Pravasa prayasavagidaru, adhbuthavagithu !! …These were the words which came out of mah mouth wen Vinay asked me the feedback of trip..!!
PLACE: KODACHADRI, a 1343m high peak 4m sea level, in the western ghats of Karnataka near Kollur.
BEST TIME: OCT to FEB.
DISTANCE: around 400kms from Bengaluru.
around 35kms from Kollur.
TRANSPORT: Thru private vehicles or KSRTC buses to Kollur n another bus to Karkatte Gate/Nittur (45mins) from where the trekk starts.
TREKK ROUTE: In jeeps till vellur gate (which costs around 100-150 per head) n den trekk til top for 2-3hrs.
Walk thru the jeep track til Vellur gate n trekk til top (around 4-6hrs)
The most difficult one-trekk thru Hidlumane falls route (around 5-6hrs).
FOOD: Available in Kodachadri but dont expect the best !
ACCOMMODATION: Rooms available @ the top of the hill in Bhat’s place or PWD guest house..One can also rent tents n stay in it.
MOBILE NETWORKS: Airtel network is available n also BSNL sometimes.
CONTACT PERSON for TENTS, JEEPS n FOOD: RAJENDRA: +91 9242892299
We had planned for last weekend of Oct 2010..Even-though all buses were full, Vineeth had booked seats in KSRTC bus but it was a nightmare sitting in last row seats ..It was not Vineeth’s fault as we had decided for the trip @ the last moment.
We reached Kollur @ 8.30 am n took a bus to Nittur which is around 20kms from there.We reached @ 9.45am..Rajendra came there n we ordered tents for rent and started our trekk @ 10 am.
We had chosen the difficult route among the 3- HIDLUMANE FALLS route as we had thought of getting fresh in the falls..We walked thru the roads,forests,again roads for a long time n reached the HIDLUMANE FALLS @ 12.30..Vineeth had left us back n had reached sooner..me, vatsa n vinay had reached there after scolding vineeth hell no of times !!
Do look after for the leeches around.Luckily we din find many.Salt is a gud remedy for leeches..
We had a gud bath in there n started our REAL trekk @ 2 pm..I say u really need a loads n loads of stamina 2 trekk in dis route as its very steeper n difficult..
Again Vineeth was leading us n went off invisible soon …Vatsa n me struggled a lot 2 climb but reached the PWD Guest House @ 6 wit the motivation of Vinay! (Vinay was motivated by a Davangere team!!)
Sunset point is around an hour from PWD..There is place called SARVAGNA PEETA n its said that it is the place where SRI SHANKARACHARYA meditated..but for our bad luck we cud’n go there as our energy was fully down..Vineeth went half the way n came back.
Vinay challenged us n tried for campfire but it went in vain as the place was too windy…Arabian Sea is visible from dis place..We enjoyed the scenery til 8.30 pm n slept in our tents. Forgot 2 mention-we were dazzled by a beauty b4 we went 2 bed !
We got up @ 6 am, clicked sum pics n left @ 7.30 am..Vatsa was too tired n was opting to hire the jeep but we all convinced him saying we ll reach down in half an hour n came to Karkatte gate @ 10.45 am..!!..We got into a Hosnagara Bus @ 11.30 n reached there by 1.15 pm..
Vinay called up his very gud frn-SUHAS there n he took us 2 a lodge where we had a bath n a very gud spicy food..We left Hosanagara @ 4.15 n came to Bengaluru via Sagara the next day @ 5 in the mornin !