The article highlights some of the most famous hill stations of Karnataka that are known for their salubrious climate and unique attractions, thus making these hill cities an ideal holiday destination.
The hill stations of Karnataka are idyllically located in and around the Baba-Budan range of mountains. Most of the hills stations are known for their scenic attractions and charming ambiance. The hill stations in Karnataka tours are a perfect havens for honeymooners, adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. ChikmagalurAmong all the hill stations in Karnataka, Chikmagalur is the most popular one. Located on the foothills of Mullayanagir ranges, around 200 kms from Bangalore, the hill station is celebrated for its verdant coffee and tea plantations. The town is filled with various natural attractions like waterfalls, forests and woods and popular temples that is flooded by pilgrims all though the year. The serene town of Chikmagalur is a famous pilgrim destination noted for its holy temples. Kodanda-Ramaswamy temple, Chennakeshaya temple and St. Joseph's Cathedral are important pilgrimage centre here. Tourists should not miss visiting the Inam Dattatreya Peetha, which is a laterite cave, around 28 kms from the main city. The town has many coffee and pepper plantations where tourists can easily find accommodation. Chikmagalur serves as a wonderful gateway to some of the most quixotic hill destinations that lies camouflaged in the beautiful hills. The Bhandra Wildlife Sanctuary is also a great place for the wildlife lovers. Trekking here is a great adventure delight and can be enjoyed on Chikmagalur tour packages. CoorgThis is one of the most illustrious names in the list of Karnataka hill stations. The area of Coorg highlights small picturesque villages with various natural attractions, as its main draw. The hill station boasts of Tadevendamol, the highest peak in the region, ideal for trekking. A trip to Coorg will also include a few temple attractions like the 200 hundred years old Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. There are many other small attractions that are located in the vicinity of the hill station. Capital (5 kms) is a beautiful hamlet. Abbey Falls, located close by is also a good attraction. Kemmanagundi The scenic hill station, Kemmanagundi, lies at a distance of 55 kms from Chikmagalur and is renowned for its cool and invigorating ambiance. The town once served as summer retreat of the Woodeyar kings. The hill station is cool through out the year and tourists can enjoy attractions like Rose Garden and Raj Bhawan. The town is best explored by trekking and tourists should not miss the nearby located Kalahasti and Hebbi waterfalls. Kemmanagundi is a perfect holiday hill station and the picturesque surroundings of the town in sure to rejoice your hearts. KodachadriAt a distance of 400 kms from Bangalore, Kodachadri is one of the most popular hill station in Karnataka. Besides, the panoramic sunrises and sunsets, the hill station also has a beautiful temple. Another important attraction here is the Mookambika Nature Reserve and the Linganakki dam. Kodachadri lies in the largest forest zone of Karnataka and exploring the area through trekking is an experience one should not miss for those planning a holiday in South India. Madikeri Located at a distance of 252 kms from Bangalore and is known for its scenic beauty. Often sobriquet as ‘Scotland of India, the hill station is boisterous with lush valleys, panoramic, uneven and trodden paths and awe-inspiring views. Plan a visit to town and enjoy some exclusive heritage monuments like Madikeri fort and temple at Bhagmandala. There are manu natural attractions around Madikeri as well. Enjoy picnicking at Harangi Dam (36 kms) and Abbey Falls (8 kms), known for their scenic attractions.
Besides the above mentioned hill stations, there are a few less explored but equally beautiful hill destinations in Karnataka as well. Kudermukh (hills and fort attractions), Biligirirangana hills (wildlife sanctuary and temple attractions), Agumbe (for great sunsets and glistening streams) and Kundadri (known for scenic views and waterfalls).
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