Karnataka is one of the most underrated states of South India. Most tourists are lured by the beaches in Goa and the landscapes of Kerala without ever realizing that the state of Karnataka offers both clear waters and myriad landscapes. Karnataka remains unexplored and yet it has so much to offer to honeymooning couples, young travelers and people from all walks of life who are looking to break free from their hectic schedules to seek solace .
Here’s a list of the 10 best hill stations in Karnataka that will rejuvenate your senses and send surplus amounts of oxygen down your windpipe.
1. Nandi Hills
One of the most popular Karnataka hill stations is the legendary Nandi Hills – a Hilltop with an ancient fortress. Besides being picturesque and serene, it is popular amongst bikers who enjoy the ride to the top of the hill and the thrill of the zig-zag roads while riding down. Trekkers often take up the challenge of hiking up to Nandi Hills.
Where to stay: Nehru house has well furnished rooms available for tourists. There’s a vegetarian restaurant run by the Horticulture department.
Places of interest: Amruth Sarovar – a beautiful lake. Tipu Sultan’s fort, Tippu drop, Secret passages.
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Coorg is a scenic & soothing hill station in Karnataka. Besides the lush green slopes, nestled on the hills of Coorg, is the quaint Namdroling Tibetan settlement. Coorg is the perfect recipe to destress.
Where to stay: Club Mahindra, Vivanta by Taj, The Tamara, The Windflower resort and Spa, Orange County
Places of interest: Abbey falls, go rafting in the river Barapole and quad biking, visit Iruppu Falls
Located at the foot of the Mullayanagiri Range, Chikmagalur is a full of hills and gorgeous views. Cycle on the winding roads, trek up to the summit, Camp under the stars. Chikmagalur will make you want to give up your day job and retire.
Where to stay: The Serai, Gateway Hotel, Kalgreen Valley resort, Silent Valley Resort
Places of interest: Sringeri Mutt, Trek up Mullayanagiri mountain, Kudremukh Peak, Hanuman Gundi Falls
Agumbe is the Cherrapunji of South India is 45 kms from Udupi. The best hill station in Karnataka is famous for its adjoining rainforest & verdant slopes.
Where to stay: Agumbe doesn’t have any hotels. There are decent places to stay around 20 kms from Agumbe like Hotel Advaith Lancer, Kalgreen Valley resort
Places of interest: Check out the various species of reptiles, birds and animals in the rainforest. Koodlu Theertha Falls, Jogigundi Falls
5. Biligiri Hills
Biligiri Hills is 120 kms from Mysore. The forests at Biligiri are teeming with wildlife and are a nature lover’s delight.
Where to stay: Aksaa BR Hills, Ambuja Farms, The Serai Bandipur, Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel
Places of interest: Visit the Dzogchen monastery, Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, Biligiri Ranganath Hills
185 kms from Mangalore City, Kemmanagundi is a popular hill stations amongst the students down south. It forms a part of the Chikamagalur district & is an ideal summer retreat to beat the heat and stress.
Where to stay: Kemmanagundi Homestay, The Planters Court, Gateway Hotel
Places of interest: The Z point at Kemmanagundi is worth a visit, The Bhada Wildlife sanctuary has a very well maintained forest, Trek to the top.
Gangamoola is a hidden picturesque hill station and one of the cool places in Karnataka. Enveloped by dense forests and it is the origin point of the three rivers Tungabhadra and Netravathi.
Where to stay: SK Regency, Goodearth Homestay
Places of interest: temple of Goddess Bhagavathi and a 1.8 m Varaha image inside a cave. Gangamoola cannot be visited during the monsoons.
8. Kundadri Hill
Kundadri is a huge monolithic rock 3000 feet above sea level. The view from the top is a sight to behold. Kundadri is the perfect place to unwind and let go of all stress.
Where to stay: Royal Orchid, Surya Comforts, River view farm stay
Places of interest: Jog Falls, Mattur Lake, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Tiger and Lion Safari, Dabbe Falls
25 Kms from Kumta, Yana is amongst the most mesmerizing hill stations in Karnataka. Surrounded by lush green forests and slopes, Yana is best known for its caves and rock formations. It is a treat for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.
Where to stay: The best hotels in Kumta are Suragi Home stay, Sanskruti Resort, Om Beach resort
Places of interest: Vishnu Theertha Lake, Nirvana Beach and Hedbandar beach near Kumta are worth a visit
Kodachadri is wonderful for trekkers. The scenery is breathtaking and the climb will give you an adrenaline rush. Embrace nature at its best in the serene, less crowded hills of Kodachadri.
Where to stay: The best places to stay in and around Shimoga are RNS Residency, Pragati Home stay, Soans Island
Places of interest: Climb to the top and see the entire landscape of the western ghat stretch in front of you. Also see the famous Jog falls
Of all the gorgeous hill stations in Karnataka, which one is your pick? Tell us in the comment below.
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