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Baamikonda Trek

Baamikonda Peak is in Kudremukh mountain range. Our visit was about 7 months back. Team Size around 20. Trek was short and easy except few of us took detour and climbed a heap of black rock structure to reach the peak.  And it was awesome. We visited Eleneer waterfalls and Horanadu Annapoorneshwari Temple as well the following day. Accommodation was in tents. #waterfalls #Campfire #MeruScreening;)

Kayaking River Shambhavi

Team size: 12

Difficulty: Easy but very hard against the tide.

River Shambhavi starts from Western Ghats and meets the Arabian Sea. River hardly touches any town or city. Away from population, River Shambhavi is known for its natural beauty.
Surrounded by dense trees, the river is the perfect gateway to nature.
We also get to see lots of Indian and foreign birds in the river.
It is one and half day long journey. Total distance is 30 km (including both ways).

It was an amazing experience to kayak 30 km in 2 days. Estuary is a good place to experience strong tides and shallow river waters. Barbecue on the banks of the river is Unforgettable. We were hosted by a family that stayed close to a dam. We had expected Mangalore brown rice for lunch but thinking we won’t like it, they prepared normal rice what we get in Bangalore. Immense respect for their hospitality.

Few of us delayed returning to starting point as we went to the family which hosted us to get raw tobacco as beedi making was their occupation and time spent was more than 40min and by the time we started our journey, tide was against us which delayed us by another 1hr 20min

Humidity was so high that we pitched in tents without rainfly as seen in the picture below. Have a look at the pictures taken along the route. If you are interested in attending such an exciting event, Contact us through “Get connected” Page

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Kayaking Basic Course

It’s awesome feeling to introduce more people to kayaking. We conducted Basic Course in Kayaking at Bengaluru. We all did swimming followed by a delicious lunch. Taste of Chicken dry was awesome. 

Few participants were there for recreation and few to learn Kayaking to take it to next level and they learnt

  • Getting in from a dock
  • Getting in from a shore
  • Keeping balance
  • Paddling gear and kayak parts
  • Paddling technique
  • Paddle as Stern Rudder
  • Forward and Reverse sweep strokes
  • Carving turns
  • Moving sideways with sculling draw
  • Safe Kayaking

Team SIze: 12. Members: Srinivas Patibandla, Arun Muthu Kumar, Suneeth Sonu, Sujeeth, Mubashir Pervez, Noorul Aien, Sarath Kumar Koppuravuri , Shubha, Ambika, Rajiv.

To join next kayaking contact Suneeth / Sujeeth – 7259811995 / 9663153111 or send an email to info@adventurejunkie.in

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KumaraParvatha Trek G-17

Group Size: 17

Trek Difficulty: Hard

Date: 25th & 26th Feb-17

Stay: Camping in tents near checkpoint (View point-2).

Peaks hiked: Battadagudda, Sheshaparvatha, KumaraParvatha.

Hosted@Bhattara Mane. Always crowded, very basic food yet very tasty. Butter Milk is not something you would like to miss here. Talk to Girigadde Bhattru when he is completely free from hosting his guests.

Creepy night trek: While coming back due to ankle injury to one of our friend and having very few torches for a group of 5 slowed us down even more and had to night trek for 3.5hrs. Wonderful evacuation like experience and Vaibhav, Climbing mate helped us immensely in the entire incident.

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Kiran Devaraju Photography

Even a rain drop has got its own music here, guess what this beautiful water fall might be singing.

Pearl Valley and Thattekere lake

Cycling to pearl Valley and Thattekere Lake:

A ride of 80 kms to Pearl Valley, again for the third time doesn’t appear as a tough challenge apparently. But since Two out of the Seven member team were trying long distance for the first time, it definitely needed some determination and resilience. Kudos to Mayank Singh and Prasitha!! The route offered exactly what we were looking for – distance of 70-80 kms with an elevation gain of 600m. The team split in to three smaller groups while riding from Pearl Valley to Thattekere.

