Situated in the valley of the tallest peaks in Karnataka, the surroundings of Chikmagalur has many small and big waterfalls amidst wilderness. The five listed below are the not to miss spots among these.
Hanuman Gundi Falls
The picturesque waterfall cascades onto a natural rock formation from a height of more than 100 feet (30 m). It is located at a distance of 32 km from the Kalasa, in the Kemmangundi National Park between Kudremukh Road and Lakya Dam. The site is a popular hiking spot and can be accessed by climbing 400 meters from the main road.
The most picturesque of the many cascades that dot the hillside, Hebbe Falls has two parts; the Dodda Hebbe (i.e. the big falls) and Chikka Hebbe (i.e. the small falls). A paradise for adventure lovers, the road that leads to this place is sure to daunt even the fittest among us. The 13 km long path amidst the forest is sure to thrill you, and you are sure to get lost in the beauty of this place. The waterfall is 168 meters high, and the spring water is believed to cure skin disorders. White frosty waters will tempt you to take a dip, but do be careful.
The Kadambi Falls is located in the Kudremukh National Park. This enchanting region is full of naturalistic splendors. You have to feel the pristine waters touching your skin to experience it.
This place is known for its mineral deposits and better referred to as an iron ore mining town. Several wild animals are found in these jungles and are known to visit the waters. You can also visit the nearby Rajendra Hill. Rich with coffee plantations, it is the perfect spot for trekking, camping, and relaxation.
A mere 10 KM drive from Kemmanagundi, the Kalhatti falls (Also called the Kallathigiri Falls) is a place that is worth the time you spend. A magnificent temple of Lord Veerabhadra lies at the foot of the falls. You have to cross the waters on foot to reach the temple nestling among the rocks. The 122m high waterfall along with its beautiful surroundings is a favored tourist spot.
Located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Chikmagalur on the Bababudangiri hills Manikyadhara, meaning ‘a string of pearls’ is associated with a legend. According to the natives, Saint Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalandar along with his four disciples came to the site in search of water. Revered by both Muslims and Hindus alike, the fall flows throughout the year through the Shola Forest. You can find several shops nearby that sell herbal medicines.
Most package tours include the above falls, so you are unlikely to miss out. Apart from the above 5, other scenic falls in the region are:-
- Alekan Falls
- Jerry Falls
- Shanti Falls
- Srimane Falls
Ravishing greenery surrounds all the falls in the region. Thick foliage, dense forests, rich flora and hills encompass the locale. Jaded city dwellers are sure to feel rejuvenated after a visit to (and a dip in) these falls.
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