Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Half a Day Trek to Savanadurga

On the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi, 2nd October, decided to hike around Bengaluru. Finally, shortlisted the Savanadurga. I had been here couple of times, however, it is ideal place to hike half a day trek close to namma Bengaluru.

We did not keep limit of team size, count ended by 15 members.  Car pooling is the best option. Considering the team size, lined up 3 cars.

Weather threaten in the early morning. Post monsoon also pouring heavily in Bengaluru. In the previous night too had good amount of rain. It disappointed early morning drizzle to our plan.

Our initial plan was to witness the sunrise on Savandurga hill. Due to weather condition, postponed two hours. Morning at 4 am, drizzling continued. We were little more upset, however decided to assemble common point at RR Nagar by 5 am.

All 3 vehicle friends gathered at the common point, and continued our journey towards Magadi. As the journey continued, sky is little bright and drizzling gradually stopped. Not taking much time, reached the Magadi. Surprise thing, there was no rain at all.

We have dual opinion about breakfast point, few are said to at Magadi and other at Savanadurga. Decided to have breakfast at second option.

When we reached the Savanadurga, already parking lot getting filled. The climate was perfect to begin the trek at the earliest.

Found a very good hotel near temple. Filled our stomach with yummy variety breakfast viz., Idli, Vade, Chitranna & Poori.

After, heavy breakfast, our trek begin. The entire trail looking like marathon. People were more, climate was cool.

There were many pit stop for photography. Pictures will talk more about our trail.

Very soon reached the peak. We took group photography. Spent some good time on the top.

It is very easy hike for all of us. Now the time to descend towards Bengaluru. Taking multiple break reached the base point.

We had prasad at Veerabhadreshwara Temple, at Savanadurga. While coming back, taken the other route of Doddaladamara.

This one day trek is most economy, just Rs.181/- each including the transportation.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bicycle Tour: Mudigere to Manipal [Through Charmadi Ghat]

There are many ways to reach home Muniyalu from Bengaluru. However, we have to cross any one of the Ghat. I have already finished bicycle trip of Hulikal, Agumbe, Kuduremukha and Mookambike Ghats. This time decided to go through Charmadi Ghat.

Quite long time, I did not go for any bicycle tour. Monsoon is on peak, weather is tempting to take a challenge for a long ride. Initially, planned to go solo, at the last moment joined my close friend Sudhakar. We finalized the 20 – 21st July 2019, accordingly booked the tickets.

Route chosen:

Bengaluru – Mudigere by Volvo

Mudigere – Kottigehara – Charmadi – Ujire – Guruvayanakere – Bajagoli – Sharlalu – Muniyalu

Muniyalu – Shiroor – Hiriyadka -Manipal


Bus is scheduled at 10.45 pm; we had enough time to reach Majestic bus stand. Sudhakar and I reached ahead of schedule. After waiting half an hour, bus arrived at platform. We convinced the conductor, loaded the bikes in the luggage compartment, journey went well.

Day – 1: 20.07.2019

Sky was dark, weather was chill and its drizzling, the time is 5 am, when we reached Mudigere bus stand circle. Need to kill the time another one hour to start our journey. Assembled the wheels of bike and taken into bus stand. Decided to get refreshed and wait for sun-rays to start the journey.

Its now time to start peddling, after hot coffee and light snacks of bread. We expected, the journey is going to be happen awesome in the monsoon rain. After smart selfie, begin our journey towards Kottigehara.

Sudhakar brought homemade chapati and my-self curry. We decided to keep yummy food for lunch time and take the breakfast at Kottigehara.

Mudigere to Kottigehara is almost down trail. Drizzling giving an extra joy to our ride. There was no count for our photography. Taking many more breaks reached Kottigehara.

The breakfast totally disappointed us. We are unable to find any good yummy hotel. Ordered the Neerdose where the sambar was yesterday's. Compromised the situation and filled the empty stomach.

After a long break at Kottigehara, continued our journey towards Charmadi. Now the entire atmosphere become dark; rain drop increased; fog and mist captured the valley. 

