhatti falls which is just 10 km away.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

A summer retreat for the people of Karnataka and the neighbouring regions. The Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka has developed the most beautiful looking gardens.

What's Not So Great?

It is an easy drive from major cities of Karnataka, hence tends to get crowded during the long weekends and holidays. During the peak season the hotel booking, lodging and parking lots create quite a ruckus.

For Whom?

This hill station is an ideal place for those who are looking for an adventure packed holiday and also for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.

How To Reach Kemmanagundi

Kemmanagundi is a hill station in Chikmunglur district of Karnataka. The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport which is approximately 150 km away from Kemmanagundi. The closest railway station is Tarikere which is 35 km away and the best way to commute to Kemmanagundi. There are many state run and private buses which are connected to this hill station. You can also prefer to drive down as the roadways are very well connected.

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Kumar Kislay 1 year ago
- Being a city filled with religious and historical sites, be respectful of local traditions, and ask for permission before entering any of the temples or forts. Konkani and Kannada are the languages spoken in Karwar, along with Marathi, Hindi, Urdu and English.
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