Saturday, January 7, 2023

Chinaga Betta - 7th Jan 2023

Chinaga Betta

Quite long time we did not do any one day trek around Bengaluru. Friend, Shanthi Prasad recommended to venture Chinaga Betta on 7th Jan 2023 weekend. 

I did not hear this name before, without second though we said OK to trek. Myself, Shanthi Prasad, Sudhakar & Santosh planned in car pooling, Madhu joined with us on his bike.

Chinaga Betta is a small hike near Tumkur which is just 10 kms away from city. Started our journey early morning at 4.30 am and reached the base point by 6.30 am.

Finished entry formalities and paid the fee around Rs.313/- each and started our trek. The weather was very pleasant and misty. 

This trek is very small, but the trail is really super. You will cross the dense forest twice and reach the grassland.

We reached on the peak soon and enjoyed a lot. You can see more our journey in the below video. Anyone can plan with family too.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Solo Bike Ride to Mullayyanagiri

After Corona bad effect to entire globe, I am personally missing lot of adventurous activities. I had a practice to do on and average 2 events every month either Trekking, Cycling, Long Ride and Travel. This virus made me lot of frustration.

However, as and when I get the opportunity, tried to utilize maximum. This time while going home MUNIYALU, decided on Bike and visit Mullayyanagiri.

Mullayyanagiri is one of my favorite visiting place. I had been this place many times with different group and friends. The most memorable "Mullayyanagiri Trek" where we lost the path and by great difficulty reached civilization. We all lost a hope for a while. 

Second most memorable and dangerous is "Bike Trip" with friends. We had lot of fear journey to climb the Mullayyanagiri Ghat. The most and most dangerous thing is, it was about to dark, and heavy rain plus fog. We took almost 1.5 hours to reach the main road with help of local people.

So, I love Mullayanagiri always. This time decided to go solo bike ride on Republic Day. It was already fixed two days back and even informed the family about my arrival on bike. They also got frustrated to advice me..hahahaha

Route Chosen:

Bengaluru - Magadi - Kunigal - Hasana - Beluru - Chikkamagaluru - Mullayyanagiri - Baalehonnuru - Jayapuru - Hariharapura - Agumbe - Someshwara - Mudradi - Muniyalu

Now a days Bengaluru is very chilled and sun take leisure time to show face at 10 am in our part. So, I decided to leave home little late, accordingly left at 6.45 am.

Always my decision make me trouble. Instead of Nelamangala highway, decided to explore from Magadi to Kunigal. The road is worst, due to major civil work all the way. I could not able to drive beyond 30 kms/ph. After crossing Magadi, the road is somewhat OK till Kunigal highway.

I hit the Kunigal highway around 8 am, and decided to give a first break at Yadiyuru. Always take break near Yadiyuru which is descent 90 kms ride from home.

The journey is continued towards Hasana. Highway is little busy, however, I could manage on and average 50 KMs, reached Hasana at 10.15 am.

My initial plan was to take breakfast at Chikkamagaluru popular Town Canteen. But my stomach was very hungry, decided to take a break for breakfast at Hasana. 

The Hotel was looking descent, but I realized when started getting vomit sensation after few kilometers. I made wrong decision to have Masala Dosa. May some oil content was bad, health was upset and severe headache, took one National Table Dolo 650.

Very soon crossed, Belur and reached Chickmagaluru. I am little familiar with town, without taking anyone help, continued journey towards Mullayanagiri.

I was little worried about Covid restrictions, but luckily nothing was as such. Paid Rs.10 two wheeler as vehicle entry fees and continued journey towards peak. 

Noticed many places the traffic police catching the vehicles, fortunately no one is stopped me.

There was drastically change in Ghat. May be, some three years back was my last visit in Car with friends. The road condition was 50-50, but now complete 100% pakka. All the way tar and Cement Road with barricade and sign boards.

Vehicle moment was more due to Republic Day holiday. Taking a break for photography, reached Sitalayyanagiri temple.

Spent some good time in photography and continued journey. The road beauty was breaking me again and again, took many stops and reached the parking lot of Mullayyanagiri at 12.30 Noon.

Parking lot was packed with tourist vehicles. The entrance part, you will get many shops with snacks and cool drinks.

Relaxed my bike in the parking lot, taking risk to keep luggage on the bike. Just started ascending the peak.

Here also I noticed lot of changes. Now the steps are well built, but in my last visit it was just raw. Enjoying the valley and taking multiple breaks for photo, reached the peak.

Peak entrance was very crowded with young generation. Making path, entered the temple premises. 

Inside the crowd was less, just had one complete round took the blessings of Mullayya.

Considering my continue journey towards Muniyalu home, decided to take abide to peak. My journey remaining was almost 180 kms and which is completely in curve ghat road.

