A Fort of  Annihilation 

Overview

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

Overview

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.

Rhapsody in Silver

Overview

   

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..! 

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Altitude 720 M ASL
Belligundi or Kudumari Waterfalls is one of the remote places in Western Ghats.


Trail Type
Evergreen & Moist deciduous forest with undualating inclined pathways & rivulets. A dense tropical rainforest trail.


Trekking Distance
24 Kms ( Approximately )


Attraction
The forest a home to teeming wildlife and paradise of bird watchers. The panoramic view of waterfalls and Sunset from kalgatta is a memorable experience.


Best Season
If you are a nature lover you will enjoy all seasons. Mother nature will be in kaleidioscope of colors. Avoid monsoon.! October to April.


Advisory
Trekking is allowed with prior permission from Forest department. Camping not Allowed strictly !. Go armed with mixture of tobacco and snuff to avoid leeches.


Water Resources
There are lot of streams along the trekking trail.However few may dry in summer.


Region
It is inside the Sharavathi reserved forest.


HOW TO REACH

Distance : 450 kms from Bangalore


By Road : NH 4


Driving Route : Bangalore – Shimoga – Kattinakaru Village


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