“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” - Greg Child
So why you climb? In my climbing experience, there are usually two reasons for people to do so – first, they love the views from the top and second, they love the journey they embark upon and the surprises it entails along the way. So which reason is more valid for you? Well! It doesn’t matter because as far as you are trekking, all you need is your hiking shoes and a special soul. In no time, nature will change you in a way that you won’t feel yourself again for a long time and while I am writing this article at the arm’s length from one of my favorite places on Earth, the mountains, I just hope to instill a little bit of nature in you as well with these 8 treks that you can take up if you live in Bangalore.
“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” - Cindy Ross
Nestled deep in the Western Ghats is the tenth highest peak situated in the district of Shimoga. Kodachadri trekking route treats you with nature at its best with lush green jungle trails taking you amidst dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes. Located in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, it creates a beautiful backdrop to the Moola Mookambika Temple which is known to be the place of origin of Goddess Mookambika. With Kodachadri trek guide, catch a glimpse of a picturesque sunset into the Arabian Sea and have an enchanting experience of a combination of mountain and ocean something that very few peaks in the country can boast of.
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” - Beverly Sills
The highest peak in Coorg with an altitude of 5735 feet, Tadiandamol Trekking offers traces of Shola forest which are clearly visible from the trails. This trek is one of the most exquisite treks in Karnataka and is also not very popular which makes it even more special for nature lovers like me. The peak can be reached from the Nalakanda palace situated at the base of the hill. Amongst major attractions is Chelavara Falls trek which is on the way towards the hill.
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it.” - Andy Rooney
Agni Gudda, in Sakleshpur, is popular amongst trek enthusiasts. Camping in Sakleshpur also attracts nature lovers from all over the state. From the mountain, one can avail a beautiful view of the surrounding rice terraces. The mountain is also called ‘Fiery Mountain’ due to volcanic activities in this region. MagajiHalli waterfall is another attraction. The homestays in Sakleshpur are present in plenty and therefore you can enjoy nature at its best at the same time experience the life of the locals and live with them.
“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” – Dr. Seuss
The Kumara Parvatha is in the Western Ghats and is a popular trek among beginners as well as pros. The adventurous trail makes the trek to Kumara Parvatha even more interesting. The Kumara Parvatha trek route includes dense forests, large volcanic rocks, and wild flora and fauna. Some stretches are quite strenuous but the accompanying views make it worth the effort. The Kumara Parvatha trek best time to visit is October to February.
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Gokarna Beach Trek
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” - John Burroughs
Gokarna is a small beach town situated on the coast of the Arabian sea. This quaint little town is famous for its many calm and clean beaches. To really experience the sanctity of Gokarna beach, trekking along the coastline is an amazing way. I promise you it will be love at first (beach) sight!
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot
Located comfortably in the Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park amongst the Western ghats, Dudhsagar waterfalls form the border between Karnataka and Goa. Head for the Dudhsagar falls with the dreams in your eyes because what you will witness there won’t disappoint you even for a second. Also known as the ‘Sea of Milk’, it is amongst India’s tallest waterfalls with an altitude of 1017 feet and an average width of 100 feet. Dudhsagar falls season is from June to September and November to December.
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“Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” - Carl Sagan
A majestic mountain located in the Western Ghats, Mullayanagiri is named after Mullappa Swami Temple situated at the summit. Mullayanagiri trek route is regarded as one of the best in Karnataka. Sitting at 6,330 feet in the Chikmagalur region, it is the highest peak in Karnataka. The trek is perfect for team building and camaraderie taking you to jungle trails.
“Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.” - John Muir
An unadulterated treat to the eyes, Nishani Motte is a lesser-known mountain peak among the Coorg tour packages. Also known as the Scotland of India, the trek is almost 15 km and is moderately difficult. Starting from Bhagamandala Forest range, the trail takes you through the paddy fields, to the coffee estate, and into the Wildlife Reserve. It finally takes you towards the hilltop. Nishani motte also offers the best homestay in Coorg.