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Shivagange trek - Let's get adventorous!

Sipping my coffee on a Friday evening and watching the monsoon rains pattering from my balcony. I said to myself - "It's time for a ride tomorrow morning". Within no time, the crew was set!  Where to? - A quick one! Alright, Shivagange trek was on my list. Although my mom defends that we had been there when I was a kid and she was the only one among us who could get the Olkal theertha (the sacred spring water, read on). Anyways, coming back, even though it's very close around 50kms from  Bengaluru,  I don’t remember trekking that hill.  Without any more plan, we woke up in the morning and started the journey at 7 am.

Brief on Shivagange hills

Shivagange hills is a perfect weekend getaway with a combination of moderate trekking and spiritual miracles. From the trekking point, the place is ideal for moderate day trek with ample steep trails. From a religious point, the place is dedicated to Gangadhareshwara - a form of Shiva Linga. An interesting miracle here is that a g…

Syntheri rock Dandeli - Monolithic miracle

Dandeli is a hidden gem in Karnataka enfolding the pristine nature and wildlife to behold.  I stayed in Dandeli Jungle camp - an essence of raw jungle sojourn. Mr Dharmesh, owner of Dandeli Jungle camp had already arranged a car for my local travel. The scorching sun calmed down by 3 pm when I began my journey towards Syntheri rock Dandeli.

A 35kms drive through the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary from DJC through the rustling woods. This stretch of Dandeli is home for wild cats. The driver Vijay told me that he had sighted black panthers and leopards on his previous drives here. Yes, Dandeli is declared as the tiger reserve and conserving the wildlife is the utmost preference here. Throughout this reserve forest, I constantly kept my eye focussed to sight any wild animals. Alas! Maybe the wild cats were deep inside the forest and I wasn't lucky that day to sight them.

Brief on Syntheri rock

A monolithic single granite boulder with a height of 300ft with the river Kaneri flowing at its co…

Timber depot and Natural Jacuzzi at Dandeli

Early morning I got up to the tunes of the jungle. At 6:30 am, we started to drive towards Timber Depot for bird watching - especially for the Hornbills. Dandeli is known to be rich in timber, especially for teak and rosewood. The Dandeli teak auction is believed to be biggest in Asia. The timber trail has been transformed as conservation of the rare species of Hornbills. India has 10 species of Hornbills and Dandeli forests alone has four species residing in Timberyard - Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill, Indian grey hornbill and Malabar grey hornbill. Hornbill festival was organised at Dandeli by Karnataka forest department in 2018, in order to create awareness and conserving the hornbills.

[caption id="attachment_6858" align="aligncenter" width="640"] As the timber depot welcomed me[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6861" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rajani & I as we walked in the quest of birds[/caption]

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