So, my Hampi trip during the Christmas holidays was cancelled due to some unavoidable circumstances (obviously, my friends cancelled the plan at last moment!), and I had no plans for new years too. After the cancellation of Hampi trip's plan, I was sure about one thing: I do not want to make plans for New Years Eve with my friends, because I cannot afford to spoil it and sit at home.
Then I thought, why not end the year on an adventurous note. So, I decided to go for trekking. Next task was to choose the destination. I wanted to go for the Kudremukh Trek, but it was scheduled on either the Christmas Eve's week or a week after the New Year. Hence, I was left with a few options like trek to Tadiandamol Peak, Gokarna's Beach Trek, and a few more.
I decided to go for the trek to Tadiandamol Peak in Coorg, which is also the highest peak of Coorg or Kodagu district in Karnataka. I had never been on trek before this, hence, I was so excited.
I booked the trek to Tadiandamol via a vendor called 'Get Beyond Limits.'
Located in the Western Ghats, the Tadiandamol Peak is the highest peak of Coorg or Kodagu district and is the third highest in the state of Karnataka. The height of Tadiandamol Peak is 1748 meters or 5,735 feet from mean sea level. Tandiandamol Peak is one of the most famous trekking destinations near Bangalore. If you are a newbie to trekking, going for the trek to Tadiandamol is a good idea.
'Get Beyond Limits' had a fixed itinerary, which was two days long, starting from night of Friday, December 30 and ending on Sunday, January 1. After being picked up from the designated pick up point at around 11 PM, we all headed towards our base camp, which was Kakkabe near Coorg. Kakkabe was around 260 km from Bangalore and approximately 4-5 hours of journey was expected.
There were approximately 30 people in the group. One more reason I chose to go alone for the trek was to meet new and interesting people over the adventurous journey. Once we all were inside the bus and the bus started for Kokkabe, the trek guides introduced themselves and gave a briefing about the trek.
After a short introduction of every trekker, we all settled for a sleep as our bus kept on revving on the highway. At around 2 AM, the bus stopped at a CCD for all of us to have a little snack or a cup of coffee.
Unfortunately, I had a large cup of latte and that was the worst mistake I did. I couldn't sleep the whole night and in the morning I felt a little tired.
However, we reached Kakkabe at 6.30 AM from where the jeeps took us to our homestay, which was approximately 4 KM inside the dense jungle from the main road.