Saturday, June 5, 2010

[Travel] Trek @ Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Prologue
This is the my first encounter with trekking. One my my friend did a trek last week and portrayal of that experience aroused me to try something in that line. Luckily came to know that Vishal was planning for this trek and i too joined them.

The Trek
Our plan was to start at 6 AM from BTM water tank and it was slightly delayed by 15-20 mins. We were 6 people traveling in 3 bikes. Being early morning all the petrol bunks were only partially open. Hence in future its wise to fill petrol and check air pressure the previous day. It was heavily raining the previous night and hence the weather was chill & slight drizzle even during our travel. Since we had jackets we were saved.

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Had breakfast at a restaurant on the way. We traveled almost 36 KM on Kanakapura road to a town called Harohalli. You'll see Syndicate Bank with this right hand side after which you need to take a left. From here we need to take left towards a town called Maralawadi (11 KM) . There is large bustand and a small market around it . Finish all your last minute purchases as after this we didn't find large shops. After Maralawadi bus stand two roads leave left and straight . Take a straight one and proceed towards Koonala Doddi (8 KM) .

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In this stretch we could see lot of silk worm cultivation being done. Finally road ends in a temple. Take a left before the temple and you will see a small stretch of houses . This is last point to which your vehicles can carry you. Through out the path road was good with lot of vegetation on either sides, thinly populated and had 3-4 lakes.

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Parked the vehicles and started off towards the mountain base at 9:20 AM.Its some 2 Kms from the last home.

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Pretty much from the base the path was steep , at least i perceived that way ,might be i was new to trekking. I expected some steep climbs and some walk on plateau intermixed in a trek. But here it was mostly a continuous steep path. Path has good amount of rocks providing friction for moving on , but there were patches with black soil which was slippery due to recent rain. Overall its was safe path.


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Due to steepness i got tired very quickly we need to rest every 15-20 mins. Rest of the group except myself & Hari were doing regular trekking and it was quite easy for them. Vishal has brought Tang orange juice powder , chocolates , rice balls to recharge ourself. At every stop we would make a 1 lt of juice and share it. This drinks and the chocolates provides instant energy. At a point we were tired and a long a long path still was ahead of us , Devesh mentioned the following lines "miles to go before I sleep" from a Robert Frost's poem. When we were discussing about it we thought it was from Road Not taken . But now on searching i found that both were different. During the upward journey i was too tired and didn't even open up the camera , even though there were awesome view points all through the path . At last we reached the hit top at 11:30. View from the top was breathtaking .

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It was here i took up my camera and started taking some snaps.

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Spent an hour here by taking some snaps and finishing off the the snacks. It was quite solemn there . Apart from us there were one more family who have reached through the road from the other side of the mountain.There was a temple beneath a monolithic rock.

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There is a rock near that temple which was painted as a elephant . nice one.

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we took lots of photos ....

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Down trek was not that tiresome. But we need to be careful to avoid slippage as the path was steep as mentioned earlier . There were fresh elephant dung all through the path , which confirms that elephants are frequent trekkers here . But we didn't notice any of them (perhaps luckily) in our trek nor any other wild animal . I still could understand how could elephants pass through such steep paths .

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It took 1 hour to reach the base.Took snaps of the views which i have missed during the up trek.We haven't taken our lunch so started of immediately towards Bangalore. It would have been a good idea to pack the lunch and spend a couple of hours in the base the mountain .

Epilogue:
I am loving it. Will make a point to attend more trek.

5 comments:

  1. narration with pics is awesome..

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  2. Ur textual replication of our Trek is awsum na :)

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  3. Good narration.
    Now that you realized fitness level has to be increased - start jogging :P

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  4. Thanks for the travelogue. Did the trip yesterday and the directions you gave were the best I could find on net!

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  5. I Read your travelogue and went to rangaswamy betta. Thanks a lot.
    Here's my experience - http://vazup.blogspot.in/2012/02/night-trek-to-rangaswamy-betta.html

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