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Kudremukh (Kudremukha in Kannada) (literally means Horse-Face) is a mountain range in Chikmagalur district of Karnataka state. Kudremukh is located in the Western Ghats in the districts of Dakshin Kannada or South Canara, Chickmaglur and parts of Udupi and stretches between Narasimha Parvatha (in Sringeri Taluk) in the north to the Jamalabad Fort (in Belthangady Taluk) in the south.

Kudremukh also refers to the small town near the mountain. Kudremukh is about 95 Kms southwest of Chikmagalur town, 40 Kms from Karkala and 20 Kms from Kalasa.

Kudremukh is popular for its scenic beauty, located in midst of mountains and is known for all kinds of flora and fauna spread over an area of 600sq kms. The park is divided into four ranges Kudremukh, Kerekatte, Kalasa, Shimoga. The park is covered with thick hilly forests, mostly evergreen and semi-evergreen near the coastal plains on the western portion. The park is surrounded by Coffee and Tea plantations on the northern and eastern boundaries.

Three important rivers the Tunga, the Bhadra and the Nethravathi are said to have their origin here. The Tunga and the Bhadra river flows freely through the parklands. Kadambi waterfalls area definite point of interest for anyone who travels to the spot. The Lakya Dam located near the Kudremukh project area is an interesting spot in the Kudremukh range. Ganga Moola is another scenic spot in the Bhagawathi Forest.

The wild animals seen in the park include tiger, leopard, wild dog, jackal, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, Malabar giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel, porcupine and the mongoose.

The park is particularly rich in the diversity of birds. Approximately 195 types of birds are found in the park. This includes rare birds like the Malabar trogon, great pied hornbill, Malabar whistling thrush and the imperial pigeon. Snakes and tortoises are also found here.

Places near Kudremukh
1. Kalasa - 20 Kms
2. Horanadu - 27 Kms
3. Chikmagalur town - 95 Kms
4. Mudigere - 75 Kms

Best season to visit Kudremukh national park: October to May

How to reach Kudremukh: Kudremukh is well connected by road from Chikmagalur, Mangalore and Sringeri. The park is approachable from Bangalore via Chickmagalur, Hassan, Belur or from Mangalore via Karkala.

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