Kudremukh National Park
 

Udupi

Kudremukh National Park - Chikmagalur

 

Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty, located in midst of mountains and is known for all kinds of flora and fauna. This is also a trekker's paradise with a number of tracks winding through the rolling hills. The park shares its boundary with Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary on the western side and is linked to Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary through a narrow stretch of Reserved Forests on the southern edge.

Kuduremukha National Park is located at a distance of 95 km south-west of Chikmagalur town. It is situated in the Western Ghats in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur and stretches between Narasimha Parvatha (in Sringeri Taluk) in the north to the Jamalabad Fort (in Belthangady Taluk) in the south spreading over an area of 600.32 sq km and is 1,894.3 m above sea level. This is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area. Kudremukh National Park is divided into four ranges Kudremukh, Kerekatte, Kalasa, Shimoga. The park is covered with thick hilly forests, mostly evergreen and semi-evergreen near the coastal plains on the western portion. The park is surrounded by Coffee and Tea plantations on the northern and eastern boundaries.

The Kudremukh receives an average annual rainfall of 7000 mm and the humid climate of the region and the tremendous water retention capacity of the shola grasslands and forests has resulted in the formation of thousands of perennial streams in the region converge to form three major rivers the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi.

Flora and Fauna

Plantations of eucalyptus, casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis and Grevillea Robusta are found here. The Kudremukh National park houses variety of wildlife such as tiger, leopard, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, porcupine, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, giant flying squirrel and the mongoose.

The park also has about 195 species of birds which are Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, great pied hornbill and the imperial pigeon. Reptiles like Snakes and tortoises are also found here.

Other attractions

Kadambi Waterfalls is one of the major attractions of Kudremukh National Park. One has to get the permission from the Range Officers for trekking inside the park.

Nearby places:

The nearby attractions of Kudremukh National Park are the centers of pilgrimage like Ganga Moola, Sringeri Sharada Peetham and Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple.

Best time to visit

  • Trekking to the Kudremukh peak is permitted from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm (as per forest rules).Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, on the other hand, is a good place to visit; however, entry is allowed only from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • The forests are lush green between October and May.
  • To watch the wildlife the ideal time is between December and February.

Accommodation

At Kudremukh, the government provides shelter which includes tents and cottages. It is advisable to reserve well in advance before visiting the town Bhagavati Nature Camp is one among them. Other accommodations are also available at Kalasa, Sringeri and Karkala.