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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.
Makali Day Trek
Makalidurga is a perfect weekend destination from Bangalore as it is only 60 kms on the outskirts of the metropolitan city. Situated at an altitude of 4,430ft. It is a picturesque hill surrounded by a scenic lake which appears to be in the shape of South American continent. The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and in legend Markandeya Rishi performed penance here. There lies a fort atop the Makalidurga hill and a railway track follows just at the base of the hill which makes the trek route highly scenic. The ideal way for all trekkers to start the trek is from Makalidurga Railway station which adds a vintage style to the trekking activity. The whole trail is covered by dense grassland which grows so tall that at times it hides the trail leading up to the hill. Makalidurga hill is famous for spectacular views of sunrise and sunsets. The area of the Hill top is seen to be divided into three parts - the center where in a Shiva temple is located, Western side from where the beautiful lake can be observed and lastly the eastern side from where one can see the beauty of the unveiled sun.
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.
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.
Kayaking and Watercraft
If you have not tried water sport such as Kayaking before and wish to have a hands on experience during a weekend then River Shambavi is the right place to begin with and learn basics of Kayaking & watercraft. Situated on the fringes of west-coast of western ghats where river. River Shambavi flowing through Kudremukh in Western Ghats meets the sea. The picturesque surroundings and river flowing in steady pace is a an ideal place to explore by a kayak.
You paddle your kayak from the Arabian sea to Western ghats along the Palimar dam after crossing the backwater. Explore the vivid environs by kayak tour and unfold the secrets of nature.
Difficulty Factor on Scale of 10
Difficulty Level 10 : 06
Fun Factor 10 : 10
Fitness Required : 10 : 05
Distance Covered : 30 Kms
A peek into heritage and nature
In ancient times, forts were considered as an ideal defence system. Forts that have survived today are representative of the engineering talent and strategic defence of ancient India.Today it is one of the wonders of the bygone era. Scholar Kautilya, popularly known as Chanakya the renowned author of his Sanskrit Arthsastra ancient Indian treatise on statecraft and Military strategy has classified forts into following types - Giridurga ( Hill fort ) , Jaladurga ( water fort ) , Shiladurga ( Rock fort ) and Vanadurga ( Forest fort ). Among the hill forts, Jamalabad is a hilltop Giridurga fortification in Jamalabad Village near Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada ( DK ) District of Karnataka. It is located in the Kudremukh range of hills. The fort lies at an altitude of 1700 ft.
The fort was formerly called Narasimha Ghada, which refers to the granite hill on which the fort is built. It is also referred locally as Jamalagadda or Gadayikallu. Originally a mud fort existed on the hilltop. The fort was reconstructed over the ruins of an older structure by Tippu Sultan in 1794 and named after his beloved mother, Jamal Bee. Tippu Sultan kept the fort in his possession for over 50 years.Though a local chieftain called Thimmappa Nayaka took possession of fort for a short period. The fort was captured by the British in 1799 during the 4th Mysore War. As per legend, those who are not favorable to Tippu were hurled down this fort to their death.The fort is inaccessible other than via a narrow path, with around 1876 steps to the fort that are cut out of the granite hill and lead all the way to the top with the help of french engineers.This strategy would mean that through a narrow passage small but well-armed group could indefinitely block a much larger force from entering the fort. Inside the fort, there is only one tank to store water. Remains of a single cannon lie at the top
The fort is accessible via a narrow path with about 1800 steps cut out of the granite hill. Inside the fort, there is a tank to store rain water. Remains of a single cannon lie at the top. Nothing much of the fortifications remain but hints of the fort wall with parapets are visible. This hillock fort has one room at the top. There is also an unmanned microwave repeater station on top of the hill.The Summit afford superb views of the surrounding landscape with paddy fields ,temples plantations , water bodies and the Kudremukh range of western ghats.
Note : Since it is a Heritage Protected Monument under ASI , one is not allowed to venture into fort without permission. And stay inside atop is prohibited.
Surmounting the Ox
Situated, near the of village of Byrapura in Mudigere taluk is one of the significant peaks of Charmadi range dominating the landscape towering height 2600 m and there are three approaches to this peak. The name yethinabhuja is a Synonymous of two words: Yethu - Ox and Bhuja - Shoulder . Ethinabhuja has a huge monolith at the top which appears like a giant turtle and 3 huge stones which give an appearance of a stove. This peak is surrounded by many other important peaks of Western Ghats. Yethinabhuja is considered to be one of the challenging trek in Karnataka and is a two day trek if one wants to make it to the peak comfortably. Shishila is a small village near Dharmastala.The starting point is Shishila village where from the trail starts. The initial trail is through a fairly dense forest, but the trail itself was pretty wide. Then the forest cover disappears slowly and grassland starts to appear which continues almost till you get on it.. The monolithic peak is almost 90-degrees, one needs to go around in a spiral to reach the peak and this part of the trek is through a very very dense vegetation and narrow trail which probably becomes waterfall during monsoon. Post-monsoon, one would need to clear vegetation using knife to make way.
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.
Peak of View
Among the rolling hills in kodagu , Nishane motte is a relatively less known peak in the Talacauvery / Bramhmagiri range of coorg. It lies to the south of Bhagamandala - The confluence of Kaveri, Sujyothi and Kannika rivers in a range which extends from Talacauvery in the north to Somamale ( Means hill in local dialect ) in the south in one contiguous stretch without any break, going through peaks like Nishani motte, Tumba male, and Tadiyandamol ( Highest peak in Coorg ). This stretch forms the border between Kannur / Kasargod districts in Kerala and Kodagu district in Karnataka.
Coorg with its misty mountains and dense forests, is often reffered to as Scotland of India. They left behind a legacy, which is still an important source of national wealth. The well laid coffee plantations in Coorg account for almost half of Karnataka's coffee production. And Karnataka continues to be India's largest producer of coffee. Other remainders of the colonial past are the spacious estate bungalows, many of which still have British names and the meandering roads that wind through the district.