Honnamma Falls or Honnamma Waterfalls
Honnamma Falls is about 24 kilometers from Kemmannagundi. Honnamma Falls is also called Manikyda Dhare because the water falls as gently as a pearl drop. Legend also says that the fall was named after the saint Manikya Dhara.
How to Reach Honnamma Falls
By road: Kemmangundi is about 53 km by road from the district headquarters of Chikkamagaluru town. From the state headquarters of Bangalore, one can try the following routes to reach Kemmangundi:
- National Highway NH-206 till Birur (229 km), take a deviation to Lingadahalli (16 km), turn left at Lingadahalli and you will see a signage (at around 1km) pointing you to Kemmannugundi. It's about 20km from this point on a rough road.
- National Highway NH-206 till Kadur and then taking a deviation to Chikkamagaluru and from there to Kemmangundi (300 km)
- National Highway NH-48 till Hassan and then taking the Hassan - Belur - Chikkamagaluru - Kemmangundi road (330 km)
There are two ways from Chikkamangaluru to Kemmanagundi. The one that goes via Lingadahalli is good and offer very scenic views. The other way is very very bad, better avoid it. Each one of the above routes offers a scenic drive through the mountain roads of Chikkamagaluru district and should be explored.
By rail: Nearest Railway Station is Tarikere (35 km. away)
By air: Nearest Airport is Mangalore (190 km. away). Alternatively, the airport at Bangalore can be used.