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Pushpagiri (Kumara Parvatha), at 1,712 metres (5,617 ft), is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It is located in the Somwarpet Taluk, 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Somwarpet in the northern part of Kodagu district on the border between Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu district and hassan districts. It is 4th highest peak of Karnataka. The Sanskrit name of the mountain is Puṣpagiri while its Prakrit form is Puphagiri, which is mentioned in the Nagarjunakond Second Apsidal Temple inscription, although this may refer to a different mountain to the north of Cuddapah, in Andhra Pradesh.
|Elevation||1,712 m (5,617 ft)|
|Location||Border of Sullia Taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, Sakaleshpur Taluk Hassan District Somvarpet Taluk , Kodagu district Karnataka, India|
|Parent range||Western Ghats|
|Easiest route||Hike|
About 36 kilometres (22 mi) from Somwarpet and 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from Kumaralli, it is located amid the jungle.
The Eastern entrance can be reached from Beedehalli via Heggademane temple and the Western entrance from Kukke Subramanya via Giri gadde. However, the entrance through Beedehalli is less strenuous.
The entrance from Kukke Subramanya is located 165 m above sea level. The nearest airport is in Mangalore at a distance of 106 kilometres (70 mi).Trekkers have to obtain permission from the Forest department which is located near Batra Mane, which is also a spot for overnight camping. This place is at a distance of 6 km from Kukke Subramanya.
Historical Value: It is believed that Lord Subramanya's footmark is presented in the hilltop temple. You can see the stone mark still. Top of the hill there are two temples, one is for Lord Shiva and other one for Lord Shubramanya. It is believed that if any person has Sharpadosha it can be eliminated by visiting this temple.
This mountain, along with the surrounding hills and the evergreen Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, give rise to river Kumaradhara. It is the principal tributary of river Netravathi, that feeds the coastal city of Mangalore.
The climate is generally cool and wet. The climate is that of a highland, with no extreme variations. It receives heavy rainfall between June to September. From October to December the area is covered in mist almost all the time.
- Rainfall: Pushpagiri receive about 7,000 mm (280 in) rainfall every year. As a result, trekking is strictly prohibited from June to September.
- Temperature: November to January are generally the coldest months, with the daytime maximum temperatures that ranges of an average of around 7° to 14 °C. April and May are normally the warmest months here, with temperatures of an average 20 °C.
- Visibility: This place often enjoys good visibility, although hill fog sometimes restricts the visibility.
Trekking at PushpagiriEdit
|Approx Temperature||Max 30 degrees C|
|Accommodation type||Tented accommodation or stay in Bhattramane and forest check post ( depending on availability )|
|Washrooms||At bhattramane and forest check post.|
|Food||Basic Veg food ( Rice, Sambar, Buttermilk, Pickle ) available at Bhattramane|
|Distance from Bangalore||230 km (one way)|
|Total trekking distance||14 km approx (one way)|
|Attraction||Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Kukke Subramanya Temple|