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Karnataka’s favourite summer retreat and trekking spot since the time of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, Kemmangundi is the first name that pops to mind while one thinks of a trekking spot. Located in Tarikere taluk in Chikmaglur district, this hill is a whopping 1434 metres above the sea level. Also called the Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station, Kemmangundi is surrounded with valleys, forests, rivers and enchanting vegetation that provides a breath-taking view from the top – of the earth, as well as the phenomena of the sky.

Situated at the Baba Budan Range, this summer retreat was once owned by the Wodeayars and then donated to the government of Karnataka, whose Horticulture Department now takes care of the vegetation around it. This place which literally means ‘pit of red soil’ is located at a distance of 62 km from Chikmagalur, 41 km from Kadur, 121 km from Hassan, 68 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysuru and 246 km from Bengaluru. An ideal retreat from city life, Kemmangundi is sought after by lot of tourists all year long.

Photography: [Madhura: #1] [Duhawma K: #1]

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