Balehonnur is a small town in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka in South India. Unlike most of the other parts of Karnataka, the town is located in a picturesque location on the banks of the Bhadri river with greenery and hills everywhere. The town also hosts two important mutts (monasteries) - Sri Rambhapuri and the Shrimad Jagadguru Rambhapuri Veerasimhasana Mahasamstana Peeta.
Places to Stay
Conventional places of lodging are extremely few in the area because of which travelers are forced to look forward to staying in Chikmagalur (51 km away). Some of the budget hotels which are worth considering are Kalgreen Valley Resort (Tariff – Rs. 800), Rajmahal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Suprabha Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Bhagwathi Nature Camp (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of Balehonnur is Kannada.
The important festivals of the region are Ugadi in March-April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
The town other than its Hindu mutts and natural landscape has nothing much to offer for tourists. In order to explore more, one needs to head to Chikmagalur (51 km away) and try out Kudremukh National Park, Inam Dattatreya Peetha (a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims), Baba Budan Giri Hills (with a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims), Hebbe Falls and others.
How to Get There
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 137 km.
The Chikmagalur Railway Station is located around 53 km away is the closest railway station to the town.
Direct buses as well as via buses to the town are available from nearby towns and cities as the town has a lot of significance in the national arena for its tourist sites. It is mostly state-transport buses which indirectly cater to the needs of people. Private operators have also slowly joined the race, SRS Travels being one of them. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.