Monday, August 10, 2009

Kalhatti Falls And Kemmangundi Trek 8th-9th Aug 2009

Heavy rains have made the Chickmaglur region very enticing for the treks, especially the Kalhatti Falls and the Kemmangundi Area. Foothills of Kalhatti Falls is around 270 kms from Bangalore. A not so bad 6 hrs ride away.

Chickmaglur district is indeed one of the most beautiful regions in Karnataka. But the state government looks to be doing a half hearted job of promoting this region.

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Karnataka Tourism’s name is indeed here but sans the good access roads. Lets not spoil the beauty of Kalhatti Falls by giving references to government’s in-actions.

Trek starts from a temple located at the foothills. Many people have misunderstood this to be the Kalhatti Falls. Well, you are bound to be mistaken, big time.

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The initial trail cuts through a very dense forest. Looking at these very very tall trees, realizes us the position of mankind, in the tall order of nature.

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Now behold, one of the best kept secrets of Chickmaglur is about to be unfolded, the Kalhatti Waterfall. It is magnificent.

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Unlike Hebbe, not a single soul comes here to spoil the beauty. During whole of Saturday, we could not see any other human form apart from our trekking group.

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The water fall is in two parts. The top part is mostly inaccessible, but when the water touches the ground in the second half, it is one of the most awesome places to feel the bullet piercing the bodies.(I mean taking bath :D)

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Side view of the waterfall.

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After the rush of adrenaline, it was time to head to the top of the Kalhatti Hill. Camp site for the nigh halt.

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Campsite was next to the water stream, which eventually becomes the Kalhatti Waterfall. It is very intriguing that till now no one has found the origin of the water source. The story goes that, whoever has tried to find the origin, has not returned. The origin lies in a dense forest somewhere in this region. The forest is extremely dense and is infested with King Cobras. Well, no one knows how true it is, but very very interesting.

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The next morning was straight out of a Hollywood movie. A stunning morning.

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Finally we did take a group photograph. Kids indeed made the trek very noisy but very exciting as well.

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Super Priya playing the Dumb Charades.

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The trek from the Campsite to the Old English bungalow and then to Kemmangundi, definitely made the Microsoft windows wallpaper look very mediocre.

We were left speechless.

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There is an old English bungalow on the way to Kemmangundi. It is on top of one of the adjacent hills. It is now completely in ruins, but even now, looking at the location makes me feel jealous of the occupants of this place.

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They had a swimming pool as well.

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From the Kalhatti top, it is mostly downhill for the Kemmangundi. After slipping at many places we made it to Kemmangundi. Well frankly speaking, after being at the top of Kalhatti Falls Hill, Kemmangundi seems to be a much hyped place. Apart from z-point(hill top) and few gardens there is nothing much in it. Sorry to say, but that’s what it is. There are couple of eating places and guest houses at the top.

The best location in Kemmangundi is the garden at the top; it indeed provides some breathtaking views.

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Well, we made full use of the sharp drop at the top, for Rappelling.

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To close this blog, hats off to Super Priya. I have never seen a 7 year old, doing every bit of trek, enjoying every bit of the waterfall bullet and every bit of rappelling.

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By Neeraj Kumar

4 comments:

Suhas said...

Hey!

Fantastic travelogue and amazing pictures! Congratulations!

I had been to all these places when I was a kid (read College :) ): it's a different matter now that I have my own kid...

I was wondering if you could share some information on Kalhatti falls.

Where exactly does the trail start? would the locals aid us, in case or did you know before-hand about the trail?

I am most interested to know where exactly the trail starts.

Thanks in advance and wish to mention: nice blog!

Suhas
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Himanshu Garg said...

i am going to this place tomorrow, thanks for your blog, now i am more excited.

San said...

I like your spirit of sharing. The photos look amazing too.

Now, i am very much interested to go there...:)

Can you please give me your Phone number so i could contact you for more details about that place.

Check out my blog on My trip to sirsi... http://sansrid.blogspot.com/2009/05/adventurous-sirsi-may-15-16-2009.html

Aditya said...

Awesome, we are going there tomorrow in a group of 5 and your blog gave me the best ever push to explore more. Loved the way and the quality of pictures you have posted. Great job done. I will come back and post mine as well :)
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