Ballalarayanadurga Trek & Bandaje Waterfalls – Weekend Getaway From Bangalore

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  • 2 Days 1 Night
  • Group Size: 8 - 12
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Distance : 291 KM

Overview

Hello Trekkers!

Hidden among a blanket of greenery on top of the hills, Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls is a campers paradise in western ghats. The only way to reach the falls is through trekking. It plunges 200 feet from the hilltop and is a surreal sight to behold. The best part about the waterfalls is that the spot is absolutely clean and untouched, largely because of the strenuous trek uphill.

On Day 1 we set on an 8 Km trek to Bandaje waterfalls from our base camp. The trek initially passes through a village, a couple of forest streams, after which it becomes steep before entering a dense evergreen forest. The forest is so thick that sun rays will hardly reach the ground. After taking a well-deserved dip in the chilling waterfalls, we indulge in raw nature camping overnight.
We will sleep in the tranquility of mother nature and wake up to the unbelievable sunrise glistening through the mist.

We will then continue the trek towards Ballarayanadurga Fort, which is around 5 km distance from the falls. The trek trails are very confusing, one reason why we would opt for the forest guide. Once we ascend the initial forest path, the wide-open Shola grasslands that offer breathtaking views all round will welcome us.

Halfway through the trail that takes us on one of the most beautiful terrains in the western ghats, there is a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, that suggests we reached the peak of the mountain. From here, we descend towards the Ballarayanadurga fort which is on an adjacent mountain.

We will explore the remains of a fort that was built during the Hoysala dynasty. It stands as proof of magnificent past and architectural excellence. After this, we shall hike down another 3 Km to the civilization where our vehicle would be waiting to pick us.

One would seldom find a place as peaceful and isolated as Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls and Ballarayanadurga fort. If you seek solitude from raw nature, just book it.

Highlights of the trip:

  • Trek to thunderous Bandaje Arbi waterfalls
  • Explore Ballarayanadurga fort sitting on top of a giant mountain
  • Visit to Kodige falls & Seega gudda
  • Bonfire with group activities

Inclusions

  • Travel (Tempo or Mini Bus, Non AC)
  • Stay at trekkers homestay (separate dormitory for guys and girls)
  • Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, 1 Evening snacks (all veg)
  • Bandaje trek permissions, Forest department fees
  • Jeep Ride to Bandaje base point
  • Trek Leader(s)
  • Forest guide
  • Bonfire (if it doesn’t rain)
  • Visit to Kodige falls & Seega gudda
  • A lot of entertainment through out the trip 🙂

Exclusions

  • Lunch on Day 2
  • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above.

Itinerary

Day 0 - Night journey to Bandaje Base

  • Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey to Bandaje base village.

Day 1 - Bandaje and Ballalarayanadurga Trek

  • Reach our guesthouse early in the morning, freshen up, and have breakfast.
  • Have Breakfast, get set for the trek.
  • Drive to the base of Bandaje, grab your packet of Lunch.
  • Meet our forest guide, listen to a small brief about the trek route and precautions to be taken in nature camping, start trekking uphill.
  • Trek through dense forest, crossing streams and meadows, reach by late afternoon, take a refreshing dip in the most amazing Bandaje waterfalls.
  • Start trekking towards Ballarayanadurga, the midpoint of which is the peak of a mountain with stunning views. 
  • Continue hiking down to the fort, exploring ruins and fort walls.
  • Social gathering at night with long conversations, rest in the cozy tents

Day 2 - Schedule

  • Wake up, freshen up
  • Visit extremely pretty Kodige Waterfalls and play in water
  • Come back to homestay, have breakfast
  • Say bye to our Homestay
  • Start back to Bangalore, Lunch stop on the way.
  • Visit Seega gudda . Enjoy the view at the shiva temple.
  • Reach home by night ( before dinner time )
  • Bombard your Instagram and Facebook with your Bandaje pictures for the next 1 week

What to Expect

About Trip:
  • This trip involves basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay without any luxury, whatsoever.
  • This is a group trip with shared model. It may not suit everyone – especially for those expecting privacy and comfort. It best suits for people who wish to socialize.
  • Please do not book this trip if you are not okay with above points.

