Trek Type : Weekend
Departure Dates 2017
Bangalore to Bangalore
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 1 night ; 2 Days
Cost : ₹ 2,999/- includes 5% GST
Group Size : 11 and above
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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.
In the Broadest and Tallest mountain
Tadiandamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu, is another trekker's paradise. Tadiandamol is the third tallest peak in Karnataka with an elevation of 5,735 feet and offers a challenging to terrain to cover with some breathtaking views .From the peak you can view the distant Arabian sea and the spell-binding beauty of Kodagu all around. The name Tadiandamol means “broadest and tallest mountain” in Kodava Thakk (language).The best time to visit Tadiandamol is early winter. "Highest Point" as called in Kodava language, this peak is the highest one in the Madikeri district. This peak is just adjacent to the Makutta forest. In Malayalam 'Tadiandamol' can be translated as 'The fat man's daughter'. On the way, you also get an old palace called 'Nalknad Aramane'.
If you intend to do camping in Coorg, there are some excellent spots with boulders blocking the flow of wind for setting up camps. The sunrise from Tadiyandamol is a sight to behold, so do not forget to pack in your camera too.
On reaching the peak, you will be able to view the beauty of the landscape with the greenery stretching below and the misty clouds at your feet.
Skandagiri Night Trek
Among the hill forts around Bangalore , Kalawara betta (Skandagiri), situated about 68 Kms from Bangalore is prominent among the hill forts often referred to as giridurga in the chain of hills in the Nandi Hill ranges. Situated at a altitude of 1450 metres above sea level and stands high dominating the landscape.The dilapidated walls of Tippu's fort can be found today on steep Kalawarbetta (Skandagiri), near the village of Kalwara. History says though this was is small , but strong hill fort. It surrendered to British troops on 19 October 1791. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded of the third Anglo-Mysore war.
For the adventure seekers. This is a tedious trek as the hill is precipitous and high. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple at the foothills of Kalawara village. The fortress of Kalawarbetta is in full sight throughout the walk uphill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of dense shrub is highly intriguing. Kalawarbetta is a teaser. Just as you reach the fort wall contended that you have topped the hill, you see another ring of fort. No sooner you reach there; you will find another majestic fort wall waiting to be conquered. There are six such series of stonewalls protecting an abandoned temple on the hilltop.
There are 2 caves, one starts from the base and as per locals, leads to the temple at peak and another one is somewhere midway which is about 30 feet only. Both are yet unexplored, especially the first one.
Surmounting the Tortoise
Amedhikallu (height 2,800 m), near village Shishila in Dharmasthala, is one of the significant peaks of Charmadi range. The name Amedikallu is a combination of two words: Ame - Turtle and Dikkel – the Tulu word for Stove. Amedhikallu has a huge monolith at the top which appears like a giant turtle and three large stones which give an appearance of a stove. This peak is surrounded by many other important peaks of Western Ghats. Amedhikallu is considered to be one of the scenic treks in Karnataka and is a two day trek if one wants to make it to the peak comfortably. The starting point is Shishila village from where the trail starts. The initial trail is through a fairly dense forest, but the trail itself is pretty wide. Then the forest cover disappears slowly and beautiful grasslands appear which continues to the three stones, the dikkels at the summit.
The scenic hilly regions of western ghats have trails suitable for hikes with velvet green rolling hills , shola forest and perrineal streams flowing through them. Kudremukh known for its exotic beauty and flora - fauna has variety of trekking options inside the National Park. The beautiful part of Baamikonda and Kaltikki Trek is trekking on the outer fringes of Kudremukh national park is a less known getaway for those seeking less trodden trails. Surrounded by hilly ranges and enjoying the view of the adjoining peaks one can savor the beauty of Nature.Breathtaking view of Thirumaleguppe , Hirimaleguppe, Durgada betta , Gaumukha and Kudremukh Also, a beautiful ridge walk towards the peak makes it more than just a trekking experience to cherish for a life time.
