Narasimha Parvatha

Difficulty
Difficulty
Easy
Duration
Duration
1 Day
Trek type
Trek type
Trail is easy in some parts, steep and slippery during the ascend.
Altitude
Max Altitude
3772 ft
Required Fitness
Base
Malandur/Kigga
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
October to June

Trek to Narasimha Parvatha through Malandur:

  • Trek duration: 8-9 hours
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate

The initial part of the trail is flat and easy, taking you slowly into the deeper part of the forest. The Sita River winds through this path. Many small streams flow around the trail during monsoon. As you march further, the forest gets thicker and the trail more inclined. The Sita River narrows down, plunging down a gorge to become the Barkana waterfall. The total trek distance from Malandur to this waterfall is around 8 km. This stream makes for a good water source. Navigate around rocks to reach the top of this waterfall. The rocks here are slippery, so care needs to be taken while climbing up. As you reach the top, you can catch a glimpse of water cascading down from a height of 2,200 feet. The roaring waterfall amidst silent green valleys makes for a nice contrast. From here onwards, the trek becomes tougher, as the trail is steep until you reach the end of forest. This three kilometre trek takes around 2-3 hours to navigate. The trails are slippery, steep, and full of leeches. Once you reach the end of forest, there is a sudden change in the landscape. The forests give way to beautiful grasslands, with shrubs dotting the path all the way to the peak. After the heat and humidity of the forest, the cool wind of the high grasslands is a welcome change. From the grasslands, the peak is around 2 km away and it takes around 2-3 hours to navigate to the top. Towards the end, you encounter a small stretch of forest for 20 minutes and then back to plains again. A beautiful view of Kudremukh ranges greets you at the top. The peak makes for a good sunset point with stunning views all around. When you descend from the peak, look out for an old house. Though this makes for a good camping place, due to the increased presence of wild animals in this area, permission to camp is generally denied. Close to the old hut, there is a water source, from where you can fill water.

Trek to Narasimha Parvatha from Kigga:

You can also ascend Narasimha Parvatha through Kigga. The six km trek takes around 5-6 hours and the trek starts from the Kigga temple. The initial trek of one kilometre towards the forest is easy. This stretch takes a mere 20-30 minutes. The next stretch inside the forest is around 2 kilometres and takes around two hours or so. The trail is a continuous ascent. Once the forest stretch ends, you encounter grasslands for another 3 km until you reach the peak. This final stretch takes around 2-3 hours. Water sources on this trail are only found at the end of the trek, near an old hut just below the peak.

Descent:

You can descend via the Kigga route. It takes around 2 hours from the peak to descend towards the temple. But the descent is steep and can be strenuous with slippery rocks and dry leaves covering the path. The trail is a mixture of shola forests and grasslands till you finally reach the Rishya Shringa temple at Kigga.

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A note to trekkers

Indiahikes does not run the Narsimha Parvatha Trek 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

Trek to the highest peak in Agumbe

  • Narasimha Parvatha, the tallest peak in Agumbe Ghats at 3772 feet, is an apt trek for those craving solitude. A mixture of dense forests, high grasslands, colourful birds and a chance to see wildlife makes this a wonderful trek inside the Kudremukh National Park.
  • The peak is located at Agumbe in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. It’s proximity to Bangalore makes it a perfect weekend trek from the Garden City. Thanks to its imposing height, Narasimha Parvatha involves some steep climbs. The trek deep inside the forest highlights the beauty of Western Ghats at every step.

How to reach the start of the trek

Narasimha Parvatha is located at a distance of 362 km from Bangalore. There are two popular trails to this peak. One is through Agumbe from the village of Malandur and the other is through Sringeri at the village of Kigga. The trek from Malandur village takes around 8-9 hours to the peak. It is a bit treacherous, thanks to steep climbs that turn up after the Barkana waterfall. The trek from Kigga can be termed relatively easy, as it takes only 5-6 hours to reach the peak.

To reach Malandur:

Board a bus towards Agumbe from Bangalore. There are plenty of KSRTC buses to this place. Once at Agumbe, you can catch an auto to Malandur village. Malandur is teeming with greenery and is full of paddy fields, especially during the monsoons.

To reach Kigga:

Board a bus to Sringeri from Bangalore. From here, you will get plenty of local buses to Kigga.