Descending was much easy, very soon enjoying valley, reached to bike. Dolo 650 was worked well, and my health in normal mode, enjoyed the Ice Cream.

The time is almost 2.30 pm and lunch time. Decided to finish the lunch at Town Canteen and continue journey. Luckily I got Anna - Sambar and filled the hungry stomach.

Now my target is to reach home before dark with minimum breaks. The time was almost 3.15 pm, just continued my journey towards Baalehonnuru.

As I committed myself, journey is continued till Jayapuru and took a small break. My pace was good and maintaining the timing. My journey was continued and soon reached Agumbe Ghat.

The Ghat was filled with tourist and continued journey towards Muniyalu. This time I did not get a single call from home, as I was on time as committed to them. Reached home safely at 6.20 pm.

Overall journey was around 418 Kms with 11 hours ride. This will be just normal since I did not come across any hurdles. 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Chibbalagudde - Tunga River


Chibbala Gudde is holy place near Thirthalli. This is very known popular for many things. Firstly, this is declared as Matsya Dhaama [Fish Sanctuary] by Karnataka Government. Secondly, Siddhi Vinayaka temple which known saint tapasya land. Thirdly, inspiration to our Rashtrakavi Kuvempu.

This is one of visit list around Thirthalli, finally we decided to visit on 26th December 2021 Sunday. The place is around 70 kms away from home Muniyalu. Myself and betterhalf wanted to go in Nexon, however, son Sumkh wanted by Scooty. At last we agreed his choice and left the home at 11.30 am.

Indeed it was bit late, however planned to comeback home after dark. We chosen the route as below:

Muniyalu - Agumbe - Thirthalli - Chibbalagudde - Kuppalli - Koppa - Hariharapura - Agumbe - Muniyalu

It is a circle trip to Agumbe and journey is begun. Passing through Someshwara, entered Agumbe Ghat. The Ghat was not much traffic, enjoying the ride reached the view point.

The crowd was little more due to long weekend. Spent some few minutes and continued our journey towards Thirthalli.

After crossing the Thirthalli, taken route of Koppa. Few kilometers journey, required to take a left deviation which leads towards Chibbalagudde.

You can find the board all the way, and reached the destination of Chibblagudde. The temple board welcomed us. There is a small parking lot with one small shop where you get all types of snacks and cool drinks.

We came to know that, this Siddivinayaka temple is under Government of Karnataka Mujarayee department.

Left our slippers near gate, entered Vinayaka temple. This is a small temple but maintained very neatly. Took the Vinayaka darshana and prayed for good health.

Behind the temple Garbhagudi, you can find steps which leads down towards Tunga river.

Crowd was very less, we got down to river bank. Still here and there people thrown plastic bottles and chips packets, overall the cleans is 50-50.

The Tunga river is flowing so calmly and big big fishes are enjoying in the water. Traveler feeding the Mandakki to fishes.

Spent some good time and enjoyed the nature. Indeed it is a very holy and amazing place if you around Thirthalli trip.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Holy visit to Shabarimale

Lovely big team, friendly atmosphere, long way journey in train, holy spirit, excellent management, unlimited snacks / food during entire journey and overall wonderful darshana of Ayyappa Swamy. Indeed, a long long pending visit to Shabarimale is fulfilled on 16th February 2020. Thankful to the entire team and special thanks to my beloved friend Sudhakar, who made it to happen.
Sometime it is unbelievable, in the first meet, when you feel a bonding friendship, which make you to feel long time with entire team. Neither there was age bar nor barricade of language. Spirit of the team is remarkable, co-ordination of the team members is extraordinary. Though they all from different location / industry / job, it is a live example of one united family.
Pampa River
Preparation of logistic initiated well in advance before 4 months. Journey is decided by Indian Railway. I came to know that, this is 12th year continuously travelling by train. The team is in touch with all friends and kept all updates. I was more eager to meet the entire new team, except Sudhakar & one more lovely friend Veerendra.

Below is the detailed itinerary / Trip schedule:

Day-1: 16.02.2020
- Pooja start from 8 am at Subramanya Nagar Temple
- Followed by Prasad around 12 Noon
- Reach KR Puram Railway Station at 5 pm
- Board the Garibrath Train to Cehngannur

Day-2: 17.02.2020
- Reach Early Morning to Chengannur 
- Chengannur to Pamba [Pampa] by Tempo Travel
- Hike Shabari Male [3.5 KMs]
- Relax at Dharmashala
- Have Darshana multiple time
- Prassada & relax for the day

Day-3: 18.02.2020
- Early Morning 5 am Swamy Darshana
- Start back towards Pampavana
- Board the TT to Chengannur
- Lunch & Shopping around Railway Station
- Board the Kanyakumari Express to Bengaluru

The planning was indeed very perfect. Not even a minute had any issue. This is my first travel where I have enjoyed journey without any hurdle.

