Trekking in Western Ghats near Chikmagalur

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                            Please use this forum post for planning trekking in western Ghats near Chikmagalur, finding fellow trekkers, posting photographs or any other queries you have.

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Hello,

Myself Veeresh, used to be avid trekker western ghats.
Have read your well articulated blogs:
http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/mullayanagiri-trek-highest-peak-karnataka
http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/trekking-baba-budan-giri-hills
Would like to thank you for the valuable information provided.

Been planning trek to Mullayanagiri and Bababudangiri this month end.
Have few quesries for which im unable to find info in any of the blogs/portals.

1. What is the approx distance from the point one hits the main road after trekking down from mullayanagiri to Attigundi village

2. From Attigundi village, is there a basepoint (like Sarapadari to Mullayanagiri) to Bababudangiri peak? apart from concrete road..
3. what kind of shelter one gets @Attigundi village for overnight stay?
Would avalue and appreciate your inputs!!

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Veeresh

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Hi Veeresh,
                   Thanks for dropping at Thinking Particle and glad that you liked my blogs.
                    Please find my answers below. 

1- Ok, you want to know the distance from Sarapadari (Base point of Mullayanagiri ) to Attigundi ?, It is around 6 km and you can get a lift or private bus on this route.

2- In Attigundi Village, There is a narrow trail going uphill just beside the mosque. ask anyone about the trek to Bababudangiri peak, They will point you to the base. The total distance till the peak by this route would be 4km

3- There is nothing much in Attigundi other than an expensive resort inside a coffee estate and that would be really expensive however there are fair chances to get home stay in Attigundi.

Please let me know if you need more information.

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Consolidated Information of Popular treks near Chikmagalur
 

Mullayangiri to Kavikal Gandi

6 km

Sarpan Dari to Kavikal Gandi

10 km

Kavikal Gandi to Manikya Dhara

8 km

Bababudangiri to Gallikere

3 km

Gallikere to Kemmunagundi

17 km

Kavikal Gandi to Muttodi

25 km

Kemmunagundi to Kallathigiri Falls

7 km

Please append you happen to know some more treks.

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please let me know me the details about two treks i.e 1. Gallikere to Kemmanagundi. 2. kavikal gandi to kemmangundi.

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we r planing to trek mullayyanagiri on Th this month. we coming from Mysore.
we dont know which points we can cover from 7th morning to 8th evening. we hire a tata sumo.we need ur advice for trekk /shelter/nearest lodge and which one we plane 1st,mulayanagiri or bababudan giri?

thanks in advance>
soundarraj

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dear sir
need advice:we are start from mysore by tatasumo on 6th eve, by mor of 7th we will be there. planed to cover mul,giri/habbe/kalatgiri and bababudan in 7Th and 8Th .
which on we take 1st and which one in last?
where we can stay on 7th eve?
can u give some tips?

thanks
soundar

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Hi Soundar,
                      Here goes your itinerary... I am assuming that you are reaching Chikamaglore on 7th morning. let me know if my assumption is wrong.

7th- Have your breakfast at Chikmaglore and drive to Mullayangiri peak ( There is a direct road till the peak so you wont have to trek at all)... After Mullayangiri head further towards Baba budengiri (There is a motorable road till the peak)...
After Baba budengiri, you can either stay over night at Attigundi (Village on the base of Baba budengiri peak)...Another option is to drive towards Kemmungundi from Baba budengiri. Kemmungundi is some 30 km from there but this road is not in good condition and there is hardly any vehicle on that route.

* But it is one of the most scenic route i ever took... so i will strongly recommend you to take this route.

8th- If staying in Kemmungundi, you can head towards Hebbe falls in the morning but I am not whether your taxi driver will be able to drive on that completely deteriorated road, only the local jeeps dare to ply on that route. After coming back from Hebbe falls, you can visit other common sights such as Zero point, some bhavan etc... While receding back from Kemmungundi to Tarikere/Birur, you can visit Kalhatti falls.

