Kemmangundi and Hebbe Falls Trek

Situated at an altitude of 1434 meter, Kemmangundi (also known as KR hills) had been a favorite destination of wodeyar dynasty of Karnataka due to its salubrious climate through-out the year. This hill range is also known for its unique beauty in respect of geological and geographical exposures. In recent years, Kemmangundi started luring a large number of trekkers and wild life enthusiasts.  Being undocumented and unknown for years, the hidden treasure of Kemmangundi hills are now astounding the explorers. Kemmangundi is also an important reserve of Iron ores in Karnataka.
Lush green landscape near kemmangundi
                                        
Lush green landscape near Kemmangundi
Journey in brief

Bangalore-Tarikere

Caught Shimoga express from Bangalore that reached Tarikere early in the morning

Booking in sleeper compartment is easy in this train
Sleeper Fare: 208 Rs

Tarikere- Lingadahalli

Getting a bus from Tarikere is a pain.  Not frequent connectivity

 

Lingadahalli- Kemmangundi

By Auto (150Rs)

Trek to Hebbe Falls

 

Trekking map Chikmagalur
                                    
Trekking map Chikmagalur
A=Tarikere, B= Kemmangundi, C= Baba Budan Giri, D= Mullayanagiri, E=Chikmagalur
How to reach Kemmangundi:
Captivating Surroundings near kemmanagundi
                                   
Captivating Surroundings near kemmanagundi
Route one:
Bangalore-Birur- Lingadahalli- Kemmangundi
                         OR
Bangalore-Tarikere- Lingadahalli- Kemmangundi

This one the most convenient and recommended route to Kemmangundi. If you are coming from Bangalore, You can get down at Tarikere or Birur (These both are railway stations and also lie on Bangalore-Shimoga highway). After reaching Tarikere or Birur, You will have to struggle for commutation till Kemmangundi. There are no government busses (KSRTC) on this route. The first private bus starts from Tarikere to Kemmangundi is at around 8:00 AM. This bus goes via Lingadahalli. Private busses are not frequent on this route.

Another alternative is to first get a bus to Lingadahalli from Tarikere or birur. After that Kemmangundi is some 12 km from Lingadahalli, You can either go via private Auto (150Rs) or wait for direct bus to Kemmangundi.

Private bus timings from/to Kemmungundi (These busses are run by a private operator SRMS)
First bus to Kemmungundi from Lingadahalli: 9:00 AM
First bus from Kemmungundi to Lingadahalli : 10:00 AM
Last bus to Kemmungundi from Lingadahalli: 2:30 PM
Last bus from Kemmungundi to Lingadahalli: 4:30 PM

Bus frequency: Once in 2 hours, There are no busses and other connectivity from/to Kemmangundi in the night.
A Misty woodland near kemmanagundi
                                       A Misty woodland near kemmanagundi
Route two:
Bangalore- Chikmagalur –Mullayanagiri - Baba Budan Giri/AttigundiKemmangundi

 

This one is the most scenic drive that one can have amidst Western Ghats. It’s only recommended if you are going by private transport. You can easily reach Chikmagalur from Bangalore (There are many busses). From Chikmagalur, take state highway 57 till Kaimara and then take left towards Mullayanagiri/Baba Budan Giri. There are very less private busses (one in three hours) from Chikmagalur to Baba Budan Giri those go via Mullayanagiri base (Sarpadhari). But after Baba Budan Giri , there is no public transport that goes till Kemmangundi. I enquired with some locals about public transport on that route and they quoted that the road condition is very poor and it lies in Bhadra Tiger reserve so they do not prefer to take that road. This road was used while commuting on horses. However there is also a 1 day trekking route from Baba Budan Giri to Kemmangundi.

First bus from Chikmagalur to Baba Budan Giri: 7:00 AM
Last bus from Baba Budan Giri to Chikmagalur: 5:00 PM
Kemmanagundi from a distance
                                        
Kemmanagundi from a distance
Another alternative (A hybrid of route first and second)
Bangalore- Chikmagalur- Lingadahalli- Kemmangundi

By Train: Tarikere (35 km) is the nearest rail-head.

