Travel tale - Our visit to picturesque Hanuman Gundi-By Richard Crasta.

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Kemmannu News Network, 28-09-2012 18:47:17

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Udupi, Sep, 2012: Adventure in mind Braan myself, Arun and Aron  ever ready to conquer!  Excited, without any preparation set off from Santhekatte at 10-15 AM to Hanuman Gundi waterfalls place in the Kuduremukh forest range in the Western Ghats.

The route we followed is Santhekatte-Ambagilu-Manipal- Karkala-Bajegoli-Kalasa. The pleasant weather helped us get going without any showers, until we had a small break to refresh in a restaurant at Bajagoli on our way before the accent of Mala mountain section. A forest gate here keeps surveillance and records every vehicular movement that pass through the Kudremukh forest range for the purpose of conservation and wildlife protection.  We were issued pass and advised to be careful while riding hitting wild animals on the road as there are many cases of animals get killed on the road.

The winding road up to mountain of Mala was picturesque we enjoyed the beauty of thousands of acres of mountainous land with green blanket over it.

The riding pleasure on our bikes enjoying cool weather as the altitude increased we faced the chill of headwind in foggy situation.  We did manage to make a stopover at the edge of road kerb viewing clouds kissing the magnificent mountains.

Astonishing to find, a lone shop owner runs a shop here in the deep forest. We could by few of the snacks and drinks available here before we start again. The shop here is 25 Km away from nearby town and the owner Dsouza and his family has to course 40 km to reach the nearest church in Shringeri or Jayapura! We felt sorry for the family how the school children can pursue their education in a forest?

Collecting information of route we rode towards Hanuman Gundi and reached destination in 15 minutes. The roaring sound of waterfalls could be heard from a distance of 1 km the tourist info office issued tickets at 20 Rs per person.

The steep steps here constructed by forest department are convenient and have the rails along the path.

The gushing water from the falls sprayed moisture on us and on camera.   Then rocks were slippery though Kemmannu guys’ adventure and the expert guidance of Arun made Aron, Braan’s son fearless.

Having spent some time enjoying the Hanuman Gundi falls we climbed the steps uphill hurriedly reaching the gate though we utterly hungry, rode back to the nearest town Bajegoli for lunch The Tandoori chicken, Kadai chicken and butter chicken was delicious we satisfied our stomach with a small dash of cool beer glass!  Reaching home at 5 PM in Santhekatte with loads of memory  of the waterfalls  giving thanks to Mother Nature you are great behold us your children in your arms.


