Kumara Parvatha (Pushpagiri), at 1,712 metres (5,617 ft), is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is located in the Somwarpet Taluk, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Somwarpet in the northern part of Kodagu district on the border between Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu district and Hassan districts. It is 4th highest peak of Karnataka.
"Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb." -- Greg Child
Link to this sectionThe trek
Link to this sectionExcerpts from Dinesh G – our trek leader
Definitely one of the difficult treks of Karnataka which covers 3 districts in 2 days – Dakshina Kannada, Coorg, and Hassan. The whole mountain is majestic in stature whether you trek from Somwarpet or Kukke Subramanya side. We took a slightly easier trail i.e. from Somwarpet side which is very scenic.
Link to this sectionThe trail
We took a local bus to Beedahalli APC from Somwarpet. Two and a half km on the trail, we found the forest checkpoint and got the permit for trek. The trail ahead was in the dense forest filled with reptiles, leeches, and insects. After negotiating slippery rocks, we reached a peak where there is a small rock structure – Shri Shanta Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple. The weather was foggy and sunny in parts. We found an excellent spot for lunch which had 180° views of Somwarpet. The food we packed was basic but delicious.
After lunch, we crossed Seshaparvatha which was a false peak when climbed from the other side. It was a continuous steep descend towards our night halt. We trekked on a never-ending downhill trail that had several points like kal mandapam, seating point, and finally the forest checkpoint. Checking out we moved ahead to Bhattarmane (House of Brahmin) which hosts a huge number of trekkers. It resembled a refugee camp and we managed to get some space to sleep for the night. In the evening, we sat on a hill for several hours just witnessing the Orangish sun setting in Kukke's side. The night was full of creepy forest sounds.
Link to this sectionThe descent to Kuke
The next day we heard from our host that their cow gave birth to a calf. We all went to see them and it was a wonderful sight. Everyone was amused to see a very large house built in the middle of the forest with farms and cattle. Having enough breakfast, we started to descend. It went on and on with less scenic views than the previous day. We descended further and hit the gates of civilization.
In this 17+ km trek, you get every aspect like in full meals – steep climbs; slippery boulders; thick forest covers; occasional streams; mini waterfalls; epic gorgeous sunrises/sets; creepy plants; slithering snakes; chirping birds; clouds all over you; sudden burst of rainfall; valley views.. in short, this is the Mighty Kumaraparvatha Trek.