Large parts of the state of Karnataka are still to be explored. Usually tourists, backpackers and honeymooners choose the beaches of Goa or the backwaters of Kerala. Karnataka, in reality, has a vibrant landscape across its length and breadth. On one side, it’s coastline is caressed by the Arabian Sea and on the other, the Deccan Plateau cuts through the Western Ghats. The heavens have blessed the state with wonderful white waterfalls, rolling rainforests, gorgeous grasslands, coffee plantations and mist-covered mountains.
The hills of Karnataka date back to eras bygone. These quaint plains and valleys were summer-perfect retreats for the British. There are some hill stations, however, that have been developed in the more recent years. Old or new, these picture-perfect places are a delight to discerning travellers. Housed mostly in and around the Baba-budan range, these hill stations are for the solace-seeking souls. The more significant places are Coorg, Chikmaglur and Madikeri. Take off to the lesser known destinations and enjoy a secluded stay with the hills as your company.
The name ‘Anthargange’ translates to ‘Ganges from within’ in Hindi. It refers to the perennial stream that flows through the rocks cutting through the mountains. The origin of this stream, however, remains a mystery. Within the mists of the mountains, there is a haunting vibe to this place. About 70 kilometres from Bengaluru, this hill station is situated in the rocky hills of the Western Ghats. There is a gigantic field of volcanic boulders at the foot of the hill which is perfect for trekking. The rocks of the mountain have formed caves which must be explored. There is much to do for adventure aficionados, namely Rock climbing and rappelling. Book the cheapest flights to Bengaluru via ixigo.com and then take a road trip to Anthargange.
The side of the mountains, that this lovely place is located in, resembles the face of a horse and therefore, the name ‘Kudremukh’. An unfrequented hill station in the Chikmaglur district, Kudremukh comprises of vibrant valleys, flowing rivers through verdant forests and breathtaking waterfalls. Trek up to the peak of Kudremukh, witness a few orchids in bloom and take a trip to the Tiger Reserve for a fun-filled stay here.
Also known as the as the Sri Krishnarajendra range, the Kemmangundi hill range is a haven for nature lovers. The must-visit places here are the Rock Garden, an exquisitely landscaped garden, the Hebbe Falls, the Kalahatti Falls. The terrain is home to trekking trails and pristine picnic spots. Take a walk to Z Point to please your soul and breathe in the beauty of nature all the way.
An adrenaline-driven adventure awaits you in the Shimoga valley of Kodachadri. Nature adorns its most enchanting attire on the trek upto the peak. The Mookambika National Park surrounded by the dense Shola forest is another highlight of this hill station. A cool weather prevails all through the year making it a viable visit in all seasons.
This lesser known hill station is the origin point of three rivers, namely Tunga, Bhadra and Netravati. Gangamoola lies along the Gangamoola-Airoli-Gangrel range of the Western Ghats and is also known as the Varaha Parvata because of the cave of Varaha, an avatar of Hindu God, Vishnu. This hill station is closed off during the monsoon season.