Kemmanagundi is a hill station located in Krishna Rajendra Hills (KR Hills) of Chickamagalur district. Its a beautiful hill station with breathtaking views of the valleys amidst mountain streams and lush vegitation. In Kannada Kemmanagundi means place with red soil. Its a hill station maintained by Horticultural Department of Karnataka. The department grows a lot of ornamental plants here. Views of the sunset offered from Raj Bhavan is mesmerising. The attractions at Kemmanagundi are Z-point, Kallathigiri Falls, Hebbe Falls and Rock Garden.
Visiting during the winter and early summer is apt for enjoying the natural beauty to the fullest. August to February is the best time.
There are only government run guest houses at the hill station. They provide both food and accommodation. Prior booking is essential for staying. For booking during season contact Department Head Office,Lalbagh, Bangalore ph 080-26611925, 26571925 Off season booking Horticulture Department Guest House, Kemmanagundi ph 08262-24126, 235334 Other options for stay is at Chickamagalur.
Route 1: Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arsikere - Birur - Lingdahalli - Kemmanagundi.
Through route 2 you will have to drive 30km extra. Through Route 1 you can reach till Birur by direct KSRTC or Railway services from Bangalore. From Birur private buses are available to Lingdahalli. From Lingdahalli there are only few buses to Kemmanagundi which goes through Ballavara. Through Route 2 till Chickamagalur you can get KSRTC bus. From there private buses are available to Bababudangiri. From there only very few cabs/jeeps are available to Kemmanagundi.