The name Kudremukh can be interpreted in literary terms as horse face and denotes an exotic and spectacular view of a mountain sidethat resembles the face of a horse. It is a small and exquisite town in Chikamagalur district in Karnataka and is situated in close proximityto the mountain range Kudremukh.
Natural aesthetic grasslands and thick dense forests comprise the greenery in the series of rolling hills in the Northern, Eastern and central regions of thetown. Kudremukh is associated with the glorious Western Ghats and is acclaimed for bio diversity conservation. It is assumed to be one of the mostalluring destinations in this region.
Kudremukh is also acclaimed for mining ores and the ore company carries out the mining, purification and transportation of the slurry to the MangalorePort through gigantic piepelines. The ore company has lent the status of a modern township to Kudremukh which otherwise could have been rendered anislolated area in the remote hilly region.
Kudremukh is a favourite spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers who bask in the celestial beauty bestowed by Mother Nature and rejoice in its ethereal grandeur. This is the place of origin of three very well known rivers - the Nethravathi, the Tunga and the Bhadra. An awe-inspiring statueof Varaha which is 6 feet tall inside an ancient cave and a temple of Goddess Bhagavathi attracts tourists from far and wide to this area.
Kudremukh is a suitable spot for trekking with trails passing through lush green pastures, fascinating cascades, gurgling streams, grasslands and rarely seen orchids. A visit to this region is rejuvenating for the hearts of all and sundry
CONNECTIVITY TO KUDREMUKH: Nearest major rail station is Mangalore which is connected by rail to many other parts of the country. Mangalore is the nearest domestic Airport, which is 130 km away and Bangalore is the nearest international Airport, which is 350 km away. Kudremukh is well connected by KSRTC buses and Private and public transport buses connect easily to Karkala (50 km), Bangalore (350 km) and Mangalore (130 km).
ATTRACTIONS IN KUDREMUKH:
-GANGAMOOLA: also known as Varaha Parvat is a mountain having an altitude of 1458m above sea level and is supposed to be the source of rivers Tunga, Bhadra andNetravathi. Its salient feature is that it is a part of UNESCO designated world heritage site. A cave enclosing the statue of Varaha and Goddess Bhagawathi are the main attractions. The hill is richly abundant with dense forest trees and has a goodannual rainfall. The hillock happens to be rich in minerals particularly magnetite quartzite deposits which thereby yield iron ore. There is a habitatof more than 107 species of birds in this range.
-HANUMAN GUNDI FALLS: In close proximity to Kudremukh are the Hanuman Gundi Falls which is a famous attraction of this region. The waterfall slashes down theheight of 100 feet falling onto natural rocks rendering an exquisite scenic beauty thereby. One can trek till the falls and have a refreshing bath in it as well.
-HEBBE FALLS: are a part of Kudremukh region and is an attractive waterfall which slashes down from a height of 168m and is split half way on a rock face intowhat is termed as Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe. The fall is supposed to have healing properties and a bath in it is assumed to cure many ailments.
-KALAHATI FALLS: A part of Kudremukh region is associated with Kalahati Falls which cascade down a height of 122m and an ancient temple is built between gaps inthe rocks from the time of Vijay Nagar Empire.
-KUDREMUKH PEAK: Located at an altitude of 1894 m above the sea level, the peak is covered with forests and is a trekkers paradise owing to rich flora and fauna. The hills are interconnected like chains with deep plains and valleys and are exhibiting natural scenic beauty and splendour.
-LAKYA DAM: A check dam across the Lakya, a tributary of Bhadra River is the Lakya Dam having been built by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company and has a height of 100m. The dam is at the back drop of picturesque terrains, dense forests and reverberating rivers.
-RAJENDRA HILL: also known as Bababudan hill town is highly rich in iron ore. One of the highest peaks in Karnataka with its magnanimous peaks surrounded bycoffee plantations at a height of 1448m.
-ROCK GARDEN: is a part of Kudremukh region and is perched on the peaks of Kemmanagundi. The rock garden has pathways carved out of rock. The garden is famousfor enchanting sunset views, lush green pastures and plains.
-Z POINT: is a spectacular vantage point and is a part of Kudremukh region and is located at Kemmanagundi. It offers a pleasant view of Shola grasslands inWestern Ghats.
-KUDREMUKH NATIONAL PARK: Located in Western Ghats covers an area of 600 sq m of a tropical evergreen forest.
-HORENADU: is a holy city laid in a charming natural scenario. The place boasts of a marvellous temple of Adi Shakti.
-KALASA: implying water pot is the abode of the Kalaseshwara Temple of Lord Shiva and is a holy town and tourist spot located near Kudremukh on banks of river Bhadra. A festival Girija Kalyana attracts many tourists to this region.