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Do you want to spend your weekend in nature’s company, but don’t want to travel much or trek? If this strikes a chord, we have a fantabulous 100 acres property for you to engage in distinguished adventures and have the best camping experience amidst magnificent hills. Not only that, this Summerof2022 you will indulge in knowing about the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats, get clear river views, take the delight of nature walks, bird watching, sapling planting, etc. This is Commander’s Nest in Sirsi!

An army veteran owns the property. Every amenity is well-thought. The camping experience is one of a kind, with comfortable mattresses, lights inside the tent, well-lit common areas, and a clean washroom. You wouldn’t want to come out of your tents once you are inside but listen to this: all places are offbeat and less crowded; don’t miss those. 

ActivitiesAir Rifle Shooting, Archery, Army Obstacle Course, trekking to sunset point, night trek, knowledge tourare loaded with adventure.

We will visit Sonda Fort. Located in Sirsi, Sodhe, Sodha, Sonda, or Swadi fort is a gem of a place waiting to be discovered. Looking around Sodhe fort, you can see the remains of once a royal city ruled by Swadi kings.

Next on the plate is Sahasralinga, which means “thousand Shiva’s lingas“. Here, sculptures carved from stones are installed in the middle of the flowing river. You would never want to miss this.

This Commander’s Nest in Sirsi itinerary is perfect for beginners who want to experience trekking and sleeping in camps. All treks are easy in difficulty. When we went there, we promised ourselves to bring you too. Plan the Unplanned team is excited to take you to Commander’s Nest in Sirsi. Go through the complete itinerary of Commander’s Nest in Sirsi for the comprehensive plan and book your tickets at the earliest.

Trip Highlights

  1. Indulge in activities like Air Rifle Shooting, Archery, camping, night and day trekking, Army Obstacle Course, etc.;
  2. Go on a night trek with zero candela;
  3. Cross Tapovan river to reach Sonda fort;
  4. Spend time at caressed water streams;
  5. Visit Sonda Fort and witness the remains of the old royal city;
  6. Dip yourself in the spiritual waters of Sahasralinga;
  7. Behold views of sunrise and sunset;
  8. Learn about flora and fauna of the Western ghats;
  9. Last, Photography amidst natural settings.

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Sirsi Exploration - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 8:00 PM (approx)

Day 1: A day at the Commander’s Nest ( Tentative Schedule )

  • 7 am – Arrive at the Camp
  • 8 am – Breakfast
  • 8.30 am – Morning Trek covering Plantation & Western Ghats forest
  • 11.30 am – Air rifle Shooting
  • 1 pm – Lunch
  • 2 pm – Time at Waterfalls & Stream. Note – Waterflow depends on the season.
  • 3 pm – Archery
  • 4 pm – Tea
  • 4.15 pm – Army obstacle Course
  • 5.45 pm – Trek to Sunset point
  • 7.00 pm – Campfire
  • 8.30 pm – Dinner
  • 9.30 pm – Night Trek
  • 10.30 pm – Night Stay in Tent

Day 2 – Explore the lesser known places in Sirsi

  • 7 am – Learning on western ghats local flora & fauna
  • 8 am – Breakfast
  • 8.30 am – Visit Tapovana (Flowing river in the middle of a dense jungle – Less known)
  • 10 am – River crossing & visit Sonda Fort (Less known)
  • 11.30 am – Visit to Sahasralinga
  • 1 pm – Lunch at Camp
  • 2 pm – Head back to Bangalore and reach late night around 11:00 PM ( approx )

Price

With Travel ( Bangalore to Bangalore )
₹ 4,899
( Plus 5% GST)

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents on multiple sharing basis at out premium campsite ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast,1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • All activities - Air rifle shooting. Archery and Obstacle course
  • 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

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • 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

  • 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

Sirsi Exploration - Detailed Itinerary

Day 0Begin your journey

An overnight bus journey of 400 km commences from Bangalore to Sirsi. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trippers better. Leaders will give you a brief about the trip, so don’t sleep early. 

Day 1A Day full of adventure at our campsite

Upon arrival, you can freshen up and have breakfast. It is a 100-acre campus: farms, forests, water streams and some caressed spots for sunsets. Let’s take one wave at a time. 

First things first; at 8:30 am, we will begin with a small trek covering the plantation and the Western Ghats forest to learn more about the place. 

At 11:30 am, get ready to hit the bull’s eye; air rifle shooting is arranged. After this, we will take a lunch break. 

At 2 pm, we will spend some time at waterfalls and streams to beat the heat. Note the flow of waterfall depends on the season. Following this, you can go for a game of Archery

Freshen up with sips of tea and get ready to bowl your stamina. As highlighted, this is the property of an army veteran. It’s no surprise that he has arranged an army obstacle course. Imagine falling, crossing and winning over your fears. This obstacle race will test your strength, speed and agility. Here you will run, jump, dodge, crawl and swing to finish. 

