Kemmannugundi Hill Station
Beautifully landscaped gardens and uprising mind clogging flowers, a scenic hill station, Chandra Drona Parvatha as Hindu puranas named it; Kemmannugundi is in the hill ranges of Baba Budan Giri which has the legacy of bearing the Karnataka’s tallest peak Mullayanagiri. The Krishnaraje Wodeyar IV, the Maharaja of Mysore used this place as the royal summer retreat, as the result of which the hill station has got its second name as KR hills. Kemmanagundi, the name is derived from three Kannada words, Kempu, Mannu and Gundi literally maens red, soil and place respectively, together means a place with red soil.
Placed at height of 1434 m, Kemmannugundi is incredibly luxuriant and has stunning weather throughout whole the year. Kemmannagundi is spectacular, with very thick forests, magnificently flowing springs, breezy climate and calm atmosphere. The Royal Horticultural Society of Karnataka has its foundation at Kemmanagundi. It has wonderfully laid out attractive gardens and panoramic greenish sight of the mountains. Kemmanagundi is an ideal place to have peace of mind, get away from the modern busy cities with pollution, the busy roads, never ending crowds and traffic jams of the cities. Quite serene natural place, blended with lush green forests, Kemmanagundi is sure to revitalize and rejuvenate the tourist, physically, mentally and spiritually. Slashing down on the rock face leaving it to misty, the amazing waterfalls, the terrains with dense forests, cool shady walking ways, really an amazing experience. One can spend hours in moving around this unspoiled and unexplored paths and quiet glens, where one can do picnic, wander and converse with nature.
Kemmanagundi is a nice place to visit in any season. The monsoon is quite spectacular, with waterfalls takes its pride with chatting over and amidst the trees and facing the rough rocks, with fresh look after the mighty rains. Kemmanagundi has that amusing capability to carry one from the daily strains and stress. Trekking, bathing and fun swimming are offered at this place for the adventurous people. Other attractive places of interest include the Rock Garden, Hebbe Falls and Z-Point.
Kallahati Falls (Kalahasti Falls)
How to reach Kemmanagundi
Kemmanagundi By Air
Mangalore is the nearest domestic Airport, which is 190 km away and Bangalore is the nearest international Airport, which is 295 km away. Taxi cab costs about Rs 4000 from Mangalore and Rs 6000 from Bangalore. Mangalore air terminal is connected to Bangalore and Chennai. Bangalore airport is well connected to almost all airports in India. International flights to major foreign cities are also operated from Bangalore
Bajpe Airport, Mangalore (IXE) is the nearest aieport to Kemmannugundi is about 116 km
Hubli Airport (HBX) is about 215 km
Bengaluru International Airport (BLR) is about 221 km
Kemmanagundi By Train
Nearest Railway Station is Tarekere, which is connected by rail to Mangalore and Bangalore. Tarekere is about 15 km from Kemmanagundi and taxi will cost about Rs 300 from railway station to Kemmangundi.
Tarikere Junction (TKE) is about 19 km from kemmanuugundi.
Kemmanagundi By Bus
Kemmanagundi is well connected by bus services. Private and public transport buses connect frequently to Chikmaglur (55 km), Bangalore (295 km) and Mangalore (190 km). A/C deluxe and luxury buses are available from Bangalore and Mangalore to Kemmanagundi, which cost about Rs 4 per km.
Best Season to go to Kemmanagundi
Kemmanagundi has a pleasing and soothing climate all through the year. Summers start from March and extend up to May. During this season the temperature will be in the range of 17°C to 34°C. June to August are the monsoon months and have an average rainfall during this season. During monsoons temperature moves around 10°C to 23°C. Winters from October to February have a temperature range of 12°C to 29°C.
Ideal time to visit here is September to May, avoiding monsoons. Post monsoon months are good for viewing waterfalls here.