Exploring Channagiri Hills

Twelve member trekking enthusiasts set out to explore Channagiri Hills around 1500 mts above sea level near Nandi Grama (Village) of Chikkaballapur District for a day’s trek. We boarded public transport to Chikkaballapur (35 kms) and from there to of Nandi Grama. (26 kms) One has to trek around 3 KM’s to reach the foot hills from Nandi Bus stand. Next to Nandeeeshwara Temple.

Enroute to the foot hills one has to pass through Sultanpet s hamlet on foot hills of Nandi, which also has walkable steps from here to Nandi Hills.

This place is famous for Grapeyards, Flowers and Sugarcane fields. We do have small scale pottery industries here which continue the legacy .

This place is surrounded by 4 hillocks , Nandigiri, Skandagiri, Deva Giri and Dibba Giri

We visited Potter’s Welfare Society, a small scale industry in Sultanpet and explored the process. Our team captain Suresh, even tried his hands in rotating the wheel.

We need to pass through Grapeyard to reach the foot hills from where our trek started. (Westernside) which challenges trekkers .

Southern side of the hillock is a easy terrain and we choose the western side one which is usually not used by people. One has to go through shrubs and anthills.

Carrying a light jacket and cap is an option to cover from wind and avoid sun burns.

We need to start the trek early to beat the heat. It was bit cloudy when we started and became sunny before we reached the peak. One has to cross over 3 hillocks to reach the summit on a trecherous route. You come across Rocky path across the terrain. It took almost 2.5 hours to trek 4 kms one way.

One has to carry biodegradable consumables and eatables along with min 3 lts water. You don’t get any potable water points enroute the trek.

After constant breaks, we could scale the peak. Today this place is visited as a excursion point and gradually the ecosystem is being affected not only affecting the localities but with garbage strewn around.

We reached the summit which houses

Anjaneya swamy temple.

After lunch and snacks with group photo, we set for down trek which took another 3 hours to reach foothills

Overall it was a memorable trek and for some it was their 1st trek with Ascenders which they thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to another day trek.

BASC trek 2 Ramadevarabetta, Kyatasandra on 2nd July 2017

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Was exicited as usual to join the trekkers in exploring Ramadevara Betta, adjacent to Siddaganga Mutt.    18 of us gathered at Majestic Bus Stand and boarded the bus till Kyatasandra.   ಸಂಬಂಧಿತ ಚಿತ್ರHungry stomachs fed on Tatte Idly @ Pavitra Idli Hotel in Kyatasandra, after filling our tummies, we set out to Siddaganga Mutt BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0700which is around 1.5 kms from the Tumkur Highway.

 

We were greeted by Basavanna’s statue in the mutt’s premises.  We set out the path next to the Mutt’s School premises to reach Siddganga Mutt’s Rest House and adjacent there is a concrete road leading to the foot hills of the Hillock . Before reaching the base for our trek, we were welcomed by a dried lake with some beautiful lotus flowers.  BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0716.jpgAfter completing our intro, we set forward to scale the summit.    We were joined by students of mutt’s school who are regular visitors on weekends.BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0725.jpg

Realized that there are 28 boulders which we need to cross over to reach the peak and made up our mind.   Some of our enthusiastic trekkers, couple of them were 1st timers and rest had multiple experiences.    Weather was good, it was cloudy and the path did not seem to be challenging at the beginning.

BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0727we came across muddy path which made it more challenging and dried grass which posed danger in scaling up .  We were supporting some of the 1st timers as the climb was a challenging one.    After sharing energy boosters and motivating words, we inspired them to complete the climb after frequent resting points and pics.    BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0761.jpg

We were wondering if there would be a different path to climb down, but were told that we need to  come back in the same direction.   Thanks to Tumkur trekkers who had laid the directions which came in handy. Boulder no. 24 onwards, it is challenging 25th boulder is the starting boundry to reach the summit.

We were greeted by cool and strong breeze at the top of the hill, which had couple of ponds which were completely occupied by the mutt’s children.   The top of the hillock is surrounded by huge boulders and there is a ramalingeshwara temple atop the hillock standing strong amid varied weather conditions.BASC Trek 2 RamadevarabettaDSC_0776

We had couple of group selfie’s across the huge boulder shouldering the hillock.   After moving across the scenic locations , We had BASC Trek 2 Ramadevarabetta20170702_1218152nd round of introductions ,  After couple of selfies and portraits, we were helped by kids in capturing the group pic for memory, we started scaling down.   Scaling up took us 1.5 hours and scalling down was equally difficult and challenging which took easy 2.5 hours to the base .   We were joined by Jagadeesh, who is a avid trekker, photographer and publisher of a wild life magazine .   He gave us couple of leads for future treks.