Important Distances to know:
Chikmagalur-57km (Via Mullayanagiri)
Mullayanagiri-51km
Dattha peeta (Baba Budan Giri)-31Km
Hebbe Falls-13 km
Kalhati Falls-11 km

Attractions:

Hebbe Falls
                                                  Hebbe Falls

Trekking to Hebbe Falls is always on the top of bucket list for most of the tourists traveling to Kemmangundi. There are two routes to reach Hebbe falls from Kemmangundi. The first one and the most popular is a mud road where only 4*4 wheeled drive vehicles (Jeeps) can ply offering you a free bumpy ride. The total distance by this route is some 13 km (1 hour by Jeep) and if you happen to get a shared jeep, it will cost you around 250 Rs.  After 7-8 km from Kemmangundi, there is a view point to Hebbe falls.   Other than Hebbe falls, the trek in itself is a delightful walk in Monsoon when thick mist encases the entire surroundings leaving you with very short visibility. This misty deciduous forest looks scary in Monsoon and offers a pre historical slice of planet earth. Walking further, you will also see distant lakes and some small villages surrounded by paddy fields.
Thin water streams on the trek
                                         Thin water streams on the trek

Jeep will drop you 1 km before Hebbe Falls and from there you will have to walk through coffee plantation and cross the same water streams 2-3 times. You need to be cautious with leech attacks while crossing those water streams. And after all this little adventure, you will reach to the bottom of Hebbe Falls. Hebbe Falls is a multi-tiered fall and you won’t get the full length view from the bottom.  Mist and water spray will certainly drench you if you will get closer to the falls. Unlike other waterfalls, Hebbe falls is less visited due to it inaccessibility by road that’s why It’s one the pristine waterfalls of Karnataka laying amidst high range of Western Ghats and flowing silently through a dense forest.  Trekking to Hebbe falls can be an exhausting or a wounding (it leech attacks) experience but certainly a rapturous one as well.
Hebbe Falls from a distance
                                             
Hebbe Falls from a distance
Another route to Hebbe falls is a forest trail and not recommended for solo trekkers. This trail passes through thick forest of Bhadra Tiger reserve and total distance by this route is some 8 km. It’s an offbeat trek with a very high chance of sighting wild life.
 

* Its recommended to walk all the way till Hebbe falls from Kemmungundi enjoying the quietude of surroundings. It’s a very picturesque route with awe-inspiring views. Believe me; you won’t get tired of walking.
* It’s a challenge for bike riders to drive till the falls. Few patches of the route are really steep and slippery for bikes.
* Leech attack is very common, if possible carry shampoo sachets.
* Enroute to Hebbe falls on the trek; there are some small tea shop.

 

Kemmanagundi photo
                                               Kemmanagundi photo
Kalhatti falls: Kalhatti falls is 10 km from Kemmangundi. It lies on the way to Lingadahalli and in fact it is easily sighted from Lingadahalli town. There is also a temple near waterfalls. One can drive till the bottom of the Kalhatti falls.

Rock Garden: Rock garden is some 1 km far from Horticulture department. There is a road going uphill from the main office and you need to take the narrow pathway going straight from the first hair pin bend. There is sign board indicating direction to Rock garden, Shankara Shola, Shanti Falls, Z-Point. Jeeps can go till Z point on this route.

Shanti Falls: 2 km from Kemmangundi on the way to Z point
Walking through coffee estates
                                      
Walking through coffee estates
Shankara Shola: Maintained by horticulture department, production of potato seeds, flowers and vegetables.

Z Point: It’s a popular vantage point offering spectacular views of Western Ghats if traveling post monsoon. In monsoon, you won’t be able to see much due to heavy fog. Z-point is also the starting pointing of Kemmangundi - Baba Budan Giri trek.

