Fire news on Kumara Parvatha: Trek might get banned soon

On last Saturday, according to reports by trekkers, 26 December 2015, there was a news of fire breakout at Kumara Parvatha hills trek. The fire was covered the area from Kallu Mantapa to Shesha Parvatha, a huge stretch of the Kumara Parvatha hills. This is second fire incident in the Western Ghats after Kudremukh forest fire leading to the ban of Kudremukh trek since the new year 2016.

Kumara parvatha trek fire

Kumara Parvatha peak is a part of Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. As the name suggests Pushpagiri stands for “Mountain of the flowers”. Because of the fire, most of the harm happened to the Pushpagiri.

It is also reported that a trekking group was stuck on the other side of the fire for almost nine hours because they could not make their way out of the fire and they had to wait until the fire would get subsided. A great damage has been reported mostly to the areas around Mantapa and Shesha Parvatha, hills before the final Kumara Parvatha peak.

Fire on Kumara Parvatha

During monsoon and also just after the monsoon, these western Ghats hills are covered in greenery. As the time passes, grasses die and the whole of the mountains becomes parched and completely dry. They change their colour from Green to yellowish. A fire caught during this time will surely be supported by the burning sun and the favorable dry grasses and dry environment plus wind.

Also read: Western Ghats Trek Incident & ban: Irresponsible Trekking

Some trekkers are blaming it to the smoking habit of the fellow trekkers. Most of the guesses are boiling down to a bud not put off properly brought out the whole situation. Well, that might be the case as well.

Kumara Parvatha fire

From the last few months, forest department office has banned camping at the Kumara Parvatha peak after an accident. Now trekkers have to leave behind their gears at the forest department office and hike until Kumara Parvatha peak and return from there by evening after the hiking to pitch their camps near the forest department office.

Looking at this fire incident, many trekkers are fearing that the forest department office might ban the trekking to Kumara Parvatha completely. Well, if that happens, we will get to know soon as well.

Fire on Kumara Parvatha trek

25 Adventures to Experience in India

Here is a list of 25 best offbeat Adventure destinations in India. The list includes adventure places to see and experience in India from the Himalayas to the Western Ghats and from West coast to the East.

India is a land of flora and fauna. Ranging from the Himalayas in the north to the Indian ocean in the south; The Thar desert in the west to the ranges of the hills in the east, India presents it, visitors, an abundant list of various adventurous experiences to be taken.

If you are not among the traditional travelers and want some adventure, here is a list of the best offbeat adventurous places to experience in India.

Kumara Parvatha trek

The Western Ghats in monsoon get bestowed with wet, cold & dark smelly woods. You would enjoy stepping over dead logs lying along; crossing water streams.

Enjoy the sun rising out of a pool of clouds next morning. When the pool of clouds disappears a chain of mountains spread till the horizon welcomes you. Experience the lightening showers, grasslands, flowers. See the fog afloat like lazy smoke. Camp under the star-studded nights. Life is calling for adventure and you should go.

Some of the famous Western Ghats treks are:

Rafting in Rishikesh

When life is left at the mercy of gallons of cold water hundreds of feet deep. Facing each rapid needs some guts and drops of rushing adventure through your blood. Shout; raft; laugh; see the world shifting behind.

Float over water over miles. Experience flow; the taste of water; the feeling of feeling the coldness of the water. Get drenched; hang on to life jacket; hold the rope and keep floating for hours. Close your eyes; lose the spatial recognition; forget everything and feel closer to eternity.

Some of the other rafting options in India:

  • Rafting in Sikkim in river Teesta
  • Rafting in Beas river in Manali
  • Rafting in Kaveri river near Coorg
  • A Plain drive Around Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi, the southern tip of Rameshwaram island

Shall I call it a divine exploration? Drive through the island of Rameshwaram. Drive to the southern most point of the Rama Setu (Adam’s Bridge). Experience the silent sea on both sides of the sand trail in the gulf of Mannar.
Drive through places in Rameshwaram and find the relevancy of places around at the island. Deep dive into your ancient religious history and unlock the myths.

Other plain driving options:

  • Rann of Kachh, Gujarat
  • Go for a Himalayan Trek

Chadar trek, Leh

Far from civilization where the temperature drops much below freezing point, spend a week walking above frozen river. Clad in layers of clothing, see the changing colors of the ice with each tick of the clock. Spend nights in caves and hearing the whispers of cold winds in your sleeping bag slipped inside the tent on a thick ice sheet.

Some of the famous Himalayan treks in India are:

  • Hampta Pass Trek
  • RoopKund Trek
  • Goechla Pass Trek
  • Scuba Diving in Andaman

Scuba diving Andaman

There is a roar on the sea surface. Look beyond the halo of the mighty roars. There is a blue paradise filled with a plethora of mysteries. A lot has to be explored inside the deep turquoise water: Tranquillity, peace, and secretiveness. The loud roars are purposeful, they preserve the deep tranquillity of the blue world below them.

Blue world engulfs so many “wow! These kinds of creatures do exist on earth” creatures you have never seen or heard about before and fitted in dry suits it’s not your chance but your choice which gives you a privilege to be immersed inside the alien world. Wow! the oceanic world is full of a variety of life.

Other diving spots in India:

  • Pondicherry
  • Goa
  • Netrani Island
  • Join an adventure course at HMI, Darjeeling

trekking HMI

Ever wondered to see how climbers tie their knot? What techniques they use in climbing to thousands of feet. Learn not only the knots but also a lot more.

This course includes ice-craft, snow-craft and rock-crafts; learning how to peg a tent; confidence-booster training; camping in different terrains under different circumstances. After a month, you shall not be what you were, you would be what you wanted to be.

Other Adventure Schools in India

  • Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), Uttrakhand
  • Go for a Turtle walk for miles on Gokarna Beaches

Paradise beach

They call it turtle walk but it’s an enhanced version of turtle walk. Walking along the beach is a fantasy for many of us. Some even dream of walking under full moonlight. The golden sand, the golden moon, the golden ocean. the golden ferries. See the diversity changing from one beach to another.

See the color of water changing from one beach to another. See the shape of the beaches. See the huts, camp along the sand, enjoy the sunset in the Arabian sea sitting alone by your tent listening to some music and with a camera.

  • Heli-Skiing in Auli

heli-skiing at auli

And Wikipedia says:
“Heli-skiing is off-trail, downhill skiing that is accessed by a helicopter, as opposed to a ski lift. Heli-skiing is essentially about skiing in a natural, albeit highly selected environment, without the effort required for hiking into these areas as in ski touring or ski mountaineering.

Most heliskiers are seeking specific, pleasurable skiing conditions that are hard to replicate in the highly manipulated terrain of ski resorts: particularly powder snow, but also long descents, natural terrain contours and features, smooth corn snow, old-growth tree glades, and steep slopes.

