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TOPIC: Trekking around Mangalore

Trekking around Mangalore 7 years, 1 month ago #222

Following information about trekking around Mangalore was collected from manipalblog.com, trawell.in, allaboutmangalore.com and other sites. If you have more info, please reply to this post.

* Kudremukh:
Trekker’s paradise, Kudremukh is 6,214 feet above Sea level and is located in the beautiful Malnad region just 95 Kms. South-west of Chickmagalur bordering Dakshin Kannada district. The drive ends in the pretty town of Kudremukh, developed entirely by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL). Other places of tourist interest in that region are – Kudremukh National Park, Hanumangundi falls, Gangamula and Lakya Dam. There is a rich Flora and Fauna here waiting to be discovered, caves asking to be explored, ruins and traces of old civilization and inviting lovely unspoilt places to camp. One has to obtain an entry permit for trekking inside the Kudremukh park from the Range Officers or Deputy Conservator of Forests.

* Kumara Hills, Sullia:
Kumara hills is one of the highest hills in the Western Ghats and the river ‘Dhara’ originates here and gets its name ‘Kumaradhara’. Its height is 4000 feet from the Sea level and has lush green vegetation and is also a heaven for various animals. The best time to visit is from February to May. It comprises three mountains – Bhatta Rashi, Siddha and Shesha.

* Kumara Parvatha:
At a distance of 115 Kms from Mangalore, 15 Kms from Kukke Subramanya, 30 Kms from Somvarpet & 65 Kms from Madikeri, Kumara Parvatha is a beautiful peak in Western Ghats at an altitude of 1600 meters and it's a popular trekking destination. The trek distance is around 20-30 Kms (with return) and usually done in 2 days. June to Jan is the best time for trekking.

There are two routes to trek Kumara Parvatha. First route starts from Kukke Subramanya Temple and goes through Bhattare Mane & Mantapa. Entrance permission can be obtained at check post near Bhattare Mane. This route is moderate difficulty.

Second trek route is little hard and starts from Heggade Mane, which is about 5 Kms from Bidalli (which is 15 Kms from Somvarpet and connected by Bus). Heggade Mane can be reached by private vehicle from Bidalli. Entrance permission can be obtained at check post after Heggade Mane. On this route, Pushpagiri Peak (1750 meters) comes before Kumara Parvatha and a good camping spot.

* Yedakumeri / Green Route trek:
At a distance of 100 Kms from Mangalore, 30 Kms from Kukke Subramanya, 65 Kms from Hassan & 80 Kms from Chikmagalur, Yedakumeri is a beautiful place in the Western Ghats & a wonderful trekking destination. Pre & post monsoon is the best time.

A trekking along the abandoned meter gauge railway line between Donigal and Yedukumeri (17 Kms - 8 Hrs) is a unique experience and is popularly referred to as 'Yedakumeri Railway Trek' or 'Green Route Trek'. This route is nature lovers & photographers paradise.

The trek route has several curves, tunnels and bridges. The mountains stretch with more than 25 waterfalls and several small streams. Trekking usually starts from the Dhonigal (on Bangalore - Mangalore route) and run along the tracks to Yedakumeri. Camping can be done at Dhonigal & Yedakumeri stations. Trek can be extended till Kukke Subramanya (16 Kms extra).

Donigal can be reached by Bus/Cab from Sakleshpura (which is connected by Bus with Bangalore via Hassan) - 10 Kms away.

* Charmadi Ghat:
This belt has several places that can be considered to trek to such as Kodekkallu, Barekallu, Bidiru Tala, Barimale, Banjarumale, Ambattimale and Elimale.

* Shiradi Ghat:
In this belt there are Mugilagiri, Udayagiri, Venkatagiri hills that are good for treks. Besides you can walk along the railway track from Sakleshpur to Nettana (Kukke Subrahmanya).

* Kodagu area:
Here you can climb the Tariyandamol, the highest peak. There is also Brahmagiri, Kumara Parvatha near Kukke Subrahmanya, Kodachadri ranges and Mullayyanagiri.
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