Mistical Charmadi – Trek to Kodekallu gudda – Ballekallu Gudda

It was more than 2 months since  I had been on a trek with the last being a short climb to makkalidurga. My body was craving for a trek and this prompted me to plan for a trek. This would also act as an acclimatization trek for the himalayan trek which was due in Nov. There were quite a few places which came to my mind ,and I finally zeored in on Kodekallu and Ballekallu in charmadi ghat. Kiran and srikanth joined in as usual. With weather still unknown in dakshin kannada, we decided to go ahead for the trek.

A couple of days before the trek kiran told me its raining very heavily in mangalore, however since tickets were already booked, we decided to go ahead with the trek. I met srikanth and kiran at majestic and we boarded the bus to dharmastala. After a roller coaster ride through shiradi ghat we reached dharmastala at 6.30.

Kodekallu-Ballekallu are two prominent peaks in charmadi ghat. One has to take a bus to kottigehara and get down at anjannapa temple which is present enroute and trek from there. After finishing our morning abulations, we boarded the bus to kottighara. Locals had told that it was raining very heavily for past 2 days, however weather had let up temporarily which was a good sign :).

Scenic Western Ghats

With amazing scenary on the way, we soon reached the temple. We asked for directions to go to the peak. We were told there were two routes to the peak. One being a climb from ‘Onti Mara’ which was a short distance before the temple, and other was to go bidirutala and start the climb from there. We opted for the second option, as this was our first trek to the peak.

The trek to bidirutala starts after a km or two on the highway.We need to take a left at the mud path and start the trek from the mud path which goes for 2 kms

Road to bidirutala

After huffing and puffing we got into a rythm and climb became more easier. The mist which had engulfed the place was playing spoil sport. After an hour we reached bidirutala.

Bidirutala is a small village with has just  5 houses!!!.  Having reached one of the houses, we asked for directions, the person told us how to go. Since the place was too misty, there was  a concern whether we could find the correct path in the mist.

Dumping our luggages in one of the houses, we asked one of the locals to show us the route.

The trek officially started at 11.1 5 in the morning. We followed the guide to kodekallu first. It began to rain also, however that didnt stop us trekking. With short breaks at places to click snaps with continued. We crossed jenukallu, however we couldnt see it in the mist.

Misty Mountains

The rain stopped temporarily and we were close to kodekallu. The peak looks like a big umbrella and there is place under neath the rock which can be used for shelter in case of rain or sun. No snaps could be taken of kodekallu due to the mist !

Hillock near kodekallu

We soon reached kodekallu and took shelter underneath the rock. Lunch packets were opened and after finishing lunch, we relaxed for a while before moving to ballekallu. Ballekallu is the one of the highest points in charmadi, and the climb was quite tiresome towards the end, as we had to climb at a 65 degree angle.

The whole place was covered in mist and it had a very serene feeling.

Mist covered ballekallu and surroundings

Spending some time atop the peak, we headed back to birudutala. The descent was tricky as, the ground, holes, and grass all looked the same !. As we neared the base, we could see jenukallu more clearly and we had a small photoshoot there before going back.

Mistical Charmadi

The guide showed us dodda yeri peak which can also be covered in a single day. Kodekallu-ballekallu-dodda yeri along with anadaka waterfall can be an ideal two day trek

Dodda Yeri at a distance

Reaching bidirutala, we thanked the guide and headed to the river for a bath and it was back to dharmastala.

With no rooms present in dharmastala, we had to settle for sleeping in the veranda, in one of many guest houses as all rooms were packed.

Day 2

With the trek completed there werent any specific plans for the next day. The plan was to go to Ujjre and then decide what can be done. After reaching Ujjre we decided to visit anadaka waterfall in didupe, however srikanth called up his friend and came to know of another waterfall called yermaee abbi. We decided to head there instead of anadaka waterfall.

Boarding the bus to didupe we reached the stop . Kudremukh which we could see at a distance was covered in mist and the the sight was awesome.

Kudremukh covered in mist

The falls can be reached after a short trek, which we did. Yermaee Abbi is a secluded waterfall which falls at various levels. We could reach the first level pretty easily, however we didnt know there was another level. Spending some time at the falls, we headed back to the road

Yermaee Abbi

With nothing else planned out, for the day, we decided to go to mangalore and have a couple of ice creams in pabbas before heading back to bangalore.  A 2.30 hr journey took us to mangalore and after filling our stomachs with ice creams.  I then headed over to my cousin’s house while srikanth and kiran went back to dharmasatala.

The return bus was at 10 at night, and we reached bangalore, thus concluding another wonderful trek

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11 Responses to Mistical Charmadi – Trek to Kodekallu gudda – Ballekallu Gudda

  1. Hey , Nice photos and very well written post.

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  3. ashwin says:

    Dude i find ur blog very much informative.. its super coool… gud going bro.. 🙂
    Can we manage to reach d peak without a guide??? And do we have frequent bus facilities from Dharmasthala to Kottigehara? Is dis d rite time to visit..???

    • subbuz1 says:

      Hi Ashwin

      U can reach the peak without a guide, there are frequent bus services from dharmastala to kottigehara u can get down at the temple which is enroute and trek from there. It depends on the weather the scenary will be better if u go during monsoon

  4. ashwin says:

    Dude do v have trails til d peak..?? So that v r not lost amidst d forest ..

  5. Wow, fantastic blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is excellent, let alone the content!. Thanks For Your article about Mistical Charmadi & .

  6. Randal Bouse says:

    Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is wonderful, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about Mistical Charmadi & .

  7. Would you be ok sharing your kodekallu and Balekallu photos on Indiahikes website? Do let me know.

    • Subbu says:

      HI Sorry for the delay in replying, It would be my pleasure for my photos to be on Indiahikes website. Please go ahead and share my photos of Kodekallu and Balekallu trek on Indiahikes website

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