Kudremukh is a hill range in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka and it is a part of the Western Ghats. The region of Kudremukh is also a popular hill station. With its rolling grasslands and dense forests, this place is a bio-diversity hotspot.
Rolling Among the Greens - Tourist places in Kudremukh
The Kudremukh National Park is the second largest protected region in the Western Ghats and it covers an area of over 600 square kilometers and has grasslands and evergreen forests. The region receives around 7000 mm of rainfall every year. This, combined with the water retention capacity of the grasslands and forests, has created a large number of perennial streams, forming the Tunga, Bhadra and Netravathy rivers.
The wet climate and rich vegetation supports a huge variety of fauna. It has gaurs, chitals, barking deer, sambhar, Malabar giant squirrels, flying squirrels, Langurs, macaques, porcupines, wild boars and mongoose. The jungles near this region are also home to tigers, leopards, jackals and wild dogs.
Why Tourists Prefer Kudremukh
There are many interesting destinations that you can visit near the town of Kudremukh and these include the Lakhya Dam, the Radha Krishna Temple, Gangamoola Hills and Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, where water falls from a height of 100 feet into interesting natural rock formations. This serene spot is ideal for a picnic when you visit Kudremukh.
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Kudremukh, with its diverse landscapes, provides a wide variety of trekking trails. You have to obtain permission from the forest department for trekking here, but it is well worth the trouble. Most treks around Kudremukh start at Lobo's Place. This is at the foot of Kudremukh hill, inside the jungle. This place was owned by a person named Simon Lobo, and though the ownership has passed hands long back, the place still retains his name. You can fight your way through the trails, cross streams and walk through jungles, while staying captivated sheer beauty of the place.
Kudremukh is still an enchanting place to visit, still retaining much of its natural beauty despite persistent threats from various sources to its ecology. It is a great place for a leisure holiday or an adventure trip, especially if you're easily attracted to options that revolve around adventure travel.
Although you may have to obtain prior permission for any activity that you might be looking to indulge in, a trip to this region can help adventure tourists connect with their natural side and pilgrims visit some very important destinations.