We reached Siddaganga mutt and were feeling hungry, we joined fellow disciples for Anna Daasoha provided by the mutt authorities for all those visiting the mutt.   Mutt has been feeding thousands of them free of cost .  After finishing the prasadam and having the darshan of Swamaji, we set out to Kyatasandra Railway Station for Bangalore.

It was a memorable trek organised by BASC and thanks to the Organisers  Suresh, assisted by Raveendra in ensuring safety of all fellow trekkers, we reached Bangalore railway station and bid adieu to fellow trekkers.

 

 

 

photreknic from BASC on July 1st 2012 to Veerapuram, Yellodu and Lepakshi

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We set up on the third successive photreknic from BASC on July 1st 2012 to Veerapuram, Yellodu and Lepakshi. There were 11 of us ( Chetana, Me, Muthu, Srivatsa, Dr. Harish, Nagaraj, Neha, Santhosh + 2 ) set out in our Dzire, Xylo and Yamaha motorcycle for a 240 kms drive on NH 7 from Bangalore. We zipped across the road as it was clear in the morning.

Reached chickballapur for breakfast, but our adda was closed as it was Sunday. We once again continued towards NH 7 and located Kamat Uphara for our breakfast. Looks like they had only Kharabaath and Kesribaath, heard they were previous days menu and we did not have any other choice but to have it with coffee. We received a whopping bill of 500 for a morsel of kharabath and a cup of coffee for 11 of us. Next we set out towards Veerapuram, in Andhrapradesh to have a glimse of the Strokes which migrate from far away siberia. After navigating across bad maintained roads and reaching the village, were met the curator of the birds Mr. venugopala Reddy who has been taking care of these birds for a long time. His house has couple of cages meant for the injured , tired birds so that he can take care of incubation of their eggs, nurse their wounds and let them off once they are fine.

After initial introduction, team set up to start clicking takin

g out their cameras, tripods, changing lenses, filters and clicking most amazing birds.

After we were satisfied with the pictures, team set out for the next destination, Yellodu in Karnataka which is 20 Kms from veerapuram. We reached Yellodu @ 11.30 AM and geared up to trek the 600 + steps to visit Lord Adinarayana Temple.

We were welcomed by herd of monkeys who were very curious of our backpacks and eatables that we carried.

When we reached around 300+ steps, were were amazed by the beauty of its surroundings which had very beautiful hillocks which were unexplored by humans and were pollution free.

We reached the abode of Lord Adinarayana and had the darshan. The hillock was flocked by beggers all around and were seated on each step which was a disturbing scene.

We set out to have our lunch @ arya vysya choultry who have been providing free lunch to all the visitors to the temple for years now. After having the lunch we set out to Lepakshi which is around 30 Kms from Yellodu and reached at 3.30 PM.

Lepakshi is very important historically and archaeologically. There are three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Virabhadra.

The famous Veerabhadra temple, dedicated to Veerabhadra, is located here. Built by the brothers Viranna and Virupanna, the temple is a notable example of the Vijayanagar architectural style.[1] It is famous for its sculptures, which were created by the artisans of Vijayanagara empire. A huge Nandi bull made out of a single granite stone is one of the attractions in Lepakshi.The place is renowned for being one of the best repository of mural paintings (see below) of the Vijayanagar Kings. Many old Kannada inscriptions dating back centuries can be seen on its walls. Legend has it that the Naga of the Nagalinga was carved out of a single stone by sculptors while they waited for their mother to prepare lunch.

Trek 2 Achalu Betta with Bangalore Ascenders

Was excited to join my trekking team at Bangalore Ascenders in exploring Achalu betta.  16 of enthusiast trekkers set out from Banashankari towards Kanakapura.  After filling fuel to our bodies at Vasu Hotel in Kanakapura we set out to explore Achalu Betta 15 Kms away from Kanakapura towards Sathnur.

1. Achalu Betta

After driving across narrow stretch of Achalu hamlet , we noticed that it has all the modern facilities.  We further travelled across the country side , we reached the base of the hillock and parked our cars at the foot hill and got ready to start our trek.   Weather was getting hotter and we planned to scale up the hillock before the sun changes the direction

2. Temple at the bottom of the hillock

Our team comprised of first time trekkers as well seasoned trekkers.   After identifying the trek path, smiling faces in our team set out to explore the peak. Our trek path was across wild plants, shrubs, bamboo groves  and  rocky path which was slippery at times .  There were traces of wild rabbits moving around and looked like it had rained few days back .

