Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek

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The Complete Guide to Ballalarayana Durga Trek

Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje falls trek is a combination of two treks -- Ballalarayana Durga and Bandaje Arbi -- because many do not know they can go all the way to Bandaje waterfalls when we say Ballalarayana Durga trek.

Arbi in local language means “waterfalls” and hence the words Bandaje Arbi, Bandaje Arbi falls, Bandaje falls are used interchangeably.

Ballalarayana Durga trek lies in Chikmagalur, nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, just 280 kilometres away from Bangalore. Chikmagalur is known for its coffee plantations and lush greenery. and the trek adds a unique flavour to its landscape.

The Ballalarayana Durga Trek holds an abandoned fort from the 17th century at its peak, which was built by Hoysala King Veera Ballala I. Another interesting feature of the Ballalarayana Durga trek is the Rani Jhari cliff where the local queen slipped and fell to her death. The cliff is a sight to behold during the monsoons.

It also has a gushing waterfall at the end. Watching the waterfall from the snout to almost 1,000 feet below is a sight that sets your heart racing!

And just for this view, the Ballarayana Durga-Bandaje Arbi trek is a must-do.

Ballalarayana Durga is a monsoon favorite trek and is preferred by beginners and experienced trekkers alike. Anyone can do the Ballalarayana Durga trek with a bit of preparation.

Table of Contents:

What to watch out for, trail information.

  • GPX File And Route Map Of The Trek
  • Best Time To Do Ballalarayana Durga Trek
  • How To Reach Ballalarayana Durga
  • Is Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek Difficult?
  • How To Get Fit For The Ballalarayana Durga Trek
  • Things To Take On the Ballalarayana Durga Trek
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Ballalarayana Durga
  • Nearby Places To Visit After The Ballalarayana Durga Trek

1. The Initial Forest Section

Although the forest section is short, it is filled with life. Watch out for its age old trees, a variety of insects, birds and flora.

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The forest filled with the scents of flora are a treat to walk in the monsoons. Picture by Harikrishnan

2. The Himalayan Meadow-Like Shola Grasslands with Shola forests

The grasslands on the trek are so pretty that they almost resemble the Ali and Bedni meadows of the Himalayas.

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The grasslands turn verdant during monsoons which mimic the high altitude grasslands. Picture by the Harikrishnan

3. Waterfall view from the snout

There are only a handful of treks that allow you to see the water falling from the snout over a 1,000 feet to the ground. And Ballalarayana Durga trek is one of them!

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A breathtaking view from the snout of the waterfall, where you see the water falling all the way to the bottom. Picture by Suhas Saya

Ballalarayana durga trek starts from a relatively higher altitude, hence the climb to the fort is not too tiring. However, you will descend almost 1,300 feet to bandaje waterfalls and get back up the same way, covering approximately 6.5 kilometres overall.

Based on the distance and the altitude gain, the trek is divided into two sections :

| Section I: Kalabhyraveshwara Temple to Ballalarayana Durga Fort | Section II: Ballalarayana Durga Fort to Bandaje Falls

Section I: Kalabhyraveshwara Temple to Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Trek distance: 3 km Trek duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes GPS coordinates of Kalabhyraveshwara temple: 13° 8'56.89"n 75°24'56.08"e GPS coordinates of Ballalarayana durga fort: 13° 7'56.92"n 75°24'53.67"e

The trail starts from Kalabhyraveshwara temple behind which you camp the previous day.

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Kalabhyraveshwara temple complex from the inside. There is very little visitor count here. Picture by the Harikrishnan

The route from the temple till the initial forest section (from where the actual trek starts) is on a mud road that is moderately steep.

Jeeps and other SUVs can go all the way up to the start point covering a distance of 1 kilometre. If you are in a normal sedan, we recommend you park your vehicle at the temple and start trekking from there.

| Note: If you are arriving in the morning and not camping behind the temple, head towards the temple to park your vehicles and start the trek.

In about 900 metres the mud road turns left, while taking the right turn leads you to the Rani Jhari view point. It is a moderate ascent and takes about 10 minutes to reach the view point.

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The Rani Jhari cliff as seen from the view Point. Picture by Suhas Saya

Take the right to get a panoramic view of the entire Kudremukh National Park.

On a clear autumn day, you will see the valley stretched far and wide. In monsoons on the other hand, you may get to see only the initial view of the national park.

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View of the entire Kudremukh range from Rani Jhari Viewpoint. Picture by Suhas Saya

Once you arrive at the actual trek start point, notice an old forest department billboard, a dustbin and a check post-like barricade.

On your left, you get the first glimpse of Ballalarayana Durga fort sitting atop the hill. This is where the initial forest section starts.

Follow the trail that leads you into the forest. In about 200 metres, at the fork, take the trail on your right that ascends.

At the first and the second forest sections, always take the trail to your right when in doubt at the forks. This way you ensure you don’t deviate off the trail and always be on track.

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Take the path on your right to enter the forest. Picture by Suhas Saya

Even though the trail is not challenging, you may get dehydrated due to exertion, especially in autumn and in months leading up to summer.

| Tip: Keep your water bottle handy and take small sips of water every 15 minutes. Do this even if you don’t feel thirsty. this trick will keep you hydrated throughout and helps regain the water lost through sweat.

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The lush green Shola forests of Chikmagalur. Picture by Suhas Saya

Continue along the forest trail for 300 metres where you find a vertical rock face on the right with naturally formed uneven steps. Climb the rock to stay on the right path.

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Follow the trail to the right to climb up this vertical rock face from the other side. Picture by Suhas Saya

This particular section feels like you are transported to the magical world of Indiana Jones where there is an ancient rock cliff with vines hanging down. The section is slightly steep. Exercise caution while climbing up the steps.

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Trekkers cautiously ascend the rock face on uneven, naturally formed steps. Picture by Harikrishnan

In monsoons the forests are filled with leeches.

| Tip: Apply Dettol or Savlon Liquid at the base to avoid leeches if you are scared of them. If you are not too worried, the best option is to remove them once you reach Bandaje falls. A few leeches sucking a few drops of blood won't do any harm.

In about 100 metres after you have climbed the vertical rock face and a crossed a zig-zag path, you will arrive at the first clearing.

You will get the second view of Ballalarayana Durga fort from here. You cannot make out at first as the fort is in complete ruins. All that is remaining of the fort now is one or two rows of foundation rocks.

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Ballalarayana Durga Fort is on the highest point as you see straight ahead from the first clearing. Picture by Suhas Saya

Continue along the trail for 300 metres that goes into the second section of the forest.

This forest section is almost as long as the first one, but there are a different variety of insects and flora here. You will also come across a small stream during monsoons.

The trail starts to ascend gradually with slippery sections on the landslide-prone slopes. Take support of the branches on the right or use your trekking poles to ascend safely.

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This section is prone to slips due to loose mud. Ensure you hold the branches on your right to support through the traverse. Picture by Suhas Saya

| Note: Stay on your right at this section as there is a straight drop for almost a 50 feet on your left.

We recommend using two trekking poles on this trek. They help you get better grip on steep ascents and descents and reduce impact on your knees by absorbing shocks as a result of walking on constant rolling hills.

Before the small stream, there is another deviation. Take the trail on the right here as the trail to the left will lead you deep inside the forest that gets you off trail.

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Stick to your right here as the trail on the left takes you deeper into the forest. Picture by Suhas Saya

In approximately 200 metres you will reach the second clearing. From here, Ballalarayanadurga fort is accessible with a gradual ascent to the summit. This is your final push to the fort.

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The final push to the fort is a gradual ascent. Make sure you use trekking poles on steep sections. Picture by Suhas Saya

Upon reaching the fort which covers a large area, explore the ruins, the bastions on the edges, stone carvings and rest for a while by taking in the panoramic views of the Shola grasslands and Shola forests on one side, and Kudremukh national park and its peaks on the other.

You can also see the Rani Jhari view point and the Kalabhyraveshwara temple from where you started your trek.

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Ballalarayana Durga fort on your left and Rani Jhari view point and the Kudremukh range on your right. Picture by Suhas Saya.

Section II: Ballalarayana Durga Fort to Bandaje Falls

Trek Distance: 3.8 kilometres Trek duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes GPS coordinates of Ballalarayana Durga fort: 13° 7'56.92"n 75°24'53.67"e GPS coordinates of Bandaje falls: 13° 6'20.55"n 75°24'53.44"e

From the Ballalarayanadurga fort, take the same route back from where you entered the fort. Descend for approximately 350 metres until you reach the point from where you had the last push to climb to the fort. At the deviation here, take the grassland trail on your left to proceed towards Bandaje falls.

There is also an alternate route to Bandaje falls from Ballalarayana Durga fort.

| Tip: To get a clear idea of these routes, head to the section of route map and download the GPX file for Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls trek.

The vast expanse of the grasslands with thick, dark green forests in patches is a highlight here.

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The Shola grasslands in monsoons are a treat to the eyes. Picture by Harikrishnan

Continue on the trail while enjoying the 360° view of the Western Ghats. Don’t be surprised if the clouds accompany you by floating right beside you!

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Thick Shola forests appear in patches throughout the grasslands. Picture by Harikrishnan

In about a kilometre from the fort, there is an exposed section that acts like a wind tunnel. The wind blows from left and right.

During monsoons the winds are so strong, they might even throw you off course for a few feet!

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The wind tunnel section on the trail. Cross this section cautiously, especially in monsoons. Picture by Izzat Yaganagi

| Note: Tread very carefully at this section in the monsoons. Use your trekking poles to ground yourself with each step you take.

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Lush green meadows fill your eyes until you descend down to the waterfall. Picture by Harikrishnan

The entire trail from the fort till the waterfall is on rolling hills. You will come across three to four mounds which you ascend and descend.

One interesting section on the grasslands is the rocky patch that cuts the trail.

This patch in autumn and winter looks desolate and is filled with sand in between rocks. It makes you wonder if any river flowed here once upon a time to carry all that sand!

About 3.8 kilometres from the fort and two and a half hours later, the trail starts to descend towards the final downhill to reach Bandaje falls.

At this descent, you cannot make out if there is really a waterfall at the end. You will not hear the water flowing between rocks, neither will you see any signs of water.

It is only when you reach the section filled with thick trees will you hear the water flowing. You start to smile from the inside upon hearing the sound of flowing water.

After a 4-hour journey, the thought of drinking the fresh, unspoilt water and dipping your feet to cool off brightens your mood.

The first glimpse of the water gushing through rocks is a sight for sore eyes.

The waterfall looks different in each season. In autumn and winter, the water gently flows until it drops down from the snout.

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In autumn and winter the water starts to get thin, eventually drying up in summer. Picture by Suhas Saya

On the other hand, in monsoons the water gushes with such force it looks as if it is milk that is flowing.

