Gushing water falling from a height of more than 200 meters is a pleasant sight for most of us. And if you have to ascend a fair amount of distance to reach the top of a waterfall, it just adds to the fun. Throw in a little bit of mystic in the form of ruins of an ancient fort and the recipe is there for a memorable trip. Thats the best way to describe the trek of Bandajje Falls and Ballalarayana Durga.
The Bandajje Falls lie in the South Kanara district of Karnataka in Charmadi Ghat. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Western Ghats, and quite expectedly, a popular attraction among the tourists. Nestled amidst lush green mountains, it has Mundaaje as its nearest village while the nearest town is that of Ujire.
Trekking in Bandajje Falls
A popular trekking route to the top of the Falls starts from the lush jungles of Mundaaje through the rain forests and finally the top. The trek to the top of the Falls takes about 4 hours, and takes you through lush greenery, accompanied by beautiful flowers in spring, with the sun playing hide and seek with you throughout.
[Further, one can plan schedule using bangalore holiday calendar]
For those whose lust for trekking isnt fulfilled by reaching the top of the Falls, another 2 hour trek takes you to the ruins of Ballalarayana Durga. It is a historic fort, built by the Hoysala Kings. The ruins are spread across a tiny patch of 100 square meters, although that is enough to create an air of mystic. But the real highlight of this trek is the view you get from the towers of the fort.
The towers offer a panoramic view of the valley beneath, the lush greenery of the Shola forests as well as the Oorikan Estate. For sunset lovers, the fort area gives an opportunity to view magnificent sunsets which stay with you for the rest of your life.
Best time to visit: The best time to take the trek to Bandajje Falls and Ballalarayana Durga is between the months of November and May. It is advisable to avoid trekking here during the monsoon season since the rocks become slippery and the area is infested with leeches.
Dharamsthala: The village of Dharamsthala lies close to Bandajje Falls, well known for its temple Lord Shiva, which houses a gold lingam.
[However, there are numerous popular visiting place near bangalore within 100 kms]