Kalasa, is 360km from Bangalore by road. Food, accommodation, guides and hot water is available at the homestay. Cost of homestay (inc of food): Rs. 500 per head + cost of transportation (jeep): Rs. 2000 for a round trip.
Placed under the Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I, Kudremukh National Park (in the Western Ghats) is a tropical evergreen wet forest and has been named after the peak that is shaped like a horse face. It is noted for its scenic beauty. It is also one of the largest Shola forest corridor in India and may soon be declared a Tiger reserve. The Western Ghats is one of the thirty four hot spots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world.
The British Government declared Kudremukh region as a Reserved Forest in 1916, to stop rampant slash and burn cultivation practices from penetrating deeper into the Ghats. After independence, a government run company mined iron ore here for over 20 years. Fortunately now it stands declared as Wildlife Protected Area and is placed under the format proposed jointly by World Wide Fund and Wildlife Conservation Society.
Officially, one cannot enter the forest without a guide and permissions are only given to hike till the peak and back. Camping in the National Park is banned. The trek is made easier by the fact that luggage can be left back at the homestay. Packed Lunch is provided at the homestay. Permissions for the trek and hiring a jeep can be taken through homestay owners in Mullodi.