Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kudremukha Trekking, Hanumanagundi(Sutanabbi) Falls

Kudremukha is known as crown of Western Ghats. It is well known place in Chickmagalore district. 9 people decided to trek in Kudremukha. Purandar, Shashi, Ravi, Raghav(Tunta), Santosh(PJ), Ravindra Holla(Mari),Ajith, Raghav friend and I(Hari). Second time trekking Guruprasanna (Guru), Shashi and I(Hari). I have trekked to Kudremukha 3 times with different teams. In this blog I will add best possible combination to cover many places. This is my dream trekking.

  • Start to Kalasa on May 30 2008
  • Get permission to trek Kudremukha in Kudremukha RFO. Visit Hanumanagundi (Sutanabbi) falls and reach gowdra mane.
  • Start trekking to Kudremukha and back to Bangalore by night bus.
Trekking place          :Kudremukha Peak.
How to reach             :Bus is the best mode of transport.
Number of days        :2(Saturday and Sunday) days 3 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Accommodation/Stay  :Mulladi Godra home, Bhagavathi Nature Camp, KIOCL guest 
                                    house in Kudremukh or Horanaadu Lodge.
Food                           :Food available in Godra house, Small hotels in kudremukh,
                                     KIOCL Guest house hotel else carry ready made food.
Nearby places           :Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Kurunjal, Gangadikal, Hanumana
                        Gundi/Sutanabbi Waterfalls, Horanaadu, Kalasa
Contact Numbers      :Mullaadi village Godru: 08263249333
Trek Distance            :From Mullaadi Godra house Kudremukha is 9 km one way.
Trek Difficulty Level   : 3.5 out of 5
Trekking Attractions  :Animals like Deer, Bison, and Beautiful nature.
Best Time to Trek      :Oct to Jan and early June. Best greenary could be seen during rainy  

This blog has combined information of trekking starting on May 30 2008 Friday and Aug 14 2009 Friday. We stated to Kalasa by KSRTC Kempu Dabba. We reached Kalasa by 7:30am. Few of us got fresh up in the hotel guruprasad in Kalasa. Had coffee and started towards Bhaghavati Nature Camp. Bhagavathi Nature Camp is very nice place. Here river Bhadra flows. It is very clear water. We can swim here. Here accommodation like tent, dormitory is available. We have to book in Kudremukha RFO to stay here.
Cristal clear water.
Mirror Image seen in Bhagavathi Nature Camp.
There is no need to get permission to trek Kudremukha from RFO itself. We can directly give money to Gowdru, RFO collects money from him.
Now our plan is to visit Hanumana Gundi water falls. This water falls is very nice during summer. In rainy season water current would be high. We enjoyed a lot here. 
Hanumana Gundi water falls on 29 May 2008.
Hanumana Gundi falls on 14 Aug 2009
After taking bath here started towards lakhya dam. We can not get down anywhere in the road except Bhagavathi Nature Camp, Hanumana Gundi falls. To get down anywhere in the Kudremukha road we need to have either permission from Baghavati Nature Camp or trekking permission from RFO. If we do not have any of these forest officers will catch us. Near to Lakhya dam, Bhadra River flows. It is very nice to see, also dangerous due to whirlpool.

Bhadra River beauty.
During our journey in Kudremukha road we saw a  board it was written as “Animals have first way of right”. we were impressed by looking this board, at least here animals are valued, latter we realized it is just board, people were moving at high speed, with loud noise of songs etc.
Our Group with Gowdra family in the center.
Somavati (ಸೋಮಾವತಿ) falls just beside Mullaadi Gowdra house.
Our Loved PJ had a doubt of where exactly leaches reside. Here is the conversation.
Question by PJ: ಹೇಯ್ ಜಿಗಣೆಗಳು (Leaches) ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುತ್ತೆ?
Answer by PJ: ಗೊಜ್ಜು ಇರೋ ಕಡೆ ಇರುತ್ತೆ ಅಲ್ವ?
Others: ಅದು ಗೊಜ್ಜು ಅಲ್ಲ ಕಣೋ PJ , ಕೊಚ್ಚೆ (ಕೆಸರು).
PJ in action has attracted all.
View from gowdra mane was very nice. His house is already on top of hill. All small hills surrounding the location was filled with white cloud, looking like heaven.
View from Mullaadi Gowdra House. Heavenly view.
From Hanumana Gundi or Bhagavathi Nature Camp or Lakhya dam catch a bus to Balagal village. From here we walked for 6km to reach mullaadi village gowdra home. Jeep is also available to reach Mulladi godra home from Balagal. Gowdru provides accommodation to stay. We can have food also here. We have to inform them in advance..

