This is one trip I would never forget for the rest of my life. This has been by far “the” best trip of my life, as it had many firsts like barbecue near falls, yummy chicken biryani, a treacherous mountain climb.
Kudlu Falls is a place in Kudlupatra, Agumbe. It is one of the most beautiful falls of the state and I confirmed this fact. Take my word, if you live in Manipal, you should surely visit Kudlu. For all those guys who came here looking for travel instructions, go down. For the rest, the patient ones read on to know my experience.
We were a group of 10 people, so we booked a Sumo along with a scooty, so the ride was quite comfortable except for the fact that the Sumo was non- AC. We started at around 8: 15 am and reached the place in 2 hours even though our driver was driving at a “mere” 40 kmph. Shahbaz had planned the trip to the smallest possible detail. It was indeed great on his part. We took Chicken Biryani, Seekh Kabab with rods, coal to heat it, Soft Drinks, Chips, 1 kg salt and loads of water. Ya, you read it right, we took 1 kg of salt. Any guesses ? We had taken this precaution against leeches which are very common in the forest areas but we totally forgot the fact that leeches only come during rainy season. So, thanks but no thanks to Anirudh who reminded us to take salt. I am yet to decide about what to do with the Salt.
During the journey, you will come across a famous temple, I suggest you visit even though we didn’t. On reaching Kudlu after crossing a river, ( it was like that AD where a sumo goes through water) we finally reached the place from where we had to go on foot. So, we picked up all our luggage and started to trek. The trek was very tricky and you can easily go wrong. We took a wrong in the starting due to some absurd theory by Appan, then came back to the correct track. You come across a small stream of water and from there the upward climb begins. Please be very careful and look out for diversions. We took the wrong route and ended up going almost 6 kms the wrong way. But we reached the falls through the wrong way. This way had costed us 3 hrs, some precious water, bruises and some great experiences. This was the most dangerous trek I ever undertook and will probably undertake. At one time of point, I had even decided to turn back but the lure of the falls was too great to resist. So, we went on never minding the tough trek, bruises. Finally, on hearing the sound of water, my whole body rejuvenated and I trekked non stop. The sight of the falls was so amazing that I forgot all the hardship taken and felt it was worth. We quickly changed and went into the water. No words can describe when you stand under ice cold water falling from over 100 feet. The water was so clean that even rainbows were formed over the water. Then, we had yummy Chicken Biryani along with Kababs, Coke and chips. After our lunch, we started our journey back as it gets dark there and this time we took the right path. We reached in half an hour and were very thirsty as our supply of water was finished. We drank almost 15 soft drinks and coconuts at a nearby shop, I am sure we left the shop with a big grin on the shop keeper’s face. We reached Manipal at around 6 pm and then had a nice sleep with awesome dreams 😀
(Note : This is taken from http://www.world66.com/asia/southasia/india/karnataka/agumbe/things_to_do/kudlu_theertha_fal)
How to go – 20 kms from Agumbe, take a left detour before 6 kms to Hebri, another left after another 3-4 kms. The road will end at the banks of river Sita. There is a burma bridge on the right side to cross the river(dont try to swim across). After that one has to walk for 4 kms inside the jungle. There will be a small stream which has to be crossed to reach the foothills. Trek 3-4 kms and you will reach the most beautiful falls in the entire state.
You can even request your driver to drive you across the river, this way you save 3 kms of trek. I did the same.
Remember, always go to your left along the water and if takes more than a hour, you probably came the wrong way
Mode of transport – If one wants to go there by public transport, then he can either go to Shimoga and catch a mini bus(which piles at frequent intervals to Hebri) and get down at the Koodlu gate. From there catch another minibus which will go upto a place called Dargas. Dargas is around 6 kms from the banks of river Sita. So one need to walk that extra 6 kms also. The other option is to go to Hebri(the bus will go via Dharmastala, Karkala,etc) and there you can catch the mini-bus to Nellikatte and get down at Dargas.
Travel Essentials :
Note: This is from my personal experience
- Loads and Loads of Water, atleast 3 litres per head
- Wear Shoes and loose pants, preferably a lower.
- Take a cap, comes very handy against the sun
- Camera and some yummy food
- Some band aids, would come in handy for bruises
- Salt, if and only if its raining
- Most importantly, TRAVEL LIGHT
Take my word, you will thoroughly enjoy this trip. Even though, I took the wrong route and wasted 3 hours, I would still say that the trek was one of the most exciting things. So, guys if you are one of those who like to discover a new way, don’t follow any of my instructions, just go and have fun.
Watch out for the pics..