Place : Pearl Valley (Muthayala Maduvu).
Bikes: Pulsar > Flames > Gs150 > Pulsar .
Participants : Manu > ES > Mithul > Kg > “s” > Hanuman :P > Madhu >Sp !!
Distance : 50 x 2 = 100kms.
Directions: Bengaluroo > BAnerghatta Road > Anekal > Right turn > Muthyalamaduvu ( Pearl valley)
Previous Visit: Maddur CCD.
9th Sept had returned form Maddur at about 7pm… And well next day… had to be in
Pearlvalley :D … So sent a text to people who were coming the next day regarding the timings ( 8am) , place to meet…And Crashed down !!
Next day 8 am there were no signs of anybody near my house .. so went near the college… nop nobody were there too.. after a few mins Manu showed up…followed By KG and S.. after about half an hour Mithul & Madu joined us.. Then Anurag (Hanuman) joined us half asleep… It was Mithul`s and Hanuman`s 1st Trip with us and they had no clue what they`l be going through the next 12 hrs :D ( Neither did we :P )
Then the epic wait For chaitnya ( Endu / ES) began. 9 am – No trace…. 9 15 am – Got up now mach..brushing teeth.. will be there in 15min . We decided to have breakfast in our college mess … had a pretty ok breakfast. Manu & me had been to this placein Jan , so we were having a discussion about our past visit. Finally at 10am Endu showed up :D…Then we took the NICE road to reach Banergatta Road.
Pulsar – Endu & Hanuman
Flames – Mitul & Madu
GS - Manu & S
Pulsar – KG & Sp.
So we 8 headed off on Banergatta road towards Annekal !! The road is pretty decent with a lil pot holes here and there :D. Manu led the way and I stayed back last everybody else in between… made sure that everybody were on the right track. We stopped at a small bakery near anekal purchased a water bottle…. Then reached anekal… taking a right here would lead us to a main road , from here after a kilometer or so…a right deviation on a small road leads to
vally :) Pearl
We reached the place , parked our bikes and climbed down the old , half broken steps which would lead us into the forest , it was 11 am ( Please note the time cos the next 6-7hrs = insane adventure :P )
First things 1st ..we saw the Pearl valley Falls… spend only 10mins there and started walking into the forest…The Adventure/ trek was simply amazing…Trees fallen on the ground… butterflies around…Greenery everywhere…a small muddy ( hardly visible) path …
Then we reached a canopy it was pretty dark inside , sat there for sometime and headed further… then we decided to take an alternate route ( basically Alternate route = off route OR in simple words GETTING LOST in the forest :P )
Holy shit!! Tat was one bad move man… we ended up walking though thick and very high grass ( pretty sure snakes were crawling all around us)… one second the person in front of u is visible…next moment he`s gone :O , “S” picked up a stick and started the samurai jack games…chopping away the Grass… :D
After heading a little deeper into the forest GULP!!! Well we saw something tat made our adrenalin rise…we were jumping around in excitement :D , (STOP IMAGINIG SO MUCH ) it was only Fresh elephant Dung :P :P HAhahaha!!! Well it was exciting , cos we realized tat there were elephants somewhere around us.
Alrit here was THE PLAN : “ If Elephant shows up , tiny ones ( Endu & me) hide behind bushes , Others hide behind trees and boulders , and our Hanuman ( mini Elephant) goes up to the elephant and says “ HEY WAZZAAA No SEE :P” “
After tat we came across a open area …to see elephant Dung all around us… we were in Deep Shit ( LITERALLY) :P
Found a stream , washed our faces, thought of following it…. After a few mins realized tat it lead to a dead end :(…so decided to head back….After an hour so of walking through thick grass…crouching , etc etc… we reached a place and we had two options in hand
1) head further normal route
2) (The insane one) climb up a steep hill and see whats up thre :P
We took the 1st option (Don’t worry we`l never disappoint u guys....keep reading ) .
We took the path further….went further for 15 mins….the sat in an open area…opened a packet of biscuit and the bottle of water we had purchased earlier and finshed them off in a matter of seconds :D…had a about 30 mins of nap in the middle of the forest…and when we were up… decided to say Tata to the Boring route… and take the uphill route!! :D :D…then came a voice “ Oye here`s a butterfly , take a snap it`l be nice!!! :) “ we were like who`s tat…It was Madu speaking for a change Hehehe … he hardly speaks !!
We reached back to tat steep hill and there was no stopping Hanuman ( who was totally pumped up) went uphill like it was nothing, stones , mini-boulders rolled down and unfortunately I was behind him… had a hard time dodging the incoming rocks….
After reaching the top, the view was beautiful…. We found a small muddy path (Wheew!!! Tat was a relief) decided to follow it.
GOT WORSST :
But things got worse , it lead to a barren land, old cracked up , dry land… it was about 2pm in the noon…the sun was right above us…draining out all the water & energy we had. We could see beautiful Blue hills far far away..it was a wonderful sight.
We were really in the core forest…. Found a small dirty pond… besides it i.e along the pond was a killer sight.. Fresh elephant footsteps…, tat gave us the energy BOOST, we boom we were back and started following it…. Small branches broken down recently, grass bent down due to movement…. Aaahh yeah!!! We were dead on \m/
Then we had to squat and go further on… Endu , S , Kg And Sp(me) went further …others stayed back… further heard a Wild boars scream.. GULP!!! Well tats one animal u don’t wanna run into in the wild…we went back to meet others… had a long talk whether to go further or go back...finally decided to go back because
1) We were totally , I mean TOTALLY LOST.
3) Energy levels very low
4) Brusies , scratches , rashes.
5) HUNGRY ( atleast the rest of them :P )
Heading back was no easy task , we were in the middle of the forest in the noon , without a clue of our way back. We saw things( anthills , trees, bushes,barrenland,flowers) we had made fun off /spoke about while coming ….these came in real handy in making us feel that we were in walking in the correct direction. After an hour or two of walking like the living dead we saw the canopy…. Whew tat sight made us all very happy…we knew it was only 10-20mins walk from there :D
Sat under the canopy for sometime.. had to use the shade… finally in a matter of few mins we were back at the falls :D :D . washed our faces…we were glad tat nobody fainted due to the severe heat…Then walked up the same old broken steps which had lead us into the forest ( And believe me this was the hardest part )After reaching up we drank juice and went inside the restraint and started having lunch with a huge stick in our hands to shoo away the monkeys :P . ( it was about 4:30 pm)
And for the 1`st timers they were in shock watching me eat … I had exactly 3 spoons of fried rice and said.. “ Aahh im full… wher’s my drink?? “Haha!!!
RIDE BACK :
Then headed back to
, reached NICE road entrance… the final stretch :) . KG , Endu who were sitting behind , were fast asleep… everybody tired, knees , and legs yelling in pain… 6.5 hrs adventure walk though the forest is no easy job. Bangalore
Reached College , sat near bakery had tea and decided to head back home as the sun went down.
We were a lil disappointed tat we couldn’t spot an elephant, but what a killer adventure it was …6.5 hrs in the thick forest. with bruises , rashes, cuts on our hands… survived the entire adventure with just a bottle of water.
It was battle to to hang on… overall a wonderful trip \m/
1) Dont go too deep inside the forest, finding way back isnt tat easy.
2) Carry water if you go for the trek.
Thank you !! \m/