Vividity in Wilderness
Vellarimala forms a part of a high hill range of what is otherwise known as Camel's Hump Mountains, a part of Western Ghats. Most of the hill range falls in the Meppady Forest Range of South Wayanad Division, This block of compact high mountains is floristically and faunistically similar to the Nilgiri Hills.Situated at a altitude 6333ft Vellari Mala lies heart of Western Ghats is also known as Camel hump Mountains. River Kanjirapuzha, a tributary of the River Chaliyar, meanders through the rocky terrain, creating cascades and many breathtaking waterfalls. The land's beauty and topography is truly a trekker's paradise. Trekking to Vellari Mala starts from Muthappanpuzha . It will take one full day to climb this peak .The Mountain terrain here resembles South American rain forest.
At a distance of about 6 kms from Muthappanpuzha on the way to Vellari Mala, there is a beautiful stream of frothing water gliding down a huge inclined hill called Olichuchattam waterfall. A good place for camping at the top is Masthakappara and on the way, one can see the Vavulmala peak at a height of 7764 ft above sea level. Masthakapara – resembling elephants head is the closest peak to the Chembra in the Vellarimlaa ranges.One feels every step worthwhile after visiting Kethampara, Kanjipara hills in the eastern side of Vellarimala.
The tallest peak in this range is called Vavul Mala. At an altitude of 2339m, tallest of the Western Ghats to the north of Nilgiri Hills. The view of Vavulmala peak wall from west in the evening is really feast to eyes. The sunset and Sunset from the high hills makes visit memorable for a life time.After visiting Kethampara one can encounter elephants and Indian gaur enroute to hill. One of the interesting thing os whole evergreen forests is it is home to verity of birdlife and animals. Flowering plants such as Rhododendron arboreum found in the high hills of Himalayas can be seen at Vellarimala hill ranges.The absence of beatles , crickets and cicadas reminds as if one is trekking in the popular Silent valley with absolute silence.Sweet smell emanating from Rhododendron Flowers surround the hills vermillion red flowers lits the forest on fire.
Rhapsody in Silver
Western Ghats are dotted with Pristine streams and Perrineal waterfalls. In the dense forest tucked away are few waterfalls which are difficult to access due to uneven terrain. The rich Sharavathi Valley is home to numerous waterfalls and offer a feast to ardent nature lover. Belligundi known as Kudumari waterfalls is one such waterfalls which offers challenge to any willing to explore it.
The get a very glimpse of waterfalls a and know its magnificience one has trudge through the beaten path. For a ardent trekker to reach the bottom one has cross the interminent streams, wading through grass, shedding blood to hungry leeches, descending and ascending slopes.Walking through the canopy listening to the sounds of chirping birds makes the hike memorable. The sight silver line of roaring waterfalls though the canopy cascading from height of 600 ft brings a pinch of curiosity in a individual.Taking a refreshing bath under the sprinkling water, a natural shower with a vibgyor of colors removes the hardship and rejunevates the body mind and soul..!
Land of the Whiskered Tigers
Nature has bestowed wonders upon mankind in the form of scenic beauty. But flowers blossom for those who want to see them. The famous American athlete Wilma Rudolph once said, “The shining of the sun makes a man to do anything for neither the mountains are too high to climb nor are his troubles too difficult to overcome”. Exploring this magnanimity and beauty of nature could be an amazing experience given the length of trekking man makes right here at Meesapulimala.
Centuries ago, Lord Murugan had made this place his abode and blessed it with prosperity and abundance in natural resources. A perfect blend of blue sky coalesced with luscious green mountains, Meesapulimala, has its own story to tell. The vast stretch of grassy pastures giving a person the clear sight of white snow-capped mountain peaks creates positive vibes and a sense of calmness. This natural beauty is favourable, today, to many trekkers to go on a trekking spree here and climb to the highest peaks in the southern region.
Meesapulimala is a name of the Tamil origin that literally translates to ‘Mountains of Moustached Tigers’. The place houses many species of flora and fauna. This naturally occurring snow clad peak has managed to attract tourists from all over the place. The beauty of Meesapulimala lies in the fact that it is situated on the confluence of three divine rivers of Mudhirapuzha, the ever flowing River Kundaly and the blissful Nalathani. Trekkers and travellers here are welcomed by Munnar- a priced destination in the Malabar Coast - before ascending this gigantic 8,661 feet tall wonder. Munnar is considered to be the creation of Lord Murugan. It is at the Tamil Nadu - Kerala border as it bestows us with the richness of medicinal Nilgiris and the colourful rhododendrons irrespective of the languages spoken here or the region to which people belong. To summarize, this place knows no bounds and gifts the tourists with a pleasant environment to thrive upon. The exceptional rhodo valley brings blissful joy with its wide carpet of Rhododendrons. Munnar has been one of the rarest locations which have reserves to some of the endemic species of India.