Here are the blog posts those you will find helpful

http://thinkingparticle.com/articles/kemmangundi-and-hebbe-falls-trek

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/trekking-baba-budan-giri-hills

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/mullayanagiri-trek-highest-peak-karnataka

let me know if you need more information... I'll be glad to help you.

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Vishnu Kumar

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Thanks vishnu,

I think it is more enough for our plan. what you think is right .on 7th morning we reach c,maglore.

thanks again ...

soundar.Smile

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Hi,

Can Anyone help me regarding this question?

1.Is it reguired to take permission to trek in "kodachadri".? If yes please let me know where to take permission..!

thanks

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Hi Vishnu,

We are planning our honeymoon trip. We will leave from Kolkata on 7th March evening. We want to come back to Kolkata on 12th Morning. Could you please suggest whether any part of Shimla can be achieved within 4days and 3 Nights stay? My wife loves snow a lot.. So which part of Shimla can be covered so that we can see snow?

As our second option, we have in mind- Sikkim. But we want to ignore Gantok and Pelling side. Would Nathula and Changu be best as of now to see snow? We have limited time but we want to cover most of the attractions within this time. So what other places would you suggest within these 4 days?

We both love adventure very much. It will be a great favor if you can suggest any place near Sikkim or Shimla where we can do River-Rafting and trekking?

Kindly mention the charges and routes- day wise (as in 7th March, 8th March, 9th March, 10 March and 11th march) for whatever place you suggest.

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Hi Rajib... Considering Kolkata as your take off location, I will not recommend you mundane Shimla as your honeymoon destination... I think you should prefer sikkim and I am very sure that you will get to see snow at Nathula and Changu lake which is very unlikely to find anywhere near Shimla....
 

In the month of march. there is a high possibility to see snow at Nathula and Changu....

let us know if you have more questions...

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I AND MY FRIENDS ARE PLANNING TO GO THERE. I HAVE READ A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT KP...SO I U PLEASE GUIDE US TO GO THERE OR SOME PHONE NUMBER OF YOURS OR ONE WHO HAS ALREADY VISITED THERE...WE ARE PLANNING FOR SAFE TREK HOPING SURE WE WON'T BE LOST IN LUST OF GREENERY.

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Hi There... I have posted a travel about about my trekking experience to KP... It includes information required for planning KP trip.... Kumara Parvata is generally 2 days trek in which you will be spending night on the peak....

thinkingparticle.com/blog/dharmasthala-hornadu-ifailed-20

Do let us know if you have more questions... will be glad to help you...

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WHERE IS COULDN"T your post?

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Sorry... posted the wrong link before... please find the blog below...

thinkingparticle.com/blog/trekking-kumara-parvatha-ifailed

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we are 4 people ..planning a trek in western ghats.

wer are coming from hyderabad in our own vehical.

can you suggest some good trkking places in and around chikmanglore.

we are planning for 2 days trek..

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Hi Narendra,
                        Western Ghats of Karnataka are blessed with teeming of trekking routes..many of those are lesser known and yet to explore.. For first timers, kemmangundi, hebbe-falls-trek, mullayanagiri, baba-budan-giri-hills are viable picks.. you can also try to trek Kudermukh which is a bit far from Chikmanglore...

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Vishnu Kumar

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tnx a lot dear..

is there any any off road driving available there at that place...

as we are coming in mahindra THAR (4*4 ) vehical

and more thing ..
for how many days we shouls plan the trip..

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If you are seeking an adventurous road trip then you must take the road between kemmangundi to baba-budan-giri... This stretch is not very good to drive on small vehicles but 4*4 vehicle will pass it comfortably... It falls in Badra Tiger Reserve... Absolute wilderness.... it will be delightful... I think 3-4 days would be sufficient as you are driving your own vehicle.... you may even try to do Hornadu etc...