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It is a completely different sight in monsoon. The water roars through the rocks in a fury. Picture by Harikrishnan

It is an unforgettable experience to peek from the snout of the water and watch the waterfall to the depths more than 1,000 feet below you.

However, this is not for a person who is faint-hearted. your heart skips a beat when you are nearing the snout!

| Caution: While it is extremely fun to watch the waterfall, always exercise caution and keep your body weight to the back. We recommend taking a friend along for this trek and he/she can act as a harness by holding your hands and staying back while you take a peek, and vice versa. If you are alone, lie down on your stomach and peek with only your head exposed from the snout.

Do not forget to take in the view from the snout of the waterfall. On a clear day, you may see the outline of Mangalore district on your right, whereas the forests of Dakshina Kannada district are always in front of you.

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The forests of Dakshina Kannada are in front of you, while haze covers the view on your right on the days leading to summer. Picture by Suhas Saya

Ensure you spend your time generously at the snout. Soak your feet in chilled flowing water to get relief from all the tiredness.

This is an ideal place to have your packed lunch.

| Green Note : Please trek responsibly and take back disposable plastic wrappers, bottles and packaging with you and dispose of them in a dustbin once you reach your city. Do not leave behind your waste.

Close your eyes and reflect on your journey to the top. Notice the silence and the sounds of nature. Relax your over-worked muscles before you start your journey back to base.

Because you will take the same route back, you must be cautious on the tricky sections and move slowly and steadily. A slip may cause you to fall and injure yourself.

Route Map Of The Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Arbi Trek

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Route Map of the Ballalarayana Durga trek. Screenshot on Google Earth Pro

Best Time To Do Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek

Ballalarayana Durga trek can be done from monsoons through the end of winter (July - March) .

You will get the best experience if you do the trek in monsoons, as the entire valley is lush green and the grasslands seem like they are straight from the Himalayas. also, Bandaje falls are gushing in full force!

Compared to Kumara Parvatha , which cannot be done in the monsoons due to risky terrain, Ballalarayana Durga is a treat to do in the monsoons. it is one of the few treks in the Western Ghats that you can do in monsoons.

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Shola grasslands in monsoon season. Picture by the Harikrishnan

On the other hand, if you want crystal clear views of the surrounding Ghats and Kudremukh National Park, choose post-monsoon and winter seasons when the skies are not hazy.

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Shola grasslands in the winter season. Picture by Suhas Saya

Autumn and winters make up with panoramic views that are missed in the monsoons, while the monsoons make up for the views by presenting a vibrant carpet of grasslands and roaring waterfalls.

The reason why we do not recommend this trek in summer is because of the dry grasslands and very hot climate. Since there is no shade except the forest sections before reaching the fort and after reaching the waterfall, the sun and humidity drains you out quickly.

How To Reach Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek

Before you plan your travel, watch this video to know how to do the Ballalarayana Durgra trek by yourself:

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Ballalarayana durga - Bandaje Arbi Rrek falls in the Chikmagalur district and is 280 kilometres from Bangalore. The route passes through Hassan, Belur and Mudigere, ultimately reaching Sunkasale and Durgadahalli.

Since the trek starts from a remote location, driving to the place is ideal and that makes it a very rewarding trek with the right amount of leisure and rest, before and after the trek.

Reaching through public transport is possible. It just takes longer and you will have to walk a lot more to reach the base. However, it is no less fun!

If you are up for an adventure, then consider reaching the base by bus.

• Reaching Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek By Your Vehicle from Bangalore

The journey from Bangalore to Sunkasale / Durgadahalli takes you through some of the beautiful roads in Karnataka.

Watch out for the greenery that accompanies you after belur until you reach sunkasale.

Durgadahalli is another 6.5 kilometres from Sunkasale and the Kalabhyraveshwara temple at Durgadahalli is the base of your trek. The temple is less frequented by locals, considering the remote location and the population in Durgadahalli is also less.

Right behind this temple, you will find an open space on a mound which is quite secluded. This is where you camp.

Use this link to set up GPS before you start your journey. if you cannot access google maps, here are the directions to follow:

Take National Highway 48 and drive till you reach Nelamangala. take the left at the junction from Nelamangala and stay on national highway 75.

At Hassan, take the right from Bangalore - Mangalore Highway (NH 75) and turn left and take the immediate right to continue on national highway 57 (Belur road).

Take the left at the roundabout at Belur to connect to National Highway 73. Continue on National Highway 73 until Kottigehara and take the right onto National Highway 66.

In about 6.5 kilometres, take the sharp left onto National Highway 106 . This turn can be easily missed. So, lookout for a small tea shop on the left and a hotel on the right .

Continue on National Highway 106 and take another sharp left turn , while Nirantara homestay is on your right. You will see a big arch which says “Ballalarayana Durga fort” .

This road takes you to Sunkasale. This is the point you fill your water bottles before starting the trek, because there are no drinking water sources at the base or at the place you pitch tents.

Look for small shops to stock up on water (minimum 2 litres) .

Continue for 6.5 kilometres more on this road to reach Kalabhyraveshwara temple . right behind the temple is a clearing that is on a mound and is secluded.

Use this spot to pitch your tents and retire for the day.

| Tip: We recommend you leave Bangalore by 8 AM and visit the Channakeshava Temple in Belur. If you leave by 7 AM, you can also visit Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu by driving back 17 kilometres from Belur. This adds another 35 kilometres to the overall journey.

Near the temple, you will find a water tank that can be used to freshen up in the morning. Please note this water is not suitable for drinking .

Reach the base by 4 pm, pitch your tents at the camp and go for a quick hike to Rani Bagilu to witness the grand views of Kudremukh National Park from the Rani Jhari view point. This is the best thing to do before you retire for the day.

• Reaching Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek By Public Transport System

As mentioned earlier, reaching here by bus takes longer and you have to switch multiple buses.

There are both government run and private buses that play to Horanadu. Most buses start from Bangalore after 10:30 pm and reach Mudigere around 5:30 am the next morning.

If you are travelling through KSRTC, from Majestic bus station Bangalore, take a bus to Mudigere .

Here is the link to KSRTC Online Booking: https://ksrtc.in/oprs-web/

If you are travelling through a private operator, there are multiple pick up points in Bangalore. Choose the one that is nearest to you and get down at Mudigere.

Here is the link to book Private Buses Online: https://www.redbus.in/

| Note: It is a best practice to book your bus tickets online and not wait till the last moment.

Mudigere is a busy town. You will get buses at frequent intervals to Sunkasale.

Take a bus from Mudigere to Sunkasale. Stock up on drinking water (minimum 2 litres) here as there are no drinking water sources at the base, except for a water tank to freshen up in the morning.

There are very few vehicles that ply from Sunkasale to Durgadahalli . Ask around for a jeep or a minibus that goes to Durgadahalli. If you are lucky, you will get a ride. Otherwise it is a 6.5 kilometre walk to the campsite, where you pitch your tents .

Nearest railway station- Mangalore central -118km

Is The Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Arbi Trek Difficult

There are no sections that are difficult to traverse on the Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje falls trek. Since the entire trail is continuously rolling, a trekker must always anticipate and prepare for every eventuality.

Here are a few sections you must keep an eye out for while ascending and descending:

• Slippery Trail: The trail becomes more tricky during monsoon months as the mud and loose gravel become very slippery and great caution must be taken while traversing. Trekkers must be very careful with their choice of footwear and should check weather charts so as to avoid days with anticipated heavy rains.

• Grassland sections : Watch out for the steeper sections after Ballalarayana Durga fort. The grasslands are rolling and you descend down to the snout of the waterfall. You will also climb back up to the fort. Some of these sections include loose stones and gravel that can be tricky to navigate.

Use your trekking poles to support yourself and make sure you grip your feet firmly so as to not slip in this section.

• Rocky patch at the snout of the waterfall : The snout of the waterfall takes you to the very edge from where the water drops down for more than a 1000 ft. This is the most dangerous section of the trek. Exercise great caution here, especially during monsoons as the rocks are slippery.

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The rocky patch till the snout of the waterfall is very slippery during monsoons. There is almost a 1000-foot drop from the edge. Picture by Suhas Saya

| Safety advice: Lie down at the snout to see the water flowing down, so that only your head is exposed and your bodyweight holds you back. If you don’t want to lie down, ask your friend to provide support by holding your hand and staying back, while you take a peek down below.

How To Get Fit For Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek

The Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Arbi trek is classified as an Easy-Moderate grade trek. from the base, you will gain approximately 875 feet in altitude till the fort and gain another 1,330 feet while returning from the waterfall.

Although the altitude gain is not very high for a day trek, the rolling ascents and descents over 12 kilometres can be demanding for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Training yourself for an Easy-moderate grade trek

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks:

➤ Cardiovascular Endurance

In case you’re just starting with a fitness routine, start slow and increase your pace everyday in the following manner –

  • Target completing a jog of 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • Gradually increase your pace by running 5 km, 4 times a week.
  • As you become more comfortable, introduce another day of running in your routine. 
  • Progressively increase the distance you run in a workout until you can complete 5 km in 40 mins.
  • If you prefer cycling over running, target covering 15 km in 60 minutes when you begin.
  • Progressively increase your pace to cover 20 km in one hour.

➤ Strength Training

This is an important area you need to work on.

Strength training is equally important to trek comfortably. Work on your glutes, calves and knees. Additionally, work on strengthening your core.

You must strengthen your core muscles. For strengthening your core muscles, holding a plank and it’s variations (elbow, side planks) are the best exercises to go about doing it.

Also, try these exercises for strength:

Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set.

– Squats (Mix it up with sumo squats)

– Lunges (Forward, backward and lateral lunges)

➤ Flexibility

Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.

If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints, here’s a video you can use to work out indoors.

Things To Take On Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Falls Trek

  • Basic First Aid kit*
  • Identity Card
  • Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
  • Water (Minimum two litres)
  • Lemon and salt OR Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.)
  • High-calorie snacks (Nuts & dry fruits, home-baked cake, etc.)
  • Safety Pins, Rubber bands & Whistle (Useful in emergencies.)
  • Quick Dry T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
  • A warm layer (Pull over, sweater or a jacket)
  • Poncho, only during post-monsoons
  • Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices, only during monsoons
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Trekking poles
  • Tent (3-Person or 2-Person - Depending on the number of people sharing)
  • Sleeping Bag

First aid kit:

  • Band aids (Regular & Waterproof)
  • Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
  • Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine based powders like Cipladine, Savlon, etc.)
  • Cotton roll & Bandage
  • Crepe Bandage
  • 1 inch wide medical tape (paper or cloth.)
  • Micropore tape
  • Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
  • Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)

| Note: Always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. is there any alternate route for this trek.

