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Old 23rd January 2010, 14:11   #1
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This was our last trip/trek in 2009, done over 26th & 27th of December. It was again with our regular TT & driver Kumar and a group of friends.

The itinerary of the trip was to...
- start from Bangalore on the evening of the 25th Dec,
- drive to Kundadri peak early in the morning to catch the sunrise,
- then to Agumbe to freshen up and have breakfast at Kasturamma's house,
- trek to Kudlu Tirtha falls which is a few kilometers away from Agumbe. (Mostly drivable, the last stretch of around 5 kms needs to be trekked.)
- back to Agumbe late afternoon for lunch at Kasturamma's house,
- drive to Sitalayyanagiri, which is a peak around 2 kms near Mullayanagiri,
- overnight stay at the Sitalayyana mutt, which is a small temple and an adjacent building on top of the hill,
- start trekking to Mullayanagiri, which is the tallest peak in Karnataka,
- from Mullayanagiri, we continue the trek towards Bababudangiri,
- start from Bababudangiri and drive towards Bangalore, stopping at Belur,
- back in Bangalore late evening on the 27th Dec 09.

The highlight of the trip for Sangeetha and me was the trek to Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri. This place will always be special for us since this is where we first met in 1996 during a trekking camp in the Western Ghats and Mullayanagiri was our first trek together. So we would be visiting the place after 13 years.


Route taken:

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We reached Kundadri a little later than planned, though it was still dark; we did not have enough time to trek up, so we decided to just go via road and drove up...

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Just in time to catch the sunrise...

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An inverted Sunrise, the sun just came up for a few minutes before disappearing into the clouds again...

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An island in a sea of clouds...

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Sunrise...

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The Jain temple on the peak...

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Reached Kasturamma's house for a yummy breakfast!

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Started from Agumbe and reached the place where the trek to Kudlu Tirtha falls starts...

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Must be mating season, there were a lot of butterflies near the river...

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Most of the initial trek is on a plain path...

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With lots of greenery around...

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The last part of the trek, of about 1.5kms is an uphill walk...

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The scenic Kudlu Tirtha falls...

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If you are brave enough, you can walk on the rocks to a ledge right behind the falls or swim to the spot where the cascade hits the pool...

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A cut bamboo...

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Some customary macro pix...

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Another waterfall on a distant hill-side (this pic was taken at max zoom, so this falls was at least a couple of kilometers away on a nearby hillside...

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Friends :-)

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Mushroom...

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The path to the falls cuts across a couple of streams, which would need to be crossed via rickety bamboo bridges like this, if you visit the place during the monsoon...

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Back to the place where the road starts...

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Post lunch at Kasturamma's place, we started towards Sitalayyanagiri. Very bad roads, made worse by the un seasonal rains. Reached the place at around 11.00pm, since there was no electricity there, we used torches to find our way around and settled down for the night.

Woke up early the next day, freshened up, had some breakfast that was put together by the priest at the mutt and started our trek towards Mullayanagiri...

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It was foggy when we started off and continued to remain so throughout the day!

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Reached Mullayanagiri!

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Old 23rd January 2010, 14:28   #2
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Lightbulb Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri trek.

A quick visit to the temple on the top and we were ready to head out again...

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There are a couple of interesting caves a little way down from the peak...

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You will have to carry torches if you intend to explore these caves. Very colorful rock formations and the cave goes on and on for a very long distance. Some parts of the cave can be flooded during the rainy season and there are lots of bats inside!

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We started our trek from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri...

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It is a very scenic route, through the hills...

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A few sections are quite scary, especially if it has been raining, since the rocks will be wet and slippery...

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One for the family album :-)

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Walking through the clouds...

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Looked back to see Mullayanagiri peak disappearing into the clouds...

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This pic was taken at 11.20am and it was still foggy and cold!

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This was how the weather was at noon!

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More macro pix...

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We finally reached the place close to Bababudangiri where the trek path meets the road, (We must have walked for around 6 - 7 kms through the hills)

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Went around Bababudangiri to check out the must see spots around...

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The Manikyadhara falls, which is a mini waterfall...

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This was at 1.45pm!

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Lightbulb Mullayanagiri, Bababudangiri & a quick stop at Belur...

The view point...

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The Bababudangiri cave shrine was closed for renovation...

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Later that day, we stopped next to a coffee estate to have some packed lunch...

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On the way back towards Bangalore, we made a quick stop at the Belur temple. We had already see it earlier, most recently during our Hoysala Temple trip in March 09 (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...a-temples.html ('Xing'ing around ! - An incomplete guide to Hoysala temples ;-)) ), but still you can never get enough of the place!

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... The group was too colorful to resist clicking a pic.

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The end!

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I did this trek last year during September (IIRC). Started climbing from Sarpadaari (the base of Mullayanagiri) and continued to Baba Budan Giri.

