Thursday, May 10, 2012
Yedakumeri - The Rail Track Walk
I did Yedakumeri trip at 2006 It’s a very special trekking because this was the first of its kind for me. This trip was organized by K S Adiga sir. As his plan we stayed night at school near by High-way and we started off on the trek soon after the sunrise. A brief walk down the Ghat road from our stay we hit the railway track after few minutes continues track walk we reached Donigal station.
Next trail follows a disused railway path in the Western Ghats. Yedakumeri is said to be inaccessible by road; getting to a road would involve a jungle walk of 8 km from Kempuhole side. This place surrounded by thick evergreen forests and countless number of streams running down the mountains, it has long been known as a picturesque place by the railway tracks, visited and admired by many. And when the trains stopped it became a paradise to nature lovers who came seeking solitude and enjoy the beauty of the nature
There is some conversion work in progress along this railway line, so occasionally we met workers. At one place we saw one beautiful cascade just few steps away from the track. The slight tilt of the composition is directed to the flow of the water below as the gorgeous cascade. Huddling into the exuberant verdure the beautiful waterfalls inland are like a sight of the paradise, watching them for hours will not be enough to satiate desire to feast eyes on that beauty of incredible merging of colors.
So many places from openings in the tunnels water gushing down like a shower, which serve as a refreshing shower on the tired body. I spotted verity of birds across our journey it’s really fistful to eyes to watch on its own land. Any kinds of butterflies are flattering around us across our expedition here it’s reflect some of my most secret wish can come true. It tells that, I wanted to preserve that world, the world I’ve given to you as a gift. While you’re reading these lines you feel that you’re entering a fantastic world, a one in which there’s no sorrow, no weariness, and no heavy thoughts. All these simply disappear behind the dark side of the Moon.
Just few meters before Yedakumeri walk down through the bridge the most breathe taking views of the forest with waterfalls and a heavy dense forest all along the way. The trek is worth the risk. The lush green forests, blue skies as far as the eyes can see, and silence so resounding that you can hear your own breath, surely invites any heart wanting to loose itself in the lap of nature.
After a long stretch of walk we reached Yedakumeri station the abandoned station offered safe haven from the cold of the night. We were all tired, so we collapsed right there and then, and later we gathered wood for a campfire and we occupied the station and had delicious food at night made by Adiga Sir.
Yedakumeri offers beautiful view of Arebetta hill range, Ombattugudda initial trekking routs and downer side beautiful Kempuhole river & valley views. The next day we walked less, only 18 km, the morning walking was easier though because the hills sheltered us from the sun, The path is very pretty, not breathtaking, but very pleasant. There are lots and lots of tunnels, dark, damp (if not wet), and bat-infested. We had been forewarned, so we had lots of flashlights. After virtually each tunnel, there was a bridge, with the ground suddenly falling steeply away to a rushing stream and dense forest below. Walking over these was mesmerizing, the greenery below blurring in the background of the worn wooden sleepers which we focused on with fierce concentration.
The last leg of the trek was dry and aggregative when we just roasted between 12 am and 3 pm and badly reached Nattana station one by one and caught Passenger train to Mangalore. Now a days Passenger trains are running at day and night time to continuations to Bangalore. We can enjoy by getting down at station & walk around Yedakumeri easily using these facilities.