Kemmanagundi Hill Station

Kemmanagundi Hill Station is in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka state, India. Kemmanagundi Hill Station at 1434 meters above sea level is one of the best hill stations in Karnataka state.

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A misty day at Kemmangundi Hill Station

There are many Mountain streams and waterfalls in the hills of Kemmannugundi. Hebbe Falls and Kalhattagiri Falls (also known as Kallathi Falls or Kalahasthi Falls) are located in the hill station at Kemmangundi. Raj Bhavan offers sunset view at its best here. Kemmangundi Hills are a trekker’s paradise. Bhadra Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve for saving Bengali Tigers is part of this hill station. Rose garden is a beautiful garden maintained by the Karnataka state Horticultural Department.

Kemmangundi Hill Station is also known as ‘Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station’ as a mark of the respect to the erstwhile ruler, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, who donated his summer retreat to the government of Karnataka.

Chikmagalur Hill Station is around 40 kilometers from this hill station at Kemmanagundi.

How do I go to Kemmanagundi Hill Station?

Kemmangundi Hill Station is at a distance of around 40 Kilometers from the district headquarters, Chikkamagaluru city.

Bangalore is at around 244 kilometers and Mangalore at around 184 kilometers from the hill station town of Kemmannugundi.

Birur Junction with station code RRB and Kadur Junction with station code DRU are the nearest railway stations at around 33 kilometers from Kemmanagundi hill station. “Kemmangundi Road” is at around 30 kilometers from Kadur and 20 kilometers from Birur .

Sathyamangalam Wild Life Sanctuary

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Sathyamangalam Forest (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Tamil Nadu state, India. It was declared as a protected area in 2008 and later enlarged the area in 2011.  It is in the Erode District of Tamil Nadu state.

There are around 135 species of Birds in Satyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and this wild life sanctuary is ideal for bird watching. Indian Endangered species Gyps Vulture and 3 other near extinct Vulture species are found in Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary. Satyamanagalam forests are an ideal Indian weekend getaways place for people from nearby cities like Salem, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Madurai, Trichy,etc..

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary covers a forest area of approximately 1400 square kilometers. Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is in between the Eastern and Western Ghats and is a a major link between these two. This helps in allowing gene flow between these Eastern and Western Ghats and thus helps in having diverse flora and fauna.

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is in the final stages of being declared as a Tiger Reserve, pending approval and funding.  There could be anywhere between 19 to 25 tigers in Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary, as per forest department’s estimates.

Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary is a typical tropical dry forest. Indian trekking program inside deep forests is available now covering a distance of 20 kilometers in 2 days. The trekking program starts early in the morning. Night camping is arranged inside the forest. Thengumarada is the halt for next day afternoon. There is a great opportunity for sighting many wild animals like Wild boars, Elephants, Mangoose, Gaurs, Deer and Monitor Lizards. If one is lucky, there is a change of spotting Leopards or Tigers.

How do I Go to Sathyamangalam WildLife Sanctuary at Sathyamangalamand?

Sathyamangalam is well connected by roads to all parts of the state and to the rest of the country. National Highway NH209 passes through Satyamangalam Wild life Sanctuary.

Erode railway station, at 60 Kilometers distance, is the nearest railway station to Satyamangalam forests. Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport to Satyamangalam.

Where do I Stay If I were to Go to Sathyamangalam?

You may stay at the nearby cities of Erode or Salem or at any of the resorts in Satyamangalam.