Majestic Western Ghats, Karnataka presents several tourist options for the nature lovers and adventure junkies. Just like the temples, palaces, beaches and wildlife sanctuaries, the hill stations of Karnataka are well acclaimed among the tourists and serve as a retreat for the vacationers. Scenic, unpolluted, and lesser known hill stations of Karnataka embrace beautiful waterfalls in their heart and serve as perfect objects for photography. The terraced coffee plantations, translucent green paddy fields and the small lively rivers beautify the hills of this South Indian state.
Best hill stations in Karnataka here:
Surrounded by the lofty peaks of Western Ghats, eye-catching vistas of verdant valleys, ravines and cascading waterfalls, Madikeri is the district capital of Kodagu. One of the best places to visit in Karnataka, Madikeri reaches a height of 1700m above sea level and looks breathtakingly beautiful in the misty evenings. Madikeri Fort is a major sightseeing option in Madikeri. For nature loving and adventurous souls, the hill station proffers wonderful treks to Pushpagiri, Kote Betta, Brahmagiri, and Nishanimotte. As the mountain comes under the jurisdiction of Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, one needs to take prior permission from the forest department before embarking on trekking.
A must see tourist destination in Shimoga District of Karnataka, Agumbe is called the Cherrapunji of the South and attracts globetrotters for its salubrious weather and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Located at an elevation of around 2,725 ft, this quaint travel destination is associated with rain forest conservation efforts and is rich in medicinal plants. The dense forest, suitable temperature and the topography of this area supports the growth of the longest venomous snake in the world, the King Cobra in large numbers. Agumbe Rainforest Research Station is a one of its kind in the country. Sunset Points, Kunchikal Falls, Barkana Falls, Gopalakrishna Temple are some of the best things to spot in Agumbe.
Blessed with rich biodiversity and a variety of trailing options, Kudremukh is a hill station named after the mountain range of the same name. The area is rich in iron ore and once it was known for mining only. Today’s Kudremukh is a popular summer vacation retreat in Karnataka and known across the country for the famous Kudremukh National Park. This popular hill station of Karnataka is surrounded by five sacred ponds called Naga Teertha, Amba Teertha, Rudra Teertha, Vasishtha Teertha, and Varaha Teertha and serves as a popular Hindu Pilgrimage.
Located in Hosangara Taluk of Shimoga District, Kudajadri Hills is a paradise for the adventure lovers and nature worshippers. Perched at a height of around 1343 m, this hill station is a natural heritage site and explored by the tourists for its religious and cultural significance as well. The famous Mookambika Temple is situated at the top of Kodachadri Hill. Arasinagundi Wateralls, Hidlumane Waterfalls, Belakallu theertha Waterfalls, Sauparnika River, Nagara Fort, Kodachadri Trekking Route and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary are some of the must see sites in Kudajadri.
Undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in Karnataka as well as in the country, Coorg is the headquarter of Kodagu District and is located at a height of around 1,170 m above sea level. This historically profound hill station has rugged and misty hills, ravines, forests and waterfalls which offer wonderful options for trekking. The assorted tea and coffee plantations over the slopes of the hills serve as the ideal subjects to frame in your digital lenses. Orange cultivation in Coorg is yet another sight to see. Omkareshwara Temple, Abbey Falls, Irpu falls, and Dubare Forest are some of the highlights of Coorg. A forest trail from Iruppu Falls to the Brahmagiri peak is the best option for trekking in Coorg.