Kundadri Hill 1/14 by Tripoto

Kundadri Hill

This hill is in the Teerthahalli Taluk of Shimoga District and is above 3000 meters above sea level. This is a very challenging trek as the path up is surrounded by dense forests and rugged paths. This is a monolithic rock structure with a variety of outgrowth. On top of the hill is a Jain Settlement and is named after the Jain Teerthankara, Kundakundacharya who is said to have performed penace here. There is no place to stay on top of the hill and you will thus have to come back to Teerthahalli. The Monsoon season is not suitable for trekking due to slippery paths.
neha ballal
Located around 75 km away from the Udupi, this small hill is ideal for an early morning ride to watch the sunrise behind the hills. There is a small temple located here and many rocky edges to sit and watch the view from above. But again it depends on your luck as sometimes the whole skyline is covered with clouds. Not ideal during monsoons though.
We took the road to Aagumbe and visited the Kundadri hill.It was a very steep climb and very steep descent but all the motorcycles managed to negotiate the recklessness beautifully.Taking the road to Sringeri from Aagumbe we had our stop at 5:30Pm in the evening in a small village called Bidaragodu. We stopped to sit and chat near a stream and an hour passed by.We got on our motorcycles seeing the clouds chasing us.Within 2 mins it was pitch black and Koppa was just 20KMs from here.The rain drops were bigger and fell shattering on us reminding us of our every body part.The road is highly risky to ride on in the monsoon.There are no lights and at such rains the visibility is NIL.I was leading but did not know where i should stop or take a turn and purely was depending on the divine guiding spirit to help me cross this juncture!Turns out that this is the second place which receives highest rainfall after chirapunjee and is an elephant corridor!!
So the New Year’s Eve. Ready to party?? Yes we did party but in our own funny way. We woke up at 5am and rode down to Kundadri hills. The temperature can reach easy lesser than 15ºc in the early mornings. Holding a cup of coffee proved to be an idiotic decision as the fingers were numb and cold stuck. We started the climb around 8am. The hill road is too steep to make any mistakes and is it recommended not to have a pillion during the climb. The roads are only guarded on both sides by rather thick vegetation. Any kind of error might lead to a fatal fall to into the obscurity of Agumbe's rain-forests. The top of the cliff has a Jain Monastery and a small lake formation. Atop the cliff one can experience the wilderness and breath- taking beauty of the Western Ghats. The sun shining on the land amidst the thick fog makes the place beautiful. Moments to capture and treasure for the rest of our lives.
Shashank K Pal
It was very cold in Agumbe which made it impossible for me to move the blanket aside. But when I looked at the view outside through the open door, I sprang out of the bed. I had never before woken up to witness such a beautiful view. Since the visibility was less we decided to start riding late. We ate at the nearby hotel, came back to room and were back on saddle by 8. Varun headed towards Udupi as he had to meet his relatives at Hebri, and the rest of us headed to Kundadri. Barani kept his cycle at a house at Kundadri base. He had ridden here before and so this time he planned to trek rather than ride. I was thinking about my previous Kundadri ride. Last time I had to push my cycle for last 1km. So this time I had decided that I'll climb slowly with lower gears throughout the climb. It worked. I climbed Kundadri hill this time. This time again I was the first to reach the top. I was happy and was celebrating with my cycle. Soon Sandeep arrived, followed by Suchith, Ashok and Barani. We clicked several pics, took a little rest and then continued the journey. It was fun riding downill. I had to stop in middle as my discs were very hot. Suchith accompanied me. After a minute break we continued with our breaks pressed tightly. After reaching we had one more huge downhill. Riding 8kms without pedalling was fun again. A little ahead after Someshwara, Ashok and Barani took a diversion towards Karkala. We congratulated eachother on successfully completing our trip and continued on our way. We were reduced to 3 now, Sandeep, Suchith and me. We continued riding towards Udupi. The ride was more challenging now. Scorching heat, tired legs, dehydrated body... Sandeep and Suchith started puhing their cycles on a few climbs. I rode on the climbs and waited for them which gave me good periodic rests. Only thing that kept me alive was the MOM-MADE food waiting for me at home. We stopped at a shop at Parkala for ice-cream. There was one final climb at Manipal.. I somehow managed to pedal, Sandeep and Suchith pushed a little and rode at the end. We took a minute break and continued. We reached my home at 3:30, drank enough water and juice, had bath and ate nicely.The trip had come to an end. What seemed to be my wish, was history now. Now, am back at home, searching the calendar for more holidays planning my next trip...
