Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Monsoon Trek (One Day Mission) – Kumara Parvatha [KP]

Kumara Parvatha [KP] trek will always allow our-self to test physical fitness. It will be more challenging to complete in ONE day. I had been to KP thrice, every time it gives a different experience all together. My previous all treks were TWO days.

This time we decided to complete the entire stretch from Kukke - Kukke Subramanya in one day. We knew it is not so easy, however taken a challenge ourselves to test our stamina.

We have chosen the 5th June 2019, World Environment Day and a Public holiday on eve of Ramzaan. Decided to keep the team size very small and travel by public transport to make it very economy trek. Final count is become three, me, Sudhakar & Balaraj.

Decision is taken on 4th June around 11 am. Planned to avoid outside food and carry the homemade food. We were very sure, crowd will be very less. Thank you so much to Balaraj & Sudhakar for serving homemade yummy food.

We met at Majestic bus stand around 10 pm. There was no planned reserve journey, get into the normal ordinary bus and begin our journey to Kukke Subramanya.

Journey was very horrible, we could not have proper sleep. Reached the Kukke around 5.30 am, bus was delayed by more than an hour. Quickly got refreshed in public toilet, finished tea and headed towards the starting point.

Our initial plan was to start the hike at least by 5 am to avoid the sun stroke, but we had no option. Guys are charged and ready to complete the expedition of KP in one day. Pace was good, humidity was more, cloths were wet by sweat. Initial trail pass through dense forest around 4 KMs. Taking multiple small breaks, reached the grassland.

Now the cool breeze gave little relax to the wet body. Continued our journey towards APC. On the way, we met two more person, who were on the march towards KP. But we were sure, they will not make it, since they got tiered in the initial trail.

Smiling face, Sajjan, APC In-charge welcomed us and briefed about the weather condition and other formalities. We paid Rs.350/- each forest entry fees and obtained the receipt. Now the time is to fill our empty stomach.

I am very thankful to Balaraj & Sudhakar who brought homemade variety food. The quantity is also more, offered the forest personnel too. Decided, not to carry any food since it was late breakfast.

The real trek challenge starts from this point, unloaded our extra luggage, carried the extra water and snacks. Weather was very cool, ahead KP is inviting us to test ourselves. Without making further delay, headed towards the peak.

KP was calm, cool and very silent. What a moment, only we three in entire valley. Pre-monsoon rain made green carpet entire range, its looking so beautiful. One greater thing is, it is very neat and clean now. We should appreciate and thankful to who recently cleaned the entire KP.

Very soon reached the Kallu Mantapa. I would like to mention a sad part here, last year this range was flooded by heavy rain. But, presently there is no water source available in this season. Kallu Mantapa had always water source, unfortunately, this time it completely dried.

Relaxed for sometimes and continued our journey. From, Kallu Mantapa to Shesha Parvatha is really challenging. Steep ascend will kill your energy and make thirstier. Taking multiple small breaks reached the Shesha Parvatha.

The weather was turned completely cool, clouds are passing through us. Valley was hide and seek with mist, spent sometimes and continued the hike towards peak.

Leeches were more active in the range of Shesha Parvatha – KP peak. The size and volume also more, they not allowed us to passthrough without sweet bite. Very soon reached on the peak.

When reached the Kumara Parvatha peak, time was around 12.45 Noon, we were the king on the top. Wanted to spend some good time near temple, but the mosquitoes destroyed our plan. They are totally different types, looking like honey bee, they started attacking on us.

Quickly taken couple of photographs and headed back to Shesha Parvatha. Filled our stomach with yummy snacks and return journey started towards APC.

The sky turned into dark, started thunderstorm and lightening, without making delay, increased our pace. Not taking break anywhere reached APC around 3.45 pm and felt happy to reach the safe zone.

Plan went well as per schedule. Lunch was waiting for us, again filled with tasty food. Relaxed quite long time chitchatting with forest official.

Now the time to pack-up, adieu to the personnel, continued our journey to Kukke. This time the pace is fast, target is to reach latest by 7 pm. Sky is turned into cloudy and slowly started getting rain drop. We predicted, heavy rain will give farewell. Even we too wanted to shower by natural water. Rain force is increased, very soon the entire region is flooded. Enjoyed the heavy rain which fulfilled our bath.

