Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the toughest treks in the Western Ghats, South India located in Pushpagiri reserve forest near Kukke Subramanya town. Please find the complete Guide for the Kumara Parvatha below:
Note: As mentioned earlier camping at peak is banned. But it is allowed almost anywhere between Bhattrumane and the forest dept. Campfire is NOT allowed anywhere except in the case when camping is done next to forest dept. One can trek till the camping location and start trekking till peak the next day even as early as 3 – 3:30 AM.
Kumara Parvatha Trek Details:
Kumara Parvatha trekking routes:
There are two trekking routes to Kumara Parvatha trek:
- From Somwarpet
- From Kukke Subramanya
From Somwarpet side, it is one day of hiking. There are more waterfalls en route and deep forests as well. Total hiking distance from Somwarpet side is around 6 to 7 Kms one side.
From Subramanya side, it is a longer trek. Total hiking distance from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is around 16 Kms. There are meadows, greenery, and the view of the Western Ghats. Also, the Pushpagiri reserve forest lies on the way which is famous for flowers after the monsoon.
How to reach Kukke Subramanya, Kumara Parvatha Trek starting point?
One can reach Subramanya from Bangalore by bus or train. There are direct buses from Bangalore to Subramanya which can be booked online at KSRTC websites. There are also direct trains from Bangalore to Subramanya.
However, Subramanya bus stand is nearer to the Subramanya town from where the Kumara Parvatha trek begins. If you go by train, Subramanya railway station is around 20 Kms from Subramanya town. So you will have to take a jeep from the railway station to Subramanya town.
Try to arrive at the railway station or the bus stand in the morning so that you can start the trek early. There are toilets in the main street of Subramanya temple where you can get fresh in the morning. There are also shops which open in the morning. You can have breakfast there in the morning and also pack some food before starting for the Kumara Parvatha trek.
Kumara Parvatha trekking route:
Below is the map of Kumara Parvatha trekking route. Here is a link to Kumara Parvatha Hiking Trail Map. You can easily download this map and use GPS to guide yourself while climbing the trek. For more details refer the map below.
Kumara Parvatha Camping sites:
Earlier people used to camp at the Kumara Parvatha peak but now it has been banned by the forest department of Girigadde or Pushpagiri. Now you can camp only nearer to the Mantapa or nearer to the forest department office. You are not allowed to camp at the Kumara Parvatha Peak.
However, the forest department allows you to go to the peak but you will have to leave behind your tent and camping gears at the forest department office. You will have to return by evening and pitch your camp there.
Kumara Parvatha is one of those awesome treks from Karnataka which starts with “K”. Other beautiful treks which start with letter K are Kodchadri and Kudremukh but you should also forget Tadiandamol, Nishani betta, Mullayanagiri etc.
Kumara Parvatha contact information:
- Kumara Parvatha Bhatru mane contact number (have advance booking) +91-9448647947, +91-9480230191, +91-8151036344
- Forest camp, Girigadde, Kumara Parvatha forest officer contact number: Jayaraju: +91-9449475506, +91-9141226784
Bhatru Mane, Kumara Parvatha (Fooding & Lodging):
Bhatru mane is the mid-point of the Kumara Parvatha trek. It comes just before the forest department office. You can get food at the Bhatru Mane but you will have book your food in advance. Each meal costs around 100 per plate. In the section above, their number is shared. You need to call them before the trek about the number of people coming to have lunch or dinner or both and on what date. They understand mostly Kannada. Do not expect them to speak English or Hindi if they might have learned over the years then that’s a different thing.
Kumara Parvatha local guide:
You can get a local guide at this number 8105103634. They arrange and organize Kumara Parvatha trek from Subramanya, the base of the Kumara Parvatha trek. They have the pickup facility from the railway station at 5 AM as well. I think they charge around 1200 rupees per person. But better you should call and confirm with them.
Kumara Parvatha trek Plan:
If you are going on your own. Below is the plan I would like to recommend for you:
- Get down at subramanya and get fresh at the public toilets on the main street of Subramanya temple
- Have an early breakfast from the shops in the same street and also pack some lunch if you do not want to pay at Bhatru mane.
- Reach forest department office, pay the forest entry charges and leave behind your camping gears to Kumara Parvatha trek (remember camping is not allowed at the peak).
