Top 5 treks around Chikmagalur, Karnataka

Trekking in Chikmagalur is famous because Chikmagalur is in the heart of the famous trekking spots in Karnataka. Also, most of the trekking in Chikmagalur happen within 100 Km of the town.  Here is the list of top five trekking spots in western Ghats around Chikmagalur district of Karnataka in south India.

Here is the list of top five trekking spots in western Ghats around Chikmagalur district of Karnataka in south India.

1. Mullayanagiri trek, Chikmagalur:

Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. One can reach Mullayanagiri peak top by vehicle or one can also trek to Mullayanagiri peak from down via “Sarpadhari trail”. From Mullayanagiri the trek goes to Bababudangiri hills range ending at Manikhyadhara waterfalls.

Mullayanagiri peak is almost 20 kms from Chikmagalur town. The whole trek is around 12 kms involves walking at the ridge from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri. Here is the complete Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri trek guide

Western Ghats clouds

2. Kemmangundi trek, Chikmagalur:

kemmagundi trek is around 60 kms from Chikmagalur or around 2 hours of drive. kemmangundi is a part of Bhadra wildlife sanctuary in Chikmagalur district. Apart from the trek to famous Z-point, Kemmangundi is also known for small waterfalls on the way and house stays. Here is the complete Kemmangundi trekking guide, Chikmagalur

Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri trek

3. Sakleshpur railway trek:

 Sakleshpur railway trek is one of the most beautiful treks in south India. It is one of the most famous treks around Chikmagalur district. Though a district in itself, Sakleshpur is situated almost 60 kms from Chikmagalur. The railway trek start from Sakleshpur railway station along the railway line to Yedakumari railway station. There are

There are a lot of waterfalls, rail girder bridge, and tunnels along the 20 km of trekking. Though Sakleshpur railway trek is banned, however, people still go there. Here is the complete guide of Sakleshpur- the green route railway trek

Sakleshpur railway trek

4. Kumara Parvatha trek:

Kumara parvatha trek is said to be the toughest trek in Karnataka. It is also one of the famous treks around Chikmagalur. Kumara Parvatha trek begins from Subrahmanya town which is around 120 km from Chikmagalur.Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the most beautiful, toughest and scenic treks in South India. Know the

Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the most beautiful, toughest and scenic treks in South India. Know the complete Kumara Parvatha trek guide.

Sunrise from Shesha Parvatha on Kumara Parvatha trek

5. Kudremukh trek:

Kudremukh trek is situated around 100 km from Chikmagalur town in Karnataka. Though one of the famous but still not many people attempt this trek, the reason being its location. However, this should be on to do list for treks. Know here the complete Kudremukh trek.

Kudremukh trek

6. Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha trek:

Agumbe ghat trek also known as Narasimha parvatha trek is one of most popular among trekkers in South india because of its dense forest, snakes, and wildlife. It is also one of the famous treks around Chikmagalur. Agumbe trek starts from a point called

Agumbe trek starts from a point called Kigga which is around 90 kms from Chikmagalur district in Karnataka. Here is the complete guide about Agumbe trek.

Narsimha Parvatha Agumbe Trek

 7. Kurinjal Trek:

Lying in the Kudremukh national park, Kurinjal trek is another famous trek which is situated around 90 Km from Chikmagalur. Kurinjal trek is around 7 Km one side and it takes around four hours to reach the top and another three hours to come down. The Kurinjal trek can be covered in a single day.

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.

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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. 


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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


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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. 


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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). 


Sakleshpur trek: railway route to Yedakumeri via Donigal(green route)

How to reach for 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.


Anemahal to railway track to Yedakumeri- Sakleshpur trekClick on the photo to enlarge it


Route map to railway track from Sakleshpur town:

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 for Sakleshpur trek at Yedekumeri?

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.

Though there are other routes too from Yedakumeri but I have not much idea about them. I personally find the train exit plan much suited.


Eating facility?

There is no canteen at Yedakumeri and if run out of food, you can request the railway worker to cook for you at some paid charges as of right now, some construction work is going on the track. So, carry enough eating stuff and enough money too.


Train Timings at Sakleshpur railway station?

