Kemmanagundi – Bangalore

Kemmanagundi is synonymous with sunsets for many and trekking for others. So, while Bangaloreans are spoilt for choice when it comes to going out of town for the weekend, Kemmanagundi is one of those all-time greats that never lets down its visitors. For all those wannabe adventurers raring to go to this hill station, here we give the complete lowdown.

How to reach

The distance from Bangalore to Kemmanagundi is 260 km. You can take NH 206 as it is the most direct route. The nearest railway station is Kadur (train fare: Rs 350 from Bangalore), which is 34 km away and well connected to the place through buses. There are taxis from Bangalore that take you to Kemmanagundi and cost around Rs 6000. There are also buses plying from Bangalore to Birur.

Weather

The weather is pleasant throughout the year, with the average annual temperature hovering around 18-20 degree celsius.

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Overview

Kemmanagundi, which is located in the Chikkamagaluru district, literally translates to red soil pit (due to the abundance of red soil found in the areas hills). The most prominent landmark of the region is Raj Bhavan, built as the summer retreat of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Whats more, Raj Bhavan offers arguably the best vantage point to view majestic sunsets, making it a photographers favourite.

Tourist places to visit

If you want skyscrapers and glossy Vegas lights, you might not wanna read up ahead. But if nature is your thing and you love all things green, check out the places that Kemmanagundi has to offer!

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Hills

Rajendra Hills: With a great view of lush green fields on either side, the 1450-metre tall Rajendra Hills is worth the hike you have to take to reach the top.

Mullayanagiri: At 1930 metres, this ones the highest peak in Karnataka and a popular spot for trekking and mountain biking. Go extreme!

Z point: A popular trekking point and an ideal spot for couples and youngsters to click pictures, thanks to vast grasslands in the background.

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Waterfalls

Hebbe Falls: One of the highest waterfalls in Karnataka, the 168-metre-tall falls are believed to have medicinal properties.

Kalhatti Falls: At 122 metres, these falls are popular with both the young and the old.

Shanti Falls: A hop, skip and a jump away from Z point, it resembles a lost cove with mysterious and lovely features.

Gardens

Rock Garden: A garden with exotic varieties of flowers and climbers, this ones a lovers delight both the natural and conjugal kind.

Rose Garden: One can spot almost any type of rose here and the garden is maintained by the Horticultural Department of Karnataka. If only one could see Kate Winslet in the middle of it! (Wishful thinking, we know!)

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Hotels and Resorts

Since you cant really do a day trip to Kemmanagundi from Bangalore, heres a list of the best hotels and resorts in the area.

Kemmanagundi Homestay: Rs 4000 per night
Z-Point Homestay: Rs 3100 per night
The Last resort: Rs 3600 per night
TG Stays: Rs 1700 per night
Nature Nirvana: Rs 4400 per night
Rangers Camp: Rs 2700 per night

Hope you have the time of your life at Kemmanagundi!

The main image for this article has been sourced from Wikimedia. Image by Yathin S Krishnappa

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