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Hill Stations of Karnataka


Nandi Hills

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Small mounds near Bengaluru, Nandi hills serve as a great trekking destination and one of the most popular one day getaway for people in the metro.

The small hillocks are a famous tourist spot, with a promise of a heavenly retreat into nature's abode. It is blessed with a pleasant climate throughout, its picturesque location featuring the misty mountains and the brilliant sunrise. The Yoganandeeshwara Temple which mounts the hill, with a stunning statue of Nandi (the bull) at its doorstep, grants the hills their name. With its attractions comprising of religious sites, Nandi hills is also a nature lover's as well as an adventure enthusiast's haven with the trekking and other activities amongst the dewy hillocks and exotic flora and fauna.

Yaana

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In the Sahyadri Hills of North Karnataka, is located a quant hills station with beauty that casts a spell and hills to appeal to the direst trekkers. Tucked in between one of the richest biodiversity centers of the world, Yana is a small hill station with immense beauty enough to captivate any soul that lays eyes on it. A small village located just 140 km from Hubli; Yana is famous as a center of adventure, wildlife and religion hence proving to be the perfect getaway destination.

Blessed with the ever-enchanting greenery and freshness of the Sahyadri Hills of the Western Ghats, Yana is a hill station famous for housing two giant natural Limestone monoliths which attracts pilgrims in thousands every year. The Bhairaveshwara Peak and Mohini Peak are said to hold religious importance representing Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati respectively. Coupled with religious importance, it is also a great place to trek and bird watch. A trek to the twin peaks involves a very steep 3 km long trek which is at its worst slippery and it 's best breezy. The Yana village which symbolizes the rustic Indian rural life with mud roads, mushroom-like huts and a laid-back lifestyle allows you to get a glimpse of life in the Western Ghats.

Coorg

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Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers.

Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. Madikeri is the region's centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here.

Chikmagalur

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The coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is famous for its beautiful hills and views, along with its aromatic coffee.

Chikmagalur means the town of younger daughter, the name originating from the historical event in which the city was offered as dowry to the younger daughter of Rukmangada, the chief of Sakrepanta. Situated at the foothills of the Mullyanagiri ranges, it is a great attraction for trekkers and those wishing to experience the peaceful ambience of the city. The other attractions that the town has to offer include Mullain Giri, the highest peak in Karnataka, Jamia Mosque, Kondadarama Temple, St Joseph's Cathedrals well as the Siddheshwara temple, which is just nearby.

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Agumbe

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A one of a kind experience in perhaps one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world, the Sita Nadi river rafting is an unparalleled experience. The rafting experience on the wild Sita River gives you a thrill that you will not forget for a lifetime.

The wild river, the green surroundings, a pounding heart and wet clothes- that_ã_s rafting at Sita Nadi for you. Considered to be one of the must-do activities if in Karnataka the river rafting activity at the Sita River has become quite an adventure for many. Sita Nadi starting near Agumbe, a small hamlet in Shimoga district of Karnataka, is a river with a wild fury and dancing waters which makes it perfect for some high-intensity river rafting. The river rafting starts at Agumbe and carries on along the 70 km stretch of the mighty river. There are many adventure travel companies which provide exclusive packages for rafting sometimes coupled with trekking to nearby hills. The rafting lengths range from 16-18 km to 22-28 km covering mild and strong rapids, the organizers take care of all safety needs ensuring access to all age groups. As for Agumbe, the place is heaven on earth with lush green tropical rainforest coupled with the second wettest climate in India that provides beautiful views of the Western Ghats.

Biligiriranga hills

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The Biligiriranga hills, or the BR Hill as they are better known, are a bit of heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats, with a wonderful floral diversity and a vast variety of fauna as well.

Its rich natural beauty is home to a number of exotic animals and birds, and one can spend the most enjoyable times here spotting these. The places which you must visit while here are the Dodda Sampide Mara which means big Champak tree and is a spiritual site which holds a thousand year old tree, Biligiri Rangaswamy temple, a coffee estate and BRT wildlife sanctuary. The terrain here will also let you indulge in activities such as trekking, river rafting and fishing. One can also take home local artifacts and handicrafts popular here.

Gangamoola

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Gangamoola is a hidden picturesque hill station in Karnataka. Enveloped by dense forests and it is the origin point of the three rivers Tungabhadra and Netravathi.

Also known as the Varaha Parvatha, this mountain at a height of 1458m above sea level is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The source of the Rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravati lie here.

The main attractions here are the temple of Goddess Bhagavathi and a cave with a 6 feet tall image of Varaha. This are is mineral rich with magnetite-quartzite deposits. It is also a hotspot with more than 107 species of birds.

Kodachadri

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Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level, they also proves to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

Kemmanagundi

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A hill-station of widespread views and scents of beautiful gardens, Kemmanagundi or KR hills, homes the tallest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri.

These hills offer a perfect summer retreat for those looking for a spectacular time amongst the beauty of nature and heaven for all nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Its natural beauty comes in all dimensions and forms from lush green forests to exquisite gardens to springs, waterfalls and streams. The Royal Horticulture Society of Karnataka finds home here and lets the visitors witness some of the most beautiful gardens. The area will also be your host for trekking, nature walks and picnics. To be a little less generic and name a few tourist attractions, we have the Rock garden, Z point, Hebbe falls, Kalahasti falls, Bababudan hill town and the Shiva temple

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