The trip happened in September this year, planned by 6 but finally executed by 4. Yes! As it generally happens, a plan made by “n” members is rarely performed by all the “n” together. So, me along with 3 college friends made this weekend getaway happen to the City of Coffee in Karnataka - Chikmagalur. It was chosen for its favorable climate and exploring the mountain ranges.
Started in the early morning from Bangalore, soon touched the Golden Quadrilateral. The roads were unseen and the drive was exuberant. The view was refreshing and actually proved the saying, “There is nothing like the feeling of driving on the Golden Quadrilateral, it is breathtakingly beautiful”.
Reached Chikmagalur by noon, checked-into our hotel, dropped the luggage, had lunch and left for the long awaited expedition. The first spot was Hebbe Falls. It is about 10 km away from Kemmangundi, the famous hill station in Karnataka. Now, the waterfalls were inside a coffee estate and can be reached either by walk or four-wheeler. We wanted to take our car to the falls but were not allowed to, the people in-charge said, "the path is dangerous to drive on" and hence taking their Jeep for the same is advisable. We had no clue how the route would be until the thrilling ride began in their Vintage Marshall Jeep. It was scary more than thrilling, so basically, it was a very narrow lane fully swamped up with bumps, potholes and what not. And that is why only Jeeps are preferred (allowed) on it.
After the ride, there is a long walk in the jungle, through the coffee plantations, small ponds and an uneven rocky path that finally leads to the Hebbe Falls. Someone has rightly said, "Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations".