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Bandaje Falls Trek | Via Ballarayana Durga Fort

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When water from the top of Bandaje Arbi will tip-toe to your feet and when your feet will find a way into the offbeat trails of Kudremukh mountain range to Ballalarayana Durga Fort, understand that you are doing something for your soul. From time immemorial, people have been going on treks in the Chikmagalur district. However, in truth, this is the one where the crowd has still not hit: Ballalarayana Durga Fort and Bandaje Arbi is the trek known for its untouched beauty and paradisiacal landscapes and for sure, it’s calling you. 

Located in the Charmadi ghat section of the Western Ghats in the Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, the trek has the most serene and pristine landmarks like Rani Jhari Falls, Ballarayanadurga Fort and Bandaje Arbi. 

On a two-day adventure, you will push your limits, trek on a stunning trail, go to fun-filled Kodige falls and visit Chennakeshava temple in the Belur in Hassan district. With all love, we invite you on a journey where you will feel alive and admire each bit of the trip. Check out the itinerary and join us on our next adventure.

Trip Highlights:

  1. Trek to the offbeat Ballalarayana Durga Fort and Bandaje Arbi.
  2. Take a dip and play in the pristine water of Kodige Falls.
  3. Visit the famous Chennakesava Temple in Belur in Hassan district.

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Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate - Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests, Meadows, River streams and Waterfall
  • Trek Distance16-18 km (approx ) on Day 1

Bandaje Falls - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore 

Day 1

  • Start the day early, Have breakfast
  • Drive down to the start point of Bandaje Falls trek ( 1-2 hrs of drive )
  • Trek to Bandaje Falls
  • Lunch en-route
  • Trek to Ballarayanadurga Fort
  • Trek back to the base 
  • Reach homestay  by 6:00 PM 
  • Rest for a while ( High tea and snacks )
  • Bonfire and Dinner 
  • Retire for the night

Day 2

  • Wake up at around 8:00 AM ( approx ), freshen up, breakfast
  • Visit Secret Falls ( Approx 2-3 km of walk ) 
  • Visit Sri Veeranarayana Swamy Temple built in the era of the Hoysala Empire (Offbeat exploration by PTU )
  • Reach Bangalore by 10:30 PM (approx )

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay/Tents on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Jeep Ride to Trek Base ( Pickup and Drop)
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 30
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, a full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • The Mode of Transport depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus.

Things to Carry

  • Xerox Copy of you Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers ( Mandatory )
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 liter each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Power Bank
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Bandaje Falls - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Start the Journey

We will start our journey to Sunkasale from Bangalore. Trek Leaders will give a brief of the whole trip. Sunkasale lies at the height of 900 m from sea level. It’s almost a 6 hours journey. We will reach there by early morning. After refreshing and having breakfast, we will start for the base of the trek. 

Day 1Trek to Ballalarayana Durga Fort, Bandaje Arbi Falls

Situated atop a hill of 1509 meters high, this fort stands glorious overlooking the town of Sunkasale which is conquered by trekking through the dense forests of the Western Ghats. This famous trek route starts at Mundaje leading to the ruins of the historic fort. This fort is not only known for its breath-taking view and the greenery charms, but it’s also an ideal spot for amazing sunsets. During the evenings one can sit here and cherish the peaceful aura and relax under the hues of colors. After we reach the peak, you can rest yourself and enjoy the breathtaking view, devoid of any noises and accompanied by the ever-blowing gentle breeze.

We then trek down to visit the Bandaje falls and make our way back to the base. The Bandaje Falls is locally known as Bandaje Arbi. Arbi is the term used to describe a waterfall in the local Kannada language. It is located in the Charmadi ghat section of the Western Ghats, situated at a height of 700 meters above the sea level. It plunges 200 feet from the hilltop and is a surreal sight to behold. The waterfall continues its journey downhill as a single stream to join the river Netravathi as a tributary. The best part about the waterfalls is that the spot is neat and clean and nature wears a gorgeous look in this authentic place.

