As soon as my family I get a long weekend, we take a break from our daily routines. We've been to Chikkamagaluru but Kudremukh is one of the best places we have visited in Karnataka.
We started from home at exactly 6 am. We took a break at Kicchana Halli Mane for breakfast. It's one of the neatest and cleanest South Indian vegetarian restaurant. The ambience, the staff and the food were excellent.
We didn't stop anywhere after breakfast. We took a route guided by the ByneKaadu management. It's a fun ride with well-maintained roads. We reached there at 12.30 pm. I don't have words to describe how amazing the place is.
At around 4.30 pm, after our tea and coffee break, the resort provided us with a jeep to go to Gaali Gudda, one of the best peaks of Kudremukh.
It offers a great scenic view of the Western Ghats. It's almost 20 km from ByneKaadu, with muddy and bumpy roads. My son really enjoyed the ride. Our guide Ganesh took us safely. After reaching there, we took some photographs. We missed the sunset though as it was a cloudy day. Despite this, the trip was so amazing that we didn't want to come back.
We returned around 6.45 pm as our snack with campfire was ready. It was quite chilly during nights and early mornings. We had a great time at the campfire as we played some music and a couple of rounds of musical chair.
Our dinner was ready at 8.30 pm. We were provided with a tent for two of us (extra payment) for two nights. Sleeping in the tent was a different experience.
The next morning, we went to Adhishakthyathmaka Sri Annapoorneshwari Temple, a stop which was not included in the tour package. It was just 10 km from our stay. It is one of the biggest temples of goddess Annapoorneshwari.
Once we had our breakfast, Ganesh was ready to take us to Abbu Gudige, which is about half an hour from our stay. It's a waterfall located in the private area. It's opened only for ByneKaadu visitors. The water falls from more than 50 feet.
We stood in the middle and it felt like a rock was falling on our head. It was an amazing experience as my son loves playing in the water. The water was so clear that we could see our own reflections. In the evening, we visited Samse Tea Estates which is on the main road. We stopped our vehicle, watched the beautiful sunset and clicked loads of pictures.
From there we took our ride further to Jamble. To enter Jamble, one has to take the permission from the forest department.
You are so close to nature that you don't even want to lose even a single second of it. You can see a man-made bridge (Toogu Sethuve) which we have to cross to go to the other part of the forest area.
It was pitch dark when we were returning. We ended the night with a campfire and recollected the memories we made over the weekend.
After breakfast the next morning, we started our trip back to Bengaluru with loads of memories.