‘Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose’ – Walt Whitman
Do you wish to take to the open roads too? Are you a glutton for the green rolling hills of South India? If so, the glorious hill stations near Mangalore are calling you home. Countless treks, dense mist floating about every now and then, valleys illuminated by fireflies, and the hum of silvery waterfalls—all this describes the sublime hill stations of Karnataka. These hill stations are just perfect for your short and spontaneous trip from Mangalore city.
Read on to explore the attractions of these spellbinding hills stations near Mangalore and plan a trip soon.
1. Agumbe – The Cherrapunji of South India
Distance between Mangalore and Agumbe: 115 km
Located in Shimoga district, Agumbe is one of the closest weekend getaways near Mangalore boasting luxuriant rainforests and scenic Western Ghats. This scenic hill retreat receives highest rainfall in South India, hence the name ‘Cherrapunji of South India.’ Home to rare and endangered medicinal flora Garcinia, Ficus and Hoiligarna etc., forest trails here are perfect for indulging in short treks and enjoying photogenic sunset in the valleys of Agumbe.
Don’t want to miss anything in Agumbe? Read this Agumbe Village Guide to help you explore the best of Agumbe.
Things to do in Agumbe: Do explore the beautiful Jogigundi, Barkana and Theertha waterfalls. Don’t miss the perfect sunset view from the Sunset Point. Agumbe Rainforest Complex, and Gopalakrishna Temple are also worth a visit.
Stay options in Agumbe: Dodda Mane Lodge, Amthi Homestay, and Mallya Residency
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2. Kundadri Hill – Explore the ancient Jain temple in the valleys
Distance between Mangalore and Kundadri Hills: 125 km
Located by River Tungabhadra, Kundadri Hill is a perfect place to relax and revitalise. It’s one of the unexplored and spectacular hill stations near Mangalore, perched on a high hill with plenty of sparkling streams and dense forest. There is a Jain temple right on the top offering breathtaking views of the valley.
Things to do in Kundadri Hill: Trek to Mattur Lake, Dabbe Falls, Jain Temple, and Sakrebailu Elephant Camp
Stay options near Kundadri Hill: There are no hotels up in Kundadri Hill. One can stay in Agumbe.
3. Chikmagalur – The Coffee Land of Karnataka
Distance between Mangalore and Chikmagalur: 145 km
Loaded with sparkling streams and lakes, plush green hills, aromatic coffee plantations and age old temples—Chikmagalur is a popular name on the list of hill stations near Mangalore. Known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’, it is situated in Malnad region, near the confluence of River Tunga ad River Bhadra.
If you are a nature lover, relish the gorgeous beauty of the surrounding sipping a cup of lip-smacking coffee. Those who are into adventures activities can indulge in camping under the stars, trekking, and cycling on the curvy roads of Chikmagalur.
Things to do in Chikmagalur: Hanuman Gundi Falls, Mullayanagiri- highest point in Karnataka, Baba Budan Giri, Kudremukh National Park, and Sharadamba Temple.
Stay options in Chikmagalur: The Gateway Hotel, Trivik, The Serai, and Silent Valley Resort
4. Coorg – The Scotland of India
Distance between Mangalore and Coorg: 148.5 km
Coorg is a picture-postcard hill station coupled with expansive spice and coffee estates. The spectacular greenery all around, serenity, stunning hills, and misty climate make it one of the most romantic honeymoon places in South India. Popular amongst adventure enthusiasts for rafting, camping, trekking, quad biking, and elephant rides, this picturesque little town is one of the most preferred hill stations near Mangalore for a peaceful yet thrilling retreat.
Things to do in Coorg: Trek to Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Peak, and Raja’s Seat (the highest point for stunning views). You can also visit Dubare Elephant Camp and Namdroling Monastery.
Stay options in Coorg: Orange County, Vivanta by Taj, and Club Mahindra Resort Prestige Residency are popular names. There are also some beautiful and cozy homestays, including Casa Coorg, Silver Brook Estate, and Birds of Paradise.
