When to go
Summers (April to June) are the best and busiest months to visit Honnemaradu. The temperatures do not rise above 34°C during the day and early morning and evenings are pleasant. You can chose to visit during winters (November to February) but the temperatures during the night tend to drop below 10°C, so pack accordingly.
By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore (240km) and the nearest international airport in Bengaluru (370km). You can take a taxi from either airport.
By rail: Talaguppa (10km) is the nearest railhead. A night train plies daily between Bengaluru and Talaguppa.
By road: Honnemaradu is about 370 km/7-8 hours drive from Bengaluru. There are plenty of buses to Sagara, which is only a 30 minute drive away from Honnemaradu.
Once you reach Honnemaradu, there’s no need for a vehicle, as you can either walk around the island or all your transport will be taken care of by the Adventurers (camping managers). However, if you plan to stay in Sagara and visit Honnemaradu as a day-trip, then having a vehicle at your disposal is recommended. Taxis for full-day can be hired from Sagara; a sedan will cost around ₹2,000.
The Adventurers in Honnemaradu are a Tamil Nadu government-run camp organisers. They charge about ₹3,000 per person for a two-day programme which includes all meals, one night of camping in the middle of Honnemaradu Reservoir, and some activities. The price can change depending on the activities chosen. You can contact them on the following numbers – 080-3305508, 080-3409712; 9448485508; 9449004748.
Green Embassy Hotel in Sagara is a good choice for families and solo travellers with rooms starting from ₹1,863 only.
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