Kudremukh National Park Near Chikmagalur in Western Ghats

Kudremukh National Park is located in Chikmagalur disrtict, Karnataka, India. It is part of the Western Ghats and is spread across the districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi. Kudremukh National Park stretches between Narasimha Parvatha in Sringeri Taluk in the north to Jamalabad Fort in Belthangady Taluk in the south. Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Protected Area for the wild animals in the Western Ghats. Kudremukh is a famous mining town also.

Kudremukh National Park's Horse shaped peak
Kudremukh National Park’s Horse shaped peak

Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. The park is spread over an area of 600.32 square kilometers and located at an altitude of is 1, 894. 3 meters. This Park was named because of the peak’s shape, which is like that of a horse face. (kudure means horse in the local language, Kannada)

There are thousands of perennial streams in the region that converges and forms three major rivers; River Tunga, River Bhadra and River Nethravathi.

Park is home to many a wildlife like Bengal tiger, leopard, wild dog, common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, etc, to name a few. Lion-tailed macaque, an endangered species is found here. This park is listed as Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I site, list of such sites by international agencies like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its Indian arm WWF-India

There are around 195 species of birds in the park and is ideal for Bird watching. There are a large number of reptiles like Snakes and tortoises in the National park.

Kudremukh Trekking

From 6 am to 5 pm, trekking is allowed inside the Kudremukh peak. You need to get trekking permit from the Forest Range Officer. Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, is at 32 kilometers distance from Kalasa. This falls is inside Kudremukh National Park and entry to this falls is restricted from 10 am to 4 pm. Kadambi falls is also inside this national park. Sringeri Sharada Peetham is near to the National Park.

How Do I Go to Kudremukh National Park?

Kudremukh National Park is situated at 50 kilometers from Karkala town. Kalasa and Sringeri towns are at 20 kilometers distance from the National Park. National Park is is at 96 kilometers south-west of Chikmagalur town. Bangalore is at 360 kilometers away from the Park.

Nearest airport and railway station to Kudremukh National Park is at 130 kilometers away at Mangalore.

Accommodation Near to the Kudremukh National Park?

Forest Department has Rest Houses inside the park, which offers accommodation. Kalasa, Karkala & Sringeri are other nearby towns with good hotels.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Ghats

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Western Ghats, in the state of Goa. The Wildlife sanctuary has an area of 208.5 square kilometers. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is also a ‘Project Tiger reserve’, to save Bengal Tigers.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
Nilgiri Woodpigeon, a Globally threatened bird species, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and many endangered species of animals, reptiles and amphibians are found here in the Wild Life Sanctuary.

This park is a heaven for those interested in bird watching. There is an International Bird Area inside the wildlife sanctuary. Globally threatened species of birds like Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul Malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue-flycatcher, rufous babbler and crimson-backed Sunbird are found here in this sanctuary. There are a total of 255 species of birds here, out of which 53 birds are known to breed here.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has two Forest Department rest houses, one each at Valpoi and Keri.

How Do I Go to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Near Goa?

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is in North Goa district and Valpoi is the nearest town to the sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road. The nearest main railway station is the one at Panaji, Goa. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, in the city of Dabolim, Goa.

Manas National Park & Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in the state of Assam, India. This Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and also a biosphere reserve.

Manas National Park
Beautiful Hills inside Manas National Park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 39,100 hectares (approximately 950 square kilometers) and is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. Manas Tiger Reserve is situated in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has many endangered species, including 22 of India’s most threatened species, such as the Bengal tiger, Bengal florican, clouded leopard, Indian elephant, Indian one horned Rhino, Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, pygmy hog, etc,. Bird watching is at its best here, as there are around 500 species of birds inside the National park which lies along the Manus riverbed. There are 5 smaller rivers also that flows through the park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas and is blessed with natural landscape known for its exceptional scenery.

How Do I Go to Manas National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

‘Barpeta Road’ in Barpeta district of western Assam is the nearest town to the National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati, the capital of Assam state, is at around 135 kilometers distance. Barpeta city, the headquarters of the district, is at 21 kilometers from Barpeta Road town. National highway No31 passes through Barpeta.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the nearest airport to the National Park. Guwahati is well connected to other parts of India by train and bus. There are direct train services from Guwahati to almost all major cities of India.

