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  • 2 Days/1Night
  • Moderate
  • 5600 ft.
  • 12 Participants
  • Summer-Autumn
  • Coorg, Karnataka

Kumara Parvatha Trek Overview

A few hours away from bustling Bangalore city lies a dreamy mountainscape, Kumara Parvatha Trek. The trek is known for its lush green scenery and natural beauty. The trek spans 25 km and can be completed in two days. It is the second-highest peak in Coorg and sixth in Karnataka. The trek offers two days of scenic trails, and breathtaking landscapes and is a paradise for nature lovers. 

In a short span, the trek offers a rejuvenating escape. You witness the breathtaking western ghat, verdant grasslands, and trail dotted with gushing waterfalls.

Highlights of Kumara Parvatha Trek 

    • Breathtaking view of Western Ghats

The trek is known for the mesmerising view of the Western Ghats. It sprawls like a lush green carpet, straight out of the painting we all drew in our childhood. As you soak in the panoramic views of the Western Ghats from the summit, dreamy floating clouds enhance your experience.  Layer after layer of lush green valleys sprawl offering a visual treat. 

    • Rich Flora and Fauna 

 The trek is a paradise for people who admire the silence of the dense forestscape. Right from the beginning, you will walk under a canopy of towering trees in the company of chirping birds and rustling leaves. The trail is home to a variety of flora and fauna. Be alert on the trail to spot some exotic species of birds and butterflies. 

    • Dreamy Landscapes 

As you walk on the verdant grassland, sprawling like a freshly laid-out carpet, it feels surreal to witness the undulated expanse of lush greenery. Post-monsoon months welcome you to vibrant grasslands and cascading waterfalls emerge along the trail. 

As autumn arrives, there is a complete transformation in landscapes. The soothing summer colours are taken over by the calming hues of fall. The lush green grassland embraces golden and brown hues. 

Kumara Parvatha Trek Itinerary

Day 1 : Kukke Subramanya to Bhatts House

Trek Duration – 7 hrs

Trek Distance – 7 km

The trek begins from a Kukke Subramanya. Start the trek early morning to avoid the scorching heat. The first section will be a total of 7 km.  it takes 5 to 6 hours to reach the first major rest point at Bhatts House. Halt for a meal at Bhatt’s place. You will tread your path through a lush green forest on a mixed trail. 

 

People who do this trek in DIY style either opt to stay at Bhatt’s house or pitch their tent at a designated camping area. 

Day 2 : Bhatts House to Kumara Parvatha and back to Base

Trek Duration – 5 to 6 hrs (One way)

Trek Distance – 5 km 

Start your trek as early as possible to reach the base in the evening. The trek distance between Bhatt’s house and Shesha Parvatha is roughly 5 to 6 km. Once you leave Bhatt’s house, the demanding part of the trek begins and you navigate some steep ascent to reach Sheesha Parvatha. Once you are here, the challenging part of the trail is dealt with. 

Soak in the beauty of nature as you walk in a vast expanse of grasslands and witness the vertical rock face of Shesha Parvatha. 

 The last leg of the trek to Shesha Parvatha covers a total distance of 1.5km between Sesha Parvatha and Kumara Parvatha, also known as Pushpagiri Peak. After the final push, you will reach the summit and witness panoramic views of Coorg Hills and the breathtaking beauty of the Western Ghats. 

After basking in the beauty of a dreamy moonscape, it is time to head back to the base in Kukkuye. You have to follow the same route to descend. As it is a steep descent to the base, be cautious while heading to the base.

How to reach the basecamp of Kumara Parvatha trek?

Kukkuye Subramanya is the starting point of Kumara Parvatha. Kukke is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya. It also functions as a starting point of the Trek. You can travel in your private vehicle from Bangalore or travel by public transport to reach to the base in Kukkuye. 