After refreshing in the falls, we trek back to the base and reach the homestay. With sumptuous dinner, we shall dance, and sing our way amidst the forests of the Ghats, in our “wanderlusty” style!

Day 2Visit Kodige Falls and Chennakesava Temple

The next day will begin with a healthy and tasty breakfast, after which we will start our journey to Kodige Falls in Durgadahalli. The fall is a small one, and you will be trekking through a well-marked trail for 1 km. The stairs that go down to the fall will open up to a gorgeous stream where you can sit and relax. If the current permits, we will take a dip in the cold water or stay here for a silent morning delight. Later, we will trek back to the vehicle and continue our journey. 

Later, we will go to Chennakesava Temple, located in Belur, in Hassan District. The temple was constructed in the 12th century and took almost 103 years to complete. Over the years, it has undergone destruction, reconstruction, damage and correction. But then too tourists find elements of surprises in its architecture, sculptures, reliefs, friezes, and iconography. 

After a short while, we will start our journey back. On the way, you will still be reminiscing the moments. You can sit and watch the passing scenery or join in to play games.

Later in the evening, we will take a halt for dinner. After an hour or so, we will reach our destination. It’s difficult to cut the conversations just at the time we have started to open up. But that’s why we have other appealing treks lined up. With heavy hearts, we bid each other goodbyes, only to meet again. Until next time, care to check our itineraries and ring us soon.

Read the full guide about the trek here.

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Notes

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.
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Chinmayi Gowda

Solo Traveller

This was first time with Planned the unplanned and in short I can say that I ll definitely trek with them again and recommend the same to people. Our trek to Bandaje falls was unforgettable….thanks to our trek guides Ramya and Akshay who organized it so well. From the bus journey to difficult climbs during the trek I enjoyed and lived every moment to bits! Highly recommend going with them for first timers and solo trekkers.

August 18, 2021

Srirama Nagaraj

Solo Traveller

I had been to Bandaje falls with PlanTheUnplanned last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had been to treks with many other groups as well, but I must admit PTU gave the best experience.
The best part is, they listen for feedback. When we were tired on second day (after 20kms of trekking in rains on first day), the trek leads @Medha Bhat and @Gautam Injamuri, did a poll and changed the itinerary to make it less tiring and more of a picnic on second day. ?
Thanks to PTU, fellow trekkers and trek leads for creating a memorable weekend ?

August 17, 2021

Arwa nagaria

Solo Traveller

the bandaje falls trek-
a fun and relaxing hike to the falls, a group of friends, an amazing experience, and a thousands of great memories to carry back home. PTU did it all. the safety of everyone was their upmost priority. the bus ride was covered with amazing games and great and funny stories to keep us entertained, and did throughout the trip. PTU provided us with a clean and sanitized homestay as well as hot and tasty meals. they made treking so fun and motivated all of us throughout the trek-
personaly,PTU is extremely friendly, well organised, and professional.
these treks are an amazing memory to carry back home. my entire trek with PTU was extremely fun, relaxing and an experience I would never forget. the Instructors are phenomenally friendly and motivating throughout the trek. overall, I would give my experience a six star if possible, it was the best and I would definitely recommend PTU.

August 15, 2021

Surendar

Solo Traveller

We went to Bandaje Falls Trek with ‘Plan the Unplanned’ team. Our trek leads Akshay and Ramya kept us engaged during the entire journey. The itinerary was planned perfectly that we were able to cover all places on time. The travel, Home stay, food, first aid, trek guidelines and games 😉 all were organized perfectly. Our safety was of upmost importance to them. They made sure that the entire set is connected so that we went as strangers and returned back as one big family.

August 14, 2021

Ananya chatra

Solo Traveller

I went to Bandaje trek alone and it was such an amazing experience. Trek leads Rujata, Akshay were very sweet and supportive the whole trek. The homestay was very clean and food in homestay was very good.
On the whole, the trek was adventurous and worthy.

January 2, 2020
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