Brahmagiri , Irpu falls – A trip and trek.


Bramhagiri and Irpu falls (Lakshmana tirtha falls) trek

The trip/trek was done on the 8th Feb 09. Brahmagiri is a hill in the Western Ghats (1608 mts). It is situated in the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary on the border between Wayanad District of Kerala and Kodagu district of Karnataka. The Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is a restricted area, featuring a rich variety of wildlife including a bustling population of elephants.

Since this place is quite close to the Nagarhole National Park, if you are planning a trip towards Nagarhole; Irpu falls and Brahmagiri can be included in the itinerary. Irpu falls is quite safe, clean! and has been made quite ‘visitor friendly’. Kids will love playing in the water for a couple of hours.

Permission from the Forest Department Office at Srimangala is required before trekking into the Brahmagiri Sanctuary. (Mr.Pramod, Forest Range Office, Srimangala, Contact number : +91 94488 13835). A nominal entry fee and guide fee has to be paid and the forest department will assign an escort / guide who will accompany you all the way thru the trek.

Route taken:
Bangalore >125kms> Srirangapatna >48kms> Hunsur >35kms> Gonikoppal >20kms> Srimangala >5kms> Irpu.

* Total distance covered: around 495 kms.
* Road conditions are good till Hunsur and acceptable thereafter.
* You can park your vehicle near the small hotel / temple near the start of the trail at Irpu falls.

The trekking trail to Brahmagiri peak starts from near the Irpu waterfalls (Lakshmana Tirtha Falls). The distance from Irpu falls to the Brahmagiri peak is around 9kms, the upward trek will require around 4 to 5 hours. The return trip will require around 3 hours. [Depends on the fitness of the trekkers, the number and duration of breaks etc.]

The route takes you through some dense shola forests and wide open grasslands. The trek is considered to be ‘moderately difficult’. Best time to trek here would be just after end of the monsoon season, all the way up to end of February. [Oct/Nov/Dec offer the best greenery and also leeches!, Jan/Feb are non-leech months, but you’ll see a lot of ‘brownery’ 😉 ]

Irpu falls, Brahmagiri… trip & trek.

Sangeetha was supposed to go on this trip with a couple of office colleagues and I was looking forward to a lazy Sunday to catch up on some reading etc. But thanks to some ‘Emotional Atyachar’ I got caught up in the action and went along on the trip. Since the logistics were already taken care of, all that was required from our end was to pack-up, board the van and trek!

We left Bangalore on Saturday night at 10.30pm and reached Srimangala by around 5.00am on Sunday morning. Since the forest office folks would come in only by around 6.30am, some of us caught up on some sleep in the van and some in the inspection bungalow next to the FO…

After the necessary permits were procured and a quick breakfast at the guest-house, we proceeded towards Irpu falls at around 7.00am…

After a short drive, we reached the temple from where the Irpu falls path begins. It was still quite foggy and cold…

Sunrise through the fog…

The path up to Irpu falls (around 1 km) is well-paved, with cemented steps…

The Lakshmana Tirtha river. According to a legend Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed along the Brahmagiri range. When Rama asked Lakshmana to get some drinking water, he shot an arrow at the Brahmagiri hills and drew a stream of water. This stream is known as the Lakshmana Tirtha River…

Soon we reached the Irpu falls. The Lakshmana Tirtha river falls over 60mts in several steps to form the Irpu falls and continues its journey to eventually join the Cauvery River…

Near the falls a very friendly dog joined the group and insisted on walking with us…

The plan was to fill our water bottles at the falls and proceed towards Brahmagiri; we thought we could stop at the falls on our way back if someone wanted to get into the water…

First part of the trek was through the dense jungle, with lots of bamboo…

Wildlife!

The trek through the jungle is at an easy gradient…

Slowly the forests gave way to the grasslands as we gained altitude…

We criss-crossed the Lakshmana tirtha river and some other streams. Each one was an opportunity for filling up on water and take a break for a couple of minutes…

The hills around Brahmagiri…

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nanjundaswamy

yu have a very wonderful eye for a click bug and yur narration is so fine, thank u for yur pics




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