2. Kudremukh -This hill station is actually a hill range located in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur district. It is known for its grasslands, meadows and valleys – rich in biodiversity. Kudremukh is known for its spectacular beauty despite the threat of being stripped of its rich biodiversity. Kudremukh Peak is among the most famous trekking routes for adventure travellers.Naturists will also enjoy taking a walk down its tree-laden paths. The flora and fauna is also well known. Varaha Parvatha, located nearby, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A hill station rich in biodiversity is on the cards for one at Kudremukh. The place is lush and its flora and fauna, rich and diverse. Sightseeing, horse riding or visiting mountain that resembles the face of a horse is what one can do at this Kudremukh.You are sure to get rid of that stress and worry at this tranquil place. You need to visit this place to behold its beautiful scenery and enjoy the clean air. Kudremukh is a hill station that is resplendent with a rich biodiversity and offers one a picture-perfect landscape. A star attraction here is a mountain that resembles the face of a horse. Trekking, sightseeing and camping are some of the activities that one can be part of when one visits this place that lies just seven hours away from Bangalore. You are sure to relax your taxed mind and rejuvenate here. So take out some time and move to this place for a weekend of all things good and healthy.
Six kms of a bumpy uphill ride from the main road of Mullodi in the jeep,we reached our guide’s house around 6.30 am.It’s a traditional village house with basic amenities. A home far away FROM HOME. A quick breakfast and we were off to explore and conquer the beautiful hills of Kudremukh. Since this is a protected forest, one needs to take prior permission from the forest office at Kudremukh town. Also you cannot camp over the top. Therefore one has to trek the entire 20km odd km in a single day. The trek starts with rocky path leading you to shady forests with river streams and then to beautiful open valleys. The terrain varies between the three through out except for the last leg of steep rocky climb.
We broke for lunch by the stream.By the time we reached the peak it was around 1.30 pm. Though tired,all were nonetheless happy to have climbed the second tallest peak in Karnataka at 1894 m. We were completely surrounded by the clouds and couldn’t see anything. Lying down amidst the clouds is an experience of one of the kind.