(Last Updated on : 01-04-2013)
Kudremukh in Karnataka
is in located in the Chikkamagaluru district
. It is an isolated hill resort, which until date retains much of its scenic beauty and glory. There are lush green tracts interlarded with rivers, verdant slopes, cascading waterfalls and rarefied orchids. It is truly a trekker's delight.
Kudremukh is enriched with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Caves are there, waiting to be explored by the tourists who come from all over the world. Lying almost 1,894.3 meters above the mean sea level, Kudremukh is loaded with deposits of iron ore.
In 1916, the British government declared this place as a Reserved Forest. Today Kudremukh is spotted with a wide variety of rare species of mammals including three huge mammalian Royal Bengal Tiger
species as well as leopard
and untamed dogs. Gaur, Sambhar
, Wild Pig, Muntjac, Chevrotain, Bonnet Macaque
, Common Langur
and the Lion Tailed Macaque are special attractions of the place.
Shola trees have grown in abundance, which holds special water retention capacity. As a result, myriads of perennial streamlets are created which goes on to form three principal rivers of the area. Tungabhadra River
and Nethravathi River are the important watercourses, which carry source of water supply to the people of places like Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
Some places of interests of Kudremukh are the Lakya dam and Radhakrishna temple. Lakya Dam is built over the Lakya River, an offshoot of Bhadra River
. The dam has a depth of nearly 100 m, encompassing a total area of 572 hectares of Shola forests. Lakya Dam is doing a lot to prevent pollution and suffices as a water source for irrigational and agricultural activities.
Radhakrishna temple is a place of interest of Kudremukh offering a panoramic view of the whole place from here. A Kudremukh park has also drawn the admiration of people. Lobo House is an old deserted house on top of Kudremukh.
Kudremukh is also popular for its trekking routes. There are 13 such routes here. Besides, the Hanumanagundi Waterfalls are also located in the region.