Sharavathi Valley is also known as ‘The Valley of Water’ where small islands exist. The town nearest to Sharavathi Valley is Sagara Taluk which is 30 kms before the Sharavthi Valley. It has tropical rainforests spread around it adding the thrill of the unkown which is what distinguishes this trek into the wilderness from the others. Sharavathi Valley is dominated by the deciduous trees, arce nut and coconut trees and very rare birds which sing a song with every sunrise and sunset. The world famous Jog Falls is formed by Sharavathi River and the backwater are formed by the presence of a dam in Sagara Taluk of Shimoga District of Karnataka, India. No adventure enthusiast can afford to miss Sharavathi Valley Trek for such a place cannot be found anywhere else.
|DAY 0||Pick up from Bangalore at 2215Hrs|
|DAY 1||Reach homestay – Breakfast & Freshening up in homestay washrooms – Leave for Backwaters – Swimming & other water activities – Lunch – Reach Camping Area – Island Dawn Mini Trek/Hike – – Sunset – Evening Tea/Coffee/Snacks – Campfire (if permitted by situations) – Dinner|
|DAY 2||Lite snacks like Fruits etc – Early Morning Swim/Exploration – Reach Homestay & Freshening up in washrooms – Lunch on the way (self sponsored) – Bangalore|
The curvy highways of the ghat section and the unexpected speed
breakers before reaching shimoga will not allow anyone to sleep
peacefully in the morning. Our destination is yet another 30kms
from sagar , a village which despite its few huts and people
inhabiting them is very hospitable. On one side of the
destination there is a wide dense village which at times is no
less than a green jungle. There is a range of hills which gain a
very slow height and on top of the highest peak in the
Sharavathi Valley Range you can see all the backwaters spreading
over the land.
Sharavathi Valley is a very less known Bangalore Weekend getaway destination, a hub for water-sport activities and trekking to various waterfalls around Sharavathi Valley. When you see a hut surrounded by the tallest tree, smell the country Areca Nut throughout and enjoy the beautiful view of the backwaters, that is where our homestay is and this will be the first checkpoint to freshen up and have the authentic country food.
The agriculture fields around the village huts with open ventilation and animals grazing around act as live examples of peaceful co existence with nature around Bangalore.
The best meals are made with fire and a well-deserved lunch after swimming at Sharavathi Valley Backwaters will be made on the spot. The vegetables used are all organic and are prepared in the traditional way of the Sharavathi Valley. If you can bring a plate and a glass it will save a lot of pollution that comes from the packaging of food in plastic.
Don’t settle for anything less. It is time to explore the virgin islands of Sharavathi Valley Backwaters and understand the life force over these places. This is your chance to row and explore the islands.
The most beautiful sunset is not one seen from atop the highest peak but the one from Sharavathi valley backwaters where, the backwater kisses the sun which, in turn, turns a brighter shade of red with every revolution of the earth towards the sun. Soon after the darkness the stars show their charm and play around the sky with shooting stars.
This is a moment which no one can experience unless one is physically present there. Ask yourself out of all the people, were you the chosen one to experience something this different, something which brings you a chance to live so closely with sky, earth and water.
Never in life, miss the sunrise that comes all the way to spread light to our lives. The eastern sky turns before the sun comes back into the glory. It is time to pack all the tents and get ready for the trek to the highest point at Sharavathi Valley which is a 10 km trek from our homestay. The range of hills that are opposite to the virgin island is where we will climb to quench our thirst for reaching the top. Walking ahead on the main road for about 30 yards and taking a right turn will take us to the dense tropical rain forest which will eventually reach the Sharavathi Valley Point from where all the backwaters and islands are seen. Once you start hiking, a 6ft. Water tank in the very beginning will mark the way and looking back from here you will see the world to be a beautiful place and one worth a glimpse from so high up. On the way there are edible berries which are a good source of energy at times of hunger and for survival but the expert supervision or consultation is very much required to avoid risking eating something poisonous.
The highest point often referred to as the Sharavathi valley view point is called bagalla gatta. The poet in each one of us awakens after spending time in the middle from where, to one side the endless Sharavathi valley backwaters are seen and to the other the forests of Sharavathi valley are seen. The ideal way to get down now is to go by the same route and take a left diversion which will take us back to the same highway and our homestay cosily nestled between the areca nut trees all around it.
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|
|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|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey.||1|
|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|