Feb 3rd (Friday):
SriVatsa :" Arjun , I have weekly off on 6th and 7th , so shall we plan for some trekking ? ".
Me: " OK , lets execute the plan."
Vatsa : " How about going to KP ( Kumaraparvatha ) ?
Me : " Cool, lets go !!! "
Vatsa : " Fine, who all are coming ? "
Me : " We both , and I'll ask some of my friends(who are interested in trekking). "
Also I called up some friends, some refused saying they had different plans and some agreed to join. At Last 4 of us decided to trek.
We were about to leave Bangalore on Sunday(5th Feb) night as there was a pooja at my cousins place on 4th and 5th. Accordingly Vatsa booked the KSRTC tickets to Kukke, but at the last moment 2 of my friends dropped from the plan by giving their own stories.
So finally Me and Vatsa had to go. The bus was at 9.15PM. But unfortunately, there was a terrible traffic jam in all the roads leading to Majestic. At 9Pm, we were still near Town Hall due to the heavy road block. At last our prayers were answered and we could catch the bus in time.
Me and Vatsa were school friends and studied together for 10 years. We entered the bus, settled the baggages and chatted for a long time about our schooling days. There were many topics to discuss :) , this was just to kill time. Somehow after the never ending roads of Bangalore, the bus finally crossed Nelamangala and reached Kunigal. The bus stopped at a roadside Dhaba. We had some hot " Thatte Idli's and Parota's " . It was 1 AM, but the dishes were hot and delicious.
Once the bus crossed Sakleshpur, we could see mist covering the ghats. What a sight it was !!!
At 4.30 AM, we reached Kukke. Roamed the town for a while, waited for the sun to rise and for initial trekking practise, we trekked till Kumaradhara river which was around 2kms from the temple. Freshened up, came back near the temple and ate breakfast at " Neo Mysore cafe". Dawn was amazing as the weather was cool. Could see the first rays of the sun, and began trekking by chanting
" Sri Kukke Subrahmanya Swami ki JAI ".
Kumara Parvatha is a mountain located in Subramanya (village) of Sullia taluka, Karnataka. The village is known for the Hindu Kukke Subramanya Temple. In spite of being a small village, it is a well-known shrine, and draws large number of devotees throughout the year. The peak is at a height of about 1712m, and is about 13 kms from the temple. This mountain is on the border between Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu districts, so the lights of Somwarpet town in Kodagu can be seen from the peak.
Kukke Subramanya is a Hindu temple located in the village of Subramanya in the Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada District near Mangalore, Karnataka, India. The temple is one of the pristine pilgrimage locations in India. Here Lord Subrahmanya is worshipped as the lord of all serpents. The epics relate that the divine serpent Vasuki and other serpents found refuge under Lord Subrahmanya when threatened by Garuda.
Ashlesha Bali Pooja & Sarpa Samskara are two important Sarpa Dosha Poojas that are done at Kukke Subramanya Temple.
KP is arguably the most strenuous trek in Karnataka making it one of the most beautiful mountains in the western ghats. This always excited me and made my desire high to trek at KP.
This peak is one of the most beautiful peaks in the whole of Western Ghats. The trek is of two days. You can either start from "Bidalli" from "Somawar pet" (Coorg) side or from "Subramanya" (South Kanara) side.
Route 1. From Subramanya you get a place called Girigadde on the way to the peak on the first day of the trek, then you get a old structure well known as Mantapa and from there the top is 3hours trek(time depends based on your capacity).
Route 2.From Somwar pet, reach Bidalli which is enroute to the peak. From Bidalli you get buses to go to Somwar Pet in Coorg.
Kukke Subrahmanya can be reached by road from Mangalore and from Bangalore. KSRTC operates buses on a daily basis from these two places. The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport (Bajpe Airport), at a distance of 115 kms. The nearest railway station is Subrahmanya Road (SBHR) Railway Station on Mangalore-Bangalore railway route, which is 7 kms from Kukke Subrahmanya.