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Kemmannugundi - The Royal Resort


Situated in the Tarikere Taluq of Chikmagalur District in Karnataka, Kemmannugundi Hill Station is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri Hills. It is an enchanting place with high hills, cascading waterfalls, dense forests and lush grasslands.

Because this region was the favoured retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, and it owes much of its development to him, Kemmannugundi is also known as K. R. Hills in his honour. He laid out roads, built landscaped gardens and converted this hill into a luxurious vacation spot for himself, but took care to preserve the beautiful riches that nature had bestowed on this region.

He later donated this place to the Government of Karnataka and this resort is now maintained by the Horticultural Department of Karnataka.

What To See And Do Here

Kemmannugundi has so many sights to see and things to do that it will not be easy to cover them all in a day.

Tourist Places In And Around Kemmannugundi

The Z Point is a high point on a steep hill, and it is a climb of about 30 minutes. From the top, tourists can get a magnificent view of the surrounding region, including the gently trickling Shanthi Falls. The Hebbe Falls, a fascinating two stage waterfall, is located near the place. Kalatti Falls, also known as Kalahasti Falls or Kalathagiri Falls, is located nearby and rushes down from a height of 120 m.

There is a temple in this place belonging to the Vijayanagara period. Mullayanagiri and the Bhadra Tiger Reserve are also ideal spots to visit near Kemmannugundi. Adventure enthusiasts are sure to love the many options present here. This is an ideal weekend destination for those who live in the nearby cities in Karnataka.

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How to Reach Kemmannugundi

  • By Road
    Regular buses for Kemmannugundi are available from Bangalore (295 km), Mangalore (190 km) and Chikmagalur (55 km). Tourists can avail KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses to reach the hill station from Bangalore.
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  • By Train
    Tarikere Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Kemmannugundi, situated at a distance of about 15 km. The railway station is well connected to cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis to reach the beautiful hill station of Kemmanagundi from here.
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  • By Air
    Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport, served by domestic flights from several destinations across the country. Previously known as the Bajpe Airport, it is situated at a distance of about 190 km from the destination. The flights also connect to Middle East countries as well as some of the major cities and towns in India. Bangalore International Airport is situated at a distance of about 295 km and is ideal for tourists coming from across the globe.
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