THE FACE OF THE HORSE

India is a country teeming with various mountainous peaks and hills stations, each one more picturesque than the other. From the Himalayan range in the north, to the Western Ghats in the south, the mountainous beauty of the country never ceases to amaze. Located in the Chikkamagulru district in Karnataka, is the Kudremukh mountain, literally translating to ‘the face of the horse’. The mountain gets its name because of the weird muzzle like structure at the peak of the mountain. The journey to the top is an adventurous trek full of scenic views and on the way, you can catch the Kudremukh national park.

The trek

The Kudremukh trek is charming and pleasing to the eye. Similar to other treks across the Western Ghats, the climb is filled with a unique collection of flora and fauna that can be found nowhere else in the country. If you are lucky, you can even spot the lion tailed macaque that thrive in the Kudremukh national park. The trek takes up to four hours and at the top is literal heaven. There are lush green mountains spread to as far as the eye can see.

Kudremukh National Park

The mountain was home to some of India’s endangered species’ and to preserve them the Karnataka Government converted the place into a national park in 1984. The lion tailed macaque was adjudged the ambassador of this national park. The park is also the origin spot of three major rivers in Karnataka, the Tunga, the Bhadra, and the Nethravathi. The wildlife of the park includes fierce animals such as the tiger and the leopard. The prey consists of gaur, langur, wild pig and the bonnet macaque.

The Kudremukh trek is one of the best you can experience in the country. The lush green grass along with the unique species of wildlife in the hills make it interesting and picturesque at the same time. The Kudremukh national park is an excellent initiative by the government and after over 20 years of effort, the park is once again home to the national animal of India.

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