Konaje Kalu, Moodbidri, Karnataka
Have you ever been asked to do something on a challenge when you know your lungs are literally going to be ripped out of your chest, and all you have to do is keep doing it, maybe with a running commentary or a song like ‘Eye of the tiger’ running through your head, all because there’s no other way around it? Well, trekking creates a similar (if not worse) scenario in my head. On a normal day with a level terrain, you have to twist my arms to get me on to a treadmill. And here I was asked to go on a trek because we cannot have a normal discussion during a night of chill-out session.
Cautionary warning – All I knew about this place was that it is geographically located some 7-8 kms away from Moodbidri via the Naravi road, and almost 40 kms or so away from the main city of Mangalore. Konaje Kallu has been described as a “challenge to rock climbers as it does not have footholds and is a 90 degree, 200 m drop”, despite being an ideal trekking location with routes involving walking through thick foliage and a wonderful canopy. Later I came to know that weird shape of the rock formation has been named by the British sailors as ‘Ass’s Ears’. While I did not see the ear or the ass or any other humane resemblance, I definitely did feel like a sweaty ass after all that work. Overall, the running curses and commentaries in my head where in the lies of death of my insane friends if I was to reincarnate as a ghost after this trek.
Beauty and the beast. That’s the first word that will come to your mind when you start on the trail. It starts off as a wide terrain with an orange colored mud, but as you start moving towards your destination, each trail differed in its composition. It was as if the nature has decided beforehand to make it tough for you. The trail is literally a narrow path cutting through a lush canopy, big enough for one person. You can sweat and complain as much as you want, but you will still try to persevere on the excursion just because of some description of view you got from a third-party. While the month of October will not get you to see any waterfalls, there is a beautiful, mystical fog that will envelop you while you trip over the slippery rocks. Invest in good shoes!!
The first resting/view point is a big sledge of a rock with a gorgeous view. I actually thought we were at the top and decided to collapse right there. Later my friends enlightened me that there’s more to see, and capture and remember. Before reaching the summit there’s a small temple nestled amidst the caves. And it would give you the impression that you are praying for strength to continue further.
Don’t we all look smashing!! That’s why I skipped out of the picture frame 😉
After crossing the first view point, you come across a bunch of stairs that lead to a cave temple housing Kalabairava as the deity of worship.
- Wear, if not Invest in, good shoes!
- Carry plenty of drinking water and eatables for the trek!
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