INFORMATION IN BRIEF
|Location||Dakshina Kannada (District) > Karnataka (State) > India (Country)|
|Distance from Bangalore||280 Kms|
|Trek starting point||Kukke Subramanya Route|
|Trek difficulty Level||Difficult|
|Kumara Parvatha trek distance||13 KMS(Oneside)|
|Kumara Parvatha peak height||1712 Mts|
|Time to trek||8-10 Hours (one side)|
|Camping site||Allowed, Only near buttaramane or Near Forest office|
|Best time to trek||Oct to Feb|
|Permission||Required, should be taken forest office|
|Trekking fees||Trekking Fee- Rs350|
|Contact Number||Battaramane* – 9448647947 (For food and Accommodation)
Alternate numbers to battramane : 9480230191, 9945618495, 9480527765.
Mr. Abhilash (Forest Guard) : 9611930366, 6363500904
Mr. Jayaraj( Retired Forest Guard)*: 9449475506, 9141226784
Reference : kotresh.com
KUMARA PARVATHA TREK ROUTE :
TREK CAN BE LOGICALLY DIVIDED INTO 4 STAGES
STAGE 1 : TREK STARTING POINT (KUKKE TEMPLE) TO BATTARA MANE
Trek starting point is from Kukke temple. Initial trek is easy on wide road till forest. In stage 1, you trek inside forest. Water is not available any where in between. You will find zig-zag trail which indicates that you are there at the end of forest. After exit from forest till Battara Mane trek trail is relatively easy. Total length of this stage – 1 is 5.5 KMS. Time required to trek is about 3 – 4 hours. You can get basic food and water in Battara Mane. You can fill your water bottles if its empty. Restroom is available here. on this trail after Battara mane no rest room available.
STAGE 2 : BATTARA MANE TO KALLUMANTAP :
Inital part of stage-2 trek is easy not much to ascend. After battra mane you will come across one view point where you can relax bit. You will find forest office just after first view point. You enter your name in register and pay Rs 200 per person. Getting permission is not much difficult. You can fill your water bottles if its empty.Very soon you will come across second view point. After this trek trail become little steeper. Trek length of this stage is about 2.5 kms. Time required to trek stage 2 is about 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Kallu mantap is place for break. Just before Kallu mantap you will find water. If your trek pace is very slow and if you reach Kallu mantap by 4 pm then it its better to camp at this place. Near to water stream you will find flat place to camp.
STAGE 3 : KALLUMANTAPA TO SHESHAPARVATHA
Stage 3 is most difficult part of whole trek. Its only because of steepness of the trail. You will gain lot of altitude during this stage. If you are trekking in summer then this part will be very difficult one. You will come across couple of small flat trail stretch in between. Distance of this stage is about 3 kms. Time required to trek is about 2.5 – 3.5 hours.
STAGE 4 : SHESHA PARVATHA TO KUMARA PARVATHA PEAK
Relatively easy trek trail if you compare with previous stage. You will descend bit and trek trail goes inside forest. You will find water stream inside this forest. This will be there till end of Dec or Jan. After Jan water stream will dry up, even if you find water that will be stagnant water. So please confirm in forest office about availability of water if you are trekking after December. Distance of this trek trail is about 2 kms. Time required to complete this stretch will be 1 – 2 hours
KUMARA PARVATHA TREK DIFFICULTY:
In route map trek path is represented in different color. Initial route is represented in brown color. This stretch is easiest one. Its on tar road. Next stretch is in side forest which is represented in green color. Green color stretch is difficult one because you will gain more altitude in this stretch. Next stretch is represented in blue color which between forest and Battaramane. This stretch is easy. Yellow color represents color between Battaramane and Forest office which is aslo easy. Stretch between Forest offce and Kallumatap is difficult which is represented in purple color. After Kullumantap trek will be very difficult until peak is represented in red. Overall trek is Difficult one.
KUMARA PARVATHA TREK DISTANCE::
Subramanya temple road(Trek starting point) — 1.5Kms –> Forest starting point — 2.5Kms –> Forest end point — 1.2Kms –> Battaramane — 0.5Kms –> Forest office — 2Kms–> Kallucheppara — 5Kms –> Peak . Total length is about 12.7 Kms i.e approx 13 Kms
TIME TO TREK KUMARA PARVATHA :
Subramanya temple road(Trek starting point) — 1/2 hrs –> Forest starting point — 2 hrs –> Forest end point — 1/2 hrs –> Battaramane — 1/2 hrs –> Forest office — 2 hrs–> Kalluchappara — 3hrs –> Peak . Total time required to trek is about 8.5 hrs + lunch break for average trekker. So approx time is vary between 8-10 hours
BEST TIME TO TREK KUMARA PARVATHA HILL :
You can trek all arround year. Best time for trek will be post monsoon months. October to February will be best time to trek. If You are planing to trek in March, April and in May then it will be very difficult to trek. Best thing you can do if you are trekking in summer is to start your trek very early in the morning around 6 AM. If you are trekking In Monsoon then avoid your trekking in heavy rains. It will be very had to do camping in heavy rains. Check out weather forecast before you start trekking in monsoon.
GETTING PERMISSION FOR TREKKING :
Its more like formality. You need to enter your address and contact number at Forrest office which is on the way to peak. Forrest office is there .5 Kms from Battaramane. You Required to Pay trekking fees over here.
KUMARA PARVATHA CAMPING SITES:
Kumara Parvatha trek is famous because it offers you plenty of camping sites. Some of them are listed bellow.
- Near to forest office there are two view points, You can camp there, You can get water from Battaramane or from forrest office.
- Near to Kalluchappara : It is better place because you will get water here. It is also nice place o watch sunset from this place. – Not allowed now
- Near to the forest after Shesha Parvatha : You will find flat surface for camping. Water available in post monsoon months only – Not allowed now
- Kumara Parvatha peak : On the peak itself. Plenty of space there to camp at peak. Water is not available. You must carry sufficient water to camp here. Not allowed now
TREKKING ITINERARY ( STARTING POINT :BANGALORE)
- Board bus to Kukke Subramanya from Majestic, Bangalore @ 23:14 PM
- 6.15: Reach Kukke Subramanya
- Get fresh up in Public toilet near Temple road.
- Get Packed break fast from near hotel
- 7.00 AM :Start trekking from temple road @ 7 AM(It will be great if we start 7 AM)
- Have packed breakfast in middle
- 11.00 AM :Reach Battara Mane ( 5 KMs from starting point)
- Have lunch and take rest.
- 12 noon: again start trek
- Trek .5 KMS reach forest office and get permission
- Start your Actual trek from here 🙂
- Reach peak by 5PM – 6PM..
- Pitch tents.. and sunset, prepare food, fire camp and sleep
- 6 AM : Sunrise
- fresh up, have breakfast. spend some time
- 9.30 AM : start your trek
- 12.30 PM : reach Battaramane have lunch
- 2.00 PM: start your trek
- 6.00 PM : reach Kukke Subramanya
- Check in to Lodge and get fresh up(If required)
- Visit temple and have dinner.
- Board bus to Bangalore
- Reach Bangalore by 5.30 AM