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.

Silent Valley National Park

Silent Valley National Park is spread across Palakkad, Malappuram Districts of Kerala State & Nilagiris District of Tamilnadu, in India. It’s a tropical moist evergreen forest.

Silent Valley National Park
Lion-tailed Macaque
, endemic to the Western Ghats.

Silent Valley is the home to the largest population of Lion-tailed Macaque, an endangered Primitive species. Public outcry over their habitat led to the establishment of the area as Silent Valley Park. In the year 1986, this National Park was declared as the core area of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. This has resulted in efforts to promote the Ecosystem of the Valley. This National Park is part of Western Ghats, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Kunti puzha (Kunti River) runs through the entire length of 15 kilometers of the park from north to south and then  into the Bharathapuzha. This valley receives most of the rainfall in Monsoon season, from June to September. During the North West Monsoon season months of October and November, Valley receives moderate rainfall.

Silent Valley is part of Western Ghats and is rich in flora and fauna. 16 bird species has been listed as threatened or restricted. There is an estimated 138 species of birds in this Valley.v

A minimum of 24 species of Mammals are found in the valley including many threatened species. Bats,rats,mice, etc, count to 9 species. There are 730 insects identified in Silent Valley National Park, as per last count.

How Do I Go to Silent Valley National Park?

Entry Passes are available from Mukkali Forest office, Mannarkkad P.O. You need to park your vehicles here and travel in the forest department’s vehicle.  04924-222056 is the contact number.

Permits are not issued after 1 pm. It takes around 5 hours to visit this national park. Accommodation is also available at the forest department’s Inspection Bungalow at Mukkali. You may need to book in advance.

Silent Valley National Park is well connected by road, rail and flight services to other parts of the country.

“Palakkad Junction” is nearest major railway station at around 58 kilometers distance. Kozhikode and Coimbatore airports are the nearest airports to Silent Valley National Park, at around 100 kilometers distance.