20 Hill Stations In & Around Karnataka For A Vacation in 2021
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Hill Stations in Karnataka

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Verdant hills, vast tea estates, curvy roads, and an endless sense of tranquility –
hill stations in Karnataka are the escape you yearn amidst the humdrum affairs of life. Inviting vacationers from all across the country with their tempting landscapes and pleasant climatic conditions, these hill settlements in Karnataka are suitable for family getaways as well bachelor trips. So, whether you are planning a thrill-filled weekend with the friends or a relaxed vacation with your family, you can easily find an option that fits your requirement.

Set in the magical realm of the Western Ghats, there are numerous hill stations near Karnataka adding grace to the exquisiteness of the region. For honeymooners and families, Munnar, Coorg, and Ooty are some of the most preferred choices.

These hill stations not only present nature in its most pristine form, but also have numerous man-made attractions and plantations worth exploring. Karnataka and its surrounding regions also feature some incredible options for photography, adventure and wildlife exploration, such as Sakleshpur, Nandi Hills, and Kodachadri among many others.

Here are some of the best hill stations in and around Karnataka:

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BR Hills

A favoured escape amongst Bangaloreans, BR Hills welcomes you with balmy weather, nature thrills and a tryst with the jungle. Plopped in the YelandurTaluk of Chamarajanagar district, this is among the salubrious hill stations in Karnataka and is also known as Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sprawling on an area of 540 sq km, it reflects the splendour of eastern most part of the Western Ghats.  Another golden feature of the place is that it was declared as the protected tiger reserve under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

Best time to visit: June - November, December - March

Attractions: Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple, BRT Wildlife Sanctuary and Big Champak Tree

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, Elephant and Jeep Safaris

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The 'land of coffee' or Chikmagalur stands gracefully on the Mullayanagiri Range. Scenic landscapes, captivating hills, lush coffee plantations and salubrious nature of this hill station makes it for a pleasant getaway in Karnataka. While its appealing hills peaks entices trekkers, adventure buffs and nature lovers, its pleasant climate makes it an ideal escapade for regular holidayers. Also known as the 'younger daughter's town', peace and tranquillity that exists in this hilly retreat makes it one of the highly visited hill stations in Karnataka.

Best time to visit:

 Baba BudanGiri Range, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary & Reservoir, Kalasa, Hebbe Falls and Khandya

 Trekking, Nature Trails, Waterfall Visits, Hiking, Homestays and Plantation Tours

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Gracious and appealing in its own way, Coorg or 'Kodagu' is known for its mesmeric beauty and charm. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, this enchanting hill station is adorned with aromatic spice plantations, lush paddy fields and never-ending patches of coffee plants.

The colourful cultures and traditions of the locals, who are known to great warriors, are truly delights to witness and enjoy. Moreover the homely ambience of Coorg never allows the visitors to feel the pinch of being away from home. The source of the Krishna River, it is also one of the adventure hubs in Karnataka; enthusiasts from across the country visits Coorg for trekking, hiking and other similar adventure activities.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Abbey Falls, Madikere Fort, Tadiyandamol Peak, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubare Elephant Camp

Accommodations: Coorg homestays

Activities: Trekking, Cycling, Hiking, Mountaineering, Waterfall Visits and Plantation Tours

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A quaint hamlet in the Shimoga district, Agumbe is one of the pictorial hill stations in Karnataka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located around 357km from Bangalore and 643m above the sea level.

While the whirly terrains of Agumbe add to its magical beauty, its lush and undulated greenery makes it for a salubrious holiday destination. Also known as the 'Cherrapunji of the South', this scenic Karnataka hill station is also a splendid destination for trekking, nature photography and several other activities.