Trail of Narasimha Parvatha (600 x 404)
Trail to Narasimha Parvatha

Trek to Narasimha Parvatha through Malandur:

  • Trek duration: 8-9 hours
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate

The initial part of the trail is flat and easy, taking you slowly into the deeper part of the forest. The Sita River winds through this path. Many small streams flow around the trail during monsoon. As you march further, the forest gets thicker and the trail more inclined. The Sita River narrows down, plunging down a gorge to become the Barkana waterfall. The total trek distance from Malandur to this waterfall is around 8 km. This stream makes for a good water source. Navigate around rocks to reach the top of this waterfall. The rocks here are slippery, so care needs to be taken while climbing up. As you reach the top, you can catch a glimpse of water cascading down from a height of 2,200 feet. The roaring waterfall amidst silent green valleys makes for a nice contrast. From here onwards, the trek becomes tougher, as the trail is steep until you reach the end of forest. This three kilometre trek takes around 2-3 hours to navigate. The trails are slippery, steep, and full of leeches. Once you reach the end of forest, there is a sudden change in the landscape. The forests give way to beautiful grasslands, with shrubs dotting the path all the way to the peak. After the heat and humidity of the forest, the cool wind of the high grasslands is a welcome change. From the grasslands, the peak is around 2 km away and it takes around 2-3 hours to navigate to the top. Towards the end, you encounter a small stretch of forest for 20 minutes and then back to plains again. A beautiful view of Kudremukh ranges greets you at the top. The peak makes for a good sunset point with stunning views all around. When you descend from the peak, look out for an old house. Though this makes for a good camping place, due to the increased presence of wild animals in this area, permission to camp is generally denied. Close to the old hut, there is a water source, from where you can fill water.

Trek to Narasimha Parvatha from Kigga:

You can also ascend Narasimha Parvatha through Kigga. The six km trek takes around 5-6 hours and the trek starts from the Kigga temple. The initial trek of one kilometre towards the forest is easy. This stretch takes a mere 20-30 minutes. The next stretch inside the forest is around 2 kilometres and takes around two hours or so. The trail is a continuous ascent. Once the forest stretch ends, you encounter grasslands for another 3 km until you reach the peak. This final stretch takes around 2-3 hours. Water sources on this trail are only found at the end of the trek, near an old hut just below the peak.

Descent:

You can descend via the Kigga route. It takes around 2 hours from the peak to descend towards the temple. But the descent is steep and can be strenuous with slippery rocks and dry leaves covering the path. The trail is a mixture of shola forests and grasslands till you finally reach the Rishya Shringa temple at Kigga.

Food and Accommodation:

You can pack your lunch from Sringeri or Agumbe for the trek. These places are suitable for accommodation as well.

Best Season:

Avoid monsoon as the trails can be very slippery and filled with leeches. Agumbe receives the highest rainfall in Karnataka. So the best time to trek would be from Oct-June.

Permits:

As the peak stands inside the Kudremukh National Park, prior permission to trek inside the forest needs to be taken. The permit can be obtained from Agumbe police station. The forest is dense and trekking without a guide is not recommended. Camping atop the peak is disallowed due to presence of wildlife in the forests. It is best to check with the guide and forest officers about camping atop the peak. The region also witnesses occasional naxal activity; so take due precautions while trekking in these areas. This trek is part of the ‘100 Best Trek of India’ project. We are looking for more information/photos/videos on Narasimha Parvatha. If you know more about it, or if you know a better trek in this region, then please write back to me on [email protected]  All pictures on this post have been shot by Girish.

 

How to reach the start of the trek

Narasimha Parvatha is located at a distance of 362 km from Bangalore. There are two popular trails to this peak. One is through Agumbe from the village of Malandur and the other is through Sringeri at the village of Kigga. The trek from Malandur village takes around 8-9 hours to the peak. It is a bit treacherous, thanks to steep climbs that turn up after the Barkana waterfall. The trek from Kigga can be termed relatively easy, as it takes only 5-6 hours to reach the peak.

To reach Malandur:

Board a bus towards Agumbe from Bangalore. There are plenty of KSRTC buses to this place. Once at Agumbe, you can catch an auto to Malandur village. Malandur is teeming with greenery and is full of paddy fields, especially during the monsoons.

To reach Kigga:

Board a bus to Sringeri from Bangalore. From here, you will get plenty of local buses to Kigga.

Cardiovascular endurance

The secret to ascending any trail lies in building your cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 4 km in 20 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. Strength This is another area you should work on. You will need to build strength in your muscles and in your core body. You can do some squats to strengthen your leg muscles. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set. Apart from this, you can add planks and crunches to your work out.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek. Working out indoors


If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,
here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

backpack

Narasimha Parvatha is also just a one day trek. You will only need the following things.

  • Small 20L backpack
  • Two litre water bottle
  • A jacket or poncho in case of rain
  • Snacks

 

Complete trek guide

Last updated: June - 2019

 Complete trek guide