Raj Bhavan/Dathatri Bhavan:  It’s another view point very close to Kemmangundi hill. There is a beautiful park on the hill top which also has a solar power plant. In monsoon, generally clouds enclose the entire hill and diminish the visibility to couple of meters but still it’s a favorite hangout for couples.
Near Raj Bhavan Kemmanagundi
                                          
Near Raj Bhavan Kemmanagundi

 

Stay at Kemmangundi:
Horticultural department started developing this hill station few years back and now there are good number of rooms they rent for travelers. You can get a room starting from 250 Rs. I could also see some cheap dormitories options (especially for trekking groups) just outside the horticulture campus. Some private companies are also building luxury resorts nearby. If you are traveling on weekends, please do the prior booking from Bangalore itself.

For booking during season: 080-26611925, 26571925 (Department head office Lag bagh)
For booking in non-season: 08262-24126, 235334 (Horticulture Department Guest House)

In worst case scenario, you can also stay at Tarikere (I had seen a lodge near railway station)

An Amazing view of the hills
                                             An Amazing view of the hills

Restaurants at Kemmangundi:
There is a restaurant near horticulture department that serves typical south Indian meal (50RS) which includes Sambar and rice. However there are plenty of options for tea, snacks and omelet.

 

Download printable PDF map

Download a very useful map of Chikmagalur

Hi we are planning to come 10

Hi we are planning to come 10 th sep return journey 11 th September 20 adults, pickup and drop  for Bangalore station, accommodation sightseeing is required, please help mi. interested places to visit: Kemmannugundi, Falls, Chikmagalur

Hi, I am planning to

Hi,

I am planning to kemmangundi with my friends in my car from Bangalore this week. Kindly suggest me the best route from chikmagalur to kemmangundi. I know there are two routes one from lingadahalli another from kaimara. Is it safe to drive from kaimara route? Can i know the road condtion if anyone travelled recently? Kindly suggest me about this it would be very helpful for us to plan. Thank you

Hi, Its safe to travel via

Hi,

Its safe to travel via kaimara and Attigundi route . On the way you can visit Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri and Manikyadhara . Enjoy the nature at its best in this route Smile

Thank you:-)

Thank you:-)

I have not traveled recently

I have not traveled recently but i guess Kaimara one is through the forest and quite scenic. It is bit challenging due to road-condition but very much doable. Lingadahalli is the one where most of the public transport runs.

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I heard that kaimara route is

I heard that kaimara route is closed between Baba budangiri and Kemmangundi. So i wanted to clarify. Anyways thanks a lot:-)

Brother I am frm KOCHI

Brother I am frm KOCHI (kerala) me nd my 12 of my frnds r planning to go chikamangalore.. In september 17th  Plan to visit these places 1. mullayanagiri  2. bababudangiri  3. bhadhra forest  4. hebbe water falls.. We r look 2 type transportation   1. by train to manglore and get a bus to chikamnglre   2. TRAVELLOR (TAXI)...our total budget is 50000+

It is possible to visit all these places whn we r cme by train or bus... And Can u pls tell th entry charges and trekking charges of these places.. 

I would suggest to take a

I would suggest to take a tempo traveler because public transport is not very frequent on this trail. there is no such thing as entry charge or trekking charge. I am not sure about Bhadra forest though but rest everywhere its free.

Hey Brother, I went for the

Hey Brother,

I went for the Hebbe Falls rek in October last year and has a plan to go again next month. But I learned the trek is no longer accessable to the travellers. Is this a temporary shut or down or will they reinsatate trekking opportunity in any nEar future. From where can I get the accurate details about this issue.

Appreciate your time.

Thank you 

Hi Arvind, I do not have any

Hi Arvind,

I do not have any confirmed information regarding the same. some travelers posted the comment last year that Hebbe falls is no longer permitted for the tourists. Since then i had not heard anything on the same.