Climbing at waterfalls was unplanned and it had always been fun to climb with Srinivas Patibandla.
Archu Hassan, Thanks for all the fruits that you bought for the team:)
We would recommend breakfast at Raghavendra Bhavan if you ever get a chance to visit Anekal. Don’t miss to try a glass of Buttermilk at just Rs1!!

How to travel for free!

Traveling free/with very small amounts of money, is not for everyone.

Without money, nothing goes as you expect in regard to food, shelter and travel (obviously only if you are having expectations). Sometimes things go wrong.

But we feel it worth doing because the positives one gain from the experiences outweigh “may happen” negatives.

Best possible ways to travel for free are

  1. Bike-packing.
  2. Hitchhiking.

Having said that, If you are looking to travel in the cheapest possible way (but without having to hitchhike, bike-pack, free camp in unknown locations and do other crazy things we do) then you should continue reading…..

There are only three things we need for survival.

  1. Food
  2. Shelter/sleep
  3. Health

When traveling, though the list is not so clear-cut, we claim that we need to

  • See remarkable things
  • Meet beautiful people
  • Experience the place you travel to
  • Travel from one place to another place at least cost possible
  • Not get mugged / end up in prison or get fined by authorities

We at Adventure Junkie, encourage people to travel without expectations and help you to travel the same way we travel.

You can choose to volunteer to

  • Teach English/any skill you are familiar with, which help rural children or any other humanitarian work.
  • Nature Conservation
  • Market locally produced Handicraft thereby helping them generate revenue for their livelihood.
  • Adventure Activities

In return, we arrange basic food, shelter, health insurance (we don’t want you to bear any more expenses/time while traveling for free/least possible cost) and travel expenses.

To volunteer with us, visit http://www.adventurejunkie.in/voluntourist/

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Cycling to Melukote

We decided Melukote as destination for our two days cycling event since it is 141 km from Bangalore making it an ideal location. The terrain and landscape around Melukote is Challenging and Panoramic. The event was decided by Monu, Niharika and me (Sonu). We were not expecting anyone to join us since the distance that we had set is not suitable for beginners. Three of us had done cycling to TG Halli reservoir a couple of months ago. The benefits of riding with someone like Niharika who is Super Randonneur are many – Preparedness, Expertise and of course food!! There is always something to learn from those experienced in such long rides. We left BTM layout at 06:00 and had breakfast at Bidadi. You can’t afford to lose focus on Mysore roads during weekends, there was lot of traffic and thus we decided not to ride back and instead see places around Melukote and visit SriRangapatna. We covered a distance of 105 km from Bangalore to Mandya in 5.5 hours including time for breakfast and adequate breaks.

The terrain from Mandya to Melukote is awesome and gets challenging. We made the mistake of not having lunch in Mandya and got ourselves exhausted. Luckily, Niharika had sandwich, Bananas and Electrolyte capsules which helped immensely. We took around 4.5-5 hours to reach Melukote from Mandya. We had our lunch at Jakkanahalli and then the final uphill stretch of around 6 km was considerably easy. Farms, Canals, Lakes along the way were pretext to take ample rest. Hospitality of the villagers was something that makes this journey much more memorable.

Melukote is a laid back temple town in the Cauvery basin, temples of Yoga Narasimha and Cheluva Narayana Swamy are the epicenter of religious activity. There are many options for accommodation but Monu had booked Ramanuja pilgrim assistance center in advance. Caretakers here made us feel at home. This center has few rooms with hot water facility. Dinner is home cooked and delicious. We visited both the temples the same evening. All the activities in the temples are carried out by priests who know Sanskrit and Tamil literature. Ramanujacharya who hailed from Tamil Nadu stayed here for twelve years. I later came to know that Melukote is also the birth place of Late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha.

Next day, we woke up early and after warm up visited Raya Gopura, Tonnuru Kere (lake). Surprisingly I didn’t feel any pain or difficulty during our ride to Sri Rangapatna. We had our breakfast at Pandavapura and visited Aale Mane(Place where Jaggery is made) and Sri Ranganathaswamy temple and Colonel Bailey’s Dungeon before returning by bus.

