15 Hill Stations near Mangalore: 2020 Updated

Hill Stations near Mangalore

Agumbe, Kundadri Hill, Chikmagalur, Coorg, BR Hills, Kemmanagundi, Yana, Hassan, Shimoga and many more.

While Mangalore is a beautiful city, you can take a break away from the humdrum of city life by visiting one of the many hill stations near Mangalore. Because of their proximity to the ocean, these hill-stations experience wonderful weather throughout the year, where it is pleasantly cool during summer and comfortably cold during winter, with occasional bouts of rainfall.

You can also find sprawling coffee plantations in hill stations like Coorg and Chikmagalur and take in the beautiful green landscape in Wayanad, Nandi Hills and Kotagiri. You can also go trekking in quaint hill stations like Agumbe, Sakleshpur, Kodachadri, Hassan, Shimoga and Kemmangundi. These hill stations have an abundance of trekking trails, waterfalls, viewpoints, hillside resorts and many other attractive features that make them perfect vacation destinations.

Here is the list of hill stations near Mangalore:

01

Agumbe

Agumbe
Agumbe is an enchanting hill station in Malnad, Karnataka offering some of the most enthralling scenery you can find in this region. This picturesque hill station near Mangalore receives the heaviest rainfall in the state and a lush green forest covers its slopes like a soft carpet.

The hills are perfect for trekking and it also has some very rare and unique medicinal plants such as Eugenia, Ficus and Hoiligarna. Although small, this village has several unique contributions such as the oldest automatic weather station that monitors changes that take place in the rainforests.

Agumbe is also the setting of the famous stories of Malgudi Days. It has much to offer to its visitors. Here you can witness one of the most perfect sunsets at Sunset Point which is the highest point in the Western Ghats.

You can indulge in a visit to the 14th century temple of Gopala Krishna from the Hoysala period. If you love trekking and adventure then you can enjoy some of the most beautiful trekking trails to Barkana Falls and so much more. 

Distance from Mangalore: 107.6 km

Best Time to visit: November to February

Highlights: Barkana Falls, Sunset Point, Trekking trails, dense rainforests, rare medicinal plants, waterfalls, Gopala Krishna Temple and Jogi Gundi Falls
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Sakleshpur

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A hill station in the heights of Western Ghats of India, Sakleshpur is a small town located in the state of Karnataka. Famous for being surrounded by a surprising number of plantations of coffee, tea and spices, Sakleshpur’s economy thrives on these. Apart from that, with the recent development in the tourism happening around the town, places to visit in Sakleshpur have recently gathered a lot of fame for themselves because of their beauty and the kind of experiences that they harbour, both of which are unparalleled. 

Easily connected with Major cities like Bangalore and Mangalore, Sakleshpur has a bounty of beautiful places to see, both manmade and nature’s gifts. A prime example of that is the ages-old Manjarabad Fort constructed in the form of a star, which is also one of the prime tourist places in Sakleshpur. But that is not the only one, the list of names goes on and on as to where you should go to see Sakleshpur treating you with its best views of natural beauty, sometimes mingling with the manmade structures. 

The 600 year old Sakleshwara temple that sits on the river Hemavathi’s banks is a piece of fine craftsmanship in surroundings that are meant to take your breath away. And taking your breath away brings to mind the Bisle View Point, offering a panoramic view of the region and hills around, as well as the rainforests of the area. You can see as far away as the Pushpagiri, Dodda Betta and Kumara Parvatha Hills.

And no, the hill station is not just about the sights as there is a long list of things to do in Sakleshpur. The hill station knows how to live on the adventurous edge of life too. Sakleshpur is a heaven for trekking enthusiasts, and that is why this town has taken the definition of trekking to a whole new level by introducing something new like Railway Bridge Trekking. You can trek on the 52km long railway track (trek) between Sakleshpur and Kukke Subramanya road junction, which was closed down long ago. This unforgettable experience takes you through the scenes of at least 25 waterfalls.

And as far as the question of staying in Sakleshpur is concerned, nature stays in Sakleshpur are bound to take your breath away with their surroundings, features and comfort alongside the local hospitality that you will experience here. There is no one type in the places to stay in Sakleshpur and that is what makes it worth experiencing. So take your family, friends, or partner and come to Sakleshpur, and even if no one agrees, come solo. But do not think of missing out on so much fun.

