Saturday, November 22, 2014

Surprise Trek to Narasimha Parvatha – King Cobra Kingdom Agumbe

Guest Write-up from Sindhu HV [My Daughter]

After two weeks of my most memorable trek to Kodachadri, a new surprise was waiting for me. It was a chance to trek Narasimha Parvatha [NP] which is the highest peak around Agumbe.  This is my second visit to Agumbe within two months.  I enjoyed three days in the Agumbe with parents.  I am in love with this small village and more inspired by Malgudi Days serial.

It was very surprise invitation from my father; called me on Thursday [20.11.14] night while he returning from the office and asked me to get ready for trek.  I was puzzled a moment and felt so happy and enough lucky.  The preparation is started and was tenderly dreaming about NP.

We started our adventure journey on 21.11.2014 night from Majestic.  The organizers of course Shanthi uncle and my father.  Most of the trekkers become known to me from my Dad; now they all my favorite trekkers too.  Well in advance we reached the pickup point and waited others to join with us.  We all boarded the Tempo Traveler [TT] and left the Bengaluru around 10 pm.  Later Kiran Uncle and his wife Smitha aunt joined us at Rajaji Nagar.

We reached Shivamogga at 3 am, Vijay uncle joined us from his native place.  Now our team size become 14 members.  Reached Agumbe around 6.30 am.

We got down and freshen in Bus stand.  Finished our breakfast in the Mayura Hotel which is in Agumbe Bus Stand.  When I was with parents trip, we had many times breakfast and snacks in this Hotel.

We met our guide Thimmappa who is lead for us to NP.  He instructed us to reach Malandur village, which is starting point of the trek. We come to know, Malandur is Thimmappa village.  

He made us to wait long time, at last he came with another big team who came from Mysuru.  After his arrival, we started to pack up our luggage and get ready to start the trek.  Started the journey with group photograph.

The initial path was flat and almost it’s a jeep track.  After a kilometer in the track, we entered into dense forest.  I heard and seen documentary about King Cobra in National Geographic channel; very eagerly waiting for it.  Thimmappa shared his experience as a voluntary during the studies by famous Whitaker Who was studying about the King Cobra.

We came across many small streams, ascend and descend at last we reached little big stream.  This stream will fall from very high point and it named as Barkhana Falls. 

We reached top point of Barkhana Falls.  The entire valley was dense forest and it was scary to stand at the tip.  Water gushing through rocks and it made a small pool.  We all enjoyed the falls for half an hour.

Finished our lunch and relaxed sometime.  Mysore team was left for the next journey.

Slowly we started our further journey.  Now the path become steep, the lunch was made few of Uncles very difficult.  I was ahead with my favorite trekkers Malli and Vijay uncles.  Reached a big rock after that the grassland begins.  Slowly one by one joined us.  Shanthi and other uncles shared the snacks and after few minutes relaxation we moved further.

The grassland was very beautiful and the entire dense forest valley was looking glorious.  Many were busy in taking multiple photographs with different style.  Now again we reached the difficult part of the trek.  The ascend was again steep and everyone struggling to reach the peak.  Malli uncle was enough in spirit and he was helping to others.

We reached the NP peak around 4.30 pm.  Assigned the works to each one of us.  The camp site was open grassland and enough of flat surface to pitch the tent.  NP was very calm; by our luck there were only three teams.  

Since the work is distributed among the team, we all took ownership.  I, Vijay and Bharat uncle went to fetch the water nearby stream.

Sudhakar maama and team engaged to bring the wood for fire camp.  Malli uncle and others busy in preparation of tent.  Manju & Shanthi uncle busy in preparation of Bhelpuri.  The entire team work was really wonderful.

We had Bhelpuri and got ready to watch the beautiful sunset from NP.  The sunset point need to climb a small hill.  The sun was about to leave for the day. It was one of the most beautiful sunset. 

This is my third beautiful sunset view during my treks.  We all took many photographs with different pose and came back to camp site.

We had a plan to prepare soup, so our master chef Shanthi uncle prepared hot tomato soup.  Really it was very tasty and perfect for chilled weather. 

