The Kudremukh National Park is one of the most popular tourist places near Mangalore. The Kudremukh National Park is situated at a distance of 96 km from the district of Chikmagalur in Karnataka.
The park is situated in the lush green environs of the Western Ghats and sprawls over an area of 600 sq km. Situated at an altitude of 1,894 metres above sea level, the Kudremukh National Park derives its name from a hill peak which resembles the face of a horse. The National Park has four mountain ranges namely, the Kudremukh, the Kerekatte, the Kalasa and Shimoga ranges.
The park boasts of splendid natural beauty and is covered in lush green vegetation. The national park is surrounded by expansive tea and coffee estates. The Kudremukh National Park is under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority I, which has been developed by the Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wide Fund, USA. The rivers Nethravathi, Tunga and the Bhadra originate within the Kudremukh National Park.
The Kudremukh National Park attracts a large number of tourists throughout the year from all parts of the country and the world. One of the major attractions within the park includes the colossal statue of Lord Varaha which was found inside a cave in the park.
A temple of goddess Bhagavathi is also situated within the park. The Kudremukh National Park abounds in flora and fauna. It is home to a large number of wild animals including mongoose, giant flying squirrels, jackals, barking deer, spotted deer, sambar, porcupines, gaurs, sloth bears, common langurs, Malabar giant squirrels, wild dogs, leopards, tigers, etc.
It is also home to some rare and endangered bird species including the Malabar trogan, the Malabar whistling thrush, great pied hornbill and the Imperial Pigeon. With all these attractions, the Kudremukh National Park is an important tourist destination of Karnataka.