"Kemmannugundi", also known as Kemmanagundi is a hill station located in Tarikere Taluk of Chikkamagaluru District. It is located at a height of about 1500 mts above mean sea level. The name 'Kemmannugundi' is a combination of three Kannada words Kempu (Red), Mannu (Soil) and Gundi (Pit) and is attributed to the nature of soil available locally. The place is pristine and the monsoon rain only added to the beauty of this place. Kemmannugundi is an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore . This was summer retreat for Mysore Wodeyar Kings .
|One of the peaks of Kemmannugundi|
|The Tall Vegetation of Kalhatti|
Places to visit:
2. Hebbe Falls
3. Kalhatti Falls
4. Shanti Falls - Falls encountered en route to Z-Point
|An uniquely grown tree|
5. Raj Bhavan - A guest house and gardens maintained by the department of Horticulture (Government of Karnataka).
Places to visit nearby : Mullayangiri, Dattapeetha (Bababudangiri), Mankihyadhara Falls, Chikkamagalaru, Amruthapura, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Hulikere, and many more.
|Land of Tigers|
|Places of Interest in Chikkamagalaru|
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH4 - Tumkur - NH206 -Gubbi - Arsikere - Birur - Left Turn - SH 57 - Lingadahalli - Ballavara - Kemmannugundi.
Distance from Bangalore: 240 km
Stay/Accommodation : There are a few home stays at Ballavara. Kemmannugundi is about 13 km from here on. There are two guest houses maintained by the Horticulture Dept. at Kemmannugundi and Kalhattigiri, currently being renovated. It is supposedly very difficult to get an accommodation during the peak season. We are aware of one such, the Denton Home stay (Village in a Valley ) located close by to the Ballavara village. It comprises of a cottage, which can accommodate about 12-16 people. Hence, they rent out the cottage to one family/group at a time. Full privacy is ensured. The place is clean and well maintained. Price varies with season and also depends on the number of people.
|Denton Home Stay|
|Guest House at Kalhattigiri|
Places to Eat: Mostly, the home stays provide food on request and prior notice or is included in the package. It is very rare to find a hotel in Kemmannugundi. Cafe Coffee County is one of the few eat outs present in Ballavara.
|Cafe Coffee County|
Peak Season: Last week of September - First week of January, Last week of March - Second week of June, though our personal feeling is to visit the place during monsoon.
|Post Card From Kemmannugundi|