Here is a detailed guide to reach Kukke Subramanya 

Travel Option A – Bus from Bangalore 

 Frequent buses ply from Bangalore to Kukke Subramanyam. Book your bus well in advance. It takes around 6 to 7 hours to cover a distance of 220 km. Board a bus that leaves at night to reach Kukke in the morning and begin your trek at the first light of dawn. 

There are both government and private buses available from Bangalore. You can directly book a bus from Bangalore to Kukke Subhramnya on KSRTC or explore options on apps like Red Bus. 

Check the links below for bus options. 

Buses from Bangalore to Kukke Subhramanya 

Travel Option B – By Train 

The other option is to travel by train to the nearest railway station, Subhramanya, around 11 km from the base. You can hire an auto or a shared jeep from the station to the starting point. Hopping on a shared jeep will be an economical option. 

The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, located 105 km from Subramanya. The frequency of buses from Mangalore is lower compared to Bangalore, which is 280 km from the starting point of the trek. 

Kumara Parvatha Trek FAQ

What is the starting point of Kumara Parvatha Trek?

Kukke Shubramanya is the starting point of the trek. 

What is the distance of Kumara Parvatha Trek?

The total distance of the trek is 25 km. You walk an average of 6 – 7 hours daily. 

Is Kumara Parvatha trek suitable for beginners?

The trek is suitable for beginners. Work on your fitness to traverse the challenging trail comfortably. 

How difficult is Kumara Parvatha Trek?

Kumara Parvatha is a challenging trek. You will traverse steep ascents and some tricky patches to reach the peak. 

What will be the temperature in Kumara Parvatha trek?

Kumara Parvatha’s temperature ranges between 25°C to 32°C during the day.  

What is the best time to visit Kumara Parvatha Trek?

The best time to visit Kumara Parvatha trek is post-monsoon months and winter. The weather remains pleasant to hike the long distance. Avoid the peak monsoon season as the trail becomes slippery.

 

Where is Kumara Parvatha Trek located?

The Trek is in Coorg, Karnataka. The trek starts from Kukke Subhramanya. 

What is the duration of Kumara Parvatha trek?

Kumara Parvatha trek can be completed in two days. 

 

What is the altitude of Kumara Parvatha Trek?

Kumara Parvatha trek is at an altitude of 16,100ft. The trek starts from Kanu, located at an altitude of 5,700ft. 

 

Can we do Kumara Parvatha Trek on our own?

A well-trodden path takes you to the peak. You can trek on your own as the trail is clear and well-marked. 

Do we need prior experience for the trek?

If you are fit enough then you do not require prior experience. However, attempting shorter hikes before Kumara Parvatha is recommended

Who can participate in the Kumara Parvatha trek?

Trekkers with adequate physical fitness can participate in the Kumara Parvatha trek.  It is a challenging trek and requires adequate fitness and stamina.

Will there be a network on the trek?

You will have access to major mobile networks like Airtel, Jio, BSNL, and Vodafone when the trek begins. However, as the trail progresses, the networks become scanty. Once you advance further into the forest there will be no access to mobile network coverage.  

Are there any ATMs at the base camp?

There is an ATM a few km ahead of Kukke temple. You can withdraw cash from there. 

Do I need to get my medical kit for the trek?

Pack a comprehensive first aid kit to handle any unforeseen situation or emergency.

Should I bring snacks on the trek?

Pack some light trail snacks. You can bring protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek. 

Can we keep our luggage at the base camp?

You can keep your extra luggage at Bhatts Guest House. 

What will be the food arrangement on the trek?

Kukkye Subhramanyam has a good number of cafes and restaurants. You can relish a hearty breakfast at the base before starting your trek. On the trek, Bhatt’s guest house is the sole place for food.  

Do I need a permit for the Kumara Parvatha trek?

Yes, you need to acquire an entry pass at the forest office. The forest department charges a nominal entry fee of Rs 480 (Approx) for the trek. 

What kind of arrangement is available for accommodation on the trek?

You can carry your tent and pitch in a designated area located near the forest office. Camping at the Kumara Parvatha Peak is not allowed.