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Hanumangundi Falls now at its best as season draws to a close

Resplendent glory:The Hanumangundi Falls near Kudremukh.— PHOTO: RAVIPRASAD KAMILA.

Resplendent glory:The Hanumangundi Falls near Kudremukh.— PHOTO: RAVIPRASAD KAMILA.  

Tourists can also visit Jug Falls, Kadambi Falls and Lakhya Dam in one trip

Even as the season of visiting water falls in the Western Ghats is coming to an end, Hanumangundi or Suthanabbi water falls near Kudremukh is still attracting tourists.

This is one of the falls delegates and tourists visiting the 17{+t}{+h}National Youth Festival here can visit easily, Dinesh Holla, an artist and an avid trekker in the Western Ghats, told The Hindu .

The falls is at about 85 km from Mangalore. Tourists from here can reach the falls in about two-and-a-half hours via Moodbidri, Karkala, Bajagoli, Mala, and S.K. Border on the National Highway 13 to reach it.

Since it is inside Kudremukh National Park, permission should be taken from the Forest Department office at Mala forest check post immediately after Bajagoli. There is no entry fee to enter the park at Mala forest check post, where tourists will be issued entry receipt.

Outpost



But at Hanumangundi, there is an outpost where Rs. 20 per adult and Rs. 10 per child should be paid for visiting the falls.

According to a Forest Department official, tourists will have to return the receipts along with the entry receipt at Mala check post while returning from the falls.

From the forest outpost at Hanumangundi, tourists will have to climb down about 320 steps to reach the falls.

According to a Forest Department board, the falls is 22 metres high. Swimming is banned in a mini pond created by the falls.

After visiting the falls on Saturday, a tourist Arpitha from Hoskote near Bangalore, said that rocks in the falls area were slippery and tourists would have to be careful.

“Probably this is the ideal time. There is neither frightening flow of water nor has it turned into trickle,'' she said. “I did not find any leeches,” she said.

Her friend Anulekha from Banashankari in Bangalore said that she enjoyed the falls and took photographs. “We managed to reach the bottom of the falls,” she said.

Food not allowed

A Forest Department official said tourists were not allowed to take food items to the falls.

Tourists are provided with a change room. Mr. Holla said that between Mala check post and Hanumangundi, tourists could visit Jug Falls on the roadside.

Beyond Hanumangundi, tourists can visit Kadambi falls, Lakhya Dam, Bhagawathi Nisargadhama,and Kudremukh township, he said.



The falls is at about 85 km from Mangalore

Tourists are not allowed to take food items


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