Kemmangundi, a hill station most famous for its trekking ,
waterfalls, and red soil, is located in the Bababudangiri Mountain Range in
Karnataka. In Kannada the name Kemmangundi is a combination of three Kannada
words; Kempu (red), Manu (soil), and Gundi (pit), translating roughly to “Place
with red soil”. Home to some of the best trekking in all of India, many
tourists also come to simply relax in nature and enjoy the pleasant weather.
Whether you are looking for a weekend of adventure or relaxation, Kemmangundi
can tame the desires of any traveler.
Rent a car from Zoom and arrive in Kemmangundi with ease! The best way to get there is via the AH47/NH4. Continue along this road until you reach Bangalore-Honavar Road. From there continue to Linghadahalli Main Road and take it to Kemmangundi Road. The entire trip is just under 250KM and should take a minimum of five hours, but if you get lost our GPS can guide you the entire way! Get there faster than with a bus or train and stop at your own convenience.
Rent an SUV if you have a big group or rent a sedan such as the Vento or Ford Figo if you have a smaller group or are with your significant other.
If you don't own a car or don't want to take your own car, then Zoom has several options for you to consider:
Hatchback : Take our Ford Figo ZXI for flexibility in your travels. The Figo gives you freedom to explore Kemmangundi however you want.
Sedans : Zoom with Volkswagen Vento or BMW 320d if you want to ride around Kemmangundi in style. These cars are great if you have a small group or are with your significant other.
SUV : If trekking is what you crave, the mighty Scorpio is all yours to explore the unexplored. No need to worry about steep uphill climbs or rough terrain, the Scorpio can handle it all. The Scorpio is especially good if you are with a large group of people.
All Zoom cars come with the following: -
- All-inclusive tariff which includes fuel, comprehensive insurance and taxes.
- A 3G enabled tablet, which makes navigation a breeze.
- No deposit required to Zoom off.
In order to get the most out of
your experience, rent a car from Zoom so that you have the freedom to explore the
Kemmangundi as you please. No need to negotiate with rickshaw drivers or walk
for kilometers, you can drive however and wherever you want.
Here are three of the best things to see and do in Kemmangundi:
Kalhatti Falls: Trek to the top of Chrandra Drona Hill to see this 45meter tall waterfall. Flowing directly over the Veerabhadreshwara Temple, many people also visit this site as a place of pilgrimage. An easy trek for all skill levels, if you are in the area of Kemmangundi make sure to visit this natural wonder!
Hebbe Falls: At a height of 250ft, Hebbe Falls is one of the biggest tourist attractions for those visiting Kemmangundi. Split into two different falls, Dodda and Chikka Hebbe are both magnificent in their own right. This is the perfect place to trek, and is known by many as a highlight of their trip to Kemmangundi.
Horticulture Guest House: Known as many to be the best place to stay in Kemmangundi, this homestay will often offer rooms, home cooked food, and beautiful scenery to relax. This is a great place to wind down after a long day of trekking and kick back in the beauty of your surroundings.
Insiders Tip: If you are a fan of flowers and botanical gardens make sure to check out the famous Rose Garden maintained by the Department of Horticulture!
The best time to visit Kemmangundi is September to February.