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Coorg

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Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

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Chikmagalur

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Translated as the ‘Young Daughter’s Town’ as it was presented as dowry to the younger daughter of the Chief of Sakrepatna, Rukmangada, this serene city is also known as the ‘Coffee Land of Karnataka’ tranquilizing you from within with its aroma.

Lush green trees set against the backdrop of majestic Mullayangiri ranges, Chikmagalur is one of the most popular spots for trekkers, nature enthusiasts, thrill-seekers, and explorers. The pious land is home to numerous temples including the Sharadamba Temple, Vidyashankara Temple, Kodanda Ramaswamy Temple, and Amruteshwar Temple adding grace to the grandeur of the vicinity bringing in devotees from far and close offering their prayers.

Chikmagalur stands at an elevation of 3,400 feet, covered with eye-catching tea and coffee plantations, making it a major commercial hub of the state, and also bringing in tourists from all over the world to entice the unique experience of walking through the plantations.

This entrancing hill station is not just about temples and sightseeing but also adventure activities that would savor your inner thrill enthusiast.  
Do not miss out on the famous waterfalls, namely, Jhari Waterfalls, Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, Shankar Falls, and Kadambi Falls as there are plenty of them that will surely leave you mesmerized by spellbinding scenic beauty. Cascade of water flowing over the rugged terrain, it is a view that you will remember all through your life.

If you wish to find an escape from the monotonous 9 to 5 life, this is just the right place for you to spend some time amidst the flora and fauna. Do not forget to carry your camera along to come back with pictures to flaunt on your social media. 

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05

Kodachadri

Kodachadri
Kodachadri is the tenth highest peak in Karnataka and one of the best trekking trails in the state. It is located along the Shimoga-Kollur highway. The area is filled with rolling lush green hills, densely covered forests, cascading waterfalls and grassy meadows.

It is one of the best destinations to enjoy a rejuvenating and refreshing weekend. There are three main trekking trails to the Kodachadri peak- the Karekatte trail which is a relatively easy trail and fit for beginners, the Marakuttaka trail is steeper and requires more physical and mental efforts.

The third trail is a jeep route and the longest trail to the Peak. Besides trekking you can also indulge in kayaking, hiking and camping i n Kodachadri. 

Distance from Mangalore: 163.5 km

Best Time to visit: September to February

Highlights: Mookambika Temple, Hidlumane waterfalls, Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagara Fort, trekking, camping, hiking and kayaking.
06

Hassan

Hassan
Hassan is a perfect holiday destination for history buffs, spiritual travellers, art lovers and explorers. It is one of those places which are filled with beautifully structured ancient temples and monuments. Hassan also has several Jain temples with intricate carvings and spectacular architectural designs.

One such fine example is the Lakshmidevi Temple built during the Hoysala period. Other famous temples are Sadashiva Temple,  Bucheshwara temple, the Someshwara temple and many more. Another most unique attraction in Hassan is the Shettihalli Church which remains submerged underwater during the monsoons each year. Its unique and beautiful Gothic architecture attracts a number of tourists. 

Distance from Mangalore: 191.1 km

Best Time to visit: November to March

Highlights: 12th century temples and monuments, Gomteshwara statue, ruins of Shettihalli church, Maharaja Park, Hemanthi Reservoir
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07

Shimoga

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A beautiful city located along the banks of the Tunga river in central Karnataka is Shimoga also known as Shimoga. Offering the beautiful tourist places in Shimoga, this city is encompassed by lush green landscapes, coconut palm trees and abundant waterfalls. Shimoga has a religious history with rich traditions, fine arts and culture. "Kuvempu Rangamandira" and "Karnataka Sangha" and the newly built "Suvarna Samskruthi Bhavana" are the major venues of the city for cultural activities.

Yakshagana, a dance drama, is popular in Thirthahalli, Hosanagara, Sagar, and Sorab Taluks of the district and this art is also performed in Shimoga which adds feathers to the cap of tourist places in Shimoga. There are some professional and amateur troupes from Malnad region, performing this dance drama across Karnataka. The Keladi rulers named the city Shimoga (Face of Shiva) as it was believed that Lord Shiva drank the water of river Tunga. This city was built up by the Keladi rulers amid the lead of Shivappa Nayaka in around 1600 A.D.

