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Agumbe - Barkana falls view point / Kigge - Sirimane falls treks in September 2004

Agumbe - Sringeri trek passing through Narasimha Parvatha is a very famous trekking trail. Agumbe, being one of the most heavily raining areas in Karnataka, the whole area is densely vegetated and lush green.

This time again, it was Dev Balaji and Nature Admire [1], along with four other guys (Ravi, Ravee, Prasanth, Rathan). We took an overnight KSRTC bus going to Agumbe. The route is via Tumkur (NH4), Shimoga (NH206) and Thirthahalli (NH13). We reached Agumbe by around 7.30, went to a nearby hotel for the morning stuff. Then started looking around for a guide and permission from the local police station. It wasnt there!!!

Due to naxalite scare, guides refused to come to Narasimha Parvatha. After a lot of pleading, police gave us permission to trek but the original plan would not work. We were to trek to Barkana falls around 8KMs from Agumbe, come back and take a bus to Sringeri the next day.

Gang
The gang

We had to take the road to Sringeri and then a left after about a KM through some village road. Thanks to Prime minister's 'Gramin Road Yojana', we had to go through a tarmac road for the first couple of KMs. Nevertheless, it was beautiful, with lush green trees on both sides. Soon, we entered a village and then into a more 'trek-like' route.

Trek road
Along the tarmac road

Mushrooms
Mushrooms ... are these edible?

Trek route
Enter the jungle ... where trees fall ....

Stream
... and streams flow through

Me @ a stream
The king in his throne ... with the club

After some hours through the jungle, dodging some deadly leaches, we almost reached road's end. The monsoon has almost erased the route and covered it with thick green vegetation. When it became almost impossible to go ahead, we unpacked our food reserve, had our lunch and turned back. Later at the town, one of the guides told us that we were only around a KM away from the falls [2].

Returning back
Return of the king(s)

In spite of the disappointment of not reaching the target, this was one of my best treks [2]. With, thick green trees around, lots of leaches and creatures like scorpions and some wierd looking spiders ... you couldnt be with the nature more.

Spoorthi, Preethika and Thrupthi
Spoorthi, Preethika and Thrupthi

In a couple of hours we were back in the village, taking a well deserved break near a public well.

Barkane falls
That white band is the Barkana falls

From the village, we took another detour and went to a view point, around 3KM from there. We atleast needed to have a glance of what we missed ... and it was indeed big.

Main road
On the road they fell ...

It was almost 7.30 by the time we reached back at Agumbe. Had a good dinner at the local hotel, fixed up a tent at a nearby compound and slept ...

Waking up
Where is my Bed Coffee?

Sringeri temple
Sringeri temple

Next day around 9.00 we were at Sringeri. 25 KMs away, Sringeri is less than an hour by bus. And ofcourse, the route was picturesque with greenery on both sides. We took a room there, freshened up and proceeded to Kigge 10 KMs away, from where you can trek to Narasimha Parvatha.

Sirimane falls
World is in vein without water - Thiruvalluvar

Once again, we didnt go to Narasimha Parvatha [2], but took the route towards Sirimane falls, around 5 KMs away from Kigge. The route was tarmac for some distance and then mud road, but still motorable.

@ Sirimane falls
Taking bath after two days ;)

Sirimane falls
Last look at Sirimane falls

After some fun time in the water, we started back by 3.00, reached Sringeri by 5.00, had lunch, chatted up for some time and it was time to catch the bus. The bus to Bengaluru / Bangalore .... to the real jungle.

References:
  1. Nature Admire web site @ natureadmire.com .
  2. I managed to do the Malandur - Narasimha Parvatha - Kigge Trek much later in February 2013.



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