Mangalore and Mangaloreans are fortunate to have the sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other. Thus we need not look further when it comes to taking a shot at adventure sports. And heading the list of such activities is trekking.
Shiradi is a village on NH 48 which runs from Mangalore to Bangalore. The shiridi ghat starts from small temple "garadi chamundashwari temple" near Gundya at the border of Dakshina kannada and Hassan districts. The village is situated in Puttur taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. The ghat section of Western ghats through which NH-48 passes is called Shiradi Ghat. Once you reach Shiradi, you need to travel a few hundread meters where you reach a bridge taking right there you need to start trekking to reach the famous "Ombathhu Gudda"
The stretch of the National Highway passing through the Shiradi Ghat is poorly maintained according to sources. It was upgraded by the National Highways Authority of India at a cost of 26 crore. Elephants have also been sighted on the road. In 2012, the Government of Karnataka sought help from the Japanese government to bore a tunnel through the ghat. Later, the State Government released money to keep the road motorable during rains.
Charmadi Ghat is one of the most scenic and dangerous (to drive) Ghats of Karnataka. Charmadi is a village in Beltangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district. It is one of the points in Western ghats through which motorable road passes connecting Dakshina Kannada with Chikkamagaluru district. The section of ghat is known by the name of Charmadi ghat. Nearest places are Charmadi village, Kottigehara and Banakal.
Charmadi Ghat Starts from Charmadi village(11 km from Ujire) and ends at Kottigehara(14 km from Mudigere). .Charmadi Ghats connect the western part of Dakshina Kannada district to Chikmagalur district and the prominent highway is connecting Ujire (9 km from Dharmasthala) to Kottigehara (about 50 km from Chikmagalur). Ballarayanadurga is a fort atop a hill located about 10 km from Sunkasale, on the Kottigehara - Kalasa route.
Charmadi Ghat is one of the points in Western Ghats where it connects Chikmagalur district to Dakshina Kannada district. It is one of the beautiful scenic drives through Charmadi Ghat section when on tour to Mangalore from Chikmagalur. The 25 Km stretch starting from Kottigehara (lies in border of Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur) to Charmadi Village is awesome, calm and peaceful. Anyone who drives on this Ghat enjoy the natural beauty, it seems like the road is covered with lush green blanket all over. Each and every curves of Charmadi Ghat are has got its unique attraction and it is really amazing. These curves make you stop your vehicle, invites you to enjoy the natural beauty.
The real beauty of Charmadi lies in its small waterfalls which come alive during monsoon. Most of the waterfalls are beside the highway. When you reach the top of Charmadi Ghat you can find a milky waterfall in between the thick forest.
Kudremukh also spelled Kuduremukha is a mountain range and name of a peak located in Chikkamagaluru district, in Karnataka, India. It is also the name of a small hill station cum mining town situated near the mountain, about 48 kilometres from Karkala and around 20 kilometres from Kalasa. The name Kuduremukha literally means 'horse-face' (in the Kannada language) and refers to a particular picturesque view of a side of the mountain that resembles a horse's face. It was also referred to as 'Samseparvata', historically since it was approached from Samse village. Kuduremukh is Karnataka's 3rd highest peak after Mullayangiri and Baba Budangiri.
The Kudremukh National Park (latitude 13°01'00" to 13°29'17" N, longitude 75°00'55' to 75°25'00" E) is the second largest Wildlife Protected Area (600.32 km²) belonging to a tropical wet evergreen type of forest in the Western Ghats. Kudremukh National Park is located in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi District and Chikkamagaluru districts of the State of Karnataka. The Western Ghats is one of the thirty four hotspots identified for bio-diversity conservation in the world.