Karwar – Yesvantpur Express/ 16518
Starts At CANNANORE , Kerala
Ends At YASVANTPUR JN , Karnataka
Train Arrival Time : 01:15
Train Departure Time : 01:20

Yeshvantpur – Karwar Express/ 16515
Starts At YASVANTPUR JN , Karnataka
Ends At KAWR , Karnataka
Train Arrival Time : 12:40
Train Departure Time : 12:45

Yeshvantpur – Kannur Express/ 16517
Starts At YASVANTPUR JN , Karnataka
Ends At CANNANORE , Kerala
Train Arrival Time : 02:45
Train Departure Time : 02:50

Karwar-Yeshvantpur Express/ 16516
Starts At KAWR , Karnataka
Ends At YASVANTPUR JN , Karnataka
Train Arrival Time : 15:15
Train Departure Time : 15:20


Is Sakleshpur railway trek illegal?

Yes, but a lot of people, amateurs and from organized clubs go on weekends. For more information, drop a question in the comment section to get quick reply.


 Our Journey

7 wanderers on 7 hours of trek on railway track. 19 green kilometers through more than 20 tunnels. Fifties of railway bridges and waterfalls throughout the trek. Yeah! People call it Sakleshpur- Yedakumeri green route railway trek – Sssshhhhh!! (It was one among many to-do treks on my wishlist)

Sakleshpur railway trek

Till 3 AM, Under Warm Sleeping Bag: Sakleshpur Railway Station

– Creep inside the fleecy sleeping bag like a child. Lift the window-pane. Let the cold winds sip in through your bag (haha, better say it let the air force come in). And watch the sullen shadows running behind the train under dark cover of night.

First step which get us down in Sakleshpur ships me to the lake district of archaic 17th century England. It reminds me of William Wordsworth. He must have got inspired with valleys, woods-land, fells, lakes, rainfalls, red squirrels, fell pony, herdwick, meadows, heaf and tarns. I tried to look for these with my thirsty eyes and I found the world presented before my eyes in different shapes in nature.

Wooden benches; water dripping down from tin roofs. People smoking in the dark corner. A light blanket of mist depriving a yellow bulb of its yellow light and whole station bathed and vitrified in rain shower.

4.00 AM: To Donigal- The Starting Point of the Trek

If a plan is according as plan then remains as a plan, Where is the adventure in it?
We walked under rain to bus stand. Unexpectedly, it was lively with sound of burning stove and rain drops pitter-pattering over tin shades and screeching of tires.
Donigal was some mysterious place floating across our minds. A secret magical place hidden somewhere in forest where the trek would begin. Almost as secret and enigmatic as Ninja-dera’s labyrinth of corridors.

Ask locals; they suggest to ask bus drivers; no fruitful result. Finally, a shopkeeper comes up to help us out and calls an auto-rickshaw guy who would drop us somewhere along highway in dark around Donigal where from we would walk for almost a kilometer till we find the railway trek.

On the way to Heaven (Yeah! Someone called it a Heaven and he was not wrong):

Heaven and hell on the way to sakleshpur railway trek

Applauds for the person who came up with this heaven-hell idea. Amazing!
Yeah! Indeed we were on our way to heaven and hell lot of hell was left behind back In Bangalore (Most of the IT people who come from Bangalore must have realized it)

And the Journey Begins:

– little drops of rain spattering over raincoats
– fear of wild elephants (Most of the elephant herd cross the railway lines in morning)
– lights fading out in feet away
– slippery rail sleepers and seven souls wandering into the wild.

Crackling boulders were never such sweeter. You place your feet firmly over slippery sleepers like a bride and move on.
Frigid winds are trying to cast raincoat off the shoulders while you try to hold it on, the same way you would hold your mother when it were dark.

Sakleshpur trek beginning in the morning

You can hear the sound of gushing water somewhere around, but its dark and you can’t see ’em. Someone one among us tries to shoot light searching all around but the light dies out too helplessly.
Desperation for seeing a water stream kicks in but mortal man can not over take the immortal nature. The darkness is meant to be dark always.

Sun:
O sun! when would you come out and bathed us with your bright ray.

