Photo of POPULAR HILL STATIONS IN KARNATAKA 1/1 by Radhika Narasimhan

Karnataka situated on the south western region India, bordered by Arabian Sea, Laccadive sea, it is the 7th largest state in India. Two main rivers, Krishna and Kaveri flow through Karnataka. Bengaluru is its capital.

Karnataka hill stations are situated in the Malenadu region. They are filled with very rich flora and fauna, lush greens and thick jungles, which not only shows beautiful nature, but makes trips to hill stations rejuvenating and peaceful.

Here is a list of popular hill stations in Karnataka;

1. CHIKMAGALUR- Situated on the banks of Tunga and Bhadra, located on the western ghats, it is the highest peak in Karnataka. This hill station is famous for coffee plantations, waterfalls- Hubbe, wildlife-Bhadra sanctuary, Temple-Hoysala and National park-Kudremukh.

How to Reach-

By Air- Mangalore and Hubli are the nearest airports.

By Train- Birur is the main junction and from here there are connecting lines to Chikmagalur.

By Road- NH13 highway connects. Coffee and coffee powder are famous in Chikmagalur.

October to April is the best time to visit. Trekking, rafting and kayaking are famous adventure sports in Chikmagalur.

2. AGUMBE- situated on Shimoga district, it is called the Cherrapunji of south. This hill stations lies on the hilly, wet region of western ghat mountains. It is famous for, popular waterfalls-Abbi falls, Koodlu theertha falls, sunset view point, many medicinal plants, thick flora and rich fauna.

How To Reach-

By air- Mangalore is the nearest airport and 100km away is Agumbe.

By Train- Shimoga station is well connected and there are trains from here to Agumbe.

By road- There are direct buses to Agumbe.

November to February is the best time to visit Agumbe. Rafting, surfing and kayaking are famous adventure sport in Agumbe.

3. KEMMANAGUNDI - Situated on Chikmagalur district, the very name Kemmanagundi means-Red soil pit. It is called Sri Krishnsrajendra Hill station. It is popular for, ornamental gardens, picturesque valley views, sunset point, Hebbe falls and Rose Gardens.

How To Reach -

By Air - Mangalore is the nearest airport.

By Train - Birur and Kadur are near railway station.

By Road - NH 48 connects to many highways.

May to June is the best time to visit Kemmanagundi. Trekking and rafting are famous adventure sports done in kemmenagundi.

Photo of Kemmanagundi Road, Ballavara, Karnataka, India by Radhika Narasimhan

4. YANA - A hill station situated in Uttara Kannada district, is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. It is famous for thick forest, streams, Goddess Durga bronze statue cave, Swayambhu shiva lingam, and Vibhuti falls.

How To Reach -

By Air- There are flights till Bangalore and then there is flight direct to Yana.

By Road- there are direct buses to Yana from Bangalore.

By Train- from Bangalore taking a train to kumta and from there many reach Yana. Yana is famous for two massive rocks-Mohini shikara and Bhairaveshwara shikara.

Best time to visit Yana is in the month of September-October. Rock climbing, rafting and diving are famous adventure sports in Yana.

5. NERSA - It is situated at Belgaum district at an height of 762m. It is very popular for Mahadayi valley, rich flora, picturesque steepy rock region, and wildlife for bats where 40 species are seen.

How to Reach -

By Air - Bangalore is the nearest airport and from there 505km away is Nersa.

By Train - Khanapur is nearest junction.

By road - They are well connected highways. Nersa is famous for Mahadayi valley which is a famous picnic spot.

August-September are the best months to visit Nersa. Trekking and paragliding are famous adventure sports done in Nersa.

Photo of Yana, Karnataka, India by Radhika Narasimhan

6. KAKKABE - A beautiful hill station on the western ghats, famous for rich flora, thick forest and variety fauna. It is also a bird watcher paradise. This hill station is very famous for chelavara falls and Nalknad palace.

How To Reach-

By Air - Mangalore airport is the nearest. By Train- Mangalore junction is the nearest.

By Road - From mangalore the roads highways are well connected.

September to May is the best time to visit Kakkabe. Kakkabe is very famous for coffee and cardamom plantations. Rock climbing and trekking are famous adventure sports of Kakkabe.

7. COORG - It is called Kodagu, Situated on the south western part of Karnataka on the western ghats. This place is filled sigh rich flora and fauna, famous Abbey falls, Dubare elephant camp, Nagarhole national park, Bylakuppe and Cauvery nisargadhama.

How to Reach -

By Air - Mangalore is the nearest airport.

By Train - Mysore junction is well connected and 120kms away is Coorg.

By Road - There are direct buses to Coorg.

November to March is the best time to visit Coorg. Coorg is very famous for landscapes, waterfalls and misty mountains. Trekking, quad biking, river rafting are famous adventure sports.

Hill stations not only offer fresh air and coolness, they rejuvenate and make travel very enjoyable. Karnataka hill stations does the above, three years of living in Karnataka gave me a great opportunity to travel and explore and feel the peace.

Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Radhika Narasimhan


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