Kudremukh - The Horse-Face Peak
Posted: Monday, August 25th, 2008 | Views: 7664
Hill station  -   Kudremukh, Chikmagalur District
110 kms from Mangalore
How to reach:  One can reach Kudremukh by road from Mangalore by means of a few Private Buses or by hiring a Private Vehicle.
Best time to visit: October - May
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Kudremukh, is nestled deep inside the Western Ghats and is one of the best rainforest national parks in the country. Kudremukh is a vast area of natural grasslands, fringes of shola forests and is home to a number of wildlife and bird species. It is to be noted that the Western Ghats itself is recognised as one of the 18 "Biodiversity Hotspots" of the world. Kudremukh National Park has unfathomed biodiversity and watershed values with its unique shola forests and grassland ecosystem harbouring several endangered and niche specialist species of mammals, birds and other fauna.

This place is literally surrounded by a ring of picturesque hills, and is named after the nearby Kudremukha (literally, horse-face in Kannada) peak in Chikmagalur District. Though one cannot see the Kudremukha peak from the hill station, it is visible from Samse on the road to Kalasa. There’s a trail leading out to the peak (1,892 metres, or 6,214 feet high) from around here.

Three major rivers - Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathi, originate in Kudremukh and form an important lifeline for Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, making Kudremukh a high priority watershed. There’s a gorgeous town park, still maintained beautifully, and the steep ups and downs are made for walking. Kudremukh is ideal trekking territory for the adventurous, but often permission from the Forest Department, which has an office in the township is required. Ten kilometres down the road to Mangalore is a Nature camp run by the Forest Department, which offers spectacular accommodation in tents in a forest clearing by the riverside. This place is also famous for its iron ore, however the mining itself has been stopped since 2005.

Duggapanna Katte is an excellent view point & one can see Kudremukh peak and the entire Kalasa village from this place. Kalinga snake is supposed to be guarding the wealth of a king here. Another interesting place is Hanumangundi, consisting of a waterfall and water falls from a height of more than 100 feet.  One can bathe & play in the water. Getting into water involves little amount of trekking. One can visit this place only from October to May.

No doubt, Kudremukh with its unique shola forests and grassland ecosystem harbouring several endangered and niche specialist species of mammals, birds and other fauna forms an important, memorable commune with Nature.

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I hope the trekkers to the peak remember and observe care not to litter and disturb the wildlife in the ecologically sensitive park. This ecosystem is one of the 18 ecological hot spots in the world. many of the birds and animals, and plants cannot be found anywhere else in the world - all of them are unique and interlinked.
Posted By: K, Wednesday, January 07th, 2009