Thursday, July 17, 2008
One fine Sunday I and my friend Ashok started on journey to Koosalli Falls.This falls is near Shiroor (Kundapur tq) both of us has not familiar with the rout to reach waterfalls. I had a news paper cutting which contained an article written by Dinesh Holla and had some guidelines from him, All the information revealed that the route is may tough. (Recently Forest department made fine track to reach to base from Toodalli village)
Initial level of the Waterfalls (First Stage)
First we reached Toodalli,then we start to walk in mud road.When we asked for the route with the public,they warned us to take care while going to the falls, as latest death of Bangalore brothers disappointed them deeply. They also warned not to go after the 2nd step. (But because of our young blood & raddishness we planed to go & also we did.)
When we find the river, we started walking by the side of the river.It is horrible experience to walk without knowing the distance. At last we reached the falls. When we crossed the 1st stage, we were able to see the the water falling from very high-end. But here also very tough root faced by us to reach the 2nd step. there we enjoyed lot and had swim for a long time.
2nd and 6th stage of the waterfalls
Later we headed to next level (3rd step) which was very dangerous, without rope it is very difficult to climb the steep rock (That time I am not aware about alternate easy rout which goes through thick jungle) . I managed to climb without rope around 40 meters steep stretch, with a help, guidelines and encouragement by Ashok, who is one my best trekking mate. Finally we both succeeded to reach next level, it was a fantastic and memorial hike i had on those days.
The upper cascade or main falls as seen from the base but not from the second step. Luckily it was rather dry otherwise I don't think we all would have been able to make successful to reach the bottom of the Final stage of the waterfalls. After crossing 3rd stage across a deep beautiful pond with great scenery background, we find couple of small cascades on the trail, and after lot of struggle we reached bottom of the 6th stage. We find a vast clean natural pond on 6th stage, we tried to touch the bottom but we failed. Although it’s slippery under the falls might end up falling on the rocks. We all had refreshing bath under the falls getting drenched under the waterfalls and showered with cool and refreshing water.
6th and Final stage of the waterfalls from downer side (Actually this waterfalls have another two steps which could reach by Kargal side. Even if you observe closely to above photo you can find the 7th stage)
6th Stage of the Beautiful Koosalli waterfalls
If you take Bhatkal - Joga rout, near to Kargal you can see another two stages of this wonderful cascade which famously known as GUDANA GUNDI and for Nature lovers lots of opportunities to hike around this waterfalls. For adventure trekkers also make hike to KUDUMARY (Belligundi) Waterfalls which is situated just next to the Koosalli waterfalls.