Kudremukh Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023
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One of the most picturesque destinations for mountain lovers, Kudremukh is located in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. It is a quaint hill station and a mining town which has enchanted the trekking aficionados from time to time. It is known for having the Kudremukh peak which is the second-highest peak after Mullayangiri in Karnataka. The town was historically famous as ‘Samseparvata’ as one way approaching it was through the Samse village. 

Known for its religious tourist attractions, waterfalls and for being a trekker’s delight and a bird watcher’s paradise, Kudremukh is a beautiful destination to be explored if you crave for adventure and thrill in your life. Showcasing a carpet of pristine natural beauty, Kudremukh is one of the most brilliant getaways for a memorable escapade with your loved ones. 

Literally meaning horse face in Kannada, Kudremukh is a fascinating mountain peak resembling a horse face from one side. It has a height of 1,894 metres and is one of the most alluring places for mountain lovers in South India. It is a wonderful respite where you can enjoy a plethora of scenic vistas and marvel at the natural beauty. It is blessed with a landscape that comprises eye-catching mountain peaks and verdant valleys. 

The tourists here are in for a treat as they can witness the beautiful flora and fauna along the popular trekking routes through the Western Ghats. It is located in the protected area of Kudremukh National Park which makes it a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. Kudremukh is known to be a habitat for a number of endangered and endemic species where you can see tigers, leopards and wild dogs in the landscape. It is blessed with distinct flora and fauna that comprises tropical wet evergreen forests. 

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  1. Which are the places to see in and near Kudremukh?

    1. Kalasa -
    Situated in Chikkamagaluru, Kalasa is a temple town on the banks of the River Bhadra. The place is famous for its mythology and its natural landscape. Kalasa is popular for having the Sri Kalaseshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva attracting devotees from all over South India. Tucked in the heart of Western Ghats, Kalasa is must visit to seek a spiritual respite.

    2. Gangamoola -
    This is a UNESCO world heritage site which is also known as the Varaha Parvatha in Karnataka. It is famous as the source of some important rivers of South India like River Tunga, Bhadra, Netravati etc. Some of the popular attractions here include the temple of Goddess Bhagavathi and the presence of more than 107 species of birds.

    3. Janta Market -
    For the shopping lovers, Janta Market is a popular getaway from Kudremukh. It was earlier called Bhadra Market and it is a nice stop for shopping souvenirs and daily goods.

    4. Lakya Dam -
    Built over Lakya, which is a tributary of River Bhadra, Lakya Dam is a popular attraction near Kudremukh. Lakya Dam has a pleasant background which consists of hills and rivers delighting the tourists with its picturesque terrain. The unique characteristic of Lakya Dam is that it has a height of 100 m and was constructed as a dam of silt as Kudremukh Iron Ore Company undertook an initiative to collect wastes from mining activities.

    5 . Horanadu -
    For the seekers of spirituality, Horanadu is famous for having the Annapoorneshwari Temple in Malnad district of Karnataka. It is blessed with eye catching natural beauty and surrounded by green landscapes. The famous temple here attracts a lot of devotees as it is believed according to the legends that it was established in the 8th century by Maharishi Agastya. The temple offers a nice visit during the months of winter as you can appreciate the pristine surroundings along with it.

    6. Kadambi Falls -
    One of the picturesque attractions near Kudremukh, this is a 30 feet waterfall in Karnataka. Located in Western Ghats, Kadambi Falls offers a pleasant respite where you can appreciate the serenity of nature as it is blessed with scenic surroundings. One can go near the waterfalls and enjoy an adventurous getaway along with a day picnic near Kudremukh.

    7. Kudremukh National Park -
    Spread over a land of 600 kilometres, Kudremukh National Park is a protected area located in the Western Ghats. It is a perfect getaway to enjoy the mountains and bask in the scenic beauty of nature. It was developed as an initiative to conserve the landscape against the adverse impacts of mining in the surrounding areas of Kudremukh. A paradise for wildlife lovers, it is home to many endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna.

