- Team : Anil, Krishna, Myself(Nandish), Manu, Kiran, Vishwa and Nirmal
- Place :Nagarahole and Irruppu falls
- Date : 8,9 of April 2007
After a wonderful journey from Bangalore, we headed towards the Irruppu falls via a place called Kutta.Geographically located in Karnataka but more or less looks like Kerala. Irruppu falls is situated amidst thick Bramhagiri shola forest range.The temperatures dips as we near the Bramhagiri peak.This is the transition place where dry decidious forest grows into evergreen Shola Western Ghats.We need to trek around a kilameter from the basement to the falls. The falls was not in its splendour but still good enough to enjoy. The best part of this falls is that the water is too cold.I really wonder for this reason.There were few non-sense people who had thrown beer cans and plastic in the water making the place look so dirty.People who read this blog make it a point to not to dirty any place.We need to understand that this is our place and we need to keep neat.I would appreciate if the forest department comes up with strict rules to punish these irresponsible people. We had a good bath in the water, we were some how successful playing in the water considering the fact that the place was cold and the water was too cold.
After this place we headed towards Nagarahole for Safari.But we were a bit late to start Safari and the forest department stopped us from venturing into the forest instead asked us to go in the morning.So it was a bit frustating for us but stil we luckily had two huge elephants near our cottage with which we spent some time.Of courcse it was tamed and knotted.Gajendra the tusker was really a big one.I think this was the biggest elephant I had seen in my life.
After the dawn the place goes really scary, ample electricity , rustling noice of the dry leaves. the glowing eyes of grazing deers in the night makes it breathtaking.By 9 in the night the cooks had cooked wonderful dinner for us which we had in open space.These are the kind of moments which we will carry through out the life time.
On slippery Irruppu bamboo platform
The pivots with camera man Vishwa
Froggy style snap with friends
Near one of the water resource in the jungle where we found pug marks of many animals
The next morning we headed to Safari but we were too unlucky.We spotted few wild boars, languar, deers and kaati.But still it was worth watching the forest early in the morning.Then after the breakfast we headed towards Bangalore.On the way we stopped near a lake which looks like back waters were we spotted pug marks of many animals.Yes we were wrong at this time, we were not supposed to stop in the forest and we got the dues from the department :(.
In couple of hours we were in Balmuri were we played and then headed towards Bangalore spending some time in Coffee day.This was a trip were there was a lot of anticipation but many things didnt happen. We had to accept this coz we know that this is how the life runs……
Nandish : )
- Team : Raghavendra Pai, Gowri Pai, Shankar BS, Nagesh Hebbar, Namitha, Ramya V, Vivek Kumar Singh, Vinod Katare, Rakesh M, Shankar Hegde, Nandish
- Place :Mullyangiri and Baba Budangiri
- Date : 24 of March 2007
Ramya took the initiative of organizing the trek to Mullyangiri , the highest peak in Karnataka. I agree there are some sect of people who claim KumaraParvatha to be the highest peak. This writing is definitely not an invitation for the debate. The plan was to leave Bangalore on 23rd night and start the trek on 24th. . As per the plan the entire team left on 23 night exactly at 10:10 IST (Indian Stretchable time) in a Tempo traveler. The vehicle was in a very good condition so none of them faced any problem during the journey. It was Shankar BS whose witty talks kept every one awake
Reached Chikmagalur around 2 AM where we stayed in a lodge called Malnad lodge. By the time we reached Chikmagalur our men in Blue was eliminated from the World Cup, these guys are proving that they are so consistent in being inconsistent. This didn’t shake our spirit to trek. So by 7 in the morning every one was ready to trek. We started towards Sarpadhari, some how we lost our way and we were heading towards Mullyangiri peak, then we decided to come back were we took the deviation towards peak. Being Computer Engineers it was not tough for us retracing the path as we were well versed with the concept called back tracking, finally we found Sarpadhari! This is the entrance to the peak if we want to trek. Its a small arch that greets us. This is a wonderful place were the thick shola jungle is covered by silver oak trees.
So it was around 9:15 we started the trek, many were busy collecting some sticks for their support. It didn’t take a lot of time , just 2 mins walk on the steep mountain, every one were down, this looked grueling tiresome. I mean it was very steep, but still scalable. Now it was a real test of character and stamina under scorching sun, remember the peak is grassland, no trees to get shade. The grass were dry and the sun rays were reflecting and the black soil making things more worse. It was only occasional cool breeze that came as a rescue.
Now it looked very hard to scale, Vinod was down and it looked he will be going back, please take my suggestion not to scale down this path, its dangerous, you may have a nasty fall. You can climb this steep but the reverse is dangerous. But he was ready in a while and the trek restarted, within no time Shankar BS was down that reminded him that he was getting old and it was high time to get married. Then it was one of the cave we found as a temporary shelter to take rest. Cucumbers were distributed so that every one gets rejenuvated, this one is very good during treks, a good source of water and energy.
The caves where we took temporary shelter and Nagesh relishing the cuccumber
We were just in the mid of our summit, so once again the trek restarted, this time people were seasoned to the steep climbs, so every one walked easily.Then we found a Nandi statue which was under a tree which looked very old. Shankar had a small nap here. Then it was towards the caves which are pretty famous in this place. After crawling in this moist caves, our destination was visible.It was hardly few meters from this place, slowly every one scaled the summit and our work was half done at this poit.
The Nandi statue which offers some shade and the steep climb towards the summit
You can find a temple of Lord Shiva here. We had butter milk served by the priest family here, in the mean time Raghu was busy configuring outlook express in his new mobile and Namitha was busy in her photo session.
The Mullyangiri temple and the moist caves
Then we headed towards Baba Budan Giri, this stretch was very pleasant as there was no steep climbs but it had one pint were we had to jump around 7 feet which was pretty risky. The lady team took an alternative path .Then it was walk on the grasslands which was very plesant.Raghu and myself (Nandish) were busy collecting the plastics littered in that place by few nonsense people. Please make it a point to not to litter plastics at least in jungles and hills. Within no time we took a break for lunch. Under a small tree the serving was started, we had packed dry chapattis, pickles and dry ground nut chutney. This one is really good if you are going for a long trek as they don’t get spoiled for 3 days. We found 2 other fellow trekkers on the way whom we invited for lunch. They had come to trek without bringing water. Believe it or not they had ate the cucumbers we had left in the cave to quench the thirst. So remember to take enough water when you are trekking. After crossing 4 peaks we had reached Vivekananda point, the official end point of the trek. The roads towards Baba Budan giri was visible and we came down to the road waiting for our vehicle to pick us.
The trail towards Baba Budan Giri and Vivekananda point
BR Hills trip
Feb 10 2007
With College mates to BR Hills