At the backdrop of the temple lies Kumara mountain. The trek starts here
yes, it was delicious. A hot tea in the wilderness.
After 6 km uphill work, you reach the famous Bhatt's house. Trekkers stop here for food and shelter.
Water tank at Bhattara Mane (House of Bhat family).
after pit-stop at Bhatt's house, we came to this open space which gave us an excellent view of the surrounding and the way up
forest check post. A km befoe Bhatts house starts Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. I guess this is why forest permission is needed for trekking. Another theory I read on the internet - a proff from IISc got lost for 10 days in the forest. after which permission is mandatory
A nice small hill on the way to Kumara Parvata
Seshadri and Vikram on the lead (initially) with Snaffy.
KP peak is hidden among the clouds
this comes after forest checkpost. there's another one right after bhatt's house.
the way up to Kumara Parvata. KP peak is hidden among the clouds which is still along way after the peak thats visible
the steep, rock thick side of KP.
someone(Pavan? Neeraj?) told me one group explored a path theought this thick forest.
way up to Kumar paravata
Sheshadri with his huge backpack
Snaffy's master Sheshadri said snaffy's done 6 treks.
very well behaving dog snaffy is.
there are yellow arrow marks all the way up to kumara parvata peak like this.
sometimes it felt the walk up could take forever
some trekkers camp here for the night
on the way to kumara parvata
pitstop at shesha parvata
we were group of 12. six of us were ahead and reached the peak at 3 PM
the boys and sheshadri sharing fag.
a group of boy trekkers slide down slippery rocks by the side of steep waterfall
some of our group took a shortcut and in the process got lost in the forest.
we could hear them but couldn't see them
Bhatt served simple vegetarian meal for dinner. After a day long tough trek, you expect (well you don't need ) nothing more in the wilderness
on the way down from Bhatts house to Subramanya. we ran down 6 km in 2 hours. downhill but still very exhausting.
breakfast at kukke subramanya: Masala Dosa, quite a treat after a tough trek to Kumara Parvata.
there were just too good hotels. both extremely crowded. we had to queue outside and then for a while inside.
breakfast at kukke subramanya: puri masala
breakfast at kukke subramanya: a fellow trekker pavan said when he's really hungry, he orders nothing but idly wada. because nothing comes faster
when we returned to Subramanya at 9 AM, the town is fully awake and the street filled with people, mostly pilgrims