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Ankan Mukherjee

4.0

It’s been nearly 2 months in Bangalore and no place was explored yet.Please don’t talk about Malls and artificial places to visit. They satisfy pockets not heart. I am a passionate traveler and adventure enthusiast from inside which I definitely feel. Even though never been to hectic or too many treks or trips till date, yet I keep that music booming within me that “Yes, I love places, I love hills, I love to travel and I will keep on travelling”. Someday I will cover many parts of India or if fate favors might be few nations ranging from Hills, Terrains, Coasts, Jungles. Oh ! Love these senses. Commenced Nevertheless there has to be a start. Last Saturday I was reading few travel blogs where I read “You are not born to only work and pay bills, and die”. It is quite a simple trick I thought. When I grow old I will have memories or pieces of writing regarding my experiences in travelling, not the Outlook email or MS Excel sheets. I asked my brother in law which website does he follow because he and Didi is a travel freak. So I was given the idea to check Thrillophilia. I spoke with my roomies and it struck me why don’t we travel for 2 days to any places near Bangalore as Karnataka boasts of mesmerizing and heart melting places be it green hills or grey stoned architectures of history pages. My love is always for hills or nerve wrecking treks. To start my exploration I thought of visiting Coorg. Sadly it did not take place as we were 3 and without 4 we were not able to book. After lots of browsing and incurring Kilobytes, I came across the Trek to Anthargange. The most astonishing factor was it’s gonna be a night trek and Oh!boy it does increase the level of excitement. Just imagine you are walking down the trails and terrains hopping over the rocks with only the torch as the helping hand for light, not the sun. The thought of exploring the granite rocks and the abundant caves under the night sky and stars watching us down was the reason enough to hit “Book”. I couldn’t wait the week to pass by because the maiden night adventure is awaiting. The Night We were to start our journey on friday night. The bus was to pick us at 10.10 PM. I hurried out from office by 7.30 so that I can be there on time without any hullabaloo. The bus was a little late because of the almighty blessing of traffic. Initially I was shocked to see only 3 of us …What !!! Only 3 people trekking at night on the hills of Anthargange. But no, slowly groups started pouring in and finally started the journey through pick ups from Marathalli, Tin Factory and thus entered the expressway all the way to Kolar. It was a pleasant journey with cool breeze swarming my face swiping down the tiredness of my day at work. We reached the place at 1.30 a.m amidst the curves all the way to the hills of Anthargange. When I boarded down the bus, I was surprised to see 55 trekkers to march all the way till the top through the huge boulders staring at us as if they are going to pounce. It seemed at first things would be easy. But, when you have only one little device throwing light to show you the way it makes you feel what it is to trek at night. Still it was an experience which I would like to carry on anytime again. We reached the cave after 1 km of trek and already there were other group finding their way inside the cave. Dhiraj told it’s gonna take at-least an hour and half for them to complete. So we decided to reach our camping point again finding our way through the thorny plants and trees with slippery rocks all over. It was a tough path because of less grip in those rocks, still all the guys managed to reach the plain land safe. We collected all our sticks and decided to light a campfire. Dhiraj our guide planned for a game until we start our most extravagant and thrill penetrating cave exploration. The game was to shout any name in choir so that the opponent team has to work their ears hard to hear the right name and tell to which category it belongs. Funnily enough it was nice way to spend the time and I was ready to explore the cave which was my main interest. I last went into a cave way back in 1997 in Shillong. At that time I was restricted by my mom, but now I am all on my own. The Cave The entry point at the cave was very narrow and pretty tough to fit in. The gap between the two gigantic chunk of rocks were very less and one had to struggle hard with the belly in and out to keep the journey on inside the cave. One had to climb down the rocks, crawl among the small holes between the rocks and then jump at your own risk so that you can balance and don’t fall down to meet your ends. It was an exciting affair as I was doing this for the first time where I had to clear my way out squeezing through a gap of of one arm. It was a brilliant experience. It took our group an hour to complete the journey inside the cave and reach the open air successfully with scratches all over my palms and arm. Once the cave exploration was over we reached our base camp where the others were settled and ready for their turn. trekkers energised trekkers energised, energised trekkers the gap through which we had to pass the gap through which we had to pass The Sunrise After cave exploration, the legs and hands were tired enough to settle own. I took out my sleeping bag and sneaked in. Honestly ! how many times do we get to sleep under the stars with cool breeze whistling in your ears with peace and serenity. I could smell the wet earth and it was a sense of fulfillment. Nothing can be better than this. I was fast asleep amidst other trekkers who were enjoying their own way, some were dancing, some singing in group and few inside sleeping kits like me. At 4 am I was all ready for the sunrise. We climbed the rocks to reach the best spot so that the rising of the giant helium ball can be well captured. I tell you, the only time you will enjoy the sun is when it rises and when it sets and never when it troubles during day time. anthargange Thus with the sunrise and few captures of the vivid moment my first ever visit outside the hustle and bustle of the city ended in good note with an appetizing breakfast at a roadside restaurant chomping and munching the crisp dosas and vadas. By 11 am I was back in my abode to my surprise with no electricity and thereby I returned back to my daily dose of struggle. Hope to return back soon….Till then let me work and earn for my next rendezvous with nature…

