PUSHPAGIRI popularly known as KUMARA PARVATHA is one among the highest peaks standing tall with more than 1700 M in Karnataka. This exciting peak was our destiny to experience our first enthusiastic trekking. Out of two routes to trek Pushpagiri, we planned to trek from Beedalli, Somwarpet in the northern part of Kodagu district. This route is shorter but steeper than the trek from Kukke Subramanya route.
SHANTHA MALLIKARJUNA TEMPLE – PUSHPAGIRI
Our starting point of PUSHPAGIRI TREK was from SHANTHA MALLIKARJUNA TEMPLE. There is an open ground to park the vehicles, if you reach early, you might be lucky enough to get a parking under the shade.
First phase is a warm up walk to the forest check point to get permission for trekking. It’s little more than 1 KM from the temple to the Pushpagiri forest office. Trek is easy on wide road even if it’s dusty. Wast open grass lands gives you a wilderness feeling to make your start exiting.
FOREST OFFICE – PUSHPAGIRI
Getting trekking permission is more a formality, forest officials were friendly and helpful. We have to provide Name, Address & contact details in the register. Trekking fees was Rs.350 per person. Earlier overnight camping was allowed, but currently forest officials are not allowing camping in Kumara Parvatha.
We had packed lunch from the home stay we were camping. Made sure to carrying water and other small snacks to get energized on the way. We started our first mountain trek around 9:00 AM on a Saturday, January 2018 from forest office after offering prayers to make our trip safe & happy.
TREKKING PUSHPAGIRI – KUMARA PARVATHA
Just after forest office, you have to cross a stream, there is a hanging bridge, which seems to be not stable. Water level was good to cross, so decided to cross the stream then using the bridge. You will be entering to green canopy provided by forest, with no extra charges.
Trekking is more or less easy in this trail, temperature was couple of degree low due to the trees around, you can really experience and understand why we need to CONSERVE our FORESTS & TREES.
The route is zig-zag and have roots and stones on the path, it’s good to have trekking boots to take care of your legs from twists and other injuries.
Luckily for us, there was one water source to re-fill the bottles on the way/ The waster was ice cold and crystal clear. Few streams seems to be dried out and we could walk up through it.
Trail has some quick accents, twists and turns, huge tress fallen on the way forcing you to go either over or under the tree. There are few resting spots to refresh yourself with what ever you have carried.
After few twists and turns we reached a near a hung rock where few trekkers were taking rest, the rock was so huge I assumed we have reached the top. Then we came to know it’s the beginning, you have to climb the rock which is almost 60 degree incline to top with out anything to hold. Most of the people sitting there were those who quit.
We used hands and legs to climb over the rock, we made it, then we came to know there is two more bigger and steeper than this. Once you break the first, you have the confidence to do the others, we did it without worries.
PUSHPAGIRI – PEAK
There are sign board in few intervals, distance to peak may sometimes disappoints you as it may show more kilometers than what you saw ahead. After few more kilometers of trekking we could see Pushpagiri peak.
We made to the peak around 1:30 PM, took around 4 Hrs. to climb including short breaks and photo stops. Even though tired, It was quite exiting & satisfying to be on the top. It was time to celebrate our success, we had the ‘Cheers’ with few biscuits :).
Viewpoint near the peak is a interesting spot, you may need get some help from someone who knows the area to get there. It’s a quite place on the top with wide open space and cliffs around you, good place to have our lunch we carried.
We started climbing down around 2:30 PM, our effort was to reach back as early as possible. The climb down was mostly easy apart from the vertical rock climbing’s, we managed it my holding the bushes on the sides of the trail.
We did not take too may breaks in between and manged to reached back at the forest office around 5:30 PM.
MALLALLI WATER FALLS
Mallalli Falls of Kumaradhara River is situated in Kumaralli, Somwarper in Karnataka
You can drive to the parking area of Mallalli Falls, and need to climb down more than 600 steps to reach the waterfall. From the top it seems impossible, but the steps are designed well and with little or more effort you can make it to the falls. There are multiple falls and small pond formations, were you can have a dip. Water is quite cold and refreshing, this will help you gain the energy to climb back.
is a star fort built in 1792 by Tipu Sultan the then ruler of Mysore. The fort is located 10 kilometres from the Sakaleshpura town, Since the fort is located on a hill at an elevation of 988 metres, it gives a clear view of the surroundings.