Trekking group: Bangalore ASCENDers (BASC) – Website link: www.bangaloreascenders.org
Event date: 28th & 29th September 2013
Team size: 22 ASCENDers
Trek distance: Around 37 Kms. in 2 days.
- First day: Talacauvery –> Nishani betta –>Camping site –> Around 15 Kms.
- Second day: Camping site to Kerala border via Kurudi –> Around 22 Kms.
Note: This is our actual plan of the trek. Due to bad weather conditions we cancelled second day plans and via jeep trail reached back to main road.
Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate
About the place:
Organizers plan is to cover Mahadeva Temple and Tambdi surla falls at Tumbdi surla with Dudhsagar falls.
- Dudhsagar falls: Dudhsagar falls (literally Sea of Milk ) is a tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the Indian state of Goa on Goa’s border with Karnataka state. It is four-tiered. It is 60 km from Panaji city by road and 46 km from Madgaon railway junction by train. The waterfall is located in the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary at Collem in South Goa in the western ghats. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudhsagar_Falls
- Mahadev temple: Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple of the Lord Mahadeva and an active place of Hindu worship. It is notable as the oldest temple in Goa, India. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahadev_Temple,_Tambdi_Surla
Dudhsagar falls: No words enough to describe beauty of this falls when it is in full swing. For me it is second visit, this time with my favorite trekking group Bangalore ASCENDers (BASC). Last time i visited the same place with my office colleagues during last monsoon.
It was Friday (27th September 2013) evening and our train for Hubli – Solapur Express is scheduled for 6:50 PM from Bangalore CY JN (SBC) railway station. I started from my house around 5:30 PM. It was traffic jam around Majestic since it is Friday evening so walked towards railway station and reached railway station by 6:30 PM. As usual there are 2 dropouts, team size is reduced to 22. One by one joined the team and all of us assembled at Majestic railway station around 6:50 PM. Had quick intro session at railway station.
Boarded the Solapur Express and started our journey towards destination Dudhsagar falls around 7:30 PM. 5 of us in different compartment (S8) while others (17 members) in same compartment (S5). Introduced our self to each other, had fun and played games in train.
I had been to many events with BASC before but I felt this one is new experience for me because 70% of people in this group are strangers for me. Made many new friends in this event.
Day 1: 28th September 2013 (Saturday)
Day in brief:
Reached Hubli around 4:30 AM in the morning and waited for another 2 hours to catch train for Dudhsagar falls railway station.
Relaxing at Hubli railway station
All of us relaxed in railway station for 2 hours and freshen up. Around 7:00 AM, started from Hubli railway station towards Dudhsagar falls. After 3 hours of journey, finally we reached Dudhsagar falls around 10:00 AM. Most of them played UNO game and Dumb charades in the train.
Explored surroundings of Dudhsagar falls and enjoyed the beauty of falls. Took plenty of photos.
As per local-ides, it was not rained for last one week in the western ghats so water was very less in falls and most of them felt disappointed :(. May be we are exploring this place in late monsoon session!
Monkey show: Most funniest part in the event is one monkey grabbing Ashok shoes, thinking it is food :P. Finally after lot of circus, Ashok is able to get shoes from monkey. It was good entertainment for all of us 🙂 🙂
After spending half an hour at Dudhsagar falls, all of us started towards our next destination Collem(South Goa) on railway trek.
It was nearly 10 Kms. of trek. Initially we all reached Sonalim railway station which is nearly 3 Kms. from Dudhsagar falls.
Relaxed here for half an hour, meanwhile one goods train crossed. Had little walk from Sonalim railway station and took right deviation which took us to village. One jeep trail is existing in this village and walked on jeep trail as per our organizer instructions. While walking on this jeep trail we can find couple of water streams. It was already 1:00 PM and everyone got tired.
Took break, had our lunch and relaxed for half an hour. Around 2:00 PM, started again towards Collem and on the way found one small water falls. Had bath and freshen up.
Walked towards Collem and finally reached Collem railway station around 5:00 PM. Our organizer Raveendra already booked 3 jeeps for Tambdi surla which is nearly 18 Kms. from Collem. Had tea on the way and reached Tambdi surla by 6:00 PM. Ordered for dinner (Fried rice and Veg biryani) from same hotel where we had our tea. Weather is very kind to us and it was not rained throughout the day. Looking at sky one can assure there will be no rain in the night so decided to have open sky camping in the premises of Tambdi surla temple. Myself and few of them in the team are busy in preparing soup while others trying their hand in campfire which is bit difficult task. Had brief introduction of everyone and it was already 9:00 PM in the night. Ordered items came and had our dinner. Slept around 10:00 PM under open sky and told good bye for the day.
Day 2: 29th September 2013 (Sunday)
Day in brief:
Here it comes best day of the event. All of us wake up at 6:00 AM in the morning and freshen up. Started toward Tambdi surla falls around 7:30 AM.
It was nearly 5-6 Kms. of trek inside the dense forest which took us to Tambdi surla falls. Water streams, thrones and few uphill’s on the way gave us nice experience. Reached falls around 9:30 AM.
Spent 1 hour at falls and started back to Mahadev temple around 10:30 AM. Reached the temple by 12:00 Noon. Finally it is entry of rain in our event while getting back to temple and it was heavy rain all the way.
Had darshan of Lord Mahadev and relaxed in the temple till 2:00 PM. Finally jeeps came to take us back to Collem railway station. Rain, rain, rain, it is rainy day and raining throughout the day!!!
Had our lunch in hotel at Collem and reached railway station. Waited for arrival of train and boarded train to reach Londa railway station at 4:30 PM. Reached Londa railway station by 6:45 PM.
Our return train (Rani Chennamma Express) to Bangalore is scheduled at 7:50 PM. Train came around 7:50 PM and started towards Bangalore at 8:30 PM.
Had feedback session in the train. Had dinner and relaxed for the day. Reached Bangalore around 7:00 AM in the Monday morning and departed for their respective places.
Note: I have not given train details briefly here because Dudhsagar falls is famous tourist place and one can easily Google it out train details in the net.
- I want to thank Raveendra GN for giving me an opportunity to become part of this event and it was very well organised event.
- I want to thank other members of the team who made this event memorable one. This group is one of the best i have seen in BASC events.