Enjoy the pleasure of pathless jungles, rapture of lonely shores, mingle with the universe and become one with the society called Nature. Bangalore has some exquisite places that are best explored trekking. So pack your bags and let nature take you into her loving embrace.
Crowned by the Chandrodana range, decorated with waterfalls seeped in history, exotic rose gardens, magnificent cave temples and challenging trek paths beckoning you, the Baba Budan hills in Chikmagalur are ever inviting the hungry traveler. It’s the Mullayanagiri peak of Baba Budan that has created history as one of the highest peaks in India. With kurinji flowers decorating either side of its serpentine trek paths leading to its 6,330 feet high peak, Mullayanagiri is a paradise for trekkers.
If history and caves interest you, then ensure you visit the three caves at the foothills of Baba Budan Giri that are believed to be sanctified by siddhas. And for those who love waterfalls, Chikmagalur has that in abundance. The Gada Theertha, Nallikayi Theertha and Kamana Theertha waterfalls come crashing down the sides of Baba Budan Giri, offering a perfect performance for that nature lover in you!
Talk of Coorg and your mind’s eye pictures plantations kissed by passing clouds. But did you know that Coorg offers a zillion trekking trails that run through thickly wooded forests, leading you to heights that you would never want to return from?
Trek atop the highest peak of Coorg at Thadiyandamol and watch the Arabian Sea spread out like a blue-green carpet. Climb the Pushpagiri and Subramania hills, camp at the summit and watch the rising sun turn the hills purple, then lush green. Trek through jungles and plantations to Iruppu and Abbey falls, and get a great dose of nature than you can ever digest at Nagarhole.
Standing high on Kodachadri peak and watching the Arabian Sea turn into a dazzling golden shade, then red and slowly embracing the evening sun in its waters is something you must experience in a lifetime. The perfect way to enjoy this exhilarating experience is to trek up 1,343 meters to Kodachadri in Shimoga.A perfect escape from the humdrum of city life, Kodachadri is a beatific hill that offers a panoramic view of the Western Ghats.
The trek up Kodachadri is challenging, but rappel down its perpendicular slope on the western side for the ultimate thrill. Heighten the thrill meter by taking the dicey mud track that passes through a dense jungle and leads to Agastya Theertha, a rivulet that runs a little below the summit. But ensure you trek to this rivulet in broad daylight or you may lose your way. Laden with sunset spots, trek trails, lakes and mountains is Agumbe, the Cheerapunji of Karnataka.
And then, of course, is the magnificent Jog Falls. But for those who love the chirping of birds, trek to Mandagadde and Guduvi bird sanctuaries to watch birds thrive in their natural habitat.History speaks in all glory through beautiful architecture at Bhadravati, Kuppalli, Sigandur and Kudali Sangama. So trek through the pages of the past with rivers winding around gurgling with pride of living through glorious times.
Clothed in grass and rich in orchid ensembles, the hills of Kudremukh have narrow strips of forestland that provide the perfect vistas for trekkers. Choose from the 13 trekking trails of Kudremukh varying in difficulty to suit your ability.
After all, conquering the horse face is no joke! Practice on the easier paths, and graduate to trek 60-km from Navoor to Kudremukh, via Hevala. This five-day journey is filled with excitement, what with animals like gaurs, bonnet macaques, sambars and langurs giving your cameras those prized poses.
If you wish to trek in Kudremukh between October and May, ensure you visit the Hanumana Gundi falls. Reaching this falls is no joke. Trek through woods with birds entertaining you all the way and be welcomed by the 100-feet high waterfall!
Climb the steep Sahayadri cliffs of Dandeli and rapple down the rocky sides of these 300-feet high monolith granite Syntheri rocks. Situated on the banks of River Kalindi, Dandeli is a breathtaking creation of nature offering challenging rock-climbing slopes, dark, damp and tunneled Cavla caves set deep inside the jungles, forest trek trails with animals and birds crossing your path in tranquility and nature walks through bamboo and teak woods.
Signed off by Nature, Moolangi in Dandeli is clothed in dense bamboo thickets and makes for a perfect backpacking spot. Trek into its heart, set up a camp, light a camp fire, cook a barbeque and live in harmony with the wild here. Then set off to Siroly peak to watch colourful hornbills gliding through the bright blue sky, and the rain forests carpeting the earth below.Then there are the inviting waterways of Dandeli. Relax in nature’s massage parlours in Jacuzzis created by gushing streams in the islands of Supa reservoir, and set off on a moonlight boat ride to watch the wild at night.
Thrill seekers, here’s more than you can ask for – croc trek in coracles that zip down crocodile-infested waters, canyon and waterfall rappel in the Sathkonda Canyon and white water raft down the Kali River!All set to pack and go but concerned about a perfect itinerary?
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This article was contributed by Thrillophilia