Kemmanagundi Tourism

Kemmanagundi Tourism

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140 Ratings & 101 Reviews

Kemmanagundi Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Adventure
  • District: Chikmagalur
Kemmanagundi is located in the district of Chikmagalur in the Baba Budan range of Karnataka. The village of Kemmanagundi is also popularly known by the name of KR Hills, named after the Wodeyar ruler, Krishnaraje Wodeyar IV. The region is covered with plantations of coffee and tea along with thick bamboo groves forming a dense forest cover.

Things to do in Kemmanagundi

Kemmanagundi is popular among tourists for trekking routes, lush foliage, mountain trails and other adventure activities. The Royal Horticultural Society has its foundation in Kemmanagundi that has helped in creating green gardens in the town. Attractions in the region the campus of the Horticulture Department, which has a rock garden along with an orchid house.

Other attractions here include the Z point from where travellers can have a complete view of the valley and it takes around 30 minutes of trekking to reach the point. Tourists can also try various attractive packages  options to tour Kemmanagundi. Shanti Falls and Hebbe Falls are the two famous waterfalls located here that offer trekking opportunities.

Kemmanagundi enjoys a pleasant climate overall. Avoid visiting this destination during the monsoon months of June, July and August. The best time to visit the destination is from September to May.

Travelling to Kemmanagundi

To reach Kemmanagundi, both public and private buses are available that connect different regions like Chikmaglur, around 55 km away, Bangalore about 295 km away and Mangalore about 190 km away, to the town. Mangalore, which is 190 km away, is the nearest airport. Tourists can hire a taxi from Mangalore by paying anything between INR 4000 to INR 5000. Tarekere is 15 km from Kemmanagundi and the closest railhead to this town.


Accommodation options in Kemmanagundi

Hotels in Kemmanagundi range from homestays and budget hotels to resorts and mountain hotels.  Most of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

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Travellers from Bangalore, Hyderabad

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Kemmanagundi Traveller Reviews

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Rajeev Lochanam

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  • Rajeev Lochanam
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 28 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  18606 readers

"Red soil and green coverage"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
This is a hill place in Karnataka, it's a small place in remote location, away from city and lonely destination.

It's usp is pristine nature and cool climate, wonderful in rainy season, except waterfall and small Park, not much to see.

Only government guest house provide basic accommodation, but book in advance, else nowhere to stay, nearby. Good for a day stopover, but strenuous to reach.

Must carry food and drinks, nothing on road side. Beware of blood sucking leeches, while trekking.

Happy place for couples or dating Pairs. Appreciate peace and harmony & chirping birdsong. Worthy of a visit in summer.
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Sreejesh Suresh

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"Serene beauty of the western ghats"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2015
This is a wonderful place for nature lovers, if you are lucky. You might spot some Tigers on the way to this place. We spent a night at government cottage which was well maintained and then trekked 2. 5 km to the top of the mountains to Z point. On the way back from the trek, we heard a tiger roared at us from the bush. We had to take an alternative route back. It was adventurous. Most part of the hill is now coffee estate. And the rest are tiger reserve.
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Surya Reddy

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  105 helpful votes
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"Kemmangundi Hill station"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
The place is situated in chickmagaluru district of Karnataka. It is a hill station which is 350 km from Bangalore. The hill station is 1400 km above the sea level with an awesome weather and full of greenery and mountains surrounding. The place is also near to the Mulayangiri mountain ranges. The trip to kemmangundi can cover the other places like mullayangiri and hebbe falls. The right season to visit this place is from June to September. Trekking and roaming are the best activities here, stay in the resort is awesome. It is worth going here for a weekend holiday.
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Prashanth Tm

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  • Prashanth Tm
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  • 4 Reviews
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"My favorite destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2013
People who love nature and the mountain view must visit this place, which is located at 270 km from Bangalore and it is 4.5 hours drive. Monsoon and winters are the best time to visit here. There are several homestays in and around this place, which would range between Rs.1,000/- to 2,000/- per person per day inclusive of dinner and breakfast.
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"Kemanagunddi is good place for..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2013
Kemanagunddi is good place for weekend trips from Banagalore. Z-point , Hebbey falls , botanical garden are main attractions .

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No Shopping , great restaurants . Just pure nature and Greenery across the hills .

Activities & things to do: Trekking

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: OCT to Feb season will be best to visit this place . If you are going with family , do the advance accommodation bookings.
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Yash Ram

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  • Yash Ram
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"Attain Nirvana"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2013
Great outdoor experiance get a layed back feel and the nature exposure at its finest, whit all you could expect from such a destination and more relax and enjoy the activities.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Average

Activities & things to do: Great

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Through a car preferably an suv
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Prakash Rajan

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"Best place to stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2013
I liked it very much and would love to visit again during winter for another weekend trip.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Nothing better than the journey to Hebbey falls.

Activities & things to do: Trekking to Z point

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Car is the best mode of transport to reach this place
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Thiyagarajan R

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  • 5 Reviews
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"Kemmanagundi stay"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2012
Accessible from all destinations and can spend good time in this location

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hebbe falls

Activities & things to do: -

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Catch a train from chennai to bangalore.From Bangalore catch train running towards Hubli.Get down at Birur Junction.Catch Cab to reach Kemmangundi(30Km travel)
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Ashok Anand

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  • Ashok Anand
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review
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"Picturesque hill destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 22, 2012
Enjoyable beautiful land scapes and breath taking valleys surrounded by anyone will like to breathe fresh air and rejoice
enjoyable holiday destination for family.Apt Chickmagalur coffee estates surrounding with falls and view points.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Last resort home stay is excellent for anyone wanting serene stay.Chickmagalur ghat roads and hotel stays and peaks with highest among them being BB hills.

Activities & things to do: Games ,picnics, falls to bathe,temples to visit.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By road will be ideal for family
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