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Amedikallu Peak

A tortoise-shaped peak in the Charmadi Ghats

  • The trek to Amedikallu is one of the toughest treks in South India. The factors that contribute to the challenge are the steep inclines, the overgrowth of vegetation at some points, and the lack of them at others, lack of water sources, and humidity.
  • Despite the difficulty level, it is trodden upon often because of the fantastic views it offers. After this trek, you’ll definitely have a story to tell!
DIFFICULTY:

Moderate

TRAIL TYPE:

Trail covers grasslands, deep forests and streams

DURATION:

1 days

BASE CAMP:

Shishala

BEST SEASON:

November - January

Amedikallu is a combination of two words, “Ame,” which means tortoise in Kannada, and “dikallu,” which means stove in Tulu. The peak of this hill resembles a tortoise, and three stones near it are fashioned like a stove.

How to reach the start of the trek: Shishala

Board a bus towards Dharmasthala, which is 350 km from Bangalore. Get down at Kokkada cross, which is around 15 km before Dharmasthala. Take a Jeep/local bus towards Shishila. From Shishila bus stand, take a Jeep to Kombaru, which is the starting point of the trail. Kombaru is around 3km from Shishila.

About the Author: USHA HARIPRASAD

Usha Hariprasad is a freelance writer and has worked with Citizen Matters, Alternative and Indus Ladies writing about travel and green living. She worked in the IT field for 5 years before deciding to follow her passion for writing. She is now part of the content and tech team at Indiahikes.

 

Amedikallu Trek Guide

Amedikallu is a combination of two words, “Ame,” which means tortoise in Kannada, and “dikallu,” which means stove in Tulu. The peak of this hill resembles a tortoise, and three stones near it are fashioned like a stove.

dikkel on leftameon right (600 x 402)
Ame(tortoise) on right with dikallu(stove) on left

The trek starts at the village of Shishala near Dharmasthala. It takes about 6-8 hours to trek one way to the peak of Amedikallu, which is at a height of 1,229 metres. The trek to Amedikallu is best when stretched over two days.

How to do the trek:

  • Trek duration: 6-8 hours
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate

The first two hours of the trek are pleasant, through forests. Within an hour, you’ll hit a stream, which is the only water source until you reach the peak. Fill up your bottles here. The trail narrows down after some time, the forest cover gets denser and the climb, steeper. You encounter a wide variety of mushrooms and bamboo shoots on this stretch. But the forest cover is no match for the hot and humid weather. After a while the trail opens up into a grassland, from where you get your first view of Amedikallu.

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Amedikallu

This stretch intersperses between forests and grasslands until you reach the base of the peak. It takes nearly three hours to negotiate this stretch. Along the route, you can sight hills like Yettina Bhuja, Minchukallu and Yerikallu.

The path is quite well-laid and it’ll take you another hour to reach the stove-like stones at the peak. The trek route can be strenuous due to lack of tree cover, with only a few massive boulders to provide shade.

Once you reach the stones, you can see the 90 degree tortoise-shaped peak. You will have to go around the peak to reach the top. As you skirt around it, you enter dense forests. This part of the trail is narrow. You may need a knife to cut through thick vegetation on these trails. These narrow trails turn into waterfalls during monsoons.

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Amedikallu

After some time, you hit some grasslands that signify the backside of the peak. From here, it is another 30 minutes’ climb to the top. At the peak, you get panoramic views of hills like Omnigudda, Jenukallu betta and Minchukallu.

You can pitch tents atop the peak and camp there overnight. Another good place to pitch tents is a clearing some 25 m before the peak.

Descent:

Retrace the route you took, all the way back to Shishala.

Food and Accommodation:

Take sufficient water as there are not many water sources on the trail. Avoid monsoon time as the trails can be very slippery and the place is full of leeches. Also tall grass and high winds can make the going difficult. It is best to take a guide with you on this trek, to help you find water sources.

Other nearby treks that you can do are Yetttina Bhuja, Jenukallu Gudda hill.

All photos by Suzay Hathwar.

This trek comes under the ‘100 Best Trek of India’ project.We are looking for more information/ photos/ videos on Amedikallu. If you know more about it, or if you know a better trek in this region, then please write back to us: ajay@indiahikes.in

Cardiovascular endurance

The secret to ascending any trail lies in building your cardiovascular endurance. You can begin by jogging everyday. Ideally, you should be able to jog 4 km in 20 minutes before the start of the trek. It takes time to be able to cover this distance in the given time. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too. Strength This is another area you should work on. You will need to build strength in your muscles and in your core body. You can do some squats to strengthen your leg muscles. Do around 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set. Apart from this, you can add planks and crunches to your work out.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek. Working out indoors


If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,
here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

backpack

Amedikallu Peak is just a one day trek. You will only need the following things.

  • Small 20L backpack
  • Two litre bottle
  • A jacket or poncho in case of rain
  • Snacks
  • Lunch

 

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Usha Hariprasad

Usha Hariprasad

Usha Hariprasad is a freelance writer and has worked with Citizen Matters, Alternative and Indus Ladies writing about travel and green living. She worked in the IT field for 5 years before deciding to follow her passion for writing. She is one of the story-tellers of the trekking world and can be contacted at usha.indiahikes@gmail.com