- Enjoy at the peak and return and pitch camp near the forest department or at Mantapa.
Best Time for the Trek
Winter(September – March) is the best time to visit kumara parvatha. Although many also visit this place during the raining season(June to August). Please avoid visiting this place duing summer months as it is too hot and you won’t be able to enjoy the beautiful greenery of kumara parvatha.
Permission for Trekking to Kumara Parvatha
Yes, people going to trek to kumara parvatha needs prior permission from forest office. There is a entry fee of RS.350 for each person.
Nearby Places To Visit
There are many places you can visit if you try to include one extra day in your trip itinerary. Here are some of the best places you can try to visit after your trek to relax a bit:
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- Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple
- Biladwara Caves
- Mandalpatti Peak
- Kote Abbe Falls or the Abbey Falls
- Sringeri Mutt
- Pushpagiri Forest Reserve
Kumara Parvatha Trek
Here are some tips about how to avoid leeches, Kind of trekking shoe and Tent Guide
Forest Section to Bhatru Mane
To begin the trek, enter the forest through the small gate located next to the parking area. If you have arrived at Kukke Subrahmanya by car, you can park your vehicle in the designated parking space that can accommodate up to 10-12 four-wheelers. If you are using public transportation, you will need to walk about 1.5 kilometers from the KSRTC Bus Station to the base of the trek.
Once you reach the base of the trek, the trail is well marked and leads you into the dense forest. The Kumara Parvatha trail starts off with a moderate to steep ascent, with some flat sections along the way. As you continue, the trail becomes steeper. Follow the trail to continue your journey.
Remember to keep your water bottle handy and take small sips of water every 15 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty. The humid climate can cause you to dehydrate quickly, so it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the trek.
After about 3.5 kilometers of trekking, you will reach a large rock known as Bheemana Bande or Bheema Rock. This is a good place to take a short rest, have a snack, and regain your energy before continuing on the steeper section of the trail.
During the monsoon season, there may be leeches on the trail. You may start to notice them as you rest at Bheema Rock. To avoid leeches, you can apply Dettol or Savlon at the base of your feet. If you don’t mind the leeches, you can simply remove them once you reach Bhatta’s place. A few leeches sucking a few drops of blood won’t do any harm.
As you continue climbing, you will reach a clearing that marks the end of the forest section. If you start the trek in the dark (around 5:30 AM), you will be greeted with a beautiful view as you emerge from the forest.
From the clearing, you will reach Bhattara Mane in about a kilometer. The Viewpoint 1 and the Forest Office are both located near Bhatta’s House. To get to Bhattara Mane, take the left fork in the trail. If you go straight, you will reach the Forest Office, and if you take the right fork, you will reach Viewpoint 1.
Viewpoint 1 offers breathtaking panoramic views of Shesha Parvatha in front of you and the beautiful Western Ghats surrounding you. It’s a great spot to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
Once you arrive at Bhattara Mane, head to the Forest Office to pay the fees for your hike to the summit the following day. The trail entry fee is 350 INR per person and includes the trekking fee, trail maintenance fee, and camping fee.
As of December 2020, you can now hire tents and sleeping bags at Bhattara Mane instead of carrying them all the way from the base. Just remember to book them in advance by contacting Bhatta at +91 9480527765.
Bhatru Mane to Shesha Parvatha
It’s important to start the next day early, as you have a challenging climb ahead. Instead of waiting for breakfast at Bhatta’s place, we recommend carrying some dry fruits, nuts, and other non-perishable food to eat on the trail. This will save you time as there may be a queue of trekkers waiting for food.
Before you start, leave all of your extra luggage, tents, and other unnecessary items at the Forest Office. They will take care of your belongings while you continue on the trek. Note that you are not allowed to carry tents or other camping equipment beyond the Forest Office. Don’t forget to refill your water bottles at the Forest Office before you begin the trek.
Within the first 10 minutes, the trail starts to get steeper and you will enter the grasslands. Enjoy the beautiful views of unending greenery and thick patches of forest to your left as you continue on your journey.
As you make your way up to Shesha Parvatha, you will eventually reach Kallu Mantapa after a hard climb of about 2 kilometers. This is a good place to rest and hydrate. Remember to follow the first tip and take small sips of water every 15 minutes to stay hydrated.