Finally, we came out from forest and headed towards temple. The journey comes to an end. Indeed, this trek will be remembered for many unique reasons.

1. We have completed this trek in one day i.e., 12 hours. [Including 3 hours breaktime]
2. Only three during entire trek
3. First time in our trek, peak is occupied by us
4. Weather was awesome
5. KP is very clean, calm, neat & tidy

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Daughter Bicycle Ride to Agumbe

Monsoon was on peak, everywhere the nature was on glory, rain festival across the valley. Non-stop rain around Muniyalu was made heaven on the earth.

Sindhu, my daughter back from two years boarding school. She insisted me to take her bike ride around Agumbe. We had option of ONLY ONE bicycle. I was not sure about her peddle, since she is totally away from adventure activities. However she made me confident to ride whatever it is.

As usual, home minister was not ready to permit in this peak monsoon. But we succeed to convince and venture for a ride. I decided to follow her on scooty.

We started early morning ride from Muniyalu. Rain was pouring continuously. I just followed her on scooty.

The rain was tempting me to bicycle ride, but I was helpless. Scooty ride was not disappointed, just enjoyed the ride.

First we visited the Varanga, a famous Kere Basadi. Spent sometime for photography and continued the journey.

Passing through Mudradi, entered into Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. This stretch around 4-5 KMs is very dense forest. I had little worried about the wind which may cause falling the tree branch.

Very soon we hit the highway of Shivamogga - Udupi. Due to lack of practice, she felt little tiered. The Agumbe was another 4 KMs. Decided to park the Bicycle near Sitanadi Restaurant and continue the Scooty ride to Agumbe.

Daughter agreed, placed the bicycle near hotel and continued the ride in the rain. The atmosphere was very scary, but mean time it was green festival to eyes. Everywhere the streams are on full zhoom.

The Agumbe Ghat was fully misty and fog. Enjoying the Ghat reached the sunset point. Spent some good time and returned journey.

I was not quite sure about peddling back to Muniyalu. She is fine by the time, started the return journey towards home.

Taking multiple breaks, reached the Muniyalu. She was quite happy and confident about this ride.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunrise Trek to Skandagiri

Always sunrise and sunset are unique to trekkers/nature lovers. Many of our treks, literally ran to view this glorious nature moments. It may not be so great to others, but sure it is one of the most precious moments to trekkers.

I did very rare ONE day treks around namma Bengaluru. We Prakruti Payana guys decided to witness the sunrise on the Skandagiri. There was a restriction to venture this hill, now the forest department is offering with permission. Either you can book online or can get the permission at venue. Permission at venue is subject to condition of the crowd.

We finalized the date on 1st July 2018 with 16 members team size. Booked online not to taking the risk. Decided to vehicle pooling is the only option to manage the time.

In three cars we left the Bengaluru midnight around 2 am, reached the base point by 3.30 am. Our perception was wrong, there was huge crowd welcomed us. Not sure, may be around 200 – 300 people were gathered to venture the Skandagiri.

Certainly, it was disappointment to the nature lovers, however we have to through this crowd to reach the peak. Finished the forest permission formalities, team is ready to start the trek.

It is easy trail marked by people foot print. Overtaking the crowd, making our own way continued the hike. The day was near full moon, we not needed the torch.

Cool wind was making chilled on the top of Skandagiri. Slowly mist was covering the valley. We settled down to witness the beautiful sunrise. Crowd slowly getting to mount, the entire range become fish market.

Clouds were not much, sun rise was not so beautiful as we expected. However we not let down to enjoy the nature. Spent some good time with photography. Now the time to head back, very quickly descended and said adieu to the team.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Bicycle Solo Ride to Home [Muniyalu] from Hosanagara

When planned journey get abandoned due to non-availability of reservation, it’s provoke me to do solo cycling ride to home. The unplanned maiden SOLO journey peddled to home Muniyalu on 23rd June 2018. I had been rode to home on bicycle couple of trails; Kalasa – Muniyalu, Chikkamagaluru – Muniyalu, Shivamogga – Muniyalu. I was in search of new trail. This time decided to peddle through Hulikalghat, from Hosanagara to Muniyalu.

