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Top 7 Hill Stations in Karnataka You Must Visit

There are plenty of beautiful places to explore in Karnataka. A confluence of several cultures around the world, Karnataka is home to exotic art, mouthwatering cuisine to pristine mountains, magnificent waterfalls, green gorges, natural beauty. Whether it is historical glimpses, monarchs or summer getaways, this Indian state has much to offer to its guests. A honeymooners’ favourite, there are several beautiful hill stations in Karnataka

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Hill stations in Karnataka

When it comes to hill stations, Karnataka offers some of the best and charming hill retreats in the country. Dense forests, natural beauty, exotic wildlife, and a pleasant climate is what you can experience in these hills. While some hill stations like Coorg, are well known, other hill retreats offer an extraordinary experience too.
To give you an idea of the best hill stations you must visit, we at Skyscanner curated a list of Hill Stations in Karnataka for you.

Hill Stations near Bangalore in Karnataka

1. BR Hills

Biligiri Ranga Hills called the BR Hills is a high mountain range in Chamarajanagar. Known as the wildlife passage that connects the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats, this charming hill station in Karnataka is famous for its Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary. Since the rivers Cauvery and Kapila flow through these hills you have plenty of options to go rafting, angling, fishing and coracle boat riding or taking in the lush greenery around.

BR Hills

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 day
Base station: Chamarajanagar
Nearest City: Mysore 85 km
Best Time to Visit: Oct-May
Things to do: Trekking, Jeep and Elephant Safaris, Visiting the BRT Wildlife Sanctuary, Big Champak Tree

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Kemmanagundi is a gorgeous and pretty hill station, located on the Baba Budan range. Called Chandra Drona Parvatha in the Puranas, this waters at this hill station in Karnataka are known to cure several diseases including cold and skin diseases. Other places you must see are Hebbe Falls, Raj Bhavan, Z point, Rock garden, Kalhattagiri Falls, Baba Budan Hill and Bhadra Tiger Reserve.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Base station: Kemmanagundi
Nearest City: Mangalore 205 km
Best Time to Visit: Nov-May
Peak Season: March-May
Things to do: Visit the Raj Bhavan for its sunsets, Baba Budan Hill and Bhadra Tiger Reserve Rock garden, Z point, Hebbe Falls, Kalhattagiri Falls and others
Weather: Summer Max – 28°C – Min – 10°C

3. Coorg (Madikeri)

Coorg lies 1525 m above the sea in the Western Ghats. It is one of the most well-known hill stations in Karnataka and a preferred summer retreat in the South. Called the Scotland of India it is known for its coffee. Coorg offers trekking and camping options, white water rafting and elephant rides in Dubare Elephant camp and a charming Namdroling Tibetan settlement to explore.

Coorg (Madikeri)

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Base station: Coorg
Nearest City: Mysore 117 km
Best Time to Visit: Oct-May
Peak Season: Feb-May
Things to do: Hiking, Cycling, Trekking, Mountaineering, visiting Waterfalls and touring tea and coffee plantations
Weather: Summer- Max – 29°C – Min – 18°C
Winter: Max – 24°C – Min – 13°C

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4. Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is at the height of 3,400 feet at the base of Mulliyangiri range in Karnataka. The river Yagachi originates in this mountain range. Famed for its tranquil atmosphere, lush green forests and tall mountains, Chikmagalur means the land of the younger daughter. It was the place where coffee was first grown in India.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Base station: Chikmagalur
Nearest City: Mangalore 148 km
Best Time to Visit: Sept-April
Peak Season: March-May
Things to do: Visit waterfalls, hiking, plantation tours, visit Kudremukh
Weather: Summer: Max – 35°C – Min – 23°C
Winter: Max – 33°C – Min – 17°C

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5. Male Mahadeshwara Betta

Male Mahadeshwara Betta is located 3000ft high in the eastern parts of Kollegal in Chamarajanagar in Mysore. A favorite pilgrimage place for Shaiva devotees, this hill station is also known for its adventure activities, trekking and scenic beauty of the dense forests surrounded by the river Palar and Cauvery.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Base station: Chikmagalur
Nearest City: Mysore 135 km
Best Time to Visit: Oct-March
Things to do:Trekking, hiking through the dense forest, visiting the Malai Mahadeshwara forest reserve and the Mahadeshwara temple

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6. Agumbe

One of the four peaks in the Western Ghats that divides the coast from the mainland, Agumbe is a quaint hill station located at an altitude of 2100ft in Shimoga, Karnataka. Called the Cherapunji of the South, Agumbe is home to several rare species of medicinal plants like Garcinia, Myristica, magnificent waterfalls and dense forests. The evergreen Malgudi days was filmed at this hill station.
During the monsoons the hills come alive with numerous waterfalls; Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Onake Abbi Falls and Jogi Gundi Falls that you must visit. A UNESCO World heritage site Agumbe is also the base station for several trekking destinations & waterfalls spread around the hills

Agumbe Hills

Ideal Trip Duration: 1 day
Base station: Udipi
Nearest City: Udipi 54 km
Best Time to Visit: Sept-Feb
Things to do: Check the forest trails, go hiking, nature treks, visit the umpteen falls and the Rainforest Research Station

7. Nandi Hills

Also called Ananda Giri that means the Hill of Happiness, this hill station in Karnataka gets its name from the mountain shaped like a sleeping bull. Nandi Hills is 60 km away from Bangalore. A Tipu Sultan built a fort at the top of the hill is a favourite picnic spot for nature enthusiasts. It is famous among bikers who love the winding roads and trekkers looking to scale the Nandi hills.

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 days
Base station: Bangalore
Nearest City: Bangalore 60 km
Best Time to Visit: Sept-May
Peak Season: March-May
Things to do:Cycling, paragliding, visit Tipu’s Drop, Lake of Nectar -Amrita Sarovar, Muddenahalli Museum

How to Reach Karnataka

Easily accessible through direct flights available from around the world. The nearest airport is Bengaluru You can then use local transport to visit other places in and around the state. Set up a price alert to keep a check on updated low airfare deals. Know the best places to stay, hire a car and things to do in and around Karnataka with the Skyscanner App.