    8. Hanuman Gundi Falls (Suthanabbe Falls) -
    Dropping from a height of 72 feet, this is a marvellous waterfall during the monsoons in Kudremukh. It offers a beguiling sight for the onlookers and situated on Kalasa road.

  2. What is the best time to visit Kudremukh?

    The most favorable time to visit Kudremukh is from December to February. This is when the weather is great to enjoy activities like trekking and scuba diving. However, it is blessed with  a pleasant climate throughout the year but the rainy season is not recommended if the primary motive of going to Kudremukh is trekking.
  3. Which are the best homestays in Kudremukh?

    Coffee Ghiri Homestay: Located amidst a verdant natural landscape, Coffee Ghiri Homestay is a nice place to stay for offbeat travellers. It offers a budget accommodation and is located amidst the natural scenery which leaves everyone spellbound. Some of the amenities provided here include a basic kitchenette, bonfire, dining area etc. 

    Hasiru Thana Homestay: This homestay, located 25 kilometres away from Chikmagalur offers a glimpse of how life looks when you live at a coffee plantation. It is a great respite for coffee lovers who can escape here during the vacation and enjoy the days without the hustle and bustle of the cities. 

    Thangaali Homestay: Surrounded by the panorama of misty hills and green valleys, Thangaali homestay is a wonderful escape for nature lovers in Kudremukh. It is a family friendly homestay where you can relax in peace and enjoy the scenic surroundings along with home cooked Malnad food and other modern amenities of the homestay.
  4. What is famous in Kudremukh?

    Kudremukh is famous for the following reasons:

    1. Celebration of fairs and festivals -
    Kudremukh hosts many vibrant festivals like the Karavali festival and Navratri festival. The Karavali festival is organised in February by the Government of Karnataka and is known to observe rituals like Bhuta (Demon Worship), Nagamandala and Demon Dance. There is also the Navratri festival which is held for ten days during the Durga Puja. 

    2. Trekking and hiking -
    A paradise for adventure lovers, Kudremukh offers an exciting trek through the valleys of Western Ghats. The trail is full of resplendent backdrops and offers the trekkers a memorable experience exploring the diverse flora and fauna on the way.
  5. How to reach Kudremukh?

    Kudremukh can be reached in the following ways from other cities:

    - By road:
    Some of the major cities from which Kudremukh is accessible are Bangalore, Karkala and Mangalore. Bangalore is at a distance of 330 km, Karkala 50 km away and Mangalore at a distance of 97 km. There are many KSRTC buses which run from these cities offering a comfortable road journey to Kudremukh.

    - By rail:
    The nearest railway station to Kudremukh is Mangalore which is well connected to major cities. It is located 100 km away from Kudremukh and from there one can take a taxi, bus or cab to reach there.

    - By air:
    The nearest airport to reach Kudremukh by air is Mangalore. It is located 90 km away and well connected with national and international cities. From Mangalore airport, one can take a taxi, cab or bus to reach Kudremukh.

  6. Is Kudremukh trek difficult?

    One of the most popular treks in south India, Kudremukh offers a trail full of magnificent sceneries, rolling hills, verdant forests and serene grasslands. It is an easy to moderate trek which can be completed in a single day. It is an easy trek to start with, however, there is a slight increase in difficulty level from Ontimara as the trail is steep and the trekkers have to follow a zig-zag route to reach the peak.

    The total distance that is covered in Kudremukh trek is 9.5 km from Mullodi base camp. Trekking can be undertaken at Kudremukh after taking the permission of the forest ranger.

  7. Is trekking allowed in Kudremukh?

    Yes, Kudremukh is famous as a trekking destination and trekking is allowed here.
  8. How far is Kudremukh from Chikmagalur?

    Kudremukh is located 96 km away from the main town of Chikmagalur.
  9. How can I go to Kudremukh by train?

