Deep in the heart of Western Ghats lies a small village famous for incessant rains and home to many verdant waterfalls, some deep within forest setting. This "Cherrapunji of the South" has a roots with Malgudi days, a Rainforest Research Institute, and conservation and study of snakes like King Cobra and Vipers. It also is a paradise for ardent trekkers. Yes, we are referring to Agumbe.
Talking of trekking Narasimha Parvatha is the highest peak in Agumbe, at an altitude of approx 1100 mtrs. It lies within the mammoth Kudremukh National Park. Trekking to Narasimha Parvatha was banned for a considerable period of time, until now. In fact this is one of those virgin trails still spared by the wrath of trekkers spilling around every weekend. World Trekking Club (WTC) had opened an event for a trek to this virgin peak. With some initial anxiety and puzzled mind I finally decided to engage myself for this trek.
Some Last Minute "Small" Changes
Adarsh (my work-mate) decided to join me at the last minute. Always good to have some known faces at an unknown place after all. As always is the case I had to leave office a bit early so as to catch the 6 pm train from Mysuru to Bengaluru. Almost there at Bengaluru got a frantic call from Anish that most of the registered folks have backed out, and that only 6 trekkers will be there. Dejected, I assumed the trek will get cancelled, and there goes my weekend down the drain!
But thanks to the extreme efforts put in by Anish and Varun we managed to get ourselves an Innova. Talking of luxury. We did start late though, also picked up Sandy at Malleshwaram. Another slight issue; our driver was apparently drunk. Yeah, drunk! Anish took it upon himself to drive us to our destination. Remember, he also will be trekking with us tomorrow, fooking legend!
The drive was not without its own adventures. We did get lost multiple times, scouring for routes, trying to make google maps work, and ask passersby for directions (all this at around 2-3 am). The road was covered in fog, making driving difficult. We reached Agumbe at around 7 am in the morning, checked into a lodge to freshen up.