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Charmadi Ghat is one of the most scenic and dangerous (to drive) Ghats of Karnataka. Charmadi Ghat is part of Western Ghats and located in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district.
Charmadi Ghat is a unique place as it is a rich biodiversity spot with a variety of rare medicinal plants and rare animal species in the world. But for a nature lover, this Ghat is just a package of unlimited natural beauty. The real beauty of Charmadi can be seen only during in rainy season.
Charmadi Ghat is one of the points in Western Ghats where it connects Chikmagalur district to Dakshina Kannada district. It is one of the beautiful scenic drives through Charmadi Ghat section when on tour to Mangalore from Chikmagalur. The 25 Km stretch starting from Kottigehara (lies in border of Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur) to Charmadi Village is awesome, calm and peaceful. Anyone who drives on this Ghat enjoy the natural beauty, it seems like the road is covered with lush green blanket all over. Each and every curves of Charmadi Ghat are has got its unique attraction and it is really amazing. These curves make you stop your vehicle, invites you to enjoy the natural beauty.
The real beauty of Charmadi lies in its small waterfalls which come alive during monsoon. Most of the waterfalls are beside the highway. When you reach the top of Charmadi Ghat you can find a milky waterfall in between the thick forest.
Once you enter Charmadi village from Kottigehara via Charmadi Ghat, you will experience a drastic change in the climate. You miss cool climate of Chikmagalur (a hill station) and feel hot and humid.
Charmadi Ghat is also heaven for the trekking activity.
Places of attraction: Ballarayanadurga is a fort atop a hill located about 10 km from Sunkasale, on the Kottigehara - Kalasa route.
Distance from Charmadi Ghat:
Bangalore: 280 Km
Mysore: 205 Km
Mangalore: 95 Km
Chikmagalur: 60 Km
Mudigere: 30 Km
Ujire: 25 Km
Dharmasthala: 34 Km
Belthangady: 32 Km
Kalasa: 60 Km
Horanadu: 68 Km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport at Bajpe
Nearest Railway Station: Mangalore
Road: Charmadi Ghat is well connected by road network. State Highway SH64 lies on Charmadi Ghat, it connects Dakshina Kannada district and Chikmagalur district.
Route map to reach Charmadi Ghat: (Driving Directions)
From Bangalore: via Nelamangala - Hassan - Belur - Mudigere - Kottigehara
From Mysore: via Holenarasipura - Hassan - Belur - Mudigere - Kottigehara
From Mangalore: via Bantwal - Guruvayanakere - Belthangady - Charmadi Village
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