There is so much in Western Ghats...

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tnx dear

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Hi Vishnu,

your tales are enticing. Great writing. I'm planning to to Chikmagalur for a week (upto 2 weeks even) starting on the 17th dec with a friend. Our plan is this - to stay at an affordable(cheap but clean) homestay so that we can cook our food. If the local hotels serve food without msg or other harmful salts, cooking is not a definite requirement. We'll trek far into the bhadra forest and reservoir areas. we'd like to spend every night outside in the wild. we'd like to lodge as far away from the town, towards the more green, as possible. how much would a bike cost per day? how much would such a homestay cost? will there be internet connectivity? kindly give me the list of the places in order of their greenery in and around chikmagalur.

I have a few more questions but more later.

Thanks,
S.

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Hi S,
          Congratulations for outlining such an adventours trip... Winters are best for venturing into Western Ghats.. You may not be hitting the nagging rainfall...

          Well Chikmangalore region is not blessed with overwhelming tourist facilities so you may not be finding good hotels if you are heading deep inside forest of Bhadra Forest. Only basic accommodations are available so those will be cheaper.

          For Badhra Reserve, I think you will be starting from Shimoga which is a town with decent tourist facilities. You can find good food there. you can also get a  bike on rent from Shimoga. Forest Guest house should be available inside the sanctuary so i think you should better stay there. Camping will not be allowed inside the Forest Reserve. Internet connectivity will also be slim in interiors except in Shimoga and Chikmanglore.

           If you want to do camping and cook food by yourself then you should better try Chikamanglore side. There are few homestays around Chikamanglore...

           Puneeth has already given Golden piece of information from his extensive experience in this part of Karnataka.... I think renting bike is also possible from Chikamanglore. I already mentioned a number in my blog.
          
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Vishnu Kumar
 

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Hello Nomad,      

2 weeks is good enough to visit places in and around chickmagalur.
        1) Not sure abt the cost but u can find bikes for renting.
        2) Homestays,wen compared to resorts, are very rare in chickmagalur.If you are willing to carry a tent , i guess u can camp overn8 in the places u trek..like mullayangiri.But its not allowed to camp inside bhadra forest and reservoir areas. If u are renting a bike u better opt some lodges in chickmagalur.Even the food served is good.
        3) U should rely on Dongles for internet connectivity.Do not expect any wifi connections... :-P        

     4) Regarding mullayangiri, baba budangiri and hebbe ,vishnu is the best point of contact.
         Other trekking places that i can suggest are.
          A) Ettina Bhujahttp://thinkingparticle.com/blog/ethina-bhuja

               --U can camp over n8 in this place.

          B)Ombathu Gudda- http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/ombathu-gudda-risk-one-pocket-and-adventure-other

               -- This place is near to Ethina Bhuja.Not sure about camping at this place...need to enquire with the local estate workers.

         C) Plan for a ride to Hanuman Gundi which goes via Kudremukh reserved forests

              http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/hanuman-gundi-amidst-lush-green-forests-western-ghats-karnataka  http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/hanuman-gundi-amidst-lush-green-forests-western-ghats-karnataka

                Camping is not allowed here.

        D) U can visit some of the the famous temples around and also plan for a ride through charmadi ghats visiting alekan waterfall

             http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/alekan-falls-heart-charmadi-ghats .

        E) Kumara Parvatha is quite far from Chickamagalur but is worth visiting.Camping over n8 is  allowed.

       F) U can even plan for a ride through bisile ghats.

          http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/bisile-ghat-ride-through-paradise

So My proposed plan....here it goes...

After u visit all the places in chickamagular like Hebbe falls,mullayangiri and baba budan giri...its time to go around.

1) Rent a bike to Ethina bhuja...camp over n8

2) Nxt day u can cover ombattu gudda ....if allowed for camping u can camp over n8....