Yes.  Ballalarayana Durga trek can be done in reverse which starts from Dakshina Kannada district.

You will start from Mundaje. Gowdara Mane is your starting point of the trek.

Reach Bandaje falls through dense forest section, trek to Ballalarayana Durga fort and descend down to Kalabhyraveshwara temple.

2. Can I do this trek if I have never been on a trek before?

Yes . A person who follows an active lifestyle, can consider Ballalarayana Durga as their first time trek.

For people who lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, we recommend a bit of preparation before attempting to trek.

3. Do I need to obtain permission for trekking to Ballalarayana Durga?

Yes . Until 2019, you could trek without permission from the Forest Department. Now, you need to obtain permission before attempting to trek. You must visit Karnataka EcoTourism online and purchase a ticket. It costs Rs.250 per person.

Here’s the link to purchase the ticket: https://www.karnatakaecotourism.com/treks

You may even call up the Forest Department personnel, Mr. Naveen Kumar M C on +91 9480916228 to enquire about the trek.

4. Where can I get food and water during the trek?

There are no restaurants at the base of the trek. There are very few small eateries in Sunkasale. Except these, there is no other source of food on the trail

It is advised to pack your food from Bangalore which is not perishable. Something like Bread and Jam/Peanut Butter, Roti, etc., will not go bad so easily.

Note: Remember to get sufficient food for Dinner on Day 1 , and Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2 .

With regards to water sources, although there is a water tank near the temple at the base, the water is not suitable for drinking.

We recommend filling your water bottles at Sunkasale before starting the trek. If you have extra water bottles, fill them all up at Mudigere, in case you do not get water at Sunkasale.

Once you start the trek, the next water source is Bandaje falls, which is after 6 kilometres.

5. Whom do I contact in case of an emergency?

• Hospital: The closest hospital is Sri Manjunatha Memorial Hospital & Kaveri Hospital in Kalasa, which is 30 kilometres away from the base. (Contact: +918263274628)

• Police Station: The police station closest to Ballalarayana Durga is the Kalasa Police Station . (Contact: +919480805159).

• ERSS: For any kind of emergency help, you can contact the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number- 112.

6. What about mobile network and ATM facility on Ballalarayana Durga trek?

7. do i need a guide to trek ballalarayana durga.

The trail is clearly marked from the base. Once you reach the Rani Jhari view point, the section from there till Ballalarayana Durga fort is faintly visible. Although this doesn’t make you lose your way. You can retrace your steps back and be on the right track in case you go off course.

We do not recommend a guide on this trek.

8. Can I camp anywhere on the Ballalarayana Druga - Bandaje Arbi falls trek?

No. You can pitch your tents only on the clearing behind the Kalabhyraveshwara temple. Pack your tents and leave them in your vehicles before starting the trek. You are not allowed to carry tents on the trail.

If you have reached the base by bus, leave your tents at one of the local’s houses and request to look after them either in Durgadahalli or Sunkasale before starting your trek.

9. Are there leeches on the Ballalarayana Durga - Bandaje Arbi falls trek?

You will definitely have the company of leeches throughout the trail if you are trekking in the monsoon season .

| Tip: Apply Dettol or Savlon at the base to avoid leeches if you are scared of them. If you are not too worried, the best option is to remove them once you reach Bandaje falls. A few leeches sucking a few drops of blood won't do any harm.

During winter, there will not be any leeches on the trail.

10. Where can I park my vehicle?

Vehicles can reach the base of the trek with ease. The base is well connected by road.

There is a parking space right at the base. So, you can park your vehicle and start the trek right from the campsite!

11. Which is the nearest railway station and airport to Bandaje Falls?

The nearest railway station is Mangalore Central, which is 118 km away. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport, located 100km away.

12. How difficult is the Ballalarayana Durga Trek?

Ballalarayana Durga-Bandaje Arbi Trek is a moderately difficult trek for beginners. The 2-kilometer trail up to Ballalrayana Durga Fort is easy and simple. The difficulty starts after this. The trail descends to Bandaje Arbi Falls. It becomes difficult while coming back up since you are tired, and then you have to climb all the way back up to the fort.

13. In which district is the Ballalarayana Durga Trek located?

The Ballalarayana Durga trek is located in the Chikkamagalur district of Karnataka. The district is known for coffee plantations and many beautiful trekking trails.

Nearby Places To Visit After Ballalarayana Durga: Bandage Arbi Trek

Ballalarayana Durga Trek is nestled in the Western Ghats and is close to so many attractions in the Chikmagalur district. Here are a few places to visit after your trek to Ballalarayana Durga.

Remember, these places require half a day or a complete day to visit and explore. So, plan to visit these places only if you have a few more days to spare after the trek.

➤ Kudremukh Trek - Trek to the third highest peak in Karnataka, which is also Karnataka’s most beautiful trek.

➤ Aane Gudda Trek - A perfect Western Ghats trek for a beginner, it remains largely unexplored and is nestled within the laid-back, peaceful village of Haluvalli, that is very close to Ballalarayana Durga trek.

➤ Ettina Bhuja Trek - Ettina Bhuja is one of the prettiest treks in the Charmadi range. Panoramic views of the Charmadi range and Shishila valley can be seen from the peak. It is surrounded by many more hills like Deepadakallu, Amedikallu, Ombattu Gudda and Jenukallu Gudda.

➤ Other Treks in the Region - Jenukallu Gudda , Ombattu Gudda , Amedikallu and Deepada Kallu

➤ Prominent Waterfalls of the Region - Ermayi Waterfalls , Didupe Waterfalls , Kadamagundi Falls

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Why Should You Do The Bandaje Falls Trek?

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The trek is in the remote area of the western ghats. Lies in Dakshina Kannada of Karnataka, Bandaje falls is one of the least explored waterfall treks in this part of the state. A tributary of the Netravathi river forms the waterfall. The  height of the waterfall  is approximately  200 ft.  which is HUGE!

The hike is known as Bandaje Arbi (waterfall in the location language) Falls.

Ballalarayana Durga fort is the first part of this trek; on your way to Bandaje Falls. This fort is not only known for its breathtaking view and

greenery charms, but it’s also an ideal spot for amazing sunsets. Earlier, people used only to cover the fort & return as not many were aware of the waterfall.

This trek cannot be done in a single day from Bangalore, as reaching the base village will take 7-8 hours. Hence, we advise doing the trek over the weekend.

The waterfall is close to the scenic Charmadi ghat and lies around 25 km from Ujire.

  • Location:  Near Durgadahalli, Chikmagalur district.
  • Height:  200 ft.
  • Trek Difficulty:  Moderate
  • Ideal Season:  Monsoon & Winter

How To Reach Bandaje Falls?

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Public Transport:

The closest town accessible via public transport is Sunkasale village. From Bengaluru, you can take a  KSRTC  bus to Mudigere. These are overnight buses and will drop you at Mudigere early morning. From there, you can take a local bus to Sunkasale & then you can hire a local vehicle to take you to the start point.

Private Transport:

If you are travelling in your car, you can reach the start point directly; there are a couple of good homestays where you can stay for the night and start your trek the following day. The distance from Bengaluru is around 290 kms and can take anywhere between 7-8 hours, including halts.  Get Directions.

How Difficult Is The Bandaje Falls Trek? What Is The Trek Route?

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The Bandaje falls trek is moderately challenging. The trek distance is 6-6.5 kms from the  start point , and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach Bandaje falls & return to the start point. 

It would be best if you tried to start the trek in the early hours to witness the sunrise from the Ballalarayana Durga fort. The views from this point are majestic, especially during the monsoon months. One can divide the trek into two sections.

Start Point to Ballalarayana Durga Fort:

The trek distance from the start point to the fort is around 3KM and will take around 1.5 hours to reach. This section of the trek is through the dense forest and is a bit tiring compared to the 2nd section, as you gradually climb up till you reach the fort.

Ballalarayana Durga fort to Bandaje Falls:

The 2nd section of the trek is around 3.5 KM and will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach the Bandaje falls. This section of the hike is relatively easy. After the fort, most of the part is walking on grasslands and rolling hills, and you have to descend at the end to reach the waterfall snout.

Important Information

  • Avoid wearing shorts & half sleeves shirts during the monsoons, as you are prone to leech attacks.
  • If you are new to trekking, you should hire a guide from the local village who can help you on the trail.
  • An Ideal Itinerary:  Start your day early from Bengaluru, reach Sunkasale around the evening and rest for the day at a local homestay or go for a stroll to the rani jhari viewpoint. Start your trek the following day by 6:00-6:30 AM, so you have enough time to enjoy the entire hike and get enough time at the waterfall. Come back to the homestay by 2:00-3:00 PM and leave for Bengaluru if you are comfortable driving on the same day.
  • You can ask your homestay to arrange for your breakfast & lunch en route.
  • Carry about 2-3 litres of water as there is no good water source on the route.
  • The  trail route link  for Google Maps.

Essential Things to Carry for the Trek

Packaging wisely is essential to make the most of your Bandaje Falls trekking experience. Here are some must-have items for your backpack:

  • Sturdy trekking shoes for a comfortable and safe trek
  • Ample water and energy drinks to stay hydrated
  • Snacks and energy bars to keep you fueled
  • Sunscreen, cap, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun
  • First aid kit with essential medications and bandages
  • A camera to capture the stunning vistas along the way
  • A light backpack to carry your essentials without weighing you down

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Safety Precautions and Tips

While embarking on the Bandaje Falls trek, it is crucial to prioritize your safety. Here are some essential safety precautions and tips to keep in mind:

  • Trek with a certified guide who is familiar with the route and terrain.
  • Wear appropriate trekking gear and clothing to protect yourself from injuries and harsh weather conditions.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the trek by drinking water at regular intervals.
  • Pace yourself and take breaks whenever needed to avoid exhaustion.
  • Do not litter; respect the natural environment by carrying back all your waste.
  • Follow instructions from the guide and stay on the designated path.
  • In case of any emergency or discomfort, inform the guide immediately.

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In conclusion, Bandaje Falls is a beautiful trek that is well worth taking if you are looking for a stunning waterfall to visit in the state of Karnataka. 

If you are not familiar with the hike, be sure to check out our detailed guide before hitting the trail. 

5 important things you should know about Bandaje Falls include its height, distance from the base village, how to get there and what to look for on the way.

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One of the most spectacular waterfalls in Karnataka that is about 200 feet high plunge nestled in Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district is a must to visit attraction in the state. Nestled in the lap of dense forests and grasslands, the waterfalls can be reached only by trekking and is worth it. Immerse in the beauty of lush green dense forests, mesmerising Ghats, breath-taking sunsets, melodies of the chirping birds and the fragrance of wild flora only at the trek route towards the Bandaje falls.

