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At a distance of 85 Kms from Madikeri and 10 Kms from Irupu Falls, Brahmagiri Wildlife
Sanctuary on the border of Kerala and Karnataka is one of the famous sites for trekking in Karnataka and also one of the treks in Coorg. At an altitude of 5357 feet, the sanctuary is spread across 181 sq kms in the hills of Western Ghats with breathtaking views of the valleys.
It is surrounded by evergreen forests as well as shola grasslands. The 10 Kms trek strats from Irupu Falls. Capming is allowed only at Narimala Forest Camp which is on the mid way to Brahmagiri Peak (about 5 Kms from Irupu falls & 1.5 to 2 hours one way). Brahmagiri Peak is about 5 Kms from Narimala Camp (2 hours one way). The first part of the trek from Irupu to Narimala runs through thick forest & some grasslands and relatively moderate. The later part from Narimala to Brahmagiri Peak is mostly through grasslands & steep mountains and is little tough.
There are a lot of small streams on the trek path and water is not an issue. The usual trek itinerary involves night stay at Narimala Camp on Day 1 and visit to the Brahmagiri Peak on Day 2 including the return journey to Irupu Falls. Narimala Peak is another interesting peak about 1.5 Kms from Narimala Camp and can be visited on Day 1 after camping. From Brahmagiri Hills, there are different trekking paths to reach Pakshipatalam / Munikal Cave and decent on Kerala side near Thirunelly Temple. It is also possible to trek the hill and return on the same day if the permission, guide and other arrangements are made in advance. However, it would be hectic to complete this trek in one day.
Permission for trekking needs to be taken in advance from Range Forest Officer (RFO) at Srimangala village (10 kms from Irupu). Guide can be hired near Irupu.