About Kumara Parvatha
Pushpagiri or Kumara Parvatha, at 1,712 meters or 5,617 feet, is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is located in the Somwarpet Taluk, 20 kilometers from Somwarpet in the northern part of Kodagu district on the border between Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu district and Hassan districts. It is the fifth-highest peak in Karnataka.
The Pushpagiri or Subramanya Hills also referred to as Kumaraparvatha, are the second-highest peak of Kodagu and the fifth highest peak in Karnataka. About 36 kilometers from Somwarpet and 1.5 kilometers from Kumaralli, it is located amid the jungle. Can do trekking from the base, Bhagati, which is a 10 km, three-hour walk. Otherwise, trekkers can cross Kukke Subramanya, located in the Dakshina Kannada district of Pushpagiri Range. Can approach the trekking zone from Pushpagiri or Kumaraparvata peaks. Can reach the Eastern entrance from Beedehalli via Heggademane temple and the Western entrance from Kukke Subramanya via Giri Gadde. However, the entrance through Beedehalli is less strenuous.
Kumara Parvatha Trek Details
- Nearest Town: Subramanya
- Kumara Parvatha trekking duration is Two days
- Kumara Parvatha Trek Difficult Grade is Moderate
- Kumara Parvatha Trek Endurance Grade is Moderate
- Kumara Parvatha Trek distance is 27 Kilometers both ways.
- Kumara Parvatha Trek and camping, tent on sharing basis.
- Kumara Parvatha trek package cost Rs. 3800/- per person
Kumara Parvatha Trekking and Camping Itinerary
Day Zero - Friday late night
22:30 - Start from Bangalore
Saturday – Day One Kumara Parvatha trekking plan
- 06:00 - Reach Kukke
- 07:00 - Get freshen up at the homestay
- 07:30 - Enjoy the breakfast and Introduction
- 08:00 - Start the Kumara Parvatha trek
- 10:00 - Enroute waterfall visit
- 13:00 - Reach Battarmane, pitch the tent.
- 14:00 - Have Lunch, explore, and many more till seven pm.
- 20:00 - Have Dinner
- 21:00 - Sleep early in your camping tent.
Sunday – Day Two Kumara Parvatha Trekking
- 04:00 - Wake up and freshen up
- 04.30 - Start trek from Battarmane to Kumara Parvatha peak
- 09:00 - Reach Kumara Parvatha peak and explore
- 09:00 - Please carry fruits, dry fruits, bread-jam for energy
- 10:00 - Hike back from Kumara Parvatha hills to Battarmane
- 13:00 - Lunch at Battarmane
- 14:00 - Trek from Battarmane to Homestay
- 18:00 - Start for Bangalore
- 20:00 - Stop for Dinner not included in the package.
- 23:00 - Reach Bangalore
Kumara Parvatha Trek Detailed Information
Now and then, a region gets famous for its most popular trek. Just like Uttarakhand is well-known for Kedarkantha, Maharashtra is popular for Kalsubai Peak, the same way Karnataka has Kumara Parvatha. It is said that Kumara Parvatha is the epitome of a trek because it rises from a low altitude to advance towardsasummit at 5,600 feet. Being the second highest peak in Coorg and fourth highest in Karnataka, the Kumara Parvatha trail is agruelling one, right from the beginning. Also known by the name of Pushpagiri Trek, Kumara Parvatha is an absolute delight owing to dense forests, huge volcanic rocks, and blossoming flora and fauna.
Starting point:Kukke Subramanya Temple, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg, Karnataka.
Trek gradient: Moderate to Difficult. Kumara Parvatha is a continuously uphill trail through dense forest and grasslands.
Approximate time: This trek is a two-day activity.
Trekking distance: 28 kilometres back and forth.
Water sources: One should carry at least 2 litres of water before starting the trek, there are numerous streams on the trail, however, one can’t rely on them. You can refill your bottles at Bhattara Mane as there is no water source after that.