This cycling tour had given lot of confidence for longer rides and BRM’s in sight!!

Flaming Litter called Sky Lanterns

Flying a sky lantern is fun only till it lasts.

Flying sky lanterns have become popular at outdoor events, weddings, birthdays, music festivals, new years and also in organized camping events.

Danger:

Livestock, if swallowed, wire could puncture stomach lining. Elsewhere, Coastguards say lanterns which travel several kilometers and to an altitude of 1000m, are routinely mistaken for distress flames.

10318 Sky Lanterns were released last year at annual freedom faithnet global event.

Even claimed biodegradeable sky lanterns contain metal wires and plastic which take years to decompose. They must fall back to earth somewhere resulting in-at the very least-an eyeshore for someone to clean up.

200000 sky lanterns are being sold in UK every year.

Call for Ban:

A handful of countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Austria and Malta have already introduced bans.

Glastonbury festival organisers banned chinese lanterns and in 2011, festival organiser Michael Eavis called for a nationwide ban.

Incidents:
  1. According to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam, almost 20 forest fires have been caused by burning sky lanterns.
  2. In Hanoi alone, sky lanterns caused eight fires in workshops, electrical stations and also caused power blackouts during Lunar New Year’s Eve.
  3. Fire at J&A Young in Smethwick, Birmingham on 1st July 2013. More than 200 firefighters were called to tackle fire at Plastic Recycling Plant.
  4. In 2010, RNLI and Marine Conservation Society said it saw a significant increase in number of lifeboats deployed due to burning of sky lanterns.
  5. In Sanya, China, dozens of flights had to be delayed and eventually banned sky lanterns.
  6. Civil Aviation Authority in Donegal, warned against the use of sky lanterns after one fell near a container with thousands of gallons of aviation fuel.

 

Cycling – Animal Rescue

We, at Adventure Junkie have done quite a few 100+ km rides and three multi day cycling trips covering 700+ km in total. But this one is special. We set out to ride around 70 km to Hesaraghatta grasslands from BTM layout. Here are the few details about Hesaraghatta lake.

Hesaraghatta Lake

  • GPS Coordinates – 13.15 N 77.49 E
  • Area 1100 acres
  • Max Depth – 90 ft

Well, there is no water in the lake now. It was built in 1894 and once supplied water to the city. Grassland now spread across the entire area is a paradise for cyclists & is a quiet place to spend few hours on a weekend. Nrityagram and Vipassana Meditation center are other nearby places one can visit.

We met another cyclist who joined us for a ride around the lake, we explored the trials around the lake and visited a temple on the tank bund.

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On the way back we found a puppy limping across the road. He had struggled his way out of a drain and unable to walk properly. This little guy made this trip special. We took him to a nearby bakery & tried to feed him milk in a coconut shell. He was so weak that he dropped his face in milk without drinking it. Hesaraghatta lake is visited by many people on weekends who often come in cars, cyclists too frequent this place. But none of the cars stopped to help. Even the bakery owner refused to allow the puppy  in  the vicinity of his shop, reason – “who will remove the carcass if it dies here”

So we took him to CARE, Jakkur since their rescue vehicle was somewhere else. We carried puppy in small backpack. It was a revelation at the CARE centre. There were many abandoned animals, those hit in accidents, few cases of animal cruelty – a dog with no ears (A drunkard decided to have fun by cutting ears off completely).

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Why did none of the cars stop to help that little puppy. Is it because they didn’t have time or their cosy cars get dirty if they help a stray dog? All those who abandon their pets when they get old and sick, those who turn blind-eye to animals in distress makes me wonder – Who is the animal!? Human with no humanity or a stray dog which can be your loyal friend??

When you show love to a dog, feed and care them they develop a lasting bond. And in return you get unconditional love, loyalty that none can match, for your entire life or till their last breath. This Diwali many more birds and animals may need help. It doesn’t take much time to find a rescue centre nearby and help those in distress.

Contact details of CARE, Jakkur:

Address: Near Jakkur Lake, Jakkur Rd, Nehru Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064
Phone: 094839 11110

 

 

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