Narasimha Parvatha Trek
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- 2 Days 1 Nights
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- Difficulty - Moderate Hard
- For 10+ years
- Best Season - Winter (Nov, Dec, Jan)
The Narasimha Parvatha Trek will take you 380 km from Bangalore, to Agumbe, a high altitude village in the Malnad region of Karnataka. It is often referred to as “The Cherrapunji of the South” because of its biodiversity and excessive rainfall. It is also home to many medicinal plants and the only Rainforest Research Station in India. Surrounded by the majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, covered in depths of lowland rainforests and touched by beautiful waterfalls and streams, Agumbe is the perfect place for a weekend escape
Start your journey through a trail of the forest to immerse yourself in the beauty of untouched greenery and the serenity of waterfalls, warm your hands over the campfire, and drink in the spectacular evening view from one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats
Read on to know how you can spend quality parent-child time camping in the forest. The best way to get a kid outside is to go with them
“There is no Wi-Fi in the forest but we promise you will find a better connection.”
- Depart from Bangalore At 9 PM
- Reach homestay at Agumbe
- Freshen up & Have breakfast
- Start the trek from the Malandur side
- En-route stop by Barkana Falls
- Have packed Lunch on the way
- Reach the Peak
- Descend via the Kigga side ( 6 km ) and reach back to the homestay by 7 PM (Approx)
- Dinner and bonfire ( depends on the weather )
- Rest for The Night
- Wake up early morning to take a ride to Kundadri hill
- Witness the sunrise
- Come back, freshen up, and breakfast
- Visit Secret Falls
- Return back to Bangalore by 11:00 PM ( approx )
Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )
Stay Not Applicable
Meals Not Applicable
(No Dinner break)
Leave from Bangalore 8-30PM ( Final time will be updated in Whatsapp Group
Introduction of the participants in the bus
Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents
Narasimha Parvatha Trek can be divided into 3 parts:
Section 1: Mallandur Base Camp to Barkana Falls Top
Trek Distance: 8 km
Duration: 3 hrs approx
Section 2: Barkana Falls to Narasimha Parvatha Peak
Trek Distance: 5 km
Duration: 2:30 hrs
Section 3: Narasimha Parvatha Peak to Kigga
Trek Distance: 6 km
Duration: 2:30 hrs
The tallest peak in the Agumbe Ghats is the Narasimha Parvatha Peak, which is situated in Agumbe in the Shimoga district of Karnataka and rises to a height of 3772 feet. Both Mallanduru and Kigga offer access to the peak that is a part of the Kudremukh National Park, with the former offering a longer and more challenging trek. We'll follow this route as well on our trek to Narasimha Parvatha. While the 6 km descent via Kigga can be finished in a few hours, the 12 km ascent will likely take between 6-7 hours.
The majority of the trail is covered in dense forest, with open grasslands that make it easier to appreciate the steep climb and the expansive views given the peaks' imposing height. Along with the impressive Barkana waterfalls, the trail is also identified during the monsoon season by a number of smaller streams. Throughout the trek, a variety of wildlife, including dangerous snakes and brightly coloured birds, can be seen.
From our basecamp in Mallanduru, we begin the trek along a jeep trail that is comparatively flat and simple to navigate. As the trail gradually enters denser forests marked by tall, ancient trees that allow little to no sunlight to reach the forest floor, keep an eye out for the diverse array of flora and fauna. As the forest gets denser and the inclines steeper, make your way through a labyrinth of downed trees, twisting roots, and lush greenery.
The Sita River also meanders alongside the trail's beginnings, giving rise to a number of smaller streams during monsoon season. Later on in the trail's length, the Sita River narrows and plunges down a gorge, giving rise to the impressive Barkana Waterfalls. Once there, make your way up the waterfall's slick rocks to the top for a bird's-eye view of the valley below and the chance to experience waterfalls from their point of origin.
It is breathtaking to see the roaring waterfall crashing to the ground from a height of 2200 feet, cutting through the eerie silence of the surrounding green valleys in sharp contrast. The trail becomes more difficult from this point onward with steep inclines all the way up until the end of the forest cover, so take some time to relax here and take in the scenery or a quick dip in the clear waters. As there are no more water sources until after the peak, be sure to refill your water bottles.
