Located at the Somwarpet District of Karnataka is the picturesque mountain range known as Pushpagiri or Kumara Parvatha. This mountain range is also at a proximity to the Hindu pilgrimage, Kukke Subramanya. A part of the Western Ghats, this mountain range is at an elevation of 5,753 feet. Pushpagiri is a popular trekking spot for amateurs and professional trekkers alike.
The scenic surroundings, eye-pleasing greenery, fresh breeze - all these aspects of Pushpagiri come together to make for an enticing spot for the trekkers. Though the climate at this destination is pleasant throughout the year, October to January is considered to be the best time to visit. Apart from a number of thrilling trek routes, Pushpagiri also offers to the visitors a splendid view of the Western Ghats. If the trek is timed right, one can also catch glimpses of the sunrise and sunset!
There are quite a few trekking routes that can be taken by the trekkers depending on their level of expertise. Usually, most trekkers start from Somwarpet, as Pushpagiri is just about 36 km away from here. The trek route is an adventurous one, as the dense jungles, thick bushes and boulders on the way add an exciting touch to the trek.
To reach the Pushpagiri Peak, two twin peaks on the way known as Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha should be crossed. The view of the Western Ghats from this point is breathtaking and scenery around can transport the trekkers to another world. Trekkers must make sure that they carry with them necessities such as water, energy bars, glucose, first-aid kits and also tents or sleeping bags, as they can also camp on top of the peak, which will be a rejuvenating experience.
Pushpagiri offers magnificent views of the mountain ranges and the flora around. The clouds floating within your reach, various species of flowers in an array of colours, the deep valleys make your trip more enjoyable. This spot has also proven to be an excellent opportunity for photographers, where they can capture the heavenly scenes and cherish them forever.
Apart from trekking, Pushpagiri also houses the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary which has a number of birds and animals that the visitors can have a look at. This sanctuary is also one of the major birding spots in the world, with numerous endangered species.
The tour to Pushpagiri can last for one or two days and can make for an ideal weekend getaway for adventure-seekers.