Altitude: From 2,910 feet and to 4,415 feet
Time taken: 4 hrs (2.5km), with half an hour break at the summit
Trek gradient: Gradual ascent through the forest section; moderate ascent in the grassland area
Terrain type: Forest and Grasslands
Average temperature: Day: 22 to 27 degrees Celsius; Night: 14 to 20 degrees Celsius
Your start point is the mud trail that shoots off from the tar road that goes towards Chowdeshwara temple in Mujekana. Do not take the tar road which leads to the Chowdeshwara temple. That is a false route that will take you towards another hill – a hill which you can spot from Aane Gudda.
Once you get on the mud road, you need to head over to the last house on the road. You can take permission from the owners to park your car near their houses or keep the car towards the side of the road.
No forest permit or entry fee is required for this trek at the time of this documentation.
The trek starts from the side of the farmland. A small trail ascends towards the forest section very quickly. You can hear the stream flowing on your right and in about 15 mins, you see a waterfall that you need to cross.
Be careful when you are crossing the waterfall area. The rocks are extremely slippery because of the moss cover on these rocks. Carefully cross over to the other side and continue your way up through the jungle.
The trail takes a left curve and you have a nice gradual ascent. Over here, you can hear the stream again. The jungle is filled with a wide range of trees. Right from Sandalwood, Acacia, Bay leaf trees and a many more.
You will spot a lot of birds on this trail. The Greater Racket Tailed Drongo with its beautiful tail glides through the forests and the Green Bee-Eaters peck at the bees and insects. You will get to see parakeets, drongos, hornbills and sunbirds to name a few.
The trail is pretty easy to follow from here. There are no crossroads on the trail. Follow the prominent trail for another 20 mins. You will arrive at a barbed fence. Another coffee plantation/farm lies on the other side. You need to cross the barbed fence and continue onwards. The ascent gets a bit steep for about 10 more mins. You can see the end of the tree line come very close now.
You come out of the forest section to enter the grasslands. You’ll get to see a beautiful view of Kalasa town and the Kuderamukha hill standing tall.
The trail curves slightly to the left. It is a half an hour ascent to the saddle point of the grasslands. The ascent here is pretty steep with an angle of about 60 degrees. So try taking the zig-zag path towards the top.
Once you hit the saddle, take in the view. You see Badra River meandering through the forest with Kalasa town in the background.
From the saddle, it’s a nice climb towards the topmost point of Aane Gudda.The peak of Meruthi is in front of you. There is another unnamed peak to the left. Behind you is Kudremukha, Ballalarayanadurga, Kalasa and Haluvalli towns.
This is a circular route so your descent will be by the same route you came up with.
– The trek cannot be done during the monsoon season. Crossing of the waterfall will be risky and there will be tons of leeches in these forests.
– Carry food and water beforehand . There is no food source near the base. The last place for essentials and small eateries like biscuits, bananas and chocolates is at the village of Halluvali.
– You have two water sources on the trek. However, they could dry up during the summer season (March, April).
– Wild Indian Bisons supposedly roam in these forest region.
– There is no parking facility as such. You can speak to the local people about parking your vehicle near their houses.
– If you are planning to camp there are few options that you can consider:
- Before taking the right at the mud road, go in the tar road for another 1 km and there will be a big clearing next to the main road. You can set up tents here.
- You can set your campsite near at the base camp with the permission from the house owners.
- After the forest line, just as you hit the grasslands, you have a good flat land for about 7 to 10 tents.
For this trek, you need to reach a small village by the name of Haluvalli in the Mudigere Taluk. This village is marked by a small junction on the road from Kalasa and Horanadu. The village also has a Subramaniam Temple.
To get to Haluvalli, take the highway from Bangalore leading towards Hassan. Head to Mudigere via Belur and then towards Kottigehara. Take the road heading right, towards Kalasa.
From here, there are two routes to reach Haluvalli.
If you take the road via Magundi, you will get to Haluvalli directly.
You can also come via Hirebyle. The big boards on the road will show you this route. This will take you to the town of Kalasa. You need to then retrace a bit back towards Horanadu. Look out for the three mountains standing tall from the Kalasa-Horanadu junction bridge.
At the junction of Kalasa and Horanadu, you need to take a right. Drive about 1.5 km until you see a road with small stones and gravel. You will see a very small board on the left side of the road saying Chowdeshwara temple. Take this sharp right turn which goes towards the mountainside. Drive for another 3.5 km on this road.
There is a mud trail that you need to take and leave the tar road behind which goes towards the Chowdeshwara temple. This temple is built for only a few houses in that area. Locally this area is called as Mujekana.
You get buses from Bangalore that go to the main town of Kalasa. From here, you need to take an auto or a private cab to reach the base of the trek. The private mode of transport is not that reliable.
The best option is to take your own vehicle for this trek.
Google Map link to Haluvalli from Bangalore – https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Bangalore,+Karnataka/Haluvalli,+Karnatakafirstname.lastname@example.org,75.3900233,644m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x3bae1670c9b44e6d:0xf8dfc3e8517e4fe0!2m2!1d77.5945627!2d12.9715987!1m5!1m1!1s0x3bbb36fee2db927b:0x58ab4058c8d8c77e!2m2!1d75.3929523!2d13.2526849