I agree that there a few treacherous sections, especially the ridge from KK Gandi to Manikyadhaara Falls. We had to abandon this stretch and take the road route to Baba Budan Giri due to incessant rains and the ridge was very slippery.

We intended to continue till Kemmanugundi, but the locals discouraged it & no one offered to guide us.

But otherwise, this trek offers one of the best views around.
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I did this trek last year during September (IIRC). Started climbing from Sarpadaari (the base of Mullayanagiri) and continued to Baba Budan Giri.

I agree that there a few treacherous sections, especially the ridge from KK Gandi to Manikyadhaara Falls. We had to abandon this stretch and take the road route to Baba Budan Giri due to incessant rains and the ridge was very slippery.

We intended to continue till Kemmanugundi, but the locals discouraged it & no one offered to guide us.

But otherwise, this trek offers one of the best views around.
September would have been quite a scary experience since it was raining quite incessantly at that time!

Apart from the great view all around, the fact that there were no leeches at this time of the year was a great relief
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Fantastic nostalgic pics.Thanks for he same. Man you missed out DEVYANGIRI. It is the 3rd mountain which is next to mulayangiri,bababudangiri. From the junction where you take right to these 2 mountains,if you would have taken right and gone for 8-10kms then you would have found DEVYANGIRI. Fantastic place. Similar to the other 2 mountains.
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Hi hotstuff,

one word... WoW

it seems to be a great place, great trek, you have fantastic snaps,
it seems all of you enjoyed during the trip

i see that this is a MUST DO for me. may be during 2010.

thanks for sharing.
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Fantastic nostalgic pics.Thanks for he same. Man you missed out DEVYANGIRI. It is the 3rd mountain which is next to mulayangiri,bababudangiri. From the junction where you take right to these 2 mountains,if you would have taken right and gone for 8-10kms then you would have found DEVYANGIRI. Fantastic place. Similar to the other 2 mountains.
- Thanks @shishir_bn, maybe this will be something to be done for the next trip. As @addyhemmige mentioned, it would be great to continue to walk till Kemmangundi, and you have mentioned Devayyanagiri also as a stop worth visiting.

One question: like the other two, does DEVYANGIRI also have a temple or shrine on the top?

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...i see that this is a MUST DO for me. may be during 2010.
- Yes, it was a superb trek, more so due to the amazing weather! If you are planning a trip, I would suggest that you should visit as soon as possible, preferably by the end of Feb or max by mid march. Once the summer sets in, the grasslands will be quite dry...
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- Thanks @shishir_bn, maybe this will be something to be done for the next trip. As @addyhemmige mentioned, it would be great to continue to walk till Kemmangundi, and you have mentioned Devayyanagiri also as a stop worth visiting.

One question: like the other two, does DEVYANGIRI also have a temple or shrine on the top?
Yes there is a temple of the goddess called "Deviramma". There is a temple on the top of the hill. To make life easy for old people the temple has been shifted to the bottom of the hill. You have to trek the hill to reach the top. It is a fantastic experience. Search the same in google and you will get the picture of the hill.
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I know this place as Devirammana gudda. Every deepavali hundreds of devotees climb up this place. I don't know the exact directions to the place. Shishir, can you post the directions?

Sanjay, The trail from Bababudangiri to Kemmannugundi is supposed to pass through a part of the Bhadra Tiger reserve (formerly Jagara Valley) and sightings of wild animals are supposed to be frequent. It seems there are a lot of trails in that stretch (with one leading down to Santaveri village as well) and it is easy to get lost. We did not want to take a risk during the monsoon, with the fog reducing our visibility.
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I know this place as Devirammana gudda. Every deepavali hundreds of devotees climb up this place. I don't know the exact directions to the place. Shishir, can you post the directions?

Sanjay, The trail from Bababudangiri to Kemmannugundi is supposed to pass through a part of the Bhadra Tiger reserve (formerly Jagara Valley) and sightings of wild animals are supposed to be frequent. It seems there are a lot of trails in that stretch (with one leading down to Santaveri village as well) and it is easy to get lost. We did not want to take a risk during the monsoon, with the fog reducing our visibility.
When coming from chikamagalore you come to the junction where you take a left turn to mulayangiri and bababudangiri. Instead of taking left if you take the straight road then drive almost 8-10kms you reach an arch on the left hand side. Take a left turn at this place and go for 1-2 kms. Here resides Deviramma temple.
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Thats excellant Sanjay, very good report. You have got good guts and energy.

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Thats excellant Sanjay, very good report....

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Wonderful pictures would have loved more details and narrations,like the trips done earlier where more narrations are included which gave more life. Its not that this travelogue isn't good, its really good but i like your way of narration, that is why i insist on it. Looking forward to more from you.
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