The Narasimha Parvatha Trek will take you 380 km from Bangalore, to Agumbe, a high altitude village in the Malnad region of Karnataka. It is often referred to as “The Cherrapunji of the South” because of its biodiversity and excessive rainfall. It is also home to many medicinal plants and the only Rainforest Research Station in India. Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, covered in depths of lowland rainforests and touched by beautiful waterfalls and streams, Agumbe is the perfect place for a weekend escape.
Start your journey through a trail of the forest to immerse yourself in the beauty of untouched greenery and the serenity of waterfalls, warm your hands over the campfire, and drink in the spectacular evening view from one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats.
Read on to know how you can spend quality parent-child time camping in the forest. The best way to get a kid outside is to go with them!
“There is no Wi-Fi in the forest but I promise you will find a better connection.”
Following are the pick-up points & timings:
Located in Agumbe in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, the Narasimha Parvatha Peak standing at an altitude of 3772 feet forms the tallest peak in the Agumbe Ghats. The peak which forms part of the Kudremukh National Park is accessible from Mallanduru as well as Kigga, the former being higher in terms of trek distance as well as difficulty level. This will also be the trail we shall be taking for our trek to Narasimha Parvatha. The 12 km ascend shall take anywhere between 6-7 hours whereas the 6 km descend via Kigga can be completed in a couple of hours.
Dense forest cover forms the majority of the trail followed by open grasslands that help you appreciate the steep climb and the panoramic views given the peaks imposing height. The trail is also marked by several small streams during the monsoons as well as the mighty Barkana waterfalls. A wide variety of wildlife from colorful birds to deadly snakes can also be spotted throughout the trek.
We start off the trek from our basecamp at Mallanduru along a jeep trail that is relatively flat and easy to cover. Keep an eye for the wide varieties of flora and fauna as the trail slowly moves into thicker forests marked by tall and ancient trees that let little to no sunlight hit the forest floor. Make your way through a maze of fallen trees, winding roots and lush greenery as the forest gets thicker and the inclines steeper.
The Sita River also winds along with the initial parts of the trail giving rise to several smaller streams during monsoons until it narrows down and plunges down a gorge giving rise to the mighty Barkana Waterfalls later on along the trail. Once there, navigate your way over slippery rocks to the top of the waterfall that offers a birds-eye view of the valley down below along with a unique perspective of the watching a waterfall from its point of origin.
The view of the roaring waterfall cascading down from a height of 2200 feet cutting across the eerie silence of the surrounding green valleys in stark contrast is a sight to behold. Spend some time here enjoying the view or taking a quick dip in the pristine waters as trek gets harder further ahead from this point with steep inclines all the way up until the end of the forest cover. Do make sure to refill your water bottles as there are no further water sources until after the peak.
The trail gets a bit confusing from here as there are no visible trails along this stretch, add to that the slippery ascend over dry leaves and leech-infested forests make the climb so much more worthwhile. The forest cover opens up almost immediately to airy open meadows and rolling hills- a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the forests. Although the peak stays out of sight till the very end, the vast openness gives one the feeling that you are almost there.
Have your packed lunch along the way as you cross one hill after the other through tall grasslands until you reach the final stretch of forest cover before heading back to the plains again.
On the final stretch towards the peak, one comes across pillars made of stones loosely stacked over each other located at intermittent intervals from one another until finally culminating into a large platform of rocks at the peak. One can also find a small makeshift Narasimha Swamy temple beside this platform. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding Kudremukh Ranges or have a look down and admire the long and tiring climb you have made once here. You can also find several flat rock surfaces that make ideal places to take a quick power nap.
We now take the descent towards Kigga. On the way down just below the peak, stop by a small hut near which a water source can be found to fill your bottles. The trail further down is a continuous descent through shola forests. Though fast, this is a tricky one as one has to make their way over slippery rocks and dry leaves throughout the stretch until you reach the Rishya Shringa temple at Kigga.
From here we shall be transported back to our base camp where we shall freshen up after a long and tiresome day of trekking before settling down for a well-deserved dinner around a cozy campfire.
Have a good night’s sleep recollecting the various sights, smells, and experiences from an eventful day in the mighty Western Ghats.
Be charmed by the Jogi Gundi Falls which is located in the midst of the dense Western Ghats. A short trek through the rocks and lush green forest will lead you to a natural pool of water that is formed due to the falls which originate from a cave and runs through a hill. Spend quality time here by swimming in the water or just sit there indulging its beauty.
If you are a 90’s kid, you have definitely heard about Malgudi Days. The house in which it was shot is called Doddamane and it has managed to retain the 90’s Malgudi day’s vibe till today with the help of a lady called Kasturi Amma who has been taking care of the house from quite some time! Located in Agumbe, this place charges nothing for travellers who want to stay and dine there and it is totally up to you how much you want to pay!
Relish the beauty of the falls and bewilderment of the Doddamane as we head back to Bangalore
marking the end of this journey!
Return to Bangalore by night ( approx 11 PM )
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.
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For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow
For all the above points 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