Kudermukh trek mountain range is located at the Chikamagalaru district in Indian state of Karnataka at distance of 20km from the Kalsa, in Kalsa Taluk. It has its altitude of 6207ft above sea level and is among the third highest peak Karnataka after Baba Budangiri and Mullayyangiri.
The term Kudermukh has its own meaning which means ‘horse-faced’ in Kannada. It refers to the picture in which particular side a view of the mountain is seen which resembles the horse face. Kudermukh is also called the heart of Western Ghats and is among the second-largest wildlife protected area there under the Kudermukha National park
The area is abundant in both plants and animals.. The meadows, dense forests, and grasslands are those, which made it a rich biodiversity spot. The Kudermukh Trek is among the all twenty-five rich biodiversity hotspot in the world. It has beauty due to its reach wildlife, encircled by natural thick forests. The pleasant and captivating view is highly attractive region for tourists.
Highlights for the Trek:
1. Trekking to Western Ghats, the beautiful scenic view of thick forests, whistling birds, narrow streams and cascading waterfalls are there to visit at the peak.
2. The Elnuru falls and Kalsa hanging bridge are place to visit.
3. At the end of trek, visit Somavati Falls. Visiting the trek will fill the mood with refreshment.
4. Bella Homestay will be the beautiful place for experiencing local cuisine.
Best Time to visit The Trek:
· Visit during summer:
The summer season starts from March and lasts till May in this region. Therefore, it is the best time to visit for those who are fond of trekking. During this time, various types of animals are found. The average temperature during this season ranges from around 32degree Celsius and rise up to 37 degree Celsius.
· Visit during winter:
The season of winter continues from November until February. During this season, the atmosphere is very pleasant and the temperature remains between 14 degree to 33 degree Celsius. Sometimes it even reaches up to 10 degree Celsius. It is the best time to visit Kudermukh Trek.
· Monsoon in Kudermukh:
It is from June to September Kudermukh experience heavy rain shower. Despite of the fact, the pleasant climate made it good time for witnessing the nature.
· Visiting during Events/ Festivals: If somebody willing to have holidays in Kudermukh, or festivals there it will be full of fun and enthusiasm. Especially, the month of October/November when the Navratri is celebrated all over India, spending Navratri there is all about fun. Moreover, among all other festivals celebrated in Kudermukh, Karvali Festival is very popular which is celebrated in the month of February. Visiting there in this month will also give experience of these regional festivals.
Places to Visit:
· Kudermukh Peak trek:
It is located at an altitude of 1894m above the sea level. The Kudermukh Peak will be a paradise for nature artists and trekkers as this mountainous path is full of flora and fauna diversity.
· Kudermukh National Park:
The Kudermukh National Park established in the year 1987 is the second largest peak in Karnataka. It is located at area of 600sq.km and is among one of the most preserved national parks in India. The place is enriched with flora, fauna, and verdant grasslands. This place is famous for its native language. This area is habitat of many endemic and endangered species of animals and plants along with mammals such as wild dogs, tigers, and leopards.
· Hanuman Gundi falls, which are perched at a height of more than 100 feet on natural rocks, are known for their tranquil environment and a number of peaceful locations that draw tourists.those who look for laidback day all amongst’ the beauty of nature.
Kalasa, also famous with the name of temple town is located at the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka, on the banks of River Bhadra. The place is surrounded by the rainforest is a gateway of nature. The place is famous for its agricultural economy.
Gangamoola is also known as Varaha Parvatha. Located at the height of 1458m above sea level is on of the world heritage site of UNESCO. This place is also the source of River Bhadra, Tunga, and Nethravati. More than 107 species of birds are found here.
· Janta Market:
Janta Market is the most primary shopping market at Kudermukh town. Moving to Janta market while visiting Kudermukh trek one can find basic utility items and souvenirs present there. Earlier it was also known as Bhadra Market.