The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”
Nature provides its best surprises to the most daring. One such natural wonder is Arasinagundi Waterfalls, nestled inside the dense jungles of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, 6 KM away from the temple town of Kollur in Udupi district of Karnataka.
Pilgrims come to Kollur to get a glimpse of the Hindu goddess Mookambika, who slew the demon Kamasur. This is how Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary got its name! From Kollur, there is a sign directing us to the Arasinagundi Waterfalls 1 KM from Kollur – Those who miss it miss a significant part of their journey. Arasinagundi Waterfall is a hidden treasure trove of spectacular scenery combined with alternating landscapes. The waterfall is located inside Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to tropical evergreen, semi-evergreen, deciduous forests and dry grasslands in its ranges. Taking its origin from the Kodachadri Hills and falling from a height of more than 30 feet, the colour at the mouth of the foothill appears to be Turmeric(Arasina) and falls into a big hole(Gundi), hence the name.
For an eager soul like yours, the whole route is full of surprises of the unknown and Plan the Unplanned has charted out an adventurous yet beautiful journey. Read out the entire itinerary to know more,
Day 0: Commence the journey from Bengaluru to Kollur
Day 2: Trek to Arasinagundi Falls from Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary and trek to Belkal Theertha Falls Camp near the homestay at night.
Day 3: Explore Kollur Mookambika, Visit Kundadri Hills and return to Bangalore
Note: In case of Government orders/ any unforeseen circumstance the places mentioned are closed we shall make an alternate plan and the decision of Outdoor Leader shall stand final. There shall be no refund in any case whatsoever.
Also, adhering to Covid guidelines if there could be any probability of night curfew requiring to reach Bangalore before 7 PM, we may skip on the day 2 and priortize reaching on time to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers in reaching back home
We begin our journey to Kollur from Bengaluru. Trek Leaders will give a brief of the whole trip. They will start by breaking the ice to know each other better. It’s a long journey(approximately 10 hours), and hence, your participation and involvement will make you love the trip from the beginning. Pitch in games, your adventures, love for travel and meet like-minded people. Trust us; it’s therapy to empathise and appreciate every little and big effort – In the end, there is always so much to learn. On this thought, slowly as it gets comfortable, drift into sleep and wake up refreshed the next day.
Reach the homestay the following day. The homestay is a fine farm in the company of palm trees. There will be a fresh stream flowing beside; you will lose your exhaustion by merely a glimpse of the environment. Freshen up and get ready for a healthy breakfast for the whole day.
From the homestay, we will start the Arasinagundi trek. The initial 1.5 km is easy where we will cross a river stream, walk through and beside the palm farms, after which we enter the dense forest. The descent starts from here for about 4 km.
It is a segregated area, naturally preserved in its delicacy and hence, keep an eye for leeches on the way; plus, the area doesn’t have well-marked trails at some places and has slippery paths, so stick with the group. Enjoy the falling droplets, sound of nature, and cooling breeze, which will almost melt all your worries away.
You will find yourself surrounded by giant boulders and stones near the waterfall. Hike here for 1.5 kms and reach the Arasinagundi Waterfall. Miss not to look around; it’s a heavenly 360-degree view of boulders and rock. Be mindful that the pool is deep from the periphery itself, so Plan the Unplanned advises going inside only if you are a confident swimmer.
After some time, we will start our way back. On the way, we will make a pit stop to have lunch, then reach homestay, have snacks. In the company of beautiful friends and a bonfire, get ready for dinner and crunchy go
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/
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.
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
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.
Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
The best time to visit Arasinagundi Waterfalls is from October to December. It’s always best to trek during winters. During monsoon, the path is slippery, and one must carry rain gears.
Leeches are commonly found in rainforests, mainly occurring in damp areas. Because of the dense forest in the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary, sunlight doesn’t reach the ground, so you can reasonably expect it.
By Railways: Kundapura Railway Station is the nearest station to Kollur, situated at about 40 km. Kundapura Railway Station is well connected to major nearby cities and towns.
By Road: Tourists can avail KSRTC buses from nearby towns and cities. Several private buses are also available from Udupi, situated at a distance of around 90 km. Tourists can also hire taxis and cabs from nearby places to reach Kollur.
By Air: The nearest airport is the Mangalore airport located at Bajpe, 60 km away from Udupi. From there, you can hire a cab to reach Kollur.
You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. It is a medium difficulty trek as the route is not well-marked, and there are slippery patches on the way. You will cover most of the course by walking and jumping on obstacles.
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the 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