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Conquering kodachadri was due in our list, but I don’t know why it was all the time deferred…..
This time we decided to ramble on the railway lane which is known as Green route trek starting from Donigal to Yedakumari. One can also start trekking from Yedakumari to Sakaleshpura; the picturesque landscape, chirping birds attracts all nature lovers.
Due to busy schedule Karthik, Pavan dropped from the trek, finally it was I and Rajeev twosome started from Bangalore. We had very less time to plan things and lastly got the tickets confirmed on 19-Feb-2010 @ 10.30Pm Suvarna Sarige.
Though the work was packed, we managed to get out off the office on Friday by 7.00Pm as usual planned assembling at bus station at 9.45Pm.
We packed 20 chapattis and “Subbammana Angadi chutney pudi” ghee which is a right combination with chapatti and chutney pudi, crammed few fruits, glucose, dates etc.
Bus started from Majestic by 10.45Pm late by 15 mins to schedule as its IST… no comments on that. As we are only 2 of us no serious discussion happened we slipped for a good sleep, the time ticked 3.00Am when bus halted at some place for a tea break I had a chance to talk with conductor and reminded him about our descend at Donigal.
Conductor was surprised to hear about the railway station located at Donigal his face showed the curiosity about the trek on railway lane and enquired about the same. Journey started from tea break and I went for a quick nap. The time was 4.00 Am when conductor gently came and awaked me saying “Sir… Donigal”.
Donigal is a small place on the Shiradi Ghat highway. It was dark, dim sodium waper light was struggling to throw the brightness on the road. There were 2 huge barricades placed on both the ways of the road. Police jeep was parked beside the road might be they were on night patrol squad; the only identification of Donigal is from a tea shop. Our starting point of trek was from Donigal railway station, with full enthuse I enquired how to reach the railway station; the tea shop owner promptly answered all our queries and guided us to reach the Donigal railway station.
It was still 5.00Am when we reached the station and decided to take a quick nap till 6.00Am. The alarm of bird chirps awakened me at 6.15Am. Surrounding was covered by mist and it was a perfect time to start the trek. To reach Yedakumari we need to trek 18km on railway lanes…
Trek became balancing act between mind and body, one should concentrate on the parallel bars to move ahead or we might fall. Seeing the parallel bars endlessly create an illusion in the mind, we moved an hour without taking any halt and met few railway personnel’s on the way, I was curious about the bridges and tunnels we were yet to cross and enquired the same.
Encountered the first bridge, crossing the bridge looking down enthralled us cautiously crossed the bridge we had collected the information that we will be crossing 13 bridges and 26 tunnels before reaching Yedakumari. It was an amazing experience…
Usually goods train passes by the way, and we came across the train soon after crossing the bridge. We were hungry and gave a break for 30 mins and continued our trek anticipating more thrill in the journey.
First tunnel was ahead us, on top of the tunnel it was engraved the year of construction and length of the tunnel in meters. It was pitch dark and trekkers should have a source of light or it is very risky to cross the tunnels. Initially we stepped slowly on the parallel bars throwing the light ahead us after crossing 3 tunnels it became a child’s play…
Railway personnel’s who were working on the lanes accompanied us and narrated their hectic work and life style they lead. It was 2.30Pm when we reached Yedakumari after crossing 13 bridges and 23 tunnels. The green route trek is very scenic as it runs through the dense forest in which it is situated and also we will not forget the numerous streams en route. To conclude the trek was an incredible experience and nature lovers should not miss this trek.
India > Karnataka > Hassan
Bangalore > Hassan > Sakleshpura > Donigal
One day/ depends on the length of the trek
Donigal to Yedakumeri station
– Get down at Donigal, the bus generally stops at a tea stall.
– walk along the tar road till Donigal railway station.
You can EXIT:
– Carrying on further from the station look for the 75km mile stone.
– After reaching Yedakumari we can climb down and cross Kempuhole river.
– Crossing the river you reach NH48. Catching a bus or any transport you can reach
At Yedakumari request the station master and catch a goods train which will drop you to Subramanya railway station.
– Carry a powerful torch with extra batteries to make your way through the tunnels.
– Better you trek wearing a good hiking shoes.
Wasting time in waiting for the next bus at 11.30Am was not a good idea; we managed to hire a jeep to drop us at pushpagiri cross.
After paying the entry fees which is a nominal amount of Rs 115/- per head, joyful trek begun at 11.00Am.
It was 5.30 Pm when we saw the road, the legs were not listening to mind and we were drained completely. The only way to relax was to dip in the water and we decided to go directly to “Kumaradhara” river which is in the town of Kukke Subramanya.
Amazing trek the memories last long…
Pavan had been to the place previously and he was the guide for us to trek, we took a left turn at SaiBaba Arch which is 50km from Bangalore, the road which will take to Skandagiri. You can also reach through chikkabalapur. We missed the way and couldn’t find a single person to ask for right directions. At last Hoysala police were patrolling and stopped us, they were surprised to see us strolling at the wee hours of night and interrogated us with n number of questions [who are we?? What are we doing here?? Have we consumed liquor?? Any antisocial activity is on??] Finally we proved that we are nature lovers and adventurers, and told our night expedition to Skandagiri. Also we told them that we missed the way and looking for help to reach the foothill. Police guided us to Skandagiri foothill. We thanked Hoysala team and started towards foothill.
It was so strange we were wandering in the same route but couldn’t see the sign board which is positioned make us very hard to locate it.
In the precipitated month of September, the monsoon had ended its games with the wild climate which whispered in our ears to start for the first trek. We decided to the misty hills of TADIYANDAMOL or Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg and second highest in Karnataka at 1,750 meters or 5742 feet above sea level. The name Tadiandamol literally means “highest point”. Located in the Western Ghats region of south west Karnataka the coorgi’s locally call it TADIYANDAMOL Betta. The team was me SrinivasRangan, Amit, Karthik, Srinivas aka Seena and Prahalad.
It was Friday the 28th Sep that we set out. The plan was to reach Mysore and stay at my place and from mysore start the journey early morning to thadiyandamol. I, Amit, Prahalad and seena started to mysore on the same day where in Karthik was stuck up with some work and joined us at 2:00am in the wee hours of 29th Sep. Finally it was planned that we can start our journey by early morning 5.30 AM.
We all went for a quick nap and woke up to a beautiful morning on Saturday the 29th. The cab came at six and with a cup of steaming tea we started the fantastic journey to thadiyandamol. The first pit stop was at Hunsur for breakfast. We all knew the trek would be hard and consumed a smaller amount of food.
We crossed our fingers as the bypass road took us on Nagarahole, hoping we could sight Big Cats [TIGER, LEOPARD] finallywe were happy in sighting 3 elephants which crossed the road and entered into woods.
There in the horizon hung the sun which was very lightly visible, appreciating the scenery and the greens and the vivid formations of nature we were entirely immersed into a naturalist’s vision andit was a feast to our eyes. It was “Picture Perfect”.
When almost a km or two was between us and the Peak, we came to see what we had struggled for; it was the lush greenery that we could see standing in a valley on all the four sides, iced with thick mist all around. This made us challenge to view any object for that matter..
Seena was tired and he was unable to keep a single step also, he decided to give up the trek and sat at one place. Despite the fact our mind also sent us a message saying we also shall give up. But the passion did not stop us in accomplishing it.
With great enthuse finally after three and a half hours of strenuous trek we reached the peak, The Summit, only four of us could make it (Me, Amit, Karthik and Prahalad)