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.
One of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka 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.
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 picturesque 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
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.
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.