O sun! when would you pierce the sky and make it a lovely day.

Walking under open dark still forms a dark closet restricting the visibility and senses’ perpetual experience area to few feet only.
We always prayed for the sun to come out and send us a warm smile but nature keeps a strict clock meter over everything and sun won’t come out before rooster’s crow.

Oh Sun! Come out soon

It was obvious from the heavy rushing sound that there was a mighty stream flowing wildly direct below us but the agony of not seeing the water in dark made us unhappy for a while.

Donigal, Humans meet Humans:

Remember Christopher Mccandless from “in the wild” when he kayaks down Colorado river and meets hipsters, if I am not wrong, on the way. The same feeling we got when we saw a few old men looking like Mexicans, standing under Donigal railway’s dark shed waiting for the rain to let up. Believe me, If it had been few days, I surely have shout out:

“Look! humans”
After seeing us walking under rain they joined us too eventually.
Dark Dementor Clouds and the Sun comes along:
Lazy dark clouds are still hovering in the sky like dark dementors not letting up the sun to come out of their black cloaks. The dark game of Quidditch has begun and light would vanquish darkness eventually. Though they would always linger in the dark rebellion sky.

Colores, Weahter y Plantas (17 million per pixel x1920x1080):
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 spin-drift blue. When this mixed mist further rises up and meets arsenic clouds, they turn into cerulean frost.

While on the earth, head of silver grey rails are shining over ash grey sleepers but the web and bullhead are rustic amid slate gray boulders.
Mosses wearing chartreuse bridals 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.

Foggy hill sakleshpur railway track trek

Encounter with the First Goods Train on Sakleshpur trek:

And I see an iron monster smoking crawling towards me from behind.
“Train, train”– I shout in haste.
British soldiers patrolling on the hunting ground of Helmland province Afghanistan come directly under fire from Taliban machine gun insurgents and we are in haste to take our cover position.

The train screams at us. Those yellow monster lights and those screeching solid iron wheels roaring and running towards us while we are standing aside holding on to rocks, waiting for the whole dark magic show to get over.

And, We meet the First Waterfall and the Gang-man
So, my friend had warned me before that this was an illegal trek and sometimes, gang-man would ask trekkers about their whereabouts but don’t panic, face them and move ahead.

Excitement of Entering inside the First Tunnel First time in Life:

Are you aware of giant Murud-janjira bastions in Mumbai, made up of big rocks? I got the same feeling when I saw the tunnel.
A man-made cave with no endings. Big structures of stone bricks arched and stuffed in.
A mixed feeling of excitement, fear, surprise and adventure.

Second Encounter with Train Inside a Tunnel:

I see a dark arched tunnel at a distance I am excited. It feels as if I am going to travel back in time to see Egyptian wall sculptures and Roman stone paintings coming live out of black walls of the tunnel. I am expecting to see out of the world things Like mythical gods, human performing hunting, elements of life descending down on earth from the sky.

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 many more. There are algae and mosses plastered at the front wall of the tunnel. I can see rail tracks disappearing under the darkness of the tunnel.

Railway tunnel, sakleshpur trek

I am excited but I am little afraid of dark too. I step inside and switch on my torch as if I am going to witness wonders live in front of my naked eyes. The echo of crunching of boulders under my heavy trekking shoes makes a heavy resonant sound.

Water is dripping out of holes over the iron rails and they resound across the walls of tunnel. Tip! Tip! I am sure you can imagine them. A tunnel presents you with a totally different world. Bitter dark cocoa with sweet chocolate syrup. Each step that you take towards darker side makes you realize that how important is the light in life.

The drippage of water washed-out along curves of the walls of tunnel when reflected under light  from the other end of the tunnel gives a silvery appearance. Those shiny silvery washables looks argent. I try a load of silhouettes over them.

I am almost a few yards away from the other end of the tunnel trying silhouettes at argent water sips. But gradually, those silver drippage start turning into golden drippage. I am awestruck. When I take my eyes off the lenses, I realize that these are reflections of yellow halo of engine approaching towards me.

