Western Ghat Treks

Western Ghat Treks (19)

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Honey Rock Beckons

Overview

    Situated about 4500 feet above sea level surrounded hills of Jenukallu Gudda, which is the 2 nd Highest peak in  Karnataka . Western Ghats are one of the hottest bio diversity hotspots in the world. We provide finest holiday experience and owe our intent to the much appreciated hospitality culture of our Malnad region.

Camp stay, is sure to fulfill your dreams of waking up in the morning to the different, musical and natural sounds of the rustic nature. If you are a nature and adventure lover, you will find everything you desire, from the rivers, cascading waterfalls, high mountain ranges, jungle trails and many more! 

At Campsite below the peak, you will wake up to a calm and fresh atmosphere with nothing to disturb your mind except the soothing sounds of trees in the breeze. You also get to hear the peacock call in the morning, along with the sweet sounds of various other birds. 

Highlights

Activities : Trek to Jenukallu Gudda 

Grade : Moderate

Place of Interest : 1000 years old Bettada  Byraweshwara temple 

 

 

Vividity  in Wilderness

Overview

   

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

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..! 

Gangadi Kallu

Across the Valley’s

Overview

   

Among the prominent peaks around Horse Face Kudremukh peak Gangadi Kallu 4773 ft Altitude ranks the best for its magnificient views.The magnificient cone shaped rock face cliff derives its name from Kurinji flower Strobilanthes kunthiana. Neelakurinji.The shrub that is found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India. The purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years.
Located about 20 kms from Kudremukh sharing border with Dakshina Kannada district. The point where you start is about 9kms from kudremukh colony.The trail meanders through open grasslands and under canopy from village called "MaLa". where the former route takes you in a jeepable track the later is through thickets of the jungle typical to Western Ghats.
There is an old abandoned UHF receiver station here at the top, but the water is available at 1km distance downhill.The place is abundant with variety of fauna and flora. The Kudremukh National park houses variety of wildlife such as tiger, leopard, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, porcupine, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, giant flying squirrel and the mongoose.

The park also has about 195 species of birds which are Malabar trogon,Lion tailed Macaque, Malabar whistling thrush, great pied hornbill and the imperial pigeon.Reptiles like Snakes and tortoises are also found here.

 

Brahmagiri

Brahmagiri

Overview

   

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a moist deciduous and Shola type of forests surrounded by the Brahmagiri Peak. The Irupu falls during monsoon would be full and gushing down to Lakshmana Theerta waterfalls.
The sanctuary is home to Elephants, Indian Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Wild Pigs, Giant Squirrel, Civets, Southern plains gray Langur, Leopards and endangered Lion-tailed macaque. With over 300 species birds found during this trek through misty grasslands, Brahmagiri is truly the monsoon magic spot.
If you have thought Coorg has only coffee and misty mountains, there is more to it; the Chai Patti or Tea Gardens that catch rains and drain to Barpole, and the White Water Rafting is best experienced in Coorg only here!

Kurinjalu Trek

Floral Heaven

Overview

   

Among the prominent peaks around Kudremukh Horse Face peak Kurinji kallu 3802 ft Altitude ranks the best for its magnificient views.The magnificient cone shaped rock face cliff derives its name from Kurinji flower Strobilanthes kunthiana. Neelakurinji.The shrub that is found in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in South India. The purplish blue flowers of Neelakurinji blossoms gregariously only once in 12 years.
Located about 20 kms from Kudremukh sharing border with Dakshina Kannada district. The point where you start is about 9kms from kudremukh colony.The trail meanders through open grasslands and under canopy from village called "MaLa". where the former route takes you in a jeepable track the later is through thickets of the jungle typical to Western Ghats.
There is an old abandoned structure station here at the top, but the water is available at 1km distance downhill.The place is abundant with variety of fauna and flora. The Kudremukh National park houses variety of wildlife such as tiger, leopard, wild dog, Malabar giant squirrel, common langur, sloth bear, gaur, porcupine, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, jackal, giant flying squirrel and the mongoose.

The park also has about 195 species of birds which are Malabar trogon,Lion tailed Macaque, Malabar whistling thrush, great pied hornbill and the imperial pigeon.Reptiles like Snakes and tortoises are also found here.