They continued to prepare the dinner Puliyogare.  With the help of Sudhakar Mama, Malli and Shanthi uncle prepared the food.  My father and Sudhakar mama were busy singing some old Hindi songs around campfire.

Food was ready and everyone feeling hungry.  We all had very hot and tasty puliyogare with chips.  We had lot of fun around the campfire.  The night came to an end; few of us settled in Tent, few are in open sky.  Just closed my eyes remembering the memorable journey of NP.


Next day morning we all got up by 4 am and were ready for the Sunrise.  We all went nearby opposite side hill where we have camped.  Waiting for sun to come up.  

The valley was looking like; somebody thrown the cotton across the mountains.  Slowly sun came up and the valley becomes so bright.  Now the scene is like mountains were filled with clouds in and around.  We are enough happy to witness the most beautiful sunrise.  I was recalled my moments at Kumara Parvatha last year.

Returned back to our camp site, Shanthi uncle served hot coffee to all.  Later they prepared the Maggie.  All were busy to packup and move towards Kigga.  Breakfast was ready; we had yummy Maggie along with Vijay uncle Chapatis.

Took many group photographs and started the journey towards Kigga.

The path was complete descend.  The entire valley was super, the far away villages were looking very small.  Taking multiple breaks reached the Kigga.

Our TT was waiting for us.  We all got in and left towards the next destination. Second day was not planned anything; whatever possible on the way thought to visit.  

Later we went to Kundadri, again the same place which disappointed the sunrise during my last visit.  Spent good enough time and next journey is towards Tunga river Bank.

The Tunga river bank is looking like a beach.  It was very silent valley, the river flowing calmly.  Enjoyed a lot in the river and headed towards Bengaluru.

On the way again Vijay uncle got down in Shivamogga and we left to Bengaluru.  Out skirt of Shivamogga finished our dinner in Dhaba.  Along the journey we all shared our experiences and had great time enjoying with Jokes and commentary on our trek.

I am extremely happier with this trek and disappointed not sighting the King Cobra.  Reached the Bengaluru by 3 am and we all said good bye.  We boarded the Bus to Kolar.

Surprise trek made me happier and motivated to do more and more treks in the coming days.

Keep loving the nature………..

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Shankaracharya a Divine Place – Kodachadri Trek

[Guest writeup from my Daughter - Sindhu]

Awesome experience, totally speechless.  Got new friends, had a great fun, enjoyed a lot in streams, lost ourselves in the woods of Western Ghats with wonderful bunch of company.

Trek to Kodachadri in Western Ghats was fantastic.  When I came to know that will be part of this trek, I was very happy. I was filled with joy and danced with happiness dreaming about Kodachadri.  Shanthi uncle & my father (Vidyasagar) were the organisers of this trek.  We were 11 dashing energetic trekkers.  Few well known faces since I was a part of Kumara Parvatha trek last year and rest were new faces.  I got a new best friend Shreya (same class 9th std.) who was niece of Sudhakar Maama.

Our journey to Kodachadri started on 31st October 2014 the well known pick-up point Shanthala Silk house.  I think it was 8.30pm when we reached at the pick-up point.  I saw many new faces waiting for the Tempo Traveler (TT).  After a while I came to know that they all are our team members.  Mean time our TT reached the place and stepped into it.  In TT we had our introduction, some talks, jokes etc., and went on the chitchat till midnight.  I was busy with new friend Shreya.  Shared lot of our own experience and by forcibly close our eyes and went to sleep.

Day – 1 [01.11.2014]

The chirping of birds made us to wake up when we reached a small home stay in the jungle at Kattinahole.  We got freshen up and had our breakfast. Sipped hot hot coffee in the beautiful chilled morning.  We had some snaps and started our adventurous journey.  

Our adventure was filled with crossing the small streams, fighting with blood suckers leeches, ascending and descending the dense forest. 

The vegetation of jungle is dense and leeches were not discounted to anyone.  The attack of leeches started very soon and everyone were busy plucking and checking their body.  Surprise!!! I was not bothered about it since I love leeches!!!! 

After crossing the dense forest ascend reached beautiful grassland. We spent good enough of time and took many funny photographs. 

We reached Hidlumane a lonely house.  The tiny shop provide you tasty buttermilk, many of us had multiple glass.  