The presence of the guide and aircraft offers protection against the risks and discomforts unavoidably associated with entering this mountainous environment, allowing skiers with little or no mountain sense to enjoy a natural environment.”

  • Drive in Sahyadri Range

Khandala to lonavala driveIf you love being a super-tramp or to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city life, you chose driving on the highway, this place is for you. The two hours journey on four lanes through greenery is mind-soothing. But never drive in winter, the same drive would look deserted. Follow the drive in monsoon when earth looks beautiful in virgin green bridal with waterfalls and tunnels adding more to the beauty.

  • Explore the caves of Meghalaya

Caves

A cave that has full-fledged itself like ant nest feet below ground level and spread miles across like ant colonies with a network of secret chambers, tunnels, halls, temples and burrows hidden in the dark. It welcomes us with a warm blow of air carrying the mild scent of stalagmites, limestones, and swamp underground streams.

The difference between the two world is just 20s of steps. By walking down these steps, you would enter into the world which has been lesser known to the outside world serving its purpose of being enigmatic and secret. The cave appears like a giant devil with mouth wide opened and welcoming you to a chamber of secrets.

Other famous caves in India:

night safari

Do you remember James Stewart as window watcher from the movie “rear window”?

Humans, being inquisitive in nature, love being anonymous and wanna watch the happenings unnoticed. So do you love being anonymous in the process of a silent watch? If you do then you are a perfect piece made up for the wildlife safari or shall I say, night wildlife safari. A safari under the dark cover of night is more or less like a “stalker-watching-action” while not disturbing the wildlife at all.

The dream of spending a night in forest bungalow would come true when you would check in and look at the vast stretches of jungle down the hill, out of the wooden window. You would love to sneak inside warm blanket; keep your eyes open in the dark and keep staring at the bamboo ceiling until you fall asleep because tomorrow is going to be an important day of your life. You are going for a night safari.

Trees, dew-laden grasses and our footprints visible on them; deciduous forest and little dying yellow grasses; you would have conquered something in those short span of 3 hours, each with their own victory in their imagination.

Famous Wildlife Safari National parks in India:

  • Bandipur National Park
  • Sundarbans
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Bandhavgarh National park
  • Gir National Park
  • Go For Leh Ladakh Biking Trip

Bike ride from Manali to leh

So bikes kick start and engines thunder. Leather jackets; leather chaps and gloves fitted, they are ready to sail through rugged terrains. They would be somewhere far away from the civilization and the humanity.

Let the air brush through your hair and let the eyes get filled with water. You are no more traveling inside the unreal and artificial environment of a protective metal cover that secludes you from the world. You can It’s like floating over water inside transparent hollow rubber ball. You need to jump out of that. you must take a dive into the sea of another world. You have to leave behind your personal space.

These personal space get defined by your choices of the materialistic world. Drop the social and civic factor behind yourself, nature is calling out your name. So, if you want to wade through rivulet riding your bike, cross the vast stretches of dry valleys, enjoy the sharp raindrops and park the vehicle beside and spend a night somewhere, motorbiking is made for you.

  • Cycling in Nilgiris

cycling in nilgiris

When the mortal life finds its purpose of aliveness and the immortal soul finds its purpose of immortality, the abstruse spiritualism half asleep deep inside you awakens up and jolts the subconscious mind to leave behind a permanent trail in the valley of life.

The exclusive sound that is mellisonant and dulcet is crunching of gravels under grooved tires. The symphony of paddling is synchronized with air whistling into the ears. The exaltation suspends the time for a while. Time suspended for a while the psychological state induced by that magical incantation carries the body and mind along with her like parachutes suspended in the air for a while.

Sun is going down. Destination smiles at us from a distance, the silvery moon is going to be out again, the same moon which showered the cold love on us this morning.

But we had miles to go and a schedule to keep
before we sleep before we sleep.
Tomorrow, the sun would be the same but sunrise would be different;
grooves would be the same but terrains will be different;
earth would be the same but winds will be different;
Noon would be the same but heat will be different.

  • Tour to the valley of flowers

Valley of flowers

Down below and to the horizon: Only flowers. More than your eyes can count the pigments; more than you can remember; more names you have ever heard of. White like cotton, pink like rose petals, smooth like velvet, soft like a feather and shining like a color ball.

Up above?

Were the mist. Gentle and little cold.
Clouds smiling at you and peeping out of behind the hills.
Sun was light orange and so were the flowers.
Sun turned orange and so was the flowers.
Sun turned little white and flowers again smiled and turned silvery.

The romance glimpses out; getting dissolved under the azure sky.
Hold her hand; kiss her; make her feel special; present her the secret beauty of nature.

  • Do a desert camping in Rajasthan

Desert camping

 Unfold the enigma of the hidden side of your dormant life.

“ Let the adrenaline rush through your vein.
“ Let altitudes hold your breaths for a while.
“ Let the dry winds wash your shoes.
“ Let the moon soothe burn your skin.
“ Let the warm wind push your tent away and,
“ Let the lonely moonshine at lonely you.

Western ghats

little drops of rain spattering over raincoats
– fear of wild elephants (Most of the elephant herd cross the railway lines in the morning)
– lights fading out in feet away

Seam-foam blue mists are ascending along the dark hunter green forest over the ridge. As they rise little higher and meet the colorless thin air they turn into spindrift blue. When this mixed mist further rises up and meets arsenic clouds, they turn into cerulean frost. While on the earth, head of silver gray rails is shining over ash gray sleepers but the web and bullhead are rustic amid slate Gray boulders.

Mosses wearing chartreuse bridal are holding the black walls along the railway trek.The new ones look brighter.Brighter are the grasses too. Bright and light green. Look down the rustic bridge into the valley. You have almost dived into a colorful world. Top sprouting leaves are lime in color as well the new Bamboo leaves.

Bigger and older leaves are forest green and the leaves which are hidden and seldom see the sunlight are Dartmouth green.Not only this but some trees also bear mahogany and sandy brown fresh leaves.

There must be big cobwebs holding water droplets. When I would put a light over them in dark they would shine like a pearl. There is a waterfall just in front of the tunnel. In front of black shiny stones, I see many colors of the water. Albumen, transparent, immaculate, Milky and much more. There are algae and mosses plastered at the front wall of the tunnel. I can see rail tracks disappearing into the darkness of the tunnel.

  • Spend the summer in Old Mussoorie

Old Mussoorie

Have you ever been to Mussoorie? You must have enjoyed the warmth of the sun, cold winds, lonely woods, tall pines, dense spruces, silent valley and aloof ridges.  With great entrance into some classy town of old England marked with roof tins, circuitous and congested but clean-cold streets, small windows, chimney on roofs etc. the same streets would have never been so mesmerizing again.

The serenity was high there as were the peace.
The breeze carried the smell of woods.
Pines and spruces welcomed us with their conifer leaves.
Valleys sent us special cold breezes
Mussoorie was distant apart and so was Shivaliks.
It was a place where you can talk with your own and realize the presence of life.

