SHARAVATI BACKWATERS ISLAND TREK

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.

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ITINERARY


DAY 0 Pick up from Bangalore at 2215Hrs
DAY 1 Reach Sagar – Homestay – Coracle Ride – Reach Island – Swimming & other water activities – Explore Island Trekking - Sunset – Campfire (if permitted by situations)
DAY 2 Early morning Trek to Baggala Gatta – Lunch at Sagar/Shimoga – Reach Bangalore by 2030 Hrs

Our core team is handled by people who have done multiple mountaineering courses, summited several mountains and have the experience of leading treks for several years.
We don't compromise when it comes to safety equipments like oxygen cylinder (in the Himalayan Treks), stretcher (in the Himalayan Treks), medical kits etc. Our leaders are trained to use them in any situation.
Our local support from the mountains is always supporting right from the beginning of the trek to the end. We have hand picked the right people to do the right thing.
Get Beyond Limits has done more than 700 treks and catered to around 12,000 different people in a span of 4.3+ years. Our experience caters safety more than anything when it comes to a trek.
Travelling alone may not be easy for some of us as we might be coming from different corners of India. To take care of this, we even connect people before a trek so that they can plan their travel together if they want to and make things much easier and convenient.
We believe that spreading awareness about safety as it is the way to prevent any mishap from happening. You can read about safety protocols by Clicking Here.
We provide separate accommodations for men and women on all our treks, be it the homestays or the tents at a campsite.
Our team promotes women being Outdoor Leaders. We have a good number of women Outdoor Leaders to lead the treks.


DAY 1

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.


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Going below the fields, a small channel of water can be seen. These are the Sharavathi Valley Backwaters which were formed by the presence of a dam around Linganamakki of Sagara Taluk which created various islands. The Sharavathi Valley Backwaters are 60 km in length and 15 km wide and is a habitat to rare vegetation and rare bird species.

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The farthest Island seen is where our next destination will be riding the Coracles. It is very important to maintain a weight balance while entering a coracle and also wearing life jackets should be a compulsory measure. Coracles are small round boats which are used as a mode of transport like any other boat mostly in South Indian Coastal and Backwater regions. The rowing is very technical over here. You cannot always front row, since it is round shaped, so the coracle will just rotate around at one place only.

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The Coracle rowing should always be alternate to one forward or side force. The Sharavathi Valley backwaters are portable and are a source of water to many villages around.

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It is very difficult to resist the urge to jump in water when the water has been calling from the beginning of the day. Once we reach the island it is time to jump into the water with life jackets and explore the borders of the island. Sometimes the wind is not easy on water which makes it very difficult to swim against the current. The Sharavathi Valley backwater is not just clear but also tastes good for drinking.

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.

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They say never leave Sharavathi Valley Backwater without learning the art of rowing.

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.

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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.

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The fire is an essential part which keeps the animals away, makes our food, gives us warmth and never ending conversations at the campfire. A wise man once said, ‘what happens at the campfire stays at campfire’. Lighting a campfire is an art and no place better than here to learn from the experts. And also try out making roasted potatoes which can be served as late night snacks or morning breakfast.

DAY 2


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.

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The trail will take us to the most uncommon views of the wildlife spreading across hundreds of kilometers.

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The tall areca nut trees, coconut trees and some other trees provide us shelter at times when the Sun or rain is hard for the Bangalore Weekend Adventure lovers.

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The hills will seem never ending till we cross over a ridge from from where talaguppa and the dense forest range of sharavthi valley can be seen. It is indeed unfortunate that sometimes due to human negligence, forest fires break out along the very trails we follow.

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


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
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

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KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 2,395 ft.t

TRAIL TYPE Dense tropical rain forest surround the Sharavathi Backwater
DIFFICULTY Easy to moderate, no prior experience required.
TREKKING DISTANCE 6 - 7 kms (approximately)
ATTRACTION Sharavathi Valley is a tropical rain forest which can be the best destination for trekking to the various waterfalls. Dabbe Falls, Kannur Fort & Gudangundi Falls. Aghoreshwara Temple of 1560 AD-1640 AD, in Hoysala-Kadamba architecture, Keladi Nayaka period is 6kms to the South of Sagara District.
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 During Monsoons it rains very heavily and it is advised to be prepared to enjoy the rains in the right way. Carry a raincoat or poncho and covering all the clothing with a waterproof layer.
WATER SOURCES There are several freshwater streams in Sharavathi Valley and also the Sharavathi Backwaters are one of the best source of drinkable water
REGION Sagara in Shimoga District of Karnataka
COORDINATES 14°19′27″N 75°18′8″E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 393 kms from Bangalore
ROAD Sagar is well connected by roads. There are several State Transport Buses from Majestic Bus Stand to Sagar in Shivmoga. From Sagar Bus Stand there are several buses that go to Sharavathi Valley which is 40 kms further.
ROUTE (via Bangalore) Bangalore - Tumkur - Arasikere - Shimoga - Sagar - Sharavathi Valley
ROUTE (via Bangalore) Mysore - Channarayapattana - Arasikere - Kadur - Shimoga - Sagar - Sharavathi Valley
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION Tallaguppa Railway Station is 30kms the closest from Sharavathi Valley.
NEAREST AIRPORT Mangalore International Airport.