Take a road and trek the trail that is less travelled and chase those gushing Bandaje waterfalls.

A paradise for the nature lover, a photographer’s delight and a dream trek for a trekker, Bandaje falls and the Ballarayanadurga Trek is sure to be visited again and again. The serene and panoramic landscapes will ensure that everyone who visits will have a ball of a time. A drive to Bandaje falls crossing the Charmadi Ghats of the Western Ghats, is a must-to-do while in Karnataka and en route to Chikkamagalur . To visit the falls and trek in Ballalarayana one needs to take forest permission from the Belthangady wildlife range office in Kudremukh National Park . The trek and the falls are a visual treat to the eyes. Due to dense forest and permission issues, there are no permanent accommodations available. However, you can have the option of camping. Ensure you travel with a reliable tour organiser and a guide. Soak up in the beauty of the starry night with a cool breeze staying in a camp amidst dense forest.

The best part of Bandaje falls is that the route to reach is less- travelled as the trek trail is a strenuous one. Trekking is the only way to reach the falls and if one is dedicated and determined, loves nature and is comparatively fit can reach the final destination. Yes, to reach the falls one must ensure physical fitness as the trek requires a lot of energy. The waterfalls continue to flow as a single stream and join the river Netravathi as a tributary and are worth all the efforts for that surreal sight. The mesmerising sight intensifies during the sunset. The various hues of the sky when merging with the roaring shining waterfalls in the backdrop of lush greenery, the whole setting is beyond imagination. The unexplored and untouched beauty should surely be on the bucket list of every adventure seeker and nature lover.

Best time to visit

Needless to mention, the best time to visit the falls and trek the Ballalarayana is post-monsoon. Enjoy the captivating gushing waterfalls and lush greenery all around. The trek can be challenging during monsoon as it gets slushy and you may not like to get encountered by leeches. Winters are pleasant. Avoid summers as the forest is dry and hot and there is hardly any water in the falls. Hence the best time to visit is from September to February.

How to reach Bandaje Falls?

To reach Bandaje falls one has to trek Ballalarayana Durga Fort Trek. A moderate trek of 6-7 km takes about 7-8 hours for a return visit. Hiking up from the dense trails to the viewpoint it takes about 2 hours to reach Ballalarayana Durga Fort. After the fort hikes up to the distance of 3.5 km for 2.5 hours to reach the Bandaje falls. This second part of the trek is relatively easy. Please ensure you trek with an authorised guide only. There is a very likely chance of getting lost in the forest. To reserve your trek with Karnataka Eco Tourism. Click Here

How to reach

The best way to reach the last mile or closest to the falls is via road. However one can reach by flight, train or road without any complexities.

By Air The nearest International and domestic airport is Mangalore about 78 km and takes about 2 hours to reach the falls. One can either hire a taxi or take a train to reach Belthangady. Belthangady is 57 km away and takes about an hour to reach.

By Rail Mangalore is the closest major rail junction and is well-connected with several cities within the state and the rest of the country.

By Road The best way to reach the closest and to the last mile is via road. After reaching the major railway station or the airport, one can take a cab, a private bus or the state-run transport service to reach the falls. These buses ply from Mangalore and Bangalore as well.

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Bandaje Arabi Falls is a popular trekking destination located in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka, India. The falls are situated in the Chikmagalur district, near the town of Koppa. The trek to Bandaje Arabi Falls involves a moderate level of difficulty and is suitable for people with some experience in trekking.

The trek begins at the base of the falls and follows a well-marked trail through the dense forest. Along the way, you will encounter several streams and small waterfalls, as well as a variety of flora and fauna. The trail culminates at the base of the falls, where you can enjoy the sight and sound of the cascading water.

To reach the falls, you can take a bus or taxi from the nearest town of Koppa. It is advisable to carry plenty of water and snacks, as well as insect repellent and sun protection. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing for the trek.

Overall, the Bandaje Arabi Falls trek is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Western Ghats and get some exercise in the process.

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About the Bandaje Arbi falls trekking, Charmadi Ghat:

Location: Charmadi Ghat section, Western Ghats, Dakshina Kannada district Distance from Bangalore: 310 Km Trek starting point: Bandaje village near Mundaje near Ujire town Trek difficulty Level: Moderate

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Total trek distance:  25 Km in total Time to trek: 9 hours in total Camping: At the Arbi falls Best time to trek: Post monsoon

Reaching Bandaje Arbi Falls Trek starting point:

If you want to reach Bandaje Arbi falls trek starting point, you can use Karnataka roadways site to book online tickets to Ujire: http://ksrtc.in . Ujire is the nearest town to the trek starting point. From Ujire, you can hire a jeep to the Bandaje village. That would cost you around Rs. 750. Bandaje village is also the last point  to pack breakfast & get fresh in the morning.

An alternative route to reach Ujire from Bangalore, in case you do not find a bus, is through Dharamsthala. You can also get fresh in the morning near the washrooms near the main temple. Ujire is just 10 Km from Dharamsthala and you can catch a local bus to Ujire. It would take around 20-25 minutes from Dharamsthala.

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Bandaje Arbi falls Trekking Permission, Charges & Contact:

Permission is required for this trek. Just the permission is not alone, you will also be provided a guide by the forest department which is a mandatory you cannot avoid that. Guide charges are rupees 1000 per day and individual forest entry charges are rupees 200 per person. But you can also bargain for the Guide charges. 

Sometimes, the jeep driver from Ujire will arrange forest work papers for you and by the time you reach Gowdara Mane or Bandaje village, you will have all the paper works done.

Bandaje Arabi falls Contact details:

Belthangady wildlife range office, Kudremukh national park : 08256-233189 Forest Officer: 99013 46952 Guide – Sanjay: 97408 83257 Kishore Gowda, Gowdara Mane (Landlord Bandaje): 99019 39829

Bandaje Arbi falls full trek route guide:

Bandaje village -> Bandaje Arbi falls ( 8-9 Kms; 5-6 hours) -> camping at night atop the falls ->Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort (5 kms; 2-3 hours) -> Durgadahalli (2 kms; 1 hour) – > Sunkasale (10 kms by Auto, 1 hour)

Bandaje Arbi falls GPS trek route guide to Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort:

Ballarayanadurgada kote fort to durgadahalli gps trail:, more details of the bandaje arbi falls trek:.

  • Start for the trek in the morning on day one.
  • By afternoon, reach the Bandaje Arbi falls
  • Camp there 
  • Start for the BallarayanaDurga fort the next morning
  • Reach there by noon
  • Reach Durgadahalli by afternoon
  • From Durgadahalli either walk or take transport to sunkasale at a distance of 10 kms
  • From Sunkasale to Horanadu at a distance of 30 km by local bus
  • Horanadu to Bangalore by KSRTC bus

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The Complete Guide to Ballalarayana Durga Trek

Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje falls trek is a combination of two treks — Ballalarayana Durga and Bandaje Arbi — because many do not know they can go all the way to Bandaje waterfalls when we say Ballalarayana Durga trek. Arbi in local language means “waterfalls” and hence the words Bandaje Arbi, Bandaje Arbi falls, Bandaje falls are used interchangeably.

Ballalarayana Durga trek lies in Chikmagalur, nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, just 280 kilometres away from Bangalore. Chikmagalur is known for its coffee plantations and lush greenery. and the trek adds a unique flavour to its landscape. The Ballalarayana Durga trek holds an abandoned fort from the 17th century at its peak, and a gushing waterfall in the end. Watching the water falling from the snout to almost a 1,000 feet below is a sight that sets your hearts racing!

And just for this view, the Ballarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi trek is a must do. Ballalarayana Durga is a  monsoon favourite trek  and is preferred by beginners and experienced trekkers alike. Anyone can do the Ballalarayana Durga trek with a bit of preparation.

1. The Initial Forest Section

Although the forest section is short, it is filled with life. Watch out for its age old trees, a variety of insects, birds and flora.

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The Himalayan Meadow-Like Shola Grasslands with Shola forests

The grasslands on the trek are so pretty that they almost resemble the Ali and Bedni meadows of the Himalayas.

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Waterfall view from the snout

There are only a handful of treks that allow you to see the water falling from the snout over a 1,000 feet to the ground. And Ballalarayana Durga trek is one of them!

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Trail Information

Ballalarayana durga trek starts from a relatively higher altitude, hence the climb to the fort is not too tiring. However, you will descend almost 1,300 feet to bandaje waterfalls and get back up the same way, covering approximately 6.5 kilometres overall.

Based on the distance and the altitude gain, the trek is divided into  two sections :

| Section I:  Kalabhyraveshwara Temple to Ballalarayana Durga Fort | Section II:  Ballalarayana Durga Fort to Bandaje Falls

Section I:  Kalabhyraveshwara Temple  to  Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Trek distance:  3 km Trek duration:  1 hour and 30 minutes GPS coordinates of Kalabhyraveshwara temple:  13° 8’56.89″n 75°24’56.08″e GPS coordinates of Ballalarayana durga fort:  13° 7’56.92″n 75°24’53.67″e

The trail starts from Kalabhyraveshwara temple behind which you camp the previous day.

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Jeeps and other SUVs can go all the way up to the start point covering a distance of 1 kilometre. If you are in a normal sedan, we recommend you park your vehicle at the temple and start trekking from there.

| Note:  If you are arriving in the morning and not camping behind the temple, head towards the temple to park your vehicles and start the trek.

In about 900 metres the mud road turns left, while taking the right turn leads you to the Rani Jhari view point. It is a moderate ascent and takes about 10 minutes to reach the view point.

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Follow the trail that leads you into the forest. In about 200 metres, at the fork, take the trail on your right that ascends.  At the first and the second forest sections, always take the trail to your right when in doubt at the forks. This way you ensure you don’t deviate off the trail and always be on track.

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| Tip:  Keep your water bottle handy and take small sips of water every 15 minutes. Do this even if you don’t feel thirsty. this trick will keep you hydrated throughout and helps regain the water lost through sweat.

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| Tip:  Apply Dettol or Savlon Liquid at the base to avoid leeches if you are scared of them. If you are not too worried, the best option is to remove them once you reach Bandaje falls. A few leeches sucking a few drops of blood won’t do any harm.

In about 100 metres after you have climbed the vertical rock face and a crossed a zig-zag path, you will arrive at the first clearing. You will get the second view of Ballalarayana Durga fort from here. You cannot make out at first as the fort is in complete ruins. All that is remaining of the fort now is one or two rows of foundation rocks.

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The trail starts to ascend gradually with slippery sections on the landslide-prone slopes. Take support of the branches on the right or use your trekking poles to ascend safely.

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| Note:  Stay on your right at this section as there is a straight drop for almost a 50 feet on your left.

