Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bicycle Tour: Tirthalli to Malpe through Agumbe Ghat

Two beloved friends; unplanned trail; lesser distance; most difficult climb of Kundadri; crossing Malati river in boat; enjoying the Agumbe descend; first time reaching home Muniyalu before dark; these are the happiest glimpse of Bicycle tour from Thirthalli to Malpe with Sudhakar on 22nd September 2018.
Hanging Bridge
Monsoon always tempt me to peddle more and more. I had been to home Muniyalu in August 2018 on bicycle i.e., Horanadu - Malpe ride, but feeling one month gap is too much. This time decided to peddle less, but explore more surrounding Tirthalli and Agumbe.
Sudhakar, my friend always demanded me to keep less distance during bicycle tour. Finally I chalked down the draft of trail to start from Tirthalli and day end at Muniyalu.


Bengaluru to Tirthalli - By Volvo

Thirthalli - Bheemanakatte -  Alageri - Kammaradi - Malathi River - Kundadri - Agumbe - Someshwara - Mudradi - Muniyalu

Muniyalu - Perduru - Malpe - Udupi - Manipal

Manipal to Bengaluru - By Volvo


We reached Majestic around 10 pm, bus is scheduled at 11 pm. Ahead of departure, waited for Bus to reach platform. Crews are friendly and co-operative, loaded our bikes in luggage compartment and boarded the bus. Journey went well.
Before Leaving to Tirthalli

Reached Tirthalli around 6 am. Finished our morning core job at Bus stand. Bus crews suggested us to have breakfast on the roadside a small hotel. Breakfast was really tasteful and more economy.
Beautiful Landscape outskirt of Tirthalli
This was totally unplanned trail except visit to Kundadri and home Muniyalu. After heavy breakfast, chalked down the trail to visit Bheemanakatte. We had been this beautiful place couple of time. First time visited during our Narasimha Parvatha trek in 2014.
Journey begin
On the down trail, journey headed towards Bheemanakatte. This is aroud 8 - 10 KMs from Tirthalli. We did not find much difficult to trace the trail. Very interesting fact is, we met Mr. Ananth very interesting friend. He was so impressed by our tour and promised to join with us in future events.
Holy Tunga river flowing so calmly. Spent some good time around the place. Now, we have no clue what is next? Asked the local villagers to guide us to reach Kundadri through village trail. Most of them suggested to take tar road since it is short cut, but on our repeated request, guided us to cross the bridge and continue towards Kammaradi.
Crossing Tunga River
Crossing on hanging bridge is always fun. We had crossed many such bridges in our bicycle tour. Village roads are most favorite trails to all cyclists.
Beautiful Trail
Enjoying the trail, weather, nature and taking multiple breaks reached Karibailu.

We stopped here for tea break after long peddling. People are more curious to know our journey and purpose. Almost stopped 30 minutes in the small town.
When we asked the trail to Kundadri, they suggested to cross the Malati river by taking the boat whee we can have more beautiful trail. They were not sure about the operation of boat, since heavy monsoon of this season. However, they suggested us to go and check it our luck.
Journey Continued
This is around 3 - 4 KMs ride to reach the Malati river. We decided to take a chance and check our destiny. After peddling 4 KMs, reached the Malati river. We are enough lucky, boat is operating.
Malati River
Distance is not much, may be 10 meters, but in one place water is more depth. We boarded our bikes on boat and had a new experience crossing river.
River Crossing

Our journey is continued towards Kundadri. Now sun is on top, journey become 
little difficult now. Taking inner forest route reached the Kundadri base point.
Forest Trail
We had been Kundadri many times, but this is maiden journey on bicycle. From base point to peak is around 3 KMs.
Kundadri - Faraway
 My friend initially denied to join with me for climb. He was not confident to peddle. I convinced and promised to take many more breaks.
Kundadri Calling
As on today, this was one of the toughest climb for me. There were no counts about our breaks. Hot weather made us to cry. This three KM indeed exhausted our energy. In between we relaxed for sometime.
Relaxxxxx on the way to Kundadri
 Taking many more breaks reached the peak. Joy of reaching on the top is just amazing.
Joy of Reaching Peak
Homemade yummy lunch was waiting for us. Intentionally skipped early lunch to avoid more tiredness of this climb. Now we are more happy to fill our hungry stomach.
Panorama view of Kundadri
Spent lot of time on peak and relaxed under tree for sometime. We become hero to one of tourist family. They appreciated our stamina and bicycle tours.

