Kudremukh National Park

Kudremukh National Park near Udupi

Kudremukh is a mountain range with its peak located in the Chikkmagaluru district of Karnataka. In the local language of Kannada, ‘Kuduremukha’ means 'horse-face'. It refers to a particular view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse's face. It is also the name of a small hill station situated near the mountains, which is about 48 kilometres from Karkala and about 20 kilometres from Kalasa. Kudremukh National Park covers three districts, viz. Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chickmagalur.

Historically, It was also referred to as the ‘Samseparvata'. The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area. It is a tropical evergreen forest in the located in the Western Ghats. It covers an area of 600.32 km?, has a longitudinal range of 75?00'55' to 75?25'00 and latitudinal range of 13?01'00" to 13?29'17.

The Kudremukh national park has been declared a Global Tiger Reserve of priority-1 by the state government of Karnataka. It is said to be home to some very mammals like Tiger, Leopard and Wild Dogs. Sambar, Muntjac, Gaur, Chevrotain, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langurs Wild Pigs and the Lion Tailed Macaque are also said to reside in the park.

Kudremukh also holds importance for being the place of origin of three important rivers namely- the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi. A shrine of goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha in a cave also attract many devotees.

Kudremukh National Park near Udupi

If you are of adventurous nature then Kudremukh has lots in store for you. If trekking is you thing then you will not be disappointed. You can trek in the woods (of course, with a guide by your side!) The locals of Kudremukh are very friendly and hospitable so you can approach them whenever you feel like. Also, as any other jungle rule, littering is strictly prohibited if found doing so you can be penalized.

There are about 13 trekking routes in Kudremukh, out of which the most preferred ones are:
  • Samse – Kudremukh: The trek will take you around 4 days and 3 nights to finish and it covers an approx. distance of about 40 kms.
  • Navoor - Hevala - Kudremukh – Navoor:  You can count in around 5 days and 4 nights to complete this trek. Total distance- 60 kms.
  • Navoor - Kudremukh – Samse: 5 days and 4 nights covering a total distance of approx. 50 kms.
  • Horanaadu–Sringeri: In this trek route you will cover a distance of about 30 kms in 3 days and 2 nights.
If you are an ardent nature lover then there is nothing better than crashing in at the Nature Camp in Kudremukh. It one of the beautiful places to stay. You will find numerous accommodation options including tents and cottages; all well taken care of by the Karnataka Govt. In some places of Kudremukh and Samse you will even find people inviting you for an opened home stay. This is a divine beauty is a well-known attraction and people from all over the world come to visit it. Make sure you don’t miss it too!

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