We recommend using two trekking poles on this trek. They help you get better grip on steep ascents and descents and reduce impact on your knees by absorbing shocks as a result of walking on constant rolling hills.

Before the small stream, there is another deviation. Take the trail on the right here as the trail to the left will lead you deep inside the forest that gets you off trail.

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Section II:  Ballalarayana Durga Fort  to  Bandaje Falls

Trek Distance:  3.8 kilometres Trek duration:  2 hours and 30 minutes GPS coordinates of Ballalarayana Durga fort:  13° 7’56.92″n 75°24’53.67″e GPS coordinates of Bandaje falls:  13° 6’20.55″n 75°24’53.44″e

From the Ballalarayanadurga fort, take the same route back from where you entered the fort. Descend for approximately 350 metres until you reach the point from where you had the last push to climb to the fort. At the deviation here, take the grassland trail on your left to proceed towards Bandaje falls. There is also an alternate route to Bandaje falls from Ballalarayana Durga fort.

| Tip:  To get a clear idea of these routes, head to the section of route map and download the GPX file for Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls trek.

The vast expanse of the grasslands with thick, dark green forests in patches is a highlight here.

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| Note:  Tread very carefully at this section in the monsoons. Use your trekking poles to ground yourself with each step you take.

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This patch in autumn and winter looks desolate and is filled with sand in between rocks. It makes you wonder if any river flowed here once upon a time to carry all that sand! About 3.8 kilometres from the fort and two and a half hours later, the trail starts to descend towards the final downhill to reach Bandaje falls.

At this descent, you cannot make out if there is really a waterfall at the end. You will not hear the water flowing between rocks, neither will you see any signs of water. It is only when you reach the section filled with thick trees will you hear the water flowing. You start to smile from the inside upon hearing the sound of flowing water.

After a 4-hour journey, the thought of drinking the fresh, unspoilt water and dipping your feet to cool off brightens your mood. The first glimpse of the water gushing through rocks is a sight for sore eyes. The waterfall looks different in each season. In autumn and winter, the water gently flows until it drops down from the snout.

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| Caution:  While it is extremely fun to watch the waterfall, always exercise caution and keep your body weight to the back. We recommend taking a friend along for this trek and he/she can act as a harness by holding your hands and staying back while you take a peek, and vice versa. If you are alone, lie down on your stomach and peek with only your head exposed from the snout.

Do not forget to take in the view from the snout of the waterfall. On a clear day, you may see the outline of Mangalore district on your right, whereas the forests of Dakshina Kannada district are always in front of you.

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| Green   Note : Please trek responsibly and take back disposable plastic wrappers, bottles and packaging with you and dispose of them in a dustbin once you reach your city. Do not leave behind your waste.

Close your eyes and reflect on your journey to the top. Notice the silence and the sounds of nature. Relax your over-worked muscles before you start your journey back to base. Because you will take the same route back, you must be cautious on the tricky sections and move slowly and steadily. A slip may cause you to fall and injure yourself.

Route Map Of The Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi Trek

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Best Time To Do Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek

Ballalarayana Durga trek can be done from monsoons through the end of winter  (July – March) . You will get the best experience if you do the trek in monsoons, as the entire valley is lush green and the grasslands seem like they are straight from the Himalayas. also, Bandaje falls are gushing in full force!

Compared to  Kumara Parvatha , which cannot be done in the monsoons due to risky terrain, Ballalarayana Durga is a treat to do in the monsoons. it is one of the few treks in the Western Ghats that you can do in monsoons.

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The reason why we do not recommend this trek in summer is because of the dry grasslands and very hot climate. Since there is no shade except the forest sections before reaching the fort and after reaching the waterfall, the sun and humidity drains you out quickly.

How To Reach Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek

Before you plan your travel, watch this video to know how to do the Ballalarayana Durgra trek by yourself:

Ballalarayana durga – Bandaje Arbi Rrek falls in the Chikmagalur district and is 280 kilometres from Bangalore. The route passes through Hassan, Belur and Mudigere, ultimately reaching Sunkasale and Durgadahalli.

Since the trek starts from a remote location, driving to the place is ideal and that makes it a very rewarding trek with the right amount of leisure and rest, before and after the trek. Reaching through public transport is possible. It just takes longer and you will have to walk a lot more to reach the base. However, it is no less fun!

If you are up for an adventure, then consider reaching the base by bus.

• Reaching Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek By Your Vehicle from Bangalore

The journey from Bangalore to Sunkasale / Durgadahalli takes you through some of the beautiful roads in Karnataka. Watch out for the greenery that accompanies you after belur until you reach sunkasale. Durgadahalli is another 6.5 kilometres from Sunkasale and the Kalabhyraveshwara temple at Durgadahalli is the base of your trek. The temple is less frequented by locals, considering the remote location and the population in Durgadahalli is also less.

Right behind this temple, you will find an open space on a mound which is quite secluded. This is where you camp.  Use this link  to set up GPS before you start your journey. if you cannot access google maps, here are the directions to follow:

  • Take  National Highway 48  and drive till you reach Nelamangala. take the  left at the junction from Nelamangala and stay on national highway 75.
  • At Hassan,  take the right  from Bangalore – Mangalore Highway (NH 75) and  turn left  and take  the immediate right to continue on national highway 57 (Belur road).
  • Take  the left at the roundabout  at Belur to connect to National Highway 73. Continue on National Highway 73 until Kottigehara and  take the right onto National Highway 66.
  • In about 6.5 kilometres, take the sharp left onto National Highway 106 . This turn can be easily missed. So, lookout for a  small tea shop   on the left  and a  hotel on the right .
  • Continue on National Highway 106 and take another sharp left turn , while Nirantara homestay is on your right. You will see a big arch which says  “Ballalarayana Durga fort” .
  • This road takes you to Sunkasale. This is the point you fill your water bottles before starting the trek, because there are no drinking water sources at the base or at the place you pitch tents.
  • Look for small shops to stock up on water (minimum 2 litres) .
  • Continue for 6.5 kilometres more on this road to reach Kalabhyraveshwara temple . right behind the temple is a clearing that is on a mound and is secluded.
  • Use this spot to pitch your tents  and retire for the day.

| Tip:  We recommend you leave Bangalore by 8 AM and visit the  Channakeshava Temple  in Belur. If you leave by 7 AM, you can also visit  Hoysaleswara Temple  in Halebidu by driving back 17 kilometres from Belur. This adds another 35 kilometres to the overall journey.

  • Near the temple, you will find a water tank that can be used to freshen up in the morning.  Please note this water is not suitable for drinking .
  • Reach the base by 4 pm, pitch your tents at the camp and go for a quick hike to Rani Bagilu to witness the grand views of Kudremukh National Park from the Rani Jhari view point. This is the best thing to do before you retire for the day.

Reaching Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek By Public Transport System

As mentioned earlier, reaching here by bus takes longer and you have to switch multiple buses. There are both government run and private buses that play to Horanadu. Most buses start from Bangalore after 10:30 pm and reach Mudigere around 5:30 am the next morning.

If you are travelling through KSRTC, from  Majestic bus station  Bangalore, take a bus to  Mudigere .

Here is the link to KSRTC Online Booking:  https://ksrtc.in/oprs-web/

If you are travelling through a private operator, there are multiple pick up points in Bangalore. Choose the one that is nearest to you and get down at Mudigere.

Here is the link to book Private Buses Online:  https://www.redbus.in/

| Note:  It is a best practice to book your bus tickets online and not wait till the last moment.

Mudigere is a busy town. You will get buses at frequent intervals to Sunkasale. Take a bus from Mudigere to Sunkasale. Stock up on drinking water  (minimum 2 litres) here as there are no drinking water sources at the base, except for a water tank to freshen up in the morning. There are very few vehicles that ply from Sunkasale to  Durgadahalli . Ask around for a jeep or a minibus that goes to Durgadahalli. If you are lucky, you will get a ride. Otherwise it is a 6.5 kilometre walk to the  campsite, where you pitch your tents .

Is The Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi Trek Difficult

There are no sections that are difficult to traverse on the Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje falls trek. Since the entire trail is continuously rolling, a trekker must always anticipate and prepare for every eventuality.

Here are a few sections you must keep an eye out for while ascending and descending:

•  Slippery Trail:  The trail becomes more tricky during monsoon months as the mud and loose gravel become very slippery and great caution must be taken while traversing. Trekkers must be very careful with their choice of footwear and should check weather charts so as to avoid days with anticipated heavy rains.

•  Grassland sections : Watch out for the steeper sections after Ballalarayana Durga fort. The grasslands are rolling and you descend down to the snout of the waterfall. You will also climb back up to the fort. Some of these sections include loose stones and gravel that can be tricky to navigate.

Use your trekking poles to support yourself and make sure you grip your feet firmly so as to not slip in this section.

•  Rocky patch at the snout of the waterfall : The snout of the waterfall takes you to the very edge from where the water drops down for more than a 1000 ft. This is the most dangerous section of the trek. Exercise great caution here, especially during monsoons as the rocks are slippery.

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| Safety advice:  Lie down at the snout to see the water flowing down, so that only your head is exposed and your bodyweight holds you back. If you don’t want to lie down, ask your friend to provide support by holding your hand and staying back, while you take a peek down below.

How To Get Fit For Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek

The Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi trek is classified as an  Easy-Moderate grade trek. from the base, you will gain approximately 875 feet in altitude till the fort and gain another 1,330 feet while returning from the waterfall. Although the altitude gain is not very high for a day trek, the rolling ascents and descents over 12 kilometres can be demanding for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Training yourself for an Easy-moderate grade trek

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks:

? Cardiovascular Endurance

In case you’re just starting with a fitness routine, start slow and increase your pace everyday in the following manner –

  • Target completing a jog of 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • Gradually increase your pace by running 5 km, 4 times a week.
  • As you become more comfortable, introduce another day of running in your routine.
  • Progressively increase the distance you run in a workout until you can complete 5 km in 40 mins.
  • If you prefer cycling over running, target covering 15 km in 60 minutes when you begin.
  • Progressively increase your pace to cover 20 km in one hour.

? Strength Training

This is an important area you need to work on.

Strength training is equally important to trek comfortably. Work on your glutes, calves and knees. Additionally, work on strengthening your core.

You must strengthen your core muscles. For strengthening your core muscles, holding a plank and it’s variations (elbow, side planks) are the best exercises to go about doing it.

Also, try these exercises for strength:

Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set.

– Squats (Mix it up with sumo squats)

– Lunges (Forward, backward and lateral lunges)

? Flexibility

Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.

It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back. If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,  here’s a video  you can use to work out indoors.

