TREK TO KUNTI BETTA



Kunti Betta are two rocky hills surrounded by sugarcane, paddy fields & coconut trees in the Pandavapura of Mandya District which is 125 kms away from Bangalore. The place has a historical importance as it is said that Kunti, the mother of five Pandavas, stayed here during their exile. There is a temple with a pond at the foothills of the hill which serves as a popular destination for pilgrimage. During monsoons the place is green with a lake called Kunti Kund , the surrounding the hill which makes it serene forever.

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ITINERARY


DAY TREK
06:30am Pickup from Bangalore
Reach Kunti Betta Base (The Temple) - Trek Briefing/ Distribution of Snacks - Start the trek - Reach Croc-Face - Rest & enjoy - Leave for the top of Kunti Betta - Enjoy packed lunch with a view - Parikrama Point - Descend - Paddy and Coconut Fields - Reach Kunti Kund - Reach Kunti Betta Base (The Temple) - Leave for Pandavapura
09:30pm Reach Bangalore
This is going to be a journey of 125 kms from Bangalore to Kunti Betta which is in the town of Pandavapura (Mandya District). A brief summary about the trek and introduction amongst the team will be done during the journey. We advise trekkers to have light meals before boarding. The journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect destination for trekking on the hills of Kunti Betta.

There is an old temple with a pond in the middle which marks the base of the hill. From the main road to reach the temple you will have to pass through the dense cocount trees surrounding the road and then a school.

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The school premises can be used as a parking premises for trekking. The dense trees surround the stairs that go to the temple. The Pujaris house has the cave used by the Pandavas to the right side while going up on stairs. There are rooms which are used by the pilgrimage for an overnight stay at the temple. The temple is in between the two hills of Kunti Betta.

There is a pillar on Kunti Betta which was used by Kunti during the regime of Pandavas. The pillar will be the summit for our team. Start the climb on the right side of the pond, step your foot on the steep inclined surface of a single rock clearly visible to the naked eye although there can be serveral ways to reach the hillock.

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The initial inclination for few meters is more than 60 degrees. One needs to be slow and careful on this slope. There are huge boulders as we go up and Kunti Kund (or the lake of Kunti) on the other side becomes visible. There will be a straight wall which is difficult to climb instead turn right from the boulders and follow the trail which will pass through the dense vegetation.

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A Croc-Face rock will be visible on the trails. Turn right and climb the huge rock that gives a clear view of the paddy fields and coconut tress with the other hill and Kunti Kund. This place can be used as a halt against the wind and rain. Looking to the other side the Kunti Betta hillock with a pillar on top would be visible. On the left side, a small hill adjoined is also visible.

Start walking in the open area on the left side following the trail. If you keep following the trail you will reach on the base of hill in the paddy fields. In order to avoid that take a right turn keeping the hillock in mind.

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There will be several areas where one will have to crawl in the dense vegetation and also climb some of the narrow-gauged rocks. An open valley of flora and rocks will be visible to the ungaurded eyes. There will be several huge boulders accompanied with a beauteous surrounding. The small peak on the left is the one which was seen from the Croc-Face. The summit is close now, follow the trail, cross the boulders, crawl around those dense bushes and a spectular view of the surrounding that makes one feel the glory of Pandavas unfold before ones eyes. The lake seen from the Kunti Betta peak next to the other side of the hill makes it notable.

There is a rock on the edge of the hill top. The rock has a shear drop and an inclination on the other side which gives one of the most fearful moments, we call it vertical drop edge. We advise one to be very cautious if they want to reach the edge of the rock.

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The light slowly seeps in as the temple vibrating in chants which spreads a positive hope and reminds one of the glory that remains with the kunti betta hillock of having played its part in the epic.

Before descending turn right, hold on to the rocks and reach Parikrama Point. There are certain points when one will have to climb linear in a gully and jump later to the do the parikram. The other side of the world with farms and strange shape of the the rocks which are considered to be the utensils of the Pandavas on the other adjoined hill are seen from the Parikrama Point. As said by Ed Viesturs , “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory,” this is the time to head back. The same route will be followed except we take a right instead of a left in the open area of rocks and flora. This route will take to the fields below which joins the main road and passing left it will reach the temple else going straight to the fields will take you the Kunti Kund.

Sitting next to the lake and watching the birds adds to the whole journey for we believe that it is not just the destination but also the journey that matters.

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Thonnur lake, 10 kms away from the Kunti Betta Peak is a source of water for many villages in the surrounding area. It used to be a promonent place for some of the water sport activities and can be visited to add more the hike.

THINGS TO CARRY


ITEM DESCRIPTION QUANTITY
DAY PACK 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 1
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. 1
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 1 Pair
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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Trek Fee:

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Trip Highlights:

  • - Welcome the sunrise/sunset from top of Kunti Betta
  • - Team Campfire (if permitted by situations)
  • - The Croc-Face
  • - Relaxation at Kunti Kund
  • - Halt at famous temple below Kunti Betta hill
  • - Passage through paddy fields
  • - Vertical Drop Edge
  • - Lunch/breakfast arrangeement at the famous Krishna Bhavan of Pandavapura
  • - Parikrama Point
  • - Private Travel from and to Bangalore on the plain sailing highway
  • - Power Pack (Energy Snacks)

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KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 2,882 feet
TRAIL TYPE Moderate steep rock inclinations. The hill is formed mainly of granite rocks.
DIFFICULTY Easy to Moderate
TREKKING DISTANCE 6 - 7 kms (approximately)
ATTRACTIONS Kere Thonnur (Thonnur Lake) is 10kms away from Kunti Betta, used to be a popular water sport destination for swimming and kayaking.
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 It gets slippery during monsoon. We recommend trekking shoes with good traction.
WATER SOURCES There is a temple below the peak from where drinking water can be refilled.
REGION Pandavapura, Mandya district (Karnataka)
COORDINATES 12°30'24"N 76°41'37"E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 125 kms from Bangalore 32.4 kms from Mysore
ROAD Kunti Betta in Pandavapura is well connected by roads. While going from Bangalore to Mysore take a right turn from Wellesley Bridge circle.
ROUTE 1 (via Bangalore) Bangalore - Kumbalgodu - Ramanagaram - Channapattana - Mandya - Pandavapura - Kunti Betta
ROUTE 2 (via Mysore) Mysore - Siddalingapura - Srirangapatna - Pandavapura - Kunti Betta
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION Pandavapura Railway Station
NEAREST AIRPORT Mysore Airport