AMAZING PLACES TO SEE IN INDIA - ADVENTURE AND RELIGION - KUDREMUKH

Kudremukh, Karnataka
KUDREMUKH

Hello friends! There are so many amazing places to see in India. What kind of places to travel do you like? I know, most of you will raise your hands if I asked about your love for traveling to hills. Kudremukh in Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka in south India is a small hill station which is also an amazing trekking site and is a place to travel for those seeking natural beauty and adventure at the same time. Meaning 'horse face' in local Kannada language, it is the second highest peak of Karnataka. Kudremukh is called so because of a peak here that looks like face of a horse.

Kudremukh is a part of the western Ghats and has a wealth of bio diversity and minerals. One of the most amazing places to see in India, it is a perfect location for trekkers and nature lovers alike. The charisma of the place lies in the lush green meadows all around. Surrounded by dense forests, Kudremukh is blessed with rare varieties of orchids and rivers.


KUDREMUKH, Karnataka
KUDREMUKH
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There are so many amazing places to see in and around Kudremukh that it is difficult to write about each one of them. However, I have tried to bring to you, some of the most important and sought after places to visit in Kudremukh.


Kudremukh image
BREATHTAKING VIEW OF KUDREMUKH
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1. KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK - Spread over an area of 600 square km, this is the secong largest protected wildlife park. Kudremukh national park is set in the midst of mountains and has a mesmerizing scenic beauty. Granted the status of national park in the year 1987, this is one of the most well maintained national parks. Adorned with natural beauty, it has a variety of flora and fauna. It is also home to various endangered species of plants and animals. Kudremukh national park is a natural habitat of many animals like Sambhar, Giant squirrel, spotted deer, common langur etc. Endangered species like tigers, leopards and wild dogs can also be found in Kudremukh National Park.


KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK, Karnataka
KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK
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Rope bridge at Kudremukh national park
WALKING THROUGH THE ROPE BRIDGE
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Kudremukh national park, Karnataka
ANOTHER VIEW OF KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK
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2. GANGAMOOLA - Considered to be the source of three rivers namely Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravati, Situated at an altitude of 1460 m, this is also known as Varaha Parvatha. Gangamoola is a UNESCO world heritage site. Temple of Goddess Bhagawathi is a major attraction here. A Lord Varaha temple is located in a cave, from where one of the river originates, with a 6 feet tall idol. Gangamoola is located within the limits of Kudremukh National Park. You will have to trek for about 2 km from the road between Sringeri and Kudremukh to reach Gangamoola.


WAY TO GANGAMOOLA, Chikamagalur
WAY TO GANGAMOOLA
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GANGAMOOLA WATERFALLS, Kudremukh
GANGAMOOLA WATERFALLS
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GANGAMOOLA CAVE, Gangamoola
GANGAMOOLA CAVE
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3. KALASA - Just 8 km from Kudremukh is beautiful Kalasa town, situated on the banks of river Bhadra. Kalasa means pot. This beautiful town in Chikamagaluru district is known for Sri Kalasheswara temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kalasa is believed to have come into existence during Lord Shiva's marriage to Parvati. The temple showcases the architectural heritage of south India and has different designs. It is visited by a large number of pilgrims. Kalasa is surrounded by rainforest and is any nature lover's delight. Kalasa town boasts of sprawling coffee and ayurveda gardens. Do not miss to see this beautiful place.


KALASA, Karnataka
KALASA
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Pilgrimage at Kalasheswara temple
PILGRIMS VISITING KALASHESWARA TEMPLE
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KALASHESHWARA TEMPLE, Karnataka
KALASHESHWARA TEMPLE
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4. HORANADU - A small quiet village about 17 km from Kudremukh, Horanadu has pristine natural beauty. It has temple of Adi Shaktyamaka Annapoorneshwaridevi. The statue of the deity is made of pure gold. It is believed that devotees, who visit this temple, never face shortage of food. The area is full of tea, coffee and spices plantations. You can buy these items in bulk from here. The prices are much lower than those in the cities. The scenic beauty of Hornadu is itself a reason to pay a visit.


ANNAAPOORNESHWARIDEVI TEMPLE, Kudremukh
ANNAAPOORNESHWARIDEVI TEMPLE
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5. TREKKING - First thing first. You will need permission from the forest department for trekking in Kudremukh. At an altitude of 1900 m, Kudremukh offers variety of trekking trails according to level of difficulty. Of all the treks here, Kudremukh trek is most exciting due to it's flora and fauna. The excitement lies in the myriad landscapes on the route. The bamboo shrubs, rolling hills, water streams and rolling hills, all make this trek a memorable one. The trek is nearly 20 km long and covers tropical green forests and coffee farms. The view from the top of Kudremukh peak is breathtaking. You get an amazing view of the Arabian sea and varied landscapes from the top.


Kudremukh peak image
KUDREMUKH PEAK
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Kudremukh view
VIEW OF KUDREMUKH PEAK
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Trekking on Kudremukh peak
PEOPLE TREKKING KUDREMUKH PEAK
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Route for Kudremukh trek
KUDREMUKH TREK ROUTE
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HOW TO REACH - 

AIR - The nearest airport is Mangalore which is about 130 km away. You can take a taxi or bus from here to reach Kudremukh.

TRAIN - The nearest rail station is again Mangalore.

ROAD - Kudremukh is well connected by road with major cities of Karnataka. You can get state run buses including AC and non AC buses to reach Kudremukh.

Kudremukh is one of the most amazing places to see in India. Do not miss a chance to visit this place full of natural beauty.

HAPPY TRAVELING!!



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