The Queen of Hills
Sophisticated beauty with elegance in its every wake and well maintained natural surroundings makes Kemmanagundi the hill station of your dreams. Lying in Tarikere Taluk of Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, this beautiful hill station was once the summer palace of the Maharaja of Mysore Sri Krishnarajendra Giridhama, hence also giving the hill station its name of Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station in honor of his highness. The hill station is surrounded by mountain streams, vegetation, ornamental gardens, and cascades. A tourist enjoys a vast number of activities in the area starting from trekking, family picnic to nature walk or watching the sunrise and sunset from the marvelous Raj Bhawan. Explorers have a wide range of attraction places like the Kalahasti falls, Z Point, Rock Garden, Hebbe Falls, Shiva Temple, and Bababudan Hill town. All in all, with so much in its lap to explore, a trip planned to this lovely hill station won’t leave you disappointed.
Kemmanagundi was established by his highness Sri Krishnarajendra Wodeyar IV of Mysore for his summer retreat, it was maintained by the royal family that took good care of the natural landscape, roads, gardens and other necessities of the hill station. After a period of 10 yrs., Sri Krishnarajendra donated it to the Karnataka Government. Kemmanagundi is said to be a mystical land and has been mentioned in the Puranas as the “Chandra Drona Parvatha”, the medicinal herbs and the gushing waters of the region is believed to cure many diseases like cold and skin ailments. Kemmanagundi is often regarded as the Ooty of Karnataka due to its breathtaking elevating views, panoramic landscapes and endless luster of green stretch for the beholder’s eyes. There are different points for the delight of the trekkers to take, each trail has something unique to explore, like waterfalls, brooks, dams or mesmerizing flora’s that adorns the route.
Top things do in Kemmanagundi
How to reach
The hill station Kemmanagundi is situated in around 61 km from Chikmunglur, and has every convenient transport connected to it. Tourist can hire cabs or travel according to their conveyance.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest Airport is the Mangalore Airport that is at a distance of 150 km and takes around 2 hrs. to reach the city. The airport is well connected with major cities of India via a number of flights.
How to Reach by Train
Tarekere is the nearest Railway Station to Kemmanagundi. Settled 15 km away from the hill station. The station is well connected with daily trains from Mangalore and Bangalore.
How to Reach by Bus
The State Transport and Private Transport Buses serve in a huge number for the conveyance of locals and tourist to reach Kemmanagundi. Buses from connected from Chikmunglur, Bangalore, and Mangalore are easily accessible.
How to Reach by Road
The National Highway 206 and 48 connects Kemmanagundi from Bangalore. For a better picturesque long drive, tourist can take the route of Mullayyanagiri and Attigundi.
How to travel within
Private Cabs and Jeeps are available for hire to move around the city, along with tourist buses are provided by the state government and some private companies to help tourist view every site of the hill station.
Being a famous tourist destination, Kemmanagundi still give you a very limited option to choose from Cuisines. It is advisable to eat at the place you stay since they provide generous varieties for your palate. Although the local cuisine can be found in the streets and restaurants around the town that includes Sambhar, Dosa, Vada, Idli, Bisi Bele Bath, Kesari Bath, Chiroti and Mysore Pak etc.
- The Hill Restaurant
- Giri Gandharva Family Restaurant
- Forest Rest House Kemmanagundi
- Food Point Restaurant
- Stay at Nature - 2
Day 1: Getting a flight from Bangalore, we reach Kemmanagundi in the space of 2 hrs. Cabs are easily hired out of the airport. Getting there and quickly finishing the formalities of checking in the hotel we can have our lunch in the local restaurants and enjoy the cuisine of our choice. After lunch, we can visit the Shiva Temple with Kalhatti Falls and take a small drive to Rock Garden to enjoy the sunset and the view. A quick dinner and early night in the hills is always a luxury we shouldn’t miss.
Day2: After breakfast, we can hire a cab to go to the Trekking points of our choices to see the natural landscape and beauty, Kemmanagundi provides. While driving back we can visit Shanti Falls and Hebbe Falls and explore the fauna and see the wildlife in their natural habitat. The evening can be spent exploring and shopping beautiful handcraft artifacts from the city. Getting back early we can catch an early flight the next day back from Bangalore.