Kumara Parvatha Trek – A Challenging Trek In Western Ghats


Kumara Parvatha is located in the Western Ghats of the state of Karnataka. At the foothills lies an ancient and notorious tabernacle called Kukke Subrahmanya. 

 People from all over the country, especially from South India visit the tabernacle to get their wishes fulfilled by making immolations. Addicts fill the tabernacle demesne nearly all the time. 

 Right behind the Kukke Subrahmanya tabernacle, standing altitudinous is Shesha Parvatha, with its thick mask of lush green timber of the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. 

 Kumara Parvatha or Pushpagiri is the name of the peak which is hidden utmost of the time and is visible only after crossing Shesha Parvatha, but the entire trail is popularly known as the Kumara Parvatha journey. 

 Kumara Parvatha is the alternate loftiest peak in Kodagu quarter, only after Tadiandamol and the fourth loftiest peak in Karnataka. 

 As the dawn breaks, the first regard of Shesha Parvatha will give you an idea of the adventure you’re going to have and it sets your hearts racing! 

 How delicate is Kumara Parvatha Trek 

There are numerous sections that are delicate to cut on the Kumara Parvatha journey. Since the entire trail till the peak is a nonstop ascent, a mountaineer must always anticipate and prepare for every eventuality. 

 Then are the effects you must keep an eye out for while thrusting and descending 

 Slippery trail 

The trail becomes further tricky during post-monsoon months as the slush and loose clay come veritably slippery and great caution must be taken while covering. Pedestrians must be veritably careful with their choice of footwear and should check rainfall maps so as to avoid days with anticipated heavy rains. 

 Steep Forest sections

There are numerous sections in the timbers, both on the first and alternate days that bear pedestrians ’ attention. These sections are veritably steep and it requires pedestrians to hold on to the tree branches for support while thrusting and descending. Tread these sections cautiously and mindfully so that you don’t injure yourselves. 

 Steep Grassland sections

Watch out for the steepest section on the entire journey, from Kallu Mantapa to Shesha Parvatha. Although the entire journey one way is an ascent, this particular section is the hardest to climb. Use your touring poles to support yourself and make sure you grip your bases forcefully so as to not slip in this section. 

 Vertical rock face after the alternate timber section 

Traverse this section precisely as it’s a near perpendicular gemstone face. It gets trickier inpost-monsoons when the entire gemstone is wet and water is flowing continuously. Use your hands to hold on to the jewels while thrusting and descending just to insure you avoid a fall in case of a slip. 

 Rocks and Boulders 

There are frequent sections, especially after Kallu Mantapa till the Kumara Parvatha peak wherein you must hop over boulders and jewels to do further. Exercise caution while doing so, because these boulders are slippery post thunderstorm and they pose peril due to the growth of algae on them. 

Stylish Time To Do Kumara Parvatha Trek 

Kumara Parvatha journey is done in the post-monsoon season till downtime (October- February). Because of the sticky climate, touring in summer gets extremely hot and dehumidification becomes a major concern. 

There are advanced chances of timber fires during summers in the upper rung of the journey. Because of this reason, as a preventative measure the Forest Department closes Kumara Parvatha from 1st March to 30th September every time. 

In monsoon, the trail becomes extremely slippery and this makes every step susceptible to fall and injury. Considering the trail is largely on loose slush, clay, jewels and boulders, the difficulty increases manifold. Hence, it’s explosively recommended NOT to do the Kumara Parvatha journey in showers and summers. 

Places To Visit Near Kumara Parvatha Trek 

Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple- 

A Hindu tabernacle that worships the deity Karthikeya as Subramanya, the lord of all serpents. The tabernacle holds a great significance among the people of South India. The journey literally starts from the tabernacle. So, it’s as close as it gets to the Kumara Parvatha journey. 

Biladwara grottoes- 

You’ll soon realize upon entering the megacity of Kukke Subramanya, that it’s steeped in tradition, and religious beliefs and practices. Taking off from then, the Biladwara delve too, is one similar mythological magnet. It’s believed that the serpent King Vasuki went on a penance in this delve to save himself from Garuda. 

Mandalpatti Peak- 

Mandalpatti peak is a high standpoint in the Madikeri region of Coorg. You can either take a jeep to the peak, or can journey to the peak. Some peaks you can spot from the standpoint are Doddabeta, Uppangala Betta, Katthipaare, and the Hammiyala Betta. 

Kote Abbey Falls or the Abbey Falls- 

Abbey falls is a cascade that’s near the upper rung of the Kaveri swash. It’s a popular sightseer destination. The cascade is nestled between colonies, coffee estates, and the timbers of the western ghats. 

 How to reach Kumara Parvatha :

 Reaching Kumara Parvatha By Bus 

 There are numerous KSRTC and Private motorcars that ply to Kukke Subrahmanya from Bangalore. 

 Reaching Kumara Parvatha By Train 

 Kukke Subrahmanya can be reached via train veritably fluently. This is presumably the most scenic train trip you can embark in Karnataka. Any train to Kukke passes through a series of coverts in Sakleshpur. 

You can find the Kannur Karwar Express which leaves Bangalore at 0800 PM and reaches Subrahmanya Road Junction around 530 AM the coming day. 

Reaching By Your Private Vehicle from Bangalore 

 The route to Kukke is an adventure! It’s nearly 200 kilometres of four lane thruway till Hassan. After Hassan, the Ghats start. The beauty of Sakleshpur, till Gundya via the notorious Shiradi Ghat is an experience of its own. 

 Gundya is a small village around 40 kilometres from Sakleshpur main city. Kukke is another 22 kilometres of splendid drive on a timber-filled curvy road. The sound of aqueducts adds to the whole experience.

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