Hanumangundi: A green, serene valley

Hanumangundi: A green, serene valley

For all those waterfall lovers who wish to have a rejuvenating water bath amidst the forest and fill their eyes with the exquisite beauty of nature, one of the spots that could be suggested nearby is Hanumangundi falls in Chikmagalur district.

Hanumangundi falls also called as Suthanabbe falls is located in the green covered region of Kuduremukh National Park. Interested visitors can trek for some distance and then get into the falls which is situated next to the main road. Earlier, it was a tough task to climb down from main entrance to the falls as it was lacking proper steps to support the tourists, but now with the fixing up of strong iron steps by the Forest Department, climbing job has been made easier. If one starts counting the steps then there are exactly 387 steps to reach the basement of Hanumangundi falls. Paying a nominal fee of Rs 30, allows the visitor to get entry to the waterfall.

Once the visitor reaches the fall, chilled water that gushes from 100 feet above, falling on the rocky area provides visual treat to the visitors’ eyes.

The rocks in the falls vicinity acts as a leisure place for all those rest seekers who wish to spend their time in peace and tranquillity listening to the resonating sound of the waterfall next to them. Those who visit Hanumangundi never miss to drench themselves as the fresh cascading water from the top refreshes the body and mind.
Moreover, this fall is not a dangerous place, though one has to be little careful about the slippery rocks.

There is no food facility available in this region, so it is always better for the visitors to carry food items with them. In fact, the place is so interior that hardly any of the cell phone networks are available here.

The bus facilities are also quite less, therefore preferably the visitors can go in private vehicles or enquire the bus timing before hand and then get set for the journey.

Lakya dam
Lakya dam is another place that one can visit during the trip. Lakya dam constructed by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company has stopped operating since 2006 as per the Supreme Court order. The dam which was constructed to collect waste materials from the iron ore company now has a deserted look. 

How to reach
Take a bus to Karkala from your place and then catch the bus that goes to Kuduremukh via Hanumangundi. It is not more than 90 minutes journey from Karkala to Hanumangundi. Last bus to return to Karkala is at 5.30 pm.

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