Is there any Manas resorts near the Wildlife park?

There are forest department lodges at Mathanguri, at around 40 kilometers distance from Barpeta Road town.

Do I need to get any entry permits to enter the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park?

Yes; Field Director of Tiger Reserve at ‘Barpeta Road’ town, issues permits to tourists interested in entering into the National Park & wildlife Sanctuary.


Gods Own Country, Kerala

Gods Own Country, Kerala, lies in the southern most part of India. It is one of the most sought-after tourist destination in India and National geographic magazine has earlier recommended Kerala as one of the ‘must see places’ in one’s life time. National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime.

Other than its beaches, backwaters, rivers, hill stations, wild life, flora and fauna etc. Kerala tourism has much to offer to the tourist. Kerala is a good tourist place in India, for sure.

Gods Own Country, KeralaA House Boat in Allapuzha Backwaters

With its natural beauty, Kerala is ideal an a holiday destination. There are 44 rivers and large vasts of backwaters. Hill stations like Munnar and Wyanad makes Gods Own Country a tourist’s paradise.

Kerala’s beaches are known for its pristine beauty; be it Kovalam beach or Cherai beach, or for that matter any other beach in Gods Own Country.

Wildlife in Gods Own Country

Kerala’s Wildlife Sanctuaries are unique for its flora and fauna other than for its wild animals. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Thekkady offers boating facilities inside the Periyar Lake to see the beasts of the jungle. Periyar Tiger reserve is part of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. One can see hoards of Elephants playing in the lake waters. Also seen are Tigers, Sambars, Lion tailed macaques, Gaurs, etc, to name a few. The Lake Palace hotel, the summer retreat of the erstwhile Maharajas (Kings) of the princely state of Travancore, on an island inside the Periyar lake, offers the ultimate in luxury, romance and adventure for any tourist.

Eravikulam National Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary,Silent Valley National Park, etc, are some of the other Kerala tourist places in Gods Own Country for nature and wildlife & lovers. Many an endangered species of animals including endangered species are found in Kerala’s Wildlife parks.

Bird Watching and Backwaters of Gods Own Country

Kumarakam Bird Sanctuary and surrounding areas offers the best of bird watching and backwater cruise. The backwaters of Kumarakam (The Venice of The East) are known for its beauty. Vembanad lake which lies in the Kottyam, Allapuzha and Ernakulam districts offers backwater tourism activities. One can hire a motor boat or a house boat. House boats offer night stay and food inside the boats. The cook in the boat catches fresh fish from the backwaters, and prepares an exotic fish curry or a fish fry, the taste of which will last all through your lifetime!. Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, a small bird sanctuary; one of the richest in terms of bird species in India; is situated within 60 kilometers of Kumarakom bird sanctuary. Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is another famous Bird Sanctuary in god’s own country, at a distance of 19 kilometers from Kozhikode city.

Nature at its Best in the Gods Own Country, Kerala

Aathirapally falls The Niagara of India and Vazachal falls in Trissur district are among the most beautiful falls in India. Forests in and around Gavi in Pathanamthitta district offers everything for an adventurous tourist. Munnar hills and Vagamon (Asia’s Scotland) are two of the best hill stations in the country. Wayanad offers the best of hills, caves, waterfalls, wildlife, etc.

Remains of an Ancient Civilization in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Marayur is known for the Stone Age Civilization and remains of which are still found there. Unique Dolmens and rock paintings dating back to 10000 B.C. are found in Marayur.

Martial arts of Gods Own Country, Kerala

Northern Kerala, especially Malabar region, is famous for one of the oldest fighting systems of Martial arts called Kalaripayattu. Kalaripayattu was practiced in olden days to defend the country from enemies. The place where this form of Martial arts is practiced is called “Kalari”. Some Kalaris in olden days had thousands of trainees. During the British rule, Kalaripayattu lost its predominance as firearms replaced martial arts and British banned Kalaripayattu.

Culture and Heritage of Gods Own Country at its Best

Thrissur Pooram FestivalCaparisoned Elephants at Thrissur Pooram Festival

Aranmula Snake Boat race and Alleppey Nehru trophy boat race are a real treat to the eyes. These are conducted on the 5th day after Onam (in August or September) and in the second Saturday of August respectively.

