|Starting point - The 13th century 'mahadev' temple built by the Kadambas, now being maintained by the archaeological survey of India.|
|The first few hundred meters are fine. Easy going path. Cool breeze. Chirping birds|
|Cool streams with clear water|
|And then the obstacles start - crawling underneath over grown shrubbery and catching leeches all over the body|
|Trying to step over fallen bamboo stems - trying our best to avoid cuts and scratches|
|Climbing over when crawling below is not possible and learning that crawling and catching leeches was better|
|and negotiating slippery rocks at the final stage|
|In spite of getting rid of leeches with salt, one stubborn leech remains gorging on my blood|
|and then the falls!|
|Forgetting all the hardships and enjoying the chilly shower before filling the stomach and returning. |
The reception committee of chirping birds which you find at the beginning is nature's way of fooling you. The real committee consists of hungry leeches and mosquitoes.
Better add a tube of insect repellent, 'Koito' ( Scythe - this is to cut the over growth coming in your way but will be handy if you try to kill a mosquito. If you see their size you would think twice before trying to kill them with bare hands), a rope and a stout stick to the list of things to carry.
The path climbs and dips putting considerable strain on your heart, lungs and joints. Service them before you start.
Streams which look six inches deep are always one and a half feet when you step into them.
The over grown branches which you carelessly try to swipe aside with your hands always have thorns on them and those which you try to kick aside never fail to trip you.
Hanging overgrowth which are in the way are always at the height of your eyes irrespective of your height!
Nature always has an upper hand, however clever you are.