Kudremukha is a name of a pointed top of a mountain located in Chikkamagaluru Karnataka, India. Kudremukha is also a name of a hill station situated together with a mining town nearby the mountain approximately 48 kilometres from Karkala and 20 kilometres from Kalasa. Kudremukha is a Kannada language term which means ‘The Horse Face’ referring a pictorial view of a mountain which resembles a horse’s face. Kudremukha is a 3rd largest peak followed by Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri in Karnataka, India. Union Environment Minister declared Kudremukha ‘mountain peak’ as a tiger reserve, as a part of the ‘Bhadra Tiger Sanctuary’. Beautiful peaks, waterfall, landscapes, wildlife sanctuary are a big crowd puller. The area is covered with dense forest.
The Kudremukh National Park:
The Kudremukh National Park (2nd largest wildlife protected area) located in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi District and Chikkamagaluru districts of the state of Karnataka. The park is maintained by the Government of Karnataka. It is believed that the three rivers the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi rivers originated from this area and flow freely through the parklands. Bhagavathi (shrine of goddess) and Varaha (image) are the main attraction for tourists coming from all over the world. It is very difficult to spot animals. Tourists need to go to deep in the jungle to have glimpse of malabar civets, wild dogs, sloth bears and deer.
Endangered Species: The place comprise of endangered species viz; mammals including tiger, leopard, and wild dog.
The place is also famous for trekking among the International Tourists coming from different countries. Every year many international tourists visit the place and make their tour adventurous by camping and trekking along with the rivers, dense forests where degree of difficulty is high. Environment of the area is good to take fresh air. International tourists can hire a guide for complete trekking schedule or can take help from locals of Kudremukh which are also very hospitable.
If you are on a trekking tour in Kudremukh, you have to follow forest rules, instructions. There are thirteen trekking routes to reach at the top of the peak. Trekking to Kudremukh peak is permitted from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can visit Hanuman Gundi waterfalls from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hanuman Gundi waterfalls is a natural waterfall on a natural rock formation. Height of waterfall is approximately 100 feet (30m). October and May is the best time to visit Hanuman Gundi waterfalls. Littering is prohibited in Kudremukh, if found you will be penalized.
Five famous trekking routes:
- Samse – Kudremukh – Samse (Duration: 4 days & 3 nights Total Distance: plus 40km)
- Navoor – Hevala – Kudremukh – Navoor (Duration: 5 days & 4 nights Total Distance: 60 plus km)
- Navoor – Kudremukh – Samse. (Duration: 5 days & 4 nights Total Distance: 50 plus km)
- Horanaadu – Sringeri. (Duration: 3 days and 2 nights Total Distance: 30 plus km)
- Nature Camp in Kudremukh is one of the beautiful places to stay at.
Stay At Kudremukh:
Kudremukh place is fully maintained by the Government Tourism Department of Karnataka. International tourists coming from all parts of the world can stay at Kudremukh without any hassles. Government provides shelters, tents and cottages at Kudremukh for accommodation. Tourists can book in advance before visiting the place. They can also book hotels or guest house before entering Kudremukh area.
HOW TO REACH KUDREMUKH
- By Air: Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is 190km from Kudremukh
- By Bus: International tourists can take Kudremukh buses from Bangalore
- By Train: Nearest railways station to Kudremukh is Tarekere railway station. Train connectivity is well connected from Mangalore & Bangalore to Kudremukh. Without any hassles international tourists can take trains to reach Kudremukh.
Places nearby Kudremukh
- Agumbe (46km)
- Malpe (70km)
- Belur (64km)
- Chikmagalur (58km)