Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The quest for Mandalpatti


Trip to Mandalpatti and Mallalli Falls Coorg:

Western Ghats of Madikeri(coorg):The Shola grasslands and forest with mesmerizing water streams and falls, Far stretching green mountains and the cool breeze will definitely make one feel like heaven.

After my 1st visit to Madikeri in 2010, we just planned for some least explored places in Coorg, so we decided to go to a peak and a waterfalls, and decided Mallalli falls on the 1st day and Mandalpatti on the 2nd day.

Mallalli Falls:

Lower Mallalli Falls
We started our day from Bangalore early morning having breakfast in Maddur and reached Suntikoppa and started our journey towards
towards Mallalli falls(40km from Madikeri), the nearest town being somwarpet. 
The route is via madapur, we reached  a checkpoint for the falls and had some snacks over there form a local shop n hired a local guide(as the place is completely remote) and travelled for some 2km, then we had to park our SUV and started to trek there are atleast a thousand steps to get down and further have to trek a km, totally it should be around 4km we have to walk on foot. 
View from Mallalli Falls
U get some beautiful views of the falls on the way. There is a natural view point at the top surrounded by dark stones. 
Once u reach the falls u can go into the water depending upon the water level, there are 2 major steps for the falls, the lower falls is not much accessible so we settled to relax on the rocks around the falls. 
The water was ice cooled so couldn't actually spend much of the time playing in the water. We had gone during the christmas time so there was not much of water so it was pretty safe. 
View of the lower falls on the trek route
This place is meant only to visit in the winter between Dec-Feb is the best time to visit, although u may not find water during hot summers and in monsoons it is impossible and dangerous to visit. Mallalli Falls lies in the foot of Pushpagiri Hill Ranges, where Kumaradhara river takes a plunge over 200 feet.
One would not disagree if someone says Malalli Falls better than Abbey Falls.



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View of Pushpagiri Hills
on the way to kumara parvatha
After spending hours in the falls we started to climb up the hill back to the car parking, we paid 150Rs to the guide. 
We started towards kumara parvata of pushpagiri hills. 
Although we didn't planned for kumara parvatha and it was already getting dark we settled visiting a shiva temple(Heggademane Temple) down the hill.
Shiva Temple




U get nice decent views of the valley from this temple.
We started our journey back to suntikoppa and halted for the night.


Mandalpatti:

The route via Abbey
On the 2nd day we started early morning 6am towards Mandalpatti, we hired a local Jeep since the roads are very rough and routes were not properly known. 
From Madikeri, there are 2 routes to Mandalpatti - one which shares its route with Abbey Falls(around 20kms from Madikeri), the other which goes via Makkandur(around 35kms from Madikeri). 


Roads on top of the hills
The route via Makkandur is a bit longer but I would easily advise it over the other. We took the route from abbey falls while going and while coming back we came from Makkandur route.  Both the routes take u through the coffee estates and forest so u never get bored of the 2 hr journey. As u drive up the hills u can witness the mountains covered with grasslands on the top. Every view from then are all panaromic views of the mountains. The road ends at Pushpagiri reserve forest office, Mandalapatti. 
Shola Grasslands at Mandalpatti
 If I would describe the place in one sentence it would be "No stress, No phones, No pollution, No humans full relax at the untouched".
There is a small hill behind the forest office and a pond, one can climb the hill to get the breathtaking views of the valley. There is a view point also build recently. On top of the hill the wind blows away ur mind. I was a little bit disappointed as there was no mist and clear sky on that day, else one can stand on top of the hill where all the clouds are below them.  
View from top of Mandalpatti
There are also tents provided from the forest office at a cost and u need a prior permission from them to go further trekking the hills.
Don't expect food in the hills. We then left the place in the afternoon and on the way back u can find a number of small water streams and falls through the Makkandur route. Finally ended our journey back to Bangalore.




Google Maps:The map shown here is the route with abbey falls, since the road through Makkandur is newly built it is not shown in google maps



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Abbey Falls:

one can also check out Abbey falls, refer the map below for the route. Starting from madikeri it is around 8km from madikeri town. The buses can ply up to 5km, further one has to walk or can take a private bus or jeep(around 50Rs for pickup and drop) which takes u till 1km from the falls and then u've to trek inside the coffee estates for about a km to reach the falls, there is parking facility which charge around 40Rs. you are not allowed to get into the water and there is a small hanging bridge infront of the falls to get a good view of the falls. There are no shops in and around the falls.



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Photo Gallery:

Mallalli Falls:

Hoardings at the entrance of the falls
View of Upper and Lower falls from the trek route
View of the falls from top of the hill

Roads to Mandalpatti:

Road near Mandalpatti
Road near Mandalpatti
Road gets still worst when u get near to Mandalpatti
Some side ways for different hill tops
Road via Makkandur Route
Makkandur route road under Construction 
Road through the coffee estates

Mandalpatti:

Flowers at Pushpagiri hills, Mandalpatti
view of Forest office from Mandalpatti Hill
View point at Mandalpatti Hill
One of the trek route at Mandalpatti
View of the levels of hills from mandalpatti
Beyond the view point at Mandalpatti
Roadside falls on the Makkandur route
View of the shola grasslands from Mandalpatti

Hoardings at The Range Office:




For More Pics CLICK HERE


Check out the Videos here
Mandalpatti video -  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3x60C6Clios


Pushpagiri hills video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wApvY6OGqlw


Mallallifalls video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLqgoj-oy0c



6 comments:

  1. Nice Detailed article...Beautiful photos..!!

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  2. Hi Sandeep :) Wonderful pictures. We are going to mandalpatti this June. Any suggestions for homestay and how to board a jeep :) any information would help us a lot.

    Thanks
    Dhinkar

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    1. we had not booked homestay, we directly went there and searched, but i would advice u to book it in advance, through online also u can do.
      Regarding hiring a jeep, you can get it from madekeri itself, contact your hotel person, they should be able to get you. But ask for it in advance to arrange for u.

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    2. How much does it cost for 1 day trip including hiring of jeep....detailed information would be expected.

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  3. Hi can you tell me how to get the forest reserves contact number for hiring the tents in mandalpatti?

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