Kudremukh National Park

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About

Kudremukh wildlife division (headquarters Karkala) comprises three protected areas, namely, Kudremukh National Park, Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. Kudremukh National Park is situated in parts of the Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, and Udupi districts. It exhibits a mosaic of evergreen, semi-evergreen, and secondary moist deciduous forests. Wildlife found in these protected areas includes tiger, panther, wild dog, bison, elephant (occasional), sambar, spotted deer (introduced in Kudremukh), sloth bear, wild boar, Lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, varieties of reptiles, and birds, etc.

  1. Bird Watching

The expanse is an ornithologist’s paradise. Around 200 species of birds are found here. Bird watchers throng here to witness mass migrations and rare species of birds such as the imperial pigeon, great pied hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush, and Malabar Trogon.

  1. Hiking and Trekking

For hikers and trekkers, Rising to almost 1,900 meters, it provides fantastic sceneries overlooking clear skies, rolling hills, thick forests, and rich grasslands. It can be completed easily in a day, also camping is not allowed on the premises of the park. The activity is permitted by the office of the forest ranger (mandatory permit to be obtained) from sunrise to sunset. The permit can be obtained from the Kudremukh town.

History

During the British era, the Kudremukh area was declared as a nature reserve in 1916 for protecting endangered tigers. The Kudremukh township and the nearby regions advanced primarily as a hub for iron-ore mining in the late 20th century. The public sector Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) functioned for over 30 years and established itself as one of the largest iron ore mines in the world, until 2006, when it was closed down on the grounds of environmental hazards to the Kudremukh biodiversity hotspot and issues raised by conservationists to preserve the natural charm of the region. Further propositions were made by the company to build a commercial resort and cater to eco-tourism, but these efforts were in vain due to natural, logical reasons to maintain the sanctity of the place.

Timings Kudremukh National Park

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Trekking hours

All days of the week 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Time Duration for Visiting: 3 – 4 hrs

Best time to Visit Kudremukh Park Karnataka: October to May

Trekking enquires: 08258-298183

Kudremukh Peak18 km
Gangadikal Peak4 km
Kurinjal Peak7 km
Sita Bhumi Peak15 km
Valikunja14 km
Narsimha parvatha19 km

Entry Charges

IndiansRs 200/-
Child (Indians)Rs 200/-
Indian Senior CitizensRs 200/-
ForeignersRs 1000/-
Foreigner StudentsRs 1000/-

How to Reach Kudremukh National Park?

By Air: Mangaluru International Airport – 96 km

By Train: Mangaluru Railway Station – 100 km

By Road:  KSRTC Bus Stand Lalbagh Р55.7 km

Address

Kudremukh National Park, Kudremukh, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, 577101, India

Karnataka Forest Dept. Official site for Kudremukh National Park

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