Without the forest cover you had on the previous day, you will be exposed to the sun and heat for the entire duration of the trek until you return to the Forest Office. The near-vertical climb that follows can also quickly drain your energy and cause dehydration. It’s important to take care of yourself and pace yourself during this challenging part of the trek.
Shesha Parvtha to Kumara Parvatha
Once you reach the Shesha Parvatha peak, the toughest part of the trek is over. You will then enter the second forest section of the trail, which is absolutely stunning.
Before you reach the forest, there is a steep, slippery descent over loose mud and gravel. Be careful as you navigate this section and make your way into the forest. If you visit during the monsoon season, you will find a stream flowing alongside the trail, fed by rainwater that has accumulated during the season. The vertical rock face also becomes a waterfall, adding to the difficulty of this section. Be extremely careful when placing your feet on slippery, wet rocks with slimy algae on them. In autumn and winter, the rocks are dry and there is no water in the forest, making this section less risky.
After climbing the rock face, you will reach the Kumara Parvatha peak, also known as the Pushpagiri peak, in less than 20 minutes. From here, the other side of the mountain is visible, and on a clear day, you can see the peaks of Coorg and the rest of the Western Ghats stretching out before you. Take some time to relax, appreciate the trek and the beauty of nature around you, and reflect on your journey to the top.
Before you start your journey back down, be sure to rest your tired muscles. You will return via the same route, so be careful on the tricky sections and move slowly and steadily to avoid slipping and falling. Aim to be back at Bhatta’s House in time for lunch, and collect your equipment and belongings at the Forest Office before heading back to the base. Try to leave the Kumara Parvatha peak by 10:30 AM so that you can have lunch and return to the base before it gets dark.
Remember to bring back all of the plastic packaging you used on the trek and get your deposit refunded at the Forest Office. Once you have re-energized, head back down the mountain, taking the same route as the previous day. Be extra cautious on the descent, as it is all downhill from here and you don’t want to run or misplace your footing. Ideally, you should take the same amount of time to descend as you did to ascend, carefully making your way through the forest and back to the base by evening.
My Kumara Parvatha Hiking Experience
And the journey begins @ 5 am:
Use Snuff powder in socks and shoes to avoid them. Keep on looking for them in shoes/socks time and then. Sleepy small town, cold and windy. Luckily they have public toilets for the temple there, get freshen up. Let local shops open. Eat, get packed heavily for lunch. Take some spare food too. Ask local for the route to Kumara parvatha. After a half kilometer walk, you will see a board to Kumara Parvataha.
Old & dark woods; smell it; feel it; walk as much as you can before the sun becomes too hot.
Cover as much of distance as possible before sun says a warm “hi”. Sun shows its face now. Rays filtering through woods dripping, scattering over the trail. It is a mirage and an eye-candy. Heat & sweat. Wipe them.
8 am: Leech forest crossed:
The twin peaks, Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha from a distance inviting you. You will have to cross them to reach Kumara Parvatha. Bhatru mane from this point is just 5-10 minutes away.
9 am: Bhatru mane, Kumara Parvatha
Note: There is a hut here maintained by some people you have to call them and book your lunch here.
Phone number of Bhatru mane: +919448647947 and +919480230191
Now, if you are planning to stay there at Bhatru mane, you can go and explore places like sunset point (nearby). Have breakfast next day morning and start again to Kumara Parvatha or Move ahead.
And so we moved on. From Bhatru mane, it takes 5 mins to reach sunset point. But we reached around 9/10. Still, the panoramic view of western ghats is awesome here. It’s a photographer’s paradise. Sit on the chairs there. Lonely; realize; resound; wonder; enjoy; see a philosopher and nature lover inside. A true place where you can discover outside and within.
Never ending magnificent view of western hills range. Walk little further and you reach at the forest check point. Pay the fees to enter Pushpagiri wildlife and move on ahead. Took the entry passes and enter the wildlife. Keep moving ahead soldier. Enjoy the beauty around. Grasses; trees; flowers; meadow; hills- Life must be so beautiful here.
12 noon: Kallu mantapa, Kumara Parvatha
A four pillars structure. There is a water source here. (fill bottles here). All around is the grassland and flowers. I encountered almost 10-20 types of different varieties of flowers. And grasses are of around 1-2 feet of height. From here begins the reality check of how hard hiker are you. The gradient of 40-50 degree of steepness. Man! you have to push yourself and others too.