As the trail continues, it becomes more difficult to follow because there are no obvious trails along this section. The slippery ascent over dry leaves and leech-infested forests make the climb all the more challenging. An almost immediate transition from dense forest to open, airy meadows and rolling hills provides a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of the forests. The vast openness gives the impression that you are almost there, even though the peak is not visible until the very end.
Have your picnic lunch along the way as you ascend hill after hill through expansive grasslands to the final section of forest before returning to the plains.
On the last stretch leading to the peak, one encounters loosely stacked stone pillars spaced out from one another until they finally come together to form a broad platform of rocks at the peak. Alongside this platform, there is a small, improvised Narasimha Swamy temple. Take in the expansive views of the Kudremukh Ranges in the area, or look down and take in the effort it took to get here. There are also a number of flat rock surfaces that are perfect for a quick power nap.
We now descend in the direction of Kigga. Stop by a small hut with a water source close by to fill your bottles as you descend, just below the peak. The trail continues to descend through shola forests as it descends further. Although quick, this is a challenging route because you must navigate slick rocks and dry leaves the entire way until you arrive at the Rishya Shringa temple in Kigga.
The trail is slippery with leaves, tree roots, and rocks all along the way, making the descent difficult.
We will then be driven back to our base camp, where we can rest up after a strenuous day of hiking before enjoying a well-earned dinner around a roaring campfire.
Have a restful night's sleep as you recall the numerous sights, sounds, and sensations from a busy day in the impressive Western Ghats.
Non-AC ( Push Back Seats )
(Lunch self sponsered , No Dinner break)
Hill-top Rise and shine: Leave your bed and go to Kundadri Hill to see the sunrise in all its splendour. A 17th Century Jain Temple that served as a haven for ancient sages is located atop the hill. On one side of the temple, the Tunga River fills the area, creating two tiny ponds that once held water for the sages. The best views of the Western Ghats can be found at sunrise from Kundadri!
In order to rejuvenate ourselves, we would also travel to secret falls. After a weekend filled with adventures and making a lot of new friends, we would arrive in Bangalore late at night, around 11:00 PM.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Accommodation in a homestay on sharing basis, separate for men & women
- 2 Breakfast, 1 Packed lunch, and 1 Dinner
- Non-A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push-back seats depending on group size
- Forest entry fee
- Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
- Experience that you gain
- Any other meals not included above
- Any kind of personal expense
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc.
- Anything not included above
THINGS TO CARRY
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Power Bank
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
- Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
- Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
- Portable chargers for your electronics
- Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
- Polybags to pack your wet clothes
- Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary
Policy and Terms
Refund/Cancellation Policy – Weekend Trips from Bangalore
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
7 days or more
10% of the total invoice value
Between 3-6 days
50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-2 days
100% of the total invoice value
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same.
If you are wanting to cancel out on the day of departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.
Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.
Transfer of Dates Policy
If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)
Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.
Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.
Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth is above 5000/- INR.
Transfer of dates on the day of departure shall be possible at an additional charge of 1500/- per person (applicable for few events).
In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by the government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 24 hours before the departure date, we will issue a full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.
In another scenario, if a lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.
For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard-earned money.
Terms and Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.
Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.
Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking.
Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.
PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.
PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.
You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.
PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.
Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.
You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.
You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.
Protect The Environment
The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.
No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption
PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.
PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.
You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.
In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.
PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.
Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail containing details regarding Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), and Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priorities at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the team, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who attend most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)
Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.
Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: What is the "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from, and within the destination.
Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same.
Q: I've never gone on a hike before, so can I do this one?
A: No. We would not advise you to do this trek on your first trek as the trek difficulty is between Moderate-Difficult and it demands one to be physically fit for this trek.
Q: What about the Narasimha Parvatha trek's cellphone network and connectivity?
A: Throughout the journey, you will be outside of the network's service region. Only BSNL and JIO network receives a signal at this place.
Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay?
A: Yes, it is possible to leave your luggage at the homestay and carry the necessary things on your trek.
Q: When is the ideal time to visit Narasimha Parvatha?
A: The best time to go on the journey is from October to June since the weather will be ideal for it, providing the best scenery and memories. Going now is usually better since hiking in the sweltering heat of the sun is never fun at all.
Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: Yes, there are leeches on this trail and are mostly found near the rivers and streams.
Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: Camping is not permitted anywhere along the trail of Narasimha Parvatha.