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Rajat

5.0

Very well organized! PROS: 1. The staff went beyond their way to help us in the difficult parts of the caves. They were always around and ensured the safety at all times. 2. The communication from Thrillophilia and the tour operator was timely and travel details were shared well in advance. Seamless pickup and drop. 3. The breakfast was good. CONS: 1. The tour size could have been a bit smaller. With about 50-60 people in our group, it took a bit of a time for everyone to complete the trek. TIP: 1. Carry a light jacket with you as it might get chilly before sunrise. 2. Wear full sleeves t-shirt/lowers. Brilliant experience. Look forward to booking my next adventure with Thrillophilia!

Overview

Trip Starting From: Bangalore

Trip Location: Kolar

About the activity: 

Start late night from Bangalore around 10:00 PM and reach Anthargange.
Begin caving at around 12:00 AM after a briefing session by expert guides, following which the night trek to the Anthargange peak will begin.
Witness rare nocturnal sights along the way, bask in the panoramic views of the night sky from the peak and enjoy a lively bonfire session.
While at the peak, get a surreal view of the sun rising over the horizon and relish in breakfast.
Start trekking back to the base, post which you will return back to Bangalore.

Meal

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  • South-Indian Breakfast

Activity

    7
  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Cave Exploration

Other Inclusions

    7
  • Sleeping Bags are provided
  • 7
  • All Applicable Taxes

Transport

    7
  • Shared Vehicle
  • 7
  • Non A/C Transport depending upon the group size

Things To Carry

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  • Backpack: opt for one with broad straps.
  • 7
  • Rain coat/Poncho: To shield you from the rain.
  • 7
  • Personal medication and toiletries.
  • 7
  • Sweater/ Jacket: To keep you warm during cold mornings and night.
  • 7
  • Sports shoes that are in good condition.
  • 7
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • 7
  • Sunscreen/cap.
  • 7
  • Track pants and full sleeve cotton t-shirt.
  • 7
  • Torch

Advisory

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  • Please check with your tour operator for any forest permission requirements
  • 7
  • This tour can be availed by 12 years and above.
  • 7
  • Avoid uncomfortable clothing during the activities (like saris etc).
  • 7
  • Carrying jewellery or other valuables is not advisable.
  • 7
  • No smoking and consumption of alcohol before or during the activity.
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  • Plastics like chocolate wrappers, water bottles, beverages bottle, polythene covers, etc, should be disposed off in dustbins or carried back to the city.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, no cancellation fees will be applicable.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made within 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 10% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made within 3-6 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made within 0-2 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

    7
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

    7
  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 15 minutes of successful booking.

