Galibeedu Peak is one of those lesser known weekend treks around Bangalore where you experience the blissfulness of the Coorgi lifestyle along with experiencing the delightful beauty of the Western Ghats in the Coorg district of Karnataka. It is one of those weekend getaways from Bangalore where a trekking enthusiast will experience dense forests, coffee plantations, water streams and lush meadows on their trail. Interacting with the locals of the Galibeedu region gives you an insight about the history of this beautiful mountains which was believed to be used by the rulers of the Kodagu Kingdom namely Veera Rajendra and Linga Rajendra.
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore at 2215 hrs|
|DAY 1||Reach Homestay and get fresh - Reach Trek Base - Begin the jouney to the summit - Spend time at the top of the peak - Reach Homestay - Explore nearby areas - Campfire|
|DAY 2||Explore & Shop at Madikeri - Visit Abbey falls (if time permits) - Start return journey - Reach Bangalore by 21:30 hrs (approx)|
A 280 kms drive from Bangalore crossing Katekeri Village while on our way to Galibeedu makes it a perfect weekend getaway in Coorg from Bangalore. Once all the trekkers board the Get Beyond Limits bus, a brief summary about the place; Galibeedu peak and the related trek informaation will be provided. In order to get acquainted with each other our Outdoor Leaders will engage the trekkers in a small introductory session in order to develop and strengthen the new friendships which are about to be formed on this trek. We advise everyone to have a light dinner before boarding the bus.
Early morning we reach the homestay at Katikeri Village which is 8 kms away from Madikeri and 10 kms away from the trek base. After reaching our homestay, as a team we shall quickly freshen up in order to feast upon the freshly made hot traditional breakfast. After enjoying the breakfast we will depart for the trek base. The trail of our trek starts from a tar-like road which stretches up to 0.5 kms. Once we begin walking on this stretch it will make you aware of your surroundings comprising of the local lifestyle of Coorg and the beautiful plantations.
A right turn after the end of this 0.5 kms path will take you to the private coffee plantations.
A 15 minutes walk from here will make you enter the dense jungles. During the monsoons, one can experience the cool temperatures here.
The dense forests here will give you a different experience about the wilderness of the nature while making this a memorable experience for you.
The trail of the Galibeedu Nishani is less inclined with damp passages. The trail becomes slightly dark and pleasantly makes us see the difference in the lives in the city and the majestic mountain.
As soon as we step out of the dense jungles on our trail a mesmerising Galibeedu Range with a water stream takes its course. After walking for a while a right from the Big Peace Tree will take you back into these thick jungles.
Walking further, one can notice a small stream coinciding with our trekking trail. Since this stream has big rocks in between, one needs to be careful while crossing it. The water here has its own magical taste.
Once you cross the stream after a while you are out of the dense jungle and you will see the outspread meadows along with the Peak. After reaching the summit of our Galibeedu Peak Trek it is your time to connect with the mother nature and experience the life from the top of the Galibeedu Peak, Coorg.
From the Peak you will witness a panoramic view and the glorifying land of Coorg. There is a small hill neighbouring the peak, if you feel the desire to get beyond limits again after the adventurous trek, you can do so by climbing this hill. You may feel elated after mounting this hill as it will bequeath you with limitless views and happiness. After spending a good time at the peak we start descending on the trail which will lead us back to the dense jungles and the streams.
After about 3kms of the trek, you will find an ancient Shiva Temple.
Once you are back to the homestay it is time to explore the Chandramukhi River. After this exciting trek and the exploration of the river the team will be rewarded with a well planned scrumptious dinner. After savoring upon the lovely dinner we gulp down the life stories of each one of us in addition to some amazing time spent around the campfire.
Madikeri is a well known hill station which we will explore before we commence with our return journey to Bangalore. Abbey Falls which are also known as the Jessi Falls are named after a British officer's wife. Abbey Falls is a famous attraction in Madikeri. The place where the falls reside today was a thick jungle years back . Years later, the beautiful waterfall was discovered by Mr. Neravanda B.Nanaiah who bought the place from the government authorities and converted it into the coffee and spices plantations which surrounds the waterfall today.
We believe in exploring the place not just as a team but as an individual too. Its now time to get connected to the Coorgi lifestyle, food and the local shopping. Coorg, is more popularly famous for coffee, spices,chocolates and local wine.
After exploring this Coorgi lifestyle, we start with our return journey to Bangalore. Once we hit the outskirts of the Bangalore City we will be welcomed by the unpredictable Bangalore Traffic and shall approximately reach by 21:30 hrs.
By now, you would have not just finished a trek but you would have also made a lot of memories and gathered experiences which will surely make you feel a difference in your lives to Get Beyond your Limits and conquer all the mental and physical barriers of life. Make sure you always remember that, Galibeedu Ka Tempo High Hai and so shall be yours.
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||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|
|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|