Friday, December 8, 2017

Family Trek – Ettina Bhuja



The joy is double when kids start showing interest towards nature; when they start to cultivate hobby like me about trek; they braver to walk with me in the forest; they love to enjoy the silent wilder valley; they get motivated to do more and more treks with me. Indeed, a wonderful family trek to Ettina Bhuja on 8th December 2017 which ended a quote with my little son "Which is the next trek, APPA?"



A special request from my little prince and princes to take them someplace for trek. I was just shuffling my mind to source a good place. Last month, I had been at Jenukallu& Deepadakallu Gudda trek, flashed my mind to get the family once to this beautiful valley. The time was not so far, within a month, I got an opportunity to travel with family from Muniyalu to Kolar. 



Always wanted to take an extra advantage travelling by car. Never traveled the same route except some urgent task. This time I took an opportunity to take family back through Sakaleshpura – Moodigere interior routes.



My main intention to postpone a day return journey to explore the Ettina Bhuja. Planned to start early morning from Bengaluru and cover so comfortably the trek. My son was more eager to start the trek, all the way he not spared me know the distance every minute. 



The innocent questions just made us laugh. As per plan, reached the Ettina Bhuja base point Sri Nanya Bhaireshwara Temple around 2.15 pm.



When we reached the temple, few devotees were present. The Ettina Bhuja is clearly visible from this place. One of the elder informed about the distance, trail and level of difficulty. He suggested us not to venture, since it is forest and steep hike. I am very thankful to Blogger Friend ‘Ananth’ who cleared my all queries over mail.


Ready for Trek
Quickly we are ready to start journey to hike Ettina Bhuja. There were two bikes parked; heard some noise from the peak; we ourselves satisfied about people present on the peak. The initial trail is jeep track, which drive through forest. 



Hope in the peak monsoon bit tough to trek on this trail. My son and daughter started enjoying the trail. 



Passing through the deep forest entered the grassland. 



We came across few travelers who were going back. They advised us to come back soon and warned about the lonely peak.



We found Elephant dung all the way, it's witness the presence of big mammal. Just, I was helpless to reply when my son asked so innocently “Appa, can you get me the real Elephant? It will help us our routine daily work. When you will buy for me? Where we can get it?........etc.”. Not to disappoint his innocent queries, replied in the same manner.



Taking two small breaks, we reached the Ettina Bhuja. The entire valley is so beautiful. I have introduced the different peaks to all. We can see far away Jenukallu & Deepadakallu, Amedikallu, Ombattu Gudda range.



The final stretch of hike is around 100 mtrs which is completely 70 degrees angle. We should be very careful while ascending. I asked the son and better-half to enjoy the valley sitting at lap of the Ettina Bhuja, myself and daughter decided to hike the peak. 



My son stopped us to venture, considering the steep and lonely peak, however we assured him about taking extra care.



I and daughter continued the journey and very soon we are on the peak. The cool breeze, the valley, lonely peak is more beautiful. The joy of reaching the peak is unforgettable. 



Spent some good time for photography, started the return journey. Descending is very typical, taken extra care.



Son is happier about our arrival, we had some snacks on peak. Homemade food was waiting in our backpack, considering the water issue and time constrain, decided to have at temple premises. Relaxed for sometimes. 



The time was around 4.15 pm. We spent some good time, decided to descend quickly not to take breaks.



Very soon, safely reached back to the temple. Filled the home food to our hungry stomach. The time adieu to Ettina Bhuja. Started the journey towards Muniyalu.



This trek will be remembered for long a time for two reasons. First, the valley and trail is so beautiful. Secondly, the lonely peak with clean and steady. My son question was “Which is the next trek…Appa?”





Sunday, November 26, 2017

Family Trip Around Agumbe - Thirthahalli


Age is not barrier for any interest, non-religious place can also be their curiosity. They also have passion to know about the science and technology. This is proved by my beloved mother. At the age of 85, she is more interested to know the place, fact, fictions and history. 
Beloved Mother
Past six month, I have taken her almost all popular places of Western Ghat around Dakshina Kannada, Chickmagaluru, Udupi, Shivamogga. Neither she got tiered nor bored. I am so shocked to know her interest and stamina.

Extensively traveled all Ghats which lead to coastal many times. Shiradi Ghat, Charmadi Ghat, Agumbe Ghat, Kollur Ghat. Now she is confident to identify the place & ghat names. For a curiosity asked her "Amma, do you like to see the non-religious Places?", very next moments she said big YES.


Curiously looking Malabar Viper at ARRS
The journey is started on 26th November 2017 late morning. Reason of leaving delayed is home food. This time we made mind, not to have outside food. Finished the breakfast at home, packed the lunch. The first drive is to Agumbe Ghat.


