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.

In the Abode of Devi


Annapurna base camp trek is famous for trekkers. The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.

In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valley floor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather.


Why Experiential Learning

Are good grades in school enough to get ahead in life? Do you think you can blackboard-study your way to success in life? The world has moved on from the time when right answers and a clean shirt was enough to succeed in life, be it on the professional or personal front.

Formal education teaches you a lot of things, but it also may not focus much on teaching you a lot more things. Like for example, the importance of building trust, developing a creative instinct, an adventurous mind, a brave heart, leadership quality, and similar attributes that cannot be measured in terms of grades, but whose importance cannot be over-emphasized. These are in the domain of experiential education which is our domain expertise. Through our meticulously developed programs specially designed to appeal to children and young students, we strive to deliver experiential education learning to the students with the idea of leveraging its value to traditional education learning. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the school and the student can maximize value from such a holistic learning.

While traditional education format tells a student that 2+2 = 4, experiential education tells him that when you add up two apples and two oranges, there is a difference though the answer is the same!

Experiential education can potentially and significantly shorten the transition period of a child’s mental growth from information to knowledge, and from intelligence to wisdom. Looking ahead, when the child or the young student begins to aspire for a flourishing career, this experience of experiential education will manifest in the form of a positive outlook and a cultivated sense of self-confidence. It is a proven fact that in today’s competitive world, business leaders look to people with soft skills and intangible positive traits, which is essentially what experiential education is all about.

Experiential Learning aims to make children and the youth more rounded and more of a complete personality with multiple soft skills. We work on them at an early age because their minds are more fertile then and thus not trapped in a fixed way of thinking. We believe the saying ‘when you put your mind totally to something nothing is impossible’ is more apt to young minds.

School Program


  • Early Childhood Programs
    • Creativity
    • Adventure
    • Trust-Building
  • Youth Leadership Development Programs:
    • Adventure
    • Environmental Education
    • Simulation
  • Adventure based education

Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Programs are designed on a meticulously developed CAT model based on original insights drawn from early childhood behavioral studies. These programs are targeted at children aged 5-8 years of age, and the CAT model focuses on Creativity, Adventure & Trust-building.

The early stages of building intellect in a child hinges on developing its latent creativity. Since every child is unique, it follows that every child is creative in its own way. The second step is to build on this individual creative impulse with a free-yourself-up-and-let-it-go attitude. An experience of adventure enables a spirit of enquiry in the young mind. The stage is thus set for building character through trust and an attitude of benevolence.

Our CAT-based programs are tailored to explore the best in the child. CAT is the way to go…



“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail”

                                                                             -Edwin Land


In our Creativity Programs, we focus mainly on the cognitive development of the student. We give or “show” them a problem and encourage them to come up with a solution. Example:

Give the children the beginning of a Story and ask them to add their own part to continue the story.

Various techniques and formats (including outdoor) are used to develop creativity in the children, such as creative games, role play, creative play activities, asking creative questions like what would happen if…, etc.

The goal is to encourage the children to think on their own, think out-of-the-box, and think on their feet. Importantly, we free them up by telling them there are no correct and no wrong answers!

Children are born creative. Look closely at them and you will discover it. Creativity in a child is innate. It is fun. It is play. What we do is nurture it so that they tap into their potential and become truly creative in whatever they do.



"Adventure is not outside man, it is within"

                                                    -George Eliot

Our Adventure programs for children in the age-group of 5-8 years aim at tapping into this inborn trait. Children love to venture out or play indoors.

we get them started with ideas that will resonate with young minds. Our experience shows that there is no one-size-fits-all adventure that will appeal to all children even if they are of the same age-group. So we go the extra mile to assess the child’s aptitude and then try and customize an adventure activity that will merit instant acceptance.

Our Adventure Programs are designed for both indoor and outdoor formats and packaged in such a way as to make learning an exciting experience. Implicit in this approach are several intangible benefits that accrue to a child.



Learning to Trust is Life’s most difficult task – but not impossible.

Children are generally possessive. They don’t share easily. They don’t open up with strangers. They behave differently with different people.

Building trust means building a value-system which is not easily comprehended by children. In our Programs we don’t teach values, but we show them – through story-telling sessions, role-plays, and real life incidents they can easily relate to and understand.

