Kemmannugundi is a hill station in Chikmagalur district in the state of Karnataka, India. Kemmannugundi (or Kemmannagundi) derives its name from three Kannada words РKempu (red), mannu (soil) and gundi (pit) and means a place with red soil. It is 1434m above sea level. This was the summer retreat of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV and as a mark of respect to the king, it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. The station is ringed by the Baba Budan Giri Range, with cascades, mountain streams, and lush vegetation, Kemmangundi’s has ornamental gardens and mountains and valleys views. There is a spectacular sunset view from the Raj Bhavan.

Landmarks

Z point

Z point is a vantage point at Kemmangundi and can be reached by a steep uphill trek of about 45 minutes from Raj Bhavan and is another place from which to view the sunrise. Shanthi Falls near Kemmangundi can be visited.

Rose garden

Rose garden is a garden of roses maintained by the Horticultural Department of Karnataka. Many varieties of roses are cultivated there.

Shanti Falls

Shanti Falls is a refreshing sight that awaits visitors on their trek to Z Point in the lush green forest stretch of Kemmenagundi. The waterfall is located at a distance of around 55 km from the town of Chikmagalur in Karnataka. The beauty of the falls attracts visitors and trekkers alike who often treat the place as a stopover before resuming their journey towards Z Point that is situated about 2 km from the waterfall.