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You found our trek to the Vellarimala peak (from Wayanad side) in Dec 07 challenging? That is nothing compared to the reaching the same peak from the Kozhikode side - denser forest, steeper climb, more blood (leeches), longer trek. This is the trek where we separate the boys from the men and the girls from the ladies. Vellarimala (2240m) forms a part of a high hill range of what is otherwise known as Camel's Hump Mountains, a part of the Western Ghats. Most of the hill range falls in the Meppady Forest Range of South Wayanad Division with some parts falling Thamarassery Range of Kozhikode Division. They are semi-contigous with Nilgiris or Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu separated by the Chaliyar Valley. The plateau of Wayanad lies on the eastern slopes of these hills and merges gradually with the Mysore plateau.
Ombattu Gudde in Kannada means “Nine Hills”. It’s a group of nine peaks 971 meters above sea level in the Kabbinale Reserved Forest. The trek starts from the Gundya check-post on the Bangalore-Mangalore highway a 6 hour uphill climb through dense forest. The forest is extremely virgin with huge bamboos and dense foliage playing host to a range of wildlife from the tiger, leopard, jungle cat, barking deer to gaur, sloth bear and, of course, the wild elephant. This route is noted as one of the most mysterious routes in the Western Ghats. There is 50% probability that we don't get lost in this forest or get eaten alive...
Dudsagar Waterfalls (GOA)
Dudhsagar is one of the tallest and prettiest waterfalls in India. Some claims that @ about 600m its bigger than Jog falls and the tallest in India, which I am not very sure about, but its defenitely a pretty sight. The falls lies @ South - East Goa, very near to the Karnataka border, where Khandepar river, a tributary of Mandovi flows through the western ghats. The falls is known for its milky white appearance and hence the name (in Hindi, Dudhsagar means ocean of milk). We can reach the falls either by a 18km jeep track through the forest or by a railway track from Kulem station. I did the jeep track several times on my bullet. At the bottom of the waterfall there lots of foreign tourists would be swimming.
Mukurthi National Park is a 78.46 km² protected area located in the south-eastern corner of the Nilgiris Plateau west of Ootacamund hill station in the northwest corner of Tamil Nadu state in the Western Ghats mountain range of South India. The park is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, India's first International Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster (6,000+ km²), including all of Mukurthi National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.. Mukurthi peak is @ the south west of Nilgiris overlooking the Nilambur forest, @ an altitude abt 2500m. It is among the loftiest in Nilgiris.
Agumbe - Sringeri trek passing through Narasimha Parvatha is a very famous trekking trail. Agumbe, being one of the most heavily raining areas in Karnataka, the whole area is densely vegetated and lush green. Narasimha Parvata (1152 m) is the tallest peak in the Agumbe Ghats. This peak, inside the Kudremukh National Park, is ideal for trekking.
Kudremukh National Park is spread partly over the thick hilly forests near the coastal plains on the western portion and the shola vegetation on the Western Ghats uplands, covering parts of 3 districts, viz., Chickmagalur, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. The Kudremukh peak by which the National Park derived its name, is the highest elevation at 1892 meters. KNP is made of steep hills and valleys. The totally fresh air and the climb up and down, invigorates the body and soothes the soul. During the trek, one can view and study several wildlife species of plants, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, insects, etc.
Silent Valley is a virgin, fragile forest, nestled in the mountain folds of the Nilgiris in Southern India. In God’s own country, Kerala, Silent Valley is surely God’s own abode. It has etymological connotations to the absence of noisy insect cicadas that are generally abundant in tropical rain forests, although now, cicadas form an integral part of the forest. The local names of the valley and the river that flows through it, resurrect the grand tale of the Mahabharata. In the local lingo, Silent Valley is called Sai-randhi-vanam or Sai-randhiri (synonymous with Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas) and the river is called Kunthipuzha (synonymous with Kunti, mother of the Pandavas).
Known for its unique mangrove ecosystem, Pichavaram is located in the northernmost part of the Cauvery delta, in the Vellar-Coleroon estuarine complex and has many islands separated by intricate water-ways. Covering an area of over 400 hectares, it is traversed by a large number of channels and creeks. THERE ARE just two things to do in Pichavaram — drift along the waterways in a boat and take photographs. The forest officer on duty will say that you can't take pictures, but no one really seems to pay attention to him. Pichavaram is known for it's unique mangrove ecosystem, found in areas such as the Sunderbans in West Bengal and in Australia. The mangroves are trees rooted in a few feet of water and the whole area stretches to over 3,000 acres comprising more than 1,700 islets. A two-hour boat ride (Rs.125 per hour) through the forest is both soothing and exciting.
Chikkamagaluru (Chikmagalur / Chikmagalore) is about 250kms from Bengaluru (Bangalore), via Nelamangala - NH48 till Hassan and Belur. Trek to both Mulayanagiri and Baba Budan Giri starts from Sarpadhri, about 20kms from Chikkamagaluru. Mullayanagiri (Kannada: ಮುಳ್ಳಯ್ಯನಗಿರಿ ) is the highest peak in Karnataka, India. Mullayanagiri is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats. With a height of 1930 m (6317 ft.), it is the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.