3) 3rd day u can ride to Hanuman gundi via Kudremukh. U can come back to halt in Dharmasthala via charmadi ghats.

4) 4th day u can trek Kumara parvath in Subramanya...camp overn8...and come back to the base.

5) 5th day u can ride via bisile ghat to somwarpet and return back to Chickamaglur.

Lots of stress is involved...hope u can withstand it... :-) 

 

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Thanks Puneeth... You have poured outstanding piece of Information.... your experience is going to be a great help for the fellow travelers to Western Ghats....

 

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Please do carry food while trekking...do not expect any hotels in the peak.

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we are planning for a two day trip to chikmagalur . is this a right time to vist .. and can u suggest a trip plan for two days .. main intention for us is trekking ..

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We planned  2 days trip to chikmagalur .. is it right time to visit there.. ..

 

can anybody help us to make a best trip plan for 2 days ..(we are going by own vehicle.)

 

we are interested to do trekking ..

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Hi Ranjith,

2 days are good enough to cover most of the places in CKM.

Yea Ranjith, Its the right time to visit all the other places, but not the waterfalls i guess...

My proposed plan is....

First day u can trek Mullayanagiri,Please refer Vishnu's blog for details.

http://www.thinkingparticle.com/blog/mullayanagiri-trek-highest-peak-karnataka

I opted this because, there is a direct road that goes to the peak....so while u trek , u can ask ur vehicle driver to wait for u guys on the  peak .....One sided trek saves ur time and energy....  :-)

U can stay in any of the homestays to enjoy the wilderness and hospitality of CKM ppl.

2nd day u can visit other places like Bababudangiri,Kemmanugundi,Hebbe and Manikyadara waterfall, Kavikal Gandi.

Not sure whether the waterfall will be sullen or not!!

 

Weather will be too cold for sure.

 

Many other places like Kudremukh(Gangamoola and Hanuman Gundi),horanada (temple), Kalsa (temple),Ethina bhuja trek, Ombattu gudda trek are there to visit , but i guess u cant cover it in a day.

 

happy journey!!!

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Thanks Puneeth for jumping in and providing your expert inputs.... I believe it will be a great help for Ranjit...

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Hi Vishnu,
As our friends has planned to go for Chikamagalur. I've planned to camp at Baba budangiri at night with fire. Is fires are allowed?? I'm confused how to reach baba budangiri?? Weather i should go to mullayangiri peak and walk through ridges and reach baba budangiri or i should take road way to reach there?? I wanted to walk through ridges and reach there is it possible??

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Hi Noor,
               Pitching tents and fire should not be a problem near Baba Budan Giri Peaks... There is a tar road till the peak which is commonly used by the visitors.. Infact there is a bus till the peak.... You can take the trekking route from Mullayangiri peak to Baba Budan Giri which passes through ridges...

One of the trekkers followed the same trail and camped near the waterfall... He mentioned that you will need permissions to trek through the ridges....

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/mullayanagiri-trek-highest-peak-karnataka#comment-54770

Trekking should be very much feasible if you already have the permissions...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Vishnu,
We are planning for a trek to Chikmanglur. We have 3 days in hand (12th,13th and 14th Oct) but absolutely no idea about the route, which places to cover and where to stay there. It will be great help if u guide us for the trip plan.

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In 3 days, you should try to cover Kemmangundi, Habbe Falls, Kemmangundi sightseeing etc with overnight stay at Kemmangundi... then do Mullayangiri, Baba Budan Giri with overnight stay at Chikmagalur...Third day you can hit towards Kudremukh or try Kumara parvata (which is infact 2 days trek)....

See reply from Puneeth, it might help you figuring out something for the last day...

We can also wait for Puneeth to reply on your query....He is an area expert..

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Hi Abhishek,

    Its moderately raining in the ghats . As u guys are willing to trek, My suggestion for u is not to step back from carrying all the necessary equipment needed for camping. I have a dilemma in u guys getting a permission to camp overnight at hebbe and kemmangundi... so better opt mullayangiri or ettina buja or ombattu gudda or kumara parvata

My plans.. here it goes...

