Nishani Motte Wildlife Circuit Trek
Nishani Motte is one of those lesser known weekend trek from Bangalore where you can experience the mighty wildlife and the tranquility of Coorg which is also known as the Scotland of India. Nishani Motte comes under the Tala Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary of Karnataka and is a home to many wildlife animals including Leopards and Elephants. The trekking route is a guided route accompanied by the Tala Cauvery <b>Forest Department authorized Guides </b> who are very well versed with the route as well the animal moment. The most beautiful part of the Nishani Motte trek is the ridge walk on the sides of the dense forests which continues till we start going down towards the Animal Poaching Camp of Nishani Motte. The ideal way to experience wonderful Coorg is to never stay in Coorg resorts or Coorg Hotels, rather stay with the locals at a Homestay in Coorg and eat the local food in Coorg.
NISHANI MOTTE TREK PERMISSION
Nishani Motte trekking trail is a part of the dense Tala Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary which is a home to the wild animals and thousands of plant species. The trekking route to the Nishani Motte is not well market and needs a guided support from a Forest Department Guide. It is advised to plan a trek to Nishani Motte only with accordance with the Tala Cauvery Forest Department which Get beyond Limits does.
DAY 0: Pick up from Bangalore at 2215Hrs
A 303km drive from Bangalore to Coorg, nested in the small village of Bhagamandala, which is a Bangalore Weekend Getaway destination for trekking to Nishani Motte Peak. Once everyone boards the Get Beyond Limits Bus, a brief summary about the Nishani Motte Trek and introduction among trekkers will be done by the Outdoor Leaders. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect Bangalore Weekend Trip for trekking in Western Ghats.
DAY 1: Reach Bhagamandala – Homestay – Tala Cauvery – Begin the Nishani Motte Circuit Trek – Summit Nishani Motte – Reach Bhagamandala - Sunset – Campfire
The curvy roads after passing Mysore and a beautiful sunrise coming out from the nearest mountain range will not let anyone sleep further. There is beautiful <i>Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple</i> next to the Triveni Sangam as soon you enter the Bhagamandala village of Coorg district of Karnataka. This is one of the best places to spend weekend around Bangalore. There is a forest check post too from where the Nishani Motte Trekking Permission can be obtained prior to the trek. The village of Bhagamandala is adjacent by River Cauvery which makes it clearly a flood prone area in monsoons. <i>Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple</i> acts like a town hall at times of flood, with all boats being kept there for the conveyance of the people of Bhagamandala. The water level rises only in the low lying areas closer to the <i>Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple </i>only.
Tala Cauvery, the birth of River Cauvery, is 8kms from Bhagamandala which is also the starting point of the trek. A Tala Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary arch, 200 meters before the Tala Cauvery Temple is where the Nishani Motte trekking will start. The initial stretch of the Nishani Motte Trek is on a Jeep track. On this track, only the official forest department vehicles can pass. The Jeep trail goes till the Tala Cauvery forest range in Kerala too but we will have to take a left diversion from where a trekking trail starts in the dense forest. It is very difficult for someone to come back in the midway of the trek as the next campsite is only the Animal Poaching Camp which is 12kms from the starting point. On the same trail there are chances to pass through a water stream surrounded by the dense tall trees. The amount of water in the stream depends upon the rainfall received in the Monsoon Season. So it is advised to carry at least 2 litres of water for any weekend treks around Bangalore. The trail will be dampy in monsoon which makes it a habitat for the leeches to dwell. There are chances that you may spot the animal footprints also. The Forest Guide with Get Beyond Limits will be having a detailed knowledge about the animal sounds and the animal tracks also which you can also remember with the help of the picture below. The animal footprint picture can be used to spot the animals that would have passed sometime before you stepped on the trail. No matter what we always need to understand that this is the territory of wild animals and we need pay respect by peacefully passing through the trail and by following a <i>leave no trace policy</i>. On the same trail of Nishani Motte trek, a small diversion to the right will take you to the meadow surrounded by the long trees.
DAY 2: Early morning hike to River Cauvery – Explore Bhagamandala – Reach Bangalore by 2030 Hrs.
The tired bodies need rest but the soul feels that we are not here to miss the sunrise from the Cauvery River which is few steps down from our Homestay. After having the traditional food in Coorg, we are here to explore the coffee fields and taste the local coffee made by our Homestay hosts. It is said that taking a dip in the Triveni removes all the sins. Further on paying tributes to the Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple will make you connect with the locals of Coorg at Bhagamandala. Once we leave Bhagamandala after exploring, we should reach Bangalore by 2000 Hrs which again depends on the Bangalore traffic.
- Bangalore to Coorg to Bangalore All Transportation
- All Accommodation (Homestay in Coorg)
- All you can eat food in Coorg arrangement
- 2 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- 1 Dinner
- Power Pack (Energy Snacks)
- Forest Department Permission
- Forest Department Official Guide
- Wildlife Forest Entry
- Exploring Bhagamandala, temple and Triveni Sangam
Things to carry:
- Cargos/Track pants
- Trekking/Hiking Shoes, preferably waterproof
- A few pairs of cotton socks
- Water bottle
- Personal Medication/First Aid Kit