Comments on this Article
Peter, India Sat, September-29-2012, 8:57
I would have loved to be a part of you guys, will join you at the earliest. Looking at the response for these kind of ventures (feed backs compare your other artices) , editor... you should publish these more about mother nature at its best in Western Ghats. Try to cover some rare BIrds, Trees etc...It would help people who are interested in a great sport TRECKING! The places as per report can be covered in a days time.Thanq once again for revealing things which were not known.Waiting eagarly for a next adventurous report and guys be careful its slippery there.
Rudolf Rodrigues, Bantwal/Mumbai/Mangalore Fri, September-28-2012, 4:52
I would like to add: The feeling of awe you get from beautiful views can actually slow down your perception of time - and improve your well-being. This fact has been proven medically! This is a great hobby being promoted by! It will eventually help generate interest of Mother Nature in children and thereby create values in them to appreciate, love, and conserve nature and animals rather than sitting the entire day glued to e-instruments and becoming couch potatoes!! Per me, there is no bigger thing than loving/understanging/protecting Mother Nature and its creations!! Kudos to the team!
Flavian D’Souza, Kemmannu / Mumbai Fri, September-28-2012, 3:30
Dear Richie / Braan, I happened to ride this way on my Yezdi during my college days, on the way to Kudremukh, I had visited a similar site. It is heartening to see that this place is still so beautiful and unpolluted. I hope sense will prevail and all the waste from the picnic is taken back for proper disposal instead of leaving behind. I have done a couple of long driving trips in Assam, Wst Bengal and other places. Keep up the good work. One suggestion though...please disply few pictures and post the other pictures in a separate folder with the link to it. You run out of patience when the loading of so many pictures take forever on slower connections. For those hardcore nature lovers and driving fanatics like me, please visit It gives loads of information on Do’s and Don’ts, where, when, how to go etc. Worth having a look at. Nice pictures. All the best.....Flavian
Damodar Samani, Kemmannu Fri, September-28-2012, 12:01
We too had been to Hanuman Gundi way back, may be about the same time as Brans earlier visit. We on our way to Shringeri stopped over here. As Bran said there were no steps or railings those days. I am sure it looked much more beautiful then than its present form. It was not easy then to get down or climb up those days. The descending was slippery and one careless step would send one to the bottom without much efforts. Of course it would not have been possible those days for aged people to reach the stream down bellow. The drive through the reserved forest was real feast to the eyes. One can see trees and plants with red leaves which I have not seen elsewhere.
Braan, kemmannu Fri, September-28-2012, 9:13
Mr. D’Souza the shop owner has settled there for the last 3 generations, his ancestors belong to undivided DK then. Any body would wonder at that height where he gets water from a deep well? Ans: He has laid a PVC water line from a distance 2.5 km cliff near by. The pipe flows with clean , crystal clear water from the hills without a pump.(gravity flow). The pipe does’t have a tap to restrict the spring water. Its absolutely flowing 365x24 through out the year with same pressure (20mm out let). When u visit please do c this phenomena.
Sunitha D’souza, Udupi Fri, September-28-2012, 7:11
I wish if I had an opportunity to be with this team on tour. There are many places of interest in Udupi and neighboring districts of Shivmoga and Chickmangalor Places of importance in and around Udupi and Shimoga Mahisha Mardhini: A monument in the backyard of Shivappa Nayaka’s palace Shivappa Nayaka’s palace is located within the city. Jog Falls are a large series of waterfalls, located 105 km (65 mi) from Shimoga in Sagar taluk. The Sharavathi River takes a spectacular jump from a height of 292 metres (958 ft) in four distinct falls to form the highest waterfalls in India. The best time to visit is soon after the monsoon season during July and August. Jog Falls Agumbe, 90 km (56 mi) south-west, is notable for its foarests and sunset. Kodachadri is a beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats. It is 120 km (75 mi) from Shimoga. Gajanur dam lies 15 km or 9 mi to the southwest. Koodli lies 15 km away and is the place where the Tunga and Bhadra rivers meet and flow together as Tungabhadra. Koodli Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari lies 12 km on the way to Sagara. Safari drives are conducted by forest department. B R P Dam is 28 km (17 mi) from the city on the way to Lakkavalli.
CDS, Kemmannu Thu, September-27-2012, 9:52
Sadanand, a afterthought: The monkey must have seen the Airtel Ad and saying to the cameraman "Jo tera hai whow mera hai and Jo mera hai whow tera hai".
Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Bantwal/Mangalore Thu, September-27-2012, 5:14
Very impressive writeup and pictures of Braan/Richard gang’s adventure to Hanumangundi Falls!! The water looks pristine and the scenery is awe inspiring!! Really, the Western Ghats are mother nature’s gift to us with a big treasure trove of flora fauna hitherto unexplored, but unfortunately Ktk Govt. refused to accept the status for reasons well known to them!! The article is very informative too for others who would like to venture Hanumangundi! Looks like Braan and his sons have turned into avid nature lovers and good to see them resemble professional trekkers!! Thanks to the website for showcasing such good activities of exploring and enjoying the beauty of nature!! This exposure will lead to more and more youngsters to turn to nature enthusiasts which is one of the best hobbies!! From the article, I am very impressed by the store owner D’souza serving people with his sole shop and not getting carried away to get closer to the city in search of more money and comforts!! Thanks to Thomas, Richard, Braan, and all for taking the trouble for giving us all a "virtual trip" of the beautiful Hanumangundi!! Cheers and God Bless!!
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Thu, September-27-2012, 11:34
Sadanand, Do we have a government in Karnataka or are we only ruled only by monkeys?
CDS, Kemmannu Wed, September-26-2012, 10:00
Sadanand, from Monkey to man, the Journey is long. May be this is just to compare the evolution and change.
Richard Arouza, Dubai Wed, September-26-2012, 9:54
Dear Braan,very well written article beautiful pictures.Thanks for sharing with everyone,you guys explored many beautiful places with in our reach,hatts off to you guys,cheers.
joel, kemmannu Wed, September-26-2012, 9:50
The pictures are awesum.....very nice article
Alwin J. Lewis, Kallianpur Wed, September-26-2012, 8:20
Superb!!! Nice Photos...
Sadanada P, Manipal Udupi Wed, September-26-2012, 8:15
Dear friends beautiful is our Karnataka but the foolishness of the government which does not bring our tourist destinations in the international map is a sad story. There are many beautiful beaches hill stations yet to explore. Kerala and Goa are on the forefront but Karnataka lags 100 years back! Thanks to the Kemmannus youngsters Thomas, Brian, Arun, Aron, Richard and Linet for giving such a thrilling instance of tour. Please sensor the monkey without underwear! there is food to taught the monkey on board is politicians of today in our state............
Nishan, Santhekatte/Kuwait Wed, September-26-2012, 4:39
Dear Braan, Well written article.., Very nice images..particularly karnataka sarkara. Thanks for sharing your wonderful journey..Have fun…
Braan, Kemmannu Wed, September-26-2012, 4:01
I had gone to this falls about 18 years back and there was nothing. It was a deep terrain/valley those days. With greatest of difficulties one could reach the bottom of the falls. Changes now: check point to get into forest, gate to enter the falls with fees, steps, u can find venders selling some things etc. Due to the step work been done with railings any one can reach there, we should thank the govt. of karnataka. If the same falls was there at kerala the place would have been a BIG tourist attraction. Its just a 70 km drive from udupi, guys u should go to any falls immediately after mansoon because there would be loads of water. and finaly to add the spice, This perticular route with its scenic beauty gives pleasure for a rider. It was Richi’s pressure which made us venture by Bike.
Oswin, Dubai Wed, September-26-2012, 2:02
Yes, the pictures show the place is slippery, should take precaution, and anyway good to know this place, pictures are nice, thank you guys for your adventurous way of bringing articles in this column. Remembered reading kodlu thirtha and jumlu thirtha falls.
Sunil, Thonse / Kemmannu Wed, September-26-2012, 2:00
These guys and gals look adventurous. They swimm surf skate, climb mountains,reach under waterfalls, Their instinct to go beyond limits is appreciable God bless you all. Your given information to reach different places is helpful to everyone. My advise is keep going everywhere and you will achieve happiness in life!
Peter, India Wed, September-26-2012, 12:05
My India is beautiful, I think this place is not much explored. The pics, article is real good ones. I thank for spacing this article in front page. Thanx a lot for sharing the knowledge with us you Thomas and Richard.
Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai Wed, September-26-2012, 11:36
The pictures look exciting but please be careful......
Anson, Kemmannu Wed, September-26-2012, 11:05
Dear Riche/braan, Very nice article. beautifully written. nice pictures. hatts off to you to be in this place when next time on holiday.
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