The Sahyadri ranges, a part of the Western Ghats, sustain the waterways round the year, and immerse the prolific alluvial soil, with gifts from nature make it the bread provider of Karnataka. Shimoga can be named as 'Heaven on earth’ in India as it is comprised of breathtaking views from the hills and hillocks, refreshing waterfalls with a calm and peaceful weather among the other things to do in Shimoga, nature is surely one of the picturesque blisses of the place. The serenity here attracts many tourists to this city. Visit this wonderful city with your beloved or with your family as it a perfect tourist destination for all.

From the state capital Bangalore, Shimoga can be reached on road by on NH-206. (via Tumkur, Arasikere, Banavara, Kadur, Birur, Tarikere, and Bhadravathi.) KSRTC, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, runs several buses from Bangalore, including Hitech and night services. Shimoga is around 274 km (170 mi) by road from Bangalore. From coastal side, Shimoga is accessible by bus or car. This route passes through Agumbe Ghat or Balebare Ghat roads. Mangalore, Sringeri, Dharmasthala, Udupi, Hubli are connected by Road to this city. Shimoga is better connected with roads from all directions and as such, it is an important bus junction. The tourist places in Shimoga will surely take your heart.

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Kemmangundi
Escape into the serene surroundings at Kemmangundi in Chikmagalur which is known for its panoramic views. This beautiful hill station is popularly known as KR Hills and was known as the summer retreat for the Mysore King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. One of the best places to visit in Chikamagalur, this place is known for its beautiful gardens and spectacular views.

For the most enchanting visit, Raj Bhawan in Kemmangundi offers a gorgeous view at the time of sunset making it a pure photographer’s delight. It is also a hotspot for nature lovers with beautiful waterfalls, gurgling streams and verdant valleys. Some of the famous attractions that one must not visit in Kemmangundi are Z Point, Rose Garden, Hebbe Falls, Mullayanagiri, Baba Budangiri etc.  

• Height: It is at a height of 1434 metres above sea level

• Location: Kemmangundi, Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru

• Best Time to visit: The months from September to May remain the most pleasant time to visit here

• Distance from Chikmagalur Bus Stand: Kemmangundi is at a distance of 60 kilometres from Chikmagalur

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Yana

Yana
Yana is a picturesque hill station near Mangalore surrounded by the evergreen forests of the Sahyadri Mountains. One of the most special features of Yana village is its unique and unusual rock formations. The two famous ones are the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara which are standing at 390 ft and 300 ft respectively. 

Its dense evergreen forests provides for a perfect landscape and backdrop for one of the best trekking expeditions. The village is also home to the beautiful Yana Temple which is a pilgrimage spot for many believers.

There is also a cave temple with a naturally formed Shiva Linga where people from far and wide come to visit and offer prayers.
Vibhuti Falls is another major attraction here which attracts photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Distance from Mangalore: 227.9 km

Best Time to visit: October to January

Highlights: Vibhuti Waterfalls, Cave Temple, unique rock formations, trekking trails, rock climbing, Yana Temple and lush green rainforests.
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Wayanad

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Known for its soothing temperature all around the year, Wayanad is the ultimate destination to escape the scorching sun of North India. This place doesn’t only offer its cool temperature but along with that, it has untouched woods, misty mountains, and long spread plantations. Often called the spice garden of India, Wayanad is laid with many tourist places and vast orchards of various spices like cardamom, Black pepper, Star Anise, Fenugreek, Black cumin and more. These green orchards of distinct spices give this place a different fragrance which is further enriched with the aroma of coffee plantation, nutrition of organic fruits and vegetables and waving paddy fields.

Having said this much about the greenery in the city, it is understood that it will have numerous wildlife sanctuaries, reserves and national parks protecting the rural life of the forests. Adding to all the natural beauty you have India’s largest earth dam and Asia’s second-largest earth dam, Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. Having mighty mountains, dense woods, and gushing rivers, Wayanad is a hub for trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, and many more adventurous activities.

You can trek to India’s largest Earth Dam, Banasura Dam or trek to witness the sun setting behind the mountains from Wayanad’s highest peak, Chembra Peak. The list doesn’t end here, you have the chance to explore potentially Neolithic age at Edakkal Caves. You will find some petroglyphs- prehistoric rock carvings used as a communication tool.

