Kemmangundi: Also known as K.R. Hills after the
Wodeyar King - Krishnaraja Wodeyar, who had made it his favorite
summer camp, Kemmangundi is at a height of 1,434 meters and is
surrounded by thick forests and a salubrious climate through out
the year. It is surrounded by the Baba Budan Giri range and
blessed with silver cascades of mountain streams and lush
vegetation. Its beautifully laid out ornamental gardens and
enchanting mountain and valley views are a treat to the eye.
Spectacular sunsets are a must see from various locations in the
district, even from the Raj Bhavan. For the adventurous,
Kemmangundi offers many peaks to scale and intricate jungle paths
to explore. This place has a beautiful rose garden and other
Kudremukh: 95 km southwest of
Chikmagalur town is Kudremukh range, so named because of
the unique shape of the Kudremukh peak. Overlooking the Arabian
Sea, the broad hills are chained to one another with deep valley &
steep precipices. Situated at 1,894.3 meters above sea level,
Kudremukh is rich in iron ore deposits. The Kudremukh Iron Ore
Company conducts mining operations, benefaction and transportation
of the ore as slurry through pipelines to the port at Panambur
Mullayanagiri: Mullayanagiri is
part of the Baba Budan Giri Hill Ranges here. It stands 1930
meters tall and is the tallest peak in Karnataka. Its height is
famous mostly for watching sunsets from. It is 16 km from
Chikmagalur town. Driving to
Mullayanagiri is worth taking a risk. On the way is Sitalayanagiri
where the water in the Shiva temple neither increases nor
decreases. The road to Mullayanagiri is very narrow with a views
from steep cliffs. Driving to the peak is not possible and
includes a trek up the hill from the half way point. From the
topmost point of the hill the Arabian Sea is visible on clear
days. The small hillock in the temple compound is the highest
point in Karnataka. It is a great trekking spot in Karnataka.
Baba Budan Giri (Datta Peeta): To the north of
Chikmagalur town is the Baba Budan Giri Range or Chandra
Drona Parvatha as it was known in the ancient times, which has one
of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the
Nilgiris. The peak takes its name from the Muslim saint, Baba
Budan, who resided here more than 150 years ago.
It is a waterfall near the famous pilgrim centre Baba Budan Giri
Dattatreya Peetha where water spills down like small pearls giving
the visitors a memorable shower bath.
Just 10 km away from Kemmangundi is Kallahathigiri falls, also
known as Kalahasti falls. Water cascades down from the top of the
Chandra Drona hill from a height of 122 meters amidst fascinating
scenery. There is an old Veerabhadra temple dedicated to Lord
Shiva, constructed in a gap between rocks. This temple can be
approached after crossing the waterfall.
This beautiful waterfall is over 10 km away from the famous hill
station, Kemmangundi. Here water streams down from a height of 168
meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka
Hebbe (Small Falls).
This is a beautiful waterfall on the way to Z-Point in Kemmangundi.
Hanumana Gundi Falls:
Located 32 km. from the Kalasa, the waterfall has water falling on
to Natural rock formations from a height of more than 100 feet (30
This is a waterfall located in the Kudremukh National Park.
90 km west of Chikmagalur town is Sringeri situated on the banks
of Tunga, a Vedic Peetha established by Sri Adi Shankara, the
exponent of the Advaita philosophy in 9th Century A.D. It is
famous for Vidyashankara Temple originally constructed by the
Hoysalas and later completed by the founders of the Vijayanagar
Empire and Sharada temple, an early 20th. century addition. In the
Vidya Shankara shrine, there are 12 zodiac pillars, which are so
constructed that the rays of the sun fall on the pillar
corresponding to the month.
Horanadu is 100 km southwest of Chikmagalur and has an ancient
Annapoorneshwari Temple, which has been renovated recently. With
the installation of the new image of Adi Shakti, now the temple is
called Adi-Shaktyatmaka Shri Annapoorneshwari. The place attracts
lots of pilgrims who are provided free boarding and lodging by the
Kalasa is 92 km southwest of Chikmagalur and situated on the banks
of the river Bhadra. It is surrounded by lofty hills of the
Western Ghats and is looked upon as one of the pancha-kshetras on
the banks of the Bhadra. Close by are the pancha theerthas, the
five sacred ponds. On a small hillock here is the Kalaseshwara
temple in dedicated to Ishwara, with a Kshetrapala shrine of soap
stone in Hoysala style nearby. The Madhawacharya bande, a large
boulder at one of the theerthas here, is supposed to have been
placed by Shri Madhawacharya the founder of the Dvaita school of
philosophy. A statue of this acharya is carved on the upper
portion of the rock.
Guru Dattatreya Bababudanswamy Darga:
Situated on the Baba Budan Giri is the Inam Dattatreya Peetha
venerated by the Hindus and the Muslims alike. A laterite cave
here is believed to have been sanctified by the residence of
Dattatreya Swami as well as Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khalander. The
worship here is conducted by a fakir and the annual jatra or urs
is attended by both Hindus and Muslims with great fervors.
67 km north of Chikmagalur, Amrithapura is known for the
Amritheshwara temple built in 1196 A.D by Amriteshwara Dandanayaka,
a general of the Hoysala ruler Veera Ballala II. Delicacy of
touch, originality of design and fine features have made this
temple one of the notable structures of the Hoysala period.
Located 29 km southeast of Chikmagalur town on the Chikmagalur-Javagal
road and 10 km north west of Halebidu, Belavadi is famous for
Ornate temple of Veeranarayana. Belavadi is also famous for the
temple of 'Udbhava Ganapathi'.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary:
Occupying 495 kmē. of wildlife sanctuary and Project tiger
reserve, this region is an important watershed of the Tungabhadra
river. The huge reservoir here is the main water supply to several
districts in the rain shadow regions of south Karnataka. The
forests here are rich in Bamboo and birds species unique to both
the Malabar and Sahyadri ranges.
Kudremukh National Park:
The Kudremukh National Park (latitudinal range 13°01'00" to
13°29'17" N, longitudinal range 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the
largest declared Wildlife Protected Area (600 kmē) of a tropical
wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. The Western
Ghats is one of the twenty-five hot spots identified for
bio-diversity conservation in the world. Kudremukh National Park
comes under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, under the
format developed jointly by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
and World Wide Fund-USA.