Shashank K Pal
I woke up early, totally excited about my first Multi-Day trip, only to read a message from Sandeep telling he'll be reaching late. Sandeep was coming from B'lore by bus and unfortunately it was late by almost 2 hours. However, Suchith and me were ready by 6:15. Ashok, Barani and Varun came to my home by 6:45. We all had breakfast when finally Sandeep arrived with a flat rear tire. We repaired it and left by 9:30. We were still 1km away from Kundapur when the same rear tire went flat. One more pit stop. We decided to change the tube. Sandeep realised that the rim tape had slipped, he replaced it. After inflating, we started pedaling again. Now, we were way behind schedule and decided that we'll have to stop at Murudeshwar unlike our actual plan which said Honnavar. Since we were riding in the hot sun from very beginning, everyone were exhausted soon. We stopped frequently for re-energizing ourselves by eating and drinking. Finally we took a proper break at Maravanthe Beach. WoW!! What a place it is... But we couldn't stay there for long and had to move on. We decided on the way that we'll push ourselves till Byndoor for lunch. We rode till around 2:30 and stopped by a hotel at Byndoor to refill our hungry stomach. After lunch, we went in search of a tree to lie down for a few minutes, which later became several minutes after looking at the tree and the grass beneath it (perfect place for a nap). By 4 we were back on the saddle. Thanks to PWD for repairing the road along the coastal stretch just 3 days prior to our trip, which was in the worst possible condition before that. We finally made it to Murudeshwar before sunset. We then went in search of a lodge who would allow us to keep our cycles in the room with us. Finding such a room proved to be a difficult task. However, we found one and the first thing i did was lay my ass on the floor, which was paining badly after riding so much on that narrow saddle of mine. We freshened up, went for dinner, filled our stomach which was empty again and then went for a small walk on the beach. I then washed my clothes, put it for drying. Since it was a 4 day trip, we had decided to carry very less luggage so that we don't tire ourselves by its weight. So we had to wash our clothes and reuse. Then came the best part.. "SLEEP" October 3
Krisha Chakraborty
Its post 2PM as we are back to Doddamaane for our late lunch & through the course of the meal we are suggested to visit Kundadiri, one of the highest point in Karnataka. Between the options of car & open air jeep we were mad enough to choose the later braving the rain once again. A drive through dense jungle on a narrow road accompanied with sharp twists & turns. Within few minutes of starting it started pouring again with rain piercing our face like sharp needles. Where to hide in an open jeep ? Finally we made it to the top & after a few steps we reached the 17th century old Jain temple at the hill top covered in fog & mist where trees appear as black sketches in the distance. If you wait long enough you get glimpses of a bird's view of the surrounding area for a few seconds as the cloud moves around.