4. Beginning of the trek

Most of the trekkers were at ease in scaling up the hillock and  as usual our Ascenders team were supporting and cheering up the team members who found it a bit difficult to trek due to blazing sun and dust.  Finally we could scale the top of the peak and were over joyed that every one could finally scale the peak without much issues.   It took almost an hour and half to scale the height and we could see the Nandi statue in front of the local diety Muneshwara Temple atop the hill.

6. Smiling faces at the top of the peak

We had team introduction and relaxation at the peak before we started scaling up further.  We could see amazing nature’s beauty from across the rocks.   After team took pics and selfies, we started scaling down.

8. Background of Nandi statue11. Scenic Beauty from the peak

Descending was a challenge and it was slippery .   Finally we took another hour to descend were back to the base where our cars were parked.   We left for Kanakapura to fill our hungry stomach.  Once again it was Hotel Vasu which quenched our hunger.  We set out back to Bangalore to get back to the traffic zone.  After bidding adieu to the team, we reached our destinations.

 

 

 

Photreknic from BASC on July 1st 2012 to Veerapuram, Yellodu and Lepakshi

We set up on a  third successive photreknic from BASC on July 1st 2012 to Veerapuram, Yellodu and Lepakshi. There were 11 of us ( Chetana, Me, Muthu, Srivatsa, Dr. Harish, Nagaraj, Neha, Santhosh + 2 ) set out in our Dzire, Xylo and Yamaha motorcycle for a   240 kms drive on NH 7 from Bangalore. We zipped across the road as it was clear in the morning.

Reached chickballapur for breakfast, but our adda was closed as it was Sunday. We once again continued towards NH 7 and located Kamat Uphara for our breakfast. Looks like they had only Kharabaath and Kesribaath, heard they were previous days menu and we did not have any other choice but to have it with coffee. We received a whopping bill of 500 for a morsel of kharabath and a cup of coffee for 11 of us.

Next we set out towards Veerapuram, in Andhrapradesh to have a glimse of the Strokes which migrate from far away siberia. After navigating across bad maintained roads and reaching the village, were met the curator of the birds Mr. venugopala Reddy who has been taking care of these birds for a long time. His house has couple of cages meant for the injured , tired birds so that he can take care of incubation of their eggs, nurse their wounds and let them off once they are fine.  

After initial introduction, team set up to start clicking taking out their cameras, tripods, changing lenses, filters and clicking most amazing birds.   Teams started getting on to the roof tops of house of villagers.    They were very accommodative and assisted us in admiring the beauty of the birds.

We were waiting till th older birds come to feed their younger ones with the Fish they would hunt down the ponds and come to feed them.  Most of the mother strokes started arriving at 10.30 AM with the feeds.    Baby strokes / young strokes which were nested were alerted of their mothers arrival and were eagerly waiting for the feed.

Finally the team wrapped the photosession and we left to Yellodu which is gudibande taluk, chickballapur dist to visit the holy shrine of Lord Adinarayana which is around 30 Kms fromVeerapuram.  

we reached the foothills @ 11.45 AM and strated trekking towards the shrine which has 600+ steps to cover.   It was a daunting task since we had completed the recent trek to huthridurga. But when we covered 300+ steps, the nature was so beautiful and we forgot our stress and started admiring it.

We were welcomed by heard of monkeys which are common in these areas.    They were very curious to see what eatables we had brought and were peeping into our bags

We reached 300+ steps and viewed the nature beauty which was amazing and breath taking as the nature was untouched by trekker and was pollution free.  Dr. Harry was already planning for exploring this hillock and was describing the structure of the hill.        Finally we coverd 600+ steps to enter the shrine of Lord Adinarayana and got his darshan.    Dr. Harry was concerned with the cleanliness of the shrine and gave his mind to couple of devotees who were breaking the coconut offered to  them and warned them to keep the premises clean.

Trek 2 Huthridurga

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Was exited to join the Huthridurga trek when BASC shared the information.   Usually i used be lax as the window for registration is very less with BASC as most would flock and the registration gets closed.   But when i joined the previous trek @ Kailsaparvatha trek last week, was eagerly waiting for the next opportunity.

It was well coordinated treknic which had a team of 21 seasoned, first timers, amateur trekkers.

Most of us were exicted to see Hutridurga after exploring on google maps, you tube and other blogs.   Set out in 4 vehicles accommodating 21 of us.    There were last minute updations and thanks to Raveendra for accepting most of the requests and guiding people to pool into the vehicles of their choice and assemble @ Sunkadakatte on Magadi Road.