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    Story by Ankan Mukherjee

     Rated : 4.0

    It’s been nearly 2 months in Bangalore and no place was explored yet.Please don’t talk about Malls and artificial places to visit. They satisfy pockets not heart. I am a passionate traveler and adventure enthusiast from inside which I definitely feel. Even though never been to hectic or too many treks or trips till date, yet I keep that music booming within me that “Yes, I love places, I love hills, I love to travel and I will keep on travelling”. Someday I will cover many parts of India or if fate favors might be few nations ranging from Hills, Terrains, Coasts, Jungles. Oh ! Love these senses. Commenced Nevertheless there has to be a start. Last Saturday I was reading few travel blogs where I read “You are not born to only work and pay bills, and die”. It is quite a simple trick I thought. When I grow old I will have memories or pieces of writing regarding my experiences in travelling, not the Outlook email or MS Excel sheets. I asked my brother in law which website does he follow because he and Didi is a travel freak. So I was given the idea to check Thrillophilia. I spoke with my roomies and it struck me why don’t we travel for 2 days to any places near Bangalore as Karnataka boasts of mesmerizing and heart melting places be it green hills or grey stoned architectures of history pages. My love is always for hills or nerve wrecking treks. To start my exploration I thought of visiting Coorg. Sadly it did not take place as we were 3 and without 4 we were not able to book. After lots of browsing and incurring Kilobytes, I came across the Trek to Anthargange. The most astonishing factor was it’s gonna be a night trek and Oh!boy it does increase the level of excitement. Just imagine you are walking down the trails and terrains hopping over the rocks with only the torch as the helping hand for light, not the sun. The thought of exploring the granite rocks and the abundant caves under the night sky and stars watching us down was the reason enough to hit “Book”. I couldn’t wait the week to pass by because the maiden night adventure is awaiting. The Night We were to start our journey on friday night. The bus was to pick us at 10.10 PM. I hurried out from office by 7.30 so that I can be there on time without any hullabaloo. The bus was a little late because of the almighty blessing of traffic. Initially I was shocked to see only 3 of us …What !!! Only 3 people trekking at night on the hills of Anthargange. But no, slowly groups started pouring in and finally started the journey through pick ups from Marathalli, Tin Factory and thus entered the expressway all the way to Kolar. It was a pleasant journey with cool breeze swarming my face swiping down the tiredness of my day at work. We reached the place at 1.30 a.m amidst the curves all the way to the hills of Anthargange. When I boarded down the bus, I was surprised to see 55 trekkers to march all the way till the top through the huge boulders staring at us as if they are going to pounce. It seemed at first things would be easy. But, when you have only one little device throwing light to show you the way it makes you feel what it is to trek at night. Still it was an experience which I would like to carry on anytime again. We reached the cave after 1 km of trek and already there were other group finding their way inside the cave. Dhiraj told it’s gonna take at-least an hour and half for them to complete. So we decided to reach our camping point again finding our way through the thorny plants and trees with slippery rocks all over. It was a tough path because of less grip in those rocks, still all the guys managed to reach the plain land safe. We collected all our sticks and decided to light a campfire. Dhiraj our guide planned for a game until we start our most extravagant and thrill penetrating cave exploration. The game was to shout any name in choir so that the opponent team has to work their ears hard to hear the right name and tell to which category it belongs. Funnily enough it was nice way to spend the time and I was ready to explore the cave which was my main interest. I last went into a cave way back in 1997 in Shillong. At that time I was restricted by my mom, but now I am all on my own. The Cave The entry point at the cave was very narrow and pretty tough to fit in. The gap between the two gigantic chunk of rocks were very less and one had to struggle hard with the belly in and out to keep the journey on inside the cave. One had to climb down the rocks, crawl among the small holes between the rocks and then jump at your own risk so that you can balance and don’t fall down to meet your ends. It was an exciting affair as I was doing this for the first time where I had to clear my way out squeezing through a gap of of one arm. It was a brilliant experience. It took our group an hour to complete the journey inside the cave and reach the open air successfully with scratches all over my palms and arm. Once the cave exploration was over we reached our base camp where the others were settled and ready for their turn. trekkers energised trekkers energised, energised trekkers the gap through which we had to pass the gap through which we had to pass The Sunrise After cave exploration, the legs and hands were tired enough to settle own. I took out my sleeping bag and sneaked in. Honestly ! how many times do we get to sleep under the stars with cool breeze whistling in your ears with peace and serenity. I could smell the wet earth and it was a sense of fulfillment. Nothing can be better than this. I was fast asleep amidst other trekkers who were enjoying their own way, some were dancing, some singing in group and few inside sleeping kits like me. At 4 am I was all ready for the sunrise. We climbed the rocks to reach the best spot so that the rising of the giant helium ball can be well captured. I tell you, the only time you will enjoy the sun is when it rises and when it sets and never when it troubles during day time. anthargange Thus with the sunrise and few captures of the vivid moment my first ever visit outside the hustle and bustle of the city ended in good note with an appetizing breakfast at a roadside restaurant chomping and munching the crisp dosas and vadas. By 11 am I was back in my abode to my surprise with no electricity and thereby I returned back to my daily dose of struggle. Hope to return back soon….Till then let me work and earn for my next rendezvous with nature…

