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Unfortunately I and Sudeesh did not take a camera to give a glimpse of our eventful journey from Sathnur (ಸಾತನೂರು) to Sangama (ಸಂಗಮ). Here is the plan:
Trek: To Himavad Goplaswamy betta
Date: 22 and 23 rd march 2008
People: Me and Vinay.
Transport: Bus from Mysuru(ಮೈಸೂರು) – Gundlupet(ಗುಂಡ್ಲುಪೇಟೆ) , bus from Gundlupet – Gopalapura(ಗೋಪಾಲಪುರ)
Plan: We walked from Gopalapura village bus stand to base of the hill ( any villager can tell you that, they will also add a few words about danger from elephants, well you would not have prepared for the trek if you think this is a problem, do you ?). There is a mud road until a board that says ‘tiger project’ and ‘you are not supposed to enter without permission’ ( now again you shoud’nt care !). From here start scaling the hill either unconventionally from a arbitrary point or take the continuation of the mud road that narrows down into single person guage(ಕಾಲುದಾರಿ).
You are likely to meet some old ruins of a old fort and one beautiful ( I would rather call it romantic) pond. I am not spoon feeding, lot of things are left to you. You will see Bandipur forest spread over on the neighbouring hills. As you move up towards the nilgiri (Eucaluptus) trees think you have reached the top. you may encounter forest guards ( tell my name and it works ! hihihi). Keep cool and tell you lost the way !
Temple is nice. There is a ruined bunglow ( Travellers bunglow) next to it. It is now been closed as the hill comes under the national forest area. You are not supposed to stay after nightfall but we did at the old TB without letting the forest gaurds knowing it. Camping outside can be pretty risky as you can see a lot of fresh elephant dung around. People say that there is a new TB , but I have no idea about it.
You get nice idlis at a home-hotel at Gopalapura at 60 ps per idli !
This photo was not taken by me.
Beauty: I don’t have words. Mist is mist.
cost : 50 Rs excluding food.
Best season: Winter
To be carried: Enough bedding and food if you are serious about staying atop.
Special: We saw the wild bison that is specific to Bandipur and Nagarahole forests.
What all this means … went to trek Kabbaladurga and climbed someother hill. Anyways it was not by mistake, the hills were interesting, I and Raghu did not want to miss them. We had to do some circus to hide the bike next to a lake. Scaling the steep rock was alot of fun and a preparatory exercise to our afternoon climb of the Kabbaladurga, a masterpiece that only isomorphic to itself.
Later we got to know the small temple below is called battalugundappa temple(ಬಟ್ಟಲುಗುಂಡಪ್ಪ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ).
Raghu’s miraculous climb of Kabbaladurga and he sleeping in the backseat of the bike were the surprise elements.