This part of Mussoorie is at little higher altitude. And so, if the day is clear you can see the Himalayas. These streets are tacit and rare with a little quieter town.  The woods are darker where stately bungalows are interspersed with schools and old structures and the mist as always, wrapping itself up in the pine tops. Nothing could be more refreshing than this.

  • Go to Lahaul-Spiti: Monasteries, rivers, valleys & the Himalayas

spiti

Wanna go out of the world but still in the world?  Into another world- a supernal world where there was not any scrape of artificiality. As if the Mother Nature herself carved this splendiferous place by herself. A vast unending white world sphere of which every inch had been nurtured with whitened milk-like cream. Even leaning surface as if lying down under the sun and looking at the azure sky. Beyond the white world were a valley and a series of shining peaks.

Even leaning surface as if lying down under the sun and looking at the azure sky. Beyond the white world were a valley and a series of shining peaks.  The water looked glaucous with shiny strips of Isabelline white appearing over them from a distance. It looked as if there was a wet blue canvas and a painter was continuously applying silver color but someone would shake the cotton canvas and the silver color would disappear suddenly nowhere and with another sway, it will reappear on the canvas momentarily. 

To add more to it, sometimes wind will nudge the flowing water to a perfect angle for a moment and suddenly the argent reflection of the shiny sun would kiss your eyes and like a magic, they disappear into the cold air once again only you to make wait for the next instance when it would happen again.

  • Explore Goa

Kayaling in mangroves

The author in the above travel story writes about Kayaking: 

” Life jackets supported the adventure to continue on!! We started kayaking from the backwater and headed towards the island. The tides on the sides of the beach were not that much high, but the normal ones. The routes towards the back side headed up from the rocky section. The tides grew higher and stronger at the back side of the island.

The French peoples on the way stopped us from going towards that side as the path towards the other side of the island was dangerous. They quoted us as you all are enough Big Heartened for crossing these high tides. In the mid, the tides grew higher and stronger. If there couldn’t be balance the kayaks would get upside down. 

Paddle!! Paddle!!! There comes the higher one believe me the tide was so much stronger that it could throw us into the more inner part. The continuous paddle and the continuous tides hitting the rocks.

It was the hardest journey of all as we were totally exhausted. On our way, we saw Seagull nest which was as big as the bed where one can comfortably sleep.. After 3-4 hours of long kayaking, we reached the sea shores in the evening.”

  • Being the guest or Enjoy being the host

Be the guest or the host

People always like to be the guest but how about being a host or how about being the local guide? How about showing them your culture and serving them your local dishes? How about making a friend for a lifetime? how about learning their culture and their etiquettes? How about making a memory for the lifetime. 

Believe me, being the guest is easy but being the host has its own charm. Enjoy being a host-cum-guide-cum-adventure-partners with your friends across the seas.

  • Find a chance to witness the esoteric spirituality

Spiritual Journey

Does the life of a yogi call you in some way? Have you tried Smoking Ganja with sitting amidst a gang of sages at the bank of the Ganges in winter morning? Or have you tried Bhaang-Sharbat on the eve of Mahashivaratri on the Banks of river Ganges?

Have you stayed whole night awake with Hippies playing music on a beach with weeds burning and guitar playing? Sure this game is not open for all. Be safe and be in limit. Sensing spirituality is not about getting high, it’s about feeling and losing our soul. 

Some of the spiritual Destinations in India:

  • Varanasi
  • Bodhgaya
  • Haridwar / Rishikesh
  • Allahabad Kumbh Mela

30 Best Weekend gateways Treks from Bangalore

Below is the list for the best one day and short treks near Bangalore within 100 to 200 Kms from Bangalore. These treks can be covered in a single day and night trek can also be attempted on these treks.

Best spots for Trekking near Bangalore (Short Treks):

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Trek Name Distance from Bangalore Trek Length Time to trek Difficulty level Permission required? Guide required?
Anthargange Trek 70 Km 4 Km 2 Hours Easy No No
Skandagiri trek 65 Km 3 Km 2 Hours Easy Banned Banned
Makalidurga Trek 60 Km 5 Km 2 Hours Easy No Yes
Revana Siddeshwara betta Trek  60 Km  1 Km  30 min Easy  No  No
Kabbaladurga Trek  80 Km  3 Km  2 Hours  Easy-Medium  No  No
Ramadevara betta Trek  60 Km  2 Km  1 Hour  Easy  No  No
Bheemeshwari Trek  110 Km 3 Km  2 Hours  Easy  Yes  Yes
Bilikal Rangaswamy Trek  70 Km  5 Km  3 Hours  Medium  No  Yes
Savandurga Trek  60 Km  4 Km  2 Hours  Easy-Medium  Yes  Yes
Kunti Betta Trek  100 Km  2 Km  1 Hour  Easy  No  No
Devrayanadurga Trek  70 Km  1 Km  30 min  Easy  No  No
Madhugiri Trek  120 Km  2 Km  1.5 Hours  Easy  No  No
Nandi hills trek Trek  90 Km  2 Km  1 Hours  Easy  No  No
Siddara trek Trek  100 Km  2 Km  1 Hours  Easy  No  No
Shivgange trek Trek  50 Km  2 Km  1 Hours  Easy  No  No

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Trekking near Bangalore (long Treks):

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Trek Name Distance from Bangalore Trek Length Time to trek Difficulty level Permission required? Guide required?
Kodachadri Trek 420 Km 10 Km 6 Hours Medium-hard No No
Kumara Parvatha trek 300 Km 15 Km 8 Hours Hard Yes No
Tadiandmol Trek 275 Km 6 Km 4 Hours Easy-medium No No
Bandaje Arabi falls Trek  310 Km  25 Km  10 Hours Medium-hard  Yes  Yes
Nishani Motte Trek  300 Km  12 Km  8 Hours  Medium  Yes  Yes
Narasimha Parvatha Trek  360 Km  13 Km  8 Hours  Hard  Yes  Yes
Sakleshpur Railway Trek  225 Km  21 Km  9 Hours  Medium-hard  Banned  Banned
Dudhsagar Falls Trek  600 Km  15 Km  7 Hours  Medium  No  No
Kudremukh Trek  330 Km  9 Km  5 Hours  Medium  Yes  Yes
Mullayanagiri Trek  300 Km  12 Km  7 Hours  Medium  Yes  No
Gokarna Beach Trek  500 Km  12 Km  6 Hours  Easy  No  No
Ombattu Gudda Trek  260 Km  24 Km  10 Hours  Hard  Banned  Banned
Agumbe Trek  360 Km  13 Km  8 Hours  Hard  Yes  Yes

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Distance from Bangalore: 110 Kms

Bheemeshwari is one of the most famous wildlife places to visit near Bangalore. It is famous for fishing camps, rafting, cottage stay etc. Below is some more information about Bheemeshwari.

