The Western Ghats is the home to many beautiful places. Unfortunately, since it has still not been commercialized properly it doesn’t attract so much of tourism like other tourist spots in India. I feel that is the reason you should visit these places now than later because once it is commercialized then due to human interference; the place might lose its charm. In this article, I am going about an amazing hill station of the Western Ghats. The name of the hill station is Kudremukh which is located in the district of Karnataka. Kudremukh is not an ordinary hill station it is filled with forests; grasslands are a famous biodiversity spot. Here is everything you need to know about this amazing hill station of the Western Ghats
Kudremukh – The Hill Station Of The Western Ghats
1. About the place
Kudremukh is not an ordinary hill station like Shimla or Manali. The region receives heavy rainfall as a result of which it has a wet climate. Due to the wet climate, it is rich in resources of fauna. It is surrounded by grasslands and evergreen forests and covers an area of over 650 kilometres. In order to visit this hill range, one will have to visit Chikmagalur district which is situated in the state of Karnataka. A hill station which is surrounded by greenery all around is a rare sight and Kudremukh gives you a chance to witness such a beautiful sight.
2. How to reach the place?
Kudremukh is well connected by air, train and road. If you are planning to come here by air then you would need to book your ticket for Mangalore International airport. From the airport, it is situated at a distance of about 100 kilometres. If you are planning to come here by train then you would need to come to Mangalore Railway station which is again a 100 kilometres away from your destination. From here, you can either rent your own cab or take the state buses to reach this place. If you are planning to come here by road then I would advise you to reach either one of these 3 places – Bangalore, Mangalore or Karkala. From these places, you can take the KSRTC buses or a Volvo. Of all the 3 ways, I would personally suggest you travel here by train – It is way more convenient than the other 2 options.
3. Best Time To Visit
There is no certain time to visit the place. It is one of the few places in India which manages to maintain its beauty throughout the year. However, visiting this place immediately after the post-monsoon season might give a better experience than any other time of the year. The reason is that the flow of the waterfalls before the pre-monsoon season doesn’t have that much strength so it kind of becomes a little unattractive. Don’t visit it during the monsoon season because you don’t want to be stuck in your hotel due to the heavy rainfall here.
4. Best Places To Visit
a) Kudremukh National Park
If you are visiting Kudremekh then you cannot afford to miss out on this place. This is the largest tourist attraction which the place has. In 1987, due to efforts of Dr Ullas Karanth who was an environmentalist, this was declared a national park by the Government of Karnataka. This is also a wildlife protected area and is reserved under Global Tiger Conservation. If you are an animal lover then you cannot think of a better place than this national park. You can expect to see a leopard, wild pig, lion-tailed macaque, sambar, wild pig, wild dog and a tiger here. If you are coming here via a travel agency then ask them to make arrangements because in order to explore the entire park you would need permission from the state authorities. The place is easily reachable, you wouldn’t face a problem when it comes to conveyance. You can even stay near the park, there are forest rest houses which have been set up by the state government.
b) Kudremukh Peak
The second attraction which comes to my mind is Kudremukh Peak. If you have been looking for a place to go trekking then this is the perfect place for you. The peak is located at a height of 1900 metres. You might face a little problem in reaching to the top but when you do trust me all your efforts would be worth it. The view of the Arabian sea is so beautiful that for a moment you would forget all your problems. One thing good about this place is that they have proper arrangements for trekkers. Lodging, food, equipment and everything else a person might is available here.
c) Hanuman Gundi Falls
If you are making an effort to go to Kudremukh, take my advice and make a little more effort to visit Hanuman Gundi Falls. The other name of this falls is Suthannabbe falls and is located in the hilly areas of the national park. If you have been looking for a place to trek then visit these falls during October – May, trust me the experience you would get after completing the trek would make you understand the meaning of an “Ideal trekking experience”. All those of you who feel like getting to the bottom of the waterfalls can pay a fee of Rs. 30 to the forest department. The department has made steps which would help you get to the bottom of the waterfall safely.
d) Kadambi Falls
The last place that I would like to mention this list would be Kadambi Falls. This fall is also located inside the national park and if you have been looking for a peaceful and calm environment then this is the ideal place for you. As I said before, if you want to enjoy the beauty of the waterfalls in this region then the best time to visit it would be during the monsoon season. I would suggest you carry additional clothes because you might want to take a bath looking at the natural pool of these falls.
Before you decide to go Kudremukh, I would like to inform you that there are many places in this region which would require permissions from the forest department or the state government. If you are going via a travel agency then they would take care of all these arrangements. However, if you plan on going alone then you would have to make these arrangements yourself. Kudremukh is one of the few places in India which has still managed to maintain its raw natural beauty and it is one of the places which you cannot afford to miss out on.