ARRS Campus
I remember, three years back incident, when I was 'L-Board' of driving. In spirit, I drove from Agumbe to Someshwara, however, I was not confident drive back. To avoid this 12 KMs Ghat, I drove almost 265 KMs to comeback Agumbe. Thank God, now I am little confident in driving.


Kavishaila
Drove through Ghat, shown the famous Doddamane of Malgudi Days serial. Even now she remembered the most popular serial characters. Next place of visit is Agumbe Rain Research Station [ARRS].

ARRS
Maruti 800 little struggled to reach the ARRS in off road. Thank God, we could able to drive till the centre, tough in monsoon. Ajay, Centre i/c. welcomed us. He took us a walk inside the station and explained about their research. 

Centre I/c. Explaining about Station Projects
We were shocked to see the Malabar Viper on the wall. Ajay explained about it's character, movement and attitude. 

ARRS
After spending some good time continued our journey towards Kuppalli.

Kuppalli - KUVEMPU Home
When I explained about Kuppalli & Kuvempu, mother expression was "White hair gentleman (Bilitale Bariyoru)"!. Soon we reached the Kuppalli. We are lucky, crowd was very less. Its second visit to my Son, Daughter & better-half. Explored the entire home and relaxed for sometime.

Pose to Kuvempu Home
Headed towards Kavishaila. Mother was so happy to see this beautiful place. 

Walk towards Kavishaila
She was asking more and more questions about Kuvempu and this place. I shown her the place where great poems born and samadhi of Kuvempu.

Inspiration Place of Kuvempu
Spent good time on photography and continued our next destination Kavaledurga.

Kavishaila
It was around 3pm, hungry stomach badly wanted the lunch. Son demand is to stop near stream so that he can enjoy the water. After couple of KM found a descent place for break.


Home Food - Lunch near Stream
Homemade food is always spontaneous in the nature. Son was busy enjoying the stream, we had yummy food.


Fun in stream
We running short time to visit Kavaledurga Fort. Wanted to skip this place, but daughter demand is to must visit. Decided to cover up the distance fast, passing through Thirthahalli reached the Kavaledurga at 5.40 pm.


Kavaledurga
The son was about to down in west. I briefed about the trail and time, literally we have to run to cover this place, she is agreed. Asked the better-half, son and mother to stay back at base point.


On the way to Kavaledurga
Continued our express hike to Kavaledurga. Non-stop we reached within 25 minutes. The fort was completely lonely, no-one was present. 


Kavaledurga
Relaxed just five minutes to gain the energy. It was getting dark, decided not to spend more time, started return journey.


Entire Team
It was completely dark when we reached the base point. Now the time to start back to Home. I can see happy on the phase of mother. I got self-satisfaction to taking mother such a wonderful place.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Trek to Deepadakallu & Jenukallu Gudda – Around Sakaleshpur

Beautiful Valley
The trail was very tough, distance was very less, team size was very small, very steep trail, the panorama view was excellent, lonely peaks, cool breeze, green carpet across hills, deep scary valley, major trek points of Ombattu Gudda [OG], Amedikallu, Yettinabhuja and Aramane Gudda just in front of us. Indeed, it was very great experience to hike the Deepadakallu & Jenukallu Gudda in Western Ghat.

Deepadakallu Gudda
I have very less explored the places around Sakaleshpur. My friend, Shanthi Prasad planned to hike these two popular places with small team. The time is to gauge new Duster off road drive by my beloved friend Vijay. The dates are finalized on 11 – 12th November 2017, team size 05 members. The stay is booked in advance at Homestay.

New DUSTER
We assembled the previous night of 10th November 2017 at Vijay home. Myself, Shanthi Prasad, Ashok, Vijay and his cousin Vikas. We had delicious dinner at his home, thanks to Vijay.

11.11.2017
Started our journey early morning at 5 am. From RR Nagar. Very soon we crossed the Bengaluru city and hit the Mangaluru highway. As we expected, the traffic was less in the morning. Taking a single break for tea, reached the Sakaleshpur. Decided to have the breakfast at Ossor Restaurant, finished and continued our journey towards the Homestay.
HomeStay
The homestay is at Hodachahalli (Bengal Bus Stop), near Hanbal, Sakaleshpur Taluq. Taking google support & local people reached the homestay around 10.30 am. They welcomed us with Tea as welcome drink. Quickly we got refreshed and ready to start our trek.

Ready to Begin Trek
Guide, Rajesh is ready with parcel lunch, started our journey at 11.30 am. The initial trail pass through forest, crossed some small streams. Guide suggested us to fill the water bottles, since there is no source of water at peak.

Initial Trail
Deepadakallu Gudda is visible at short distance, entire trail is in open grassland. The trek distance is very less, but trail is about 60-degree angle. We have to put more strength on lower part of the leg. It is more tough to hike with luggage, even it is more challenge in monsoon.
Steep Ascend
The hike was not so easy, taking multiple short breaks, enjoying the panorama reached the peak. The entire valley is visible from this hill. 