What to do in Bheemeshwari?

  • Fishing at Galibore fishing camp; Rafting and night stay at Bheemeshwari Jungle lodges and adventure camps which require pre-booking (can be done online too)
  • Coracle ride
  • River-side trek or Jungle trek in Muthathi (It requires permission from Muthathi forest department)
  • Sangama is almost 50 Kms from Bheemeshwari and is a beautiful place too. As the name suggests, two rivers meet there.

How to organize Bheemeshwari trek?

  • Go to Muthathi forest range office. You can ask anyone they will guide you.Talk with them and negotiate for the price
  • They will assign you a guide
  • Tell them before hand what kind of trek you are interested in, river-side along Kaveri or jungle trek

Can I pitch my own tent there overnight?

Of course. Initially, they might not allow you to pitch tent riverside but inside forest department compound, you can stay overnight. Make sure you talk to them beforehand.

Skandagiri-sunrise-clouds-fogs

Distance from Bangalore: 70 Kms

Skandagiri trek is one of the nearest places for trekking near Bangalore. This trekking spot near Bangalore is famous for mostly night treks.

How to reach Skandagiri?

If you have your own vehicle, Google map can show you the way or you can call a private cab. Refer the get details map below

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, winter is the best choice to go there (Don’t forget woolens in winters :))

What to see and do there?

  • Enjoy dews formed over grasses, cold wind piercing through woolens, clouds hanging down the hill, mesmerizing sunrise, tall trees appearing black and white at morning.
  • If you love photographing, its a paradise for you. Sometimes, you might encounter wild rare flowers of western ghats beside your shoe.
Sunrise, Nandi Hills

Sunrise, Nandi Hills

Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms

Nandi hills, until now, was on the list of places to visit around Bangalore. But in the recent times, trekking has also started at the Nandi hills from the main road below.

How to reach Nandi hills?

If you have your own vehicle, Google map can show you the way or you can call a private cab. They have different packages for Nandi Hills.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year, winter is the best choice to go there (Don’t forget woolens in winters :))

Timings: 6 AM to 9 PM

What to see and do there in Nandi Hills?

  • Enjoy dews formed over grasses, cold wind piercing through woolens, clouds hanging down the hill, mesmerizing sunrise, tall trees appearing black and white at morning.
  • If you love photographing, it’s a paradise for you. Sometimes, you might encounter wild rare flowers of western ghats beside your shoe.
  • Walk along hill and fort’s wall perimeter for more awesome views

Note: Leave Bangalore around 4’o clock. On weekends, you might encounter a long queue of vehicles at forest checkpoint because they allow entry at 6’o clock. So be first to reach early.

Distance from Bangalore: 80 Kms
Trek distance: 2-3 Kms
Level: Easy to Medium

Kabbal durga trek always makes it to the list of short trekking spots near Bangalore. It is one day trek. And like, Skandagiri trek, people also like to go here for the night trek.

What to see?

  • There is a temple of Kabbalamma at the top. Enjoy the surrounding sitting at the top like a hawk. Other than that, Steep monolithic rocks, Abandoned rock house, old water pool, mesmerizing view from the top.
  • Best time to visit: Day trek can be done in any time of the year but steep rocks can become slippery if attempted during the night

Kunti Betta trek is near Pandavpura on the way from Bangalore to Mysore. It is also famous as a night trekking places around Bangalore.

How to reach Kunti Betta?

From Pandavpura, Kunti Betta is just 4 Kms, you will have to ask the route.

Best time to visit: Go for night trek throughout the year

What to see?

  • Remote villages of Karnataka from summit
  • Tonnuru lake from the hill top
  • Ancient temples
  • Jaggery on the way
  • Greenery on the way

Where else can I cover around Kunti Betta?

  • Brindavan Garden
  • Mysore city
  • Tonnuru Kere: A freshwater lake (Bathing and swimming is allowed)

Rangaswamy betta trek is known for being as one of the best and short trekking places around Bangalore. You can either drive to the top or you can also trek to the top.

Distance from Bangalore: 75 Kms
Trek distance: 4-5 Kms
Level: easy to moderate

How to reach Rangaswamy betta?

You can directly drive by vehicle till top and then trek down from there

What to see?

  • Sacred water pool
  • Ranganathaswamy temple at the top
  • Head-cut of a buffalo inside the temple.
  • Hill farming exploration
  • Hilly ride till the top
  • Greenery around and fresh air sitting at the ridge
  • Thick vegetation post monsoon
Savanadurga trek

Savanadurga trek

Savanadurga trekking is the highest monolithic treks around Bangalore. It has very steep ascent and the view from the top is awesome. You can also cover Manchanbele dam nearby.

Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
Trek Length: 2-3 Kilometers
Level: Medium due to steep climb

Best time to visit: avoid rainy season (It makes rocks slippery) and summer as well

What to see at Savanadurga?

  • Fort walls
  • Old rock structures
  • Big rock walls
  • Nice view of Manchanabele dam and surrounding reserve forest from there

Makalidurga trek is famous as a railway trekking spots around Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
Best time to visit: During night and anytime except Monsoon season

What to see?

Rocks, lemon grass, railway track, lakes around the hill etc.

Distance from Bangalore: 30 Kms (Prefer cycling)
Cycling Level: Easy but technical due to lots of ups and downs
Best time to visit: Monsoon season (rest all year fall remains dry)

Note:

Go by Bike or cycling from Bangalore is the best option
Avoid localities, sometimes they misbehave with outsiders
There are broken bottles, chips wrappers and a lot of garbage. So, please avoid littering

What to see at TK Falls?

If you are going by Bannerghatta road, expect greenery; Local Kannada culture on the way
Bannerghatta reserve forest part

Where to eat near TK falls?

Kaggalipura, look into the map (Local traditional dishes available there like Vada, dosa and they are more delicious and tastier than even nice hotels of Bangalore)

Mekedatu from Bangalore:

Mekedatu always makes to the list of places to visit near Bangalore. To reach Mekedatu, reach Sangama (where river Arkavati meets river Kaveri) and cross the Arkavati river. After crossing the river, you can wait at the other side for forest department bus.
Ticket price: Rs. 50
Distance to Mekedatu fall from there: almost 3.5 Kms

The bus will drop you near the Mekedatu falls. Once you have enjoyed the falls, you can return on any of the forest department buses that keep on carrying visitors to and fro from Sangama.

If you are looking for a weekend gateways from Bangalore then drive to Chunchi falls. Chunchi falls is one of the best places to visit near Bangalore. Chunchi falls is very serene and into nature.

Distance of Chunchi falls from famous cities:

  • From Mysore: Around 100 Kms
  • From Ramanagara: 55 Kms
  • FromBangaloree: 100 Kms

Best time to visit: During and after the monsoon

What can be seen around?