Things To Take On Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Falls Trek

  • Basic First Aid kit*
  • Identity Card
  • Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
  • Water (Minimum two litres)
  • Lemon and salt OR Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.)
  • High-calorie snacks (Nuts & dry fruits, home-baked cake, etc.)
  • Safety Pins, Rubber bands & Whistle (Useful in emergencies.)
  • Quick Dry T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
  • A warm layer (Pull over, sweater or a jacket)
  • Poncho, only during post-monsoons
  • Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices, only during monsoons
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Trekking poles
  • Tent (3-Person or 2-Person – Depending on the number of people sharing)
  • Sleeping Bag

First aid kit:

  • Band aids (Regular & Waterproof)
  • Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
  • Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine based powders like Cipladine, Savlon, etc.)
  • Cotton roll & Bandage
  • Crepe Bandage
  • 1 inch wide medical tape (paper or cloth.)
  • Micropore tape
  • Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
  • Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)

| Note:  Always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there any alternate route for this trek?

Yes.  Ballalarayana Durga trek can be done in reverse which starts from Dakshina Kannada district. You will start from Mundaje. Gowdara Mane is your starting point of the trek. Reach Bandaje falls through dense forest section, trek to Ballalarayana Durga fort and descend down to Kalabhyraveshwara temple.

2. Can I do this trek if I have never been on a trek before?

Yes . A person who follows an active lifestyle, can consider Ballalarayana Durga as their first time trek. For people who lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, we recommend a bit of preparation before attempting to trek.

3. Do I need to obtain permission for trekking to Ballalarayana Durga?

Yes . Until 2019, you could trek without permission from the Forest Department. Now, you need to obtain permission before attempting to trek. You must visit Karnataka EcoTourism online and purchase a ticket. It costs Rs.250 per person. Here’s the link to purchase the ticket: https://www.karnatakaecotourism.com/treks

You may even call up the Forest Department personnel, Mr. Naveen Kumar M C on +91 9480916228 to enquire about the trek.

4. Where can I get food and water during the trek?

There are no restaurants at the base of the trek. There are very few small eateries in Sunkasale. Except these, there is no other source of food on the trail. It is advised to pack your food from Bangalore which is not perishable. Something like Bread and Jam/Peanut Butter, Roti, etc., will not go bad so easily.

Note:  Remember to get sufficient food for  Dinner on Day 1 , and  Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2 .

With regards to water sources, although there is a water tank near the temple at the base, the water is not suitable for drinking. We recommend filling your water bottles at Sunkasale before starting the trek. If you have extra water bottles, fill them all up at Mudigere, in case you do not get water at Sunkasale. Once you start the trek, the next water source is Bandaje falls, which is after 6 kilometres.

5. Whom do I contact in case of an emergency?

• Hospital:  The closest hospital is  Sri Manjunatha Memorial Hospital & Kaveri Hospital  in Kalasa, which is 30 kilometres away from the base. (Contact: +918263274628)

• Police Station:  The police station closest to Ballalarayana Durga is the  Kalasa Police Station . (Contact: +919480805159).

• ERSS:  For any kind of emergency help, you can contact the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number- 112.

6. What about mobile network and ATM facility on Ballalarayana Durga trek?

7. Do I need a guide to trek Ballalarayana Durga?

The trail is clearly marked from the base. Once you reach the Rani Jhari view point, the section from there till Ballalarayana Durga fort is faintly visible. Although this doesn’t make you lose your way. You can retrace your steps back and be on the right track in case you go off course. We do not recommend a guide on this trek.

8. Can I camp anywhere on the Ballalarayana Druga – Bandaje Arbi falls trek?

No.  You can pitch your tents only on the clearing behind the Kalabhyraveshwara temple. Pack your tents and leave them in your vehicles before starting the trek. You are not allowed to carry tents on the trail. If you have reached the base by bus, leave your tents at one of the local’s houses and request to look after them either in Durgadahalli or Sunkasale before starting your trek.

9. Are there leeches on the Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi falls trek?

You will definitely have the company of leeches throughout the trail if you are trekking in the  monsoon season .

| Tip: Apply Dettol or Savlon at the base to avoid leeches if you are scared of them. If you are not too worried, the best option is to remove them once you reach Bandaje falls. A few leeches sucking a few drops of blood won’t do any harm. During winters, there will not be any leeches on the trail.

10. Where can I park my vehicle?

Vehicles can reach till the base of the trek with ease. The base is well connected by road. There is parking space right at the base. So, you can park your vehicle and start the trek right from the campsite!

Nearby Places To Visit After Ballalarayana Durga – Bandaje Arbi Trek

Ballalarayana Durga trek is nestled in the Western Ghats and is close to so many attractions in Chikmagalur district. Here are a few places to visit after your trek to Ballalarayana Durga. Remember, these places require half a day or a complete day to visit and explore. So, plan to visit these places only if you have a few more days to spare after the trek.

?  Kudremukh Trek   –  Trek to the third highest peak in Karnataka, which is also Karnataka’s most beautiful trek.

?   Aane Gudda Trek   –  A perfect Western Ghats trek for a beginner, it remains largely unexplored and is nestled within the laid-back, peaceful village of Haluvalli, that is very close to Ballalarayana Durga trek.

?  Ettina Bhuja Trek  –  Ettina Bhuja is one of the prettiest treks in the Charmadi range. Panoramic views of the Charmadi range and Shishila valley can be seen from the peak. It is surrounded by many more hills like Deepadakallu, Amedikallu, Ombattu Gudda and Jenukallu Gudda.

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33 replies to “bandaje arbi falls trek guide: ballarayanadurga fort, charmadi ghat”.

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We are a group of 6 planning to trek till Ballarayanadurga Fort the coming Saturday. Do we need to get permission from forest authorities?

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We are planning to trek here next weekend (Dec 15th). I had a few queries: 1. Is it possible to trek all the way to Ballalarayana Durga fort on day 1 if we reach Ujire around 6 a.m.? 2. Can we camp near the fort (not near the falls)? 3. Are guide and permission still necessary? Can we arrange all of this beforehand?

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hi, i am planning to go on 22nd sept’18(sat) for this trek. will start from bangalore. i am looking at coming back the same day , is it possible to cover this in a days time? if yes, please share timelines that i should follow for a safe and timely return. it will be a solo trek most likely so kindly guide me on that front aswell.

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I don’t think it is possible looking at the current monsoon and other situations.

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Hi I am planning to take my car from bangalore. Is there a place at Bandaje village where I can park my car and come back to the same place after trek and take my car? I’m not sure if we’re going to return to the start point after the trek? Is that possible?

As per the usual trek route, you do not return to the starting point, however, in a day, you can try to go to the fall and return to the car parking spot. There are places to park the car.

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We r planning for a trek. Is any camp(Tent) material available at Bandaje-Arbi falls???

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Could you please share those route maps with my mail id, so that it would be helpful.

I am sorry I do not have the route map

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I am planning for this trek.Is this place is safe for Camping.We have group of 10-12 people.

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Yes trek is safe as I am going with you , stay calm and enjoy :p

hahaha… friends?

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Hi, I’m planning to go to this trekk from bangalore. I wanted to know few things? 1. Is it necessary to hire a Guide? 2.Where will be the premission given? 3. Can we tent and stay overnight at Ballarayanadurgada Kote fort as wel as Bandaje Arbi falls?

1. If you are going for the first time, you should hire a guide. 2. There is no permission needed as such now 3. Yes you can tent but better to return

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I am planning trek here pls gve details and cost include any bookings avilable

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HI. A question on the guide. Is it necessary on the guide front. And if so, does he arrange his own accommodation at the top? Or did you have to share your tent with him?

You will have to share your space with him 🙂

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you may share Mr., but we don’t

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Hey.. my concern is about route of the trek.. Is it very confusing? what are the things I should take care of to avoid getting lost here.. what about food availability at duragadahalli or sunkasaale after we get back from trek?

Yeah the route is little confusing better take a guide to avoid getting lost which I hva mentioned in the blog…. snacks and local food is available at duragadahalli or sunkasaale

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hi. We are planning trek in March 3rd weekend. Is it good time to go in terms of weather ?

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I am super excited for this trek, I am start from Bangalore Tomo 🙂 . I will definately try scribbling something this time 🙂

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We have planned for this trek and are going by next week. I have done rigorous treks before, but I’m not in a good shape now 🙁 Do not have much stamina. How is the difficulty of this trek?

Hi Shashank, its not so difficult trek.. just look at weather there and everything should be fine

Hi Shreyas, yes it should be a nice time to go. But looking at this year temperature, if you can prepone your trekking date by a week or two, would be better.

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how much its cost for entry fee?

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hii…I’m planning to go for a trek..is it really necessary to ask permission of the authorities?? and is it safe for 4 people.. like two girls and two guys..and m also planning to pitch my tent there

you can go daniel… there should not be any problem at all….. 🙂

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Is this place is safe for trekking??

yeah it is….

i’m planning to go for a trek..is it really necessary to ask permission of the authorities?? and is it safe for 4 people.. like two girls and two guys..

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Bandaje Falls Trek Tour Distance – 15km to and from

Difficulty level –Moderate to difficult.

Bandaje Arbi Falls is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the Charmadi forest range of the Western Ghats. It is located almost 350 kilometers from Bangalore in the Dakshin Kannada district in Karnataka. Bandaje Falls Trek Tour is a popular activity for adventure enthusiasts looking to explore this stunning natural wonder.

The magnificent fall flows as a tributary of the Netravathi River from a height of about 200 feet. Among the most majestic natural waterfalls near Bangalore, the Bandaje Arbi waterfalls offer you with unmatched scenic beauty.

You can have the best time of your life spending on the lap of the clouds surrounded by dense green forests. An adventurous trek into the thrilling rainforest is the only way to reach the waterfalls. Bandaje Falls Trek offers nature lovers and photography enthusiasts abundant opportunities to capture the picturesque place.

It is one of the breath-taking waterfalls near Bangalore located 25 km from Ujire. When you reach the top of the trekking point of the hill, you will witness Ballalarayana Durga that is almost an hour’s walk from the falls.

The ideal time to visit this place is during the monsoons when the water takes a mighty shape. Bandaje Falls Trek Tour offers a challenging trek trail through the steep dense forest of about 16 km. You get to sleep under the stars in the base camp beside the waterfalls. Enjoy the campfire, delicious food, and the starry night amidst the beautiful Bandaje Village.

Look in to More Tours:  Wayanad Exploration | Kodachadri Trek | Dandeli water sports  

Day 0 – Departure from Bangalore

Pickup Points & Timings

  • 7 :30 PM -Karachi Bakery – Indiranagar.
  • 7:45 PM -Domlur Sky Walk - Domlur .
  • 9:00 PM-Yeshwantpur metro station towards Tumkur.
  • 9:15 PM -People Tree Hospitals-Gorguntepalya .

