Karnataka is one of the finest travel destinations in India. Thousands of people from across the globe visit the state throughout the year in search of scenic pleasures or to offer their prayers in the numerous shrines and temples found in the state.
Karnataka is a refreshing combination of urban scenarios and munificent natural beauty. A rugged terrain of the Western Ghats and tropical forests along with the swift flowing rivers is wonderfully interlaced with modern cityscapes. One can visit several places in this wonderful state, and Kemmanagundi happens to be one such hill station. This hill station in the Chikmagalur district in Karnataka is an ideal getaway for tourists in search of less frequented destinations.
The hill station of Kemmanagundi is 1434 meters above the sea level and is blessed with a charming weather. It is said that this place was a favorite travel destination for Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV, and is hence also referred to as the ‘Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station’. Kemmanagundi is encircled by the Baba Budan Giri Range which is traversed by gurgling mountain streams and a thick shelter of tropical trees. The Kemmanagundi hill station is especially renowned for its beautiful gardens.
Places to Visit in Kemmanagundi
There are numerous noteworthy places to visit in Kemmanagundi. There is the ever popular ‘Z point’ which is a vantage point and can be reached by trekking for about 30 minutes from ‘Raj Bhavan’. One of the most beautiful sights from the ‘Z point’ is the mesmerizing sunset scenery. The Rose Garden is another luxurious destination where roses of all kinds are cultivated and it is maintained by Karnataka’s horticulture department. Tourists prefer to visit ‘Raj Bhavan’ as well, as it offers an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding hills.
The Hebbe Falls is another popular place to visit, where one could feast their eyes on the water flowing from as high as 250 feet. Coffee plantations can be found in abundance here. The Kallathi Falls is about 10 kilometers away from Kemmanagundi. The fall is 122 meters high and the temple that lies near the entrance of the fall is known as the ‘Temple of Veerabhadra’. This temple is said to belong to the Vijayanagara period. There are three carved stone elephants that can be found near the entrance of the temple which have enthralled tourists and photographers for ages. The best time to visit the Kathakali Falls is during the months of March and April.
The Honnamma Falls and the Shanthi Falls are only a few kilometers from Kemmanagundi and can be easily accessed by trekking. The Shanthi falls is just 2 kilometers from the ‘Z point’ and the beautiful Shola grassland is laid near the falls. The Bhadra Tiger Reserve which is a mere two hour drive from Kemmanagundi is India’s 25th National Reserve and is covered in a rich assortment of flora and fauna.
Accommodation and Facilities in Kemmanagundi
Accommodation and lodging are suitable in this town and there are mostly guest houses. Numerous vegetarian and non-vegetarian resultants are also available for the tourists to relish authentic South-Indian cuisines.