Suggested Read: 10 Places to Visit in Coorg For a Memorable Vacation
5. Biligiriranga Hills – A refreshing visual treat for peace lovers
Distance between Mangalore and BR Hills: 175 km
Locally called BR Hills—this place looks splendid particularly during monsoon. It is one of the most incredible places near Mangalore known for its hypnotizing beauty and BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary is located at an altitude of 5,091 feet and spread across an area of 540 km.
One can spot sloth beers, elephants, porcupines, bison, deers in the sanctuary. It’s a paradise for bird lovers, as there are about 250 species of birds, including Paradise Flycatcher, Crested Hawk Eagle etc. The hill station is also a perfect spot for those who are into adventurous activities like rafting in River Cauvery.
Things to do in BR Hills : Explore BR Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, trek to Dodda Sampige Mara ( The Big Champak Tree believed to be more than 2000 years old), and visit Rangaswamy temple
Stay options in Mangalore: Champakaranya Farm House, Gorukana, K Gudi Wilderness Camp, and Nijaguna Residency
6. Kemmanagundi – Witness the beauty of gorgeous Kalahatti Falls
Distance between Mangalore and Kemmanagundi: 204 km
Kemmanagundi is one of the most sought after tourist places around Mangalore featuring stunning vistas of mist-covered mountains peaks and verdant valleys. Trekking up to the water falls through the forests is one of the most interesting things to do in Kemmanagundi. The gorgeous sunset view from Raj Bhavan will leave you speechless.
Things to do in Mangalore: Hebbe Falls, Rock Garden, Z Point, Shanti Falls, Kalahati Falls, Shiva Temple and Rajendra Hill
Stay options in Mangalore: Government Guest House run by Horticulture Department is one of the best stay options. Apart from this, there are many decent homestays like Kanthi Homestay, Z Point Homestay, Shivgiri Trails Homestay and The Last Resort.
Suggested Read: 21 Road Trips From Bangalore You Must Plan With Your Friends
7. Yana – A hiker’s paradise
Distance between Mangalore and Yana: 230 km
Surrounded by Sahyadri Range, Yana offers amazing sight of Bhairaveshwara peak and Mohini peak. Mostly frequently visited by photographers and hikers—Yana is a popular summer retreat and one of the not-to-miss hill stations near Mangalore.
The little hill village is particularly known for its 120 meters high Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and 90 meters high Mohini Shikhara, the two prominent rock outcrops made of black, crystalline Karst limestone. Yana has also been attracting devotees because of its cave temple situated below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara.
Things to do in Yana: Trek through the dense forest to reach Vibhooti Waterfall, bird watching and photography.
Stay options in Yana: There is no accommodation in Yana. There are few budget stays in Kumta (25 km) and Sirsi (40 km).
8. Nandi Hills – Scenic beauty and natural charm
Distance between Mangalore and Nandi Hills: 380 km
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway to spend time in peace, then Nandi Hills is where you should go. Locally called Nandidurg—the hills are among the most visited scenic places near Mangalore. The refreshing nirvana is also famous for bike tours through its winding roads. It offers soothing climate, easy accessibility, and splendid vistas – basically everything you expect from a laidback weekend trip.
Things to do in Nandi Hills: One can visit Tipu Sultan’s Summer Abode, Nandi Temple, Yoga Nandeeshwara, Amrut Sarovar, Muddenahalli Museum, and Tipu Drop (a steep cliff offering magnificent view). Adventure enthusiasts must try mountain biking, trekking, and paragliding in the hills.
Stay options in Nandi Hills: Mayura Pine Top (KSTDC property) and Mount Palazzo with an outdoor pool
If you’re game for some fun and adventure this weekend in the hill stations near Mangalore, then pack your bags and get going!
Further Read: 15 Romantic Honeymoon Places In South India
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