Hill Stations In Karnataka

1Coorg

Known as the “Kashmir of South”, what more reason one requires for visiting Coorg. The hill station is located in Karnataka.Easily one of the most attractive regions in India, Coorg or Kodagu is an enchanting expanse of natural tourist spot that nestles amid the hills and valleys of the picturesque Western Ghats. It is famous around the world for the variety of coffee and tea plantations. The landscape of the hill station is very mesmerizing with pleasant climate throughout the year.

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2 Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills known as the sunrise hills of Karnataka, 60 km from Bangalore , offers the chance to see the memorable sunrise one can ever witness. The hill station is blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year. The monsoons are the most spectacular time of year in Nandi, as the hills are all covered up by the mists, giving it a mystical sense.It is a popular hill resort with delightful climate.Tipu Sultan’s Palace, the Gandhi Nilaya,the Nehru House and the Yoganandeeswara Temple are the other attractions. The Pennar, the Palar and the Arkavati rivers originate in these hills.The Chikmanglur district is full of scenic surprises – hills, valleys, streams and snow white coffee blossoms. It is also trekker’s territory.

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3Yans

The gigantic rock formations of Yana stand proud and tall among the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada district. Located 25km from the coastal town of Kumta and 40km from Sirsi near the Chandrika River , Yana is an ideal destination for pilgrims, trekkers, and nature-lovers alike.A 16km trek through the cool and breezy hills brings you to the foot of the mountain where the rock formations begin. At the top, a stunning sight awaits you: The awesome Bhairaveshwara and Jaganmohini shikharas, or peaks. A cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva lies below these shikharas. The vagaries of time have caused these limestone structures to turn blackish brown; a profusion of beehives dots the rock surface.

4Kodachadri

Situated 100km from Shimoga and 36km from Hosanagara is this enchanting mountain, which overlooks the vast Western Ghats . Kodachadri is famed for its glorious sunrises and sunsets. The peak of Kodachadri (at an altitude of 1343 m above sea level) can be reached by a five-hour trek. On the western side, the hill descends steeply for about 1220m, meeting the forests of Udupi district. The famous temple town of Kollur is 12km away. These hills (4411ft.) constitute one of the largest forest areas in Karnataka, and part of this region forms the Mookambika Nature Reserve. Kollur is an ideal base to explore the hills. The Mookambika Nature Camp is 4km south of Kollur.

5Keemangundi

An ideal retreat of solitude and natural beauty, located in Baba-Budan range. Placed at a height of 4,702 ft above sea level, Kemmangundi has a bracing climate, mineral enriched water and a tranquil verdant mountains cape. The two waterfalls-Kalahasti and Hebbe are ideal picnic spots. BABABUDAN MOUNTAINS , 30 km from Kemmangundi, are the loftiest range of hills with a stupendous ridge. The Dattatreya Peetha here is a well known pilgrimage shrine both for the Hindus and the Muslims.

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6Kundadri

Located on Theerthahalli-Agumbe road, about 12km from Theerthahalli, Kundadri Hill is a gigantic monolithic rock formation. Surrounded by dense evergreen forests, it is a lovely place for trekking. A rough, stone-paved path leads to a Jain temple perched atop the hill. Camping in the open at Kundadri Hills on a full moon night is an exhilarating experience.

7Agumbe

If you enjoy spectacular sunsets, sparkling streams, verdant village vistas, and an unspoilt rustic ambience, Agumbe is the place for you. Situated at an elevation of 826m in Shimoga district, Agumbe provided the perfect setting for R. K. Narayan to film his novel Malgudi Days. Agumbe and its environs are full of exciting trekking routes. Forested trails lead from here to a jungle pond called Emkal Kere, a hillock called Nishani Gudda, and to Barkana Falls . Agumbe is also known as the Cherrapunji of South India.You can also stop by the 14th century temple with Hoysala-style sculptures dedicated to Lord Gopalakrishna. The sunset as seen from Agumbe is a spectacular sight and many visitors come here to watch it, especially between November and January. A microwave tower, a significant landmark of Agumbe, is located at this point.

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8Chikmanglur

The district takes its name from the headquarter town of Chikmanglur which literally means youngest daughter’s town.

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9Kudremukh

Literally means 'Horse face'. The deep valleys and steep precipices of this hill station have great natural beauty. It is also known as 'the Mining Giant of Asia' and is famous for Iron. The broad hills 95km south-west of Chikmagalur town overlook the Arabian Sea and are chained to one another by deep valleys and steep precipices. As yet ‘undiscovered’ by tourists, Kudremukh is a trekker’s paradise. Let the wonderland of lush green forests interspersed with rivers, grassy slopes, captivating cascades, rare orchids, caves, ruins, and traces of old civilizations amaze you as you trek your way through it. The best time to visit is after the monsoon when everything is lush green and the rivers, streams, and waterfalls are at their best.

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