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 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.
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.