I never seen such a wonderful monsoon magic in Ghat. We have stopped in may places to take the photographs.

Traffic was very less; taking multiple breaks reached Sri Annappa Swamy temple. It is in mid of Ghat; spent some time and continued our journey. After this point, the Ghat path get little wider; you won’t able to see the valley since it is covered hill both sides.

We had recalled our Charmadi Ghattrek memories which we ventured four years back. Indeed, every place looks different in the different seasons. Taking many more photographs, reached Charmadi village.

Decided to take a small tea break nearby hotel. From this onward, the trail is rolling; put target 5 pm to reach home; we are on-time.

After a small break, rain took a charge again. There is no point to wear the rain cheater since the heavy rain. We understood from the locals, school and colleges declared two days holiday due to heavy rain in the Dakshina Kannada district.

Very soon reached the Ujire; rain is pouring non-stop. From Ujire to Guruvayanakere road is very dangerous. The traffic is always more with heavy vehicles. Taking an extra precaution continued our journey in the heavy rain.

We have taken the deviation towards Karkala at Guruvayanakere. The traffic is manageable from this on-wards. We were feeling very hungry; however, the rain pouring non-stop. Decided to find the bus stop shelter to fill our empty stomach.

Found a descent bus stop at roadside. Homemade yummy food is always favorite. Chapati's and curry was not enough to our hungered stomach, again top-up with Bun + Bread.

We have come across high-tech Bus stop at Naravi, a small village. It has all modern facility viz., Wi-Fi, CC Camera, Water Filter, Digital Clock, Bus Timings etc.

After a long break, continued our journey towards Bajagoli. This is the place where the deviation takes us to Kuduremukha/Sringeri. I have chalked out the inner village route to reach Muniyalu through Shirlalu, Andaru. Traveled many times on this route.

In non-stop rain peddling, reached Bajagoli. Home, Muniyalu is around 30 KMs distance. Took a tea break and continued our journey.

Bajagoli to Muniyalu trail is so beautiful. It passes through interior village road. We could not able to capture more picture due to heavy rain.

I had been getting an journey update call from home, children were waiting my arrival. Nothing much taking break reached the home at 4.15 pm.

Day – 1 journey come to an end which will be in memory for peddling non-stop rain.

Day – 2 : 22.07.2019

Second is always relax one when the day-1 camping is at my home. This time also not much different; decided to visit the favorite place Multlapadi. Daughter and Son also demanded to join with us.

After yummy breakfast, we went to Multapadi in car. This place is always one of my most favorite in this region. The stream is flowing very forcibly; mist is covered the Valikunja.

We had spent good time in photography; tried different poses. Now the time to visit Kabbinale Falls.

This is my first visit to this beautiful fall. It was on glory of this peak monsoon. However, forest department restricted public to venture this falls for many reasons. We have obtained the permission from guard and get in to the forest.

Gorgeous Kabbinale falls will attract more tourists, definitely. It is very easy to access from road. After spending some good time, returned back to home.

We have been getting a call from home for lunch. After yummy lunch, adieu to children and continued our journey towards Manipal.

As per initial plan wanted to visit the Malpe and Udupi. But considering the weather condition and heavy rain, decided to peddle till Manipal. Our return journey is booked from this place.

Today also rain did not give relax; enjoying the rain and local village route reached the Shiroor Math. This is one “moola math” of Udupi. 

I had been this place multiple time and also visited during Bicycle tour from Shivamogga – Udupi with friend Chandru.

We explored the surrounding area, spent some good time and continued our journey. We were not in mood to explore anymore place. Heavy rain completely exhausted our energy.

Passing through Hiriyadka reached the Manipal at 7 pm. Of course, it is a big challenge to ride bicycle from Hiriyadka to Manipal due to heavy traffic. We had enough time to catch 9.45 pm bus. Filled our tummy with yummy dinner and boarded the bus back to Bengaluru.

This will be remembered for long for couple of reason:
1. Non-stop two days rain            
2. Monsoon Charmadi Ghat        
3. Many waterfalls throughout the trail
4. Yummy homemade food

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