Kudremukh – the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore
Kudremukh is located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and is known for its rich biodiversity. The evergreen, lush tropical forests is ideal for a perfect, adventurous two days trip from Bangalore. This place is famous for trekking trails with varying degrees of difficulties. Lobo house and Raaje Gowda’s Homestay situated in the foothills of the Kudremukh peak is an ideal place to begin your adventure. You can find that most trekkers start from there to trek towards various peak points.
Ideal for: Trekking and photography
Best time to Visit Kudremukh: Although you can visit this place anytime during the year, it is ideal to visit between winter and summer – Sept/Oct to Feb when the climate is pleasant. Please plan your trip after checking with local Resort or Home stay’s because weather is not predictable in the western ghats.
Visit duration: People prefer to go on a two days trip to Kudremukh.
Visitor’s fee / permission: Permission should should be taken at forest office if going for trekking. Fee will be around 250Rs – 500Rs
How to reach Kudremukh from Bangalore?
- By car: it takes around 7 hours to reach Kudremukh.
- By bus: There are also no direct buses from Bangalore. The nearest major town is Kalasa, which is situated 22 kms away from Kudremukh. Bus services from Bangalore are available every night to reach Kalasa, and you could take the local transport from there to reach Kudremukh.
- By train: The nearest railway station is Mangalore, which is 100 kms away from Kudremukh; there are no direct train routes available.
Distance from Bangalore: 330-340kms
Near by places to visit in Kudremukh:
- Kudremukh National Park
- Hanuman Gundi falls
- Kalaseshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva – Kalasa
- Lakya dam
- Kadambi falls
- Adi-Shaktyamaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple – Hornadu, where the statue of the main deity is made of pure gold.
Things to Do in Kudremukh: Kudremukh is filled with various trekking routes and also provides a feast to your eyes with an abundance of pristine landscapes. So, pack a bag, enjoy an excellent trek, and relax to the emerald green forests of Kudremukh.
Interesting facts about Kudremukh:
- Kudremukh translates to the Horse face. This name was derived from the fact that the peak is shaped like a horse’s face.
- One of the peaks here is called the Varaha Parvatha, which is an UNESCO World Heritage site. It is situated at the height of 1458 meters above the sea level, and it the source to the rivers such as Tunga, Badra, and Nethravati.
- Kudremukh is also famous for its abundant iron ores
Travel guide: Kudremukh has a restriction of allowing only 50 trekkers per day. However, if you are unable to get permission to trek on that day of your visit, there are equally exciting treks around that mountain range. If you are going on a bike trip from Bangalore, you can try to explore the Kurinjal peak, which is also in the Kudremukh mountain range with similar trek experience. It will be more comfortable for you to make adjustments to your plan, based on the circumstances there, when you are taking a bike trip.