  • Mekedatu falls and Sangama
  • Kodanda Rama temple
  • A calm canal sourcing away from the falls.

How to reach Ramadevara Betta?

Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
Distance from Ramanagara: 3 Kms
Drive on Bangalore-Mysore highway; Take the right deviation on Mysore highway after Ghousia college, Ramanagara and follow the road for 2 Km.
Once you reach the base, climb the stairs almost 300 in numbers and then you reach the temple. You can further climb from there. There is a trail to reach to the top or you can ask the locals or priests.

Can I go for night trek there?

We went but in the morning, were caught by the local people and settled sown the matter for Rs. 150 each. You can give it a try.

Best time to visit

Early morning or evening (Avoid rainy seasons, stairs become decisive)

Another places that can be covered from Ramadevara Betta:

If you are looking for a short one-day weekend gateways from Bangalore, drive to Devrayanadurga. Drive to the top is very scenic and the view from the Devrayanadurga top is panoramic and awesome.

How to reach Devrayanadurga?

You can use Google map and there is a metallic road to the temple. You can go by car or bike. Prefer bike.

Distances:

  • Bangalore: 70 kms
  • Tumkur: 20 kms

Where to stay?

You can stay at the Tumkur town or nearer to the temple there are travelers bungalow 4-5 km before the temple. if asked, people can help you out there.

Other facilities:

There are small shops over there selling snacks and sometimes lunch too. There is drinking water facility but no bathroom facility.

Tickets & timings:

There are no tickets to the top. The temple is open from 10.00-05.00 pm every day. Abhishekham happens at 11 every day. However, you have to pay for the vehicles.

Other places nearer to Devaryanadurga:

  • Namada Chillume (A dear Park almost 7 Kms from there)
  • – Sri Vidya Shankara temple (An ancient temple for Sankara Guru).

Madhugiri fort trek is another steep trek like Savanadurga, Kabbal Durga trek as mentioned above. This is one of the steepest treks around Bangalore. It also has a lot of spectacular views while trekking up.

Distance from Bangalore: 120 Km
Trek distance: 2-3 Km
Level: easy to moderate

How to reach Madhugiri fort trek?

You can directly to the base of the trek which is the Madhugiri fort.

What to see?

  • Temple at the top
  • Soldiers barrack at the top
  • water tanks
  • Fort walls & remnants

Usually, Nandi hills are known for the fort, sunrise and road trip from Bangalore. However, in the recent times, people have started to use the medieval path to the Nandi hills fort as the Nandi hills trek route. There is also a dedicated cycling route to the Nandi hills.

Distance from Bangalore: 90 Km
Trek distance: 2-3 Km
Level: easy to moderate

How to reach Nandi Hills trek?

You can directly drive by vehicle till top

What to see?

  • Temple, fort, pond and fort remnants at the top
  • sunrise, fog, and nice weather

Siddara Betta trek is situated towards Tumkur side from Bangalore.

Distance from Bangalore: 100 Km
Trek distance: 2-3 Km
Level: easy

ShivGange trek is situated at a distance of around 50 Km from Bangalore towards Dabaspete, Tumkur. Shivgange trek is also called as Shivganga trek. Shivganga is a sacred mountain shaped as a Shiva Linga. There is also a water spring which flows nearby that’s called “Ganga”. By combining these two, becomes ShivGanga.

There are a lot of places to be seen on the peak such as Gangadhareshwara temple, Sri Honnadevi Temple, Olakal Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patalagange, A historical rock statue of Nandi or Basavanna carved on top of a steep rock is considered as a spellbinding sculpture because of its narrow location

Distance from Bangalore: 50 Km
Trek distance: 2-3 Km
Level: easy

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Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the most famous trekking places near Bangalore. It is tough but it worths going for the trek.

Details:

There are two trekking routes to Kumara Parvatha:
– From Somwarpet: 1 day; 6-7kms; water falls and streams enroute
– From Kukke subramanya: 2 days; 15 kms; meadows, flowers, greenery, grass lands en route (I prefer this)

How to reach Kumara Parvatha?

Bangalore -(By bus)- Kukke Subramanya -(trek begins)- Bhatru Mane -(en route 3/4 hours)- Sunset Point -( 10 mins en route)- Forest Office (5 mins. Entry: 150 per head) – Kallu Mantapa – Shesha Parvatha – Kumara Parvatha (Destination)

Camping sites at Kumara Parvatha:

Bhatru mane on the way (have advance booking) +91-9448647947, +91-9480230191
Get fresh near common temple washrooms if you get down by 4/5 in the morning by bus from Bangalore.

Bandipur highway view

Bandipur highway view

Bandipur national park has turned out to one of the highly recommended weekend gateways from Bangalore and places to visit near Bangalore.

Some Key Info about Bandipur national park:

  • Bandipur and Mudumalai national park, Karnataka, are integral parts of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve.
  • Nearest town to Bandipur national park is Gundlupet, 20 kms away. From where Jeep can be hired for day safari as well as night safari.
  • Forest range officer’s permission is required for camping, elephant safari (available at forest reserve) and for stay at traveler’s bungalow inside national park.
  • The national park range office also organizes day and night safari.
  • I would recommend open jeep safari at night (though it happens after 3am)
  • Don’t forget to take light woolens, nice camera and flash for night safari. 

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Location: Chikmagalur district in Western Karnataka in Western Ghats

Routes to Mullayanagiri:

  • Route 1: You can directly go to Mullayanagiri Shiva temple by your vehicle and start your trek to bababudangiri from mullayanagiri shiva temple peak.
  • Route 2: You can trek to Mullayanagiri Shiva temple from Sarpadhari and then continue your trek to bababudangiri. Mark this gate in the photo from where the trek begins.

Sarpadhari and start trek to Mullayanagiri Shiva temple?

From Chikmagalur starts towards Bababudangiri. Near Kaimara, take left turn (8 kms from Chikmagalur). You will see a Y intersection. The road in the left goes to mullayanagiri peak (direct road to the peak ). But, If you want to trek to the Mullayanagiri peak, then move further 500 mts ahead. You will find small arch iron gate to your left. It’s Sarpadhari, the trek starting point. Sarpadhari. Sarpadhari is kannada word which means path like a snake, ‘sarpa’ stands for snake and ‘dhari’ for the way.

You will find a small arch iron gate to your left. It’s Sarpadhari, the trek starting point. Sarpadhari. Sarpadhari is Kannada word which means path like a snake, ‘sarpa’ stands for snake and ‘dhari’ for way.

Sakleshpur-route-train-morning

How to reach Sakleshpur trek?

Sakleshpur is well connected by bus and train from bangalore.
It takes almost 5 hours to Sakleshpur by bus or train.

Go to Anemahal, situated on Bangalore-mangalore highway, is a near by town just almost 4 kms from Sakleshpur and the following route shows you the way to go to railway trek to Yedakumeri after Anemahal.

Where to camp at Yedakumeri?

