KOPATTY COORG TREK | DUBARE NATURE CAMP | WATER ACTIVITIES



Kopatty Coorg Trek is one of the weekend treks around Bangalore where you can experience the bliss of the Coorg lifestyle and the endless tropical trails of the Western Ghats in the Coorg district of Karnataka. It is one of those weekend getaways near bangalore where a trekking passionate person will experience euphoria for the trail which comprises of the village life, jeep trails, dense jungles, water streams and outspread meadows. They say that trekking in Coorg is never complete until you stay at a local Homestay in Coorg and eat local food in Coorg.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities

ITINERARY


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)
DAY 2 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.

DAY 0

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.


Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities

DAY 1


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.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
If you are lucky then you can pick ripe oranges or lemons, which mostly fall on the ground and keep it as a reserve food which can be used in case of an emergency. The species of flora in Coorg are famous all over the world and get exported from here to the other parts of the world. Elaichi or Cardamom and even Wild Tobacco can be seen lying on the ground in the initial stretch of 2km on the tar road.

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.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
At this point view of meadows on the left side exists for a very small duration of time. Further, the trail leads to a natural right which keeps passing through the woods leading to one of the best weekend treks around Bangalore.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
A small river stream takes its course and the trail coincides with the river stream. The stream has rocks and boulders on its side which can be used to climb the last stretch of the the dense jungle of Kopatty Hill. Be careful, for the rocks where the footsteps are landing can be slippery if under water for long . Once the stream is crossed and few more steps we are out in the meadows where a beautiful hill on our right side is waiting to be climbed.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
A small thin line which wraps the whole mountain like a serpentine, incline is more than 60 degrees which leads us to a ridge from where the other side of Coorg can also be seen.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
Once reaching the top of this serpentine hill the Kopatty Hill top is not very wide and can be seen like a marvellous mountain on a clear sky day. The last stretch consists of an inclined stretch which further blesses us with a fantastic view of Erulli Vana Forests from the top of Kopatty Hill. The Erulli Vana Forests are considered sacred by the Coorg community. Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery of why we climb. It is your moment to connect with life at its best on top of Kopatty Hill, Coorg.

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.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
Further on paying tributes to the Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple will make you connect with the locals of Coorg at Bhagamandala.

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.

DAY 2


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.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
This can be the most beautiful and closest interaction of the humans with the elephants. They are very intelligent beings and Dubare Elephant Camp is an ideal place to closely observe their habitat where they are trained by the Naturalists. An Elephant is a masterpiece of nature and can survive if forest survive. These elephants enjoy being bathed and being fed by human beings. Apart from the elephant rides at the Dubare Elephant Camp these huge animals teach us a lot. There is an African proverb, ‘An elephant never gets tired carrying its tusks’ which is exactly what life should be all about.

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.

Kopatty Coorg Trek | Dubare Elephant Camp | Water Activities
The Dubare Elephant Camp exploration and rafting activity is an addition to the present trek itinerary and should not be considered as an activity conducted by the Get Beyond Limits Team.

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


ITEM DESCRIPTION QUANTITY
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

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21 to 22 Oct 2017 (SORRY NO ROOM LEFT)
25 to 26 Nov 2017
09 to 10 Dec 2017

Duration: Friday, 2215Hrs - Sunday, 2130Hrs (approx.)

Duration (Oct 1st - 2nd): Saturday, 2215Hrs - Monday, 2130Hrs (approx.)

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Trek Fee:

(Subsidised 5% GST applicable as per mandatory regulations by Government of India)

The above amount includes:

  • - Bangalore to Coorg and back to Bangalore all transportation
  • - All Accommodation (Homestay in Coorg)
  • - All you can eat food in Coorg arrangement
  • - 2 Breakfasts
  • - 1 Lunch
  • - 1 Dinner
  • - Campfire (if permitted by situations)
  • - Power Pack (Energy Snacks)

  • *The type of adventures at Dubare Elephant Camp and respective Water Activities are season dependent and hence are not included in the cost above.

Make your own trek with all the unique requirement that complete your trek. You need to imagine and we will deliver.




KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 4,500ft
TRAIL TYPE A 14 km trek along the dense tropical rain forests with steep inclinations towards Kopatty Hill.
DIFFICULTY Easy - Moderate, steep yet straight forward ascent, no prior experience required.
TREKKING DISTANCE 12 - 14 kms (approximately)
ATTRACTIONS Erulli Vana Forests, which are considered sacred in the Kodagu region can be seen in full view from the Kopatty Hill Top.

Dubare Elephant Camp in Madikeri, Coorg gives assurance for Elephants and also white water rafting on the banks of River Cauvery.

Golden Temple, a Tibetan Monastery at Bylakuppe, Kushalnagar which promises enlightenment to many, if desired.
BEST SEASON All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.
ADVISORY The Kopatty Hill is surrounded by wildlife. There can moments where one can spot Elephants and other wild animals too. The trekking trail becomes a little complicated so it is advised to undertake it under guidance. Also during Monsoons, it is advised to be prepared to tackle leeches on the way.
WATER SOURCES There can be one or two water stream before the last ascent of Kopatty Hill, which depend on the Monsoon.
REGION Coorg Region of Western Ghats, Karnataka
COORDINATES 12.404749°N, 75.595210° E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 296 kms from Bangalore
ROAD Kopatty Village is well connected by roads. There are several State Transport Buses from Satellite Bus Stand to Virajpet and Madikeri in Coorg. From both the places there are several buses that go to Kopatty via Cherambane which is the base of our weekend trek from Bangalore.
ROUTE 1 (via Bangalore) Bangalore - Mandya - Srirangapattana - Elivala - Gonikoppa - Virajpet - Cherambane - Kopatty Hill
ROUTE 2 (via Mysore) Mysore - Hunsuru - Kushalnagar - Madikeri - Cherambane - Kopatty Hill
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION Mysore Railway Station is 113 kms from Kakkabe.
NEAREST AIRPORT Mysore Airport