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|View from Narsimha Parvata|
It was long time yearn for me to go trekking in monsoon, which i never did so far..Hence I decided to trek Narsimha Parvata in Agumbe , this rainy season. 5 of my friends, very much naive in trekking agreed to join me.
Before starting I called DODDAMANE(Kasturi Akka) for stay and also telephoned guide for our trek, both were readily available.It's better to arrange for both before hand, because Agumbe is small village, no much staying facilities are available.With both accommodation and guide confirmed,there was no apprehension about staying and trek route, and thus we were off to "cherrapunji of South"..
Many private buses ply between Agumbe and Shimoga, connectivity to the place is good, buses start from morning 5.30 itself. So reaching Agumbe should not be a problem. If you have own vehicle it is a bonus, else you can rely on public transport. But see to it that you are not waiting for bus late evening as bus frequency reduces after 5 pm.
We reached shimoga at 6.00AM and hopped on to a private bus to reach Agumbe at 9.00 AM. Since it being morning time, we spotted scores of deer and peacock besides the road, on journey from Shimoga to Agumbe. It was nice to see deer in such huge numbers.
|Morning Mist at "Malgudi"!|
So we freshened up, had our breakfast and left for Jogi gundi falls, later to ARRS and then to sunset view point to end our day.
Next day was for trekking, everyone was eagerly waiting for sunrise and start towards Narsimha parvata.
There are two ways for Narsimha parvata:-
1) From Kigga side - Kigga is around 35 kms from Agumbe and trek from Kigga to peak is around 4-5 Kms. It takes some 2.5-3 hours to climb up and some 2 hours to come down. Guide may or may not be taken in this route as path is well traceable, its a single trail till the peak and same trail must be followed while coming down...
2) From Mallandur - Mallandur is 8-10 Kms from Agumbe, Trek from Mallandur to peak is around 10-12kms and it takes some 4-5 hours to reach the peak.Guide is a must on the Mallandur route, as there are many diversions and without a guide you may end up loosing you path. Don't attempt without guide on this route.
Generally people climb from Malandur side and get down towards Kigga side. We too did same..
|Initial walk through thickets|
Thus, with instructions from guide and post application of leech repellent we started our trek towards Narsimha Parvata at 9 AM. To avoid the over enthusiastic crowd we selected week days, (Tue and wed)for our trek, and it turned out to be fruitful because the day we climbed the peak there we no other trekkers!!.... Initial path traverses through very dense forest, and via river path, so we need to jump through many boulders. Initially its a descent route through thick forest and needless to say amid many many leeches. We covered this starting distance quickly as path moves downwards..After
|Building at peak|
View from top of peak
There is a small stream which flows near the room, so water should not be any problem. Make sure
Thus reaching Sringeri, we visited Sharadamba temple and stared our journey back home..
For those who don't want to trek more, you can climb up and down both from Kigga side, guide here may also be not necessary as path is clearly visible. Ask localities for starting point and proceed
If conditions are favorable then you can stay atop either in rooms or in tents(which you must carry along). It gets too cold at night so be well protected against cold and don't at all wander at night or late evenings, its dangerous place with King Snakes!! I guess name of snake itself is enough to get goosebumps!!
Narsimha Parvata is a very beautiful place which is still clean without much littering, the lush greenery of place is bound to attract many people. But please be a responsible tourist and don't disturb the tranquility of place, because i saw many broken glass pieces of alcohol bottles and plastics near the building, which along with spoiling beauty also posses risk to wild animals which use this stretch.
Trekking in monsoons was a great experience, although the encounter with leeches was horrific but memorable one. If one has to explore true beauty of our western ghats then trekking in monsoon should be ideal way of doing that, provided you've taken all precautionary measures...
Quick Cheks :-
1. Narasimha Parvata, actually comes under Kudremukh range.
2. Permission from forest dept is must, it can be taken at Agumbe.
3. Two ways to trek the place
a) Via Kigga, which is easy and even near. Guide may not be not be reqd on this route
b) Via Mallandur, Which is a bit long and tiring one and needs more time. Guide is a must on this route.
4. Need to cross a river stream in between, which can be risky during heavy rains.
5.Two room building is at the peak, but most of times its in unusable condition due to water logging.
6. Call guide well in advance.
7. Please be responsible tourist and do not litter the place.
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