Trekkers at the base of Belligundi Waterfalls
Deep inside the rainforest
Showers of bliss at the bottom of belligundi waterfalls
The jubilant group of Belligundi Waterfalls
At the orifice of belligundi waterfalls
At the Bottom of Belligundi Waterfalls
Rhapsody in Silver of Belligundi Waterfalls
Trek Type : Weekend
Departure Dates 2018
Bangalore to Bangalore
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 1 night ; 2 Days
Cost : ₹ 4,000/- includes 5% GST
Group Size : 11 members
Bali Pass Trek
An old trekking route from the tons river valley connecting to the Yamuna river valley. It continues to attract trekkers during the monsoon season when the snow melts and the pass is approachable from both sides. The pass is more approachable from the Har-ki-dun valley as the gradient is small and gives good time for the trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. The trek starts from Sankri and passes through the Govind National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. It also gives you an opportunity to visit the sacred lake at Ruinsara on the way and to explore the less-traveled path over Yamunotri pass to Yamunotri temple. The meadows near the lake are an ideal place to rest and explore the nearby peaks and passes. Another highlight of this trek is that it gives you the experience of camping above 4000m. The area is surrounded by Banderpoonch range and some of the famous peaks are kalanag, banderpoonch west, and Ruinsara. This region was made popular by Jack Gibson, a teacher at the Doon school in the late 1940's. The surrounding peaks and glaciers in the Swargarohini Range and Banderpoonch range are a mountaineer's delight.
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.
Waterfalls have always fascinated me while trekking in wilderness; some remote waterfalls such as Belligundi have challenged me too to explore it. It was when I trekked with friends a couple of years back to unknown waterfalls called Goodana gundi near Sagar taluk in western ghats, the trek guide omprakash escorting us, was murmuring, admired a waterfalls tucked away in sheer wilderness . The sheer admiration captivated and motivated me to visit the waterfalls and was in my bucket list to visit for a long time....
Altitude 720 M ASL
Belligundi or Kudumari Waterfalls is one of the remote places in Western Ghats.
Evergreen & Moist deciduous forest with undualating inclined pathways & rivulets. A dense tropical rainforest trail.
24 Kms ( Approximately )
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.
If you are a nature lover you will enjoy all seasons. Mother nature will be in kaleidioscope of colors. Avoid monsoon.! October to April.
Trekking is allowed with prior permission from Forest department. Camping not Allowed strictly !. Go armed with mixture of tobacco and snuff to avoid leeches.
There are lot of streams along the trekking trail.However few may dry in summer.
It is inside the Sharavathi reserved forest.
Distance : 450 kms from Bangalore
By Road : NH 4
Driving Route : Bangalore – Shimoga – Kattinakaru Village