A quaint hill station near Chikmagalur, Kudremukh is one of the most scenic hills and one of the highest ranges in Karnataka, and is also among the top destinations for trekking near Bangalore between 300 - 400 Kms along. In fact, it is the third highest after Mulaiyangiri and Baba Budangiri. With a name that literally translates to ‘Horse Face’, the shape of the hill, true to it’s name, looks like the face of a horse.
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A trek along Kudremukh is one of the best things an avid trekker would be looking forward to. The trek trails through the stunningly beautiful Kudremukh National Park. This is among the wet, evergreen forests and is also the second largest wildlife protected area and makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore. Trekking along this trail is permitted between 6:00 am and 5: 00 pm. While spotting wildlife is one of the best things along this trail, the National Park is home to endangered species like wild dogs, tiger and leopard.
What started out as an iron ore mining Industry in the small township of Kudremukh, attracted quite the oppositions from environmentalists. This lead to a great deal of decisions back and forth till the lapse of the mining lease in 1999, when mining was finally stopped, saving further damages for the environment.
Apart from these issues in the past, Kudremukh has managed to maintain and in fact develop its charm over the years. The trek along the trails brings you the lovely view point of Kudremukh after the scenic base camp.
Trek groups take help of the locals who are experts with the trails around the town. The nature stay at Kudremukh is something one wouldn’t want to miss. This place is also a perfect spot for wildlife photographers who would love adventure thrills while trying to spot wildlife at the Kudremukh National Park. Tent camps are allowed at the base of the hills and these spots can be decided with the help of trek guides who are from the town.
Things To Do:
Visit Hanumana Gundi Falls, which is just 32 Kilometers away.
Enjoy the Nature Camp stay at Kudremukh.
Trek along the National Park and spot wildlife.
Distance from Bangalore
Steeps, Waterfalls, Meadows, National Park.
18 Kms (ascend and descend)
October - February