Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Maloorugundi Waterfalls - A Day I will never forget…
The Malooru Gundi is the perfect destination for anyone who is adventurous and for anyone who wants to go where most others wouldn't. This trip was one of the best hikes in life time; it has beautiful scenery of the Western-Ghats and ends at a breathtaking waterfall.
On initial stretch we crossed few mist kissed grasslands and later through thick jungles where sun never reached, every moment we spent in the rain-forest was a moment to reflect upon, making the day even more surreal and after walking for an hour of medium toughness level terrain, finally we made to reach top of the waterfalls.
After spending lot of time in first smaller level of the waterfalls we hiked down to next level called Malooru gundi. At initial waterfall we encountered a unique beauty and its majesty only heightened as we journeyed to the next level of the waterfall.
We had some stunning views out over the top of the waterfalls and we were heading down towards the Maloorgundi. We reached the base having risky climb catching hold of strong branches that leap all over the rock-strewn hills. This region was pretty dangerous because of the thick vegetation and steep ravines. While climbing down the moss makes staying on feet especially difficult.
We reached MalooruGundi falls, which was one of the best falls in terms of overall rating that I have visited the way we approached it, the surroundings, the looks etc. We unsuccessfully tried getting under it, and the closer we got to it, the faster it pushed us away. I stood looking at it for some time trying to capture it forever in my mind.
All we enjoyed the sheer beauty of the falls the sheer power with which the water was flowing down and it seemed that it would pull you away along with it and throw you into the gushing black rock hitting water below although we tried to reach close as the rocks near the base are sharp and very slippery.
Malooru falls is actually a string of few falls in the Ktkr River on the low hills surrounding. They offer some nice hiking and a relaxing setting. Malooru falls is in a SV Wildlife Sanctuary and contains the impressive waterfall where the entire stream flows through 25 meters widen rock slab and drops from a height of 35 meters and further pass into a narrow river canyon.
I want to say MalooruGundi as a Niagara of the state; the water fall was downright breathtaking. We caught a couple of brilliant shots of the falls, and the roaring of the waterfall was so loud that we were barely audible to each other. The water fall-down into the pond, and throughout maintained a white rage, splashing dews and sprinkling water into all of us. It was really wet and there was a lot of mist and the lens kept fogging up. There are not many places like this anywhere in the world, and certainly not in Karnataka.
Later we planned to check out the third and largest waterfall in further down. Our guide told we can’t approach any further level but he willing to try once. So we continued up to the jungle land and after 15 minutes dangerous lynching walks on these mountains are incredible at one place we find one open place from highest level. From the open space we had a fantastic views looking out onto waterfalls northeast wild region relatively unknown and here it drops from the height of 85 meters to downer ledge and it was very impressive to sight.
This is Malabar giant squirrel living in India. This one I saw in a forest Reserve is considered as the most beautiful of all squirrels in India. It is a large tree squirrel species which is listed as an endangered species.
We took a slightly different route back to the top of the waterfall and few of my teammates forced our team to discover one more view of this waterfall from opposite side rocky hill. We were spellbound when we had a close view of the waterfalls, from midst of the jungle, standing on a trail that never existed, that slipped all the way into the ferocious falls.
The set-up and effort to trek in them is definitely more worth. Our guide Halappa was very friendly, informative and very knowledgeable about the surroundings. He knew the area well, and kept us all well interested with his interactive approach. I like to thank my friend Shrikanth Datta, my teammates and our Taxi Driver Manoj, for all their vigorously support to make this a successful expedition.