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"House of the tallest peak of Karnataka"

Kemmanagundi Tourism

A hill station of widespread views and scents of beautiful gardens, Kemmanagundi or KR hills offer a perfect summer retreat for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The area also has trekking, nature walks and picnics. The Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka is located here and has some of the most beautiful gardens. The Rock garden, Z point, Hebbe falls, Kalahasti falls and the Shiva temple are a few must-see attractions here.

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. 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.

Must Know Before You Visit Kemmanagundi

  • Be careful of the leeches if you are visiting the place during the monsoons.
  • Apart from a restaurant at Kemmanagundi Hill Resort by Jungle Lodges, there are no other options to eat.
  • There is an entry and parking charge of INR 100 while entering the hill station
  • Reach before 3 PM at Hebbe Falls checkpoint as it takes two hours to complete the trip. 

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Suggested Itinerary for Kemmanagundi

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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Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chickmagaluru, Karnataka 577101, India

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What is famous about Kemmanagundi?

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 is not so good about Kemmanagundi?

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.

Who should visit Kemmanagundi?

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

What is the best time to visit Kemmanagundi?

Kemmanagundi has a lovely climate throughout the year but the best time to visit this place is from September to February. Monsoon is another excellent time to visit Kemmanagundi because of the lush greenery sprawling the town, but there can be intermittent rainfall. The gardens in Kemmanagundi look mesmerising during the rainy season. During the summers, the rush of tourists is at the maximum. 
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What is the 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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What is the best way 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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What are the things to do in Kemmanagundi?

The top things to do in Kemmanagundi are Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Z Point, Shiva Temple, Kemmanagundi, Kalhatti Falls, Rock Garden. You can see all the places to visit in Kemmanagundi here

What are the places near Kemmanagundi?

The top places near to Kemmanagundi are Chikmagalur which is 28 km from Kemmanagundi, Coorg which is located 127 km from Kemmanagundi, Kudremukh which is located 75 km from Kemmanagundi, Halebid which is located 44 km from Kemmanagundi, Shimoga which is located 47 km from Kemmanagundi

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- 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 (Read More) spoken in Karwar, along with Marathi, Hindi, Urdu and English.
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