India’s most amazing tourist destination Karnataka is also the house of rich natural beauty and charm that fascinate travellers from all across the world. Filled with a plethora of tourist destinations along with rich charming natural sceneries, the place offers a spectacular view to natural landscapes, cultural heritage and exceptionally marvelous waterfalls, which all makes this place a paradise for nature lovers and make your South India tours a memorable one.
Along with numerous of heritage sites, the state of Karnataka also boast numbers of hill stations which makes a perfect weekend gateway for the locals and travellers. Here we are going to discuss about the best hill stations in Karnataka. Exploring these hill stations will definitely going to be a pleasing experience for your India tours.
Kemmannugundi is a pleasing hill station of South India. The hill station is located at an elevation of 1434 m above the sea level. The place also served as the summer retreat of Krishna raja Wodeyar IV and it was formerly known as the Sri Krishnarajendra Hill station. Word Kemmannugundi is derived from three Kannada language words – Kempu (red), Mannu (Soil) and Gundi (Pit) which means the land of red soil pit. Kemmannugundi is surrounded by the pristine cascades, majestic lush mountains and plush vegetation, Kemmannugundi is indeed an apple of eye for all nature lovers. Travellers who visit this place love to watch sunset view from the Raj Bhavan. For all adventure lovers, there are many trekking trails in this hill station. Travelers can also spend their time at picnic spots and enjoy the nature walks like Z point. Serving as a home to Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka, the place is filled with some really good spectacular gardens.
Best Time To Visit –
Generally the place boasts a cool weather round the year, but according to the seasonal changes, the weather also face slight change in it. Months from March to May and August to November are considered as the best time to visit Kemmangundi.
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Popularly known as the Karnataka’s own Coffee land, Chikmagalur is another charming hill station of Karnataka. The place is located in the foothills of Chandra Dhrona hill range. This hill range is featuring as the home to the Mullayanagiri peak. The word chikmagalur means the town of the younger daughter, as it was offered as a gift to daughter of local chief.
Best Time to Visit –
The temperature of this place varies from 11 to 20 degree Celsius during the winter season which reaches to 25 degree in summers. The best time visit Chikmagalur is in between the months of September to November. The weather during this time remains pleasing.
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Charming, pleasing and plush Madikeri in Karnataka is a pleasing hill station of South India which is also known with its other name, Mercara. Due to the scenic beauty of this place, Madikeri is serving as the best tourist destination in South India. The place was formerly known as Muddu Raja Keri which means the town of Mudduraja who ruled this area from 1633 to 1687. The place boasts an amazing history which dated back to 2nd century AD to the reign of Kadambas. After being in the hands of many dynasties, the place came into the hands of British India in 1834 AD.
Best Time To Visit Madikeri –
Beautiful and pleasing Madikeri is listed among the best hill station in South India. Located in Western Ghats, the place temperature remains cool throughout the year. The average temperature of this place remains in between 24 degree Celsius. The best time to visit Madikeri is in between June to October when weather remains cool and pleasing.
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Featuring as the 10th highest peak of Karnataka, Kodachadri is serving as the best tourist destinations in South India. The place is located on the Western Ghats in South India, the place has declared as natural heritage site by the Government of Karnataka. The place has got its name from two words Kutuja and Adri which means Jasmine of the hill. Kodachadri is a house of many attractions also which make your Karnataka tours more exciting. These places are as follows Sarvajna Peetha, Ganesha Guha, Hidlumane Falls, Nagara Fort, Sunset and many more. The major attraction of this place is the Mookambika National Park which is surrounding the mountain peak. This national park is compact with variety of flora and fauna that includes Malabar pied Hornbill, grey hornbill, langur and many more species.
Best Time To Visit Kodachadri –
Filled with the numbers of travellers round the year, Kodachadri is one of the best places to visit in India. People from all over the world travel to this scenic place throughout the year, but the best time to visit Kodachadri is in between the months of October to March. One thing you need to take care during your visit to this place is Leeches which are available in high numbers due to thick vegetation.
Located on the Western Ghats ranges Gangamoola is a beautiful hill station that plays an important role in Karnataka tourism. The hill station is also known for being a major source of three rivers, Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi. Situated above 1458 meters above the sea level, the place lies in the vicinity of Kudremukh National Park. Today Gangamoola is featuring as the UNESCO declared world heritage site and is a paradise of bird lovers. There are approximately 107 species of birds in here which are staying here due to the tall trees of Myristica Dactyloides.
Best Time To Visit Gangamoola –
Being a prominent hill station, Gangamoola though is visited by thousands of travellers from across the world round the year, yet there is certain best time to visit Gangamoola, and off-course monsoon is certainly not a right time to visit this place. Travellers are advised to plan their trip to Gangamoola during the months of February, October, November and December.
All these above given 5 hill station of Karnataka are pleasing and enchanting. These places have all the things in it which make your India holidays a memorable one. With a wide range of accommodation options available here, one can choose the stay option of his/her choice.