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We r 12 gals planning for

We r 12 gals planning for chikmanglur trip on July 16 17. We want to visit muliangiri bababundangiri kemmanngundi. Is it suitable to go to this places without any guide. Is it safe ? Heard z point is bit steep. 

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I hope you had good time. Yes, it is perfectly fine to go without a Guide. no one goes there with a guide.

Vishnu , can u please tell me

Vishnu , can u please tell me w

How to reach kemmangundi from shimoga??as we are planing to go by bus ..

There is no direct bus i

There is no direct bus i guess but you can take bus to Tarikere and then another bus to Kemmanagundi.

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Dear Vishnu, I am planning to

Dear Vishnu,

I am planning to visit Kemmangundi ( aug 13 15 ) . we will be 4 adults and 2 kids. COuld you please elt me about accomodation in Kemmangundi , i mean can we stay in rajbhavan ( horticulture building). Also I am planninng to come by train so I can get down at either Birur or tarikere. Do we get auto or jeep some trasportation from train station.

 

PLease advise

 

Nandagopal

Yes, you can stay in

Yes, you can stay in Horticulture building. you need to book it in advance. Tarikere is better option and then you can get bus or shared jeep to Kemmangundi.
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Hi Vishnu, Thanks for

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for updating the blog and as well answering everyone's questions.

My friends and me(around 8 members) we are planning a trip for 3 days from bangalore to chikmagalur,we are planning to leave on 9th night of this month and planning to come back by 12 night or so.

We are planning to cover kemmangundi-places around it-kudrmukh-mullayanagiri-bhadra wildlife-any falls.

So,actually I dont know much about the routes as such.

As we are traveeling by car,it would be gratful if you let me know from where to start and which all places to cover so we will follow the same route.

Thanks a lot....

 

 

Start from Kemmunagundu and

Start from Kemmunagundu and then drive to Bababudangiri, Mullayangiri and chikmagalore. and then if you have time, go to Kudremukh side. Kudremukh is actually a trek which takes 1-2 days.

Hi Vishnu, We 3 friends

Hi Vishnu,

We 3 friends planning to visit Kemmanagundi and near falls in May 2016, Do we get enough water in this summer in the falls?

And please suggest us which are best places near by we can visit (we like to visit water falls more).

 

Thanks,

 

Ananda

I don't think there will be

I don't think there will be much water in May. May is generally dry but summers are nice there in the forest. Hebbe falls is closed but rest everything can be visited. there is one more waterfall near Kemmangundi as mentioned in the blog.

Hi we are a group of 7

Hi we are a group of 7 members planning to visit chikamagalur on weekend in May.

We are planning to visit jari falls and bababudangiri on saturday and then have booked for a homestay and on Sun planning to visit Hebbe falls . Kindly suggest if we need to make any changes to our plan .

 

Hebbe falls is out of bound

Hebbe falls is out of bound for tourists so you guys can not visit there. rest looks like a nice plan.

Hi Vishnu, As am planning for

Hi Vishnu,

As am planning for Chikmanglur from Bangalore on Friday 9th April afternoon on Pulsar 220, the condition is good. So help me with the best places to cover. Returning is on 11th April 2016. Thanks 

I think roads are just

I think roads are just perfect for biking. you have a really sturdy bike so i think it will go fine. best places around Chikmanglore are already in the blogpost.

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Me and my husband planning

Me and my husband planning for 2 days trip to chikmangalore. We want to visit kemmangundi, bababudangiri, kallathgiri, mullayanagiri, kuduremukha and hebbe falls. Is it possible to cover all these in 2 days.??

No... it will be very hectic

No... it will be very hectic to cover all. I would suggest you to stick to Mullayangiri, bababudangiri, Kemmangundi. Hebbe falls is out of bound for the tourists.

Will Hebbe Falls be open in

Will Hebbe Falls be open in April? What is time take to trek from Kemmangundi? 