Best time to visit: October - February

Attractions: Koodlu Theertha Falls, Sunset Point, Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Wildlife and Avifauna

Activities: Forest Trails, Waterfall Visits, Nature Trails and Trekking

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Serene, alluring and salubrious, Kodaikanal is often called the 'Gift of the Forests' and the 'Princess of Hill Stations'. Situated 7,200ft above the sea level and on the upper Palani Hills of the Western Ghats, the popular and indigenous way of 'terraced farming' adds to the beauty and appeal of the Kodai valley. The region also boasts of its handicrafts, chocolates, postcards and locally prepared eucalyptus oil.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Kodaikanal Lake, La Salette Church, Murugan Temple, Pillar Rocks, Coaker's Walk and Bear Shola Falls

Activities: Boating, Waterfall Visits, Forest Walk, Trekking, Rock Climbing and Horse Riding

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Home to the never-ending patches of tea and spice plantations, Munnar is indeed one of the greenest hill stations in India. While the winding roads leading to this hilly abode add more splendour to Munnar, its rolling hills, serene ambience, salubrious weather, challenging yet fascinating terrains and the misty outlooks make it one of the alluring hill stations arround Karnataka.

Located 1,700m above the sea level on the Western Ghats, this retreat is situated on the KannanDevan Hills in Kerala and it also shares an age-long tryst with tea culture in India.

Best time to visit: August-May

Attractions: Anamudi Peak, Eravikulam National Park, Lock Heart Gap, Mattupetty and Pothamedu

Activities: Trekking, Tea Plantations Tour, Wildlife Spotting, Trout Fishing and Waterfall Visits.

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Nandi Hills

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One of the best hill stations in Karnataka, Nandi Hills has gained a lot of popularity not only in India but also worldwide. Located at a height of 4851 ft. above the sea level, this gorgeous hill bastion is an ideal escape from the stressful city life.

Once famous as a summer retreat for Tipu Sultan, this ancient hill station is now scattered with monuments and shrines which offers breathtaking views, making it a heaven that boasts of untouched beauty and pleasant ambience.

Location: Hill station at Chikkaballapur district. 60 Kilometres from Bangalore and 10 km from Chickballapur town

Best time to visit: October to June

Attractions: Tipu’s Drop, 10 km from Chickballapur town, Amrita Sarova, Nandi Temple, Nehru Nilaya, Muddenahalli Village

Activities: Paragliding, cycling and biking
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Male Mahadeshwara Hills

Known as the pilgrimage town of Karnataka, Male Mahadeshwara Hills is famous amid pilgrims especially from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The famous Sri Male Mahadeshwara Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva attracts lakhs of pilgrims each year.

The beauty of this place attracts not only spiritual people, but also nature lovers who wish to have a quick getaway close to Bangalore.

Location: Located at Hanur Taluk of Chamarajanagara district. 210 kilometres from Bangalore and 150 kilometres from Mysore

Best time to visit: August to January

Attractions: Shivanasamudra Waterfall, Mekedatu, Mettur Dam, Male Mahadeshwara Temple, Hogenakkel

Activities: Fishing, camping and trekking
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Situated at an elevation of 950 metres above sea level, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful Karnataka hill stations nestled in the Western Ghats. This popular destination is enveloped with the aroma of cinnamon, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations. Cocooned with verdant landscapes and sceneries, Sakleshpur is an ideal place to unwind for a quick getaway.

Location: Located at Hassan District of Karnataka. 221 Kilometres from Bangalore and 130 Kilometres from Mangalore

Best time to visit: November to April

Attractions: Agni Gudda Hill, Sakleshwara Temple, Raxidi Estate, Manjehalli Waterfalls, manjarabad Fort, The Bisle Reserve Forest

Activities: Trekking expedition, backwaters, cycling, camping
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Kundadri Hill

A hidden gem of Agumbe, Kundadri Hill is a stunning hillock which has a beautiful Jain Temple as its main attraction other than the awe-inspiring beauty. The 2 small ponds enveloping the temple, enhances the beauty to a next level. The dense forests, paddy fields and the enormous mountain chain makes Kundadri Hill a must visit destination.

