Kudremukh known as the Switzerland of Karnataka is around 358 kms away from Bangalore.The trek lies in Chikmagalur overlooking the Someshwara wildlife sanctuary.The weekend getaway from Bangalore is near the magnificient Kadambi waterfalls.
o Grade : Moderate to difficult
o Max Altitude : 1892 m
o Approx Trekking distance : 22 Kms.
o Best Season: October to February
Beautiful Landscape of the Shola grasslands, Trekking, Camping, Bonfire, Leisure
Departure from Bangalore to Kudremukh by non AC bus.
Arrive at the base; transfer by 4wheel drive jeep to the base camp; after freshen up & breakfast; briefing by instructors; day begins with 8 kms trek to top of the peak with packed lunch; evening unwind your day around the bon-fire with delicious local cuisine
After waking up we will enjoy the view and have breakfast.After breakfast the morning will be spent at the Somavati River and the Hanumana Gundi waterfalls.With packed lunch we will then head for some fun at the falls and then come back to Bangalore after our adventure.
What to carry
One back pack ( waterproof) , Hiking Shoes, Water bottle, Sun Cap/Hat, Sunscreen Lotion and sun glasses (optional), Camera (optional), Personal Medication, if any, Personal Identification (Compulsory), Change of clothes for two days, Toiletries, Energy food like chocolate, nutrition bars, Juice packs, Glucose-D etc, Torches with new batteries (mandatory), Rain Coat / jacket (Just in case)
The Kudremukh trek
Kuduremukha is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station and mining town situated near the mountain, about 48 km from Karkala and around 20 km from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha literally means 'horse-face' (in the Kannada language) and refers to a particular view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse's face. It was also referred to as 'Samseparvata', historically since it was approached from Samse village. Kuduremukh is Karnataka's 3rd highest peak after Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri.
Kudremukh National Park is spread partly over the thick hilly forests near the coastal plains on the western portion and the shola vegetation on the Western Ghats uplands, covering parts of 3 districts, i.e ., Chickmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.
The Kudremukh peak by which the National Park derived its name, is the highest elevation at 1892 meters.
Kudremukh National Park consist of steep hills and valleys. The hills, which bear the brunt of the severe monsoon wind, don’t have any tree growth, as a result of which the landscape is covered with grass. The valleys which are tucked in, have protection from wind and a deep soil profile, due to which stunted evergreen forests exist creating an unique microclimate, rich with mosses, orchids, etc. The whole scenery of grassland interspersed with narrow strips of forests provide a fantastic visual sight for a trekker. The totally fresh air and the climb up and down, energises the body and soothes the soul. During the trek, one can view and study several wildlife species of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, insects, etc in the forst. Nestled in the Western Ghats, the forest is spread over an area of 600 sq km at an altitude of 1,894 m above sea level. There are overflowing streams that have to be crossed, dark shola forests with crisp brown leaves fallen underneath, bamboo shrubs tall enough to touch the sky, rolling green hills and finally, the peak itself, where gusty winds can blow you off your feet while the scenery below blows your mind.
o From Bangalore then there are few KSRTC and Private Buses. There is no direct bus to trek starting point. You can reserve ticket in private bus till Kudremukh but you have need to get down in Kalasa and take connecting bus to Kudremukh. You required to get down at "Balegal" which is 10.5 Kms from Kalasa.
o In KSRTC , catch any buses which goes to "HORANADU" and get down at Kalasa. From Kalasa you get bus towords Kudremukh.. Take ticket to Balegal which is small village between Kalasa and Kudremukh
o To reach Mullodi from Balegal you have two options 1) Hire privite jeep from Balegal bus stop. 2) Start your trek from Balegal itself. But first one is recommended because trek length becomes 24 kms which is difficult task for one day.
o Trek starting point is "Mullodi" village
Kudremukh Peak Trek villages
Mullodi- it is a very small village consisting of approx 40 houses. This village is 6 kms from main road. This village is not connected with any public Transport. There are couple of home stays in this village which is ideal place for base camp for kudremukh trek.
Kudremukh Trek Difficulty
Trek difficulty level from "Mullodi" to Lobo's house trek is easy. From Lobo's house to "Ontimara" difficulty level is Moderate. There are couple of small stretch in which trail becomes steep. From Ontimara till end of Zig-Zag route trek is bit difficult. From "Zig-Zag trail" end till peak it is again moderate in difficulty level. Overall difficulty level is moderate
Things To Carry
o One back pack
o Water bottle
o sets of clothes
o Sunscreen and sunglasses
o Toiletries -Shampoo, towel, toothpaste, tissue paper, etc.
o Allergy medication (if any)
o Energy food like chocolate, nutribars etc
o Juice packs, Glucon-D etc.
o Mosquito repellent cream
o Torches with new batteries
o Rain coat
Kudremukh Peak trek route map
Mullodi village is marked by the Somavathi falls on the right and Satheesha – a localite’s house on the left. Satheesha’s house is used as a home-stay by trekkers going to the peak. Spot the lone tree ahead with a wide canopy and an inviting space underneath. You are now at Ontimara – or the lone tree, the first break point on your trek. The trek to Ontimara takes an hour from Mullodi.
