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A non easy route in the Muttatti Galibore Range

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:



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ಆವಣಿ (aavaNi)
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು-೬೦-ಕೋಲಾರ-೪೦-ಆವಣಿ Bengaluru-NH4(60)-Kolar-(40)-aavaNi
ಆವಣಿ ಶಂಕರ ಮಠ ( ನಿಂತಿರುವ ಶಾರದೆಯ ಪೀಠ), ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ಸೀತೆಯ ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನ.

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Escaping from the Jaris …

Some book keeping ! It was just another visit to Savandurga. We encountered unusually large number of jaris (centipedes).

Link to a set of all the photos.

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Himavad Gopalaswamy betta (ಹಿಮವದ್ ಗೋಪಾಲಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಬೆಟ್ಟ)

This post gives you information about a possible non routine trek plan for Himavad gopalaswamy betta. There are lot of other blog posts and webpages that give you information for a normal trip.

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.

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Circumventing Kabbaladurga

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.

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Racing through the greens …

From a long time I have been busy with my usual adventures with pen and paper .. no trip, no trek what is this ?

An Unusual trip (on the bike). It was mostly to show others the new route for our forthcoming climb of Savandurga.We friends met up for a trip after a long time and a refreshing new start to the trekking season.Read what Sudhir writes and all photos are here.Thanks to Sudhir and Raghu for those wonderful photographs.



1. Date : 10th Nov 07

2. Destination(wikimap links): Manchanabele dam, Savandurga, Magadi, Huliyur durga,Huttari Durga, Shivagange.(last three destinations not reached).

3. Means : Two Activas and One Splendor.

4. People : Arun,Raghu,Sudhir,Vinay.

5. Plan : We met up at BEL Circle at 9 and reached
manchanbele by 11 30.We climbed a small hillock. Then we drove through Savandurga Reserve forest(and the title refers to this wonderful experience)to reach Savandurga by 3,3 30.Then to Magadi, Gudemaranahalli and back on Tumkur Road, relaxed at a Dhaba, back home.
6. Route : BEL circle-15-Kottigepalya(on Magadi Road)-30-Left deviation to Manchanbele-15-Chandrappa circle-10-manchanbele dam-20-Doddi-5-Savandurga-15-Magadi-30-Hassan Road (Gudemaranahalli)-15- Tumkur Road-40-Bengaluru.
Alt: Bengaluru-*-Ramanagara-*-Doddi-*-Savandurga

7. Suggestions: Take sufficient water ( I know there is lot of it
in the dam)and food. The Dhaba at Dam is worst.Dont dip below 70 at the reserve forest-savandurga-magadi-Gudemaranahalli.

8. Misc : Both Magadi and Tumkur roads are in bad shape as of now. No fuel probs at major roads, you may have good time if your vehicle breaks down in the reserve forest.


Some funny/interesting stuff that turned up during the trip:

(all for fun, nothing intended personal)
1. One cucumber at Magadi costs 10 Rs.

2. If you love somebody, give her/him the love in bits and pieces, your expression of love must not be its natural, restrain it.If you love completely,she/he thinks later that your love has become less.

3. Everything has an exepction, even this.( this means 3 not 2)

4. Say you donot know the route,rest of the bikes are ahead of you and you get a junction kind of thing with 2-3 possible ways.what to do? … Dont care, drive straight. If it is wrong route, you will get a call on your cell soon.

5. Say your friends are waiting at a dhaba and you went some miles ahead on the highway without realizing and home is another 40 kms away.What to do? … call and tell I am going home.

After the trip, routes and existance of Huliyuru durga and Huttari Durga still remain a mystery. Any body can help?
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kabbaldurga ಕಬ್ಬಾಳ್ದುರ್ಗ

Yet again… breaking away, this time to Kabbaldurga, a rocky hill nearly 70 south of Bengaluru, 20 km from Kanakpura. A fascinating rock climbimg experience, vertical climbs was the best of all, adding to it chimney climbing too. It rained when we were atop, refreshing.

Muttatti forest was awesome, calling for another big adventure, kaveri overflew…. nearly 250km ride on bike, hard rock climbing, masala dose and coffee at kanakpura… aching back..but it is worth all

Details: Kabbaldurga or kabbal village
70 km from Bangalore
approach from mys: mysuru*-malavalli-halagur-kabbal
*anybody can provide me with distances?
trek on: 11-08-07
expense: 200 per head,without food, biking this time.
together: Manish Ithal

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Devarayanadurga Trip

Three pics from DevarayanaDurga ( Photo credits to Guru Raghav)
Trip on 14th July 2007.
1. Distance : 68 Kms from Bangalore
2. Route : Train till Dobbaspet, village bus till Urdigere,walk from there to top (6 kms)/ also can go via tumkur
3. People : Me, Raghav and Abhi.
3. Food : Temple on the top serves afternoon food.
4. Best season: Rainy/Winter. Better to go by a vehicle.
5. Expense : Rs 60 without food.

The fort

The fort from far

The temple below.

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