Kemmangundi At a distance of 62 km from Chikmagalur, 41 km from Kadur, 121 km from Hassan, 68 km from Shimoga, 205 km from Mangalore, 213 km from Mysore and 246 km from Bangalore, Kemmanagundi is a mountain resort located in the district of Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur. Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque mountain resort located at 1434 m altitude in the Baba Budan Massif. Kemmangundi takes its name from three words kannada – kempu (red), mannu (ground) and gundi (pit) designate a place with red earth. It is one of the popular tourist spots in Karnataka and one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.
Kemmanagundi is also known as KR Hills, after King Mysore Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. Hypnotized by the beauty of the place, he made Kemmangundi his summer retreat. He later donated this resort to the Karnataka government. The horticultural department of Karnataka is now developing and maintaining the station and its surroundings. The department cultivates a lot of ornamental plants here. Kemmanagundi is one of the main attractions that you must include in Chikmagalur packages.
According to the puranas, Kemmangundi was called Chandra Drona Parvatha. Water spouting countless herbs and medicinal plants is known to cure many diseases, including colds and skin conditions. The area is covered with coffee and tea plantations and thick bamboo plantations forming a dense canopy.