Some of the lesser known animal species rife to this region include the Nilgiri Pigeons, Sambars, Giant Grizzled squirrels and have increased the inflow of tourists from all over the world. Also, don’t me amazed if an elephant, a gaur or a Nilgiri Tahr visit you on your way.
Love is always in the air at Munnar as it holds the coveted title of the Honeymooners’ Pride.
Meesapulimala is a high mountain peak in the south and competes with her look alike sister, Sahyadri, in the west. The largest tea plantation of Kolukkumalai finds its base here at the Meesapulimala peak. It is an amazing trek that takes you across shoals (or mountain rain forests) that are at a considerable altitude. This leads to the other name that the jungles get, as they are rightly referred to as the ‘cloud forests’.
While ascending this peak travellers have to literally watch over each step they take, as the vast carpet of grasslands are homes to the breeds of leeches. First aid kits are a must have list of things to carry in your backpacks. This mighty peak is one of the nine peaks of this region and unfolds many hardships during its climb that is so tiring to man for a little more than 8,661 feet. One of them could be the lack of oxygen while at the top. But once you succeed reaching atop, you will be swaying over the clouds that engulf you. Your heart will surely skip a beat at the scenery that finally is achieved by this feat. Meesapulimala leaves us speechless with its generosity in bestowing calmness, joy and the beauty. The mightiness of this peak is not just due to its physical appearance but also due to its magnanimous pleasure.
A journey to Rain Land
Agumbe, at an altitude 826m, is a small village in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. This is the same enthralling location which offered an idyllic setting for R.K Narayan’s Malgudi Days. Agumbe is famous for its spectacular sunsets and also its numerous trekking paths which are truly breathtaking. The forests of Agumbe are home to rare species of animals like tigers, leopards, lion tailed macaques, Sambar, malabar giant squirrel, barking deer and a host of other flora and fauna. It is also home to the King Cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world. Agumbe receives the highest rainfall in South India which makes it the ‘Cherrapunji of the South’. Narasimha Parvatha is the tallest peak in the Agumbe range of the Western Ghats and is about 1,152m (3,780 ft) high. End your trek at Kigga, a small village at the fringes of the forest, at the foot Narsimha parvatha, with a refreshing bath in Siri mane falls.
The Grasslands of the Sky
Bandaje Arbi ( Arbi - waterfall in local dialect tulu ) is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Charmadi ranges of Western Ghats, falling from a height of 500 feet. The trek uphill passing Ballalarayana durga ( fort ) is surely an uphill task for the trekkers. The flowing streams, the rolling velvet hills, sight of elephant herds, wild boars if one is lucky, and is a feast to the eyes. Passing through Ballalrayana fort overlooking the town of Sunkasale. Not much remains of the fort except the ramparts. Ballalarayana Durga, is a secluded fort atop a mighty peak in the dense jungle of Western Ghats. All that remains of the fort are its dilapidated traces, but the lush green forests with the steep slopes surrounding the fort gives it the aura of mystery and a sinister charm. The view of hillocks Amedhikallu , Minchu Kallu and Kumba Kallu , Kode Kallu , Jamalabad or Gadayi Kallu and Kudremukh Ranges in the distance. View of sunset from here is a riot of colors and a memorable experience! It beckons every wandering soul. So indulge in this unique adventure and come explore the enigma of this long forgotten place.
Amrita is a gypsy by heart, a headstrong person and a free spirit. Quirky and moody right from her childhood, she has been always fascinated by the mountains and had visited many places with her family. Her love for seeing new places has still remained.
Currently a banker by profession but she is an explorer from heart. The 9 -5 desk job has not stopped her pursuing her passion to travel, experience new things and make new friends. A self-confessed book caterpillar, she has now started sharing her experiences in her blog Tale of 2 Backpackers. She is simply learning to travel and travelling to learn.