Rani Jhari, a hidden gem near Chikmagalur, is a viewpoint offering spellbinding views. It is 21 km from Kalasa in the Durgada Halli village and about 70 km from Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Not well known, like the Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri peaks in the Chikmagalur region, Rani Jhari Edge Point is an unexplored trekking point. Hence, it attracts trekkers and nature lovers alike.
History of Rani Jhari Edge Point
As per the local people, the peak assumes its name after Rani Padmini Devi, who leapt from there to escape Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Henceforth, it came to be called the Rani Jhari (Queen Fall) viewpoint.
Rani Jhari Edge Point Trek
The Rani Jhari Edge Point trek starts at the Kalabhairaveshwara Temple in Durgada Halli and ends at the Rani Jhari peak. You could take your vehicle to a certain point where you can begin the trek. The trekking trail distance of Rani Jhari Edge Point is around 1.5 km, and it takes about half an hour to 45 minutes to reach the viewpoint. Lush green environs welcome one as one trek towards the peak. Sighting of various birds, view of tea, coffee and rubber estates, and open grasslands delight one all along the trail. The trail also has steep cuts and narrow pathways, so one must be careful. Hence it is advisable to go in a group to support each other at these points.
The viewpoint, just a few metres from the Gatikallu viewpoint, undeniably offers stunning views of the Kudremukh National Park, Ballalarayana Durga Fort, Gatikallu viewpoint, surrounding peaks, valleys and grasslands. The Rani Jhari viewpoint, a photographer’s delight, also offers breathtaking sunset views.
- Trek Starting & Ending Point: Kalabhairaveshwara Temple, Durgada Halli – Rani Jhari Peak
- Trek Difficulty: Moderate
- Trek Distance: 1.5 km
- Trek Time: 30 to 45 minutes to reach the peak (subjective to one’s ability)
- Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
- Entry: Free
Best time to visit Rani Jhari Edge Point
The best time to visit Rani Jhari Edge Point is from November to May.
How to reach Rani Jhari Edge Point
From Bangalore, tourists can take the Bangalore – Mangalore National Highway, which takes one via Kunigal, Hassan and then to Mudigere, which is 40 km from Rani Jhari.
The nearest airport to Rani Jhari is the Mangalore International Airport, from where it is 128 km by cab to Rani Jhari.
Places to visit near Rani Jhari
Several places of interest that could delight tourists are close to Rani Jhari.
Ballalarayana Durga Fort attracts history buffs and trekkers alike. It stands alone atop a hill in ruins. It is also a popular trekking spot, where the difficulty level is tough. However, it is sought after by adventurists.
Kelagur Tea Estate: 9 KM
Kegalur tea estate in Mudigere taluk, Chikmagalur is chiefly known for its organic process.
Kalasa: 21 KM
Kalasa, in the Chikmagalur district, hosts the famous Kalaseshwara temple, which lies about 28 km from Rani Jhari.
Kudremukh National Park: 30 KM
Kudremukh National Park, about 50 km from Rani Jhari, is home to many wild animals and birds. Additionally, it is also a sought-after trekking spot.
Amba Theertha: 32 KM
Amba Theertha is one among the Pancha Theertha or the five springs that sanctify the Kalasa town. It lies about 32 km from Rani Jhari.
Horanadu: 35 KM
Horanadu, about 35 km from Rani Jhari, is mainly known for its Annapoorneshwari temple.
Bandaje Falls: 64 KM
Bandaje Falls is about 64 km from Rani Jhari in the remote regions of the Western Ghats. Tourists can reach the falls only by trekking through thick forests and grasslands with the help of local guides. However, in Summer, the falls go dry.
Dharmasthala: 65 KM
Dharmasthala, about 65 km from Rani Jhari, is a temple town which hosts the famous Manjunatheshwara temple. It is also known for the great Bahubali statue and museums.
Mullayanagiri Peak: 103 Km
Mullayanagiri Peak, about 70 KM from Rani Jhari, is the highest in Karnataka. Regardless of its height, it is a trekkers hot spot known for the temple of the Mulappa Swamy on its summit.
Hebbe Falls: 135 KM
The picturesque Hebbe Falls lies about 135 km from Rani Jhari. Tourists could reach it by trekking or taking a government jeep ride through private estates. However, one must walk about a km to reach the falls.