Best months to visit:It is highly recommended to trek during the winter months. All the rainfallcollected in monsoon tidesis a stream alongside you in the forest post-monsoon. On the other hand, autumn and winters pose less risk at difficult sections as the rocks are completely dry.The best months to trek Kumara Parvatha are October to January as during heavy monsoons the trail becomes mucky and slippery which makes the descent difficult.Winters are quite pleasant in South India with abundantfog and surrealhazeshrouding the forest and the trail. One getsvibrant vistas of the neighbouring Western Ghats only in autumn and winters.Summers are scorching harsh, hence impossible to trek. Moreover, the wildlife sanctuary experiences a lot of forest fires during the summer months.
Distance from Coorg: 41 kilometres
Distance from Mangalore:105 kilometres
Distance from Bangalore: 280 kilometres
By Air:Mangalore airport is the nearest airport which is 150 kilometres from Kukke Subramanya.
By Rail:Mysore and Hassan railway stations are the closest to Kumara Parvatha. One can board the Hubli or Karwar Express or Bangalore-Mysore Express. Similarly, the Subramanya Road railway station is 12 kilometres from Kukke Subramanya.
By Road:While travelling from Coorg, the best option is to hire a cab to Kukke Subramanya or Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. It takes around 2 to 3 hours from Coorg to reach the trek’s starting point at Kukke Temple and takes an overnight journey to reach via Bangalore. There are also KSRTC busses that operate from Mangalore and Bangalore to Kukke Subramanya Temple.
Overview of the Trek
The entire Kumara Parvatha trek can be divided into three sections.
Day 1 and Section 1: Jungle region up to Bhatta's House or Bhattara Mane Camping Ground or Forest Office
Day 2 andSection2: Forest Office or Bhatta's House to Shesha Parvatha
Section3: Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha Peak or Pushpagiri Hill Peak
About the Kumara Parvatha Trek:
Day 1, Section 1:Jungle sector to Forest Office or Bhattara Mane or Bhatta's House.
Trekdistance: Six Kilometers
Duration: Three Hours
The trail to Kumara Parvatha origins from a short distance after Kukke Subramanya Temple. Thereis a signboard nearby the temple which points to the direction of the trail. Right from the beginning, the trail is well marked and visible. Following this trail will take you further into the thick woods. The hike begins as a modest to somewhat steep climb butprogressively gets steeper with some flatlevelsegments. This jungle is fullof wild animals which normally avoid the trekking trail. Only if you have ears and eyes, you may hear the sounds of wild animals, spot a few species of birds and snakes as well. The first pitstop after ascending for three kilometres is a huge rock that goes by the name of Bheemana Bande or Bheema Rock. This is your chance to rest and recharge yourself for the strenuous steep ascent ahead.
After the ascend from Bheema rock, you will reach an open space as you climb higher, which marks the end of the forest section. From here, Bhattara Mane is just about a kilometre. Viewpoint I and the Forest Office are very close to Bhatta's House. The trackdiverges to the left and goes down to Bhattara Mane. If you go straight then you will reach the Forest Office. If right is what you desire then Viewpoint I awaits you. Viewpoint I presentscenic views of Shesha Parvatha right in front of you along with the stunning Western Ghats. You can decide to rest at Bhatta’s house for a while or camp at Bhattara Mane Camping Ground. If you are planning to camp here overnight then you will need to take permission from Forest House for camping as it is prohibited to camp from beyond this point.
Day 2, Section 2: Bhattara Mane / Forest Office to Shesha Parvatha
Trek Distance: Three and a half Kilometres
Trek Duration: Four hours
Today’s climb is quite challenging and needs an early start. About ten minutes into the trail, it starts to get steep as you enter the grasslands. The grasslands open to the massivenever-endingsight of greenery, with bushyareas of the jungle on your left.Then you make your way up to Shesha Parvatha. Post this arduous hike with outstanding views and scenery, in about two kilometres, you reach Kallu Mantapa. This is your rest point. If you are fortunate enough then you can find a stream here and refill your bottles. No sooner than you start getting closer to Shesha Parvatha, you are welcomed by an enormous green gorge along with the vertical rock face of Shesha Parvatha to your right.