Moreover, you will find some amazing examples of ancient architecture and religious beliefs through the monuments like Thirunelli Temple, Karinthandan Temple, Ancient Jain Temple and much more. All these threads weave into an amazing tapestry that will glorify your photo album as well as the album of your life.

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BR Hills

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Mighty and magnificent, at an elevation of 1200 metres, Biligirirangana Hills stand tall at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats in South Karnataka, and are frequented for their diverse flora and fauna. BR Hills offers plenty of sights to visit, thrilling sports to experience, and some wonderful homely places to stay at during the course of your visit.

Sightseeing 

- BRT Wildlife Sanctuary which sprawls across 540 sq. kms and is home to gaurs, sambhar, tigers, leopards, four-horned antelopes and over 200 species of birds. 

- Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple where lies the statue of Lord Ranganatha, at the highest peak of the BR Hills.

- Dodda Sampige Mara, which translates to the The Big Champak Tree, is 2000 years old and definitely worth a view. 

 

Things to Do

- Trek to the highest peak of BR Hills.

- Go coracle boat riding, angling, and fishing at the Kaveri and Kapila Rivers.

- River raft, especially in the monsoons, but be prepared for unpredictable heavy rains to play spoilsport too!

- Shop at the Tribal Resource Centre, for some local handicrafts, artefacts, pickles, juices, and an array of options. 


Staying at BR Hills 

BR Hills offers some great options like the Rajathadri Hill Villas, K. Gudi Wilderness Camp, Gorukana Eco Wellness Retreat, and Champakaranya which, with their range of tents, cottages and rooms, make for the perfect retreat!

Boasting of temple and tranquillity, BR Hills is the perfect weekend getaway for hodophiles, dendrophiles, adventure junkies, and absolutely anyone else who loves being close to nature!

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Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills
Also known as Nandidurga, Nandi is a beautiful hill station in Chikballapur district, Karnataka. Nandi Hills  often serves as a much needed respite for many of those living in the nearby cities. Excellent weather, great view points, wonderful ambiance and interesting attractions make Nandi Hills a very apt holiday destination.

Here you will find some beautiful cascading waterfalls, streams scenic picnic spots, rolling hills, caves and perfect landscape for photography. Nandi Hills is also an ideal destination for adventure seekers who are interested in paragliding.

It is one of the best hill stations near Mangalore that has fantastic terrain for cycling expeditions. One of the most popular attractions here is Tipu’s Drop, a 600meters high cliff which was used by Tipu Sultan to fling off prisoners. 

Distance from Mangalore: 378 km

Best Time to visit: October to May

Highlights: Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Sri Bhoga Narasimha Temple, Gavi Veerabhadraswamy temple, Summer Residence of Tipu Sultan, cycling, paragliding.
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MM hills

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MM Hills is seven rolling hills connected to each other and its most famous attraction is the Mahadeshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a group of folk singers known as the Kamale who performs near the Temple, reciting the legend of Mahadeshwar and the many miracles he has performed. 

MM Hills is not only famous for the Temple but also for its spectacular natural beauty. It offers a stunning landscape and trekking trails making it one of the most fascinating hills stations near Mangalore. The surrounding hills are covered in dense forest which is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

These hills are also excellent for trekking expeditions and one of the most popular one is the trail that goes all the way to Palar. Along this trek you can also spot elephants and a wide variety of flora.  

Distance from Mangalore: 394 km

Best Time to visit: September to March

Highlights: Mahadeshwara Temple, trekking, nature walks, hiking, wildlife spotting.
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Kotagiri

Kotagiri
Kotagiri is one of the oldest hill stations set in the backdrop of the Nilgiris. This enchanting hill town used to be the summer retreat of the British during the British rule. This beautiful resort town is filled with lush green tea gardens and majestic rolling hills.

A visit to Kotagiri will present its visitors with ample opportunities for trekking and rock climbing. There are several attractions in Kotagiri to explore making it one of the most interesting hill stations near Mangalore. Some of the major attractions are Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar, John Sullivan, Nehru Park, Nilgiris Museum and Snowden Peak.

Distance from Mangalore: 441.4 km

Best Time to visit: December to May

Highlights: Catherine Falls, Elk Falls, Rangaswamy Peak and Pillar, John Sullivan, Nehru Park, Nilgiris Museum, trekking trails such as Kotagiri - Longwood Shola Trail and Snowden Peak.
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