Pushpagiri or Kumara Parvatha, at 1,712 meters (5,617 ft), is the highest peak in Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.
About 36 kilometers (22 mi) from Somwarpet and 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) from Kumaralli, it is located amid the jungle. Trekking can be done from the base, Bhagati, which is a 10 km, three-hour walk. Otherwise, trekkers can cross Kukke Subramanya, located in Dakshina Kannada district of Pushpagiri Range. The trekking zone can be approached from Pushpagiri or from Kumaraparvata peaks.
Kumara Parvatha trekking path leading to the peak is completely covered by the evergreen forests coming under Sulya forest belt, with different trek routes, we have 2 different routes to explore and conquer the peak. On a clear day, one can view sunrise as orange ball popping out from the deep blue background of the Arabian Sea surrounded by lush green forests on the sides.
The trek to Kumara Parvatha took us through the lush green forests and meadows, with steep pathway. A close work between body and mind was required. We encountered several water streams, adding a bit of blue to the greenery around. Monsoons can be really chaotic because of leeches. As we reached the Pushpagiri peak, the scenery blew our mind. We unleashed the photographer in us and captured some smiles. Then headed to Shesha Parvatha, this being a difficult trail, entirely because of the steepness, was quite alluring.