Deepadakallu Gudda
OG is just back side, Amedikallu is little far, Yettinabhuja is just parallel and also Aramane Gudda.

Yettinabhuja far Away
Relaxed for sometimes, now the next peak is Jenukallu Gudda. The trail from Deepadakallu is almost straight line in the grassland. The view is very scenic, continued our journey.


Beautiful Valley
As we moved very close to Jenukallu, it was really scary. The hike is very steep and its almost 70 degree angle. I was recalling the Brahmagiri Trek last stretch. We should be very careful while ascending, small mistake can through us in the valley.


One of the Tough Trail of Jenukallu Gudda
Taking more cautious, we conquered the peak. The joy of reaching on the peak is unlimited. We can see entire 360-degree view from the top. Guide was explaining about the peaks. 


Beautiful Valley
Only six souls on the top, enjoying the cool breeze with deep valley is most memorable. We found animal movement very far, it could be beer or Indian Gaur.


On the Top of Jenukallu Gudda
We spent some good time on the top, had the fruits. Stomach is very hungry, guide suggested to have the lunch at Deepadakallu. The decision was good, filled stomach is very tough to hike this peak.


Beautiful Valley
Started our descending journey to Deepadakallu. We should be very careful while descending, many times we got skid, luckily the grass route helped us to get down safely.


Grassland
Grassland journey pace was fast, very soon reached the lunch point. We should appreciate the homestay yummy lunch. Filled our hungry stomach with Chapati, curry, pickle, bread. 


Lunch at Deepadakallu Gudda
Relaxed for sometimes and spent good time in photography.


Pose to Pic
We asked the guide to change the descending trail, requested him to take two more small peaks. We had enough time to reach back to homestay. This path again is very tough, there was no trail at all. We have to make path and descend in the slippery trail.


Follow in Grassland
Our steps either we are putting on rock or in hole, making path with great difficulty reached the safe place. Now the OG is very close to us, just we should cross the dense forest valley. Crossing the small hill we reached the sunset point.

Couple of other people were already present. They were from another homestay. We waited for sometimes to sunset, witnessed wonderful view and started back to homestay.


Beautiful Sunset
Evening snacks ready with tea. There were around other 3 groups in the homestay. They prepared a separate fire-camp to each one. We settle down in front of fire-camp, had lot of chitchat.


Fire Camp
Dinner was simple good food, finished and relaxed for the day.

12.11.2017
As usual I woke up very early at 5 am., finished our morning core job and set ready to view the sun rise. 


Beautiful Sunrise
Guide took us to Pandavara Betta, just back side the homestay. Hope it is very popular small hill, there were already many people from other homestay.


Pandavara Betta
Now we can feel the crowd, slowly started coming from many places. We hiked one more hill and spent some good time on photography.


Enjoying Valley
We can have beautiful view of Bhairaveshwara temple from hill. It was reminding me the Mahadeva temple of Tambdi – Surla.


Bhaireshwara Temple
Headed towards the temple, paid Darshana and visited nearby lake. After some good time, headed back to homestay.



Quickly finished our breakfast, packed our luggage and headed back to Bengaluru. Spent some good time in photography around homestay.


Photo Session
We decided to visit Agni village and explore a waterfall & also visit to Kaadumane Estate. Rajesh, Guide who was in charge in homestay native village is Agni. He informed one of his cousin about our arrival.

Return journey started, on the way visited Abbhi waterfall. It was very small one, but very scenic.


Abbe Falls
Manju, the guy was waiting to receive us at some point of junction, followed him to his home. The location and home is so beautiful, typical Malenadu home. Parked our vehicle and set to explore the waterfalls.



We all requested him to arrange the Lunch, and happily agreed. Continued our journey towards falls. Passing through many coffee plantation, entered forest. The falls is in remote place, its lonely, except us none of the crowd.


Agni Falls
I & Ashok were not in mood to dip in the cold water, others enjoyed the falls. We explored little inside the forest. After the enjoyment in the falls, headed back to Manju home. He took us his coffee estate for lunch spot. A small stream flowing mid of the estate, relaxed for lunch.

Lunch at stream
Hot delicious lunch brought from his home. I feel, this was the one of the best lunch I ever had, we all were so happy. Had some photography session.

Deep discussion about next trek
We all in hurry to reach Bengaluru before traffic mount. Took a deviation towards Kaadumane Estate. We had no enough time to explore it, moreover we have to walk all the way from main gate to factory place. All decided to skip the visit and continued to Bengaluru.


Kadumane Estate - Tea Plantation
Vikas driving was like a superman, the traffic was not less. He reached us safely to Bengaluru at 8.30 pm. We all had dinner at RR Nagar and adieu to our home.

Two days was amazing and memorable treknic, thanks to each one of friend inviting me to this wonderful place.

PC: Vijayanand SB & Ashok Gowda