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Kodachadri – Offbeat Trails around Kolllur

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The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.”

 –Nancy Newhall

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,


Trip Highlights

  1. Meet fellow travellers and kick off your journey to Kollur
  2. Trek to nature’s secret Arasinagundi Waterfall
  3. Get blessed in the Mookambika Temple
  4. Learn the fine art of Camping near the Homestay

 

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Trek Details

  • Trek Level: Moderate - Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail Type: Dense Tropical Rainforests, Waterfalls, Meadows and Cliffs
  • Trek Distance: 10-12 km ( to and fro)

Price

With Travel ( Bangalore to Bangalore )
₹ 3,899
( Plus 5% GST)
Without Travel ( Trek Base to Trek Base)
₹ 2,499
( Plus 5% GST)

Kudremukh - A Two Day Overview

Day 0: Commence the journey from Bengaluru to Kollur 

Day 2: Trek to Arasinagundi Falls from Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary and  Camp near the homestay at night.

Day 3: Trek to Belkal Theertha Falls, Visit Devagange Temple and Return to Bangalore by 10:30 PM ( approx )

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 10 PM, we may skip on the day 2 and priortize reaching on time to avoid any inconvenience to the travellers in reaching back home

 

Price Inclusions

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

Price Exclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen contingencies, breakdown of vehicle, government order etc

Pickup Points

  • The following are the pick-up points & timings:
    • New Udupi Grand Hotel  | 6:30 PmTeacher’s Colony, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • House of Licious | 7:00 Pm – Old Airport Road, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
    • KTM Mekhri Circle | 7:45 PM – Mekhri Circle Junction, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • 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 15
  • 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, 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)
  • Mode of Transort 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)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre 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
  • 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

Kodachadri - Offbeat Trails around Kollur

Day 0: Depart to Kollur

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.
 

 

Day 1: Trek to Arasinagundi Falls

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

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 the best time to visit Arasinagundi Trek?

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.

Will there be leeches in Arasinagundi?

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.

How to reach Kollur?

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.

What are the other places to visit near Kollur?

  1. The other places to visit near Kollur are-
  • Mookambika temple
  • Shiva Temple
  • Kollur Caves
  • Kodachadri Trek.

What is the level of fitness expected from the trekkers?

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. 

 

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 the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the 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 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

Notes

  • Plan The Unplanned shall follow basic Covid Guidelines as regards use of Face masks, Hand santisers, sanitization of homestays and vehicles and temperature check
  • In case the mention places to visit on Day 2 happened to be close for any government orders or any reason whatsoever. Our Outdoor leaders will try their best to make an alternate plan. ThE LEADER’S decision shall be final. There shall be no refund in any case whatsoever
  • Following covid norms, if we are in a situation of returning to Bangalore than the mentioned arrival time we expect everyone to co-operate. No refund shall be provided in case Day 2 plans are cancelled
  • 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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