Bandaje falls trek is located in the Charmadi ghat section of the Western Ghats. To reach 200 ft high Bandaje waterfalls, one has to trek to it. Best time for this trek is after the monsoon as the waterfalls start to dry up during other seasons.
About the Bandaje Arbi falls trekking, Charmadi Ghat:
Location: Charmadi Ghat section, Western Ghats, Dakshina Kannada district
Distance from Bangalore: 310 Kms
Trek starting point: Bandaje village near Mundaje near Ujire town
Trek difficulty Level: Moderate
Total trek distance: 25 Km in total
Time to trek: 9 hours in total
Camping: At the Arbi falls
Best time to trek: Post monsoon
Reaching Bandaje Arbi Falls Trek starting point:
If you want to reach Bandaje Arbi falls trek starting point, you can use Karnataka roadways site to book online tickets to Ujire: http://ksrtc.in.Ujire is the nearest town to the trek starting point. From Ujire, you can hire a jeep to the Bandaje village. That would cost you around Rs. 750. Bandaje village is also the last point to pack breakfast & get fresh in the morning.
An alternative route to reach Ujire from Bangalore, in case you do not find a bus, is through Dharamsthala. You can also get fresh in the morning near the washrooms near the main temple. Ujire is just 10 Km from Dharamsthala and you can catch a local bus to Ujire. It would take around 20-25 minutes from Dharamsthala.
Bandaje Arbi falls Trekking Permission, Charges & Contact:
Permission is required for this trek. Just the permission is not alone, you will also be provided a guide by the forest department which is a mandatory you cannot avoid that. Guide charges are rupees 1000 per day and individual forest entry charges are rupees 200 per person. But you can also bargain for the Guide charges.
Sometimes, the jeep driver from Ujire will arrange forest work papers for you and by the time you reach Gowdara Mane or Bandaje village, you will have all the paper works done.
Bandaje Arabi falls Contact details:
Belthangady wildlife range office, Kudremukh national park: 08256-233189
Forest Officer: 99013 46952
Guide – Sanjay: 97408 83257
Kishore Gowda, Gowdara Mane (Landlord Bandaje): 99019 39829
Bandaje Arbi falls full trek route guide:
Bandaje village -> Bandaje Arbi falls ( 8-9 Kms; 5-6 hours) -> camping at night atop the falls ->Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort (5 kms; 2-3 hours) -> Durgadahalli (2 kms; 1 hour) – > Sunkasale (10 kms by Auto, 1 hour)
Bandaje Arbi falls GPS trek route guide to Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort:
Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort to Durgadahalli GPS trail:
More details of the Bandaje Arbi falls trek:
- Start for the trek in the morning on day one.
- By afternoon, reach at the Bandaje Arbi falls
- Camp there
- Start for the BallarayanaDurga fort next morning
- Reach there by noon
- Reach Durgadahalli by afternoon
- From Durgadahalli either walk or take transport to sunkasale at a distance of 10 kms
- From Sunkasale to Horanadu at a distance of 30 kms by local bus
- Horanadu to Bangalore by KSRTC bus