Day 2, Section III: Shesha Parvatha to Kumara Parvatha Peak
Trek Distance: Two Kilometres
Trek Duration:Two Hours
When you arrive at Shesha Parvatha Peak, the hardest part of the trek is behind you.After Shesha Parvatha, the pathdescends to an open forest. Proceed further to arrive atthe second forest section of the trail. This section is unquestionablyspectacular!After the forest there lies ademandingtrek to massiverocks. In 20 minutes after the rock face is climbed, Kumara Parvatha Peak welcomes you with wide arms.From here, the opposite side of the mountain opens up which was hidden all along.On a crisp morning,incorporates the tremendous spreadof Madikeri,hills of Coorg and the rest of the Western Ghats extended all over.
Now is the time for a well-deserved summit party. Absorb in the views and tranquillity, for they are not to be found elsewhere. Indulge in some landscape photography to capture the 360° view of the Western Ghats.Shut your eyes for some time and recollect your journey to the top. Notice the quiet and the hints of birds twittering around. Take as much time as necessary to be grateful forthis trek and nature around you. Loosen up your over-worked muscles before you start your descend back to base.
You will retrace your steps down the same route. However, be mindful of the precarious areas and move gradually and consistently. A slip might make you fall and harm yourself. Get back in time to Bhatta's House for lunch. Have your lunch and head over to the Forest Office to gather your belongings. When you have recuperated, head back to the base along the same trail as yesterday. Since it is a descent from this point forward, you should be extra wary not to run or lose your balance. Preferably, you should take the same time to descend as you had taken for the climb. Thus, pass the descent through the woodland cautiously and arrive at the base before evening as it gets pitch dark here.
Safety and Trekking Tips
- Carry at least two litres of water with you. Your bottle should be handy and you should be sipping on the water for 15 minutes. It is important to drink water even if you aren’t thirsty. One gets dehydrated swiftly owing to the humid weather. This practice will keep you hydrated all through and recover the water lost through sweat.
- On the second day to Shesha Parvatha and Kumara Parvatha, there is no forest shade. This exposes on to direct sun and heat for the entire duration of the trek until you head back to the Forest Office. Therefore, it is necessary to have sun caps that will protect you from direct sun exposure.
- The vertical climb and heat tend to drain us out of energy quickly. One must also carry some energy bars, ORS or electoral powder and pack some light snacks as well. Trust us, you will thank yourself for carrying these things with you.
- As you will be trekking in a tropical rainforest, be prepared to encounter reptiles and leeches. Especially, post-monsoon there will be plenty of leeches on the trail. To keep leeches at bay you can apply Dettol or Savlon toyour foot to avoid leeches. If you are not too worried, the best option is to remove them once you reach Bhatta's place. At the same time having some anti-venom or antidote with you can prove to be lifesaving.
- Try not to sit tight for breakfast at Bhatta's place. Since it is the only place where you get food on the path, all the trekkers will already be in line. We suggest you carry dry fruits and snacks alongside some food that doesn't get stale and have it on the trek. This saves a great deal of time.
- Your best companion on this trek will be utility gear and good trekking shoes. Travel light with a comfortable backpack. You may carry a jacket in case you feel cold.
- In the case that you have packed a lot, on the second day leave all your extra luggage, that are not required at the Forest Office. They will take care of your belongings. Do not forget to refill your water bottles at the Forest Office before you start.
- Make sure to descend from Kumara Parvatha Peak at 10:30 AM, so that you are back at Bhatta's place before 2 PM. This gives you a great measure of time to have your lunch and get once again to the base before it gets dark.
- Before a couple of days inform Bhatta about you and your group's arrival so that he can keep lunch and dinner ready. Ideally, inform him about the next day's lunch as well. An unlimited meal at Bhatta's place costs Rs.150 per head!
- The trekking fee issued by the forest department to Kumara Parvatha is Rs.350 per head. This is inclusive of trekking fee, trail maintenance fee and camping fee as well.
- Remember to take permission before setting up tents at the Bhattara Mane Camping Ground. You cannot carry tents and other camping equipment beyond the Forest Office.