Train inside a tunnel while I was inside the tunnel, sakleshpur trek

I did not want to run away. I have a insane rebellion inside me. She calls me an insane and childish so does sometimes others call too but I want to stay young forever at my heart. This is my theory and my assumptions of this world.

Someday, I would tell her, “Hey sweety! You know what, maturity signs a deal of compromises with risks and there is no adventure without risks”.

I want to capture those million-dollars moment for long and for good. I want to capture those dark walls and silvery water changing their color thousand times each moment. From white to cream, cream to Citrine,  Citrine to Amber, Amber to orange, orange to Tangelo and tangelo to crimson. So, I get some idea of the space in between me and the train. I am standing in middle of the rails for the projection of the life. I capture, is the golden tunnel. Train creeps in as a deadly tank in the war-field. It is puffing heavy black smoke and smoke has blackened the tunnel. My vision is hazing out under yellow halo running towards me.

A train inside a tunnel, sakleshpur trek

Did driver see me standing in middle of the track with a long shadow projecting behind me. He puts on a long terrifying horn. Ah! the horn stays in tunnel more than the time it was blown for.

The echo effect.

I hurriedly jump towards side and hold on to the wall. “If a cat can creep through its head through a vent then she can pull out her whole body”, the same way when Engine, the head crosses away, I was relieved.

After the train leaves the tunnel, its smoky everywhere. I can feel the smoky smell and when you walk out of the tunnel and see the light and greenery around for again, you realize how precious your life were and how graceful are you to see the life again.

Fearsome walk over railway bridge:

railway bridge, sakleshpur trek

You can face this world standing alone but facing your own fate requires another fate working behind you. You can anticipate the future but you can not run away from them unless future gives you sufficient time to walk away silently.

A lonely iron bridge stands there with rare stands at sides, the only place where you can walk is in the middle of the railway tracks. What happens if a train comes and you are in middle of the bridge almost 100 feet away from the nearest end?

Run! Its a run of your life. You know that you can not be lucky all the time.As you step over iron grids and plates, the spiritualist inside you heart realizes the price of your life. There is a care of life in your soul. But the water stream gushing and yelling down below the bridge is making it tough to anticipate the horn of the train from a distance. The vocal denotation is dying down. In this resonance unison, every note of music is being played at same scale and it has become very tough to differentiate between the high note and the low keys.
There is something inside you which pulls you towards the bridge and this fear of running out of control seem to be never ending. You want to stand in middle of the bridge, but before you stand you make sure there are not any trains creeping up towards you silently within a radius of 200 feet.
you take a snap; look around; make sure you are in safe zone and the procedure repeats itself. And finally, when you are done with capturing the beauty of the nature, you walk past the bridge very fast and when you have crossed the bridge, you turn around with a feeling of veneration (Oh Yeah!)

Ah! Finally I did it: Yedakumeri at 3 Kilometers:

“Anna! Yedakumeri?”
“Moon(3) Kilometers”
Did I hear something?
I can’t believe it.

We have been walking for past 7-8 hours and journey never seemed to end. Feet pain; Calf muscles got caught; Back is stiffened; hunger and rigid shoulders, but this mellisonant sound of “three kilometers” gives a thrust to the heart and boost the blood pumping rate. It feels like as if we are on verge of conquering something which wealways have coveted for.
Longing through out the day, through out the night, in the dreams, in the sleep. The orgasm of reaching the destination is pushing me slowly closer to the moment of intense pleasure.

It has been almost 15 minutes of walk and I see a rail crossing.
“Guys! we are almost there”- I could not stop myself and I almost run.
The station smiles back at us. Like a mother smiles at her warrior child returning from battlefield. There is a whole lot of space to embrace and fall in love with.

A green hamlet. The railway tracks crossing each-other, Lonely iron benches sitting alone under rain for years, Trees almost hazed out in heavy rain and mists, Greenery all around, those red signals of victory. The station master standing with green and red flags in his hand.

yedakumari railway station. sakleshpur railway track trek

Rain intensifies, its pattering hard over us, clouds are ascending along the ridges, water streams are filling each dry void of nature

And we seven souls have finally stepped over the Yedakumeri railway station. Yes! we made it much before our estimated time. 


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