After a long break, now the time to reach home before sunset. Downward journey took very little time, continued our journey towards Agumbe.
Descending Kundadri
A small photo session in front of Doddamane and break for cool drink. Sun was still sharp and day one camping distance was less.
Doddamane - Agumbe
After small refreshment, continued our journey towards Agumbe Ghat. This is my 5th cycling trip to this beautiful Agumbe Ghat, 1. Kalasa to Sringer; 2. Shivamogga to Udupi; 3. Chickmagalur to Manipal; 4.Horanadu to Malpe. We should be more careful to descend the ghat due to heavy traffic.
Agumbe Ghat
Our journey was going as per schedule. Hope this is the first time I am reaching home as per intimation to wife. Taking small breaks passing through Someshwara, Mudradi, Varanga reached Muniyalu.
Journey towards Muniyalu
Day journey went well, received a warm welcome by family. 

We decided to keep next day peddle covering Malpe - Udupi and Manipal. I had been on regular peddle on this route. Considering the previous experience, decided to leave home around 2 pm.


Mutlapadi - Kuduremukha Range
My son is more energetic and eager to join us for sunrise glimpse at Mutlapadi [Son favorite place]. Got up early, went to capture the beautiful sunrise.
Beautiful Stream
Raising sun with beloved son across Kuduremukha valley is always precious and joyful for me. We had very good glimpse and fun-filled moments.
Kuduremukha Range
Explored the surrounding area very casually. This is my son one of the favorite place. We have no count how many times visited this heaven.
Thieves Plucked the Coconut
Got a call from home about readiness of breakfast. Finished breakfast and chitchat some time. Since the peddling is less, we decided to leave after lunch.
Mutlapadi Forest
Heavy yummy lunch made us little lazy, but the destination and pre-booked bus was waiting at Manipal. With heavy heart son adieu us for further journey. My son wanted have a round on my bike, enjoyed ride.
Son Ride
This time decided to explore one more new route which connect to Perdur. The trail is almost flat, soon crossed Perdur and continued towards Malpe.
Journey towards Malpe
We decided to witness the beautiful sunset at Malpe beach. Passing through village internal road, reached Mangaluru - Karwara highway.
Mangaluru - Karwara Highway
None of cyclist love to ride on busy highway, we too. The view of Suvarna river from Bridge is awesome.
Suvarna River
Continued our journey towards Malpe. Crossed the highway again entered internal road. Now, the sun is little cool and coconut trees shade gave relax to our bodies.
Continued journey towards Malpe
Finally we reached the official end point Malpe. The time was more to set the sun on west.
Ride on Beach
The only option is to have long chitchat on beach.Crowd was not much, settle on the peace place.
Relax on beach
Now the atmosphere is become very cool and sun setting down. The most happiest moment to any nature lover.
Sunset - Malpe
Now the entire Malpe completely dark, headed towards Udupi city. Malpe - Udupi road is always busy. After reaching the Udupi had dinner and headed towards Manipal.

Bus was scheduled at 9 pm, we were ahead of time. Remembering our two days long ride waited for bus. As per scheduled, bus reached to platform, boarded our bikes, and relaxed in our seats. Overall it was wonderful and thrilling tour since the most difficult Kundadri trail.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Trek Around Horanadu and Sringeri - Western Ghat

We are in search of a new trekking place around Western Ghat. My friend, Suresh suggested to explore around Sringeri and Horanadu. They had been to this place couple of week back. Monsoon was just took a break, decided to go on trek.

Initially the participant list went long, but final count turned up only seven friends. First time, we booked the Tata Sumo considering the team size.

Kyatanamakki - Valley
Left Bengaluru on 7th September 2018 around 10 pm. Very soon passed the city, journey is continued towards Sringeri. It was quite uneasy to long drive in Sumo, but like minded company will always thrill us.

On the way - Break
Route Chosen

Bengaluru - Hasana - Chikkamagaluru - Huligaradi Road - Arehalla


Mr. Vasanth, care taker of the trek already waiting us at Huligaradi road. Further we followed him around 8 - 10 kms to reach his house.

Beautiful Village Trail
Soon the landscape and atmosphere got change. Everywhere post monsoon beautiful landscape decorated with green carpet. We all felt happy to visit this place on right time.

Palace - Our Camping
Vasanth home is located in a remote hamlet called Arehalla. Love at first sight about this beautiful village. We unloaded our luggage and settle on 1st Floor [Atta]. This is typical Malenadu Atta, very attractive.

Palace - Arehalla
Discussed in detail itinerary for the day with Vasanth. He advised us to go Kyatanamakki, which is very close to Horanadu. 

Guide was dropped out on last minute due to some emergency work. However, Vasanth briefed about the trail.

Kyatanamakki Peak Other side
Informed the friends to get ready at the earliest so that we can explore more. Very soon finished the morning core job and ready for breakfast.

Yummy delicious breakfast filled our stomach, packed Chitranna for lunch. Took a group photograph in the compound. 

Kyatanamakki Gang
We all more excited to explore the surrounding area. Asked the driver to bring vehicle to nearest village of junction.

