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Location: India> Karnataka> Dakshina Kannada

Nearest Towns: Somawarpet, Kukke Subramanya

From Bangalore 300+ kms
From Nearest Town Subramanya 13+kms


Camping Sites: Forest check post, Bhattara Mane, Mantapa, (if coming from the Subramanya side), the summit (Pushpagiri), if taking the Somavarpet route.

Trek Length:1 or 2 days. You can go up there and come back on the same day.

Difficulty Level: Moderate (3 out of 5--From Somavarpet) to difficult (4 out of 5--From Kukke Subramanya).

Best Time To Visit: Oct to Jan
Worst Time To Visit: Jun to Sep

Summary: This peak is one of the most beautiful peaks in the whole of Western Ghats. The trek is of two days. You can either start from "Bidalli" from "Somawar pet" (Coorg) side or from "Subramanya" (South Kanara) side. The Subramanya route is longer and more difficult. After November, carry enough water with you-- the numerous streams would have dried up by then.

Route 1: Subramanya. You start from in front of the Subramanya temple; a tarmac road to the left of the temple, and 1 km later, on your left, you see a slight opening and a house adjacent to the trail into the forest. DO NOT confuse the first apparent entry into the forest with an arch on your left-- proceed some 150 meters down the tarmac road, past the bend, and you come across the real entry into the trail.
The first stretch of some 4 km is through thick forest, so it is rather moderate though the stretch has some steep climbs. After the wooded area, some 2 km later, you reach Bhattare Mane. If you are planning a break at Bhattare Mane, it is a good idea to have lunch there at 1 PM, and start after a good nap at 4 PM or so. Right after Bhattare Mane, you will need to go to the Forest dept. check post and get permission for entering and camping. Camping permit comes at Rs 200 per head. After this, you reach an old stone structure well known as Mantapa (1 hour from Bhattare Mane). The last usable water source is at Mantapa, near the wooded area. From there, it is almost 2.5 hours trek through hot, barren, steep hills. The detailed trek route has been marked on a map at TripNaksha -
See the attached KMZ file (open it in Google Earth) for an idea about the trail.
If you are climbing down to Subramanya, plan your travel to start as early as possible-- 6:30, around sunrise, so that you can minimize the exposure to fierce sun. If you reach Subramanya by noon, you could very well catch the afternoon buses and reach Bangalore by 9 PM or so. There are a few Rajahamsa buses at 2:30 onwards, and one or two private AC buses, and a Volvo bus around 2 PM.

Some caution on this route:
1. After the wooded area cover in the first stretch, which is for some 3 km, the trail is absolutely barren, with sun beating down ferociously. If you are starting the trek early morning (5 AM from Subramanya), carry food for lunch, dinner, and next day breakfast, so that you can avoid the delay at Bhattare Mane. If you are carrying food for both the days, you can do the strenuous stretch before it becomes awfully hot. You can thus reach the peak by 2 PM, latest. An average trekker would take 6 hours to reach the peak, though it is very much possible within five.
2. Streams and water sources dry up around November-end. The last usable water source is in the wooded area near Mantapa. You might find some water a little before the peak though, but it becomes stagnant after November, so dont use it for drinking.
3. You get food at Bhattare Mane, but it has become quite expensive and not of the greatest quality. Worse still, you are likely to lose quite some time, as they take their own sweet time to get you food. Be warned that breakfast would cost you Rs. 70, while lunch is in the range of 120.
4. Of the two routes, this is much more strenuous than the other. You start at 320 ft above sea level from Kukke town, and gain an elevation of 5320 ft over the next 10 kms. Some of the climbs are at 40 degrees or more incline.
Route 2: Somavarpet:
- Catch the 11 PM bus from Bangalore and reach Somavarpet by 6 AM.
- Catch the bus from Somvarpet at 7 AM or 7:30 AM to Bidalli. Hiring a jeep would cost you Rs. 500+. On the way you get a moderate waterfall also. If you hire a jeep, have it take you all the way to Heggade Mane temple.
- Reach Heggade Mane from Bidalli, some 5 km. At Heggade Mane, you come across a temple under construction; from there the trail starts. 2 km down, you reach the Forest dept. checkpost. Pay Rs. 200 per head for entry fees.
Watch out for directions painted on rocks and trees, with red paint, essentially arrow marks showing you the way forward, so you don't have to worry about taking the wrong trail.Do watch out for a few steep rocky stretches. After some 4-5 hours of trekking, you reach Pushpagiri, the tallest peak in the range, at an altitude of 5620 ft. You can camp there, but there is no water source. There is a small stream some half km down on the trail to Girigadde/ Subramanya from the Pushpagiri peak, but it becomes stagnant by November end.
Caution on this route:
1. There is no recognizable source of food on this trail except at Somavarpet. But if you are stuck with no food, around lunch time, the temple at Heggade Mane should help.
2. If you are climbing down on this route, the only bus is at 4 PM to Somavarpet. This bus stop is at a junction some 6 km from the forest checkpost. From Somavarpet, you get buses to Kushal Nagar at least every half hour. Kushal Nagar is some 30 km; Mysore is some 90 km. You could gather a phone number of a shop and have a jeep sent from Somvarpet to pick you up.
3. Though easier than the Kukke route, this stretch is quite demanding. You start at an altitude of 3600 ft at Bidalli, and climb to 5620 ft over the next 10 km. Trekking through mostly wooded areas however is more comforting.
4. There are three rocky patches which are pretty steep-- two of them are at more than 40 degrees incline. Be sure to have good grip on your shoes.
General caution on all routes:
1. Streams and water sources on both routes dry up by end of November. So, carry enough water with you. Or, carry chlorine drops for water purification with you.
2. It can get extremely windy and cold at the peak. If you are camping at the peak in the open, be sure that your tents can withstand the strong winds.
3. Carry sleeping bags to beat the cold at the peak.
4. If you are trekking up on weekends after December, be prepared to be greeted by a few hundred other trekkers at the peak. So, if your idea of a trekking and camping is a peaceful, noiseless night of camping, where you have the entire peak and the valleys all to yourself, plan elsewhere. However, there is enough space for all these people to camp at the peak or nearby.
Important Phone Numbers:Bhatru mane - 944-864-7947/ 948-023-0191. Dont bother much if you are unable to reach him: there is food available although you'd spent much time and money there.

Permission: Need to pay Rs 200 towards forest entry fee to the forest guards, but getting permission is not an issue.

Things To Look for:
  1. The jungle.
  2. Winds near the peak.
  3. Sky at 6 a.m. The sun rise is at around 6:30 AM. And it is an amazing sight, with the sun popping out of the clouds below.
  4. View of mist filling to the valley in an explosive burst.

Things To Be Aware Of:
  1. Snakes-- anybody seen them?
  2. leeches (May be during the rains, but never seen any so far!)

Approximate Cost:
Rs 1200.

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