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.

 

 

 

BASC Trek 2 Bheemana Kindi

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Bheemana Kindi is a natural rock formation resulting in a Arch ( hillock ) located in Kenchanahalli village on Halgur – Channapatna Road 87 Kms from Banashankari, Bengaluru. Mythology says that Bheema sliced the rocks with his mace ( gade) into two pieces, hence this place is known as Bheemana Kindi.

BASC planned a one day Trek almost after a year, 29 of met at Banashankari Bus stand The highlight of the trek were 2 little ones who are avid trekkers.  Samrudh is in class II and Sushmitha is in class III. who motivated us to plan ahead.   We pooled in 6 vehicles and zipped towards Kanakapura ( 50 Kms) which is a hours drive. Our next pitstop was at Vasavi Food Joint ( before Taluk Office) Kanakapura.   This place is famous for Masala Dosa and Tatte Idly.  After hogging the Masala Dosa & relinquishing  Kaapi and getting our food packed ( Puliyogare) we headed  towards Halgur.   After zipping past Sathnur, we reached Halgur Circle and took right turn to reach Kenchana Halli Cross on Channapatna Road.  After zipping past the Kenchanahalli Village, we landed at Kanive Anjaneya Temple which is located opposite at the foot hills of this hillock.   Parked our vehicles in the temple premises and got ready to trek after the lunch packets were distributed.   1

Before the trek, we took a group pic clicked by our friend, a JCB operator who was working nearby in laying trench to ensure water flow to the fields.

After initial introduction, we set out for the trek. Fortunately it was a pleasant weather, cloudy though Sun played Hide n seek.    We trekked across the Mango Grove and tilled fields to reach the trekking path from the Pump House .    After confirming the attendance, we set out after a brief photo session of the team.   This trek is ideal for the first timers.   Even though its not treacherous, it gives one the wonderful feeling about the trekk.    Both the kidos kept us on our feet and challenged us to climb.7

Our team comprised of Husband – Wife , Mother – Son combination, Sisters, Colleagues and Friends who were part of this wonderful team.    Since we had first time trekkers, we took regular breaks to ensure they are not tired.   After motivating them and couple of photo session through out the trail. 24we reached the Kalyani ( no water) .  But all our hero’s and Continue reading