“Kudremukh National Park“
The Kudremukh or Horse Face Range is situated 95 Kms southwest of Chickmagalur town (State – Karnatka) named as because of the unique Horse face like shape of the Kudremukh peak which has the highest elevation at 1892 metres.
There is a wide variety of flora and fauna in the park. The park is covered with thick hilly forests, mostly evergreen and semi-evergreen near the coastal plains on the western portion; and the shoal–grassland habitat at elevations above 1400m on the Western Ghats. Plantations of Eucalyptus, Casuarina, Acacia auriculiformis and Grevillea robusta are found here. The park is surrounded by Coffee and Tea plantations on the northern and eastern boundaries.The wild animals seen in the park include tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine and the mongoose.
The Kadambi Waterfalls is one of the major attractions of Kudremukh National Park. It is also a trekker’s paradise with a number of tracks winding through the rolling hills.Most imp. – One has to get the permission from the Range Officers for trekking inside the park.
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 Kudremukh National Park
1. The forests are lush green between October and May.
2. To watch the wildlife the ideal time is between December and February.
Distance from Kudremukh National Park
1. Bangalore: 360 km
2. Mangalore: 130 km
3. Chikmagalur: 95 km
4. Sringeri: 20 km
5. Kalasa: 20 km
6. Karkala: 50 km
7. Mudigere: 75 km
How to get there
Nearest Airport: Mangalore
Nearest Railhead: Mangalore
Road: Kudremukh National Park is well connected by road from Chikmagalur, Mangalore and Sringeri. The park is approachable from Bangalore via Chickmagalur, or from Mangalore via Karkala.