Reached Sunkadakatte with 4 fellow trekkers – Raghu, Chetana, Keerthana, Subbu and  Nitin ( after missing the  magadi road cross and ending up at Tumkur Road) as I was cruising in the morning.    Returned back to Magadi road to reach sunkadakatte  and waited opposite Indian Oil Petrol bunk for other trekkers to join.     Sandy ( Sandip Seal)  was already waiting in his Ferrari!!! ( Omni) With his kiddos  (Sourajit Seal  and Souvik Seal)      and Mallikarjun.

Raveendra joined past 6 at the spot with 4  ( Raveendra, Geetha Bala, Aishwarya, Chirag, Pradeep        of his fellow team mates and final to arrive was Dr. Harish Babu in his Xylo with  Arun Patil, Ishwar, Shiva, Lanchana Gupta, Tejaswi,  We set towards Magadi @ 6.30 AM after formal intro of the group and what a cruise it was, clean roads, free from traffic ( atleast during that part of the day)!!  And reached magadi @ 7.45 AM and took a break for breakfast @ Hotel Gayathri Vihar on Magadi – Kunigal Road.   Hotel owner cum waiter was surprised to see 21 of us decending on his hotel and was quick to order for Idli, Vada, Puliogre for our folks.    Most of us were careful in resting on the chairs ( as they were swinging due to heavy load)!!!!

We set towards huthridurga which is once again around 12 kms from Magadi and parked our roaring monsters at the paddy field meant for parking ( to avoid tractors kissing their Bangalore monsters)

Our trek started at 8.30 AM from next to a brick manufacturing unit and we started very enthusiastically.    Our cameras were out and started shooting the rocks and were admired at the rock formation along the route.

We took regular breaks admiring the nature’s beauty and did not feel the tiredness till we reached 800 mts altitude.

We reached the hill top @ 10.30 AM to be welcomed by Nandi at the entrance and saw a beautiful Shiva temple at the top which is in a depleted condition now.      After resting for some time we left to explore  further the hillock.    Walking through shrubs, steep rocks and evading cactus we reached a plateu which was very calm, serene and surrounded by rocks.

Keerthana, Subbu and Nitin started exploring further and were enjoying themselves crusing ahead of the team always and were climbing steep rocks and getting more adventurous.  They were practising  how to dive for a photo shoot!! On all the rocks they could climb and team Sandy was up a rock with tutu enjoying the beauty  rest of us did not want to overcrowd the rocks and  quietly laid down on our back enjoying the beauty of the sky and the surroundings making mockery of each other.

When it was time for  the  lunch, raveendra alerted us to get back to the temple for lunch preparation.    This was one of the momentous  period and every one of us got into action to support the lunch preparation.    Raveendra had brought the portable stove and the utensil with a spoon ( courtesy Geetha)  with camphor tablets which was lit and chef’s Sandy, Shiva got into action arranging for preparing Maggi in supervision of Geetha. Rest of us were busy clicking pictures, some rested on the rocks,  some were busy collecting and brining firewood for liting the fire.

Once we started preparing we realized that we don’t have plates, tumblers and spoons.    Only organised person was Dr. Harish, who had neatly brought a steel plate with him  for the lunch.    For others we hit on the plan to get the  leaves out of the banyan tree and cleaned it.   Water was poured to the utensil from the water bottles for magi  preparation.  Geetha and Shiva did the honors of cutting  the masala powders sachets and showered the powder on the magi.   Sandy was quick enough to stir the maggi and was helped by Shiva.    Once it was prepared, leaves were distributed to the team and maggi was served to every one with the sweet and spicy buns shared by Chetana , it was a good combination with Maggi and in no time Maggi disappeared as folks were hungry.

Rain god started showering some water ( drizzle) when we started having our  maggi oota  and guys enjoyed the showers.  Keerthana and her team went for one more photo shoot of jumping on the rocks and did not participate in our maggi oota.

 We were just banking on 2 lts of water for the entire folks to consume water after lunch.   Most of us just had a sip and did not want to waste it till we reached the base.

After the standing, sitting lunch, we rested for 20 minutes  before embarking to the base to reach our vehicles.        Sandy was very helpful and helped the team to easily climbdown by offering his hands always  especially to Geetha who was very scared.    Finally when we reached the base, raveendra gave a vote of thanks to the team and we dispersed from hurthridurga to Bangalore.

Enroute team had Idli, Masala vada and oota at Magadi before we visited Lord Ranganatha temple before crusing back to Namma Bengaluru.  

Overall it was a fantastic team trek after a long time.