- You will be required to pay a deposit for all plastic you are carrying. This amount will only if refunded if you bring back all the plastic that was counted before you carried them to the peak with you. So, make sure you do not litter on the trail and get all the plastic back to the Forest Office with you. Once you collect the deposit, dump the plastic wrappers in the waste bin available there.
What is included in the tour
- Kumara parvatha from Bangalore transportation in non-ac vehicle
- Stay in tents
- Sleeping bags
- Basic Veg food (2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner)
- safety and medical kit
- Permission from Forest Department
Kumara parvatha trek permission
- Trek Leader Expertise
What is NOT included in the tour
- Mineral water/lime water/ purchased for personal consumption
- Lunch on Sunday
- Food during bus travelling
- All kinds of Extra Meals / soft drinks ordered
- Any kind of personal expenses (camera charges, etc.)
- Any kind of cost which is not mentioned in the cost includes above
- All expenses incurred due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances like roadblocks, bad weather
- Any medical / Emergency evacuations if required
- Personal Medicine
- 3 liters of water
- Trekking shoes
- Snacks for energy
- Torch compulsory with extra batteries
- Power bank to charge phone
- Backpack to carry clothes and equipment
- Trekking Poles to reduce stress of long trek on legs
- Skull cap
- Long sleeves and full track pant to avoid sunburn
- Warm clothing
- 75% refund if notified via phone conversation 8 or more days prior to the event date.
- 50 % refund if notified via phone conversation 4 to 7 days prior to the event date.
- No refund if the cancellation requested is less than 3 days prior to the event date
- No show No Refund.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another date against cancellation.
- Event Tickets cannot be transferred to another person against cancellation.
- If Trek gets canceled we will refund "Trek Amount" only.
Frequently asked questions Kumara Parvatha Trek
1. What is the distance of Kumara Parvatha to Bangalore?
Kumara Parvatha distance from Bangalore is 256 kilometers. Bangalore to Kumara parvatha takes six hours to cover distance.
2. What is the distance of Kumara Parvatha to Mangalore?
Kumara Parvatha distance from Mangalore is 152 kilometers. It takes three hours to cover the distance. Kumara parvatha trekking distance is 27 kilometers both ways.
3. What is the distance of Kumara Parvatha to Kukke Subramanya?
Kukke Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha distance 51 km via Bisle Ghat road
4. Will there be leeches on the Kumara Parvatha Trek during winters and summer?
You will find leeches on Kumara Parvatha Peak Trek during the monsoon or rainy season. Are you looking for trekking in Bangalore, want to challenge yourself with one of the toughest treks in Karnataka, join the Beautiful and picturesque Kumara Parvatha Trek. Take a trip of a lifetime and explore new horizons of the unexplored forests and mountains. Trekking in Karnataka western ghats, you'll be able to explore and see places that you never thought existed. Please Chat with us today on our website and book your trek today.
5. When is the best time to go for Kumara Parvatha Trek and Camping?
The best time to go is throughout the year except during Monsoons. Trekking & Camping will be conducted under this package. kumara parvatha photos are available in the image gallery.
6. About Kumara parvatha trek Coorg details?
A basic level of fitness is called for but no prior experience or hill walking or trekking is needed. Beautiful and picturesque Kumara Parvatha Hike, Take a trip of a lifetime and explore new horizons of the unexplored forests and mountains. You'll be able to explore and see places that you never thought existed. Please chat with us for your kumara parvatha trek booking.
7. Are there Leeches in Coorg, will there be leeches on Pushpagiri hills trekking?
During the monsoon season, you will find leeches in Coorg and while trekking in the Pushpagiri hills. Trekking places near Coorg, witness the panoramic views of the majestic mountains, forests, and valleys. In the lap of nature and witness the best sunset views. Kumara Parvatha trek is the most famous trek in Coorg, Pusphagiri Hills, and we take care of your while on the trek and camping.
Kumara Parvatha Trek Highlights
- Kumara Parvatha trek route is situated in the scenic Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Karnataka of India. This place is blessed with natural beauty and serene surroundings.
- Kumara Parvatha peak is the second highest peak of Coorg.
- Kumara Parvatha is the fifth highest peak of Karnataka.
