Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Chickmanglur Trek

Go to any online dictionary and you will find the meaning of "TREK" something like this .

Trek Meaning and Definition
1. (n.) To travel, esp. by ox wagon; to go from place to place; to migrate.
2. (n.) To draw or haul a load, as oxen.
3. (n.) The act of trekking; a drawing or a traveling; a journey; a migration.

For us , it had a completely different meaning all together:
To (v) enjoy , shout , laugh , tease , run , wander .
Those were just very few words, but it expresses all that happened in our eventful, fun filled trip to Chickmanglur. Unlike other trips , this was planned!!! :) Although, all 7 of us were free, Ayub made some reasons and dropped out of trip.We did not force him much as he was just married and Well well ( Shekar told me during the trek that he was complaining of vomiting sensations and stomach pains, although I don't know compleatly what it means :P).

The Plan : First stop Belur, Halebidu, from there to chickmanglur.To cover the highest peak in Karnataka Mullyangiri, from there a (approx)11km trek to Manikyadhara falls. Cover few other places and be back by Monday evening as we had promised at home that we will be back by monday morning ;).

Day 1: Saturday 25th October 2008

We left Bangalore ,at 5am Saturday morning. Breakfast at Kamat Upachar then directly to Halebedu and then to Beluru. Truly amazing creativity and carvings . You just end up gaping open mouthed at the carvings . Although we had that effect during many other occasions :pWe spent around 2 hours each in these two places. We left Beluru by 1pm , to chickmanglur .Our next pitstop was Muthodi Wild Life sanctuary . Unfortunately we missed the official safari vehicle because of which we had to come back in vain. Not completely though. On our way back we took a route, quite challenging I must say :) Well it was the feeling when you feel you are in the right path and
suddenly you realize you are at top of some hill, overlooking at the sheer vastness and green nature in its raw beauty. Yes, the view of the peaks, clad in mist as if creating a path from heaven.You cant express it, you have to experience it.

Day 2: Sunday 26th October 2008
We were up early, or u can say , bit early ;) . Today we were heading to Mullyangiri. From there the trek to
Manikyadhara. We had a guide accompany us . It was nice bright morning, luckily no rains. We thought we would catch the sunrise but we were late. Mullyangiri, is the tallest peak in Karnataka at around 6400ft. Atop the hill, is a temple of Mullyappa swami . Once you reach the top, you feel the vastness of nature, humbled before its glory. There were two natural caves on the hill. Believed to be used by sadhus to meditate . We were not able to wander deeper in to those caves as we did not have enough light source and air got damper as we moved deeper. We spent some time on the peak and headed towards another small peak from where we started our trek. It was a mesmerizing experience . We even found tiger tracks on the way! From Manikyadhara we left for Kemmangundi. About 9-10 km ahead of Kemmangundi is a deviation taking to Kalahatti falls. It has religious significance , there is a temple at the place and the water falls between the heads of two rock carved elephants. This is a place just to sit in water, stretch your legs and rest after a hectic trek.Beware of broken glass bottles though. Its a pity that people ruin such beautiful places.From here we headed back to Chickmanglur.

Day3: 27th October 2008

We did not have any exact plan in mind. There were few places near by that we were considering. Went to a nearby lake, then left for bangalore. On the way back, near hassan, a deviation and around 15kms a place called ShettyHalli. Remains of a church, submerged in water can be seen. A beautiful place. Although Ashwin and me tried some stunts with the nearby abondoned boat, we got no response from others who were followers of Karthik :P so we decided to leave that idea alone. From there we left for bangalore.

It was an awesome experience. Sometimes you wonder if there is a great power that is looking after you. That has the final say. After experiencing the nature, its vastness and sheer beauty, you must admit, there is a creator, and he reigns supreme, making everyone else feel humbled in his presence.

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