Kudremukh National Park-World Heritage Site
Overview: Kudremukh is the largest reserve of a tropical wet evergreen forest in Karnataka. Kudremukh literally means Horse face, so named because of the unique shape of the Kudremukh Peak. It is a perfect destination for trekking, marked by emerald green forests interspersed with rivers, grassy slopes, and rare orchids.Chikmagalur: 95 km
Way back in 1916, the British Government declared Kudremukh as a Reserved Forest to stop deforestation. In 1987, the Government of Karnataka declared these Reserved Forests as a National Park.
Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty, located in midst of mountains and is known for all kinds of flora and fauna spread over an area of 600.32 sq km and is 1,894.3 m above sea level. This Park was named after the eponymous peak, which is shaped like a horse face.
Plantations of eucalyptus, casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis and Grevillea Robusta are found here.The Kudremukh National park houses variety of wildlife such as tiger, leopard, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, porcupine, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, giant flying squirrel and the mongoose.
The park also has about 195 species of birds which are Malabar trogon, Malabar whistling thrush, great pied hornbill and the imperial pigeon.Reptiles like Snakes and tortoises are also found here
Bhadra Tiger Reserve/Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary : Forest unadulterated
Overview :Sanctuary is situated along the Western Ghats in Karnataka’s Chikmagalur. It is surrounded by the great expanse of the Baba Budanagiri range. The Bhadra River and its tributaries drain the reserve. A dam has been built on the Bhadra near Lakkavalli.
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is home to not just the tiger and elephant, but to the panther, bison, sloth bear, wild dog, flying squirrel (including the giant Indian squirrel) and wild boar. It also has over 120 species of flora, such as teak, rose-wood, mathi, honne, nandi, tadasalu and kindal. A big teak tree, known as Jagara Giant, is one of the attractions of the sanctuary. The 300-year-old tree has a girth of 5.21m
Bhadra Widlife Sanctuary can be reached from Chikmagalur (23km away) via the small towns of Joldal and Mallandur, from where you head to the Honnala checkpost, the sanctuary’s main entry point. The other entry is the Muthodi Gate. There is a distance of 2km between the two and it is in this part that you will find the Forest Range Office (Muthodi village). There is another route that offers amazing views of the Baba Budanagiri range and its lush environs. Down the Tarikere Road, just 6km away from Chikmagalur, is the Kymara Junction. Past coffee estates and up the Baba Budanagiri incline, you reach Kavikalgundi. Teak plantations, a legacy of the British, can be seen in Jagara village, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the wildlife sanctuary