Lady Slipper Orchid
View of Unnamed Peaks drenched in Mist
View of AgasthyaMala Peak from Athirumala
A Fort of Annihilation
Not many know about the Navadurgas or 9 Forts around Bangalore. These Hills Forts which served as Sentinels from Invasions are today abandoned. History of these hills forts or Navadurgas ( Nine Forts ) surprisingly is limited along with the ambiguity about the nine forts and the basis of them being called as Navadurgas. The eight forts out of the nine are namely Savanadurga, Kabbaladurga, Huthridurga, Devarayanadurga, Makalidurga, Channarayanadurga, Nandidurga, and Huliyurdurga. Not much of history of this place is known except that it was built by Kempe Gowda II and later was conquered by Tippu Sultan and the British. Bhairava is a wandering form of Shiva associated with annihilation who guards the cardinal points. Bhairavadurga is toughest of all the climbs. Not much of fort or ramparts to see at the top, but the actual trail leads the hiker through the forests and open lands. Not much of history of this place is known except that it was built by Kempe Gowda II and later was conquered by Tippu Sultan and the British. Bhairava Durga, located at a distance of 60 km from Bengaluru has the legendary Byraveshwara temple dedicated to lord himself and a fort built by Kempegowda. This is a spine-chilling place for trekkers and a view atop of the hill is simply magnificent. The view of Devarakere, Shivagange peak resembling a lingam, Kengal Betta, Greenfields is a feast to eyes!
Surprising 9 Hills
Ombattu Gudda, one of the highest hill ranges of the Western Ghats is located along the borderline of Chikmagalur and Dakshina Kannada. The entire to and fro trekking activity of the peak which derives its name from the Kannada word ‘ombattu’ (meaning 9) and ‘gudda’ (meaning hills) due to its location and appearance is said to be one of the mysterious and challenging treks of Western Ghats. - would cover around 18km over in a day. Thus, the trek is bound to showcase beautiful landscapes all along. You will encounter a lot of streams along the way. The best time to complete the stretch would be before sunset. The trail offers a panoramic view of the entire hill range and the surroundings.
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Trek To Buddhas peak : Shingani Gudda
It is one of the major peaks in Charmadi range and is also known as Buddha's Peak. This is a 3 hour trek and being a moderate one, ideal for beginners too. The peak resembles the forehead of elephant and often referred to as gigantic elephant too. One passes through thick jungles adjoining Amedikallu and Sibile Gudda peaks, Minchukallu and Kumbhakallu peaks.
On the Ridge
Tavoor Hills Traverse is one of the lesser known Picturesque treks in Bhagamandala range, Coorg of Karnataka which makes this place one of the perfect weekend trekking destinations from Bangalore. From the summit here offers the best of the scenic views of Coorg. The trail in the Tavoor Hills is also known as Dumachi Gudde by the locals. The trail offers everything that a trekking enthusiasts expectation. On one side during the traverse, it has deep dense forests and streams and on the other there’s a beautiful ridge walk towards the peak. Standing tall on the Tavoor Hill Peak, one can also see the beautiful Kopatty Hill Range. As the legends say, Lord Vishnu, Brahman and Shiva surveyed Talacauvery Hill and Tavooru Hill to decide the origin of the river Cauvery which would then nurture and nourish the surrounding forests and the lives of so many living beings. Bagamandala being the holy Place, trimurthis decided and thus originated here.
OOty of Karnataka
A green patch of forest situated at 3400m above sea level, in the rocky region of Chitradurga - Popularly known as a 7 hill fort in history is a place called Jogimatti. Amidst prevailing heat wave and perennial drought, the green cover prevailing at the edge of the city has created a climate that resembles Ooty. Hence, the region is also called as ‘OOty of Central Karnataka’. Presence of heavy breeze, misty mountains and greenery are attracting the people from far away places. It is very clear that the forest got its name from a saint called ‘Jogi’, who was known for his social services, and a natural cave that houses a Shiva Linga and idols of Veerbhadra and Basavanna. Jogimatti is home for rare animals, including leopards and sloth bear that are on the verge of extinction, and the plants with medicinal value. In the midst of the forest, there is a waterfall called ‘Himavad Kedara’ that rejuvenates the visitor. Jogimatti is a trekkers delight and must see the place for nature lovers in the pristine state.
In The Scotland of India
Kopatty Hills Trek in Coorg is one of the best weekend treks around Bangalore where you can experience the bliss of the Coorg lifestyle and the endless tropical trails of the Western Ghats in the Coorg district of Karnataka. Kopatty is one the tallest peak in the region. Situated at a height of 1375 meters in the Tala Cauvery Range adjoining to Bhagamandala town.
There are jeep trails, dense jungles, Waterfalls, Streams, Vast green Grasslands and meadows to experience for a trekking passionate person. Atop a fantastic view awaits and Erulli Vana Pradesh - Forests (which are considered sacred by Kodava Community)
About the Climb :
The Markha Valley trek runs very close to the mighty Kangyatse peak. A short one hour detour from the trail takes you the BC of Kangyatse. Kangyatse 2 offers a perfect challenge for seasoned trekkers wanting to explore technical climbs.
Trek Details :
As the day breaks in at Campsite...
