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Weekend Destination- Kudremukh, Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit:

Round the Year: March to May – summers (ideal time to go trekking) June – October – monsoon, the place experiences heavy to very heavy showers. If you aren’t the rain person then avoid this place during this time. November to February – winter, night temperature sometimes dips to 10 degrees

Connectivity to Kudremukha:

Closest Airport: Mangalore International Airport – 100 kms Railway Station: Mangalore Central / Mangalore Junction – 100 kms Bus: There are many buses that takes the Kudremukha route to KIOCL Township or Kalasa. One can take a bus from Mangalore to Karkala and from there catch a bus to Kalasa. Though the frequency is very sporadic, Club Now will suggest on using your own vehicles. Road: There are two routes to Kudremukh: Mangalore – Padubidri – Karkala – Kudremukh Mangalore – Moodbidri – Karkala – Kudremukh

The second route is a winding narrow road with traffic. Though this route is the shortest but due to narrow road winding road and traffic, it takes more time to reach Karkala.

The first route is little longer however faster. The road between Padubidri and Mulki turns little patchy for 2 kms stretch and the traffic too since you will taking NH66 to Mangalore.

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Accommodation:

There aren’t many options to stay in Kudremukh however there’s a forest camp run by Forest Dept. and KIOCL guest house in the mining township. The KIOCL guest house is like any other regular hotel with a small restaurant, don’t expect much luxury here. Bhagavathi Camp Bhagavathi Herbal Camp situated 10 kms before KIOCL Township is run by Forest Dept. is the place you should opt for if you want to enjoy a stay in the wilderness, cut off from the rest of the world. The camp located next to river Bhadra, offers tented accommodation and dormitories at a reasonable rates:

One may have to carry groceries and hand it over to the kitchen staff at the camp else, you can ask them to arrange for food for you. Groceries can be bought from the township, which is 10 kms away from the camp.

Fact Check:

The roads are in good conditions with some minor potholes here and there. Before entering Kudremukh wildlife sanctuary there’s a forest departments check post where one will have to get a pass (free of cost) The forest department permits 3 hrs. to cross the sanctuary, if you intent to stay at the guest house or the camp, you will have to inform the guards there. If you are staying at the guest house, you will be required to collect the gate pass from the Forest Office in the township however if you stay at the camp, while checking out, remember to ask for the gate pass from the care taker.

While travelling from Karkala to Kudremukha, after the riding/driving uphill, the road bifurcates into two. The road to the left takes you to Sringeri and the road to the right to Kalasa via Kudremukha. Many people gets confused here and take the wrong road, even though there are proper signage for directions. After Karkala there’s no ATM available, carry sufficient cash. After crossing the forest check post there are no shops on the way to Kudremukha until you reach KIOCL Township. Every time we have travelled to Kudremukha, the place has never disappointed us with its scenic beauty. Ride/ Drive slow enjoy the nature, on the way you will cross the view point, Hanuman Gundi falls, a patch which is most of the misty and ideal for clicking pictures. Most of the trails and points have been blocked because there are plans to convert the place into a tiger reserve. If you happen to stop and walk into the grassland for clicking pictures (during monsoon), be prepared to get bitten by leeches. The place is infested with them and in case you are bitten, avoid pulling them off. You can carry some salt and sprinkle on them. The trails around the camp are also infested with leech, keep checking for one if you are skeptical about Leeches, else it’s said that Leech drink the impure blood from our system!!

There is no phone connectivity here, even the officials at the camp travel 1 kms outside to get signal ?. The place runs on solar energy, you may not be able to even charge your mobiles/ laptop.

Must Do:

A dip in the river that flows behind the Camp, jungle officials have constructed a wall into the river creating a natural pool for people to enjoy the cold water. Beware, do not jump into the water because there are rocks underneath and you can hurt yourself. The Jungle safari organized by the department. Total duration is 2 hours and it costs Rs. 1200 per jeep (6 people; Rate as of 2015). They will take you to various points and trails in Kudremukha.

In & Around:

Nothing much around, you can ride/ drive around KIOCL township and try the trails around the camp. Evening you can walk up to the main gates from the camp, you may get lucky to spot Bison and Deer. Apart from that there is nothing much to do or see except for nature and its beauty. If you want some me time for yourself away from the hustle bustle of the city then definitely this is the place for you. Average Cost per Head: INR 2000.00 inclusive of travel, stay and food.