I had been to Hosanagara last ride of ‘Hosanagara to Jog falls’ last year. During that ride, we covered surrounding Hosanagara places viz., Savehaklu – Chakra Dams, Nagara fort etc. I am little aware about the trail and, we had been this route on CAR trip of around these places.

There is an interesting story to do this solo journey. While booking the Tatkal train ticket to Bengaluru – Shivamogga, unknowingly booked in reverse ‘Shivamogga – Bengaluru’. Later I realized the mistake. Thought passed in the mind, who not to try Bicycle ride to home? So, the trail is chosen Hosanagara to Muniyalu. Booked the Airavat a day before, luckily got a seat. Without any hurdles, journey went smooth.

I got down at Hosanagara around 4.30 am. It was perfect weather for cycling; already wet bus stand shown indication about the peak monsoon. As usual got refreshment at public amenities. By the time, Bus stand hotel was serving the morning breakfast. Considering the darkness, wanted to spend sometimes. Finished the yummy breakfast and ready to ride.

Journey is begun with selfie; the cool breeze with drizzling gave an additional encouragement to peddle. Solo journey is always self-decision, you can stop wherever you want, you can keep pace whatever you want, there is no dependency. Very soon reached the famous Ganesh Temple on the way to Nagara.

Last time, I could not able to visit the Ramachandrapura Math. This is very popular for largest cow protection. They are taking care the different breeds of across country. I was very curious and eager to visit this place. We have to take deviation around 2 KMs from main road.

Soon reached the Math, taken permission to enter the premises. It was very proud and appreciation moment for the noble cause. The in-charge person explained about the place and cows.

Journey is continued towards Nagara Fort. I had been at fort twice before this visit. Last year monsoon cycling and family visit. Abounded fort walls look very beautiful in the monsoon. Nothing much left, but it’s looks more beautiful in the monsoon.

When I entered the fort, I am alone. It was drizzling all the way. Spent sometimes on photography and continued the journey.

I took the next pit stop at Masthikatte for snacks and relax. People were more curious to know about my journey. Similar repetitive questions ‘From where you are coming? Why you riding? Do you not get tiered? Why you take a risk in the rain?’ etc. I just replied it’s my hobby and passion.

Journey is continued towards Hulikal Ghat. Prayed at Chandikamba temple which is on the way of Ghat. View of the Ghat is very panorama.

Everywhere the streams are become falls, enjoying the ride reached Hosangadi.

Again, taken a break for snacks, my target is to reach the home by Lunch. I had enough time to cover the distance. While having the snacks, asked the hotel person about any inner route to reach Hebri. Surprisingly, he mentioned about inner forest route which connect to Amasebailu. And also mentioned about the forest permission.

Finished the snacks and thanked him, decided to check the luck. After couple of meters ride, got a police check-post. Police personnel stopped and inquired about my journey. Initially they refused to permit and also mentioned about the missing the route and restricted region. I made them to get confidence about my journey, finally they guided the route and allowed me to continue.

After two KMs ride, I entered the forest trail. I was the alone with gorgeous river flow, bird whisper. Just stopped for a photograph, suddenly got a siren of Monkeys. For a moment got scared, I had no option except continue the journey with courage.

Of course, it was scary, but at the same time it was so beautiful trail. It was almost 3 – 4 KMs inside the deep forest, finally got a hope about the civilization.

Far away I seen some building, and it was Amasebailu ‘Anti-Poaching Camp (APC)’. Guards stopped me; inquired about trespassing the territory. I briefed about my journey and permission obtained at police check-post. They thoroughly checked my ID proof. After confirmation they allowed me to move further. Please note that this route is not meant for public.

Enjoying the inner route, spent good time across the journey. Passing the Amasebailu continued the journey towards Hebri. I felt the inner route is most beautiful trail of this journey. All the way rain was pouring taking multiple small breaks.

Journey was coming to an end, reached the Hebri by 2.30 pm. Now the remaining 12KMs was well known to me, taking small break peddled towards home Muniyalu. Reached the home at 3.45 pm.

This is again memorable for me due to the maiden solo journey. Certainly it motivated me to take more solo challenges.