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Five Beautiful Treks in Karnataka

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The Western Ghats are one of the best places to trek in India. And Karnataka gives us a plenty of options to explore. These treks are also a weekend getaway from Bangalore and will help you to unwind from the busy city life. Here are the prettiest 5 treks in Karnataka:

Kudremukha

Maximum Altitude: 6,214 ft

Duration: 1 day

Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult

Best time to visit: Post monsoon (Sep-Nov)

Kudremukha
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Kudremukha translates to ‘Horse’s face’ as a particular side of the mountain looks like the face of a horse. Lying in the Chikmagalur district, Kudremukha is the third highest peak in Karnatka. The trek starts from the village of Mullodi and takes you through a zigzag trail where the sceneries keep changing. The clouds passing over the rolling green hills are a sight to behold. You cross many small streams and waterfalls on the way which will give some respite from the tiring trek. On reaching the top, you can see the clouds below and the sound of Kudremukha waterfall roaring in the distance.

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The region comes under Kudremukha national Park which is made of steep hills and valleys. The evergreen forests in the valleys and the grass covered hills provide a fantastic vista for the trekkers. You will spot different species of birds and butterflies on the way. Deer are also a common sight as they prance on the grasslands. The trek looks very pretty just after the monsoon but remember that there might be a lot of leeches during that time. To prevent this, you can put some salt or snuff powder into your socks.

Camping is not allowed on the peak, and you will have to stay at the base village.

Tadiandamol

Maximum Altitude: 5,735 ft

Duration: 1 day

Difficulty: Easy

Best time to visit: Post monsoon (Sep-Nov)

Tadiandamol
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An exciting 15 km trek awaits you in the Western Ghats. About 274 km from Bangalore, the Tadiandamol Peak is the highest peak in Coorg and is surrounded by stunning greenery of the Shola forests. The trek starts from Nalakanad Palace from the base village of Kakkabe. The jaw dropping views of the valley and the pretty route lined up with many waterfalls will keep you engaged. You will cross patches of dense forests which are so thick that in some places the sunlight cannot penetrate through them. You will cross endless lush green grasslands and jump over streams. The beauty is all around you.

The top is usually covered in low, moving clouds. And you are awarded with sweeping views of green forests and coffee plantations.

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Kumara Parvatha

Maximum Altitude: 5,617 ft

Duration: 2 days

Difficulty: Difficult

Best time to visit: Post monsoon (Sep-Nov)

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Time to warm up, people! We present to you Kumara Parvatha. This is one of the best treks in the region and is on the bucket list of every trekker in Karnataka. Also known as Pushpagiri, it is situated in Coorg. Compared to the other treks in this region, Kumara Parvatha is a little tougher, but nonetheless, beautiful. The trek starts from Kukke Shree Subrahmanya Temple and the peak is located at 21 km from there.

The trail is beautiful, winding through thick deciduous forests and vast meadows. You’ll be exposed to the majestic mountains, the valleys painted with the most amazing shades of green, little brooks and some surprises that nature has to offer enroute. The trek mostly is a steady steep climb right from start to the summit and will test one’s physical and mental strength.

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Kodachadri

Maximum Altitude: 4,406 ft

Duration: 2 days

Difficulty: Moderate

Best time to visit: Post monsoon (Sep-Nov)

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If you are looking for a getaway that yells beauty, serenity and one of a kind experience then look no more. Nestled deep in the Western Ghats in the district of Shimoga, Kodachadri is home to lush green jungle trails through dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls, and mesmerizing landscapes.

There are 2 routes for the trek. One that includes the trails to Karekatte and the other one where the trails reach around to Marakuttaka, and even though the latter option is a little harder it is more stunning and picturesque. It also includes Hidlumane falls on the way and how can you leave out a beautiful waterfall from the trek, right? Moreover, it is less crowded and gives you enough time to admire the nature around.

The peak offers the best views with the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other. The view is spectacular and rarely found in most of the treks. You will get to see the best sunsets from the top.

Gokarna Beach Trek

Maximum Altitude: 300 ft

Duration: 2 days

Difficulty: Easy

Best time to visit: November to February

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A trek along the beaches, yes I know you are already intrigued. The beach town of Gokarna is gaining popularity each year and has become a backpacker’s heaven. And even though you can always party and laze around the pretty beaches, the best way to explore this coastal town is by trekking.  You will get to walk around 20 km passing umpteen beaches en route.

You will visit the popular Om Beach, the small and pretty Kudle Beach, and the peaceful Belekan Beach among others. One peculiar thing is that almost every beach has Western Ghat hills running parallel to them which make the view quite magical. The trail takes you through cliff with the Arabian Sea just below you. That means you will get to see pretty sunsets and will have best backdrops to click pictures.

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