Day - 1
Golden day arrived to meet all new friends on 16th February 2020 at Subramanya Nagar temple. Sudhakar asked me to wear Mala, but due to some unavoidable circumstances, I could not. Planning to wear in future soon.
Pooja @ Subramanyanagar Temple  Bangalore
Irumudi rituals is holy process which takes lot of time. Guruswamy blessed to all maladhari Swamy's. The process is continued till 1 noon, post Prasad is served to all.

                                         Pooja @ Subramanyanagar Temple  Bangalore

Now its time to move towards KR Puram Railway Station. We reached on time to KR Puram Railway Station. Final count is 25 friends out of 28 booked tickets. Garibrath train departed on time since the starting point. We all scattered in different bogies, it is quite tough to get tickets in one bogie for big team. Settled on our respective seats and small introduction among team members.

KR Puram Railway Station - Bangalore

                                           Team waiting @  KR Puram Railway Station 

Myself & Veeru are new to this group, rest are meeting regularly on Shabari holy trip. I am so excited to know about meeting yearly once without fail on this auspicious holy trip.

                                                  Selfie Before Departure at KR Puram 

Garibrath is completely AC bogies; there was very less movement of passenger between the compartments. Even the station stops were very less.

Journey is continued with lot of humors about previous travels / incidents. In between snacks added more joy to our travel.

              Lovely Dinner @ Coach 
Now the time to fill our hungry stomach with delicious parcel dinner. The captain of the team is assigned the responsibility to different volunteers. One team is taken the responsibility to serve the delicious food.

Variety delicious food made heavy and now the time to hug the bed. As the train is on pace towards Chengannuru, slowly down to deep sleep.

Day - 2

                                                         Sun raise

Day begin so early around 5 am, train was running on time. We all decided to get refresh in the train to avoid further delay to our journey.

We are in Kerala beautiful landscape of nature. Morning weather was pleasant, sun is raising across valley.

Reached Chengannur railway station at 7.15 am. I came to know that, Chengannuru to Pamba around 90 KMs and it is 3 hours journey in private vehicle.

                                                  Chengannur Railway Station

TT guy welcomed us at station. Team has booked one TT and Innova considering team size. We all settled in vehicle and chanting "Swamiye Sharanm Ayyappa" begin our journey.

                              Tempo Traveler - TT  journey to Shabarimale

After 30 minutes of journey, reached Arnamula, bank of Pampa river. Water level was not much, however, many devotees are taking holy bath. 

Spent couple of minutes to capture in camera. Noticed that, local people taking small boat to cross the river for everyday routine works.
                                                 Best Buddies 

Our leader gave us 15 minutes to finish the holy dip. One by one, dive in the river and finished the holy bath. The yummy breakfast [parcel] was ready, Chapati different curry filled our hungry stomach.
Yummy Breakfast
Now, we headed towards Arnamula Parthasarathy temple. Guruswamy briefed about this beautiful temple.

Old monument structure temple is very beautiful. The crowd was not much, had wonderful darshan and spent sometime in the premises. Indeed it is very beautiful temple.

Now times to move towards Shabarimale. Guruswamy enquired with someone about the Shabari darshan timings. It is knew that, temple closes at 12 Noon. We have decided to take relax drive, on the way pit stop for small break. Journey is continued with chanting of "Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa".
Short Break on the Way
Reached Pampa [Pambam] at 12 noon. Weather hot with crowded devotees Pamba welcomed us. Police are not allowed the vehicles beyond barricade. Very hot weather made very tough challenge to bare foot Swamy's.


We all rushed towards Ganapathy temple of Pamba. Shabari is around 3.5 KMs ascend. Guruswamy briefed about next journey, performed rituals before proceeding towards Swamy darshana.

Now the real hike begin towards Shabari. Hot weather, challenging hike, open to sky place made tough time to all. 

On the way, in between tree shadow and shed gave little relax. Watermelon, juice, buttermilk, Pineapple gave lot of energy to fight with hot weather. 

Taking multiple breaks finally reached the most awaited holy place Shabarimale.
                 Way to Civil Darshan                                          Way to Maledhari Darshan 

There are two different ways for Maledhari & non one. Maledhari get golden opportunity to pass through the 18 holy steps. Myself and Veerendra are non-Maledhari, we have taken different (Civil) route to take Swamy darshan. Finished the first Darshana of Swamy.
Inside the Temple
After Darshan we moved towards Dharmashale where pre-booked our accommodation. It is basic amenities of big hall, ideal place for trekkers like me.

We all taken one more round of bath. Humidity was more, fans were running in the hall continuously. Now the Guruswamy is in preparation of rituals.

