Reviews of Kemmannugundi • 8
After resting for a while we took out our bikes and started towards Hebe falls. We went about 10 km on the Kemmangundi road after which there was a forest department barricade. The entry into the area leading to falls here on is restricted and only forest department jeeps are allowed to go inside. The reason being, first part of the ride is a private coffee plantation and the second part is a Tiger reserve. Due to danger of poachers, this area is off limits to civilians and only forest department officials are allowed to go inside.
When people say Chikmagalur, the first thing that pops up in mind is Mullayanagiri and the areas surrounding that place. Very rarely people dare to venture in new areas and discover things which are not already listed on some travel website.Z - point is one of those places, which are off the radar and still relatively unscathed by the problems of population. Let me begin by providing a little background to this trek. Z - point was part of a biking excursion in which we planned on staying in Kemmangundi and exploring the nearby areas. Z - point was under those. Kemmangundi is the last point of Chikmagalur after which there are only two places. One is Hebe falls for which there is a separate safari + hike and the other one is Z - point.
Kemmangundi - Kemmannugundi is a hill station in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru district in the state of Karnataka, India. It is 1434m above sea level. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king, it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. The station is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range, with cascades, mountain streams, and lush vegetation, Kemmangundi’s has ornamental gardens and mountains and valleys views. There is a spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan.
Where: Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka
The kemmannugundi Hill station is ringed by Baba budangiri Range , with cascades, mountain streams,Best sunset view can be seen
Historically known for summer re-treat of the Mysore Kings, this hill station near the town of Chikmanglur, Karnataka, is famous for coffee plantations, scenic valleys, lush green grasslands and of course for its cool pleasant weather.
After a peaceful sleep overnight tucked into warm blankets, it was quite difficult for us to wake up early morning on the day of trip to Kemmanagundi. However, the excitement of the journey got better of us soon, and we were ready to set off within an hour. Perched at an altitude of 1434 mtrs. above MSL, Kemmanagundi is a paradise unexplored by many of the city dwellers, and thanks to the same, the hill station has been able to retain her natural beauty, serenity and tranquility. But once upon a time, Kemmanagundi served as the host for the summer retreat of His Highness Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king, it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. As we moved uphill, we came across several bikers groups, each of them consisting of atleast 10-15 Royal Enfields or Harley Davidsons, and we really hoped that this should have been the real plan rather that coming by a hired car. Anyways, there is always time for the second chance !!! The scenic beauty of the green grasslands, ornamental flora, cloud kissed hill tops, panoramic landcapes, each of them nevertheless being breathtaking, rendered ultimate solace to our minds and souls. Now and then, the road like anyother hilly track was not so in a good shape and whenever the vehicle had to negotiate with any pothole or an undesirable elevation, our driver used to make sure the lowest portion of the chasis doesn't get hit. So, my tip - it is always better to bring a SUV instead of a small hatch back car such as Tata Indica, while planning for any trip to a hill station so that your driver remains free of worries ! Well, coming back to our road trip uphill, we came across numerable coffee estates, spice plantations and few isolated tea gardens too. One can find several waterfalls enroute, one of them being Honnamma Falls in the midst of the jungles in Kemmanagundi. The viewpoints were simply fabulous and picturesque. We didn't waste a moment getting out of the car and spending around 45 mins taking numerous snaps with those lush green grasslands as the backdrop. Upon reaching top of the Kemmanagundi hills, we trekked a bit to reach the Z-Point (a vantage point from where one can have a magnificent view of sunrise as well as sunset). Unfortunately, since we reached there at noon time, we could not witness either of these well known views. But there were other spots to visit such as the Rock Garden & the Rose Garden maintained by the Horticulture Dept., Govt. of Karnataka, who also have a guest house basically meant for the families & relatives of th State Govt. employees. One can also enjoy the Shanti Falls at the top of the hill. We in fact collected some fresh & cold water from the springs there since we had ran out of drinking water by that time. We drove downhill to Chikmagaluru which was quite effortless but not before some of us felt dizzy, and even vomited, probably due to spinning sensation that one has when the vehicles spiral around while climbing down the hilly tracks. Kemmanagundi also has recently become a well sought destination among Sandalwood based movie directors & producers. We had some meals at Chikmagaluru and bought some coffee, spices & tea before resuming our journey 2OO kms further west to the coastal town of Udupi, famous for its legendary vegetarian Carnatic cuisines & not the least, several of its Shri Krishna Temples.
Located at about 53 kms from Chikmaglur, the exciting part about Kemmannugundi is the climb up hill and ofcourse, the view. Trekking to the top point makes the experience all the more worthwhile. Spending an evening there to see the sunset is advisable.