Western Ghat Treks

Western Ghat Treks (24)

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Kayaking and Watercraft

Overview

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

Overview

   

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​

Overview

  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.

   

Overview

  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

Overview

   

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.

Honey Rock Beckons

Overview

    Situated about 4500 feet above sea level surrounded hills of Jenukallu Gudda, which is the 2nd 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..! 

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.

 

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