KARNATAKA

 Hill stations in Karnataka

Agumbe

Renowned as the Cherrapunji of South India, the hill station of Agumbe is famous for its scenic beauty and bio-diversity. Nestled on top of the Someshwara Ghat, Agumbe is located 380 kilometers from Bengaluru and is among best hill stations in Karnataka. Located in Shimoga district of state of Karnataka, Agumbe receives 7,640 millimeters of mean annual rainfall, which is the second highest annual rainfall in the country.

Agumbe - hill stations in Karnataka

Agumbe and its environs are full of fascinating trekking routes. Forested trails lead from right here to a jungle pond called Emkal Kere, a hillock known as Nishani gudda, and to Barkana falls. The sunset as seen from Agumbe is one of the spectacular sight and a lot of visitors come right here to watch it, particularly between November and January. A microwave tower, a famous landmark of Agumbe, is located here. This capital of King Cobra snake is renowned for dense forests and the tourists who like wild safari need to check out this place.

Most tourists look at Agumbe to trek through its forests or to check out the waterfalls here. The mountain slopes plus the forest surrounding it make for adventurous and challenging workout. Trekking towards the Kudlu theertha Falls or Nishani gudda guarantees you a lifetime experience. The ideal time to visit Agumbe is during monsoon, when the hill station is full with sparkling streams and various waterfalls.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Agumbe are-

Onake Abbi Falls

Theerthahalli

Kunchikal Falls

Udupi

 

Kudremukh

Ninety-five kilometer southwest of Chikmaglur town is Kudremukh hill station. It got its name due to the horse-faced range that looks over the Arabian Sea. Located at 1894 meters above the sea level the mountain ranges here interlinked with one another with deep vales and sharp cliffs. Various caves and mountain tracks still left unexplored within the hill station of Kudremukh. It is a truly trekkers delight to trace out new paths to reach the summit.

Kurinjal Peak at Kudremukh - Hill stations in Karnataka

 

The moist weather and lavish vegetation supports a tremendous variety of wildlife. It includes chitals, barking deer, gaurs, sambhar, and Malabar giant squirrels, Langurs, macaques, flying squirrels, porcupines, wild boars and mongoose. The woodlands near this area are also house to tigers, jackals, leopards and wild dogs. The Kudremukh Iron Ore Firm conducts mining operations and transportation from the ore as slurry, through a pipeline for the port at Panambur near Mangalore. You will find spectacular view on the sunset and sunrise which make a person amazed.

Rich in flora and fauna, Kudremukh hill station of Karnataka has lush green forests, cascading waterfalls, grassy slopes, silent brooks and uncommon orchids. It really is an ideal destination for tourists to spend their vacation here as it is among best hill stations in Karnataka.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Kudremukh are-

Jamalabad Fort

Kudremukh National park

Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls

Lakya Dam

Horanadu

 

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills is the city’s extremely beautiful hill-station, 60 km from Bangalore at a height of 1455 meters above sea level. Nandi Hills is ideal for a quiet break with leisurely strolls along the several pathways. Additionally, it delivers hang-gliding facilities for adventure enthusiasts. Nandi Hills got its name in the ancient Dravidian temple devoted to the Nandi Bull statue that is located right here, and Nandi is believed the mount of Lord Shiva. Two Nandi Temples are present here, one is in the village at foot hills plus the other is at the top of the hill.

Nandi Hills Bangalore

Nandi Hills was earlier recognized as Ananda Giri through the reign of your Cholas, which stands for the ‘Hill of Happiness’. As per myths, the name might have originated with the visit of Yoga Nandeeshwara who also conducted penance here. As per a further belief, the resemblance in the hills to the sleeping Nandi Bull gave the name to this spot. Nandi Hills is popular for its rolling green slopes that surround the Amrit Sarovar Lake. It is considered sacred as it is the source of rivers for instance Palar, Arkavati, and Pennar, which joins with River Cauvery on their additional course. The moist evergreen forests on the Nandi Hills present the organic habitat for diverse species of wildlife, such as the Shaheen Falcon, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Uropeltidae snakes, Pill millipedes, along with the endemic Yellow-throated Bulbuls.