Day 1 –Trek to the Bandaje Peak

  • Reach homestay
  • Trek to Rani Jhari view point and Bandaje falls.
  • Visit Ballarayanadurga fort
  • Return to Homestay.
  • If weather permits camp fire.

Day 2 – Divine and Serene Day

  • Wake up and Visit Kodige falls.
  • Breakfast and check out from Homestay.
  • Visit Belur Chennakeshava temple. 
  • Back to Bengaluru by 9pm.

Things to Carry

  • Small Backpack to carry below essentials
  • Box for Pack lunch
  • Water bottles
  • Energy bars
  • Personal medication or A First Aid Kit personal
  • Sweater/ jackets for the night if u need 
  • Raincoat/Poncho (Optional)
  • Extra clothing (in case you plan to dive in the lake)
  • Good sports shoes or trekking shoes
  • Flashlight/Torch with extra batteries ( optional)

Included/Excluded

  • Sight seeing
  • Pick up and drop from/to Bangalore
  • Other Inclusions
  • 2 Breakfast / 1 Pack lunch / 1 Dinner
  • Trek Permits
  • Trek Leads from Native Trekking
  • Local Guides
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water, etc)
  • Anything not included above

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What is the bandaje waterfall trek.

The Bandaje Waterfall Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. It leads to the stunning Bandaje Arbi Waterfalls, offering trekkers an opportunity to explore scenic landscapes and experience the beauty of nature.

Where is the Bandaje Waterfall Trek located?

The trek starts from the village of Ballalrayanadurga, near the town of Sunkasale, in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.

How difficult is the Bandaje Waterfall Trek?

The difficulty level of the Bandaje Waterfall Trek is moderate to challenging. The trail involves steep ascents and descents, narrow paths, and possibly slippery terrain, especially during the monsoon season. It's advisable to have some prior trekking experience and be in good physical condition.

How will I be communicated with once the payment is done?

You’ll be added to a WhatsApp group a day or two before your trip date, where all the last-minute details are shared.

Is it safe for females and solo travellers?

Women/girls safety and security is very important to us. Therefore, it is totally safe for Women/girls to go on tour and travel. Our  trek leaders accompany the group at all times. They provide constant support and direction to the group. Our campsites are safe and secure. They provide a safe place to stay. Our trip leaders frequently accompany the group on our trips.

Yes, solo travellers are welcome on our adventures. The best part of solo travel is the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. As the trip progresses, strangers become friends, creating a sense of community. That’s why we invite you to join us on our adventures.

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Ballalarayanadurga Trek & Bandaje Waterfalls – Weekend Getaway From Bangalore

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

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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Pickup/Drop Points

Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 8:00 PM

  • In front of Udupi Grand – Service Road going towards HSR Layout
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Marathahalli: 8:25 PM

  • In front of Mahindra Showroom
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Tin Factory: 8:40 PM

  • Tin Factory Bus Stop
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Goraguntepalya: 9:35 to 9:50 PM (based on traffic)

  • Metro Station Bus Stop
  • https://goo.gl/maps/GXjxyMHhAm92

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.
  • 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 [email protected] 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.

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  • 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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#30 of 37 places to visit in chikmagalur, distance (from chikmagalur): 75 kms, visited from: chikmagalur, trip duration (including travel): full day, place location: near ballarayana durga fort, transportation options: + walk/trek, website: na, phone no: na, place address: na, travel tips: permission from belthangady wildlife range office, kudremukh national park is required to trek to bandaje falls..

At a distance of 4 km from Ballarayanadurga Fort, 9 km from Kodige Falls, 45 km from Mudigere, and 75 km from Chikmagalur, Bandaje Falls is a mesmerizing waterfall located in the Charmady Ghat section of the Western Ghats in the Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka. It is one of the stunning waterfalls in Karnataka, and among the must-include places in Chikmagalur holiday packages . Also known as Bandaje Arbi Falls, Bandaje Waterfall is formed by a tributary of the Netravathi River. It plunges 200 feet from the hilltop and is a surreal sight to behold. The waterfall continues its journey downhill as a single stream to join the river Netravathi as a tributary. It is one of the most magnificent natural treasures of the Western Ghats hidden among a blanket of greenery on top of the hills. The majestic waterfall is as famous for its natural beauty as for being a junction of various trek routes. Permission from the Belthangady wildlife range office, Kudremukh national park is required to trek to Bandaje Falls. The waterfall is located in a remote area of Western Ghats and can be reached only by undertaking trekking in thick forests and grasslands with the help of local guides. A trekker's delight, there are two different routes to reach the falls. If you are travelling via Mangalore - Ujire, it is located 25 km from Ujire. The trek generally starts from Valambra near Somanthadka village (7 km from Ujire) at the base of the hills. The uphill journey passes through difficult terrain but the surrounding natural environment is a pleasure for the eyes. Many trekkers tire out before reaching the falls at the end of the 15 km long trek (one way). Another trekking route passes through Ballarayana Durga Fort. The trail starts from Kalabhairaveshwara Temple at Durgadahalli, which is around 38 km from Mudigere. The route from the temple to the initial forest section (from where the actual trek starts) is on a moderately steep mud road. Jeeps and other SUVs can go all the way up to the start point covering a distance of 1 km else just park your vehicle at the temple and start trekking from there. The fort is about 3 km from the temple. The trek to the fort is a difficult one and takes about one and a half-hour. From Ballarayana Durga Fort, the waterfall is about 4 km and takes about two and a half hours. The entire trail from the fort to the waterfall is on rolling hills that consist of a vast expanse of grasslands with thick, dark green forests in patches. The first glimpse of the water gushing through rocks is a sight for sore eyes. Since the waterfall is located within dense jungles of the Western Ghats, there is no arrangement for tourists to stay near the falls. But the natural site offers enough space for everyone to enjoy a camping adventure. The cool breeze, clear sky filled with the stars, light music in the background had set up a perfect camping experience. The most suitable time to visit the waterfall is the post-monsoon season. It is not advisable to visit the waterfall during the rainy season as not only do the rocky surface gets slippery but one can also face a lot of leeches and other insects as well. The trek becomes all the more difficult and the streams are also hard to cross. The waterfall is dry during the summer season. Timings: 24 hours Entry: Free, Rs. 300 - 500 for Guide

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Highest Altitude: 1493 m (4900 ft)

Location: Kudremukh National Park/ Belthangady

State/Country: Karnataka / India

Base Village: Durgadahalli

Total Distance: 18km (Return)

Number of Days: 1 Day

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Bandaje falls is located in Belthangady Taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. The trek to Bandaje falls can be done from Belthangady (The base of the waterfall) or from Durgadahalli (The top of the waterfall). The trail from Durgadahalli is popular. On this trek, immerse yourself in the lush green surroundings of the western ghats and visit an ancient fort on the way. Bandaje falls trek is therefore an interesting package of nature and history. Here are the details on this trek.

Plan Your Trek

Best time to Trek

The best time to trek in the western ghats is during the monsoon or just after. The entire region turns green and the waterfalls are flow in abundance. A trek during the months of July, August and September would be extremely rewarding. However, you can do this trek year-round.   

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Permission  

To do this trek you will have to pay an entry fee of Rs 250. This can be done at the forest Checkpost, at the beginning of the trail. You can also pre-book your trek on the following website – Karnataka Eco Tourism . 

This trek can be a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Here is a rough plan that you could use and modify it as you wish. 

Friday night: Travel to Sunkasalle, Durgadahalli or Kottegehara cross and Stay in a lodge / Homestay.

Saturday (Around 7AM): Drive to the Forest Checkpost and begin your trek to Bandaje falls and Ballalarayana fort at or before 8AM. 

Saturday (Around 5 PM): Return back to Homestay.

Sunday: Explore Kodige Falls, Kyatanamakki or the temples of Belur-Halebidu and return back to Bangalore by night.  

How To Get There?

If you are taking a bus, then board a bus to Chikkamagaluru. On the way, get off at Sunkasale. At Sunkasale, look for some local auto-rickshaw or jeep to drop you off at Durgadahalli or directly at the trek starting point. Alternatively, you can also drive to Kottigehara cross, then take a local bus to Sunksale and then a jeep ride to trek start point. 

If you plan to reach there on your own vehicle, then you have to turn left at Sunkasale. Bandaje falls trek start point is 4km from the main road and 21km from Kottigehara cross. 

Where to Stay?

There are several homestays on the road from Sunksalle to Durgadhalli. I would recommend Durgadahalli homestay. (Sanjay – 7795754335). They charge around Rs2000 per head per night, with food included. 

If you want to travel budget, then you will find lodges in Kottigehara cross. You can stay there overnight and drive 30mins next morning to reach the trek start point.

Things to Carry

Well, like for any other trek, you have to go prepared. Special attention is required if you are doing Bandaje falls trek during the monsoon. I have put together a list of things you must carry  – 

  • A good trekking shoe is a must. 
  • Water bottle (2lt or more)
  • Packed lunch and snacks. 
  • Waterproof jacket or poncho during rainy season. 
  • Some salt to chase away the leeches during rainy season.
  • Sunscreen lotion or Hat 
  • Flash light in case of emergency
  • Day pack to store all the things
  • Waterproof covers for your bags

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The trail begins near Rani Jhari viewpoint. Soak in the magnificent views at this location for a while before beginning the trek to Bandaje falls. 

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The initial stretch passes through a jungle. Occasionally, you get a view of the Ballalarayana durga (fort) at a distance. 

After crossing this dense forest, you reach the grasslands. Here, you will find a left deviation towards Ballalarayana durga. My suggestion would be to continue your trek to Bandaje falls and  visit the fort while returning. 

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The trail continues through the meadows and goes up and down a few hills. The trail might seem never-ending at a point but keep going. The onward journey is easy and mostly flat or a descent. There are some sign boards on the way. But, I would recommend that you download an offline map and follow the trail towards the waterfall. Sometimes, the mist covers the entire trail and multiple routes can misguide you. 

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After a steep descent filled with gravel, you reach a dead-end where the Bandaje waterfall takes a plunge of 200 feet to reach Dakshina Kannada and eventually make its way to join the sea. Relax for an hour or more and soak in the beauty of this location before heading back. 

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The return journey is what makes this trek a moderate level. All the descent that brought you to the waterfall now transforms into a steep ascent. After about 5km trek, just before the forest area, you will reach the deviation to the fort; this time on your right. 

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A short but steep climb up a hill will take you to Ballalarayana Durga. The views from the fort are spectacular. 

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During the Monsoon, the entire region is covered in mist and sometimes makes it difficult to view the trail lead. But this would only make your experience more interesting. 

