Kudremukha is the most beautiful and the second highest peak in the Western Ghats and in Karnataka as well. Standing proudly amidst thick forests, Kudremukha is a trekker's paradise. The Kudremukh or Horse Face Range gets its name from the unique shape of its peak. The broad hills 95 km southwest of Chikmagalur town overlook the Arabian Sea, and are chained to one another with deep valleys and steep precipices. Kudramukha peak is inside the Kudremukha National Park. So, no one is allowed to camp inside the National Park and will have to follow the guidelines of the authorities. Samse is a few kilometers from Kudremukh town, from where the trek starts. In about 4-5 hrs average walking time, one reaches lobo mane, an old house. From lobo mane, another path goes up to the summit, which would take 3-4 hours to reach. The route passes through some lovely shoal (montane) forests near the top. About 1/2 an hour below the summit, the route passes near an abandoned church and a small waterfall. One should take the time to explore the church and also to watch out for the amazing birdlife there.
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