As you step in, post a short briefing session for the day which is to share individual expectations and safety practices, a nice little-planned itinerary is set. A quick healthy breakfast awaiting you and will be ready to do some Abseiling or Rappelling rope activity. Hand on experience Rock-Craft in natural forest environs. For the young seeking thrill, we also on offer Paintball. After an adrenaline pumping game, enthusiastic team will now get together for challenging and fun-filled team building activities. After a very active 4 hour unwind time at the outdoors, a good healthy meal is waiting for you amidst serenity.
Take a 15-minute break post lunch to re-energize yourself for the next round of activities in the pipeline which will test your endurance levels. Get ready to hit the “Tree challenge course”- A set of obstacles set up in between trees which is a lot of fun. And then the best part of the day! Watersports!! . Who doesn't like water and chill it out..“Kayaking, Swimming” or “sleeping on the water with a floating pillow attached to the life jacket” facing sky is a sheer joy within and experience to cherish. This part is a back to nature experience and non-swimmers will definitely get confidence and out of all fears.
Finally, this brings you to the end of a very active day at the ‘Outdoors’ and you can now wind down with a much-needed cup of hot tea and a light snack. As the sun goes down, its time to head back, refreshed and rejuvenated after a much-needed break.
Located at a brief expanse of 50km from the garden city Bangalore, the Camp at Kanakpura is home to the exquisite lake of Hosadoddi. A stone’s throw away from the Forest estate of Bananthimari, this pristine camping experience offers you a wide range of experiences ranging from trekking to historical exploration to spotting the bountiful excitement of wildlife.
About the Activities
Engage in an exciting experience that caters to corporate training, team visits, college fun, and family outings! Surrounded by the gorgeous mountains skirted by a pristine lake, one can enjoy trekking amidst the Bananthimari hills or feel the rush of adrenaline while kayaking in here. Recruit a paddle raft or a canoe and experience nature in all its plush richness.
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The sugar bowl of Karnataka , Mandya is known for pictureque locations and hillocks. Among them is Kunti Betta is a picturesque hill in the quaint town of Padavapura, marked by the two hills at an elevation of 2882m, the Kunti betta. Locals believe as per mythology the Pandavas and Kunti lived in the area during their exile. Mythology states that the Pandavas during their period of exile stayed here for some time, and Kunti, mother of the Pandavas, liked the hillock so much that it became one of her favorite haunts. The town is also named after the Pandavas because of their brief stay in this region. The name "French Rock" dates back to India's Pre-Independence days, the place was used as the camping ground by the French army, which came to help Tippu Sultan in his war against the British. It is believed that French named the small town as "French Rocks", as the town is in the vicinity of two rocky hills. After Indian Independence, these rocky hills called as "Kunti Betta" by locals. It is a trekkers paradise, they stand apart and one of the most sought day hikes for those who want to seek adventure, it is thrilling to trek amidst bushes and rock faces. A trek during dark adds thrill tends to sharpen the body sensations and ignites a feeling of uncertainty and curiosity about your trail. As one reached the pinnacle , the view from atop is a feast to eyes with view so lakes, light and shadow play, clouds engulfing mountains and paddy fields. During the night trekking adventure accompanied with fire flies, a starry night and local anecdotes make this a magical experience.
Trekkers are all geared up for yet another trekking season to Agasthyakoodam (or Agasthyamala) that will commence on January 13. In accordance with the tradition being followed by the Kani tribal community in the region, the season commences on the Makaravilakkku day, which falls on January 13 and will come to an end on Sivarathri, which falls on February 24. All the 4,200 passes on offer were sold within two hours after the commencement of the online booking. The number of trekkers will be restricted to 100 persons a day and women and children are not allowed to trek beyond Athirumala, 6 kms away from Agasthyakoodam peak as the tribes are performing ‘poojas’/rituals during the period.
5735 feet. It is the highest peak in Coorg/ or Kodagu district of Karnataka.
Dense tropical rain forest with moderate inclinations.
Easy to moderate, no prior experience required.
It is a must to listen to the sound of Chelavara falls. It is on the way towards hill from virajpet. On the base of hill there is Nalaknad palace built in 1792 by Dodda Veerarajendra and also Padi Igguthappa Temple, of the deity Igguthappa, is one of the Oldest temples of the Kodavs build by King Lingrajendra in 1810.
All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.
During Monsoons it is advised to be prepared to tackle leeches on the way. Apart from it this region is a part of Shola forests and there has been moments of Elephants. So it is advised to be very careful for camping.
Western Ghats of Karnataka
Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Peppara Wildlife santuary of Western Ghats ; State of Kerala.
1,868 m (6,129 ft) Above Sea level
Evergreen Moist deciduous forest with steep descents and ascents.
Food & Accommodation
Forest Huts to stay at Athirumala.
40 km Bonacaud to Bonacaud
Herbs & Medicinal plants including Arogyapacha, a medicinal herb, Flora and Fauna.
Mid December to March.
Entry to Santuary
Available from Forest Department ; Trivandrum.
There are natural streams and waterfalls on the trail quench your thirst. No water available at the summit of Agasthyarkoodam.
Carry your personal Basic First Aid kit.
By Air : Trivandrum Airport ; Kerala
By Road : Reach Trivandrum and drive 70 kms to Vithura to reach Bonacaud Estate
By Rail : Trivandrum central railway station