Kudremukha Trekking, Karnataka
Kudremukha is the most beautiful and the second highest peak in the Western Ghats and in Karnataka as well. The Kudremukh or Horse Face Range gets its name from the unique shape of its peak. The broad hills 95 km southwest of Chikmagalur town overlook the Arabian Sea, and are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. Distance from Kuduremukha to Shimoga, Karnataka is 153.9 km and takes around 3 h 8 min via NH13. Distance from Kuduremukha to Bengaluru is around 331.1 km and driving in this route will take almost6 h 34 min via NH 48. Kuduremukha to Agumbe is 78.8 km and takes around 1 h 35 min via Kalasa Main Rd, NH13 and SH27. Distance from Kuduremukha to Huliyar, Karnataka is 215.2 km and travel time is around 4 h 59 min via Chikkamagaluru-Sringeri Road.
Distance from Kuduremukha to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Chickmagaluru is 71.9 km and takes around 1 h 45 min via SH 66. Kuduremukha to Mudigere is 78.9 km and takes around 2 h 4 min via SH 106 and SH 66. Kuduremukha to Moodbidri, Karnataka is around 65.8 km and takes around 1 h 20 min via Kalasa Main Road and NH13.
Kudramukha peak is inside the Kudremukha National Park. So, no one is allowed to camp inside the National Park and will have to follow the guidelines of the authorities. Samse is a few kilometers from Kudremukh town, from where the trek starts. In about 4-5 hrs average walking time, one reaches lobo mane, an old house. From lobo mane, another path goes up to the summit, which would take 3-4 hours to reach. The route passes through some lovely shoal (montane) forests near the top. About 1/2 an hour below the summit, the route passes near an abandoned church and a small waterfall. One should take the time to explore the church and also to watch out for the amazing birdlife there.
Another route is to start from Kaikamba. Kaikamba is a place between beltangadi and navoor. This route converges with the other at Lobo house 1700 mts from sea level, presumably built by Tipu Sultan near Navoor. Another place of interest nearby is Jamalabad fort or Jamalghad kote.