Ettina Bhuja Peak Trekking:Day 2 started with refreshing tea, coffee and delicious breakfast. Prarthana provided us with contact number of a person(Vasuki) who was supposed to guide us and help us reach the top of this peak. We wrapped up all our belongings and checked out from the Homestay around 10 AM.We met the person at Mudigere town at 12 PM and arranged food, water and all other items required(Discussed in Part - 1) and then headed towards the peak. He agreed for Rs. 150 per head after negotiations. It took almost an hour to reach there.
Difficulty: Easy to moderateDuration: 3-4 hoursBase Camp: Holegundi (290km from Bangalore)The trek to Ettina Bhuja is a mildly-challenging route to an ox-hump shaped hill, which in Kannada is described as "yettu", meaning ox, and "bhuja", meaning shoulder. Perched on the Charmadi Ghats, the trek is a great route for beginners who can head here over a long weekend from Bangalore. The trek starts from Shishila, which you can reach by taking a bus from Dharamasthala to Kokkadaand, then a jeep to Holegundi.To know more about how to reach Shishila from Bangalore, the nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Sandhya's complete guide to the trek here.