Location: Located in Shimoga District of Karnataka. 346 kilometres from Bangalore and 70 kilometres from Udupi City

Best time to visit: October to April

Attractions: Agumbe Ghat, Jogigundi Falls, Onake Abbi Falls, Kavaledurga

Activities: Trekking



Kodachadri is a heaven for all the nature and adventure lovers as this tiny hill station is blessed with stunning views, attractions and activities to give a perfect kind of holiday experience.

Situated at a height of 1343 metres, this place is a natural heritage site with eminent cultural and religious significance, making it one of the best hill stations in Karnataka.  

Location: Hosanagara Taluk of Shimoga District. 412 kilometres from Bangalore

Best time to visit: October to February

Attractions: Mookambika Temple, Hidlumane Waterfalls, Arishinagundi Waterfalls, Souparnika River, Belakallu theertha Waterfalls, Nagara Fort, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

Activities: Kodachadri Trekking


Kotagiri is the oldest and smallest hill station which is nestled amid the Nilgiri Hills. This tiny hill station is surrounded by gorgeous landscapes which exhibits tranquillity and peace.

A summer retreat for all the tourists, Kotagiri is packed with fresh air and lush green environs perfect for a peaceful vacation.

Location: Located in Nilgiris Hill. 301 kilometres from Bangalore and 64 kilometres from Coimbatore

Best time to visit: December to May

Attractions: Nehru Park, St. Catherine Waterfalls, Kodanad Viewpoint, Rangaswamy Peak, John Sullivan Bungalow, Rangaswamy Pillar, Uyilatty Waterfalls

Activities: Kotagiri Walk
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Situated at an altitude of 1712 metres above the sea level, Anthargange is an ideal location for adventure lovers. The name of the place means “Ganges from the deep” in the local language.

The origin of the stream is a mystery and thus, given the name. Anthargange is blessed with sights of cave exploration, rock climbing and trekking, making it a perfect location for all adventure freaks.

Location: Located at Kolar district of Karnataka. 70 Kilometres from Bangalore

Best time to visit: October to March

Attractions: Kashi Vishweshwara Temple 

Activities: Rock climbing, trekking, cave exploration


One of the most popular hill stations in Karnataka, Gangamoola is a beautiful place to spend some quality time amidst nature. It is famously known as the source of three important rivers in Karnataka State- Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi.

The beautiful scenery, landscapes and abundant attractions make it an idyllic location for all holiday seekers.

Location: Located at Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka.

Best time to visit: October to May

Attractions: Temple of Goddess Bhagavathi with 1.8 metres Varaha image inside a cave, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Kalasa, Horanadu

Activities: Trekking


Yelagiri Hills

Once a private property of the Zaminder Family, Yelagiri is now counted amongst the alluring hill stations in Karnataka. Situated at a height of around 1,410m above the sea level, it is such a retreat where you can indulge in several activities, relax amidst the pristine nature or can just laze around doing nothing at all!

Be it the enchanting beauty of this hill station or its winding roads, its rugged terrains or the salubrious climate, this hill station proves to be an ideal destination for all the classes of travellers.

Best time to visit: November-February

Attractions: Swami Malai Hills, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope Observatory and Punganoor Artificial Lake

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Boating and Paragliding

Accommodations: Yelagiri resorts

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Horsley Hills

A hill station near Karnataka, Horsley Hills is known for its magnificent beauty, picture-perfect mountains and verdant outlooks. Named after a British official, this hilly retreat is often linked with the folklores of a tribal girl who was raised by the elephants.

According to the legends, she had the magical powers of healing the sick and sufferers, and after her sudden disappearance, the locals built a temple in her memory. And thus Horsley Hills got its name as 'Yenugu Mallamma Konda' in the past. But after its discovery, it was renamed after its discoverer.

