Tavoor Hills Ridge Trek is one of the lesser known treks in Bhagamandala, Coorg which makes this place one of the perfect weekend getaway destinations from Bangalore. The peak here offers the best of the scenic views of Coorg. The trail in the Tavoor Hills is also known as Dumchi Gudde by the locals. The trail here has everything that a trekking enthusiast might look for. On one hand, it has dense forests and streams and on the other there’s a beautiful ridge walk towards the peak. Standing tall on the Tavoor Hill Peak, one can also see the beautiful Kopatty Hill Range. As the history suggests, Lords Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva surveyed Talacauvery Hill and Tavuru Hill to decide the origin of the river Kaveri which would then nurture and nourish the surrounding forests and the lives of so many living beings.
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Reach Homestay - Trek Briefing & Distribution of Snacks - Reach Trek Base - Begin Tavoor Ridge Walk Trek - Summit - Explore & Connect with the Peak - Descend - Reach Homestay - Campfire (if permitted by situations)|
|DAY 2||Explore Talacauvery (origin of river Kaveri), as per the time constraint, hence it will be decided then & there - Start onward journey to Bangalore - Reach Bangalore by 21:30 hrs (approx)|
A 294 kms drive from Bangalore to Tavoor Hills which will take us to our weekend getaway destination. Once all the trekkers are on board, a brief summary about Tavoor Hills and the trek is 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.
Once we hit the beautiful region of the Western Ghats an inner feeling of losing ourselves amidst the divine and peaceful surroundings is an evitable thought that one may go through. Soon you will witness the radiance of the golden sunrays rising from the thick blanket of the misty clouds. Since no one can predict the rains in this area, hence people usually prefer to carry an umbrella with themselves during the monsoons. Some of the delightful pleasant views and the lingering aroma of the coffee plantations neighbouring this region will make you fall in love with the aura of Coorg.
The trail of our trek begins from a tar road which extends for about a kilometer. The moment you embark on this trail you will find yourself surrounded with the local life there along with some beautiful Coffee, Mango and Cardamom (Elaichi) plantations.
After walking straight for a kilometer a small right turn will take you on the path from where the Tavoor Hill Trek starts. The initial stretch of the trek is inclined and is also slightly rocky making it an adventurous trail.
Further, the ascend on this route is for about 3 kilometers. One interesting aspect of this trek is that the initial stretch of the trail has dense forests. You cannot miss listening to the rare species of the birds chirping around melodiously. The trail may have a few streams depending upon the monsoons received by this region.
Once you are out of the dense forest right in front of your eyes at a distance one can see the Tavoor Hill Peak. Once you start heading towards the peak you need to be careful as on the right hand side you would find a drop.
Moving ahead towards the left side from here one will walk on a ridge with the limitless views on both the sides of the exquisite and quaint mountains, clouds, forests and the vast landscapes.
At times the weather and the clouds may act like the perfect companions while walking with you on your beautiful trail.
The last stretch of this trek is the splendid ridge walk going up to the Tavoor Hill acting as the stairways to take you towards your final destination.
The peak is clearly visible from the point where the ridge walk ends. Once you summit the peak it is time for you to explore yourself by engaging in your inner thoughts while connecting with the nature. During a clear sky day you may get to see a wide range of hills in the Coorg region like the Kopatty Hills or the Nishani Motte Hills in the Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary region. To some, the destination brings a great sense of achievement and to some, the journey is the destination.
After spending sometime at the summit while connecting with the Tavoor hills, the clouds and the winds, we will start our return journey back to the homestay.
Depending up on the soaring energy of the outdoor enthusiasts after the summiting the peak we can proceed towards Bhagamandala to take a holy dip at the Triveni Sangam besides relieving your tired feet in the cool water.
After gulping down an exciting trek we put an end to this adventurous day by lighting up a campfire while eating, sharing and enjoying the delicious local Coorgi food and our life stories, respectively.
After a good night’s sleep, early in the morning we freshen up quickly to head out towards Talacauvery. Talacauvery is considered to be the source of the river Kaveri and has a history which dates back to the time to Agastya Rishi who is believed to be the sage responsible for the origin of the Kaveri river. The return journey to Bangalore generally becomes amusing and entertaining firstly because all the unknown faces become the known ones by the end of the trek. Secondly, as a team or more so as friends we end up either playing a lot games like the dumb charades, antakshari, the interesting game of mafia, taboo or end up watching movies or listening to songs etc depending on the choices we make. We aim to reach Bangalore by approximately 21:00 hrs, however, the same depends upon the highly unpredictable traffic of this city.
By the end of this journey, you would have not just completed a trek but you would have also made a lot of new memories in addition to experiencing a difference that you yourself made in your respective lives by getting beyond your own mental and physical limits and by conquering all the barriers of the human mind. Make sure you always remember that, Tavoor Hills ka Tempo High Hai and so shall be yours.
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|
|SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS||Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey.||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|