Day 1.

U guys can cover hebbe, kemmangundi and baba budangiri

stay at a lodge in ckm...

Day 2 and Day 3

freshen up quickly on Day 2  and leave to kumarparvata ( around 100kms from CKM). u can cover the trek in 2 days... it will be a bit difficult though and u need to keep up the pace. If this is ur first trek i advice not to take the risk as weather conditions now are not favorable and the distance to cover will be around 25 to 30 kms

Alternative 1.

Day 1 remains the same...

Day 2 and Day 3

Trek mullayangiri and camp over night. Refer Vishnu's blog for the details.

Alternative 2

Day 1 the same...

Day 2 and Day 3

U can rest more and leave to ettina buja as the trek is a very small one ( around 6 kms to the peak from Byrapura)

The place is serene, sweet and easy to trek.

CAmping at ombattu gudda is a bit difficult ...so better drop it

Note :

1. rely more on dry foods and drop the plan of cooking as weather wont be favorable to light up a fire.
2. Leeches are common...so carry salt wherever u go..
 

call me for further enquiries

 

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Puneeth Nv

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Thanks Puneeth for jumping in.... you are a super tramp of Western Ghats....

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Hi Puneeth,
Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I have some more queries:
1.If we start from Bangalore on 12th morning,will we be able to cover hebbe, kemmangundi and baba budangiri on same day?
2.If we drop plan for kumarparvata terk, can we go there by car? If possible, then can we get any accommodation to stay there? or we have to come back to chik.
3.Same thing for mullayangiri also.Can we go there by car and stay there?
4.Is the trek for ettina buja starts from chik? then for 3rd day we can plan for it.
5.Most important thing, do we need to take car from Bangalore? or Car rent service is available in any of the above places?what about the charges.

Again Thanks in advance Smile
Thanks to Vishnu also for you inputs.

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Abhishek

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Hi Abhishek,

My comments are as follows.

1. Yes, If u are able to reach chickamagalur around 7 0r 8am u can make it.
2. Abhishek, Kumara Parvata is not reachable by car as there aint any roadways to the peak.
3. Yes , for mullayanagiri u can drive till the peak....but reagrding accomadation i am bit doubtful as i havent seen any guest houses around.
   People usaully carry camping equipments to the peak.... I believe a few homestays are in the foot of mullayanagiri.
4. Ettina bhuja trek not exactly starts from chickamaglur...it starts from Byrapura( around 50 kms in CKm).
   It is a very samll trek and u can complete in a day.
5. Yes , i believe cars are available for hiring at CKm but the only problem is in contacting them and booking one.Try googling.
   If u dont find any..try to book one from Bangalore. 

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Puneeth Nv

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Thanks Puneeth for jumping in... Like always your comments are gold mine of Information...

Abhishek-- Here is my take on your queries..

1) You will have to start very early in the morning from Bangalore so that you can reach Kemmangundi by 9-10 AM... I am assuming you guys are going in your own car....  For Hebbe Falls, you can either trek or hire any Jeep... you won't be able to drive your car on that trail... Even with Jeep, Hebbe falls will easily consume 3-4 hours... then you can do Kemmungundi sightseeing and then hit further to Baba Budan giri to make it by evening... I will recommend you to take direct road (motorable dirt trail) from Kemmungundi to Attigundi (24 km)...its scenic drive...

2) Read comment from Puneeth

3) Yes, you can reach Mullayangiri on car....for staying on the peak, you need to pitch in your own tents..

4) Comment from Puneeth

5) Comment from Puneeth..

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hey Vishnu,
Do you have any contacts of the temple authority? SO that i can ask for arranging food and permission to pitch tents.

