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12 Beautiful Hill Stations in Karnataka

Updated on September 5, 2019
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Srikanth likes Karnataka. He is passionate about helping people make the most of their trip to this wonderful South Indian state.

Hill stations in Karnataka attract tourists from all over the world because they offer something or the other for people belonging to all age groups. Here is a brief overview of some of them.

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Located in Shimoga district, on a plateau on top of Someshwara Ghat, Agumbe is surrounded by rich biodiversity. It is well-known for its serenity and scenic beauty. Hiking through the hills of Agumbe is an "out of this world" experience.

Agumbe has the sobriquet "Cherrapunji of South India" because it receives 7,640 mm of mean annual rainfall, the second highest annual rainfall in India. Cherrapunji receives 11,777 mm.


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Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu district, is a beautiful hill station town. Kodagu district is known as the Scotland of India. Madikeri is nestled amid the emerald mountains of the Western Ghats.

Best Time to Visit Madikeri

Plan a trip to this hill station between November and March.

Madikeri Weather

Madikeri features a tropical highland climate. The mean daily minimum temperature is lowest in January at about 11 °C. Maximum temperature in summer is around 24 °C to 27 °C.

With the onset of the south-west monsoon, the temperature decreases in June and the weather becomes chilly. The lowest temperature recorded is 4.5 °C.

Nandi Hills

This picturesque, serene and popular hill station is located in Chikkaballapur district. You will enjoy the misty mountains and the brilliant sunrise here.

Amruth Sarovar, Tippu's Summer Palace and Fort, Gavi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Horse Way, Palar River Origin, Brahmashrama, Yoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Tippu Drop, Arkavathi River Origin, Secret Passage, Children's play ground, Anjaneya temple, Nellikayi Basavanna, Antaragange, Baananthi Bande and Bhoga Nandeeshwara temple are some tourist attractions in Nandi Hills.

Nandi Hills:
Nandi Hills, Karnataka, India

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Nandi Hills Timings

6.00 am to 10.00 pm.

Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

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Located in Chikkamagaluru district, Kemmannugundi means a place with red soil. This scenic hill station is 1,434 meters above sea level. It attracts wild life enthusiasts and trekkers from all over the world.

Hebbe Falls, Z Point, Kalhatti Falls, Shiva Temple, Mullayanagiri, Rajendra Hill, Rock Garden and Shanti Falls are major tourist attractions in Kemmannugundi.

Kemmannugundi, Manchethevaru, Karnataka 577129, India

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Hebbe Falls Near Kemmannugundi

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

— Mark Twain

Male Mahadeshwara Betta

Located in Chamarajanagara district, this hill station is also a pilgrim town; it is popularly known as MM Hills. The main temple in the town is dedicated to Shri Male Mahadeshwara Swamy.

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Biligirirangana Hills

Popularly known as BR Hills, this beautiful hill station is located in Southeast Karnataka. Covering an area of 540 square kilometres, this breathtaking tourist attraction houses different species of flora and fauna.

BR Hills:
BR Hills Bus Stop, B R Hills, Karnataka 571117, India

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Located in Chikkamagaluru district, this hill station is the birth place of River Tunga, River Bhadra and River Netravati. Temple of Goddess Bhagavathi and a 1.8 m Varaha image inside a cave are among the main tourist attractions of this place.

Kalasa Main Rd, Karnataka 577142, India

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Gangamoola Weather

On an average Gangamoola records a rainfall of approximately 575 centimeters. Temperature ranges between 10°C and 35°C.

Gopalaswamy Hills

Located in Chamarajanagar district, this scenic hill station (1450m) is covered with mist for most part of the year. It is in Bandipur National Park. The hill station gets its name from the Gopalaswamy temple which is located here.

Gopalaswamy Hills:
Chamarajanagar, Gopalswami Hills, Karnataka 571126, India

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Located in Shimoga district, Kundadri is a great place for trekking and for viewing sunrise and sunset.

Kundadri, Changaru, Karnataka 577424

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Yana is a small and quiet hill station located in Utttara Kannada district, in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats. It is well-known for its two black crystalline limestone formations.

Yana, Karnataka 581403, India

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This mountain peak is located in Western Ghats, in the middle of the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. It is the highest peak in Shimoga district. It has been marked as a natural heritage site by the Government of Karnataka.

Kodachadri Hill, Valur, Karnataka 577452

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Kudremukh literally means ‘horse’s face’. This place gets its name from one peak that resembles the face of a horse. Located in Chikkamagaluru district, this mountain range is a paradise for nature lovers, especially trekkers. It is at around 1894 meters above sea level. Its biodiversity attracts tourists from all parts of the world.

Kuduremukha, Karnataka, India

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