Understand The Background Of Chikmagalur Hill Station Now

Chikmagalur Hill station is a beautiful hill station situated at an altitude of around 3,580 feet above mean sea level, in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka state, India.


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Chikmagalur Hills view from Chikmagalur.

Chikmagalur means ‘younger daughter’s town’ in local language, Kannada. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka and is located at just 12 kilometers distance from the town. The spectacular view of the Sunset from the Mullayanagiri peak is a must-see for any tourist.

There is a small temple (tomb) at the summit, dedicated to a Tapasvi “Mulappa swamy”, who is believed to have meditated at the caves a couple of feet below the summit. The caves which was open to the public till a few years ago and has direct access to the tomb of the temple, is now blocked by the temple.

Hanuman Gundi Falls.

Kemmanagundi Hill Station is a nearby hill station at 40 kilometers distance from Chikmagalur city.

How Do I Go to Chikmagalur Hill Station?

This hill station is located near to Chikkamagalur Town, which is well connected to other parts of the country. Kadur railway station is at 40 kilometers distance and is the nearest railway station to these hills. ‘Birur Junction’ railway station with station code ‘RRB’, is another nearby railway station at around 48 kilometers distance from Chikkamagalur.

Chikamagalur is at a distance of around 62 kilometers from Hassan, 148 kilometers from Mangalore, 178 kilometers from Mysore. Bangalore to Chikmagalur distance is around 250 kilometers and is connected by National Highway 173.

Which are the Tourist Destinations in and Around Chikmagalur Hill Station?

This town has a lot of places for any tourists; Kudremukh Peak, Hanuman Gundi Falls, Sringeri Mutt, Sringeri temple and Trekking up Mullayanagiri mountains are just a few among them. The Yagachi River and many other rivers originates from the hills  surrounding Chikmagalur.

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 .

Chail Hill Station

Chail Hill Station is a beautiful hill station at an average altitude of around 2,226 meters, near to Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh state of India. Chail Hill Station is situated at a higher altitude than Shimla. Chail is one of the most beautiful hill stations in the world.

Chail Hill Station
Chail Hill Station

Chail Hill Station was the summer retreat of Maharajas of Patiala, in the late 18th and 19th century, till Indian Independence. After the accession of his Kingdom to India, the Maharaja has donated most of the buildings in Chail hill station to the Government of India. The Main Palace Complex, currently called The Chail Palace, in around 75 acres of land, is now a Heritage Hotel, under Himachal Pradesh Tourism department.

Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, shifted his summer retreat center to Chail Hill Station after he was denied entry to his erstwhile summer retreat in Shimla, by the British in 1891, due to his rage with Lord Kitchener. Maharaja decided to built a new retreat center and hence built this beautiful hill station retreat. Maharaja of Patiala built many architecturally beautiful buildings in the hill station of Chail .

Chail Hill Station is full of Pine and Deodars trees and the nearby Hill station Kasauli and Hill station Shimla can be viewed from Chail at night. Chail is also well known for hiking.

Chail Hill Station has a beautiful cricket ground, which is considered as the highest cricket ground in the world. The same ground is also used as a polo ground. This ground is situated at an altitude of around 2444 meters above sea level! The same ground is also used for football matches as there are goal posts at a corner portion of the ground for this purpose.

Rastriya Military School at Chail

Maharaja of Patiala has donated one ancient building complex to “Rsatriya Military School”. The cricket ground cum polo ground (mentioned in the earlier paragraph) is now used as the playground for the Rastriya Military School. Rastriya Military School at Chail, which was earlier known as “King George Royal Indian Military School“, is the oldest Military school in India. Rastriya Military School at Chail is one of the best military schools for boys. It is the best military boarding schools, among the five Rastriya Military Schools. The Military school (sainik school in Hindi Lanuage) was designated as a college during the Second World War.

The other 4 military schools in India are at Bangalore, Belgaum, Ajmer & Dholpur. All the five military schools are affiliated to CBSE .

How Do I Go To Chail Hill Station?

Chail Hill Station is at a distance of around 45 to 60 kilometers from Shimala, depending on the route travelled. Shima-Chail via Kufri is around 45 kilometers and Shima-Chail via Kandaghat is 60 kilometers. Kalka hill station is at a distance of 90 kilometers from Chail. There are regular inter-state buses from New Delhi, the capital city of India. Regular buses operate from Shimla to Chail. Chandigarh is at a distance of around 120 kilometers, which has the nearest airport to Chail.


Gauchar is a Hill town in the left bak of river Alaknanda in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India, well known for its annual trade fair.


Gauchar is at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, en route to the holy temple town of Badrinath and is a place of halt for pilgrims to Badrinath. This place is surrounded by seven hills and is located on the mountainous regions of the state of Uttarakhand, in one of the largest pieces of flatland.

Gauchar Mela (annual trade fair) is one of the largest trade fair in the state of Uttarakhand. Traders and merchants from all over the state and other parts of the country take part in this trade fair.

Bhairavnath Mandir, Raul Devta Mandir and Mata Kali Temple are some of the places worth visiting in this small town. There is a Kendriya Vidyalaya (Sentral School) in this town.

How do I go to Gauchar?

Gauchar is well connected by roads to other parts of India by NH 58. Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at around 235 kilometers distance from Gauchar. Jolly Grant airport. Dehradun is the nearest airport at around 400 kilometers distance. (There is an airstrip at Gauchar which is used for emergency services.)

Mount Abu – Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station

Mount Abu or mt Abu is Rajesthan’s Lone Hill Station is in Sirohi District, on the state border with Gujarat state, in India. Mt Abu is a 22 kilometer by 9 kilometer rocky plateau (length and breadth). The highest peak is at around 5,650 ft (or 1722 meters) above sea level.

Mt Abu is believed to be the original abode of Gurjars, a pastoral ethnic group of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

There are rivers, waterfalls, lakes and forests in this Mount. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 290 square kilometers, was created in the year 1960.

Nakki Lake in Mount AbuNakki Lake in Mount Abu

Adhar Devi Temple, which is carved out of solid rock, is a major tourist attraction here. There are many other Hindu and Jain temples in Mount Abu. Dilwara temple is one among them, made of white marble, constructed in between the 11th and 13th centuries A.D.

The Achalgarh fort of 14th century A.D. in Nakki Lake (a very ancient sacred Lake for Hindus) is another major tourist destination in this Mount. There is the Rock on a hill near the Nakki lake, which looks like a Toad and hence called “Toad Rock” (can be seen in the above picture), which is about to jump into the lake. India’s ‘Father of Nation’, Mahatma Gandi’s ashes were immersed here in the Nakki Lake. There is a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, called “Gandhi Ghat “.

A little away from Mount Abu lies the Durga temple and Ambika Mata Temple, in a cleft of rock in Jagat.

How Do I Go to Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station?

Mount Abu railway station is the nearest rail-head at around 26 kilometers from the hill station. Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport at Udaipur is at around 200 kilometers distance to Mt Abu.

Ahmedabad is at 220 kilometers distance, Jodhpur at 270 kilometers and Jaipur is at 500 kilometers away from Mt Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station.

Can you Name a Few Mount Abu Hotels?

Hotel Hillock and Hotel Karnavati are 4 star Mount Abu hotels. The Colonial Hotels, Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Hilltone, Chacha Inn & Hotel Banjara are 3 star Mt Abu hotels. Hotel Maganji’s, Hotel Aradhana by Ashoka & Palanpur Palace Hotel are 2 star Mount Abu hotels.