An 8-hour drive from Bangalore, along the muddy mountainous tracks and hairpin turns, the picturesque hill station of Kemmangundi is enchanting for any who wishes to visit it.
A summer retreat for erstwhile Wodeyar ruler, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV it has beautiful laid gardens, magnificent mountain ranges and splendid valleys, excellent visual treat for the tourists.
Kemmangundi hill station has spectacular waterfalls cascading along its slopes, excellent animal life and rare species of plants. Trekkers climbing along the mountainous terrains enjoy the picturesque view. The sunset view from the Raj Bhavan can be a photographer’s ideal subject. With base in Tarikere which is 35 kms from Kemmangundi, trekkers climb the hill slopes to enjoy the panoramic view of the verdant valleys below. The adventurous scale the peaks and explore the jungle of Kemmangundi hill station.
About 10kms from Kemmangundi hill station Karnataka, Kalhatti Falls is mesmerizing offering an excellent view of the cascading water from the Chandra Drona Hill from 45m above in front of the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Just about 8 kms from Kemmangundi hill station is Hebbe Falls which is surrounded with dense forests and coffee plantations and cascade down from 250 feet to Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe, two stages.
Baba Budangiri Range which 32 kms from Kemmangundi hill station is famous for the Inam Dattatreya Peetha, a religious place frequented by both Hindus and Muslims.
There is a laterite cave that is believed to have been sanctified by Dattatreya Swami as well as Hazrath Dada Hayath Mir Kalandar. Annual jatra and urus are celebrated with great festivities.
If you are planning a trip to the Kemmangundi hill station in Karnataka you would be enjoying trekking the scenic mountain slopes, bird watching and visiting the magnificent falls.