Trek Type : Weekend
Departure Dates 2018
Bangalore to Bangalore
Trek Grade : Moderate
Duration : 1 night ; 2 Days
Cost : ₹ 3,299/- Includes 5% GST
Group Size : 11 and above
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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.
To abode of Lord
Shiva Ganga or Shivagange is hillock where Adventurous trek and pilgrimage comes together to offer you instant weekend getaway. Located just 60Km. Mountain peak of about 2600 feet. Mountain is in the form of a Shiva ling and a spring flows from top of Hill , referred as Ganga and hence place gets the name ShivaGanga. The place is known as Dakshina Kashi and a Hindu pilgrimage center.
From Bangalore and being well connected by road makes it an ideal tourist attraction. It is said that the hills looks like a ‘Shiva Linga’ when seen from one of the sides. Also it is said that the spring water found here is from the sacred water of ‘Ganga’. Cave temples of Gavi Gangadhareshwara , Gavi Honnadevi , Gavi Veerabhadreshwara , Patala Gange , Olakallu Punyatheertha can found in the hillock .
From the religious point of view there are several temples and holy locations like ‘Patalagange’, Monolithic Nandi in Shivagange. Shiva ganga hills is also known as Kashi of the South. A surprising phenomenon of Ghee when offered on Shivalinga turning back to butter may be witnessed here - which could be due to temperature difference. The ornate pillars & carvings gave us glimpses of Hoysala architecture. Most of the place is rocky, with railings to hold on to as you climb, and monkeys to make sure you don’t take any offerings to the deity on top.
Inside some of the rocks and even inside the temple and the deities and sannidhis, you could find some small fountains or water bodies, that never dry up throughout the year. But the most intriguing of all was a tunnel which supposedly led into the heart of Bangalore.
With sun beating tiredness takes its toll. But the spirit motivates one to reach the hill top. The cool breeze and very sight of Basavanna / Nandi Idol soothes the tired nerves. A scenic view of Shivangage & surrounding villages stretch is a pleasureful experience. There are 2 temples on top dedicated to Veerabhadreshwara & Gangadhareshwara . Besides is the spot known as Shanthala Drop , where queen of Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana during 12th century had committed suicide by jumping from top of hill.
Surrounding hills , water bodies , rocks , Sunrise and sunset is a a sight to behold..!
Dayouting (8:30 am to 5:00 pm)
₹ 1150/- Per person for a group size of minimum 12 members traveling together.
Night Stay with camping (8:30 am to 8:30 am)
₹ 1800/- per person(Stay in the tents, Campfire, Music, 01 Dinner , 01 Lunch Tea and 2 Break fast)
Arranged at Extra Cost as per requirement Non/Ac , A/c
Toll charges if any has to be borne by the Individual or Company
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.
Skandagiri Night Trek
Among the hill forts around Bangalore , Kalawara betta (Skandagiri), situated about 68 Kms from Bangalore is prominent among the hill forts often referred to as giridurga in the chain of hills in the Nandi Hill ranges. Situated at a altitude of 1450 metres above sea level and stands high dominating the landscape.The dilapidated walls of Tippu's fort can be found today on steep Kalawarbetta (Skandagiri), near the village of Kalwara. History says though this was is small , but strong hill fort. It surrendered to British troops on 19 October 1791. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded of the third Anglo-Mysore war.
For the adventure seekers. This is a tedious trek as the hill is precipitous and high. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple at the foothills of Kalawara village. The fortress of Kalawarbetta is in full sight throughout the walk uphill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of dense shrub is highly intriguing. Kalawarbetta is a teaser. Just as you reach the fort wall contended that you have topped the hill, you see another ring of fort. No sooner you reach there; you will find another majestic fort wall waiting to be conquered. There are six such series of stonewalls protecting an abandoned temple on the hilltop.
There are 2 caves, one starts from the base and as per locals, leads to the temple at peak and another one is somewhere midway which is about 30 feet only. Both are yet unexplored, especially the first one.
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Underground Caving at Chitradurga
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.
Caving is a relatively cheap activity especially for the beginner. The gear a caver uses depends on the type of cave being visited, fortunately most caves suitable for beginners are fairly straightforward and only basic kit is required.
Caves are dark so the most important piece of equipment is a reliable light. These are normally mounted on a helmet which also protects the head from knocks and bashes on low roofs.
Synthetic clothing is best as it keeps you warmer even when wet. A thermal baselayer with a couple of medium weight fleeces on top are suitable for most trips. One piece ‘furry suits’ are also popular. To cover these you’ll need a water resistant layer, usually in the form of an oversuit.
Cave floors can be wet and slippery and there is likely to be some scrambling and climbing so good footwear is important. Most cavers use wellington boots which fit well and have a good tread.
Once you become experienced you may wish to invest in more specialist clothing, lights and climbing equipment but this is not necessary to beginner who want to explore or give a try.
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.
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”
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"
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.
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!
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!
Tadiyandamol is the highest mountain peak of Kodagu district, Karnataka. It is the third highest peak in Karnataka(after Mullaianagiri and Kudremukh). It is located in the Western Ghats range, and reaches an elevation of 1,750 m. Tadiyandamol is a place of interest for trekkers and naturalists.
The Nalaknad palace at the foothills is an important historical landmark....
5735 feet. It is the highest peak in Coorg/ or Kodagu district of Karnataka.
Dense tropical rain forest with moderate inclinations.
Easy to moderate, no prior experience required.
It is a must to listen to the sound of Chelavara falls. It is on the way towards hill from virajpet. On the base of hill there is Nalaknad palace built in 1792 by Dodda Veerarajendra and also Padi Igguthappa Temple, of the deity Igguthappa, is one of the Oldest temples of the Kodavs build by King Lingrajendra in 1810.
All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.
During Monsoons it is advised to be prepared to tackle leeches on the way. Apart from it this region is a part of Shola forests and there has been moments of Elephants. So it is advised to be very careful for camping.
Western Ghats of Karnataka