Official language: Kannada
also known as Horse face in Kannada is a mountain range located in Chikmagalur
District of Karnataka, India. It is the second largest hill station in Karnataka India after
Mullayanagiri. The place is famous for the beautiful Hill station, bio
diversity and also for the mining area that is located close to the mountain.
The highest mountain peak is at an elevation of 1894m. The place is famous for
doing some adventures activities like trekking. Some of the most important
tourist paces are Kudremukh national park, Gangamoola, Jamalabad Fort, Hanuma
Gundi falls, Horandu, Rock cut garden and trekking in Kudremukh. Because of
diverse landscape it provides different trekking trails. One has to take the
permission from the forest department to do trekking.
experience very good climate through out the year. Summer season are from March
to May where the maximum temperature hovers around 25oc and from
November to February where the minimum temperature hovers around 19oc.
During monsoon season the place receives heavy rainfall. One can visit the
place through out the year.
is not having airport of its own, the nearest airport is Mangalore which is at
a distance of 90 km. From Mangalore one can hire a cab or travel through bus. Kudremukh
is well connected by road from major cities like Mangalore, Bangalore, Chennai
and Chikmagalur. The nearest railway station is again Mangalore.
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Kudremukh National Park:
National Park is an important tourist place in Kudremukh, Chikmagalur district
of Karnataka, India. It is the second largest Wildlife protected area and has
tropical wet evergreen forest. Settled in Western Ghats the park is spread over
an area of 600 sq km with an altitude of 1894m. The park got its name from the
Hill top which is in the shape of Horse face. The park is covered with thick
forest and breath taking flora of the Western Ghats near the coastal plains and
Shola vegetation on the uplands which cover Chikmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina
Kannada. The park is rich in low grade magnetite soil and the entire landscape
is covered with grass. Because of the severe monsoon winds they prevent any
growth of tree at the Kudremukh peak. Some of the important flora in the Park
is Eucalyptus, casuarianas, Auriculiformis and Grevillea Robusta, rich mosses
and orchids. One can also see coffee and
tea plantations nearby. The Park is blessed with a variety of endangered large
mammals like tiger, leopard bonnet macaque, common Langur, wild dog and lion
tailed macaque. The Kudremukh range was declared as a tiger reserve along with
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The best time to visit park is from October to March
after the monsoon season. There is kadambi waterfall inside the park where one
can enjoy with water after doing trekking.
Other than Kadambi water falls some other attractions near park are
Ganga moola, Shringeri Sharada Peetam and Horandu Annapoorneshwari temple. The
nearest airport and railway station is Mangalore Kudremukh is also well
connected through road from major cities of Karnataka.
Kudremukh Trekking trails:
the heaven of south India and covered with lush green landscape everywhere,
Kudremukh truly is a perfect destination for trekking. The trails are little difficult in Kudremukh.
After taking permission from the forest department one can dump the luggage in
home stay and start the beautiful journey of trekking. The starting point for
trekking is Mullodi which is a small village located at a distance of 6 km from
the main road. There are few home stay in the village which is the ideal place
for the base camp for the trekking. If the tourists are travelling from
Bangalore then they can get down at Balegal which is around 11 km from Kalasa.
One can start moving towards Mullodi from Balegal either by trekking or hire a
jeep. If you are trekking from Mullodi and move towards the forest area where
one can see beautiful natural streams all along the path. Further trekking from
Mullodi to Lobo House is easy however from Lobo house to Ontimara the level for
doing trekking becomes moderate and further till the end the stretch becomes
zigzag and difficult to do trekking. There are couple of stretch which is very
steep and adventures. It can be said that
the overall stretch is moderate and adventures. Camping is not permitted at the
peak and one has to return back to base camp. There is a minimum charge to do
trekking permission can be taken at Balegal. Best time to do trekking is
November and December when there is greenery all around.
