Kudremukh is situated in the Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka, and this district is called the heart of the Western Ghats in India. In the Kannada language, Kudremukh means “ the face of a horse “. The Kudremukh Trek is 6,207 ft tall and It is the third highest peak in the Western Ghats. Because of The Kudremukh National Park, this place is home to many flora and fauna, and also this National Park is the second-largest wildlife area in the Western Ghats. Many trekkers see deer and peacocks while roaming. Among all the treks this trek is different as many spots include wild animals and also beautiful sites along with grasslands, small streams, and forest.
Brief About Kudremukh Trek
The peak of the Kudremukh trek has the most unique structure and exactly looks like a horse’s face from a different angle. The total distance of the trek is 20-22km(to and fro) and it usually takes a whole day to complete the trek. This trek is also a very big part of Shola Forest which is home to many animals like deer, lion-tail macaque, leopard, etc. During monsoon season many tourists visit this place to witness the mist between the mountains, also the waterfalls and small streams are at high speed during this season. Both the places give a heavenly view during the trek.
Distribution Of The Kudremukh Trek Distance
So the whole Kudremukh Trek is about 20-22 km long.
- Section 1: Forest Office To Ontimara II
This section’s total distance is 5km and usually takes 2 hours to complete. After taking permission to trek from the Forest office, tourists can start their trekking. After this, trekkers enter Shola Forest and many may interact with different wild animals like Hanuman Langur, Malabar Sieder Lories, etc. During the water, the streaming part tries best to avoid leeches as there are plenty of them in water. Until you reach Ontimara 1 there are many streams and waterfalls on the trail. Ontimara gives an open grassland trail for the trekkers.
- Section 2: Ontimara II To Final stretch
This section is 3 km long and takes a total of 1 hour to complete. After 20 minutes on the trail, the trek starts getting steeper and trekkers can see the Kudremukh peak.
- Section 3: Final stretch To Kudremukh Trek
This trek is 1 km long in distance and it takes about 30 minutes to complete the whole. After the whole 30-35 minutes trek, people reach the Kudremukh Peak and enjoy the view and calming feeling with their loved ones.
Best Time To Visit The Kudremukh Trek
The Kalasa Region of Karnataka has moderate temperatures throughout the year. But still, people should avoid the trek during the summer season as the trek includes some open sections. Tourists usually visit during the monsoon and winter season as this time many people want to see the dark Shola Forest, Bamboo shrubs, and also the small streams. So the best season or month to visit the Kudremukh peak in June to February.
Difficulty Level Of Kudremukh Trek
Kudremukh Trek is a moderate difficulty trek. There is no particular section that is difficult but one should have their best physic while doing the trek. Here are some important points to remember during the trek:-
- Trekking trail might be slippery and muddy. Try wearing proper trekking shoes and also have trek poles.
- While crossing the stream or waterfall, hold yourself still as the rocks and ground are slippery, and one might slip also.
- In Section II of the trek, the trail gets steep during the 3km. The trekker must be fit enough to go and enjoy the view during the trek.
Other Places To Visit After The Kudremukh Trek
There are many different streams, waterfalls, and treks in the Kalasa region. And if one wants to explore more of this region here is the list of famous places near Kudremukh Peak:-
- Horanadu Temple- This is a famous temple of the eregion and is located at the banks of Bhadra River. This temple is only 16 km away from the Kudremukh.
- Ballarayanadurga Fort Trek- To see this fort one has to do Bandaje trek. Some people also see this from Durgadahall. This trek is 36 km away from Kudremukh trek.
- Meruti Hill- This hill is the 7th highest peak in Karnataka. And it’s very close to the Horanadu temple. This hill’s trek starts from Basarikatte which is 30km away from the Kudremukh.
Kudremukh peak is the 3rd highest peak in Karnataka and has one of the best viewpoints in the whole area. This trek attracts many tourists because of the scenery. And greenery of the grasslands, waterfalls, streams, and also the wildlife of the area.