Narasimha Parvatha Trek
Narasimha Parvatha is also called the Agumbe peak. It is part of the famous Agumbe Sringeri Trekking Trail. Situated at an altitude of 826 m in Shimoga, its the tallest peak (about 3780 feet) in Agumbe Ghats. The view from the peak is panoramic. One can witness the varied soft hues of the stunning sky at sunset. The sunrise is equally enchanting. The imposing Kudremukh ranges are visible from the hilltop.
The paddy fields of the Mallandoor village, a tower of a relay station in Agumbe can also be seen from the summit. There is a big valley between Narasimha Parvata and Mallandoor. The Shola forests are found on mountain peaks. Grasslands cover the peaks while the slopes are covered with thick forests.
Exact Location: North-West Karnataka. Narasimha Parvatha trek is inside the Kudremukha National park in Aagumbe, District: Shimoga.
Trek Length: 7 kms One Way
Best Time to Visit: November to Early March.
Nearest Town: Sringeri (16+ km) and Agumbe (25+ km).
Distance from Bangalore: 350+ km
How to Reach: Bangalore - Srigneri - Kigga - Narasimha Parvata
One can take an overnight bus from Bangalore to Srigneri. Its almost half an hour bus ride from Srigneri to Kigga. Local buses regularly ply on this route. There are two ways from Kigga: One goes towards Sirimane waterfalls and another to Narasimha Parvata. It usually takes 4 to 5 hours to reach the peak from Kigga
Advisory: Since Narasimha Parvata is part of the Kudremukh National Park, you need to take prior permission and also pay an entry fee. You are not allowed to camp inside the national park. We advise you to enquire with a forest department official in Kigga before proceeding on this trek.
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Kigga: A small village around 5-6 km. from Narashimha Parvata. In Kigga, one can visit the famous Rishya Shringa temple.
Barkana Waterfalls: Called the Cherapunji of South India, Barkana Waterfall is 7 km from Agumbe.
Kuppalli: Renowned Kannada playwright and poet, Kuvempu, spent his childhood in Kuppalli. If you are a Kannada literature enthusiast, this place offers insight into Kannada literature in general and Kuvempu in particular. Kuppalli is 30-40 km from Narasimha Parvatha and almost 16 km from Theerthalli.
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