As per the latest update i

As per the latest update i had, Hebbe falls is out of bound for tourists.

hi vishnu , thanks for

hi vishnu ,

thanks for helping one and all , keep it up 

your suggestion make many peoples help

even i with my family going to mysore via shimoga so its too long journey in break i m planning to go hebbe falls , kemmangundi is it possible for me

 

Hebbe falls is no longer open

Hebbe falls is no longer open for tourists. Kemmanagundi would be a nice break.

Hello Vishnu, A couple of

Hello Vishnu,

A couple of months back, me and 6 of my friends completed the Mullayanagiri-Baba Budungiri trek. We are now planning to return to Chikmaglur for the Kemmangundi trek (Since Kudremukh trek is closed till May). I wanted to ask you if you feel it's worth the effort, considering the fact that we've already witnessed the beauty of the Mullayanigir-Baba Budungiri trek. 

 

Kemmangundi is not a trek.

Kemmangundi is not a trek. You can reach there by road. but definitely its beautiful little village.
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Hi Vishnu, Are bikes

Hi Vishnu,

Are bikes available for rent in chikmaglore ? If yes please help us with the numbers if u know any.

 

Thanks in advance

Chethan

 

I think number is mentioned

I think number is mentioned in one of posts about Mullayangiri. Please check that one.

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Hi Vishnu.. Me and my friends

Hi Vishnu.. Me and my friends (totally 9 members) r looking to visit d following places in our own vehicle 

1.Kemmangundi

2. Kudremukh 

3.Mullayanagiri

4.Baba Budhangiri 

5.Hebbe falls

Can v cover d above places in 4 days? & Can u let me know d entry fees(per vehicle/person)  fr d above places plz

Hi... Yes, 4 days are

Hi... Yes, 4 days are sufficient for visiting the places you highlighed. Hebbe falls is now closed for tourists. Kemmangundi, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budhangiri can be reached on your vehicle but Kudremukh is a trek.

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hi vishnu am planning this

hi vishnu am planning this week end to chikmangalore hebbe falls is it any nearest homestay available for 8 members in budget for one night stay nearest or on the way to hebbe falls ? 

Hebbe falls is no longer open

Hebbe falls is no longer open for tourists. you can live in Kemmanagundi though..

hi vishnu, me n my husband is

hi vishnu,

me n my husband is planning for a weakend trip to chikmagalur or kemmangundi,we r planning to leave bangalore by saturday 2 PM and we have to b back to mysore on sunday night.so please let me know which are all the places can be seen during his span and let me know about condition of roads as we r travelling by our own vehicle....pls rply as soon as possible

 

It is very short period. you

It is very short period. you should plan only Chikmagalur and Mullayangiri. Roads were bad when i visited but it seems roads improved a lot recently.

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Hi vishn,   firstly thanks

Hi vishn,

 

firstly thanks for maintaining an active blog.I want to travel alone to chikmagalur and wanted to stay  there for 4-6 days.

 

I wanted to stay in Bhadra Forest Resort (river tern lodge) for 1 night and two days (its there in there package for 1n/2d).After that I want to see all the places near chikmagalur. I can stay there for 2 to 4 days.I'm from hyderabad and can reach to bangalore by train .

 

So can you please suggest  me some means of transport from bangalore to bhadra forest resort with aprox fairs and from there to chikmagalur.

 

BY reading your blog I came to know that we can hire bike in chikmagalur and roam in the town.But can u please mention the aprox rent of that bikes per day.

 

And i wanted to do Kemmanagundi trecking ,Baba Budan Giri trecking  and visit Kalhatti falls,Shanti Falls,Shankara Shola,Raj Bhavan and Z Point ,can I take this rented bike and reach there to do trecking( I mean is parking available there) and see all this places .

 

And can u please suggest me the budget frendly and comfortable places to stay (not more then 500 per day with single bed and atached wash room)and eat in chikemangulur and Kemmangundi.

I do not know much about

I do not know much about Bhadra Forest Resort but i guess there is a train from Bangalore which can drop you nearby. Public transport is very thin in this part of Karnataka. Buses are there but not very frequent..