Some places are like that, they don’t fail to surprise you. They possess an innate sense of energy and unbelievably charming views that can be a perfect medicine to calm the stressed minds which, ironically leads to fire your deep hidden thoughts. Kundadri is one of them. It is a hidden gem of Agumbe. It is not one of the usual touristy destinations; barring the locals, many people are unaware of it. Maybe that is the reason for it to retain all its beauty and glory and staying pollution free at the same time.How it might be up there?Although I was keen to look up on the internet as to how it might be up there, I had deliberately turned down that option. I was not anticipating much; I wanted to be surprised. Curvy roads with greenery all around were welcoming us as we stepped out in the evening to explore Kundadri. Once we reached there, Oh boy!, I was truly blown away at the vista that nature had spread out for us! I was beaming with joy from within, which eventually showed up outside as a subtle smile.Kundadri is a hillock which has a small Jain temple and 2 ponds surrounding the temple. Besides that, it hosts an amazing view with greenest of paddy fields, dense forests and a vast mountain chain stacked one behind the other. Above these mountains is a never ending sky, perfectly complimenting the views, hell bent on seducing the onlooker.How did I feel at Kundadri?It was 5 PM; we thought we are the early birds, but no! We were the late comers. There were already a bunch of people anticipating for the clouds to shoo away and make way for the sun to show off its flares in all majesty. But the sun was in no mood to scare the clouds, which were inching to burst away.People around were taking selfies, group pictures, shouting and running around. But, nothing mattered; nothing mattered at all. As I sat there quietly, a soft breeze hit the face and sent my curls flying back. Isn’t that a good feeling? It always is. I felt I am on top of the world, feeling one with nature, forgetting all the bitterness that life had thrown at me, raising above all the thoughts, convincing myself to just stop thinking and feel the sweet love that Kundadri had offered me.I settled comfortably on one of the rocks near the small pond staring at the panoramic landscape – Listening to my inner thoughts, which said ‘Life is a challenge girl. Face it! I am always there with you, giving you strength and courage to face, come what may!’That is the reason I love nature so much. It is a perfect antidote for the confused mind and a hurt soul searching for an anchor to perch upon. Nature never ceases to care, never ceases to heal and certainly never disappoints.Clouds were not willing to give up and dusk was setting in, making way to the moon and stars. With a heavy heart, grin on the face, we headed back. Back on the road, that was ready to throw us more views and offering us some great drives, which soothe the eyes and pacified the ego.How to get to Kundadri? Kundadri is approximately 354 kms from Bangalore. You can take the Bangalore – Hassan – Chickmagaluru – Sringeri – Kundadri route. If you plan to take this route, about 10 kms before Agumbe near the village of Balehalli, there is a board to your right pointing towards the road which will take you to the foot of Kundadri. After taking a right here, after about 7 kms, you reach the foot of Kundadri. Take right to climb the hairpin bends to reach the peak. Alternatively, you can take the Shimoga – Thirthahalli road too if you are coming from that side. The Google Co-ordinates are here: 13.557913, 75.168977 The roads to the peak are all weather roads and are in good shape. The hairpin bends are very steep and are a 60-degree climb at some places. The steed and its knight negotiated those curves very well. They made it look very easy, after all, they both have seen more dangerous roads in Ladakh. If you are passing by this route or plan to do so, a couple of hours of a detour to explore Kundadri will be time well spent! Oh, wait! I almost forgot to tell that there are no shacks or shops of any sort en-route after you take a right near Balehalli. Be prepared with your snacks and sort if you are the hungry types. That said, if you throw that wrapper around, Modi is gonna hunt you down and haunt you in your dreams!!This trip was originally published on HOPPING MILES
Somewhere between Thirthahalli and Agumbe is the Kundadri hill. Steep, narrow winding roads uphill take you to the top where a Jain temple is situated. Driving on these roads in the evening with less visibility owing to rain and fog was an adventure in itself. A small pond next to the temple makes the hill top picturesque. Views from atop are spectacular I heard but was masked by thick fog that engulfed the valley.
Rahul Raghunath
A short trek will take you throgh windy roads and forest trails to the top of Kundadri hills. Here lies an old, stone temple built back in the day. The lamps are still lit here every morning and the locals frequently make the trek to worship the Gods. The hill offers s pectacular view of the world below. In the distance, you can see the extent of the western Ghats stretching as little domes of green discorded by mist and clouds. Looking down, one can see thing, grey roads that wind around hills. Farm lands, estates and rivers are visible too. We stumbled upon a lake on the hill that is replenished by frequent rains. It remains stagnant and houses insects and snakes and is hence not advisable for a dip. The lake Is serendipitous beautiful and highlights the trek.
We rested for one hour and planned for the rest of the day, we decided to visit Kundadri betta. it was raining heavily and the view from kundadri betta was almost nightmare with mist around. we reached top of kundadri betta, the rain paused for a while n we could get a sneak view from the top only for a while. Took few pictures and enjoyed the rain on top of the hill.