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Kudremukh Trek – The Best Weekend Trip From Bangalore

by Geetika Gautam

About Kudremukh

Kudremukh trek in Karnataka is a must for all adventure lovers. You’ll have to have your own transport arrangements to reach the place, but it will be worth the effort. The Kudremukh National Park has some of the most amazing views you will ever see anywhere in India and beyond.

This 10-day trek through dense forests and across meadows offers a rare opportunity to experience nature’s beauty up close. Three days of the trek will be spent at Ashwathagiri, and the rest will be distributed among Hampi, Harangi and B.H.LakshmanaRao Point. The path itself is dotted with waterholes, dense forests, ancient temples and ‘Kadamba’ trees – one of the oldest species in India.

The trek itself is very simple, as the path is well-defined and has regular signages. There are no dangerous animals or reptiles in this region, but the porters will carry torches to light your way through. The only untoward incidents may be caused by wild animals such as elephants. So make sure you keep your camping areas clean and tidy so that they don’t pose a threat to you. Accommodation in the huts provided by the forest department is comfortable and very cheap.

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What to Explore in Kudremukh Trek, Karnataka?

If you are planning a trekking trip in India, Kurnool District is one of the best destinations. Being almost 1000 kilometers away from the closest metropolitan city, Hyderabad, it’s a perfect destination for people who want to get away from urban chaos and experience nature at its best.

In this article we will explore some of the places that trekkers can explore in Kudremukh trek

The Mount Kudremukh National Park is quite famous and covers an area of approximately 40 square kilometers. The National Park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the world’s second largest protected area. The park boasts of two peaks, one at 8,240 feet and another at 7,755 feet above sea level. The whole point is that the park lacks any facilities. There are no rooms to stay, no place to get food and the trek is tough. This is why the place is so popular.

There are two campsites in the park and only one of them can be used by trekkers. The other camp site is used by park rangers and forest officials, which means that you need special permission to stay at that particular campsite. You won’t find any shops around, so it’s better if you carry your own food with you.

The campsite is just 2 kilometers away from the main Kudremukh peak, the camp site has a huge lake on one side and forest on the other. The lake water looks calm, but it’s not that safe as people often fall into it. Camping at this place is not allowed in any case, as there are wild animals roaming around and you may accidentally encounter them. Also, the place is neat and tidy.

Another Must Visit Place in the Kudremukh Trek is the Thadiyandamol Hill. 

It is a significant peak, as it will give you a wonderful view of Western Ghats. Close to the peak, there is a small stream flowing which many people call ‘Godavari’, though it’s actually not Godavari.

Itinerary of Kudremukh Trek Chikmagalur

Kudremukh Trek is a trek in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka. The Kudremukh hill range on the border of Karnataka and Goa, is a difficult trek with some steep climbs, intense weather conditions and wild animals. 

The journey starts from Chikkamagalur by passing through Muringthi, Shiroor, Nagarhole National Park and ending at Pookot. The journey is from Chikkamagalur via Muringthi to Shiroor, Ranganathittu and Nagarhole National Park. Pookot is the last destination for the trekker.

The route of this trek has steep climbs and passes through a dense jungle with only few visible paths branching from these paths. After paragliding at Pookot, the route continues to be narrow and confined by cascading waterfalls, streams and rugged rock formations. The place is always in mist, so that the travelers cannot make out what is visible and what is invisible.

The day starts with a paragliding adventure over the Pookot falls which are around 11 metres high. The view from this point on the trek will remain etched in splendor in your memory forever.

After breakfast at Pookot we start our trek from Pookot towards Muringthi .The trail leading to Muringthi has very steep climbing.The trail is full of drops and turns.The river streams, yawning chasms and sheer rock faces at this point are totally awe-inspiring.Waterfalls can be seen here too.After reaching Muringthi hills we take lunch break in the open field near Madhavalinga temple.

Rest of The Journey to Kudremukh Trek

From Muringthi we hike towards Shiroor, through Garbhagiri hills on the way to our final destination ‘ Nagarhole National Park ‘.Nagarhole means ‘Hole in the Hills’ and this park has a hole that was made by the droughts.It is an ideal place to study many endangered species of plants and animals.

Once you reach Nagarhole you can take a dinner break. After spending some time at Nagarhole, from here we come back to Shiroor, where our vehicle is waiting for us at the parking lot.

After reaching Shiroor we take our breakfast in a resort nearby and start our journey towards Muringthi till Chikkamagalur. We reach Chikkamagalur by evening. Kudremukh trekking is a challenging trek that you can explore in any part of the year. Most of the parts are very steep, rough and barren. Get ready to climb at least 2000 metres in a day. 

Annapurna ranges, Himalaya range and Kudremukh range all surround Chikkamagalur, where this trek can be taken. The place has many legends associated with it and so called ‘sacred’ temples dot the area.  

Things to Carry

  • Mask and sanitizer
  • Identity proof must
  • Wear Trekking/sports Pant – Quick Dry Material
  • Trekking /sports shoes with good grip
  • Water bottle 
  • Snacks: Energy bars: Dry fruits: Glucon D, etc
  • Please wear Full sleeves and Full Track Pant this will protect from Summer Sun / Insects / Prickles
  • Pack your bags accordingly to save them from getting wet as it may rain during the trek. 
  • Double pack your valuables/phones in plastic bags
  • Carry Rainwear / Waterproof jacket etc. 
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