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Kudremukh National Park

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Kudremukh National Park is in Chikmagalur (district) in Karnataka.

Understand[edit]

The park consists of 600 km² of undulating mountains and tropical wet evergreen forest. It began its existence as a Reserved Forest in 1916, and was designated a national park in 1987. Kudremukh means 'horse face', and is in reference to the appearance of a mountain peak located within the park. Kudremukh (Kannada: ಕುದುರೆಮುಖ) also spelled Kuduremukha is a mountain range in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometers from Karkala and about 20 kilometers from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha (as it is known by the natives) literally means 'horse-face' (in the local language Kannada) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles the same. It was also referred to as 'Samseparvata', historically since it was approached from Samse village.

The town of Kudremukh is primarily an iron ore mining town where the government run Public Sector Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL) operated till the last decade. It is noted for its scenic beauty. Owing to the dense forests, sighting wildlife can be challenging, though the area is rich in wildlife. Nonetheless the drive through the forest ranges can be enchanting and exhilarating. Three important rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi are said to have their origin here. A shrine of goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha image, 1.8 m within a cave are the main attractions.

The Tunga river and Bhadra river flow freely through the parklands. Kadambi waterfalls area definite point of interest for anyone who travels to the spot. The animals found there include the malabar civet, wild dogs, sloth bear and spotted deer.

Landscape[edit]

Refer to the following link on wikipedia.org. [1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

  • malabar civet cats, wild dogs, sloth, and spotted deer.

Climate[edit]

March to May - Temperature around 23°c to 25°C. (Summer Season) June to October - Heavy Rains. Not at all the time to visit Kudremukh. (Rainy Season) November to February - Temperature around 19°c to 25°C. Best time to visit Kudremukh. (Spring season)

Get in[edit]

The best way to get in is by Bus either by KSRTC [2] or by Private bus service [3] from Bangalore. They operate every night.

There are no direct bus service by KSRTC from Bangalore to Kudremukh. The Journey needs to to divided in to two parts, any one as mentioned below Bangalore - Mangalore - Kudremukh. Bangalore - Karkala - Kudremukh. Bangalore - Kalasa - Kudremukh.

Sugama Travels have direct overnight bus service from Bangalore to Kudremukh. Book your tickets one day in advance over phone at +918026918896.

There are no trains to Kudremukh.

Fees/Permits[edit]

Permits can be obtained from Kuduremukha town, at the Reserve Forest Office, opposite the Police Station. It costs Rs200 for the permit and Rs75 as trekking fees, with which they shall arrange a trekking guide if there's a group of people. The Office is also a good place to gather information about the trek to the peak and accommodation facilities.

Get around[edit]

The best way is to use the local transport available every 30 minutes or hire a taxi available at the bus stand. The taxi drivers are very well versed with the beautiful places around.

See[edit][add listing]

Beautiful landscapes.

Water Falls : Kadambi Water Falls, Hanmangundi Water Falls.

Natural Swimming Pools : Green Spot, MedCamp Pool.

River Originating : Varaha Thiratha, Ganga Molla.

Nature Resort: Provided by the Forest department.

Estate : Coffee estate, Tea estate on teh route to Kalasa.

Lakya Dam.

First Bridge, Second Bridge

Do[edit][add listing]

Climb the Kuduremukha peak, which stands at 1894 metres above sea level and is situated between Kalasa and Kuduremukha town. From Kalasa town, catch a bus to Baalegal, where one can see a big sign saying "trek to kuduremukh peak starts here". From this point, one has to walk up to Mullodi village, which is about 12 kilometres. From there, one starts the trek into the national park and after crossing a couple of bits of the Shola forests and a couple waterfalls, one would come across Lobo mane and the Ontimara (the lone tree), from where the peak is clearly visible.

Buy[edit][add listing]

You can buy the freshly made best quality Tea and Coffee powder. If you are lucky you could even get best quality spices for very less price.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

Since Kuduremukh does not have much accommodation options, it is best to stay at nearby towns. Kalasa has a few accommodation options, of which the Yatrinivas is a trusted chain. Rooms range from Rs.300 for a single room to Rs.850 for an A/C room. The town also has a few restaurants and bars, apart from other departmental stores.

However, if the main goal is to go trekking into the national park and climb the peak, one could stay at Samse town or further up in Mullodi village, where there are a few guest houses. However, note that there are no other facilities in the village apart from what these guest houses provide you. One such guest house is Satish Mane, which seems to be a popular destination. It can accommodate upto 40 people with outdoor tents facilities and 3 meals provided. Contact: Satish: 09481074530

Lodging[edit]

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Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

kudremukh national park is one of the most beautiful parks in the world.Many instructions are laid down by the authority, 
so read the instructions before travelling in the national park.

The trek down from Kudremukh can get tricky without a guide if it gets dark. So if you are starting by 10-11 AM and if this is first time. make sure to have a guide.

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