Close view of Horse Face
On to Gomukha - Cows Face
On the grasslands enroute to Gomukha
Trek Type : Weekend
Departure Dates 2017
Bangalore to Bangalore
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 1 night ; 2 Days
Cost : ₹ 3,300/- includes 5% GST
Group Size : 11 and above
Friday, 25 January 2013 11:51
Scaling the Horse’s Mane
There might not be any individual in India who has not heard about Western Ghats. The gorgeous assembly of mountain ranges, flora, fauna and magical misty beauty that gloriously resides in the Western Ghats of India might not have escaped the eyes and ears of holiday planners. The Western Ghats appear to be parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula and is a go-to destination during free weekends. Karnataka is a state with immense beauty and natural splendour which often remains unexplored even by native people. There are many gorgeous mountain ranges, splendid peaks and breathe-taking waterfalls in this state. One such mountain peak is Kudremukh. Located at a distance of 360 kilometres from Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State, it is 7 hour journey. It derives its name from the hilltop that resemblance a horse’s face. Surrounded by dense forests and rolling grasslands, Kudremukh offers a nerve-numbing sight to its visitors.
Your first stop in this province while coming from Bengaluru will be a small hamlet of Samse. It has nothing but a few shops and crossroads remaining. You can stock up essentials and arrange for a vehicle towards your journey to Kudremukha peak. From here you will be driven on a jeep safari for the first ten kilometres until you reach Mullodi. You can set up a camp in this location for an early morning trek. Kalasa is basically the main town of Kudremukha. But the town of Kudremukha is almost deserted after the closure of mining business. The forest department office is held in the Kudremukh town, which is 20 km after Kalasa. If you have not attained a permit for your trekking, this is where you need to go to obtain a permit.
The local residents of this region are warm and extremely friendly. There are many houses and families who welcome unknown strangers into their house and let them rest during their trekking expeditions. One can enjoy the fantastic hospitality of these families during the trip. The food served will be cooked out to local ingredients and the taste is unparalleled.
During this trip, you will come face to face with most refreshing lush green patches of grasslands. Greenery will be redefined in your minds as you will see different shades of green while in here. The calm open meadows will offer you peace that you always crave for in a city life. The bewitching sight of foggy clouds touching the feet of this intense green land will be a memory of your lifetime.
The Kudremukh National Park is heavily populated with wildlife that is unique to this geographic location. Visitors are mesmerised by the exquisite collection of flora and fauna in the park which includes casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis, eucalyptus and Grevillea Robusta. The wide array of wildlife of this region consists of Malabar giant squirrels, sloth bears, gaurs, common langurs, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, porcupines, jackals, giant flying squirrels, sambar, barking deer, spotted deer and mongoose. You will easily find birds like Malabar whistling thrush, imperial pigeon, great pied hornbill and the Malabar trogon.
Kudremukha is Karnataka's 3rd highest peak.
Lush green meadows with zigzag inclined pathways and dense tropical rainforest trail.
30 Kms ( Approximately )
The astonishing view of Arabian Sea can be seen from Kudremukha National Park know for the 'Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I'. Jamalabad village of kudremukha by Tipu Sultan in 1794. Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls splash on the rocks from a height of more than 100ft. are 32kms from kalasa. Kadambi Waterfalls with a height of 30ft. located inside the national park.
All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker but best time is Oct-May.
Trekking is only allowed between 6am to 5pm as Kudremukha National Park is a habitat for wildlife.
There is one waterfall and ten water steams from the homestay to the Kudremukha. The amount of water in these streams depends on the Mansoon Rain.
Kudremukha Peak is located in Kudremukh National Park of Western Ghats.
As per official guidelines there is limited construction area in kudremukh region for homestays. Since thase are the only options available for everyone,except basic sleeping arrangements.
Distance : 331kms from Bangalore
By Road : NH 75
Driving Route : Bangalore – Hassan – Mudigere – Kottigehara – Kalasa–Kudremukh