The Kumara Parvata, so called because of its proximity to the famous Kukke Subramanya temple, lies in the South Canara district of Karnataka in the Western Ghats. It is a beautiful area for trekking as it offers amazing views of the surrounding hillside and waterfalls. The town of Kukke Subramanya lies about 300 kilometers from Bangalore and the Kumara Parvata peak is located at a distance of 13 kilometers from the temple town.
An Overview of the Region
Kumara Parvata has an altitude of around 4,000 feet and it is a part of the Western Ghats. The region lies 18 kilometers away from the famous temple. The area teems with snakes, especially King Cobras. There are some unique features about this peak and it is particularly of religious interest to Hindus.
Stones called ‘Kumaralinga’ can be found in the hills here, and these are white in color and shaped like hexahedrons. The place holds enormous religious significance mainly because Shri Kumara Swamy was anointed here, and the Kukke Subramanya temple is located between the two rivers Ubhaya and Kumaradhara, whose origin is linked to the coronation. The region has a long history and there are ruins, carvings and engravings that attest to its rich past.
Trekking in Kumara Parvata
Kumara Parvata lies adjacent to the Coorg district, so you can try and reach the peak from the other side. In this case, your trek will start from Bidalli in the Coorg district or from Subramanya in the South Canara district. The trekking route from Subramanya has a length of about 18 kilometers, and this trail will take you through dense forests that are infested with leeches and snakes.
After 12 kilometers, you’ll reach a lookout point on a small plateau and this is the spot where you can find ruins that date back by almost 500 years. This area is called ‘Mantapa’ by the locals and you can camp here if you want to.
Most people take up this round trip in two days. This way, you can reach the summit of Kumara Parvata in just three hours from the Mantapa and take your time to appreciate the panoramic view.
Precautions to Take While Trekking
You’ll need to register with the Forest Department officials before you start your trek as this is mandatory. Carrying first aid, water and food supplies can be an advantage here. The only option that you’ll have for getting food is at Bhattare Mane, which is the last rest stop. You can spot lookout points along the way that offer beautiful views in every direction that you can possibly turn.
In some parts, the trail can become very steep and it can turn into an almost vertical climb. One side of the trekking trail will open out to a sheer drop of 2000 feet, so this trek is definitely not for the faint at heart.
However, if you are prudent and exercise the necessary precautions, you can enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity. From seasoned trekkers to rookies, Kumara Parvata attracts everyone with its scenic hills and adventure options.