- We operate our treks with an experienced Kumara parvatha trek guide.
- Trek to Kumara parvatha is rated as one of the best trekking trails in South India.
- Kumara Parvatha Camping and Trek is a 2-day and one-night trekking experience.
- This trek offers trekkers the opportunity to see the rarely seen Western Ghats at their best.
8. Why was Kumara Parvatha Trekking Banned?
Kumara parvatha trekking banned was issued to avoid trekkers from dying in forest fires. Forest fires are widespread during the summer months, starting from February. Trekkers are banned from Pushpagiri (mountain) wildlife sanctuary by the forest department. The grassland of the Shola forest poses a natural hazard during the summer months. Rock falls can easily trigger a spark and start a forest fire. There are 120 to 200 trekkers all through the weekends. To avoid trekkers dying by forest fire, the Kumara parvatha trek gets banned during the summer season by the Karnataka Forest Department. The best time to visit kumara parvatha peak is during the winter season.
9. Do you organise Kumara parvatha trek in monsoon?
During the monsoon, the hiking path is remarkably tricky and slippery. Trekkers can fall and injure themselves due to these conditions. The hiking route consists of boulders, scree, gravel and mud, which increase the difficulty of hiking uphill. The Kumara Parvatha hills are famous for leeches during the rainy seasons. Treks and Trails recommends avoiding the Kumara Parvatha trek during the rainy and summer seasons due to the humid climate, forest fires, and chances of dehydration.
10. Kumara parvatha weather and pro tip for hikers?
The best season to attempt this trek is during the post-monsoon till winter. During winter, the temperatures range from 17 degrees to 32 degrees. Treks and Trails recommended not to try the during the summer season due to heat, humidity, forest fires. Keep an eye on the weather forecast as climbing uphill becomes challenging on a rainy day. Invest in good hiking shoes for this trek; we recommend Campus Trekking Shoes for this trek. Please note that Karnataka Forest Department closes the trekking route in summer to avoid accidents by forest fires.
Pro Tip: Travel Light for this trek, keep a lot of water and snacks handy for sustained energy throughout this trek. Always check the weather conditions before leaving for this trek. If it is raining, the trail will be slippery, and steep sections will become more challenging; you should take your time crossing boulders, trekking poles will come in handy in the vertical grasslands.
11. Which are the highest peaks in Karnataka?
- Mullayana Giri is the highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,930 meters or 6,330 feet, located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill Ranges Chikmagalur.
- Kudremukh is the second highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,894 meters or 6,214 feet Kudremukh National Park Chikmagalur.
- Biligiriranga Hills is the third highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,816 meters or 5,958 feet above sea level Yelandur Chamarajanagar.
- Tadiandamol is the fourth highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,748 meters or 5,735 feet Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Kodagu.
- Kumara Parvata Height is the fifth highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,712 meters or 5,617 feet, located at Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary Kodagu.
- Merthi Gudda is the sixth highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,676 m or 5,499 feet Basarikatte Chikmagalur.
- Kote betta is the seven highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,620 meters or 5,310 feet Sirangalli Kodagu.
- Brahmagiri is the eighth highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,608 meters or 5,276 feet at Karnataka-Kerala Border Kodagu.
- Nandi Hills is the nine highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,478 meters or 4,849 feet Nandidurga Chikkaballapura.
- Gangamoola (Varaha Parvata) is the nine highest peak in Karnataka, standing at 1,458 meters or 4,783 feet Kudremukh National Park Chikmagalur.
12. Why join the Kumar Parvat trek?
Kumar Parvat Trek route is one of India's best treks to witness breathtaking views of mountains, valleys, streams, forests, waterfalls, wildlife, and birds. This is the fifth highest peak in Karnataka. Kumar Parvat Trek is two day and one-night trek in the Coorg, Karnataka region of India. Set amidst serene surroundings, it is a famous destination in Coorg trekking. Coorg treks offer an extraordinary view of the serene peaks, jungles, and valleys. Hike the trails of Pushpagiri hills to witness a breathtaking view. Kumara parvatha trek cost is Rs 3750 per person. Learn more about the Kumar Parvatha Trek chat with us.
