At an altitude of 1894 m above sea level, Kudremukh, a part of Western Ghats is a hill range located in the Chikmagalur District of Karnataka. Nearby to this peak, Kudremukh National Park is also located which is rich in flora and fauna. The place is renowned for its biodiversity and mineral wealth.
Kudremukh is literally called as Horse’s face and it got its name from the peak that looks like the face of a Horse.
With the mountainous paths and diversity of flora and fauna,the peak is a paradise for trekkers and naturists. Kudremukh offers the view of its beauty of the Western Ghats, the surreal landscapes including the various treks on the lush green hills of Western Ghats.The trek takes you along the wildlife sanctuary of Kudremukh which is a habitat for wild dogs, tigers and leopards including deer among other species of fauna.
The view of the skies and clouds over the Arabian Sea and other such scenes which you get from the peak is breathtaking. Kudremukh is a picture-perfect destination for trek lovers and is full of emerald dense forest, rolling grasslands interlarded with rare varieties of orchids and rivers.
Kudremukh’s best season is from June to February. However, throughout the year, the Kalasa area receives good weather. You get to see many small streams, dark shola forests including bamboo shrubs which are tall enough to touch the sky and rolling green hills ,during the monsoon and winter.The beauty of Kudremukh increases during monsoon and post-monsoon, it looks no less than a green carpet, some even say Kudremukh is India’s Scotland.
Some of the aspects of the trek include hiking under the open sky. It is, therefore, not recommended to trek in the summer.
Why is Kudremukh Trek a must visit destination?
Kudremukh offers ample variety when it comes to trekking trails with its varied landscapes. One will pass through some of the top attractions like Coffee farms, tropical green forests including meadows and water streams before reaching the highest peak. Once at the top you can witness picturesque landscapes and astonishing views of the Arabian Sea. If you are a nature lover and just love to plod in the wild then, Kudremukh trek is an ideal activity for you to indulge in. With such a charm like this ,it would not be wrong to say that Kudremukh is the Himalayas of South India.
Kudremukh National Park
It is located in the Western Ghats and is spread across 600 square meters of area. It was declared as a wildlife protected area in 1987, this national park is a natural habitat of many species like Sambhar, Spotted Deer, Giant Flying Squirrel, Mongoose, Common Langur. You can also spot endangered species like Tigers, Leopards, and Wild Dogs here. There are more than 175 species available of birds including Malabar Trogon, Imperial Pigeon, and Malabar Whistling Thrush.
Fairs And Festivals
Every year near Mangalore Karavali Festival is celebrated in February. This festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka. You can observe and enjoy vibrant rituals like the Bhuta (Demon Worship), Nagamandala and Demon Dance.
Another festival is Navratri which is a ten-day festival. On the occasion of Durga Puja, it is celebrated in nearby Chikmagalur. You can come here in these times to add more to your experience.
Kudremukh trek holds mild difficulty. The forest becomes slippery(in monsoon times) while trekking. The other challenging part is crossing the small streams in the forest. The mossy rocks can be slippery in the water. There is a steep climb of 3 km on the trail from the second Ontimara to the final stretch. All these sections add up to thrill and adventure to your experience.
Shopping in Kudremukh
From Kudremukh,you can take back home bags full of fragrant fresh coffee powder, fine spices and tea leaves.
Trek within the Forest of Shola
To hit Kudremukh hill, you have to trek through the shola forest.Wildlife such as deer, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, leopard, common langur and many more are home to this woodland. If you’re lucky enough, while trekking, you’ll find them. For each phase in this segment, you will find leeches during the monsoon season.
The waterfalls and little streams are one of the interesting sections of this trek. On the way to the top, you have to cross several streams.