Wow...what a scene...clouds slowly hovering on the Sheshaparvatha....this will be my scene of my life...slowly winds started blowing, clouds started covering..little tiny drop lets started falling on our hot pan body, and slowly the tiny droplets increased their size, and we started getting drenching.
|Clouds covering the peak & the valley, |
slowly, but surely
Now it is a catch 22 situation, our heart said, descent is better than ascent, brain said, get past Sheshaparvatha, and get in to canopy for the night. But we followed our heart, and we like a mad dog chasing a bus, we started getting down to mantapa. The rain god, and wind god, didnt show any mercy, they started pouring cats and gods.
|Mesmarising view from all the corners!|
We were started getting drenched from all the corners in the mantapa, after seeing some of the best and scary lightening, and hearing thundering noise more than Amrishpuri Barritone in Mr. India (Mugambo Kush Huva), we started shivering with cold, and getting scared what lies ahead for us. Rain and wind took a small commercial break, then we decided to venture in to Bhattara Mane, a safe place in the marauding rain and wind.
In the pitch dark with a torch, and mobile light, we started getting down to Bhattara Mane, what a descent it was. Saint was leading from the front, then Smarty, then Sandeep, I was covering our veteran treker Swamiji, and was last in the line.
Slowly and surely we reached Bhattara mane in a wet, damp cloth. Immediately we refreshed ourselves, Bhattara mane provided a hot coffee, and also we cooked our ready to eat in their kitchen, and with little spray of pain killers on our body, went to the hibernate mode till the dawn of the next day.
|Early morning view as seen from Bhattara Mane!|
Morning we woke up at 6.15, we dashed towards the view point near Bhattara mane, what a site it was, a little scattered cloud bed, and innocently looking sheshaparvatha, as if he didnt took bath in yesterday rain. What an amazing site. Brilliant photo session followed, with a group snap with Harsha, a fellow trekker who is also managing Rotti Kallu resort in Sakaleshapura Belt.
|Group snap with Harsha - The Rotti Kallu Man|
We returned back to bhattara mane, to fill our stomach, again hot coffee, and refreshing lemon rice, and along with our left out ready to eat packets. After getting energised we started the descent to Kukke.
|Group with Sheshaparvatha in the backdrop!|
On the way down, monkey in our heart sprung up, and we did all kinds of circus on the branches of the tree, and when we reached the base it was a nice 15.00 Hrs on sunday. We took bath near the hostel complex near the temple, and had nice food in Mysore Neo cafe.
|Rain gods covering the peak again..thank god we made it to the basement|
After a nice evening snacks/chats session, the rain started pouring again, now the seshaparvatha was invisible in the back drop of rain gods. We just rushed to the temple to have darshan of lord subramanya, it was delight for our soul and body.
|The recharge point - The Cafe Neo Mysore!|
When we hopped our battered body in the seats of KSRTC bus, our memory went back to two days before our journey from Bangalore.
We started our journey from Bangalore at 9.16 on our customary Red Bus (Suvarna Sarige), and reached the base of the Kukke at 4.00 in the morning. Realigned our baggage, and refreshed ourselves in Cafe Neo Mysore. The hot idlis, and hot coffee provided necessary energy to venture in to the highs.
The well trodden path welcomed with both of their hands spread across, slowly but surely we started trekking on the path of high. This time we were quicker than in our last attempt. We reached Bheemana Kallu the first water source with effortless ease, and we had a very good time over there.
Reached grass lands on the way to Bhattara mane, it was inspiring to watch, Bhattara Mane people, and forest officer and his personnel carrying heavy loads on their head, and covering forest area of 5kms ascent.
The bhattara mane food, enriched our body and the energy level was altime high, we crossed forest office by paying Rs. 200/- head (from 1st Feb 2011, trekking and camping fee alround karantaka had been increased, and in KP it was Rs. 200/- per head). Soon we reached Mantapa, refreshed ourselves with the energiser fruits, vegitables, chapathis with spicy chutney from Swamiji's house.
When we are close to Sheshaparvatha, the story of our soujounrn to Bhattara Mane started.
1.The food at Cafe Neo Mysore was a revelation than the last time
2. The journey in Suvarna Sarige was not at all a disappointing one
3. Wanted to see, how KP will look in Rain, the ambition was fulfilled.
4. We expected brown, barren KP, but surprised to see green cover en route to the top
5. The expenses including bangalore to bangalore with food was Rs.900/- per head, considering Rs, 200/- as the permit fee to cross the forest office.
6. It was a memorable trek, and promised KP again, will make it hat-trick this year by making third attempt.
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