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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Kotebetta

2nd March 2008

Kotebetta is the third highest peak in Kodagu district after Brahmagiri and Thadiyandamol. The name in Kannada means “Fort hill”, because of the fort like appearance of the peak.

I, Girish, Krishna, Srinivas and Subbu climbed this peak on 2nd of this month. We had met each others during previous YHAI treks.

The bus to Madikeri departed late at 12 in the Saturday midnight from Majestic bus stand. But the journey was quite pleasant and fast. We were at Madikeri at 4:30 in the morning. We had lot of time to spend.

The starting point of the trek was from the village Hattihole, 24kms from Madikeri on Somavarpet route. The first bus was at 6:45AM. We decided to finish our breakfast before boarding the bus. The only hotel opened was the bus stand hotel “Samudra”. We munched whatever was available and by the time we finished our breakfast, the bus was ready for departure.

The sun was still rising as the bus moved out of Madikeri. It took 30 minutes to reach Hattihole. The stop was just after the bridge. We thought of carrying packed lunch and went to the only hotel there. But the person at the hotel told that it would take another hour for the food to be ready. We decided not to wait for the food from hotel; instead we brought some biscuits and cucumbers from a nearby small departmental store.


We started our trek at 7:20 in the morning. The initial walk was on the tar road with Hattihole River on our left side. It was still cold and the walk was pleasant. All along the route we could hear chirping of birds.


The first landmark was the hanging bridge on the river. It took us an hour to reach that point. Some time was spent on taking snaps from the bridge. Shortly after this landmark, there was a diversion on the road. We took the road going towards right. From here, we started moving away from Hattihole River. The tar road turned into a Jeep track after sometime. We were surrounded by Coffee estates with houses dotted here and there.

We walked without any hurry taking snaps everywhere. After about an hour from the diversion, Coffee estates gave way to the forests. This change was gradual and we barely noticed it. But the track was still wide enough for a Jeep. Shortly after we came to an open space and saw the first glimpse of Kotebetta. We had not seen the picture of Kotebetta before, but since it was the highest peak in the area, we concluded it to be Kotebetta.

We walked for another 30 minutes to reach the base of the peak. The Jeep track ended here. There was some confusion on how to ascend further as the path further was non existent further due to rocky area. We just decided just to climb up and after few moments, the path could be retraced. It was a narrow path and climb was a bit steep at few places. We were more tired due to the hot sun.

We took 45 minutes to reach the peak from base. It was 11:15AM when we were at the top. The distance from Hattihole to peak is around 10kms.

There is a small Temple at the top and a wide open space. It was an ideal place for camping but one major problem was paucity of water. The nearest water spot is about an hour away.

We spent about an hour there. Snacks from Hattihole were emptied. From the top, we could see wide range of mountains with several villages, lakes and fields everywhere.
The downward journey was simple though we suffered from shortage of water and scorching heat. We found a suitable spot in Hattihole and jumped into the river. Nearly an hour was spent by cooling in waters.

It was 4PM when we reached Hattihole bus stop. We had our late lunch at the lone hotel. The lunch was simple with boiled rice, sambar and curds. Then, we took the bus to Madikeri. Evening was spent at Raja seat enjoying sunset. We then strolled on the streets of Madikeri; had our light snacks cum dinner at Udupi Guruprasad hotel and took 10:30PM bus to Bengaluru.
I was in deep sleep as soon as the bus pulled off from the bus stand only to be woken up by Subbu at my stop at RajaRajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru.

A Sunday spent nicely!!

The photos of the trek can be viewed here.

15 comments:

R a n j i t said...

am sure you dont have any more places left in Karnataka :)

Aravind GJ said...

Ranjit,
There are many more places to see in Karnataka... would take a life time to complete.

Prashanth M said...

Nice photos & usefull information about the place...

Can I join you for the treks & other travels :)

BTW shall we meet sometime on a weekend??

Aravind GJ said...

Thanks Prashanth. Sure, you are most welcome to join me for the treks.... I will let you know about the next trek which should happen very soon :)

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

Nice narration. Had read a treklog about kotebetta in kannada. now your post. informative. But from the pics you have posted, the look from the peak does not appear to be great...is it so? I have heard that the trek route is charming.

Aravind GJ said...

Rajesh,
Compared to Kumaraparvatha, Kudremukh or even Thadiyandamol, views from Kotebetta is not great. The peak is surrounded by villages and the dry weather does not give a good feeling. Monsoon is the best time for this peak, i feel.

Srikanth - ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತ said...

Nice write-up. Kotebetta is one of the places I've cherished trekking at. You didn't get to see great views probably because of the season you chose to visit the place. Try to visit this place after June.

Just for your information, if you visit the place again and require water on the peak, there's a pond on the peak which you won't be able to spot easily. It is behind the building on the peak which is painted in white.

v rajabhrthya said...

Dhanyavadagalu, Aravind! the place is very peaceful.I followed your blog, continued further & visited Ganagandooru for the twin bridges.Shot some pics- if interested, pls visit www.vprekshya.blogspot.com.

v rajabhrthya said...

Dhanyavadagalu, Aravind! the place is very peaceful.I followed your blog, continued further & visited Ganagandooru for the twin bridges.Shot some pics- if interested, pls visit www.vprekshya.blogspot.com.

Aravind GJ said...

Rajabhrthya,
Thanks!! Saw your blog. Very nice snaps.

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Santhosha Bg said...

Very nice snap and narration. Can I also join with you guys. I'm alos too interested in adventuring.

details,
Santhosha BG
9738338376
santhoshbg7@gmail.com

Aravind GJ said...

Santosh,
Nice to see your comment. Will get in touch with you.

gfive said...

interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you



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Anand Sri said...

Hi Aravind,

I came across few of your old trek blogs. Wanted to check if you are still active in trekking ? If yes, could you please let me know next time when you plan for a trek ?

Also, I have few trek routes/permission related queries. So, could you please share your contact details. My email id is sanand07@gmail.com