Saturday, January 22, 2011
After the Ettinabuja trek we chose to explore Karadigudda especially our teammate Kamath sir (Ramesh Kamat) eagerly wanted to show that wonderful hidden place where he had gone before, after a small drive in a nasty village road we reached a small traditional hamlet which situated between 3 side mountains were famous for one religious Shiva temple It looked like a wonderful place to explore.
We left our vehicle near the temple & started to hike first immediate stretch from the road side. However, it is well worth it after crossing the first hump a beautiful planet opened in front of us. We had a lot of options that time in our mind ridge walk, trekking to Karadigudda, Trekking to Baremale so many but finally due to lack of time we started towards Karadigudda.
I had already gone twice to this place from another side but this time we chose to go from this side. After crossing 2-3 sharp humps we reached one very open wide plain grassland on the top of the mountain ,it was so vast in size may be two cricket stadium could be built but thankfully no one had seen the possibility of making it commercial and we could still enjoy nature in its calm way,
this area is home for many wild animals, including exotic birds, and variety of trees and plants due to it being mid afternoon we did not get to see any wild animals in May the temperature will be very hot, but that just drives the wildlife to cooler place.
Next few hours walk was not very tough it’s a simple ridge walk one side was beautiful valley & another side plain Grasslands & Shola forests. We crossed one thick forest & one more wide grassland opened & also Karadigudda was just 1 hour walk from that place but we decided to stop our journey on that point,
Because of hot temperature & not enough food & lack of time after non-stop 2.30 hours walk our body also was not ready to continue till the top. So we spent sometime in another edge of the grasslands & enjoyed the beauty of Charmady range.
On return we had visited the temple & one beautiful big lake just opposite the temple. Me & Ashu came first so instead of wasting time we sat on the bank of the Lake & soaked our legs into the fresh cool water & watching the fishes kissing our legs was very nice......