Sometimes, Yedakumeri station master won’t allow people to stay inside station. So be prepared to pitch your tent on platforms too. So, Carry tent, torch, sleeping Bag and raincoat

Exit route?

In worst case walk back to Sakleshpur (20 Kms) or proceed further to Subramanya road (25 kms same route ahead).
Walking back would be tough after trekking fo around 20 kms from Sakleshpur to Yedakumeri and same applies to proceeding for Subramanya road.

However, Yedakumeri having good frequency of goods train, you can talk with guards of goods trains to help you out till Sakleshpur or Subramanya road depending upon the direction train is going to. 

Pristine pool

Pristine pool

Nagalpuram trek is not only on the list of trekking places around Chennai but on the list of trekking places around Bangalore as well. Easier accessibility makes it also on the list of long weekend gateways from Bangalore.

Here is little information about what to carry for Nagalapuram trek:

  • Eatables like fruits, prepared chapatti, bread with butter and jam
  • Enough water though you can get water on the way from natural resources
  • Mixing some instant-energy  Glucose-D or Tango.
  • Lightweight backpack
  • Swimming tube (for non-swimmers)
  • Dry spare clothing like socks, shorts, t-shirt etc
  • And, some favorite personal items like knife, lighter, camera etc. 
  • Famous Dudhsagar waterfalls railway trek, Goa

Dudhsagar-view-point

Distance from Bangalore: 570 Kms
Distance from Madgaon: 46 Kms
Distance from Panji: 60 Kms

Trek difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
Best time to trek : July to Dec (during Monsoon)
Permission: Not needed
Distance between Dudhsagar railway station & waterfall: 1 Km

Dudhsagar trekking routes:

  • Castle Rock to Dudhsagar falls (14 kms, 5-6 Hours)
    – Most popular route, crowded on weekends, Reach CastleRock from Bangalore by 17311 (MAS VASCO EXP), Only on Friday
    – More tunnels enroute; has the famous second largest tunnel enroute. The train track takes a U-turn (refer the map above) and the View point is about 1 km from the waterfall
  • Kulem to Dudhsagar falls on mud road (12 Kms, 4-5 Hours)
  • Kulem to Dudhsagar falls on mud road by Jeep (12 Kms, 1 Hours).

Basic Information about the Tadiandmol trek:

Distance from Bangalore: 275 Kms
Distance from Mysore: 135 kms
Distance from Madikeri: 35 Kms
Trek starting point: Nalknad Palace (4 Kms from Kakkabe Town Market)
Trek difficulty Level: Moderate

Tadiandamol trek distance: 8 Km (one side)
Tadiandamol peak height: 5700ft
Time to trek: 6-8 hours on average
Camping site: At the foothills of the peak( a huge rock from where the path gets steeper)
Best time to trek: September to Feb
Permission: Not Required
Trekking fees: No charges

Monsoon survival trek, Nishani Betta, Niligiris

Monsoon survival trek, Nishani Betta, Niligiris

How to Reach Nishani Motte?

Bangalore -> Mysore -> Madikeri -> baghamandala (Take forest department guide) -> Talacauvery (Trekking begins) -> Nishani betta (almost 12 KMs) -> return to APC (Anti poaching Camp for over night stay) 3 Kms-> Back to Baghamandala next day Guide charge: Per head Rs. 200 + permission Rs. 500

Contact Person from forest department: Mr. Uthhappa (09448108280)

What to carry on trek?

  • A nice trekking shoe
  • A light and strong backpack.
  • Extra pair of clothing packed in garbage bags to make it rain proof.
  • Tents, Sleeping bag and sleeping mat (optional) (personal)
  • Toilet paper, mouth wash, hand wash
  • Water bottles (at least 2 liters each), energy drinks ex glucose/ energy bar/electrolyte
  • Wind- cheater & warm inner
  • Personal camera, Torch, Mobile & sufficient battery backup
  • ID card, sufficient cash and emergency contact info (personal)
  • Iodex spray, cramp bandage & personal medication
  • petrol (for making fire) and matchbox/ lighter (shared)
  • lightweight utensils, disposable cups & plates. eatables to cook up there
  • slippers to roam around at top (personal), salt/ snuff powder to avoid leeches.

River-Penna-gorge-Gandikota

Where to stay in Gandikota?

You can sleep in the Granary beside the Jamia mosque. The granary is kept locked during the day but after the sunset, a guard or you can say the curator, settles in there. If asked, he allows people to sleep in the granary.

When we went, we had planned to pitch our tent at the canyon cliff but it began raining and we had to take shelter inside the Ranganathaswamy temple. There is also tourist bungalow near the entrance of the Gandikota fort. I don’t have much idea about their pricing and facilities.

Bathroom facilities:

There is no bathroom facilities inside the village or near the fort remnants.

Other facilities:

There are a few shops at the entrance of the fort and one or two basic type shops in the Gandikota village where you can get regular stuffs.

How to get down to the river Penna?

To the east of Ranganathaswamy temple, a main water pipe goes into the river. Along the water pipe, one can go to the river or its better to ask the villagers.

Nilgiris trek

Nilgiris trek

About the Brahmagiri trek:

Location: On the border of Kodagu (Coorg) district in Karnataka and Wayanad district in Kerala
Distance from Bangalore: 300 Kms
Trek starting point: Thirunelli forest guest house in Kerala
Trek difficulty Level: Easy to moderate
Accommodation: At Thirunelli at KTDC resort

Total trek distance: 6 Kms (One side)
Brahmagiri peak height: 5276 feet
Time to trek: 4 to 5hours (one side)
Camping: Not allowed
Best time to trek: Post monsoon. 

Location: In Chikmagalur district of Uttara Kannada, karnataka
Distance from Bangalore: 333 Kms
Trek starting point:  Mullodi village (15 kms each from the town of Kudremukha/ Kalasa)
Trek difficulty Level: Moderate

Total trek distance: 9 Kms (One side)
Kudremukh peak height: 6050 feet
Time to trek: 4 to 5hours (one side)
Camping: Not allowed

Best time to trek: Mid sept to mid feb
Permission Required: Yes
Trekking permission fee: 275/ person
Accommodation (base camp) and food Rs 600 per person
Jeep charge 500-700 per group (max of 8 people) drop from Balegal to Mullodi. 


Chembra-Peak-Heart-shaped-lake-trek-wayanad-Kerala

About the Chembra trek:

Location: In the southern Wayanad district in Kerala
Distance from Bangalore: 300 Kms
Trek starting point: Chembra foothills tea garden
Trek difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Accommodation: Kalpetta / Meppadi (around 20 Kms from Chembra)
Total trek distance: 3.5 Km (One side)
Peak height: 6000 feet
Time to trek: 2 to 3 hours (one side)
Camping: Not allowed
Best time to trek: Post monsoon

Permission: Needed
Trekking time: 7 AM to 2 PM (After 2 you won’t be allowed to start trek)
visiting time: 7 AM to 5 PM (You can latest return by 5 from the peak)
Guide: Given at the VSS office
Entry fee: 20/ person
Guide charges: 150. 


