Kyathanamakki Hills in Western Ghats, Karnataka

        Kyathanamakki Hills is a spectacular hill range with continuous hills and suitable to trek each hill to reach the peaks, Surrounded by lush green everywhere and while trekking fog will cross us and make us to dip in the sudden coolness and every peak will give variety of experiences like sunrise point , sunset point , few places you will feel as you or on top of the clouds , surprise waterfall to dip , unexplored plants and fruits to enjoy on the way. We can also hire a jeep and cross every peek from dawn to dusk to cover all the hills.

Best time to visit Kyathanamakki Hills : All seasons and especially after monsoon

2 Hillocks are there in Kyathanmakki hills . One side of the hill we visited during Agumbe trip last year during monsoon and this time our trip organizer took us to the other side of the Kyathanamakki Hills. Initially not interested to visit the same place and after getting lots of promises that this place is entirely different than the previous visit, we agreed for the 2 day trip from Bangalore.

Route :  Bangalore –Hassan – Chikmagalur – Belur-  Hornadu – Kyathanamakki (380 Kms)

How to Reach Kyathanamakki Hills :  By Bus or private vehicle from Bangalore to Hornadu. Before Hornadu temple need to take a left and only through jeep we can reach this place, Bumpy roads inside the forest

About our 2 day weekend trip from Bangalore

Day 1 @ Kyathanamakki Hills(30-April-2017)

We started in an AC Tempo traveler around 11pm from Bangalore on Saturday night. Next day early morning before we reach Hornadu, stopped for tea break around. When we were waiting for coffee, sudden changes in the climate and started to feel the fog drizzling on us and all of us were excited.

On the way to Hornadu

Around 7AM we reached near Hornadu temple and had breakfast there. Then our jeep journey started reach the home stay at Kyathanamakki hill, which was around 16Kms. First half of the drive was on a proper road and the 2ns half of the travel was deep inside the forest and absolutely no road available.

Kyathanmakki Hill trekking path / Jeep drive 

The moment we got down from the jeep we felt .. Oh wow!!!. The home stay is surrounded by hills and no other house or resort available within 10 Kms surrounding. The home stay people arranged a jeep where in 8 to 9 people can travel.

We paid Rs 1500 per person including 3 times food, snacks , coffee/ tea , jeep drive , guidance to the waterfall.

Homestay at Kyathanamakki Hills 

The care taker took us to a small waterfall near the homestay. We trekked 2 kms and crossed few hills, thick forest area covered with tall trees, small streams. The hills were filled with small date palm, forest jamun tree, guava, etc. The waterfall is small but water was clear and we spent 2 hours, best place to visit during monsoon.

Waterfall in Kyathanmakki

Post lunch we took rest and evening again trekked few hills to watch sunset and had an amazing view. Evening we played games and anthakshari on the terrace. All of a sudden thousands of fire flakes surrounded us and blinking in the nearby tree, on the top the sky was filled with millions of stars. Pitch dark around and these lighting added more pleasure on that evening.

         Sunset View at Kyathanmakki Hills

Day 2 at Kyathanamakki Hills: (01-May-2017)

Next day morning again we trekked few hills in the Kyathanamakki hills in the opposite direction to reach the sunrise view point. Just astonished with the scenic view when we reached the top of the hill. We saw the clouds below us and felt like reached the heaven and a must visit unexplored place near Bangalore.

 Sunrise at Kyathanmakki Hills
Hill top View from Kyathanmakki Hills

Galibetta

After descending we had breakfast at Kyathanamakki Home stay and again our jeep journey started towards Hornadu. People went to Hornadu temple for Darshan and on the way back we took Sringeri route to see Kudhuramuka hills and few more water falls.

Then we took a different route and crossed Charmadi hills and started to travel along with foggy clouds and rain. The double rainbow sited in Charmadi hills added more colors to our trip.

Charmadi Hills
Double Rainbow in Charmadi Hills

Electricity generated by using turbo water power system.

The total trip cost for the 2 day trip from Bangalore was Rs 3100 including Food , stay , travel by TT & Jeep travel expenses and it’s a suitable place for people who want to get lost along with nature in an unexplored place near Bangalore and a best weekend getaway from Bangalore for 2 days

Tips :

Absolutely no mobile network at the home stay , hence inform your friends and family well in advance at Hornadu itself. Carry playing cards, etc for time pass.

Carry snacks, water ( if you are not ok to drink natural mineral water), there are no shops around 10 Kms

Food was yummy and 6 big rooms available with a big hall, spacious verandah. Only basis facilities available, mobile charging possible only once due to self electricity generation, carry power bank.

The caretaker in the home stay is very much helpful.

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