When a child trusts its teacher, it develops a bond which can spur the child to perform better, to be disciplined, well-behaved and successful as an individual. Our Programs inculcate this virtue of trust in the child to help it perform to its potential.

Youth Leadership Development

The best leader is one who is not known to his follower

How does one become a “born leader”? Not when you are born, but through an early initiation to this leadership trait, and understanding what it takes to lead. Youth Leadership Development Programs targeting children in the age-group of 9-15 years are designed on a painstakingly developed AES model, viz. Adventure, Environmental Education and Simulation.

For details on Adventure, see give link to adventure.

Environmental Education

The future belongs to those who protect the environment now

Every child has a natural connect with nature. The environment, and Mother Nature, is one’s best friend, when one is young. experiential education programs draw on this axiomatic truth, and strengthen this symbiotic bond.

Environment Education Programs (indoor and outdoor) bring the children closer to earth, connect them with issues in their proximity such as indiscriminate felling of trees, noise and sound pollution, garbage clearance, etc and also how to preserve and protect the environment.

Awareness about the environment is probably as important if not more, than anything else for children. They are the future of the country. Our endeavor is to empower them with knowledge and awareness of why environment is to be preserved and simple ways of doing so, through our specially designed programs.



we conduct simple Simulation Programs where we enact a problem or a situation for a child and assess their ability to respond. This helps the student to develop a real understanding of how to respond to situations they could encounter in their life. For example, a simulation exercise on money could help a child to understand the importance of developing a savings habit. We also have a simulation program for enabling a child to live with a degree of independence which will lead to the child being more organized about its books, clothes, studies, homework, etc.

Simulation Classes are fun to play with a serious motive!


Adventure-based education

A child without adventure is like a man with no soul

Our specialty is its Adventure-based Education Programs where the participants are introduced to a whole new world of excitement and thrills. The activities offered range from Hiking, Biking, Rock-climbing, Expeditions, Rafting to Kayaking, Para-sailing and Adventure Races.

These activities build up the physical, mental and spiritual faculties in tandem. Participants get closer to nature, in natural free-flowing outdoor spaces, and connect with the colors and texture of natural habitats. Studies show that adventure sports help to develop a positive attitude and self-confidence.

Our Programs are also customized to like-minded groups and we offer a wide range of activities to keep your spirits afloat throughout the year!

Near by Kanakapura


    Caving is also traditionally known as spelunking and potholing. A recreational adventurous pastime of exploring wild generally non-commercial cave systems. In contrast, speleology is the scientific study of caves and the cave environment

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.


How to become fit to go for a hike

The busy work schedule at Office , home and assignments, hectic city life will never let individual to allocate time for physical activities. It becomes necessary when you get crazy to explore the outdoors. The fitness part plays a important role and eligibility criteria. As you fitness cannot be built in overnight.It becomes necessary and mandatory to assign sometime for being fit and have a healthy body , mind and soul. It doesn’t mean that you have to shell out thousands of rupees from your pocket and go to a fitness centre or invest on a thread mill for a work out.A 30 minutes of time everyday as per convenience will be enough to keep you fit .You are start with walking, jogging or cycling.

  1. No matter what your speed is, walking, jogging and cycling are very important parts of a healthy lifestyle as they are activities that keep your muscles active and your blood flowing. If you need to keep your knees strong or have body aches and pains then cycling is the best solution.
  2. Go out of your way to walk more. For example, if you go to the grocery store try to park in the farthest spot from the entrance so you are forced to walk those extra steps to get there.
  3. Walk or bike to work/school. If you live close enough to work or school a good solution would be to start walking or cycling.
  4. Don’t use lifts or escalators when you go for malls or at home.

* Eat simple Vegetarian diet food , Avoid oil food rich in fat and cholestrol


Breath Counting

If you want to get a feel for this challenging work, try your hand at breath counting, a deceptively simple technique much used in Zen practice.

Sit in a comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Ideally it will be quiet and slow, but depth and rhythm may vary.

  1. To begin the exercise, count "one" to yourself as you exhale.
  2. The next time you exhale, count "two," and so on up to "five."
  3. Then begin a new cycle, counting "one" on the next exhalation.


Santhanam Sridharan
Trekker/ Yoga teacher at Thakurs Artistic Yoga

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.

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