There are plenty of trekking trails at Nandi Hills that go around the Fort, which also deliver wonderful views of the scenic surroundings.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Nandi Hills are-

Tippus Drop

Amrita Sarovar

Bhramashram

Muddenahalli

Nehru Nilaya

Yoganandeeshwara Temple

 

Kemmangundi

It is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district in Karnataka at a height of 1434m above the sea level. Ringed by the Baba Budan Giri range, blessed with mountain streams, silver cascades, and lush vegetation, and beautifully laid-out decorative gardens, charming foothills and valleys views makes it an important destination in Karnataka tourism. The spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer’s delight. It presents many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore.

kalhatty-falls - Kermmangundi, Karnataka

The pleasant weather and the scenic beauty inspired the erstwhile ruling Maharaja of Mysore to create a summer palace here. He took extreme care, maintained the all-natural surroundings, and landscaped the gardens, built very good roads as well as other conveniences, required for any comfy stay. Shortly after ten years of owning Kemmannagundi, he donated this land to the Government of Karnataka. The Department of Horticulture develops and maintains the resort and the environment here. Kemmannagundi, ‘The Queen of Hills’  in South India allures you with the green dense forests, rolling pastures, springs, cliffs, fragrant flowers,  caves and dense clouds hanging gently over top of the hill.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Kemmangundi are-

Raj Bhavan

Z point

Rose garden

Hebbe Falls

Kalhattii falls

Horse way

 

Biligiriranga Hills

It I also called BR Hills, is situated 5091 feet above sea level in between the Western and Eastern Ghats in Karnataka. The hills are inside the Yelandur and Kollegal Taluks of Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. The majority of BR hills are taken up by the BR Hills wildlife sanctuary which is a protected reserve by the government. It has a wide range of species of animals, birds, and insects. Additionally, it features a wide range of plants and trees with more than 800 species. It is also a main Tiger reserve. The sanctuary covers an area of more than 540 km, and it has varied temperature.

Tiger Reserve at B.R Hills Karnataka

 

The forests have been famous for the Gaur, a Asian bovid. There are about 26 species of mammals recorded in the sanctuary. The hills are famous for the temple of Lord Ranganatha or Lord Venkatesha that is situated on the highest peak with the hill variety, around the ‘white cliff’ which gives the hill its name. The local form of the deity is known as Biligiriranga and is depicted within a unique standing position.

The other animals are sambhar, chital, the shy barking deer that are quite common here along with the rare four-horned antelope. Carnivores include leopards, wild dogs, tigers, small cats and sloth bears. June to October is ideal time to go to when the animals come out for water. There’s wide variation in imply temperature. 9°C to 10°C minimum temperature and 20°C to 38°C maximum temperature.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Biligiriranga are-

Biligirirangaswamy Temple

Dodda Sampige Mara

Biligirirangaswamy Sanctuaryy

Kanchikote

Himvad Gopalaswamy Hills

Rath Festival

 

Madikeri Hills (COORG)

Madikeri is amongst the most stunning hill stations located inside the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is also known as Mercara exactly where tourist can enjoy a cool weather even in summer season. Madikeri is renowned as the Scotland of India, the headquarters of Coorg District, and is one of the best hill stations in Karnataka. This beautiful place is in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1,170 m above sea level, 252 Km from Bangalore and 120 Km from Mysore.

Nisargadhama Hanging Bridge at Coorg

 

This lovely hill station has been enchanting the travelers with its lush green, mist-clad hills and forests that have vast coffee plantations and breath-taking views. Madikeri is the land of the Kodavas. Kodavas have distinctive dresses, the men wearing wrap-around robes (costumes) known as the Kupya and the women having a unique style of wearing the sari. They have many distinctive practices like carrying ceremonial knives, and martial war dances. Madikeri is also renowned for its cuisine especially non-vegetarian delicacies. Pork of here is the special food item. The best time to visit is between the months of September to April.

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Madikeri are-

Abbey Falls

Iruppu Falls

Cauvery Nisargadhama

Talacauvery

Bhagamandala

Virajpet

Dubare Forest

Harangi Dam

 

Kodachadri

Kodachadri is located at a distance of 115 km from Shimoga town. It is the highest peak at an altitude of 1343 m above sea level of Shimoga district in Karnataka state. Located in the center of the Mookambika National Park, it is home to several endemic and vulnerable species of flora and fauna. It is renowned for its amazing sunrise and sunset. The primary attraction of Kodachadri is “Sarvajna Peetha” which is on the hilltop. It’s believed that philosopher “Adi Shankaracharya” performed meditation at this place. The nearest base to Kodachadri hills is Kollur, which is at a distance of 20 kilometers. It forms a scenic backdrop from the popular Mookambika temple in Kollur.

Arasinagundi falls at Kodachadri - Hill stations in Karnataka

Kodachadri is a popular trekking spot. The starting point for trekking is the Kodachadri Gate or Nittur village. Carry along water and snacks. The complete trekking route reflects nature’s bounty. Greenery as well as the pleasant smell of mountain plants and trees fills the air with unique aroma. The fresh crisp air plus the clear waters flowing down the hills quench the thirst of each and every trekker. En-route, trekkers can encounter the well-known Agathya theertha falls. September to January is the best season to visit at this one of the best hill stations in Karnataka.

 

Main Tourist Attractions in and around Kodachadri are-

Sarvajna peeta

Venkatarayana Durga

Moola Mookambika Temple

Belakallu theertha

Arasinagundi falls

Hidlumane waterfalls

Chitramoola

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