Setting: Enchanting mountain landscapes that enthrall your mind.

Visited - OCT 2016
Horanadu is a region in Chikmagalur district. My calling to this region was the Kudremukha(horse face) mountain range. As I began planning my trip, I found there is more to this region, including the temples, rivers, waterfalls and abundant green surroundings. Kalasa is the central town to cover the region. There are simple lodges for stay and a few resort type accommodations.

It ended up being a SEE trip, which was plenty fulfilling and relaxing to the core. I could not DO much on this trip. The region has plenty of trekking activity and waterfalls, which I could not get to as some were closed and some limited by time. Saved for next time!

Moving around: Own transportation to get you to trekking start points, and then your mind, body and feet take over!!

This has made my revisit list.
From Bangalore (Karnataka) to Kalasa:
Via Hassan – Belur– Mudigere (Roughly 7 hours)
Alternately, from Hassan you could take other routes via Chikmagalur.

From Mangalore (Karnataka) to Kalasa:
Via Moodbidri – Karkala (Roughly 3.5 hours)

*While I haven’t done the route from Mangalore, this destination is a popular tourist location for travellers from Mangalore.

Whichever route you take consider yourself lucky for the pleasing greenery and landscapes!

    • Kudremukha mountain range
    • Kudremukh mining town (closed in 2006)
    • Duggapana Katte (sunset view) and Kalasa Town
    • Amba theertha
    • Ballalarayama Fort (2 hours trek one way)
    • Lakhya Dam
    • Hanumangundi Waterfalls
    • Kadambi Waterfalls
    • Gangamoola – Origin of 3 rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi
    • Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple
    • Sringeri Temple
The area is loaded with trekking options, varying from simple treks for quick sunrise/sunset views, waterfalls etc. to treks that last a whole day. I did three treks on this trip- sunset view point, Kudremukh rolling hills/peaks view point, and queens drop-highly recommend them all. Looking forward to another time when the longer even more exciting treks can be done-Ballarayanna fort, Kudremukha and a lot more!
Eat: Eat at your hotel. Additional options available in Kalasa town.

Stay: Very few options. I liked Silent Valley Resort. There are some basic lodging facilities in Kalasa town and few other resorts in the vicinity.

Know before your go:

Kalasa is a small town with limited options

Include plenty of time for treks-some require pre booking


Checkout the Horanadu Gallery!

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