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''Kemmangundi is a hill station is located at Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district. This picturesque hill station is situated at a height of 1434 meters above sea level. Kemmangundi is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
Delighted by the beauty of the surroundings Baba Budan Hills, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV was inspired to build his summer resort at Kemmangundi. He then donated the property to the Government of Karnataka. The Department of Horticulture now develops and maintains the station and its surroundings. ''

Kemmangundi's beautifully laid-out ornamental gardens and enchanting mountains and valleys views are a treat to the eye. The spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan is a photographer's delight. For the adventurous at heart, Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths to explore.

The pleasant weather and the scenic beauty inspired the erstwhile ruling Maharaja of Mysore to build a summer palace here. He took great care, maintained the natural surroundings, landscaped the gardens, built good roads and other conveniences, necessary for a comfortable stay. After ten years of owning Kemmannagundi, he donated this land of God's gift to the Government of Karnataka. The Horticulture Department develops and maintains the resort and the environment. Kemmannagundi is also named Sri Krishnarajendra Giridhama after his Highness. Kemmannagundi, 'The Queen of Hills' allures you with her green dense forests, fragrant flowers, rolling pastures, springs, cliffs, caves and thick clouds hanging gently over hill tops. Kemmannagundi is situated in Tarikere taluk, Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. It is about 252 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. It is 1434 meters above sea level. The maximum temperature during summer is 28 degree centigrade, and it receives a yearly rainfall of 254 cms.


Kemmanangundi is a great place to get away to at any time of the year - summer, winter and even the monsoons, a season that can be quite spectacular, with waterfalls gushing over and the trees on the hills wearing a sparkly rain-washed look.


Kallahatti Falls and Temple - 10 kilometers from Kemmannagundi, the water falls from a height of 150 feet. Lord Veerabhadreshwara is worshipped in a cave, formed by huge boulders. It is believed that the cave was formed during the reign of Krishna Devaraya.

Hebbe Falls - 8 kilometers from Kemmannagundi, water rushes down from a height of 250 feet and is called Dodda Hebbe (Big falls) and another which rushes from 200 feet high is called Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). A dip in the clean, and herbal enriched water can be refreshing. The cascade of water is surrounded by dense forests and coffee plantations.

Honnamma Falls - This is about 24 kilometers from Kemmannagundi, it is called Manikyda Dhare because the water falls as gently as a pearl drop. Legend also says that the fall was named after the saint Manikya Dhara.

Shanthi Falls - This is 1 kilometer from Hill Station.

Bababudangiri - Bababudangiri is 24 kilometers from Kemmannagundi. It is situated 1864 meters above sea level. It also looks like a crescent moon.

Horse way - A small narrow way in the creek of the hill is called the Horse way as the Maharajas used to go horse back riding here to view the spectacular sun rise and sun set.

Jagara Pass & Jagara Valley - 16 kilometers from Kemmannagundi, it is a beautiful green avenue. For wildlife lovers and enthusiasts, it is an ideal place to trek.

Shankar Sholapradesha - 5 kilometers from Kemmannagundi, the Horticulture Department has been producing true potato seeds in an area of 5 acres. In addition, various fruits, flowers and vegetables are also grown here.


In Kemmanagudi the temperature never rises above 28ºC. Summer is peak tourist season, while the crowds thin during the monsoons, making it a great time to be here.


Air: Mangalore at 225kms is the closest airport. The Bangalore airport is 260kms away from Kemmanagundi.

Rail: Trains halt at Tarakere, the nearest railhead to Kemmanagundi.

Road: State Transport buses come to Kemmanagundi from Bangalore, but the most convenient way to get here is to drive.

Fast Facts about Kemmangundi

State:  Karnataka

District: Chikmaglur

Famous for/as:  Hill Station


Best Season: September to March


Altitude:  1434m above sea level


STD code: 08262

Distance Charts to Kemmangundi

Road Map
Chikkamagaluru to Kemmangundi
53 KM
Bangalore to Kemmangundi
250 KM
Baba Budangiri to Kemmangundi
32 KM
Mangalore to Kemmangundi
184 KM


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