The Kumara Parvatha trek is considered the holy grail of South Indian trekking. Also, known as Pushpagiri, it is the third largest peak in the Western Ghat ranges of Karnataka. At a height of 1700 m, it is surrounded by the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Kumara Parvatha trek is undoubtedly a perfect combination of beauty and adventure. At various heights, you will find enormous rock frames, old-fashioned rock pillars, and temples surrounded by droves of species of colourful flowers.
On the days with good weather, the clouds climb down below your feet making you feel the soft and bosom water droplets lingering around you. The view from the top of the Kumara Parvatha trek is something you had possibly never witnessed before. A look at the steep, flat end peaks that you have just conquered will send chills down your spine.
The trek goes through the dark and old, dense forest. Hence, you can expect leeches and all kinds of weird insects crawling along with you throughout the trek.
How to Reach Kumara Parvatha?
The Kumara Parvatha Trek commences from the small village of Kukke Subramanya, which is at a distance of 230 km from Bangalore and 75 km from Coorg.
To reach the top, there are two major routes: the one-day trek through Somwarpet, which is a 7-km long, and the two-day trek that starts from Subramanya, also the more beautiful and tougher one. In the latter route, the trail entry starts from the temple junction in the village, making it rather remarkable.
Day 1 involves finishing a trek of around 6 km before sunset. The path follows through a dense forest, so clustered that you will barely see the sun rays reaching the ground. A few kilometers and peaks later, you will find an open grassland with an absolutely mesmerizing view.
On walking further, you arrive at a place called Bhatte-re-mane, which serves refreshments and has a wide space to put up tents. You can enjoy the sunset view from a human-made viewing point, surrounded by the unending peaks of the Western Ghats.
Day 2 includes a much easier trek from bhatte-re-mane to the Kumara Parvatha peak. On the way, you will find the Kallu Mante temple and a stream carrying fresh cold water from the top of the mountain. The view from here is picturesque and worth the difficulties you go through during the trek.
The Kumara Parvatha trek: Best Time to Visit
The months between October and February are considered the best for the trekking .
Going to Kumara Parvatha during or just after the monsoon season should be avoided as the rocks tend to become slippery, thus increasing the risks of the trek.
Also, you may be attacked by leeches during your trail, which is eventually quite a pain.
Tips and Guidelines
1 . If you’re going for more than a day’s trek, do not forget to carry trekking essentials like a sleeping bag, tents, mat, torch, mosquito repellent etc.
2. Do not forget to carry water bottles as they are available only in bhatte-re-mane, which is 6 km away from the village Subramanya.
3. For the two-day trek, you can keep your backpacks in your room in bhatte-re-mane. The trek is easier with less weight to carry.
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4. Carry food items like nuts, biscuits, chocolates, energy bars etc. to eat in between the climb.
5. Take along your ID proof to present to the Forest Department before entering the forest.
Staying in Bhatte-re-mane is as cheap as INR 300 per night. You get a decent quality food, costing you around INR 50 per meal. At the military point and at the beginning of the forest, per person fee of INR 200 and INR 300 are charged respectively.
It is advisable that you carry some extra cash, possibly needful in a case of an emergency. The whole trip from Bangalore costs around 2-2.5k including the bus fare till Subramanya.
It’s an adventure of a lifetime, filled with a bunch of thrills and explorations this trip is known to be one of the best travel destinations in India.
To experience a journey as beautiful as this is to open the gateways of everlasting memories.
So, pull up your socks for the exhilarating trek to conquer the beautifully adventurous peak of Kumara Parvatha, Karnataka.