Heralded by UNESCO as “The most spectacular festival event on the planet“, Thrissur Pooram Festival, conducted in the month of April / May every year, is the fusion of culture, heritage and temple rituals and of course, the mother of all Fireworks. Caparisoned elephants decorated with colorful accessories made of peacock feathers and yak tail and other accessories that go with it, and the way it is swayed rhythmically to the tune of the Kerala’s traditional instrumental music like Chendamelam, Panchavadyam and other forms of traditional music, makes Thrissur Pooram, truly the most spectacular festival event on this universe.

Religious Tourism in Gods Own Country, Kerala

Sabarimala Sree DharmaSastha Temple, Thiruvananthapuram Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple, Guruvayoor Krishnan temple, Chotanikara temple, Kodungallor temple (and an array temples at Vaikom, Ettumanoor, Ochira, Attukal, Aranmula, Ambalapuzha, Pandalam, Kulathupuzha, etc.) , Malayattoor church, Jewish Synagogue at Fort Cochin, etc, makes Gods Own Country an ideal destination for your pilgrimage tour.

Health Resorts and Ayurveda Tourism in Gods Own Country

Kerala is well known for its Ayurveda institutes. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is the leading Ayurveda institute in Gods Own Country and in India. Kerala Ayurveda Ltd is another well known company, known for its products and treatment. There are a large number of other well known institutes also in Kerala state. Many of these institutes have their own Health resorts to treat patients.

How Do I Go to Kerala, The Gods Own Country?

The Gods Own Country, Kerala is one of the southernmost states of India. There are 3 airports at Thriruvananthapuram alias Trivandrum, Kochi alias Cochin and Kozhikode alias Calicut. Kerala is connected by roads and trains to other parts of the country.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park

Valley of Flowers National Park is near to Badrinath in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state, India on the Western Himalayas.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park
Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park.

Himalayan Valley of Flowers National Park was declared as a national park in 1982. It is a UNESCO World heritage site (along with nearby Nanda Devi National Park), at 3250 to 6750 meters above sea level. The main valley is 8 kilometers by 2 kilometers in length and breadth. this national park has an area of 87.50 square kilometers

Flowers in valley of flowers National Park changes its colors at different times/days according to the colors of the flowers and is one of the most beautiful High Altitude Valleys of the World. Himalayan valley of flowers in Uttarakhand is rich in flora with different species of valley flowers.

Alpine flowers, a rare species, is found only in this Himalayan Valley National Park in the world. There are many other species of flora in this valley.

Valley of flowers India National Park is rich in fauna with many endangered species of animals like Snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, blue sheep and brown bear.

Nada Devi National Park borders Valley of Flowers National Park.

Valley of flowers trekking is a major activity in the Valley of Flowers National Park.

How Do I Go to Valley of flowers Uttarakhand National Park?

Joshimath is the nearest town to the valley.

Govindghat, at around 22 kilometers from Joshimath on NH58, is the point where trekking to Himalayan valley flowers National Park starts. You need to trek around 13 kilometers from Govindghat to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.

You may travel by small vehicles for a distance of around 4 kilometers from Govindghat. In that case, you need to trek only  9 kilometers to reach the base camp at Ghangaria.

Last entry time at Ghangaria base camp is 3 pm. (Sometimes, this may get relaxed by an hour or two or little longer, if you are lucky and hold previous booking. Again, this relaxation is totally dependent on the officers on duty there.)

The paradise, i.e. the valley of  flowers, is at around 3 – 4 kilometers from the base camp at Ghangaria.

The famous holy Sikh Shrine of Hemkund Sahib is also nearby to Govindghat .

Valley of Flowers National Park is around 600 kilometers from New Delhi, the capital of India. The nearest airport to the flowers valley is at Dehradun, at 300 kilometers distance.

Rishikesh, at around 275 kilometers distance, is the nearest railway head.

Which is the Ideal Time to Visit the Valley of Flowers?

Valley of Flowers National Park is open only for 5 months, from June to October, as it is snow covered during other months. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm and night camping inside the valley is not allowed.

Valley of Flowers National Park is only for the medically fit, as it requires a strenuous hike of the Himalayas.