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Kemmanagundi - An Enchanting Hill Station
Synopsis on the hill station Kemmanagundi
Landscaped by panoramic views and gardens, the Kemmanagundi hill station is located in the hill ranges of Baba Budan Giri. The Baba Budan Giri ranges are well known for bearing the tallest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri; making Kemmanagundi the ideal destination for adventure junkies and nature lovers. The name Kemmagundi is derived from three Kannada words- Kempu, red; Mannu, soil and Gundi, place- and it means a place with red soil. Located at a height of 1434 meters above sea level, the weather is stunning throughout the year.
The gardens of Kemmagundi during the monsoons are a picture perfect gateway.  Amidst the unpolluted mountain air, sounds of gurgling streams and chirping of birds, Kemmanagundi is a perfect place to rejuvenate and revitalize your mind, body and soul. Taking nature walks or spending a whole day lazily in a hammock reading your favorite book is the ideal day at Kemmanagundi.

A short History on Kemmanagundi
The history of the city dates back to the era of Krishnaraje Wodeyar IV, the Maharaj of Mysore. In love with the breathtaking beauty of the place, the Maharaja of Mysore had made Kemmanagundi his royal summer retreat. The Maharaja owned this primeval property for a decade, till he donated it to the Government of Karnataka. Today, the Department of Horticulture is taking active responsibilities and actions for developing and maintaining the royal resort with utmost care. According to the Hindu Puranas Kemmanagundi is called ‘Chandra Drona Parvatha. As legends go, it is said that the water that flowed down from the countless medicinal plants and herbs has cured many diseases and skin ailments and common cold.

Places of attraction in Kemmanagundi
Hebbe Falls: One of the prime attractions at Kemmanagundi, the Hebbe waterfalls is at a height of 168 meters. As it flows deeper into the valley, the falls split into bigger falls called Dodda Hebbe and a smaller fall called as Chikka Hebbe. It is a common belief that a bath in these falls can cure cold, skin ailments and common diseases as the waters flow through regions of medicinal and herbal plants.

Rock Garden: Popular for its wide collection of beautiful flowers a panoramic view in the mist covered valley, the Rock Gardens are a lovely destination to visit. In the daytime you can view the Bhadra reservoir from this location.

Shanti Falls: Situated near the Z Point, the Shanti falls create the natural habitat for the beautiful Shola Grasslands of the Western Ghats.

Kalahhati Falls: Known commonly as Kalahasthi Falls and Kallathigiri Falls, it is located at an elevation of 122 meters above sea level. You can visit a temple of Veerbhadra that is standing near the falls since the Vijayanagara period. The entrance of the temple greets tourists and visitors with three elephants that have been carved in stone. Many pilgrims and travellers visit the temple to attend the annual fair held in the months of March and April.

Rajendra Hills: Also called the Baba Budan Hill, the area is popular for its Iron Ore. It is one of the tallest peaks in Karnataka with the recorded height of 1448 Meters above sea level. Tourists can often watch the magnificent machinery and ropeway that transports mineral ores over the hills.    


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