13. What are the trek height and Kumara parvatha trek distance?
Kumara Parvatha Trek height 1712 meters, Experience Coorg trekking places never like before. Witness the majestic Sahyadri trails like never before. The views from the Pushpagiri peak will take your breath away, and the Kumara Parvatha trek 2023 will make you fall in love with the mountains. The trek distance is 13 kilometers one way, and it will take eight to ten hours to cover this distance.
14. Kumara parvatha trek difficulty level?
Visiting Kumara Parvatha is a lifetime experience that you must cherish and tell your friends and family about. Stop by beautiful waterfalls, followed by the best sunset views. Trek difficulty level is medium to hard depending on weather conditions, your fitness levels and trekking gear you are wearing and carrying. Trek's endurance level is high. It will be helpful to carry trekking poles for this trek. For more details about Kumara Parvatha trek booking, please chat with us.
15. What is the Kumara parvatha trek distance from Bangalore?
Experience the breathtaking views of Pushpagiri peaks and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. We take care of all the logistics, trekking guides, kumara parvatha trek permissions, camping gear, bus travel from Bangalore. Kumara Parvata trek km distance from Bangalore is 256, and it takes six hours to cover this distance by car. A challenging yet rewarding trek that gives an unforgettable experience covers the entire Pushpagiri region, the most famous Madikeri trekking package.
16. Why choose Kumara Parvatha Trek?
Kumara Parvatha is an exciting peak found in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Kukke Subrahmanya is a fascinating temple that holds a lot of history very popular among locals. At the foothills of the Kumara Parvatha Trek.
Kukke Subrahmanya Temple is a tourist attraction that's known for its connection with Lord Muruga. Devotees from India visit the Kumara Parvatha Temple to make offerings and make prayers to fulfill their wishes. You will always find Devotees at the Kukke Subramanya Temple throughout the year.
Behind the Kukke Subramanya temple, you can see a mountain with an endless canopy of dense green jungle that makes up part of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is Shesha Parvatha.
Kumara Parvatha Trek is a popular trek in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. It's a two-day walk from Kukke and has a route over Shesha Parvatha Mountain. The peak is hidden can be seen after we cross the Sheesha Parvatha verdant lush grassland. This entire hiking route is known as the Kumara Parvatha trek by the hikers.
Kumara Parvatha is the second highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife sanctuary, Kodagu district, following Tadiandamol, and the fifth highest peak in Karnataka. Rising to higher than 1,700 meters or 5,600 feet above sea level, Kumara Parvatha exhibits striking countless marvelous landscapes across expansive forests on one side. At the same time, on the other, it offers breathtaking glimpses of an uninterrupted landscape that spreads out through the Kodagu district. As the sun rises at dawn, you will see Pushpagiri peak up above the Shesha Parvatha. The sight of it will get your heartbeat racing!
The Kumara Parvatha trek is challenging as it involves climbing two mountains. The trekking trail covers 28 kilometers both ways and is often taken on over two days.
For those searching for a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle, exploring the heart of nature in Kumara Parvatha is excellent. Whether you're a traveler or just looking for a change in scenery for a while, this location is sure to knock you off your feet. It's also essential not to forget to take a look at the Kukke Subrahmanya temple. The architecture is breathtaking, and the history will bring anyone back in time.
Kumara Parvatha is a trek for medium–experienced trekkers and can seldom be very taxing, particularly in the case of rainy weather.
If you are a rookie hiker and would like to try this trail next, we recommend that you don't take this challenge lightly. It's necessary to train beforehand. Take the time to increase muscles, do some cardio workouts, be sure to have your stamina at its best, and do a couple of more accessible hikes before taking on Kumara Parvatha.
17. Kumara Parvatha trekking package is available on weekdays?
Kumara Parvatha District is Kodagu, and it is possible once a week. We conduct the trekking each Saturday. Your trip from Bangalore to the base village will start on Friday night, and you will begin with your trek on Saturday daybreak. After your excursion, you will reach back to Bangalore on Sunday. Kumara parvatha trekking time is two days and one night. Kumara parvatha trekking season is from October to Februrary.