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Weekend Getaways Kemmangundi – A place where nature has revealed all its charm
A combination of three Kannada words, Kempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) Kemmangundi basically means a place with red soil. A well known hill station of South India, it is located in the Chikkamagaluru district. Hovering at a height of 1434m above sea level, it was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, and thus was also called by the name Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station.
Hailed by the Baba Budan Giri Range and blessed with silver waterfalls, mountain rivulets, and verdant vegetation, Kemmangundi's marvelously laid-out patterned gardens and captivating mountains and gorge views are a feast to the eyes. The magnificent sundown view from the Raj Bhavan is surly a picturesque one and it leaves the visitors spellbound with its beauty.
For adventurers, this place has so much to offer. Trekking is the most cherished activity here. With its copious natural exquisiteness, incredible scenery, sweltering waterfalls and streams, it assures a memorable trekking experience.
Another major draw of this popular hill station is the Z-point. It is a magnificent vantage place which can be reached by trekking on a precipitous mountain. Watching the sunset from this spot is a magnificent experience. Hebbe falls is another attraction, especially for tourists looking for a secluded place, falling from 168 meters height. Its water is known for its medicinal properties. Kalahatti Falls is another impressive waterfall in Kemmangundi, gushing down from 122 meters of height; it is also known as Kalahasti falls. It is a prominent religious destination for not only Hindus but Muslims as well. Shiva Temple and Rajendra Hills are the other well-known picnic spots of Kemmangundi.