 

Thirumaleguppe

Thirumaleguppe

Overview

   

Thirumaleguppe Alt 4900 ft or Heap in local dialect is spread partly over the thick hilly forests near the coastal plains on the shola vegetation on the Western Ghats uplands,adjoining Kudremukh National  Park bordering parts of 3 districts, viz., Chickmagalur, Udupi and bordering Dakshina Kannada.

Heap is  made of steep hills,grasslands and valleys. The hills, which bear the brunt of the severe monsoon wind,  give no chance to any tree growth as a result the landscape is covered with grass. The valleys which are  tucked in, give commendable protection from wind and a deep soil profile, as a result of which stunted  evergreen forests exist creating an unique microclimate, rich with mosses, orchids, etc. The whole  scenery of grassland interspersed with narrow strips of forests provide a fantastic picture postcard views  for a trekker.

The Lungfull of fresh air and the climb up and down, invigorates the body and soothes the soul.The view of surrounding Irimaleguppe and Horse mane - Kudremukh beckon the adventurous..!.The vertical Monolithic rock face is Impregnable from the East face. During the trek, one can spot and study  several wildlife species of plants, birds,orchids, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, insects, etc.

 

Tresspassing the  Hills

Overview

For those who had a glimpse of the horse mane kudremukha , finally summited it and would like to go on a ride in the National Park , there is option of going on for Trans Kudremukh Trek.
Kudremukh Peak is the one of the highest peak in Karnataka and highest in the Kudremukh national park also known as Kudremukha National park. This peak lies about 1892 meters or 6,207 feet above sea level. ‘Kudre’ means horse while ‘mukha’ means face. As the name suggests, it looks like a horse face hence called Kudremukh or kudremukha. This peak lies in the forests of Kudremukh National park. Kudremukh peak trek lies on the list of popular trekking trails in the national park. Kudremukh national park amidst Western Ghats has a very rich biodiversity and home to certain species of wildlife which is nowhere else found on this planet.
Trans trek is a misnomer of exploring the park while summiting the nearby prominent Irumalaguppe peak 4500 ft next to Thirumalaguppe peak 5000 ft. While walking on the steep slopes amid grass lands having a grand view of west face of Kudremukh peak ,adjoining peak Durgada Habba and valleys. Sliding rather than descending to Lobomane or house crossing grasslands. Lobomane or “Lobo’s house” was a house made by Simon Lobo, a priest who made the Kudremukh ranges his home.Passing through the shoala forests in the shadow of Kudremukh peak one reaches a point which serves as re - entrant to park. The Majestic view of twin peaks and view of Irumalaguppe dwarfed under the gigantic Thirumalaguppe makes trans trek memorable. The grandeur of vertical rock face and conical shape of Thirumalguppe peak playing hide and seek with mist visible from the conopy of forest makes one crane his neck often.The trails is home for amazing orchids Seethale hoova and if one is lucky one can spot a Indian Gaurs and Sambar grazing on slopes.
After a long walk and descents brings one to fringes of Kudremukh park thus entering district of Dhakshina Kannada in Navoor . Numerous streams flow interminently and waterfalls dot the landscape here.

Charming Hillocks of Charmadi

Overview

Situated in thick forest of Banjarumale region these are considered the highest hillocks in Charmadi range. Unique Topography and accessibility makes it one of the sought destination for a avid trekkers. Journey along the hair bends in the ghats makes travel memorable.The valleys are dotted with Perinneal waterfalls and swift flowing rivers.Thick forests are also home for the Malekudiya tribal families.
Twin peaks after descending from Ghats beckon and challenge adventurer. At the top of the hill lies a huge bauxite stone, which attracts lightning during monsoon. With this, the hill gets its name ‘Minchukallu’ which means the stone which attracts lightning. For trekkers, who love adventure and challenges, this is their ultimate paradise because there is no short cut and easy route to reach this peak. Apart from tedious trekking route, what adds to the challenge is the herd of elephants making frequent appearances here.
Kumbakallu is another hill which is worth seeing in the vicinity. Trekkers will come across two dense forests namely ‘Banjaru Male’ and ‘Ambati Male,’ which are like safe abode for pachyderms. The elephants are seen even on Minchukallu hill and if locals are to be believed, elephants follow a corridor from the foothill to the peak accelerating themselves in zig-zag movement. At the top of the hill, these pachyderms get their staple food, which is called ‘Aane Hullu’ in Kannada. With the fight between man and elephant increasing over the years, the number of elephants coming to this area has increased.

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