The Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the most popular treks in Karnataka. This is the second highest peak in the state, after Tadiyandamol. It is located in Coorg district and begins in Subramanya village. The peak is located behind the famous Kukke Subramanya temple in the village.
The trek comprises of two peaks, the smaller Shesh Parvatha, and the higher one, Kumara Parvatha at 5,600 ft. Legend has it that Shesh Parvatha protects the temple of Kukke Subramanya at the base.
The two-day trek covers a distance of 14 km each way. The route is closed during the monsoons, and opens in October, until February. The trail is beautiful, winding through thick deciduous forests and vast meadows. Steep ascents in some parts make it slightly difficult. Trekkers need to watch out for leeches, especially right after monsoon. The jungle is also known to be home to several species of cobras, including the King Cobra, and suitable care must be taken while walking.
Author: Sneha Rao
Banner image photo courtesy: Saurabh Sawant
A note to trekkers
Indiahikes does not run the Kumara Parvatha any time during the year. However, it is a wonderful Do-It-Yourself trek
Indiahikes only runs treks in the Himalayas. You can choose a Himalayan trek that you wish to based on your experience, season and difficulty here
Highlights of the trek:
- Trek on one of the most well known trails in Karnataka, to the second highest point in the state
- Located in Coorg, the trek takes you through some beautiful, dense forests
- With some steep ascents, the trek is sufficiently challenging for beginners and experienced trekkers alike
How to reach Kukke Subramanya
Kukke Subramanya is approximately a six-hour drive to the west of Bengaluru. You can take a private vehicle, or travel by public buses, which ply regularly to and from Kukke Subramanya. These cost approximately INR 450-600 one-way, depending on the service provider and the season. Private vehicles can be parked at a parking lot by the temple, with no fee.
Make sure you reach Kukke Subramanya by 1.00 pm on Day 1 to reach the campsite before dark.