The picturesque hill station of Kemmanagundi is located at a height of 1434m above sea level. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV. Ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and blessed with silver cascades, mountain streams and lush vegetation, Kemmanagundi’s beautifully laid-out ornamental gardens, enchanting mountains and valleys views are a treat for the eye. The spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer’s delight. For the adventurous at heart, Kemmanagundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate
jungle paths to explore.
Reasons to visit Kemmanagundi
- View from Z Point: Primary reason to visit Kemmanagundi, offers a pristine view of Western Ghats as far as your eyes can reach.
- Shanti Falls: 1 km from Z point accessible by trekking
- Hebbe Falls: 8 kms from Kemmanagundi, accessible by trek or by hiring 4×4 jeeps.
- Rock Garden
- Rose Garden
- Kalhatti Falls: 10 kms from Kemmanagundi, a small waterfall over elephant-shaped rocks, with a temple (VeeraBhadreshwara Swamy Temple) right inside waterfalls.
Timings to visit Kemmanagundi: Kemmanagundi is accessible between 6 AM and 6 PM on all days.
Places to visit near Kemmanagundi: Mullayyanagiri (68 kms), Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary (53 kms), Ayyana Kere (58 kms) are some of the attractions to visit along with Kemmanagundi.
How to reach Kemmanagundi:
By Air: Mangaluru is the nearest airport (180 kms)
By Train: Birur junction is the nearest railway station and bus station.
By Road:Kemmanagundi is 250 kms from Bengaluru and needs to be visited by road from Chikamagalur (60 kms) or from Birur (33 kms) on BH Road (Bengaluru Honnavara Road). Taxis can be hired from nearby cities such as Birur, Shivamogga (72 kms), Bhadravati (51 kms) or Chikmagalur to visit Kemmanagundi.
Places to stay near Kemmanagundi: The Horticulture Department runs a guest house in Kemmanagundi. Several luxury resorts and homestays operate in Chikmagalur district.