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Pushpagiri or 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 districts.
The Pushpagiri or Subramanya Hills is the 2nd highest peak of Kodagu.
About 36 kilometres (22 mi) from Somwarpet and 1.5 kilometres (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 Kumaraparvat peaks.
Eastern entrance can be obtained from Beedehalli via Heggademane temple and Western entrance from Kukke Subramanya via Giri gadde. However, the entrance through Beedehalli is less strenuous.
The entrance from Kukke Subramanya is located the sea level.
- As of the 2001[update] India census, Somwarpet had a population of 7218. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Somwarpet has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 70%. In Somwarpet, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
- Somwarpet is located at feet). It has an elevation of 1525 metres (5003
- As of 2001[update] India census, Madikeri had a population of 32,286. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Madikeri had an average literacy rate of 81%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 83%, and female literacy 79%. 11% of the population was under 6 years of age. This town is situated at an elevation of over 5000 ft above sea level.
- Madikeri is located at feet). It has an elevation of 1525 metres (5003
- As of 2001[update] India census, Kushalnagar had a population of 13,262. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kushalnagar has an average literacy rate of 78%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 73%. In Kushalnagar, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
- Kushalnagar is located at feet). It has an average elevation of 831 metres (2726
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 with mist almost all the time.
- Rainfall: The rainfall in Coorg varies extensively, ranging from 3500mm per year in the western Highlands and to under 1000mm per year near the eastern plateau.
- Temperature: November to January are generally the coldest months, with the daytime maximum temperatures that ranges of an average of around 7° to 20°C. April and May are normally the warmest months here, with temperatures of an average 29°C. The temperatures in Mercara and Virajpet are generally a few degrees cooler than in Kushalnagar because of the hilly terrace.
- Visibility: This place often enjoys good visibility, although hill fog sometimes restricts the visibility.
Kumara Parvatha trekking
Kumara Parvatha has gained the cult status of being the toughest trek in south India with a total of 16 km of distance while climbing up the hill from the Kukke Subramanya side. More details including a trekking guide could be found here 
Cliffs on the Trekking route to Pushpagiri Top
From Trek files
Trekking route through the woods
Sunrise and Sunset
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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