Travel:
  • Tempo Traveler or Mini Bus (with push back seats).
  • Note: This trip involves overnight journey on a push back Seater (Not sleeper or semi-sleeper).
  • We request you to book this trip only if you can handle slight discomfort (especially last row of the vehicle).

Stay:
  • Trekkers homestay or campsite – based on the availability for that weekend
  • Separate dormitories for Men and Women.
  • We even have covered Tent stay. Contact booking team to check availability.

Food:
  • 2 times Breakfast, 1 packed Lunch, 1 Evening Snacks, 1 Dinner (all veg) are included at our homestay.
  • Food during journey is self-sponsored
  • Please check Inclusions, Exclusions of Bandaje trek package below for complete list of things included in your trip cost.

FAQ

Pickup/Drop Points

Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 8:00 PM


Marathahalli: 8:25 PM


Tin Factory: 8:40 PM


Goraguntepalya: 9:35 to 9:50 PM (based on traffic)

Things to carry

  • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
  • A small backpack for the trek, waterproof (to carry a water bottle, lunch packet, towel, etc)
  • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
  • Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
  • Cap/Hat/Sunscreen (to protect yourself from the sun)
  • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
  • Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
  • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our campsite
  • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
  • Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
  • Your personal medications, if any
  • Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls
  • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
  • Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
  • Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday lunch and misc. expenses
  • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

What's next after booking your trip?

  • A Whatsapp group shall be created on the trip day and Vehicle & Trip Leader details will be shared.
  • This trip involves traveling with strangers and night stays (if any). Please be mindful that:
    • It is mandatory to share your personal information with the team along with a copy of your government approved ID card.
    • You will need to share your co-traveler(s) details if you have booked more than one seat.
  • Live location of the vehicle will be sent in the group once it starts at the first point.

Seasonal Variations

  • June to Sept (monsoon): Monsoons bring the best out of Ballarayanadurga. It rains persistently, filling up the streams and creating mini-waterfalls everywhere. This means we may have to take a dip in the adjacent streams instead of going right under the falls at Bandaje Arbi. But the experience in monsoons is simply amazing. 
  • Oct to Jan (winter): Clouds will make way to clear blue skies. Nights will be colder. Plenty of water in the falls to take a shower. Amazing sunsets and sunrises at Bandaje & Ballarayanadurga will continue throughout the winter. Surely the best time to experience the bliss of nature.
  • Feb to May (summer): Mountains get drier and more brownish. It will be hot and humid that can sap off our energy. We usually avoid doing Ballarayanadurga in summer.

Terms & Conditions

  • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule shall be entertained. Do not give advice(s) to the Trip Leader(s) to change the itinerary.
  • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
  • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
  • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for treks. There may be snakes, scorpions, and dangerous animals.
  • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
  • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
  • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
  • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
  • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
  • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
  • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by Traveler

  • 80% refund/100% postponement if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time. An email has to be sent to muddietrails@gmail.com to raise a cancellation request.
  • No refund/postponing is allowed within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Covid, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
  • No refund/postponing is allowed for partial payment – booking fee – which is done to book your slot.
  • No refund during/after the event.

Cancellation by Muddie Trails

Muddie Trails may decide to cancel the event if there are less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.

What if we don’t get the minimum number of people for the trip?
We have 2 options in this case:
Option 1: Complete refund.
Option 2: Switch to any other trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.


Cancellation due to external factors

Muddie Trails may have to cancel the event in case of external factors that are beyond our control like Natural Disasters, Extreme Weather Conditions, Red Alerts, Political Disturbances, Bandh/Curfews, Local Issues, Road Blocks, Train cancellations, Covid-19 or any other disease outbreaks etc.

In these scenarios:

  • No Refund is allowed.
  • 100% trip amount can be used for any other new trip of the same weekend or future weekends. The difference amount will be collected from you or paid back according to the new trip cost.
  • Once you confirm your participation on the new trip, all the above Cancellation policies will apply for the same.

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