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    Story by Rajat

     Rated : 5.0

    Very well organized! PROS: 1. The staff went beyond their way to help us in the difficult parts of the caves. They were always around and ensured the safety at all times. 2. The communication from Thrillophilia and the tour operator was timely and travel details were shared well in advance. Seamless pickup and drop. 3. The breakfast was good. CONS: 1. The tour size could have been a bit smaller. With about 50-60 people in our group, it took a bit of a time for everyone to complete the trek. TIP: 1. Carry a light jacket with you as it might get chilly before sunrise. 2. Wear full sleeves t-shirt/lowers. Brilliant experience. Look forward to booking my next adventure with Thrillophilia!

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    Story by Mahalakshmi Malini

     Rated : 5.0

    The most amazing start I could ever find to adventure trips. Thanks to Thrillophilia,now for me personally,the word adventure has been redefined. It was the most beautiful experience anyone could ever go through and I am 120% sure, that this is just the start and there are miles to go before they sleep and miles to go before they sleep...

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    Story by Venkatadesikan Mani

     Rated : 5.0

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    "outstanding experience. had done this with my 13year old daughter as she wanted to try one such. very well managed by the team. though i wasn't sure if they had everything handy to deal-with in case of any eventuality. anyways, as an adventure.. this was Huge!"

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    Story by Nishtha Garg

     Rated : 4.0

    Antergange trek was first trek of my life and it was a great experience. The organisers helped everyone to pass through the tough and narrow passages in the caves. The bonfire and the chilly night under the blanket of stars added to the beauty of the trek. Next morning, the breakfast was also good. I'd recommend people to definitely go for this trek.

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    Story by Ramesh

     Rated : 4.0

    Trekking in midnight It was a new experience altogether to me personally. The guides and accessories like sleeping bag provided which I liked the most beside the nature over there and trek.

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    Story by ABHINAV DIXIT

     Rated : 5.0

    Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip worth living and memorable. Since beginning they been very humble and helpful to us specially our guide BABA, who made us do this adventure with an atmost ease. I will personally recommend if you are thinking for have a small yet memorable trip .........GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Story by akshay murarka

     Rated : 5.0

    Had a lot of fun, Thrillophilia contact person communicated all the requirements for the tour well in advance. The trip guides were really good, helped at all the difficult points during the trek in an orderly manner. The bon-fire especially great. Just the amount of people on the trip could have been little less.

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    Story by C Lopa

     Rated : 4.0

    For a First time night trek cave exploration was thrilling and awesome experience but was just for 45 mts ...felt duration was less...it was very well organised though we were two ladies and all others strangers to us we felt very safe....also loved the sumptuous breakfast. Certain small hitches to be taken care like our sleeping bag was not in good condition . Otherwise overall a very memorable trek!!!

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    Story by Sindhu Selvaraj

     Rated : 4.0

    The trip was well organized, starting from communicating all the details, pickup, drop, food and helping us out during the difficult parts of the trek. No confusions. We enjoyed the trek thoroughly and this definitely is a memorable experience. Thanks Thrillophilia :)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go?

      Throughout the year except during Monsoon months of July to August.

    2. What kind of clothes and equipments should I carry?

      Backpack: opt for one with broad straps, Rain coat/Poncho, Personal medication and toiletries, Sweater/ Jacket, Sports shoes that are in good condition, Flashlight with extra batteries, Sunscreen/cap, Track pants and full sleeve cotton t-shirt, Torch.

    3. What is the level of difficulty?

      Moderate level.

    4. Will food and safe drinking water be provided during this trek?

      Yes, a south Indian breakfast is provided. You will have to carry your own water bottles.

    5. What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      You need to be in a good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.

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