At 5:45 pm, we will go for a stunning sunset. Take a hike to the sunset point and spend some time there. 

Later, we will sit by the campfire and have dinner. The best part of the day is yet not over. We will proceed for a Night Trek.

This night trek is special and stands out. Flashlights are not allowed on the whole stretch and you will experience the forest in its natural splendour, without any light or noise pollution. You can listen to moving leaves and won’t believe how sharp your eyes get when it’s pitch dark.

Then at around 10:30 pm, all of us will prepare to sleep and retire in tents.

Day 2Visit the lesser known places in Sirsi

Early in the morning, at 7:00, the property manager will give us a clear idea about the flora and fauna of the place. It is good to note that he has a degree in horticulture. Taking a tour with him is no less than watching National Geographic for 8 hours straight. He will show us the rarest trees, endangered plants, insects, bees and fruits. Also, you would be surprised to know how those tastiest spices are grown and cultivated. 

After the tour, we will have our breakfast. Then we will make our way to Tapovan. It is a beautiful river in the middle of the jungle. We will spend some time here and take a break. 

At 10 am, we will cross the river and visit Sonda fort. At 11:30 am, we will go to Sahasralinga.  

At 1 pm, we shall have lunch at camp and prepare to return to Bangalore soon. At 2 pm, we will depart.

To put things in perspective, this is a place surrounded by greenery and loaded with fun activities, amenities, good food, and you might also have a hard time convincing yourself to return.

That is it from the weekend. We hope you get everything you’re looking for from this trip. Don’t forget to stay in touch with all your new friends, and don’t ever stop exploring. We would love to see you againcheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure hosting you again. Till then, take care and love life. 

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.
  • Plan The Unplanned does the short river rafting of around 1-2 km. 9km and 12 km rafting are not included in the cost
  • 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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Vipin Nambiar

Solo Traveller

This is one of the best jungle lodge camps I have ever visited. It’s the best place to be if you want to take a break from city life and enjoy nature. Their main highlight is the nature walk and trekking. The food is good. The camp is very neat and well maintained. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Overall, my experience was excellent.

February 14, 2022

Swati Hegde

Solo Traveller

This is one of the best adventure camps and tent stay I have been in last 5-6 years time.
Being a localite of Sirsi, I had my own hesitation to go and stay in a place like this. But glad to explore this new camp.
Pros:
1. Brand new – so it it sparkling clean and neat especially washrooms, dining and kitchen area is super clean.
2. less than 2 km away from nearest town Sirsi: i wanted to have some spicy food during camfire . Used swiggy as an option – food was delivered within thirty minutes of ordering -how awesome is this !!!!
3. Nature : I could not get enough of this place- its green, surrounded by hills and a stream. There is a small water falls in the property which came as a surpise to me.
4. Activities : Camp is owned by an ex army man. Hence the activities are designed around armed force’s obtacle course along with archery. It looked easy but execution of the same was challenging . One have to climb a hill to do this activities. The campfire area is within the camp area.
5. Hike- we explored two hike trails for sunset points. Both were almost 1.5 km long hilly hike trails. Loved the view. Being so near to town I couldn’t believe there was this lush green forest around this area. Suggestion to girls not to wear shorts during hikes- it has become chilly while coming back from sunset view and shorts did not help 🙁
6. Safety: The camp is enclosed well and secured enough as it is a closed property. The area has more than enough lights. Interestingly it is also bug free- Iwas worried about mosquito bites and did not have any at the end of my stay there.
7. Simple food: Local simple veg food is served in the camp (Vegetarian only).
8. Key for details: The camp is almost set up in open area. They have designed gazibos , seating places beautifully blend with the nature. I found intereting wooden work used as a furniture in the camp. Stone platforms are used as Tent platforms which is a life saver in rainy season and in jungle areas. They also have a changing room for girls in the women washroom section – most of the camp sites dont have this feature which I think is necessary- huge shout out to this .
Cons:
Didnot find any
One can also request for Areca Garden’s tour. As I come from farming background I didnt find it fascinating but the fellow campers who had come from Bangalore found it captivating.
Over all highly recommended for the camp lovers.

February 10, 2022

Nootana Bhat

Solo Traveller

We had an amazing experience in Commander’s Nest the staff is very friendly.
The place is totally for nature lovers, you get disconnected from the city life. Right from beverages to food, everything was just amazing.
At the end of the camp, there’s a small water pond, the view is totally beautiful. You can experience various types of activities like Archery, Gun shooting, Tent-stay, Campfire, Trekking, Plantation tours, etc.
The guide is incredibly respectful and ethical and this is reflected in how he treats the guests, which made the Camp experience awesome!

February 2, 2022
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