With the promise of a picturesque view of a mountain in the shape of a horse face, Kudremukh is famous for its biodiversity and scenic beauty.
A popular hill-station among the Bangalore crowd, Kudremukh is actually a hill range in the Chikmagalurdistrict of Karnataka. With its rolling meadows, grasslands and dense forests, this place is a bio-diversity hotspot. Kudremukh is an enchanting place to visit, still retaining much of its natural beauty despite persistent threats from various sources to its ecology. At an altitude of 1894 m above sea level, the Kudremukh Peak is a paradise for trekkers and naturists alike, with its mountainous paths and floral and faunal diversity. Varaha Parvatha, another mountain range nearby at a height of 1458m above sea level is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- This area is infamous for the leeches present here. It might be a good idea to carry some salt with you to fend off leeches. Also, please carry umbrellas and raincoats during the rainy season. In case you are planning to trek, do carry some sweatshirt or warm clothes along, as it might be a little breezy out there.
Very peaceful destination, full of natural beauty and wildlife
Difficult to access as it does not have its own railway station or airport. The public transport in the local area is not developed.
A great weekend getaway from Bangalore and Mangalore. Also ideal wildlife lovers and trekkers.
Kudremukh along with its beauty of the Western Ghats and the surreal landscapes also offers various treks on the lush green hills of Western Ghats. The most famous and scenic trek of Kudremukh is the trek to Kudremukh peak. The trek takes you through the wildlife sanctuary of Kudremukh which is a habitat for tigers, leopards, wild dogs, deer among other species of fauna. The trek begins from the small hamlet of Mullodi. The short distance of 9 km (one way) takes you at an altitude of 1,894 km above the sea level offering some of the most breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. From the beauty of the Western Ghats, various streams, and waterfalls and the aromatic coffee plantations you get to see all at one place. The most important attraction along with the Kudremukh peak is the Hanuman Gundi Falls, which falls on your way uphill to the highest peak. Located amidst the hilly terrain of Western Ghats, Hanuman Gundi falls is a beautiful water cascade of Kudremukh.
Day 1- Arrive in Kudremukh. Check in at the hotel. After breakfast, head for the famous Kudremukh trek. The short trek of 9 km, takes you at an elevation of 1,894 m offering the surreal view of the Western Ghats. Then, visit the Kaleshwara Devi temple and Kalasa pond. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Kalasa pond is a sacred Hindu pond. Back to hotel. Day 2- Visit the Kudremukh national park, with the exquisite beauty of flora of the Western Ghats, national park homes a variety of wildlife. Also, visit the Hanuman Gundi falls located inside the forest area of Kudremukh National Park.
There aren't too many options for food and cuisine in the area. However one can find a few resorts, restaurants and local dhabas serving some delicious South-Indian food. One can relish local delicacies such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
Answer: Kudremukh trek turns out to be a must visit trek during and after monsoons because of lush greenery.
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