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Height of the peak: 4406 feet
Nearest town: Kollur
Difficulty level: Moderate
Number of routes to the peak: 2
Time to trek: 4-5 hours

Camping site: Near Kodachadri Information bureau/ PWD house at the peak
Best time to trek: September-March
Permission: Not needed
Trekking fee: No
Guide: Not needed

Contact information:
Kodachadri temple priest: 09632847302
Rajendra (trek guide & accommodation): 09449145540
Santhosh Hostel: 08185290183/ 094838116911


water-stream-on-nagala-east-trekking

Trek Length: 8 Kms
Trek Time: 6-7 Hours
Distance from Chennai: 90 Kms

A boon companion of Western Ghats, in recent years, has earned the reputation of being a mystical land full of hidden beauty and the more you explore the more beauty it reveals. The belief of finding a paradise in the parched plateau seems as tough as convincing a girl for not to go for shopping but once you step in, you have to see it for yourself. 


OG-trek-Ombattu-Gudda-trek-camp

About the OG Trek:

Get down at the Gundya forest check post; Start walking towards Mangalore (The direction opposite to in which you came from/ Continue ahead) on the same road NH48 till a bridge called Kempu hole (name of the river) to reach the Jeep track. almost 2.5 km on the way (30 min walk)

Trek length: 24 km (8 hours up te hill and 2 hours down the hill)
Trek difficulty level: Difficult
Height: 3236 feet
Get fresh at Gundya forest check post
Camping site: Grasslands on the way
Permission: Difficult to take (Trekkers sometimes venture inside without taking permission). 


Kumara parvatha trek, Kukke Subramanya

Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the toughest treks in the Western Ghats, South India located in Pushpagiri reserve forest near Kukke Subramanya town. Please find the complete Guide for the Kumara Parvatha below:

[su_note]Note: As mentioned earlier camping at peak is banned. But it is allowed almost anywhere between Bhattrumane and the forest dept. Campfire is NOT allowed anywhere except in the case when camping is done next to forest dept. One can trek till the camping location and start trekking till peak next day even as early as 3 – 3:30 AM. The forest department at the Kumara Parvatha has also warned of lightening strike at the Kumara Parvatha peak. [/su_note]

Kumara Parvatha Trek Guide:

Kumara Parvatha trekking routes:

There are two trekking routes to Kumara Parvatha trek:

  1. From Somwarpet
  2. From Kukke Subramanya

From Somwarpet side, it is one day of hiking. There are more waterfalls en route and deep forests as well. Total hiking distance from Somwarpet side is around 6 to 7 Kms one side.
From Subramanya side, it is a longer trek. Total hiking distance from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is around 16 Kms. There are meadows, greenery, and the view of the Western Ghats. Also, the Pushpagiri reserve forest lies on the way which is famous for flowers after monsoon.

How to reach Subramanya, Kumara Parvatha Trek starting point?

One can reach Subramanya from Bangalore by bus or train. There are direct buses from Bangalore to Subramanya which can be booked online at KSRTC websites. There are also direct trains from Bangalore to Subramanya. However, Subramanya bus stand is nearer to the Subramanya town from where the Kumara Parvatha trek begins. If you go by train, Subramanya railway station is around 20 Kms from Subramanya town. So you will have to take a jeep from the railway station to Subramanya town.
Try to arrive at the railway station or the bus stand in the morning so that you can start the trek early. There are toilets in the main street of Subramanya temple where you can get fresh in the morning. There are also shops which open in the morning. You can have breakfast there in the morning and also pack some food before starting for the Kumara Parvatha trek.

Kumara Parvatha trekking route:

Below is the map of Kumara Parvatha trekking route. Here is a link to Kumara Parvatha Hiking Trail Map. You can easily download this map and use GPS to guide yourself while climbing the trek. For more details refer the map below.

Kumara parvatha route map

Kumara Parvatha Camping sites:

Earlier people used to camp at the Kumara Parvatha peak but now it has been banned by the forest department of Girigadde or Pushpagiri. Now you can camp only nearer to the Mantapa or nearer to the forest department office. You are not allowed to camp at the Kumara Parvatha Peak.
However, forest department allows you to go to the peak but you will have leave behind your tent and camping gears at the forest department office. You will have to return by evening and pitch your camp there.

Kumara Parvatha contact information:

Bhatru mane (have advance booking) +91-9448647947, +91-9480230191, +91-8151036344
Forest camp, Girigadde, Kumara Parvatha contact number: Jayaraju: +91-9449475506, +91-9141226784

Bhatru Mane, Kumara Parvatha (Fooding & Lodging):

Bhatru mane is the mid-point of the Kumara Parvatha trek. It comes just before the forest department office. You can get food at the Bhatru Mane but you will have book your food in advance. Each meal costs around 100 per plate. In the section above, their number is shared. You need to call them before the trek about the number of people coming to have lunch or dinner or both and on what date. They understand mostly Kannada. Do not expect them to speak English or Hindi if they might have learned over the years then that’s a different thing.

Kumara Parvatha local guide:

You can get a local guide at this number 8105103634. They arrange and organize Kumara Parvatha trek from Subramanya, the base of the Kumara Parvatha trek. They have the pickup facility from the railway station at 5 AM as well. I think they charge around 1200 rupees per person. But better you should call and confirm with them.

Kumara Parvatha trek Plan:

If you are going on your own. Below is the plan I would like to recommend for you:

  • Get down at subramanya and get fresh at the public toilets on the main street of Subramanya temple
  • Have early breakfast from the shops in the same street and also pack some lunch if you do not want to pay at Bhatru mane.
  • Reach forest department office, pay the forest entry charges and leave behind your camping gears to Kumara Parvatha trek (remember camping is not allowed at the peak).
  • Enjoy at the peak and return and pitch camp near forest department or at Mantapa.

Kumara Parvatha trekking tips:

Here are some tips about how to avoid leeches, Kind of trekking shoe and Tent Guide

Go on next page for my Kumara Parvatha trekking experience.

And the journey begins @ 5 am:

Use Snuff powder in socks and shoes to avoid them. Keep on looking for them in shoes/socks time and then. Sleepy small town, cold and windy. Luckily they have public toilets for temple there, get freshen up. Let local shops open. Eat, get packed heavily for lunch. Take some spare food too. Ask local for the route to Kumara parvatha. After an half kilometer walk, you will see a board to Kumara Parvataha.

Trek begins:

Old & dark woods; smell it; feel it; walk as much as you can before sun becomes too hot. 

 Kumara parvatha forest

Cover as much of distance as possible before sun says a warm “hi”. Sun shows its face now. Rays filtering through woods dripping, scattering over the trail. It is a mirage and an eye-candy. Heat & sweat. Wipe them.