Tasty buttermilk kicked out our thirst and further headed towards Hidlumane Falls.  Crossing paddy fields and little ascending the path reached the most challenging boulders.  

It was slippery since it was wet.  Of course the water level was very less but it was most enjoyable moment.  The water was very very cold and jumped into everyone and enjoyed lot.

After spending enough of time further started our journey.  Now this part was very difficult.  The ascend was almost 70 degree and everyone struggled lot.  I and Shreya were the youngest and we were the first to reach our first peak.  The view from top was really amazing.  We clicked some pictures and waited to assemble everyone to this place.  We had a small break and ate chocolates, biscuits and other snacks.

We all started to descend the hill, on the way we got a stream where we relaxed again.  After a long relaxation we reached the jeep track where we saw the Gaalipata shooting spot.  

Our intention was to reach Bhattaramane at right time as per our plan.  We had lunch and relaxed sometime.  We got some energy and ready for the sunset.  Hats off to my father and Sudhakar Maama as they trekked the difficult path bare foots.  Really it was very difficult.  We witnessed a beautiful sunset on the top of Kodachadri and paid darshana to Sarvagnya Peetha. 

I was feeling blessed visiting such a divine place of Shankaracharya.  Shanthi uncle took us one more unknown place of Rushimoola where Shankaracharya did meditation.  I was feeling very proud and lucky!!!

Descended the hills with help of torches.  Reached back to Bhattaramane and had tasteless dinner and went to sleep.

Day – 2 [02.11.2014]

Some of us got up early at 5 am and ready to watch the beautiful Sunrise.  The path to the sunrise and the valley path is really very adventurous. The path to sunrise is most memorable.  I have no words to express that beautiful spot.  I, Shreya and Shanthi uncle were again first to reach the peak again.  Everyone came after a long time.  We waited for the Sun but unfortunately it was hiding behind the clouds.  After a long time we were able to see the sunshine.  The scenery was truly awesome.  We saw the unclear sunrise and came back to Bhattaramane.  Packed our luggage and ready for second day trek.

We left the Kodachadri at 8 am and wandered deep into dense woods.  Today our destination to enjoy the Arasinagundi Falls.  The beautiful path from Kodachadri to Santosh Hotel was awesome.  This is the only place where we will get something to fill our stomach.  We had Idli & Puttu (Keralian dish].

We purchased the specially prepared medicine for leech.  We applied oil and snuff powder to our body to avoid the leech bite.  We all ready with energy to tackle the leeches.  The route to Arashinagundi was very dense forest compare to yesterday path.  We hired a guide and his name is Chandru.  He took us through dense forest to falls.  At beginning I and Shreya were feeling afraid of the chilled water but later we jumped into the water and had a great fun.  Few uncles were swim and reached bottom of the falls.  It was not so easy to reach there, only courage and well swimmer can only do this.

After dip into falls finished our lunch which was the prasada of my Atte [Sister-in-law].  We had Chapati and yummy tomato chatni etc.  We left the beautiful falls and crossed many streams and reached to jeep track.  The path was little easy and reached to Highway.  On the way played quiz with CK uncle, Sharan brother, Shreya and me.

We were very tiered feeling very hot.  Eagerly waiting for stream where we could make our body cool.  At last we got the stream and were feeling very happy.  We threw our bags on the bank and jumped into the stream.  Later our TT arrived this place and reached to famous Kollur Moookambika temple.  We were feeling fresh and our minds were in peace when we entered the temple.  We had darshan of goddess Mokambike and prayed for her grace.

Again we got into our TT and at 11pm we stopped near Shivamogga Dhaba for dinner.  We had our dinner and started our journey back to Bengaluru.  Soon we were all asleep as were very tiered.  We were dreaming about our journey.  After sometime we were dragged out of sleep and soon came to know that we were back to Bengaluru.  It was the most hatred moment ever in the treks.

Anyhow even a big ocean has it’s an end. So again back to the same hell with lots of stress and worries of School.  But still those two days are most memorable.  Love that peace & sound of the calm jungle and lovely bunch of company.  Thanks to Lavanya sister who were with us all time and thanks to each one of Uncles and brothers!!! Shreya really I miss you……………

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