There might not be any individual in India who has not heard about Western Ghats. The gorgeous assembly of mountain ranges, flora, fauna and magical misty beauty that gloriously resides in the Western Ghats of India might not have escaped the eyes and ears of holiday planners. The Western Ghats appear to be parallel to the western coast of the Indian peninsula and is a go-to destination during free weekends.

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Karnataka is a state with immense beauty and natural splendour which often remains unexplored even by native people. There are many gorgeous mountain ranges, splendid peaks and breathe-taking waterfalls in this state. One such mountain peak is Kudremukh. Located at a distance of 360 kilometres from Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka State, it is 7 hour journey. It derives its name from the hilltop that resemblance a horse’s face. Surrounded by dense forests and rolling grasslands, Kudremukh offers a nerve-numbing sight to its visitors.

Your first stop in this province while coming from Bengaluru will be a small hamlet of Samse. It has nothing but a few shops and crossroads remaining. You can stock up essentials and arrange for a vehicle towards your journey to Kudremukha peak. From here you will be driven on a jeep safari for the first 8 kilometres until you reach Mullodi. You can stay as host or set up a camp in this location for an early morning trek. Kalasa is basically the main town of Kudremukha. But the town of Kudremukha is almost deserted after the closure of mining. The forest department office is held in the Kudremukh town, which is 20 km after Kalasa. If you have not attained a permThe local residents of this region are warm and extremely friendly. There are many houses and families who welcome unknown strangers into their house and let them rest during their trekking expeditions. One can enjoy the fantastic hospitality of these families during the trip. The food served will be cooked out to local ingredients and the taste is unparalleled.

During this trip, you will come face to face with most refreshing lush green patches of grasslands. Greenery will be redefined in your minds as you will see different shades of green while in here. The calm open meadows will offer you peace that you always crave for in a city life. The bewitching sight of foggy clouds touching the feet of this intense green land will be a memory of your lifetime.

The Kudremukh National Park is heavily populated with wildlife that is unique to this geographic location. Visitors are mesmerised by the exquisite collection of flora and fauna in the park which includes casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis, eucalyptus and Grevillea Robusta. The wide array of wildlife of this region consists of Malabar giant squirrels, sloth bears, gaurs, common langurs, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, porcupines, jackals, giant flying squirrels, sambar, barking deer, spotted deer and mongoose. You will easily find birds like Malabar whistling thrush, imperial pigeon, great pied hornbill and the Malabar trogon.

Importance Notice

The Forest Department at Kudremukh has issued a notice where it has been decided to allow first 50 applicants for the trek each day in order to ensure the biodiversity and preserve the forest. If in case we don’t get the permission for the batch, an alternative trek to Kurinjal Peak shall be arranged by Summiters and there shall be no refunds on the bookings made for Kuduremukh Trek.

Trip Highlights
  • Western Ghats is a UNESCO world Heritage site.
  • Kudremukh is one of the most popular and scenic treks in Karnataka.
  • It is one of the top bio diversity Hotspots.
  • Peak resembles a Horse face and hence Name.
  • Go rafting in the river Bhadra (Season: June to December).
Trip Facts
  • Grade of Trek : Moderate. Previous trek experience will be helpful and an added advantage. Difficulty of trek is subjective.
  • Altitude : 6214 Feet ASL
  • Trail Type : Canopy walk in evergreen shola forest and grasslands.
  • Location : Kudremukh peak is located inside Kudremukh National Park in Chikmagalur district of Western Ghats of Karnataka.
  • Trek Type : Weekend Trek in Western Ghats
Seasons & Best time to visit
  • Monsoon - June to August : The best time to visit Netravati or any other peaks in the Western Ghats is during the monsoon season. Monsoon treks get challenging and exhilarating. The whole forests and mountain ranges just flourish with greenery with leeches for your company and you get to witness the beautiful misty landscapes.
  • Post Monsoon - September to January: The skies can be covered with mist with play of passing clouds and can be clear with bright sunlight. Nights getting cold.
  • Pre-Monsoon: The skies will be clear with hot sun; however, canopy walk and cool breeze will make your walk less tiring.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12 and Above.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Food : During journey
  • Toll Charges : Nice Road
  • Any Charges : Monuments etc,
Itinerary:
Day one - Depart from Bangalore, Overnight Journey.
You will start the journey at night from Bangalore. You will meet at a pre-decided spot and board the vehicle. It will be an overnight journey.
Meet and greet. Start from Bangalore. Meet all your trek mates and have a short interaction session. Remember, as a famous saying goes,’ make new friends; cherish the old one. Our trek leaders would give you a brief orientation about the trek and discuss the itinerary for the next two days.
Day two - Reach Balgal. Drive from Balgal to Mullodi. Trek to Kudremukh peak. Overnight stay in Mullodi.
From Balgal to Mullodi (30 min jeep drive, 8 kilometres) trek to the gorgeous peak of Kudremukha (6 hours, 22 kilometres – 1,894 meters)
You will arrive at the tiny hamlet of Samse early this morning. You will be met by our representative who will help you to board vehicle for a ride to the base camp of Mullodi. On your arrival to this small yet beautiful village, you will be shifted to a house of a local resident to freshen up. After a brief acquaintance with the tour group, you will start the trek armed with pack lunch for the day and head towards Kudremukha.
The sounds of water gushing from Somavathi falls below will follow your trail. As the vegetation thickens, you will notice that you are on a forest trial. Cross the rocky stream and follow the giant green trees which lead you towards Ontimara. You may spot the wildlife from the Kudremukh National Park including Malabar giant squirrels, barking deer, spotted deer and mongoose. Going forward, you will come across endless beautiful meadows and forests while reaching the spectacular peak of Kudremukha. You can rest and indulge in photography before starting on a walk back to Mullodi to rest the night at the base camp.
Day three - Reach Kalasa (0.5 hours, 15 kilometres) and Elneeru Waterfalls/Similar. Reach Bangalore by night
Reach Kalasa (0.5 hours, 15 kilometres) and Elneeru Waterfalls (1 hour, 32 kilometres). Reach Bangalore.
You will wake up to the serene aura of Mullodi this morning. After freshening up, you will leave for Samse in a pre-arranged vehicle for half an hour’s drive. From Samse, you will proceed towards the gracious Elneeru Waterfalls. Located amidst the ghats between Malenadu and Dhakshina Kannada district. The water gushing out from an altitude of over 100 meters and falling on the huge rocky structures is appealing to the eyes of the beholder.
You can relax in the tranquillity of this region and click lot of photographs for your memory. A rejuvenating bath while standing below the waterfall is unmatchable. If you come here during the rainy seasons, the sight of this waterfall will be nothing less than divine. By afternoon, you will depart from the waterfalls on a bus to Bangalore.
Reach Bangalore by 10:00 pm.
Optional Activity - White water rafting in River Bhadra (Extra INR 1200/- per person)
Experience White water rafting in River Bhadra based on water-level, mostly June to January season. Know More
Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Routes to reach
    • Train : Mangalore station is 130 km away.
    • Flight : Mangalore Airport is 140 km away.
    • Road : kalasa is 20 km away.
    • Route : Bangalore – Hassan – Kalasa – Samse - Balgal
    • Start / End Point : Samse village.
    • Network : Weak & available intermittently.
Pickup points :

Team members are requested to select and book tickets. Reach respective points or places enroute. However, make use of Namma Metro for hassle free travel.Our event leaders will assist you all times for any assistance.