Hanumagundi Waterfall: Karnataka
is blessed with beautiful waterfalls all around in that one is the Hanumagundi
waterfall. Located between Karkala and Lakya Dam this beautiful waterfall is at
an elevation of 990m. It is in the Kudremukh National Park. The ideal time to
visit any water fall is immediately after monsoon season when the waterfall is
with full flow of water. There is a minimal entry fee near the gate of the
water fall. It is around 80 km from Mangalore.
Gangamoola: Trekking in
Gangamoola gives pleasure and satisfaction to the trekkers because of the dense
forests, streams, waterfalls crossing rivers and the beauty of the nature all
along the trail is a kind of live experience which cannot be expressed in words.
Trekkers need to take prior permission from the Forest Department. Gangamoola
is also known as Varaha Parvatha is a hill in Western Ghats range of Chikmagalur
district of Karnataka India. It is standing at an elevation of 1458 m and is a
part of Gangamoola-Aroli-Gangrikal range. It is believed that this hill is the
source for the three rivers namely Tunga, Badra and Netravati. It is part of Kudremukh Bio diversity cluster
and is been nominated to receive World Heritage Site tag by UNSECO. Gangamoola
which is within the region of Kudremukh National park is rich in Wildlife,
different bird species and flora.
Jamalabad Fort: Located around 90 km from Kudremukh, Jamalabad
fort is an important tourist destination in Karnataka. It is a hill top
fortification located in Killor road near Belthangadi town in Kudremukh range
of Hills. The fort was built by Tipu Sultan and he named it after his mother
Jamalabee. The fort was conquered by British in 1799 during the fourth Mysore
war. The fort is open from 6am to 4pm
and tourists are advised to carry lot of water and food to the tip of the hill
as there is no availability of food and water at the top. Jamalabad is a good
trekking destination as one has to climb around 2,000 steps to reach the fort.
Kadambi waterfall: It
is one of the most beautiful and spectacular water fall located inside Kudremukh
National Park Karnataka India. It is one of the best natural attractions inside
the park. It is very closely located to the main road of Sringeri and
Kudremukh. The best time to visit is during monsoon season when the waterfall
is in full force and tourists can get into the water and enjoy the surrounding
filled with greenery. It surely rejuvenates the soul and relaxes the mind. The
nearest airport is Mangalore which is around 130 Km and Bangalore is at a
distance of around 350 Km. It is advisable to carry food and water if allowed
as there is hardly any shops near by.
Horandu: It is a holy
place for Hindus which is around close to 30 Km from Kudremukh. It is located
in Chikamagalur district of Karnataka, India at an elevation of 830m. There is
a temple dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari. The idol of Goddess Annapurneshwari
is made up of pure gold and it is believed that people taking blessing of the
Goddess will not have any shortage of food in their lives. Temple offers
vegetarian lunch to all the tourists irrespective of caste and creed. The temple
is open throughout the year and from morning till night. The close airport is
Mangalore which is around 126 km and from Bangalore the place is at a distance
of 320 km. there are various bus service to the temple from Bangalore and other
Kalasa: Another temple town located just 20 km away from Kudremukh is kalasa. There is a Kalaseshwara temple which is dedicated to lord Shiva. The place is located on the banks of River Bhadra. The main attraction in this temple town is definitely the Kalaseshwara temple which has magnificent architecture. It is believed that during the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati at Himalayas the earth got imbalance because of the huge number of God and Goddess were present to witness the wedding.
At that time Lord Shiva requested sage Agastya to move south so that balance of Earth could be restored. Hence Agastya visited Kalasa and watched the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati from this town. Every year on Karthika Shuddha Ekadasi (as per Hindu calendar) the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Parvati is celebrated very grandly in Kalasa. Some of the other important temples in Kalasa are Girijamba temple, Venkataramana temple, Pancha Theertha temple. The Kalaseshwara temple is managed by Government of Karnataka. Other than these major temples Kalasa also has five important water spots or theertha which is approximately at a distance of 8 km from the town. They are Vaisishta Theertha, Naga Theertha, Koti Theertha, Rudra Theertha, Amba Theertha and Duggapan Katte. The nearest airport is Mangalore airport which is at a distance of 110 Km from the place. It is a very important tourists and holy place to visit.
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