8 am: Leech forest crossed:

The twin peaks, Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha from a distance inviting you. You will have to cross them to reach Kumara Parvatha. Bhatru mane from this point is just 5-10 minutes away.

9 am: Bhatru mane, Kumara Parvatha

Note: There is a hut here maintained by some people you have to call them and book your lunch here.

Phone number of Bhatru mane: +919448647947 and +919480230191

Now, if you are planning to stay there at Bhatru mane, you can go and explore places like sunset point (near by). Have breakfast next day morning and start again to Kumara Parvatha or Move ahead.

Bhatru mane, kumara parvathaBhatru Mane

And so we moved on. From Bhatru mane, it takes 5 mins to reach sunset point.
But we reached around 9/10. Still the panoramic view of western ghats are awesome here.
It’s a photographer’s paradise. Sit on the chairs there. Lonely; realize; resound; wonder; enjoy; see a philosopher and nature lover inside. A true place where you can discover outside and within.

Never ending magnificent view of western hills range. Walk little further and you reach at forest check point. Pay the fees to enter Pushpagiri wildlife and move on ahead. Took the entry passes and enter the wildlife. Keep moving ahead soldier. Enjoy the beauty around.
Grasses; trees; flowers; meadow; hills- Life must be so beautiful here.

12 noon: Kallu mantapa, Kumara Parvatha

Kallu mantapa, Kumara parvathaKallu Mantapa

A four pillars structure. There is a water source here. (fill bottles here). All around is the grassland and flowers. I encountered almost 10-20 types of different varieties of flowers.
And grasses are of around 1-2 feet of height. From here begins the reality check of how hard hiker are you. The gradient of 40-50 degree of steepness. Man! you have to push yourself and others too.

Lean forward. Did your back hurt? Are you trying hard to maintain the center of gravity?
Stop. Look behind for others. Push them. pull them. Watch your steps; don’t let them find a cramp or bent.

2 pm: sitting over Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha

The view at Marigundi and Shesha Parvatha are breathtaking. We wanted to sit there forever and keep on looking at abyssal depth of valley and clouds.
Or just call it our fatigue which had occurred while climbing steep for an hour or so. One side of the mind was telling us to give up and pitch tent there itself. But other side of the mind was telling to continue. Having no regrets in future because we already had scaled 90% of the trek. Though it was tiring but beauty comes after a lot of sweat always.

Shesha parvatha4 pm:

“Get up guys let’s move on, before it gets too dark, cold and windy”.
Sitting their after lot of calf muscles exercise was most soothing part of the trek.
Put your hands on ground. Push yourself up.
-It was time to move on.

From Shesha Parvatha, one more trek through leech forest but little downhill.
That’s the only relief. Though, final part of the trek requires last uphill trek to reach Kumara Parvatha. we came across a very small stream with little flowing water.
Climb down or almost run for 15-20 minutes and then climb up for 30-45 minutes and you are at the peak. Removed shoe at little running stream. Girls almost fainted 🙂

It was paining and a leech was half stuck inside. Had to pull that out. washed legs in cold water. heavenly pleasure

6 pm: Kumara Parvatha top

A human amidst nature. It was cold; It was foggy; It was windy. Tea? did not help. Maggy soup? lost its warmth easily like we did. Collect dry woods. pitch tent; somebody go and fetch water before its too dark. Cover the bags at one place with tarpaulin.

Pitching tent at Kumara Parvatha peakPitching tent

How I felt there?

A sheep lamb caught at almost 5600 feet. Weather then? cold & windy; dark; misty; clouds had began to wash our face. We covered the bags. why? those had got drenched overnight. Pitching the tent was hardest job then almost equal to pitching frozen woods in frozen weather with hands shivering.

Soups were as tasty as never before. Sleeping bag was never such warm ever. Winds were never such thrilling, cold and hellishly whispering in our ears. I never felt so much conscious before, inside sleeping tent. What if a hyena whiskers me at night and smell the human inside. Slipped inside sleeping bag. When I was asleep never realized.

5 am: Sunrise at Kumara Parvatha peak

sunrise at kumara parvathaSun was hiding in the clouds at Horizon

Opened eyes. wiped my hands through my hair. It was wait. Ran outside to see bags. One of my shoes was not covered properly and half of it was wet like someone had poured water over it. One of my friends called me. I was standing on the edge.

Down below? Clouds. White like cotton, smooth, perky, soft and light.
Up above? Were the mist and gentle cold wind.

Sun was light orange and so were the clouds. Sun turned orange and so were the clouds.
sun turned little white and clouds turned silvery. Here goes a chunk of clouds leaving its family and getting dissolved in azure sky. another too. Clouds breaking away.

The tiny dark forest down below were visible now. Still clouds were playing hide and seek with them. The orange warmth and I, standing facing the sun. The planet within meeting the sun. The natural magic lasted for half an hour and disappeared before our naked eyes.

Unbelievable!
Truth remained there. Footsteps were left behind. We were packing our memories.
Nature had already made me fall in love with her. With the last sip of we started trekking down with a vow to Kumara Parvatha that I would come and see you again darling!

camping tent at kumara parvathaAnd, we returned with last sip of tea under orange sun


Kumara Parvatha Photos:

Dry Kumara parvatha in winterShesha Parvatha in the background in December

Evening at Shesha parvatha on Kumara Parvatha trekSunset in western GhatsHovering clouds on Kumara parvatha trekMonsoon clouds over Kumara ParvathaIn winter on the way to Kumara parvatha trekDry Kumara parvatha in winterJust before sunrise from Shesha parvatha on Kumara Parvatha trekVivid sunset over Kumara ParvathaKukke SUbramanya as seen from Kumara Parvatha trekThe town of Kukke subramanya as pictured from on the way to Kumara Parvatha, almost after 8 kms up the hill
Kumara parvatha trek and soft cloudsShesha parvatha and monsoon cloudsLonely tree on Kumara parvatha trekA lonely tree on Kumara parvatha trekLonely western ghats on Kumara parvatha trekPool of clouds over western Ghats


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Monsoon clouds on Kumara parvatha trekClouds hovering over Kumara Parvatha in monsoonMoon appearing near Kallu Mantapa on Kumara Parvatha trekMoon coming up from behind the hill near Kallu mantapa, Kumara Parvatha On the way to Kumara Parvatha trek in winterDry Kumara Parvatha

On the way to Kumara parvatha trekKumara Parvatha just after the monsoon in AugustShades of western ghats from Kumara parvatha trekShades of blues over Kumara parvatha in winter
Sunrise from Kumara parvathaPool of clouds from Kumara Parvatha, next day morningSunrise from Shesha Parvatha on Kumara Parvatha trekSunrise from Kumara parvathaWestern ghats Hills from Kumara parvatha trekSeries of western Ghats hill as seen from Kumara parvatha


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