    The nearest railway station to Kudremukh is Mangalore railway station. From Mangalore, Kudremukh can be easily reached by a cab through the road. It has good connectivity from there and offers an easy and comfortable ride.
  10. Why is it called Kudremukh?

    It is called Kudremukh deriving its name from the local language Kannada. In the native language, it means a horse face as it resembles the face of a horse when looked from one side.
Newly Added Kudremukh Experience
07 December 2015
Manisha Gowda Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
It really matters what you are expecting from the spot. Best time is go just after rainy season to enjoy fog & green carpet over the mountain. Good trekking area. We saw few peacocks crossing road and went into shrubs. We still regret that we could not trek to peak; due to chilled weather and we didn’t equipped for the trek also. Trekking through secluded villages, evergreen forest teeming with waterfalls and streams and open grassland patches was a once in life time experience.
11 August 2015
Dhanvin Mahajan Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
I have moved to Bangalore just a few months back and in a strange city with no friends, it was really lonely. Finally i found solace in the arms of nature at the Kudremukh trek! Stunning landscapes, beautiful sights and most important of all great organisation by tour leaders! Thanks guys! I had a lot of fun! I went on this trip with an impulse but it was totally worth it.
07 November 2015
Nimit Bandopadhyay Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
Fantastic drive though mother nature. Green everywhere and water falls here and there. Deep inside the Bhagavathi forest you have nature made diving spot where you could dive from at least 10 feet above. Wonderful water falls. Think of anything and you get here.
10 October 2015
Deepali Menon Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
The longest trek I have ever done. But beautiful nevertheless. The stretches of "Sholay" grasslands and the rolling hills at the backdrop made for the perfect country side feel. The trek path is sometimes through the forest and caves which adds to the entire experience. You should go only if you enjoy trekking because the way to the top is long. Such a peaceful place now that ore mining has halted and mother nature has regained control!
11 August 2015
Shubha Mukhopadhyay Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
This is one of the best areas where you can hike for a weekend , and capture beautiful scenic green mountains. Plan to go after monsoons , and its an awesome place then.
22 April 2016
Aadi Chaturvedi Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
Very Good
The road is very serpentine and you many times start feeling monotony, if you are tired of road travels. The views around you are very good. We did not see any wild animals while travelling through the park but felt that the dense forest must be having a lot of wildlife if somebody ventures into it. Worth a visit when you are travelling to Kudremukh. The loads of flora and fauna, waterbodies, occassional wild life sighting is beautiful
16 April 2016
Chinmayananda Bandopadhyay Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
Very Good
The trail was really a good mix of experiences - one would never feel the uphill or downhill route monotonous. The vibrant colours of the trees, pebbles, clouds, grass, soil makes it totally worth the time! Preferable to plan for the trek in a big group to enjoy the climb and descent, build memories, and celebrate the triumph together .The peak is approachable from belthangady- navoor side or better from Kalasa -chikmagalur dist. The natural beauty of this place is unparalleled.
01 April 2016
Adhrit Mahajan Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
Kudremukh national park located in chickmagalur district is one of the best that I've visited for sure! If you wanna get lost in the wilderness, this piece of heaven is for you. From lush green tropical rain forests to heavenly waterfalls! 2 other places, Gangamoola and Lakya dam are closed for public access. The trip was fine as expected
18 February 2016
Kashyap Gowda Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
This place is very beautiful, thick forest, many birds, some snakes.... plan to spend the whole day and walk around to explore the beautiful thich jungle. reat trek and there is a nice isolated waterfalls near the base camp which adds icing to the cake. . The loads of flora and fauna, waterbodies, occassional wild life sighting is beautiful
30 January 2016
Deven Naik Trekking in Kudremukh in Karnataka
Ultimate experience of trekking in Kudremukh! I am an avid trekker and have gone to many treks in and around Bangalore, but this was the most amazing! The Hanuman Gundi falls were refreshing and pleasing! Thanks for the awesome experience, guys.

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