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Most people will recognize the name Kudremukh as a place where iron ore comes from.  But few are aware that this iron ore has been extracted from the heart of one of the most spectacular and biologically rich tropical rainforest landscapes in the country. Because of its biological importance Kudremukh was declared a National Park in 1987, thus bringing it under the purview of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, which disallows any non-forestry activity, including mining, within a protected area. Since then, Kudremukh has slowly started to develop into a tourist hotspot that is slightly off the beaten track. Find the best place to stay with a Homestay in Kudremukh.

Here are 7 reasons you should visit this nature beauty:


  • Kudremukh National Park: Named after the Kudremukh Peak, this park is divided into four ranges – Kudremukh, Kerekatte, Kalasa, Shimoga. A visit to this park is a must-visit for those who are in deep love with nature. The park has its origins way back in 1916 when the then British Government declared Kudremukh as a Reserved Forest to stop deforestation. In 1987, the Government of Karnataka declared these Reserved Forests as a National Park. Since then, the park has gained traction for its beautiful flora and fauna and above all for its breathtaking and stunning treks. This is every trek-heads delight.
  • Hanumana Gundi Waterfalls: Water gushes down a height of more than 100 feet onto natural rock formations at this waterfall. The glistening waters of this gem of a waterfall, gushing down the valley, has more of a laidback feel to it. Hanuman Gundi Falls is also known as the Suthanabbe Waterfalls. In a bid to go off the beaten path, visit this remote getaway, as the waterfalls are yet to be on the tourist radar. Situated 32 km from Kalasa, you can reach here trekking. And it is well worth the trekking experience.
  • Gangamoola: Although Gangamoola isn’t necessarily in Chikmagalur, it is one of the places to visit near Chikmagalur and moreover it is a short trip away, a trip that is well worth the effort. Encircled by thick forests, this pretty spot in the Bhagawathi Forest is the origin of three important rivers, the Tunga, the Bhadra, and the Nethravathi. A shrine of Goddess Bhagavathi and a Varaha image within a cave are prime attractions here. Uttunga Homestay is one of the best places to stay in Chikmagalur and Kudremukh.
  • Karavali Festival: Held in February every year, in nearby Mangalore, this festival organized by the Government of Karnataka observes vibrant rituals like the Bhuta (Demon Worship), Nagamandala and Demon Dance. The Karavali Festival is a 3 decades old festival of this coastal district of Karnataka. This festival is organized by District Administration every year in the district. This festival brings unity within people as this brings the people together during the festival season. Though it’s started in the coastal area, it has gradually spread to other parts of Karnataka due to the rich heritage that it has on show. Definitely, a must-visit if you’re in the Karavali Season. For a truly unique experience, stay in the best homestay in Chikmagalur. Additionally, you can also look at a homestay near Horanadu.
  • Kalasaa Temple Town: Part of the Kudremukh national park, Kalasa is a small temple town that deserves way more attention than it currently deserves. The locals believe that the town of Kalasa, which originally means pot, sprung during the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. But the best part of Kalasa is the coffee. Kalasa’s soil is blessed with great fertility which produces the best coffee and different types of spices. Additionally, due to it being enveloped in lush green rainforests, the town is a major crowd puller for tourists and travelers interested in ayurvedic and herbal plant treatment. A must-visit for nature lovers and ayurvedic enthusiasts. Find a place to stay with a various homestay in Kalasa.


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