Kumara Parvatha Trek, also named the Pushpagiri Hills, is a must on the bucket list of diehard trekkers when it comes to hiking in South India. It is Karnataka’s 6th-highest mountain and is one of India’s most astonishing routes at the heart of the Western Ghats. The Kumara Parvatha hill is 13 kms high and 4000 meters above sea level. The hill is incredible.
Kumara Parvatha is a group of three peaks, each of them relevant in Hindu mythology, namely Shesha Parvatha, Siddha Parvatha, and Kumara Parvatha. Shesha Kumara Parvatha is the most chosen destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts in the Subramanya village of Sullia Taluk in South Karnataka. The walk route runs densely through the forests of Shola, the house of incredible flora and fauna beneath the sky’s canopy.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THE TREK
Often the trail is very difficult with volcanic rocks, sprinkling rivers, and rocky gullies which present a big challenge for adrenaline junkies. Yet the panoramic view of the Western Ghats from a distance makes it a worthwhile ride for visitors who are planning to go the extra mile to see natural wonders close by.
ABOUT THE TREK
Tourists want to visit the site as an eminent pilgrim place of South India even have the Kumara Parvatha Trek. The Kukke Subramanya Temple and the Sringeri Mutt Cave have important religious connotations and are some of the religious places of importance in and around Kumara Parvatha.
In addition, on the way to Kumara Parvatha, you can have a rest or an overnight camp and fall into the overwhelming peace of Madikeri’s vast expanse. Some of the famous natural attractions are the waterfalls of Malli, Abbimatta, and the Pushpagiri Forestry Reserve, which make your journey a true trek.
Depending on their health and spirit of exploration, the Kumara Parvatha trekkers will access two routes. One way to enter the Shesha Parvatha through the Kallu Mandapa is the Kukke Subramanya Temple which is a fairly challenging ascent. There are uphill and downhill rock and grasslands up to the top from Shesha Parvatha. It’s a long way and you need to stay at Bhatt’s House overnight before you commence the rest of your journey on day 2.
The road from Beedhalli to Somwarpet is comparatively long. Even for seasoned hikers, this path is very difficult, but the view you see on your journey is worth your effort and time. You will hike along the thick forest of Shola where you will be able to meet the wild animals and birds and admire the panorama in the distance.
Trekkers normally take a path from Somwarpet to the peak of the Kumara Parvatha and descend the Kukke Subramanya.
HOW TO REACH
Mysore and Hassan are the nearest train stations to Kumara Parvatha. The available trains on this route are the Hubli or Karwar Express or Bangalore Mysore Express.
When arriving from Bangalore, take a cab and arrive in Coorg on an overnight ride at the Kukke Temple (the starting point for the trek). You can take a taxi from Coorg and go to Kukke Subramanya, or the Shrine of Pushpagiri Wildlife. The path to Kukke or Pushpagirí takes about 2-3 hours from Coorg. The summit of the Kumara Parvatha must be walked up from there.
Buses operate from Bangalore too and from Subramanya. The bus stand of Subramanya is close to the village from where you can find your way to Kumara Parvatha. On the KSRTC website, busses can be booked online.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to discover the beauty of Kumara Parvatha is during the winter months between October and January. Winters in South India are normally fun as a thin layer of slurry flows through the air, fading with the sun’s gentle rays as the day progresses. This season, climbers think it ideal for challenging expeditions. This time. The Summers are typically very sparkling and damp and make rigorous expeditions to Kumara Parvatha difficult for adventure lovers.
The other time you might start taking a stroll in Kumara Parvatha Trek is from mid-June to September during the monsoon season. The entire area is covered in a green cabinet with a panoramic view of the countryside at this time of the year. If you’re a naturalist, the monsoon is the most fitting period for Kumara Parvatha Trek when nature unfolds with all its magnificence.