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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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||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|