We woke up early to beat the heat as the climb we had to take today was very steep and an exposed one with no tree cover.
6. 30A.M - We set off after taking permission from the forest guard and by paying fees. I have the ability to surprise myself and set better pace today.
As we walked, we went above the clouds and we could see layers of mountains as we went higher.
We had breakfast(Bread and cheese + dry fruits) at the Mantap and continued the trail crossing a cobra skin, we crossed a forest patch which was extremely quite and with no one around for kms it was intimidating.
As soon as we got out of the forest we had to cross a new hurdle - A massive boulder from where you get the first glimpse of KP. We climbed the boulder, sat there and enjoyed the high view.
We reached KP at 11.15 A.M
KP has a small temple and was very dry at this season. We also noticed elephant dung.
We spent an hour here before descending towards beedehalli(Somwarpet). I was lucky to get telephone network at KP and called the forest check post at Beedehalli to request them to prepare lunch for us and also arrange for an auto to take us to Somwarpet which was 20 kms away and as the last bus to Somwarpet leaves at 3 PM, we were unsure if we would make it before 3 PM.
I enquired with the guard about the route to be taken which was slightly confusing. We had to maneuver multiple boulders before getting in a forest which had covered this trail with scores of dry leaves.
I was praying and hoping not to step on a snake.
To our luck, we ran out of water as we couldn't get water from any of the water beds which exist during the monsoon season but ran dry now. We managed to pull through because of Moosambis.
We took nearly 3 hours to reach Beedehalli from KP which is a 7 Kms stretch.
Forest guard told us a story of a lone tusker who has made this stretch his new home.
Glad not to have had a meeting with him.
We were recharged after having a delicious home made lunch (Chapathi, Rice and Palak Sambar) and 2 litres of water.
The officials claim animals move freely here during summer because of less people wanting to climb KP and with camping banned on top, there have been elephant and other animal movement right on top.
We had to walk another 2 kms from the post to reach the spot from where we had take an auto to somwarpet. Auto ride cost us 750 rupees.
We reached Madikeri around 730 PM after boarding a bus from Somwarpet.
We rested for a while at Coffee day before having dinner at an authentic coorgi hotel.
We left to Bangalore from Madikeri at 11.30 PM.