Nature Walk
It is more thrill to walk in the nature. Took many more photographs with many more stunts. 

Fun - Masthi
By the time vehicle reached our place, all boarded and continued our journey towards Kyatanamakki.

In between, we got little confuse about the trail and base point of trek. Taking the local villager help, reached Kyatanamakki.

We are very surprise to see the route which more scenic. Recently, we did bicycle touring "Horanadu to Malpe" on this trail just last month. Unfortunately, I could not able to identify this peak. I never get bore to visit same place again and again.

Initial Trail
Vehicle dropped us near the stream. We asked driver to relax till we come back, may be around 4 - 5 hours.

There are many more people around the valley. Understood from the crowd, surrounding home stay arrange visit to all tourist to this peak.

Kyatanamakki Ascend
It is very easy trail to reach the peak. Entire range is completely greenish and weather was awesome. Cool breeze, beautiful valley, fun-filled team, added more joy on our face.

Explored around the valley, there was no count for photographs, it went on till tiered us. 

Now the time to fill our stomach, decided to have lunch.  Finished the parcel Chitranna, indeed it was very tasty.

Lunch Time
We are not satisfied with this small hike. Saw a beautiful stream far away from the peak in valley. However, it was little tough to come back since it almost 60 degree latitude. Anyway, team decided to explore this valley.

Kyatanamakki Other Side Tough Descend
Steep descend valley is not so easy since there are many boulders hidden in the grass. But, the most adventure friend Sudhakar shown thrilling stunt about descending on fast pace (Please watch video).

It was almost 60 degree angle, enjoyed the trail. There is a beautiful stream flowing across valley. From long distance, stream looks small, but it is good enough to enjoy.

Could you point out Trekkers
Stream was looking small from far, but it was more enough to have more enjoyment. 

Majestic Falls
We all one by one jumped into water. Had lot of fun and photography and spent good time around. Now its time to head back. The clouds were forming to pour heavily.

Water Masthi
Back journey was not so easy, need to hike the entire stretch. It is steep ascend almost a KM. Taking multiple break reached Kyatanamakki peak. 

Could you spot the trekker back side
Not spending much time, headed towards the base point where our vehicle was waiting. On the way took a small tea break to relax tiered bodies. Journey went well, reached the Vasanth home before dark.

Break time
Evening snacks served with hot coffee. Now time to leisure chit-chat. We all started playing the card. Sudhakar shared us memories of recent visit to Thailand.

Extra Activity - Playing Card
Hope, this was one of the best Malenadu dinner ever I had. Really it is more appreciate the hospitality of Vasanth & his wife. Couple have taken care much and served yummy dinner with love and affection.

Without fire camp how any trek will get complete. We arranged fire camp inside the premises and spent some good time.

Fire Camp
Rain was pouring heavily, we all felt lucky to reach safely to campsite. Now the time adieu for the day and say good night to all.


Morning Glimpse
There was no hope getting beautiful sunrise since the cloudy morning. Very leisure morning fresh-up to all. However, we decided to witness the sunrise across the valley.

Sunrise Walk
Morning walk is always boost your energy. We went nearby point to welcome the sun. Unfortunately, clouds did not allow him to say good morning us. If not sunrise, we played cricket nearby ground. After spending some good time, we are back to home.

Cricket during sunrise time
Vasanth is arranged a guide who will take us a beautiful hidden falls post breakfast. We have to come back home for lunch time. Post lunch start return journey to Bengaluru.

We all finished the breakfast and ready to join with Guide. He is little aged but fit and fine. Started our journey to explore the water falls.

Walk towards Sringeri View
After 2 KMs walk on the tar road, entered into forest range. The old friendly guide giving us many more information about this place.

Dense Forest
The trail continued into dense forest, took small breaks for photography. Soon we reached a point where we can see Sringeri and other places.

Beautiful View from top (Sringeri is visible far)
After a small break, continued our journey and again hit back to village road. Passing through many coffee estate, reached one of the scenic place. It was just amazing view.

Valley View
Now we have to descend to reach the falls. It was challenging since there is no trail at all. 

Waterfalls - Unknown
Indeed it is so pristine and beautiful waterfalls in the private estate. There are couple of local guys enjoying it. We also joined with them.

Waterfalls - Unknown
Spending some good amount of time, now the time to turn back. The guys who were enjoying the falls, invited to their home. Due to Deepavali festival, offered us hot chakkali & coffee. Really so kind of heart villagers.

Kind heart home who offered Coffee & Chakli
We reached home and lunch was ready. Need to get ready so fast to reach Bengaluru at least by mid-night. Finished the lunch, took group photograph with Vasanth family.

Adieu to beautiful soul and started journey towards namma Bengaluru with sweet memories of two days which spent in nature lap.

The overall trek / tour was awesome and refreshed our mind.