As you walk silently looking at the hills around, there is a chance to spot deer and other wildlife here. The open trail soon enters a dense overgrowth of trees. The trail plays hide and seek for about an hour entering and leaving the forest cover. Lobo’s house is a dilapidated building with remnants of a certain Mr. Lobo and his family, who used to stay there at some point in time. If lucky, you may find guavas on the tree in the garden. The peak is three hours away from the first Lobo house. Cross the second Lobo house that follows soon on your path. Beyond the Lobo houses lie the rolling green vistas of the trek. Look in any direction and see the green carpets going up and down, radiant in the sunlight. Follow the single trail ahead that soon begins to ascend.
As you ascend , you gradually enter the forest patch which is predominantly consist of bamboo. You then cross a stream that lies at the beginning which goes down forming a small water fall. The forest ends in jiffy, letting you out into the open again. As the gradually climb ends, the path goes up in a zig-zag manner to gain height. It takes about 30 minutes along a ridge to reach the peak. The peak is marked by a flag post and on a clear day, it is a 270 degree panoramic view of the uneven green carpet below. Gusty winds welcome you at the peak .
Kudremukh Peak Trek weather
Summer (March - June) The summers in Kudremukh are pleasant. The temperature ranges from 20 to 37 degrees Celsius. This time is perfect for trekking and wildlife excursions.
Monsoon (July - September) The rainfall during in Monsoon season is moderate. The rain showers make the hill town look greener and prettier and makes it a perfect to enjoy the off-beat beauty and click some great photos.However there are lots of leeches in this season.
Winter (October - March) The temperature in Winters ranges from 10 to 33 degrees celsius. The winters are the best time to visit Kudremukh to enjoy local sightseeing as the winters in Kudremukh aren't harsh or tough. You will see full green grass land. From January onwards grass will turn into brownish color till March, when you can trek but you will not get green carpet look.
Kudremukh peak National Park, Kudremukh peak Overview
Based in the middle of mountains, Kudremukh peak National Park is popular for its scenic beauty. Designated the status of a national park at the calendar year 1987, the 600-kilometre sq region is among the very well preserved national parks in the nation. The Kudremukh peak National Park is jewelled with pure beauty, high rising peaks studded with a plethora of flora and fauna to scenic trekking paths overseeing verdant grasslands, there's much to experience here! The wildlife protected area is the second largest belonging to a tropics moist evergreen forest in the zone of the Western Ghats.
The area gains its name from the indigenous language. Kudremukh peak peak translates to horse-face, referring to the highest mountain peak in the park which looks like the surface of a horse out of a specific side. It rises to a height of 1,894 meters (6,214 feet) and is the second greatest peak in Karnataka. The region is the habitat of many endangered and endemic species of plants and animals, with mammals such as tigers, leopards and wild dogs as the primary predators of the region.
Mainly developed as an essential iron-ore mining town, conservationists successfully campaigned against the adverse mining effects on the environment. The peace of Kudremukh peak trekking and its lush green surroundings are a wildlife and nature enthusiast's paradise, serving you the best of Western Ghats in fantastic detail.
Flora and Fauna at Kudremukh peak National Park
The domain retains a fantastic diversity of fauna and flora. Animals that live in the dense forests include the ferocious leaping leopard, tiger, the compromised lion-tailed macaque, langur, spotted deer, barking deer, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, giant flying squirrels and even more are located in this wilderness. The IUCN red list shortlists the region with 3 endemic and seven exposed species of amphibians. The region is also a hotspot for reptiles.
The bountifulness of almost 7000mm of rain annually has given birth to a dense forest cover, largely populated by semi-evergreen and evergreen trees. Grasslands also beautifully spread themselves on the rolling hills, with the national park holding among the largest regions of high altitude grasslands from the Western Ghats.
Kudremukh peak is the home to many endemic, endangered, medically and economically abundant species of flora. Rare plants such as Nilambur Cobra Lily and the South Indian Jewel Orchid on the verge of extinction are located here. Trees like eucalyptus, acacia, silk oaks, casuarinas etc. are found in abundance.