Evening Rituals
It is very special and curious rituals for me, never come across or known by anyone. Guruswamy performing the pooja so patience. After rituals once again headed towards to Swamy darshana.
Collecting Prasada
After Jyoti darshana, temple keep open 5 days of every month. We are here on 4th day, Usually crowed will be more on season. 

CrowedOn Peak Season
We are very much lucky since the rush was very less . we had taken multiple swamy darshan . We roamed around the premises, spent good time.                 

Evening Pooja
Now the time to have Prasad and retire for the day. There are different Trust offering free Prasad. Finished the Darshana and retire for the day.
Guruswamy in Different Avtaar
Day - 3

The day started so early around 4 am. Finished our morning core job, and headed towards one more round darshana. It not took much time, had so relaxed darshana.
Different Poses with team
Everything was going as per schedule, now its time to turn back towards Pamba. Trusts are offered morning breakfast too, few of us had it. After the group photograph, journey is continued.
Getting ready to departure
Morning weather was cool, descend was pleasant. We come across many Doli's where the devotees are carried by four people.
Doli Service
This time we decided to take one more route to Pamba. Essential goods are carried out on Tracktor. Enjoying the route, taking many photographs reached the Pamba.
Cargo on Peak
We did not feel any tiredness, soon reached Pamba where our TT is waiting for us. Boarded the vehicle, journey is continued towards Chengannur.
Back to Chengannur
Slowly weather was getting hot, taking break reached the town Chengannur. Its time to fill our stomach with yummy lunch. Tamilnadu style hotel served yummy food.
Lunch Break
Kanyakumari Express scheduled at 4 pm. We had enough time to board the train. All went around station for shopping of Kerala popular snacks of different chips.
Shopping Time @ Chengannur
Most memorable journey is coming to an end. We all boarded the train and settled on our seats. As train run so fast on track, the golden memories rounding in my mind. Just thanked to everyone before taking a departure and missing such a wonderful lovely team, hoping to meet again soon.
Lovely Team
Special Thanks to
  • Guruswamy (Krishnan KR) is our guide, mentor and well wisher for Shabari trip
  • Shnakar P & Raj Shekhar R key pillars who organized wonderful trip with excellent planning & arrangement 
  • Gopal Krishna, taken care of all Pooja responsibilities, TT, Accommodation & Home made Food arrangement which is unforgettable. 
  • Sujithran, Raghu , Karthik & Shankar P for sponsoring the lovely food during journey
  • Karthik who Volunteered for food arrangement & parcels
  • Vandan Kumar P who volunteered organizing the Pooja at Blr temple
  • Finally to all friends who are part of our holy trip 

1. Reaching Sabarimala

The Ayyappa temple on Sabarimala lies 184 km away from the international airport in the Kerala's capital city of Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum). Similarly, it is      214 km from Kochi (formerly Cochin) International Airport. The nearest railway stations to Sabarimala are at Kottayam and Chengannur.

During the pilgrimage seasons, devotees proceed to the temple through Chalakayam, or they hit the mountain trails that start from Erumeli and ascend the Karimala    hills barefoot. The total distance covered is approximately 50 km.

Three main routes to Sabarimala currently exist and they are,

      I) Kottayam to Pampa (via) Erumeli, from Pampa to Sabarimala (by foot) - 136 km Kottayam to Pampa (via) Manimala, from Manimala to Sabarimala by foot - 116 km

     II) Erumeli to Sabarimala (via) Kalaketty, Azhutha, Inchippara, Karimala, Pampa - 45 km From Pampa to Sabarimala by foot.

    III) Vandiperiyar to Mount Estate by vehicle, from Mount Estate to Sabarimala by foot.

     IV) Vandiperiyar to Kozhikkanam, from Kozhikkanam to Sabarimala (descent) - 15 km Kozhikkanam to Uppupura -10 km. Uppupura to Sabarimala - 3.5 km (Vehicles can be utilized for travel till Uppupura).

Vehicles cannot proceed further beyond Pampa which is located in the Pampa river valley; the final five kilometers are best covered by trekking, but for the aged and handicapped, porters and chairs are available.

2. Temple timings (Monthly Five Days)
Opening: 4.00 a.m.
Closing: 1.30 p.m.

Opening: 4.00 p.m.
Closing: 11.00 p.m.

3.Accommodation : Many Guest Houses are available, we can book the Accommodation in advance 

4. There are also other holy temples in an around the Sabarimala Temple, which is stunning as well. 

5. Parking : From 2019, no private vehicles will be allowed to park beyond Nilakkal.

Nilakkal (20Kms away from Pampa) would be the base station for pilgrims. Private vehicles will not be allowed between Nilakkal and Pampa.

Only KSRTC will be allowed in this route.