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Hi Kiran,

Are you seeking contact details of temple at Mullayangiri peak ?... There is a small police station at the peak of hill which generally have 2-3 police officials... There is no contact number i have...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi VIshnu/Puneeth,

Me and my friends are planning to visit chikmaglur this weekend (mainly mullayangiri and kemmangundi). We want to camp out in tents at night and we could use some help as this is our first time. Could u please tell us some places where we could do the same? Do we need permissions for this? Also could you provide contacts of someone who could arrange the same for us?

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I know i am little late in replying to your queries... I myself was stuck in incessant rain of Eastern coast.... I don't think you really need any permission to pitch in your tent at mullayangiri peak.... Tents etc can be rented from Chikmagalur itself....

I guess Puneeth might be having more elaborated inputs on the same...

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Vishnu Kumar

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Hi Shankar,

 

Sorry for the late reply. I was stuck in some office work last week and didnt get time to respond to ur queries.

I hope you guys have finished the trip by now and will surely have some memories to cherish.

 

 

regards,

Puneeth Nv

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Hi All,

Greetings for the day!

I am planning to trek on the 1st week of August 14.  I am not sure of how many of my friends will be joining me as my girlfriend has kept that as a surprise as it’s my birthday.

So these are my concerns

As I stay alone I can’t leave my Dog back home, so my dog will be coming for the trek

Apart from my dog and me, whoever will be joining us (Most of my friends) are not good trekkers (they hate trekking)

The help I need from you folks is

1.      

Which would be the best place to trek in checkamangalore  (considering  my concerns)

2.      

Would there be homestays, hotels or any resorts what would be cost effective and allow Dogs

[To sum it up what I want to know is] Is there a trekking place which would be short, that will make everyone happy and a place to stay with my doggie

I guess I am missing something, I will ask you folks again when I remember what it is

Thanks and Regards,

 

Nikhil Kumar Gowda

 

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Woow... you got quite a life Nikhil...;)... Happy birthday in advance...:party:
 

Well, seems like you guys are not up for trekking... I would suggest you hire a vehicle from Chikmagalur and visit Mullayangiri and  Baba Budan Giri as a day tour... these trips will not involve much hiking yet will offer you awe-inspiring vista...

I don't remember name of any resort at Chikmagalur but most of the resorts, home stays will allow you to bring pets...

If you still have days then you can add a trip to Kemmangundi....

Rest is just fine.. I think it's the perfect place for birthday celebration..

Cheers
Vishnu Kumar
 

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Hi. I'm planning for 4 days trip for chikmagalur on 1st week of October. Will be great if you help us with places to cover,since we are travelling by car you can also suggest any nearby location to visit during the visit (Not pilgrimage) and budget accommodation. Also we want to go trekking for one day (Mullayanagiri to Bababudanagiti) - so will there be any guide/organisation to guide us.  Thanks in advance.

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Hi Nagu.. Please visit the links of individual articles about these places... you can definitely do trekking at Mullayanagiri.. here are the blog links..

http://thinkingparticle.com/articles/kemmangundi-and-hebbe-falls-trek

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/trekking-baba-budan-giri-hills

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/mullayanagiri-trek-highest-peak-karnataka

you can also visit places recommended by Puneeth...

=== Vishnu

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I am planning a trip to chikmaglur just wanted to know trek options available nearby the area.. and that too the offbeat one's. And yes one more thing I was planning to camp out there but heard camping and all is banned. Is it really?

 

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I have no idea about the present situation. Camping was allowed till 2 years back but not sure about present regulations. There are many places nearby so camping is not a problem. Mullayangiri peak is the most popular tourist spot.

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I am planning a trip in June.It will be a one day trip.We are reaching there early morning.

1)We are not interested in trekking as we dont have much time.

2)we are thinking upon hiring activas ,so will it be possible to visit most of the places on activa?

3)We also want to witness sunrise.

4)what can be the best 1 day itinerary for CKM trip?

 

Thanks

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