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Bandaje Falls Trek | Via Ballarayana Durga Fort

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Are you looking for an offbeat yet gorgeous trail in the Western Ghats? Well, then your wait is over as Plan The Unplanned is all set to take you on the Bandaje Falls Trek in the Kudremukh Mountains range. Located in the Charmadi ghat section of the Western Ghats in the Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, this hidden beauty will soon become a favorite spot for adventure seekers! So before the crowd hits the spot, join us to experience the serenity!


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 via Ballarayana Durga fort to Reach the Falls
  • Take a dip in the waterfall
  • Trek back to the base 
  • Reach homestay  by 5:00 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 Kelagur Tea Estate (Optional)
  • Stop by Kottigehara to Taste Famous Neer Dosa ( Local Cuisine ) ( PTU Sponsored )
  • 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 & timings:

  • 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 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!


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


  • 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.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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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

Ganesh Bhat

Solo Traveller

I went to Kudremukh, Bellalarayana Durga(Bandaje falls) trek with plan the unplanned on 31st of December,2019. This was my first time with them and for sure not the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Here is the brief about my entire experience.

I and two of my cousins went on this trip, though I have been on multiple trekking before this but this was the first time I was going along with bunch of strangers. So I was initially reluctant provided that we were taking a chance with our new year celebrations as well, but at the end of the trip we were all best of friends( and I freaking mean it).

Journey began with a round of intro (it was an interesting way of introducing yourself, I will keep it as a surprise). Reached early morning to Bella home stay, soon after our breakfast we began our trekking, reached our destination, Bandaje falls. After spending 2-3 hours at the falls we came back to the home stay after 18 Kms of trek. Generally it takes out lot of energy out of people and people around, but no the group had so much of energy that we played anthakshari, a game called dishoom and danced like crazy until 2 o clock in the night. Couldn’t have asked for more joyful new year celebrations.

Next day kicked off with trek to elniru falls with some massage underneath heavy current of water. Left from the place in the noon and reached back to Bangalore (though none of us wanted to)

Don’t want to miss the singing in the bus, Mafia game , dumb charades, pulling each other legs. And all of this with people who were strangers and now the best of friends.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without our trek leaders Akshay and Jolly. They are best of the bests and never on the way we felt any hussle. I would give them 15 stars out of 10. They joined along with the group just like a co travellers and took care of minutest of the issues very well. Hats off you guys.

I wish the journey had stretched a little longer so that I could have spent some more time with all the folks.

January 2, 2020