Kemmanagundi Hills near UdupiThe Kemmanagundi Hill is a beautiful range located in the Chikkamagaluru, very near to Udupi. This place is also renowned as a spectacular sun set point. The place has derived its name from three words. First is Kempu meaning red, second, Mannu meaning soil and lastly from Gundi meaning pit. Combining the three it means a place with red soil. This place was first owned by Krishnaraja Wodeyar. Then he later on went on to hand over the hills to the Karnataka Government. At present the Government’s prime responsibility is to take care of the Horticulture activities of the hills and let us assure you that they are doing one hell of a job in maintaining this area. They are maintaining it truly well and they have earned great success in attracting tourists. The place contributes hugely to Karnataka tourism.
Attractions at Kemmanagundi HillsThere are also many beautiful scenic places nearby Kemmanagundi like the Z-point where you can reach in 45 minutes. This place is famous for its breathtaking panoramic view of sunrise. Shanthi falls is also a lovely water fall where you can chill out with your family and enjoy the sound of gushing waters. There is a famous rose garden in the area famous for its collection of variety of roses. Hebbe Falls is just 8 kms from the Raj Bhawan. Open jeeps are available to take you on a perfectly nice ride. You must know that this area is restricted because of tigers. There is another water fall which is definitely worth the visit; Kalahasthi falls and you can enjoy the fantastic view of water plunging into thin air from a height of 122 meters. The place also has a historical importance.
Other than waterfalls there is Mullayangiri; the tallest peak of the hills. You need to be careful while visiting the spot because roads leading to the spot are very dangerous and can prove to be very uncomfortable if you do not know how to drive on a hilly terrain. It is advised to hire a professional driver to take you up the hill. The roads can get extremely narrow and risky. If you are planning a trip to the hills soon, it will definitely turn out to be an adventurous journey for you. You will love this place and enjoy its beauty.
Kemmanagundi has basically three seasons; winter, summer and monsoon. The entire range of hill is covered with green pants and tress which make it all the more beautiful and also helps maintain a cool atmosphere through out the year.
Hope after knowing about its magnificent scenic beauty, pleasant climate and a host of other attractive nearby attraction to look out, you will definitely plan a holiday to the place soon. There are proper accommodation facilities available too so you don’t have to worry about your stay. The most popular staying accommodation is the Guest House of the Horticulture department. There are many cottages available and booking is done in advance. There are other budgetary hotel options too which will not burn a hole in your pocket. The Kallathi village, famous for the Kallathi waterfalls too has a number of guest house options which are pocket friendly.
Reaching Kemmanagundi HillsYou can take the NH- 206 from Chikkamagaluru if you are going by road. Throughout your journey you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the country-side. Birur is the nearest railway station and is only 33 kms away. You can also take a flight from Mangalore or Bangalore.
But mere reading this article is not enough to know about this magnificent destination, you have to visit and take in the experience yourself. What we can assure you here is that going there is a really good decision and you will be able to visit a lot of places within your budget. It definitely is an economical tour.
So, what are you waiting for? Rush, book your tickets and collect all necessary information and explore the place.