Kudremukh is a Kannada word which literally means “Horse face”. This hill town derived its name from a mountain range in the region that looks like the face of a horse. Kudremukh lies in the Chikmagalur district at an altitude of 1894 meters or 6214 feet above the sea level and overlooks the Arabian Sea coast. In 1916 the British Government had declared the Kudremukh region as a reserve forest.
Kudremukh is believed to have the largest reserve of tropical wet evergreen forests in Karnataka. The dense forests covering the hills are linked to each other by valleys, grassy slopes, streams and rives, making it very rich in flora and fauna.
Currently Kundremukh is flourishing as a modern township, thanks to the production oriented and profit making Ore Company. This has imparted fresh life to this part of Western Ghats and has altered this separated zone in the remote hill region into a humming location. Famous for its scenic beauty rich in wildlife beleaguered by natural thick forests, spotting wildlife is gainsaying. One has to go deep into the forest and only daring enthusiast is received. The drive through these dense forest ranges is highly pleasurable and enamoring. This is the origin of three very well known rivers – the Nethravathi, the Tunga and the Bhadra. An awesome Varaha statue of 6 feet inside an ancient cave and a temple of goddess Bhagavathi, are attracting many tourists here.
Kudremukh Prime Attractions
Kudremukh National Park :
The national park is dwelling to many natural attractions, which can be visited with a special permission available at the National Park. Kudremukh National Park is developed based on the report of the noted environmentalist Dr Ullas Karanth. It was in 1987, this national park was formed in the Reserved Forests in Kudremukh. Endangered mammals and rare species are protected here in this park, includes the three large predator species – Wild dogs, Leopard and Tigers. This is the natural habitat of many other wild animals such as Common Languar, Wild Pig, sambar and Lion tailed Macaque.
Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls :
Lakya Dam :
The dam is at the backdrop of picturesque hilly terrains, shoal forests and calmly flowing rivers. It is argued that the Lakya dam has already made the submergence of 572 hectres of shola forests and raising the heights or constructing a new dam will submerge more areas. The dam and the surroundings are scenic and lots of tourists are attracted towards it.
Kalaseshwara Temple :
Jamalabad Fort :
The fort, built by Tippu Sultan in 1794, was named after his mother, Jamalabee and is said to have been built over the ruins of an older structure. The fort is primarily inaccessible save a narrow path, with nearly 1876 steps to the fort that are cut out of this granite hill and lead all the way to the top through the fort to the summit. The timings to visit the fort are any time between 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM and an overnight stay at the Fort is strictly forbidden.
Kudremukh peak :
Sringeri : The pilgrimage town of Sringeri is about 5 kms from Kedramukh. The town is famous for its many temples here, the main one being the Annapurneshwari temple.
Trekking in Kudremukh : Kudremukh an ideal place for trekking, with trails passes through lush green woods mixed with niceties of three interspersed rivers, charming cascades, grassy slopes and exceptional rarely seen orchids. For those who love natural beauty, visit to Kudremukh will be refreshing and breathtaking.
How to reach Kudremukh
Kudremukh is situated about 95 kms south-west of Chikmagalur, Karnataka. Mangalore is the closest airport to Kudremukh. The nearest railway station is also at Mangalore.
There are plenty of city bus and taxi service that can be hired from Chikmagalur. Tourist cabs are the best choice in case you want to tour the area all day or visit nearby places. Other nearby places are Sringeri and Kemmangundi.
Places To Stay – Kudremukh
Horticulture Department Guest Houses.
Forest Guest House.
PWD Guest Houses, Chikmagalur.
Indira Gandhi Road, Chikmagalur.
Planters Court, Moodigere Road.
Quality Inn, Indira Gandhi Road, Chikmagalur.
Woodlands, Indira Gandhi Road, Chikmagalur.