Kuduremukha - the green blanket

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17th Feb 2017
Photo of Kuduremukha - the green blanket 1/1 by Mouna Nanaiah

Western Ghats or Sahyadri Hills, the chain of mountains that are spread across the western coast of our sub-continent from Gujarat to Tamil Nadu, is a top trekking destination down south. The mountain range crosses six states, namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka is one of the favorite destinations among trekkers because of its geomorphic terrain that is perfect for adventure. Trekking on these trails amidst splendid natural beauty is the perfect way of rejuvenating.

At a distance of 340 kms from Bangalore and 90 Kms from Chikmangalur , Kudremukha is one of the best trekking spots in Karnataka. If you want to kick back after a long work week or if you want to re-kindle the adventurist in you, Kudremukha is one of the best weekend destinations. At an altitude of 6214ft, it is the 3rd highest peak in Karnataka.

Getting there:

The nearest airport, Mangalore, is 93 kms from Kudremukha. KSRTC runs regular buses (non AC) to Kalasa town. From Kalasa you can take the local bus to Balegal which is the base point. Tarekere railway station is the nearest railhead; it is well connected to Mangalore and Bangalore with frequent trains. You can also drive down in your private vehicle from Bangalore via Sakleshpur or Hassan. Irrespective of the form of transportation you choose, the journey will satisfy your travel buds.

Transport:

One needs to go till Balegal from where you can hire a jeep which will take you to Mullodi (distance between Balegal and Mullodi is 6 kms). A jeep ride will cost you INR 1500 to and fro. Mullodi is the base point from where your trek begins.

Permits:

Permission from Range Forest Officer at Kudremukha town is necessary to do this trek. At Mullodi is the on-site office of the forest department from where you can take the permission. The permit will cost you INR 470 per person which includes the permit itself and a government guide. As Kudremukha trek is in the national park, camping is not allowed.

Where to stay:

There are multiple home stays in Balegal and Mullodi, which will cost you INR 600 to 700 per person. You can also stay in Kudremukha at the Alvas hotel for INR 1500 per day.

Highlights:

Distance from Bangalore - 331 Kms by road

Difficulty Level - Moderate

Trek distance - 10 Kms (one way)

Time to summit - 4-5 hours (one way)

Best time to trek - Throughout the year except for peak monsoon

Food - There are no hotels or dhabas on way to the peak. At Mullodi or Balegal, you can take packed lunch for INR 50 per meal.

Photo of Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Drive from Bangalore to Kudremukha via Sakleshpur~

Photo of Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Sakleshpur, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Day 2

~The 6 kms stretch from Balegal to Mullodi literally have no roads, either jeeps or excellent driving skills are required to reach the base point~

Photo of Mullodi, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~At the base point you will see the forest department office. From here you can get the permit and a guide for the trek~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~The first stream you encounter, the serene form of water that trickles down hill. It washes your feet and sins away~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Mystic mountains. As you walk up the hill , you are engulfed by the beauty of nature ~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~At every curve and every corner the view changes. The beauty of hills is mesmerizing, the clouds are moving by as if on a tour of their own, the rain that pours down is a reminder that man cannot control everything, the sun rays play hide and seek and the wind blows as if they are on a race to win~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Sitting on the edge and staring in to the horizon is the best therapy one can ask for~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~The Lone tree, at a stretch as far as your eyes can see you will find no shade . Standing tall and strong this guy provides shelter to those who seek it. The importance of our flora and fauna can be learnt only when you do not have a roof over your head or a remote to switch the AC on~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Lunch point, meal at a fancy restaurant will never be equal to the food packed 4 hours ago. We will only remember those meals that taught us what hunger means, what it feels like to walk 10 kms and finally taste that first grain of rice~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~Panoramic view of Kudremukha~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

~The poor toes had to stick together and work as a team, crumpled under sweat and heat. At the end of a hard day of work when their master let them free, they could smell the fresh air, they played with pristine clear cold water and were rejuvenated for the next adventure~

Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah
Photo of Kudremukh, Karnataka, India by Mouna Nanaiah

My Story:

My dream to be a globetrotter always keeps me looking for places to explore. When I found out about Kudremukha I packed my bag, took my car and went on this road trip. We left from Bangalore at 5.00 am and took the route via Sakleshpur. After a pleasant drive we reached Kudremukha at 6.00 pm. At the check post we stopped for coffee and mouth watering potato bajji. Alvas; have a hotel of their own at he entrance of the national park, they have restaurant as well.

The next day by dawn we reached Mullodi, had breakfast, packed lunch, hired a jeep and started off. We were at the Range Forest Office by 9.00 am. Permits are given only till 10.00 am daily, beyond which nobody is allowed to enter the national park. As we started our journey the clouds indicated that they were going to be out all day. With rain pouring down, we walked 10 kms to reach the peak by 2.00 pm. Another point to highlight is that at 2.00 pm you will hear a siren indicating all the trekkers to start walking back to the RFO. As camping is not allowed, you are expected to head back immediately.

The entire walk is long and you will cover approximately 2o kms in one day. Ensure you are fit enough to undertake this journey if you want to summit. Over all if you are living down south this is one such awe-inspiring place that should be in your must visit destination.

Bon Voyage.

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