Best time to visit: December-March

Attractions: Gangotri Lake, Gaalibanda, Horsley Hills Museum and Highview Seeing Place

Activities: Trekking, Zorbing, Rappelling and Nature Trails

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Kolli Hills

Tucked away from the hands of commercialisation and nestled amidst evergreen and flourishing greeneries, Kohli Hills in Tamil Nadu is also one of the popular hill stations around Karnataka. Situated on the Eastern Ghats, the journey to the top of the hills is an enthralling experience in itself!

Comprising of 70 hair pin bends, this way to the hilltops makes for an exhilarating as well as exciting experience. In addition to the mystical beauty and appeal, this hill station is also a popular pilgrimage site for the Hindus.

Best time to visit: February-December

Attractions: Akash Ganga Falls, Arapaleeswarar Temple, Cave House, AgayaGangal and Boat House

Activities: Trekking, Boating, Hiking and Nature Trails



Nestled deep in the Blue Mountains or the 'Nilgiris', Ooty is amongst the most sought after hill stations in Karnataka and in the country too. Quaint and alluring in its own way, this hilly retreat is also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'.

Adorned with the beauty of misty mountain peaks, salubrious forest ranges and a pleasant climate al through the year, Ooty has also retained its old world appeal in the most serene and lively ways.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Botanical Garden, Doddabetta Peak, KamrajSagar Dam, Mudumalai National Park and Emerald Lake

Activities: Trekking, Angling, Boating, Nature Trails and Sightseeing

Accommodation:  Ooty Resorts,Ooty homestays

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Away from the grip of urbanisation, Wayanad is situated at the tip of the Deccan Plateau. While the Western Ghats add to the enchanting beauty of this hill station near Karnataka, its evergreen paddy fields and forests credits it as one of the greenest place in the country.

Wayanad's lofty mountain peaks, rugged and uneven terrains, rivers and wildlife attracts a large number of adventure buffs, nature lovers, regular holidayers and honeymooners from different corners of the globe.

Best time to visit: October-May

Attractions: Edakkal Caves, BanasuraSagar Dam, Kuruva Island, Chembra Peak, and Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary 

Activities: Trekking, Nature Trails, Caving, Wildlife Tours, Cycling Tours and Boating

Accommodations: Wayanad homestays

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The 'Jewel of the South' or Yercaud is known for its surreal climate, fascinating hills and evergreen forests. Perched at a height of 1,515m on the Western Ghats, this scenic hill station near Karnataka is located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu and can be easily accessed from Bangalore.

Rich in flora and fauna, Yercaud is also a wonderful place to witness and explore the undulated beauty of the nature. One can also spot some of the wildlife species like deer, bison, squirrel, mongoose and birds like bulbul, swallow, kites and others.

Best time to visit: October-June              

Attractions: Lady's Seat, Botanical Garden, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point and Wildlife

Accommodation: Yercaud resorts

Activities: Sightseeing, Trekking and Nature Trails

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24 October 2015
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly exploring more of South India now and to get the best of South I prefer reading thrillophilia reviews .
"One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. \n\nAn initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.\n\nBest to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory."
23 October 2015
Devi Chattopadhyay Kunti Betta Day Adventure in Bangalore
This was a really nice trip. Firstly, this place is close by Bangalore and very much in driving distance. Secondly, the adventure activities are well-organized. They are safe too. This way it is very easy and convenient for us to blindly trust and do this. Also, most of the adventurous activities didn’t require much background skills like swimming or gym training. It was meant for everyone and before heading out at this place I also saw some thrillophilia reviews to know more about it.
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the rain and leeches (which we were informed earlier) there is absolutely nothing to point out in the trek. We met many new people and it felt like college days all over again. Loved this trek and would definitely recommend it to everyone.
04 September 2019
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' thrillophilia reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later and experience it as done by so many folks who have shared about their amazing adventures at thrillophilia reviews. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. The itinerary was more or less the same as shared by people at thrillophilia reviews.Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies which I always wanted to visit after reading thrillophilia reviews.My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara about which many people have recommended visiting it at thrillophilia reviews. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host about whom many people have mentioned at thrillophilia reviews for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.