|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Reach Homestay in Coorg – Reach Trek Base – Begin the Kopatty Coorg Hill Trek – Summit Kopatty Hill – Reach Homestay in Coorg – Explore Coorg – Explore Bhagamandala – Dig at Triveni Sangam – Sunset – Campfire (if permitted by situations)|
Early morning hike to River Cauvery – Explore Dubare Elephant Camp* – Water Activities* – Reach Bangalore by 2030 Hrs.
*The type of adventures at Dubare Elephant Camp and respective Water Activities are season dependent and hence are not included in the cost above.
A 296 km drive from Bangalore to Kopatty Village on the foothills of Kopatty Hill which is one of the best weekend destination from Bangalore in Coorg. Once everyone boards the Get Beyond Limits Bus, a brief summary about the Kopatty Coorg Trek and introduction among trekkers will be done by the Outdoor Leaders. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect Bangalore Weekend Trip for trekking in Western Ghats.
The sun rises with its charm as we cross Mysore from Bangalore. The curvy roads begin with mountains around, slowly allowing the sunlight. Early morning, it is a common scene to spot elephants in the dense tropical jungles of Coorg. There is a vibe in Coorg which makes one forget everything and experience the other side of life. The life in Kopatty Village is very simple and self sustainable to meet the need but not the greed.
The Kopatty Coorg Trekking trail starting point connects the main road of Cherambane - Bhagamandala State Highway very close to the Kopatty Village of Coorg District. The initial stretch of 2 kms consists of the concrete road surrounded by the paddy fields which are an example of sustainable living by the people of Kopatty Village of Coorg, the Scotland of India. In the beginning of the tar road there is a huge water stream coming straight from the mountain. The natural water here is one of the purest form of drinking water that one can expect while trekking in Coorg. The road is surrounded by huge trees and varied species of plants and flowers and it is very common to find beautiful snails on the trail as well.
The trail to the Kopatty Hill is less inclined with damp passages where leeches exist in monsoon times. With each step the trail becomes dark with the dense jungle.
Don’t leave anything unexplored once we start our return journey and reach the homestay at Bhagamandala. It is said that taking a dip in the Triveni at Bhagamandala removes not just the sins but also relieves a tired trekker’s feet.
A well planned dinner for the hungry trekkers and a wonderful campfire with everyone's participation is awaiting. We are here to connect with nature and leave the city behind. Once we go back we will take these mountains with us to make our cities a better place to live in.
There is a beautiful river that flows very close to our Homestay in Coorg and is the best place to watch the early morning sunrise on the bank of the river. After having the traditional food in Coorg, we are here to explore the coffee fields and taste the local coffee made by our Homestay hosts in the morning.
Enroute Bangalore we shall reach Dubare Elephant Camp in Madikeri, Coorg; a beautiful place surrounded by River Cauvery and huge coconut trees where the habitat of magnificent elephants exist. Dubare Elephant Camp is one of the most important camp that comes under Karnataka Forest Department which takes care of 150 elephants living in the forests.
The Cauvery River which flows next to the Dubare Elephant Camp is a perfect weekend destination from Bangalore for white water rafting and still water rafting. The raft taken guided by the waves, led by the Rafting Leader and the team pumps adrenaline into the blood and makes us feel a different world of water. If you are scared of the Rishikesh Rafting then to overcome the fear, as they say, 'all daring starts from within', this is an ideal place to start rafting. The level of rapids reaches to Grade 2 which is comparatively less compared to Rishikesh river rafting. The entire rafting takes you around the dense woods of Western Ghats of Coorg giving an insight of flora and fauna. It is common to spot Sambhar, a type of deer, drinking water from the banks of River Cauvery during rafting near Dubare Elephant Camp. It is said that one needs to get wet to make the it one of most memorable treks and we get wet by doing rafting. The amount of water rafting at River Cauvery depends on the monsoons. When the monsoons are over it is an ideal place to to still water rafting and swim in the middle of the river guide by the Raft Leaders.
After exploring and having fun at Dubare Elephant Camp and sailing on the highways, we should reach Bangalore by 2000 Hrs and will be welcomed by the unpredictable Bangalore traffic.
The trek is only successful when the trekkers can feel a difference in their lives to Get Beyond Limits and conquer all the barriers of life. Always remember, Kopatty Trek ka tempo high hai and so shall be yours.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK/DAY PACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity: 40L||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|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey.||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|