Lean forward. Did your back hurt? Are you trying hard to maintain the center of gravity? Stop. Look behind for others. Push them. pull them. Watch your steps; don’t let them find a cramp or bent.
2 pm: sitting over Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha
The view at Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha are breathtaking. We wanted to sit there forever and keep on looking at the abyssal depth of valley and clouds. Or just call it our fatigue which had occurred while climbing steep for an hour or so. One side of the mind was telling us to give up and pitch tent there itself. But other side of the mind was telling to continue. Having no regrets in future because we already had scaled 90% of the trek. Though it was tiring but beauty comes after a lot of sweat always.
“Get up guys let’s move on, before it gets too dark, cold and windy”. Sitting they are after a lot of calf muscles exercise was the most soothing part of the trek. Put your hands on the ground. Push yourself up. It was time to move on.
From Shesha Parvatha, one more trek through leech forest but little downhill. That’s the only relief. Though, the nal part of the trek requires last uphill trek to reach Kumara Parvatha. we came across a very small stream with little flowing water.
Climb down or almost run for 15-20 minutes and then climb up for 30-45 minutes and you are at the peak. Removed shoe at a little running stream. Girls almost fainted 🙂 It was paining and a leech bite was half stuck inside. Had to pull that out. washed legs in cold water. heavenly pleasure
6 pm: Kumara Parvatha top
A human amidst nature. It was cold; It was foggy; It was windy. Tea? did not help. Maggy soup? lost its warmth easily like we did. Collect dry woods. pitch tent; somebody go and fetch water before its too dark. Cover the bags at one place with tarpaulin.
How I felt there?
A sheep lamb caught at almost 5600 feet. Weather then? cold & windy; dark; misty; clouds had began to wash our face. We covered the bags. why? those had got drenched overnight. Pitching the tent was the hardest job then almost equal to pitching frozen woods in frozen weather with hands shivering.
Soups were as tasty as never before. Sleeping bag was never such warm ever. Winds were never such thrilling, cold and hellishly whispering in our ears. I never felt so much conscious before, inside the sleeping tent. What if a hyena whiskers me at night and smell the human inside. Slipped inside the sleeping bag. When I was asleep never realized.
5 am: Sunrise at Kumara Parvatha peak
Sun was hiding in the clouds at Horizon
Opened eyes. wiped my hands through my hair. It was wait. Ran outside to see bags. One of my shoes was not covered properly and half of it was wet like someone had poured water over it. One of my friends called me. I was standing on the edge.
Down below? Clouds. White like cotton, smooth, perky, soft and light. Up above? Were the mist and gentle cold wind.
Sun was light orange and so were the clouds. Sun turned orange and so were the clouds. the sun turned little white and clouds turned silvery. Here goes a chunk of clouds leaving its family and getting dissolved in the azure sky. another too. Clouds breaking away.
The tiny dark forest down below were visible now. Still, clouds were playing hide and seek with them. The orange warmth and I, standing facing the sun. The planet within meeting the sun. The natural magic lasted for half an hour and disappeared before our naked eyes.
Unbelievable! Truth remained there. Footsteps were left behind. We were packing our memories. Nature had already made me fall in love with her. With the last sip of we started trekking down with a vow to Kumara Parvatha that I would come and see you again darling!
And, we returned with the last sip of tea under orange sun
Kumara Parvatha Photos:
Shesha Parvatha in the background in December
Sunset in western GhatsMonsoon clouds over Kumara ParvathaDry Kumara parvatha in winterVivid sunset over Kumara ParvathaThe town of Kukke subramanya as pictured from on the way to Kumara Parvatha, almost after 8 kms up the hill
Shesha parvatha and monsoon cloudsA lonely tree on Kumara parvatha trekPool of clouds over western Ghats
Clouds hovering over Kumara Parvatha in monsoonMoon coming up from behind the hill near Kallu mantapa, Kumara Parvatha Dry Kumara Parvatha
Kumara Parvatha just after the monsoon in AugustShades of blues over Kumara parvatha in winter
Pool of clouds from Kumara Parvatha, next day morningSunrise from Kumara parvathaSeries of western Ghats hill as seen from Kumara parvatha