Reaching his house itself is a nice trekking. Surrounding our way to Gowdra house is very nice. Gowdra house is the last house towards Kudremukha peak. We had our dinner chapathi and MTR ready made food in Godra house. Balagal also has few hotels, food is available there.

We slept for the day. Got up early morning 5:30am. Everybody got ready by 7:00am. Started to Kudremukha trekking by 7:00am. From Gowdra house Kudremukha peak is 9km one way. On the way to peak it was very very beautiful, I have never seen such a beauty in any other trekking. My suggestion is go to Kudremukha trekking at last, because you will not like any other place after visiting Kudremukha. Now I realized why kudremukha is crown of Western Ghats, it really deserves
Don't have any words to describe Kudremukha beauty.
Crown Of Western Ghats.
During our journey, Mari told me
ಮರಿ : ಹರಿ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಬಜ್ಜಿ (Another Friend) ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಒಂದು ವಾರ ಅಲ್ಲೇ ಇರ್ಬೇಕು. ಗದ್ದೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು.
ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಪುರಂದರ: ಮರಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಊರಲ್ಲಿ ಬತ್ತ ಕತ್ತರಿಸೋಕೆ ಯಾರು ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿಗತಿಲ್ಲ. ನಮ್ಮ ಮನೆಗೆ ಬಾರೋ ಅಲ್ಲೇ ಗದ್ದೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.
Happily wandering family and friends.

Bison moving around.
There was lot of leaches, particularly in 3 places of forest crossing. Ajith was main target of all leaches. Once we saw his leg, there was almost a layer of leaches in his feet. He was moving at slow pace to get attracted by leaches.

As we moved ahead to top of Kudremukha, surrounding was looking beautiful. It was green every where. We spotted deer, Sambar, Bison. It took approximately 4.5hrs to reach peak. Beautiful surroundings forget us of leach bites. We enjoyed on top of Kudremukha. Took rest for some time and started descending by 2:00pm
Is this Heaven..

White clouds hugged to high standing hills.

MTR Pickle advertisement.
When we reached the top of Kudremukh, we had chapathi as lunch. We carried Sugar, pickle and chetnipudi with chapathi. Guru likes sugar more than pickle. Shashi and I had chapathi with pickle, Guru had chapathi with sugar. After eating too much of sugar he wanted pickle, then asked for pickle which was already over by that time. Then he started scratching MTR pickle cover for pickle.
Old Church on top of Kudremukha.
Almost on top of Kudremukha there is old church, most of it has already fell down due to heavy rain. We reached Gowdra house by 5:30pm. Had bath in Somavati falls just beside Gowdra house. This falls is also nice. Staying here in Gowdra house itself is heaven. According to me even if I don’t see jog falls we should trek to Kudremukha peak in rainy season.

Latter we started to Balagal village by walk. Got a bus to Horanaadu. Visited ”Annaporneshwari” temple had dinner and started to Bangalore by reserved bus.

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  1. Hari, Soooper aagi bardiddi maga...
    Hari the true nature lover, trekker, mr. unstoppable energetic star!

    Kudremukha prakrati, terk varnane namagoo allige hogbeku annisuvathide ! Bhale!

  2. Beautifull Maga....You are great Gun

  3. beautiful Place Maga..You are great Gun

  4. Good one and nice pictures. Reminded me of our trip to the same place.