Coorg-Kerala Trek is not a regular trek, it is a passage from Coorg, Karnataka into Kerala! Best views come after the hardest climbs and this trek involves a challenging 23 kms trail through wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests in one stretch, leading us into God’s own country Kerala followed by a 100 kms jeep ride to return to our own Karnataka. This is one of the most challenging treks from Bangalore! This weekend trek from Bangalore is for those who can challenge their physical and mental limits of doing a trek.
Coorg-Kerala Trek is one of the treks that has been opened by Get Beyond Limits for the trekking community of India. This trek gives an insight of wildlife to the eyes of a trekker. The trek has a dense forest cover throughout 23 kms, from Coorg to Kerala. The best way to experience and enjoy trekking in Karnataka and Kerala is by staying at a local homestay near the place of the particular trek while spending time with the local people and learning their culture. One of the major advantages of staying at such a homestay is that you get to eat their local food and in this case, it is a Karnataka-styled cuisine. Also, you can try some Kerala fish curry at the other end of the trek.
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till homestay – Freshen up – Local Karnataka breakfast – Start Coorg Kerala Trek – Reach forest check post after 13 kms – Keep hiking for next 10 kms – Reach Kerala – 100 km Jeep Ride to reach homestay – Campfire (situational)|
|DAY 2||Proudly wake up late ( We deserve this ) – Explore local areas – Reach Bangalore by 2100 Hrs.|
We start with a 326-km drive from Bangalore to Coorg-Kerala trek. This is a lesser-known Bangalore weekend trek getaway. Once everyone boards the Get Beyond Limits bus, a brief summary about the Coorg-Kerala trek would be provided by our outdoor leaders along with the introduction among the trekkers and a warm welcome into the Get Beyond Limits family. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding the bus. The overnight journey to Coorg-Kerala trek will be very exciting to make it a perfect Bangalore weekend trip for trekking in the Western Ghats.
No one should miss the first ray of sun when travelling from Bangalore to Coorg for the trek. The ghats section, also known as the curvy road, will announce our entry into Coorg, the Scotland of India. Coorg is known for the Kodagu braveheart warrior clan, the coffee aroma, waterfalls, mountains which meet the sky and wildlife. Our trek starts from Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary which is a one-stop destination for wild elephants and wild cats. This is the dense forest cover of Karnataka which enters Kerala too. Most of the people in Coorg can speak Malayalam other than Kodava and Kannada.
This is one of the unique treks where one has to start from the highest point of the trek and the altitude of the route declines till we reach Kerala. Nothing is more beautiful than the large trees on both sides of the initial jeep route. This is one single stretch that goes to Mundrote on Kerala Karnataka border.
We recommend not to attempt any shortcuts on this route without a local forest department designated guide. The forest is absolutely green and can mesmerise anyone in its beauty. While going down, one can find a small frame for building a machan (forest hut) on the right hand side.
Take some time out to see the breathtaking disconnect from the world.
We shall be doing a 23-km trek in a single day, which makes it one of the most challenging treks of South India. Also, this trek gives us a chance to finish the trek in a different state altogether. It is very important to understand the physical and mental fitness requirements when you commit for this trek. The trail further goes down with beautiful curves which flaunt the peaks of Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. Going further down to dense forest covers away from human civilization on the same jeep route.
It is very difficult to imagine how a jeep can make it all the way from Karnataka to Kerala on a trekking route but the forest department keeps on making visits on this route with their 4 * 4 Jeeps.
As we enter the dense forests we realise the beauty of mother nature. As we walk forward one might the as if they are walking in a natural tunnel of forest which protects us from the heat of the sun and keeps us protected with its shade. Every element in this forest is unique, has its own colour and its own ways of survival. Once can find elephant foot marks, cotton, mushrooms, beautiful species insects like spiders and some mysteries of the forest.
ANTI POACHING CAMP
It is also very important to make sure that the trekking pace is good to cover all 23 kms before sunset. On the way we, we can see strong creepers over the large trees sometimes giving shape of a bridge and other beautiful shapes.
Our first major rest point will be at Nadumale APC which is at a distance of 13 kms from the starting point.
This is the right place to refill water bottles for the next 10 kms to reach Kerala. There is a small cemented bridge close to APC which is said to get drenched in the water stream during the monsoon. This stream is a water hotspot for the wildlife around.
During the trek, there will be a slight inclination in the route till we reach Mundrote which is on the borders of Kerala. Besides this, the route remains plane. It is very interesting to find an old structure which represents a temple as per the local forest guard.
MEENANCHERY FOREST CHECK POST
The forest cover of Talacauvery slowly fades till we reach Meenanchery checkpost. A river stream on our right side adds a beautiful sound on Coorg-Kerala trek.
This river is part of Kerala and one can easily spot barricades with rubber trees on the other side of Kerala.
Further down, we reach one of the last villages of Mundrote entering Kerala which welcomes our high spirits.
MUNDROTE (KARNATAKA KERALA BORDER)
Once we spot the boards and signs in Malayalam we know that we have successfully entered the Gods Own Country completing a 23kms trail in one single day!
Though the final milestone of reaching our homestay is still now complete and hence one cannot settle down here for a long time. We shall be going back in jeeps and cover around 100 kms from Kerala to Coorg.
The quiet and tranquil essence of the mountains pacifies the soul and one understands the basics of life positively. You realise that to rise high, ‘limits’ are imaginary. Outdoors is a way to understand the limitless potential that life has to offer us. It is your time to ‘live the thrill’ in the ‘Get Beyond Limits’ way.
Once we reach the homestay, a well-planned dinner and a wonderful campfire awaits, if we are not tired and it is not too late in the night. Our idea is to connect with nature, leaving behind the regular hustle bustle of the cities.
We believe in taking the mountains with us to make our cities a better place to live. We faithfully follow and observe our ‘leave no trace policy’ and ‘Project Green’ policy and we always pledge to keep our cities and mountains clean and free from any form of garbage, litter or trash. After enjoying the delicious dinner we sit around the campfire and share our respective lives if one wishes to, with horror and laughter stories interspersed in between. We believe in gobbling up the warmth of the stories woven in the midst of the sparkling campfire.
On our regular treks, we wake up early to go for a small hike or a run but for the Coorg-Kerala trek, we don’t go anywhere and are free to wake up late. The bodies need good rest after a challenging trek of 23 kms. Our sole purpose and idea of trekking is to connect with the mountains and bring the serenity of the mountains to the cities. Soon after breakfast, we start our onward journey to Bangalore and we usually initiate the drop offs around dinner time.
The trek is only successful when the participants can feel a difference in their personal lives. The intent is to experience and believe in the concept of ‘Get Beyond Limits’ and conquer all the mental as well as the physical barriers of life. Always remember, ’Coorg-Kerala ’ ka tempo high hai’ and so shall be yours.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back||1|
|JACKET/SWEATER||The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold.||1|
|CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS||A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns||2|
|T-SHIRT/SHIRT||T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber.||2-3|
|CAP/HAT||A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours.||1|
|SHOES||A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least.||1 Pair|
|SOCKS||Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet||3 Pairs|
|RAIN COAT/PONCHO||A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon.||1|
|WATER BOTTLE||A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any.||1|
|TORCH||A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset.||1|
|PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT||Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently.||1 Set|
|REPAIR KIT||Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort.||1 Each|
|TOWEL||It should be light and easily dry after use.||1|
|TOILETRIES||Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience.||1 Each|
|SUN GLASSES||Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection.||1|