Yes, you can get bikes on rent. Number is given in the blog. you can call the guy and inquire rent.

Kemmanagundi is not a trek. its a little town in the hills. Baba Budan giri is also connected with road. you can walk or take your bike. All those falls are not very far from Kemmanagundi. you can visit those when you are in Kemmanagundi.. Parking is available everywhere.

Chikmangalur has got many accommodation options. most of the budget accommodations are near bus stand..Kemmanagundi has a forest guest house.

 

Hi Vishnu! 3 of my friends

Hi Vishnu!

3 of my friends and I are planning for this trek from Mangalore. Our budget is pretty tight at around 1500. Could you please suggest an itinerary for this?

Thanks in advance! Smile

1500 for 3 is really tight

1500 for 3 is really tight budget.. you can take buses to Chikmangalur and then public transport to Baba Budangiri. There is a cheap lodge opposite Chikamagalur bus stand..

Sir ! My aged parents are

Sir ! My aged parents are planning to visit the following places, please help me out in this as i am not able to route it out. The places are as follows. mysore-chikamagaluru-mullayanagiri-bhadra wild life-baba budangiri-kemmanugundu-kalhatti falls-rock garden-shimoga-sakarebayalu-sagara-kodachadri-siganduru-jog falls-sirsi-gokarna-idagungi-agumbe-mangalore-madikeri-mysore.i am really confused how to make an route map of all these places & any other sight seeing places which i have missed. it can be 5nts/6 days or 6nts/7days. where all they can halt.Their major sight seeing are : temples, dams, waterfalls, historical places, garden.Please Please help me out in this. 

6 nights and 7 days are

6 nights and 7 days are little less to cover all of these sights even if you are driving your own vehicle. No Point making it so hectic. Udupi is something you can also include.Mysore to Chikmafaluru is far.  you can made a correct sequence, you need to decide overnight stay for each day. rest is fine..

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Hi Vishnu,We (8 Members) are

Hi Vishnu,
We (8 Members) are planning a trip to Chikmagalur this weekend(October 3rd n 4th).
i want to confirm
1. whether Night trekking is allowed in MullayanaGiri,Baba Budangiri  
2. are they allowing visitors to Hebbe Falls,Kallathigiri falls and other falls.
3. and let me know which other places we can visit within two days.

Thanks in Advance..Smile
Pavan

Sorry for the late

Sorry for the late response.

Night trekking should not be a problem from Mullayangiri to Baba Budangiri

Hebbe falls is closed but other water falls are open

2 days are little less to visit all the places. i think you can include Kemangundi, Mullayangiri

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Hi, We, 8 members planned to

Hi,

We, 8 members planned to visit to Chikmangalur, Kemmanangudi, Belur, Halabedu & Sringeri/Shimoga  from Madurai. We will be reach Bangalore on 01.10.2015 morning 6.30am. We need to be in Bangalore Railway station on 04.10.2015 afternoon 4pm for return to Madurai. Please guide us to choose one of the following

1.Take a vechile from Bangalore Railway ststion itself and go to Chikmangalur and come back to Bangalore on 04th Oct

2.Take a Bangalore-  Hubli passenger train @7.45am  , reach Birur @1pm. Then take a vechile from Birur Station and visit the places mentioned. For return, on 04.10.2015, catch Dharwar-Bangalore Exp @10.10am from Birur and reach Bangalore @2.15pm

All 3 nights we are planned to stay at Chikmanlur.

Could you please commet on this or give a alternate better itinary for our trip..... It will grest helpful for us.

We need to plan out little economically. Also please suggest some places for stay at chikmagalur

Rajasekar

 

Hi Rajasekar. If you are 8

Hi Rajasekar.

If you are 8 members then hiriing a private vehicle is not a bad idea. It will be lot more convienent than taking trains/buses. With private vehicle, you will get more time to spend at places shortlisted.

Why are you planning all 3 days at Chikmangalur. you can also stay at Belur for a night or Shimoga.

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