Karnataka is located in south-western region of India and is well-known for its high-tech hubs, busy but colorful nightlife, regal palaces, old beautiful temples and adventurous wildlife sanctuaries. The state beholds many eye soothing and amazing hill stations with profuse environs and extreme serenity. Those who want to make a sweet escape from the city chaos, can choose any hill stations of Karnataka to spend some quality tranquil time betwixt nature. From rampant hills, waterfalls and stand points to various historical attractions and quick adrenaline activities, the hill stations of Karnataka have so much to offer its visitors.
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Here are some short but useful information regarding those hill stations which usually takes the breath away of the visitors.
1: Chikmagalur : Chikmagalur is considered to be a coffee lover’s paradise. Once you visit this place it will be imprinted in your memory for a long time. The royal Mullayanagiri Ranges has surrounded this thrilling hill station, which is sprinkled with tea and coffee plantations, frothy white waterfalls, and amazing amusement parks. Chikmagalur is undoubtedly a special place to visit for adventurous persons. The hotels in Chikmagalur give a good footfall of visitors.
Popular places to visit in Chikmagalur are Hebbe Falls, Kallathigiri Falls, Hanumana Gundi Falls, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahatma Gandhi Park, Coffee Museum, Hirekolale Lake, Kodandarama Temple etc.
You can take a walk through the velvety tea and coffee plantations area, or trek to the highest Mullayanagiri Peak, you also can enjoy the scenic views at Kyatanamakki. Don’t forget to visit the two sacred temples Amruteshwara and Vidyashankara in Chikmagalur. Best time to visit this amazing place is from Mid-September to the end of March.
2: Coorg: The coffee-producing hill station Coorg is popularly known as the Scotland of India. This hill station enchantes tourists with its vigorous green hills, mind blowing landscapes, and stunning lakes with milky-white waterfalls. Coorg also witnesses a number of wildlife sanctuaries where you can find rare birds and animals. This hill station is the perfect destination for those people who love adventure, history as well as food.
Popular places to visit in Coorg are Abbey Falls, Honnamana Kere Lake, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Madikeri Fort, Honey Valley, Namdroling Monastery. Things you can do in Coorg is to take a short coffee plantation tour, plan for a trek to Tadiandamol Peak, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri, or else take a hiking tour to Raja’s Seat and fully enjoy river rafting at Barapole River. You can plan for a jeep safari at Mandalpatti and taste premium quality coffee and spice crops. Don’t forget to try the local cuisine of Coorg. The perfect time to experience the beauty of Coorg is from October to March.
3: Agumbe- Agumbe is a small hill station located in Shimoga district and it is popularly known as “Cherrapunji of South India ”. It receives over 7000 mm of rainfall during a year. This hill station has the highest rainfall in the southern part of the country and is blessed with a flourishing green landscape and amazing trekking trails. Coorg also possesses rich biodiversity, various beautiful waterfalls and sparkling milky-white streams. As we all know, Agumbe also serves as the oldest automatic weather station which monitors the changes in the rainforest. The famous places where you can plan your tour are Rainforest Research Station, Gopal-Krishna Temple, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Barkana Falls, Jogigundi Falls, Kunchikal Falls, Sunset View Point,. You can trek to hilarious Kundadri Hills and enjoy a picnic near the amazing waterfalls. It’s the right place to explore the dense forests for different species of flora and fauna. You also can enjoy wildlife and nature photography here. Must try is river rafting at Seethanadi Nature Camp. Post-monsoon or November to January is the best time to visit this place.
4: Kodachadri Another paradise for adventure lovers is the soothing and serene hill station in the Shimoga district that is Kodachadri which is a one of the must-visits in Karnataka. The altitude of Kodachadri is 4406 feet and is surrounded with eye soothing waterfalls, crystal clear rivers and adventurous trekking trails. One can easily explore the wildlife sanctuaries, temples and other attractive scenic vistas in addition to other beautiful places. Famous places in Kodachadri where you can sooth your eyes are Sri Mookambika Temple, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Chithramoola Cave, Kodachadri Nature Camp, Belkal Theertha Falls, Nagara Fort, Sharavati Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Make a plan to trek to Sri Mookambika Temple and dense Shola Forests, you can explore Nagara Fort where you can spot a variety of flora and fauna in a dense wildlife sanctuary. Do spend some quality time with yourself near the waterfalls. Usually September to February is the best time to visit this place.
So if you want to escape from the noisily city life then Karnataka is the right place you can make a perfect tour plan without giving a second thought. You will find plenty of options to visit.Karnataka Tourism