If you are looking forward to escape a monotonous schedule, Kaurava Kunda Night Trek is a perfect weekend getaway plan. These joined peaks, named after the mythological characters – the Kauravas and Pandavas, are located at around 70 km from Bangalore in the district of Chikkaballapur. Popular for night treks, it is at a height of 250 m and can be reached by a flight of sandy steps. For a unique experience, travellers can pick the months between September and February.
During your Kaurava Kunda trek, there are a few things that you should carry for convenience. This night trek requires trekkers to bring along their torch for safety reasons. Small food items and a lot of water should be carried during the trek. Sleeping bags should also be carried to relax when you are on the hills. Trekkers are advised to wear sports shoes as ascending and descending can be slippery, and full of boulders and pebbles. If all these necessary items are carried, travellers will be assured a memorable experience of their night trek to Kaurava Kunda.
Day 00: Bangalore to Kaurava Kunda
Leave from Bangalore and reach the doublet hill of Kaurava Kunda.
Day 01: Night Trek to Kaurava Kunda | Departure
An about 5-km walk through the Hariharpur village, near Chikkaballapur, will take you to the base camp. You start at the foothills with villagers sleeping and stray dogs barking. There are sandy steps leading to the Shiva Temple, which lies in the middle of your destination. All the way up, there will be bushes, lush trees and thorns throughout. Be careful about the thorns as you might injure yourself. You will reach the temple, where you can rest for a while and explore the area. The Mantapa, near the temple, can be used to click pictures of this wonderful experience of night trek to Kaurava Kunda. A lot of smooth rocks will appear on your way where you sit for a while and gaze at the sky full of stars. As there are steep slopes, leading to the top, it can be challenging to climb. The terrain is brightly lit up for the convenience of trekkers.
Once you reach the plateau, you can enjoy mesmerising views of the verdant valleys and outline of Nandi Hill. The Chikkaballapur town, glittering with lights, is also visible from here. Put on your jackets or shrugs to protect yourself from the thrashing cold wind. Along with the guide, build campfire using the small branches around the plateau. Amenities for the campfire will be carried by the guide. Sit around it and indulge in some fun talks and games with fellow trekkers. Discuss the challenges and difficulties you faced during your adventurous Kaurava Kunda trek. You can prepare Maggie or coffee, using the basic utensils carried by the guide. Later, cuddle up in your sleeping bag and take a nap on the peak.
Early morning, you will be greeted by an alluring sunrise. Look at the colour changing sky and walk to the edge for a clearer and better view of the scenery. Click some pictures of the same and get ready to descend. You need to be careful while trekking to the foothills, as the loose soil can be slippery. A lot of flowers and orchids will be visible on your way back. Upon reaching the Hariharpur village, have breakfast. Thereafter, head back to Bangalore carrying memories of this Kaurava Kunda night trek.
1. RR Nagar (09:00 PM) - Gopalan Arcade, Mysore road
2. Banashankari (09:30 PM) - Bus Stop
3. BTM (10:00 PM) - Udupi Garden Bus Stop, Near A2B
4. Silk Board (10:10 PM) - Near Krishna Bhavan Restaurant
5. Marathahalli (10:30 PM) - Opposite to Kalamandir
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