|From Kodai Kallu Gudda - Rohit,Satya,Jayashree,Purushottam,Gururaj|
With just a 4 day gap from a trip to Kanyakumari it was too early to think of another outing. I need to get out on a trek as I had missed the quota for the month. After a bit of research we decided on Baalekallu gudda in Charmadi Ranges. Five planned and all five showed up something strange, generally there are dropouts.. The same troupe showed up the ones at Kanyakumari. We board the red bus to Dharmasthala.
The initial plan
Dharmasthala ~> Ujjire ~> Charmadi ~> Balekallu Gudda (halt and return next day)
|From Anekan falls - Off Charmadi Ghats|
Day 1 [10th Oct. 2009]:
Reached Dharmasthala at around 700 hours, most people in bus seem to have put up "omelettes"(puke) in and around the bus. The roads screwed up big time, high time the roads are re-laid. Soon after breakfast we left to Ujjire from where we got into a bus to take us to "Anekan falls" (road side falls).
|From Jeep track to Bidrutale Village|
|From ID Please... what the hell is this?|
The Trek finally begins:
We began our trek finally, it was quite late 1100 hours. On our way up we met up a localite who told us to take a deviation sharp left [ಕಾಲ್ ದಾರಿ] on seeing the first fork. We kept going on and on along the mountain ridges.
|From Kodai kallu Gudda to the Right|
|From Baalekallu Gudda Conquered|
|From Western Face of Baale kallu Gudda|
|From Northern Ridges of Baalekallu Gudda|
Day 2 [11th Oct 2009]:
We woke up intime to see sunrise behind us. It was an awesome sight, we freshened up and left to Kodai kallu gudda again as Jayashree had missed it the previous evening.
|From View down Kodaikallu gudda|
|From Amedikallu Peak (Centre Right)|
|From View while getting off Kodai kallu gudda|
|From ID Please... Minchkallu gudda ?|
Getting to Anandaka Falls:
Well our next destination was "Anandaka Falls" in "Didupe". We hitch hiked a vegetable tempo who dropped us at didupe village crossing.
|From Trek to Anandaka Falls along Khudremuk Wild Life Reserve|
|From Trek to Anandaka Falls through Private Estates|
|From Three Shot Panorama of Baalekallu Gudda|
#1 A guide is not required.
#2 Charmadi is Hot & Humid most of the year round, do not fear the leaches
#3 You find plenty of water, a 500ml reserve is sufficient to keep you going provided you refill at every water hole
#4 An umbrella helps, sunscreen must :), a hat too
#5 Very scenic, do carry your cam.