Other Treks Nearby

If you are staying here longer and would want to do more treks in the region, here are a few interesting treks in the Kudremukh national park  – 

  • Kudremukh Peak
  • Nethravathi Peak
  • Kurinjal Peak
  • Ettina Bhuja
  • Narasimha Pravatha 

Other Attractions Nearby

If you are planning a week-end outing, then on the second day, you can visit a couple of places around the region. Here are some of the interesting places. 

  • Kodige Falls
  • Bettada byraveshwara Temple
  • Belur Chennakeshava Temple
  • Halebidu Hoyasaleshwara Temple
  • Belavadi Veera Narayana Temple
  • Kyathanmakki
  • Sringeri Sharada Peetham
  • Hornadu Annapurneshwari Temple

My Experience 

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I trekked Bandaje falls in the end of August. The entire trail was being covered and revealed by the mist. It was truly a magical setting out there. The cloud movement not only contributed to spectacular views but also gave me some great time-lapse shots. I would highly recommend doing this trek during the Monsoon or just after the rains.   

I did find the journey back from a waterfall a bit challenging due to steep climbs. Also, you will be walking back the same trail therefore, there is nothing new to expect. 

We stayed in Durgadahalli homestay and on our way back, stopped at Kodige falls and Halebidu Hoyasaleshwara temple. All in all, it was a refreshing experience. Checkout my film on this trek to know more. 

My Film on Bandaje Falls Trek: 

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure with us as we explore the hidden gems of Karnataka! From the mesmerizing Bandaje Falls Trek , historical Ballarayana Durga fort , and the spiritual haven of Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple , to the enchanting sights of Hornadu, our journey promises a blend of nature, culture, and exploration. Check out the  itinerary  and  book  your tickets for the  Bandaje Falls Trek now!

By traveling with  Tripbae  on this Wayanad Adventure, you’ll  enjoy stress-free travel and accommodation.  We ensure that our  Trek Leads  are  highly trained,  creating a  safe  and  joyful   environment  by eliminating the fear element.

Bandaje Falls is located in the Western Ghats , a mountain range on the western side of India. Specifically, it is situated in the Charmadi Ghats region of the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka.

Here’s what happens when you book:

  • You book through our  website  or  call us . If you call, you have the option to pay only the  advance  and  settle  the rest when the  journey   starts .
  • Once your  booking  is  confirmed , you’ll be added to a  WhatsApp group   a day or two before the trip.  There, you’ll be in contact with the  trek   guide  in charge of the entire journey.
  • On the  day   of departure or before,  you’ll receive  very specific details  about the  pick-up location , timings, what to carry, and any other trip-specific information.
  • Pick-ups  occur according to the  timeline , and any  delays  will be  communicated  on the  group . Text on the group for clarification; calling is recommended only if urgent.
  • Introduction  of  group   members  happens during the  ride  to the location, creating a  safe  and  exciting   space .
  • The  trek lead  will  reiterate  the  itinerary  of the entire trip.
  • Upon reaching the campsite/dorm, you’ll learn about  breakfast timings and other important trip details.
  • Follow the guide for the remainder of the trip.
  • Any  delays  by a  group   member  will  affect  the  entire group’s schedule.

If you ever want  suggestions  on which trip to take in Tripbae, text us on  WhatsApp at +91 991 662 7799 , and you’ll receive a  call   within   two   business days  for answers.

On Day 1 , you will reach Bandaje Falls after the trek . Following that, you will visit Ballarayana Durga Fort. On Day 2 , you will explore the Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple in Hornadu , do some short sightseeing in Kalasa , and then head back home.

This Bandaje Falls Trek will bring ecstasy to your life. Book you experience now!

  • Trek to the Bandaje Falls
  • Bandaje Falls
  • Ballarayana Durga fort
  • Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple
  • Sight-seeing in Kalasa
  • A Trek lead who communicates well

Day 0 – Departure from Bengaluru

Journey to Dakshin Kannada District

As the sun sets over Bangalore, our adventure begins as we head toward the Dakshin Kannada District .   We'll embark on a comfortable journey of  300 km  in a Tempo Traveler or a Minibus with push-back seats, ensuring a smooth ride for our hikers.

We'll pick up our fellow explorers at the following locations.  Click  on each location to see the exact pickup point.

  • 08:00 PM: Start from BTM Layout
  • 08:15 PM: Next stop, Silk Board
  • 08:30 PM: Assemble at Koramangala
  • 08:45 PM: Picking up at Domlur
  • 09:00 PM: Meet us at MG Road
  • 09:15 PM: Join at KTM Mekhri Circle
  • 09:45 PM: Board at Yeshwanthpura
  • 10:00 PM: Last pickup at Goraguntepalya

Note for the entire trip: The travel time may vary depending on the traffic and road conditions . Yet, we will make sure that we will cover all the places on the itinerary .

Day 1 – Bandaje Falls!

06:00 AM - 07:00 AM : Reach homestay and freshen up

07:00 AM – 07:30 AM: Have breakfast and carry packed lunch

07:30 AM – 09:00 AM: Travel to the starting point of the Bandaje Falls Trek

09:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Start and reach the falls (3.5 hours)

12:30 PM – 01:00 PM: Have packed lunch

01:30 PM – 02:00 PM: Start descent to and reach Ballarayana Durga fort (30 mins)

02:00 AM – 03:00 PM: Enjoy the serene beauty

03:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Trek downhill to reach Basecamp (3 hours)

06:00 PM – 06:30 PM: Reach home and sip tea with snacks

06:30 PM – 09:30 PM: Enjoy the warmth of the campfire, sharing stories and experiences with fellow travelers. Dinner will be served and retire for the night.

Day 2 – Waterfalls for the Eyes, Temple for the Soul, and Back to Bengaluru

07:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Get ready, have your breakfast, visit the nearby waterfalls(optional), and come back ( 4 hours )

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Board the vehicle to reach Adi-Shaktyamaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple (Hornadu)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Visit Adi-Shaktyamaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple.

12:30 PM – 01:30: Have lunch on the way to Hornadu *Self-sponsored

01:30 PM – 02:00: Sightseeing in Hornadu/Kalasa

02:00 PM: Leave for Bangalore.

08:00 PM: Dinner on the way to Bangalore *Self-sponsored

10:00 PM: Reach Bangalore

Drop-off Points:  The drop-off points will be the same as the pick-up points to ensure convenience for all travelers. Please ensure you have all your belongings before leaving the vehicle.

Drop-Off Schedule:

▪️ 10:00 PM: Goraguntepalya ▪️ 10:10 PM: Yeshwanthpura ▪️ 10:25 PM: KTM Mekhri Circle ▪️ 10:45 PM: MG Road ▪️ 10:55 PM: Domlur ▪️ 11:05 PM: Koramangala ▪️ 11:15 PM: Silk Board

Once you’ve reached your drop-off point, it’s time to head home, take a well-deserved rest, and start planning your next adventure!

Things To Carry (Use this as a check-list before you leave your house)

-Face Masks and Hand Sanitisers

-Xerox Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)

-Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek

-Water bottles – 1-2 (1 liter each)

-Lunch Box (to carry your packed lunch) and spoons

-Raincoat and Bag covers (in case of rain)

-A comfortable pair of shoes with a good grip for trekking

-An extra pair of socks

-Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite

-Torch/Headlamp (to walk around at night)

-Portable chargers for your electronics

-Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet

-Polybags to pack your wet clothes

-Eatables during the trek like Energy Booster, Tissues, Chocolates, Dry fruits, etc.

-Personal Medication

-Snacks for yourself

Included/Excluded

  • To and fro transport from Bengaluru (Non-A/c)
  • Only Veg Food
  • Dorms/Tents (to Camp)
  • Trek Leads from the Tripbae Team
  • Forest/Trek Permits
  • Basic First Aid Kit.
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water, etc)
  • Anything not included above

Tour's Location

What is included and not in the without-transportation package.

You will have to reach all the places on time as per the itinerary, by yourself. You will also need to synchronize your arrival times with the trek leader in case the Tripbae vehicle's journey experiences any delays. Other than that, accommodation, guidance, permits, and the rest which are mentioned in the included list are included.

What is the difficulty of this trek?

Easy to Moderate.

Can I call to book tickets with Tripbae?

Yes , please call +91 991 662 7799 to book your tickets

How much advance would I have to pay to book the trip?

50% of the entire charge including taxes

What will happen if the trip does not go through?

Your money will be refunded within 2-3 business days

How will I be communicated with once the payment is done?

You would be added to a WhatsApp group a day or two before the trip date where all the last-minute information is shared. An email is also sent including important information about the trip.

Who can I contact for personal issues on or before the trip?

The trek lead . His/her phone number would be in the What’s App group you are added to.

Is it safe for females?

The safety and security of women/girls are paramount to us. Hence, it's entirely safe for women/girls to participate in our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the group, offering constant assistance and direction. Our campsites are thoroughly secure and provide a safe lodging environment. In addition, our female trek leaders often join our treks.

Can I reschedule my trek to a future date if I am unable to attend on the day of departure?

Unfortunately , it's not feasible to reschedule your trek to a future date if you're unable to attend on the designated day, regardless of the circumstances (like family emergencies, health problems, or work commitments). However, if you have concerns about this policy, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected] , and our team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Are solo travellers allowed to join?

Yes , solo travelers are more than welcome on our trips. The beauty of solo travel lies in the chance to connect with individuals from varied backgrounds. As the journey unfolds, unfamiliar faces become friends, cultivating a feeling of fellowship. Thus, we strongly encourage solo travelers to join our exciting ventures.

What is the total distance of the trek?

7 km  in total(To and fro)

Which district is the Bandaje Falls Trek in?

The Bandaje Trek is in Dakshina Kannada District. 

What is the best time for the Bandaje Falls Trek?

Bandaje falls is beautiful throughout the year and can be visited anytime. But to narrow down the months, October to February is a good time.

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Bandaje Falls Trek via Ballarayana Durga Fort

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If you’re planning to go on the Bandaje Falls Trek peak, Ballalarayana Durga Fort, make sure to complete your Ballalarayana trek booking well in advance to secure your spot. Forts have always had a certain charm in themselves, and if they are made on certain heights, hidden from plain sight with fog, clouds, and mist, the charm just doubles. Such an amazing fort in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka is the Ballalarayana Durga Fort, which lies on the top of a hill and can only be reached by trekking through the dense vegetation that grows on the slopes. Book ballalarayana trek with us.

And this trek and camp experience in the Western Ghats fulfills that very purpose, to take you to a beautiful fort, high-up in the hills and shrouded by a cover of thick clouds. And the best thing about this place is that there is no network connectivity, making this the perfect experience of camping, ballalarayana trekking packages and offbeat.

Starting from the guesthouse that will also act as your base camp for the activity, you will start the trek to the top at about 9 in the morning, and reach the peak in about 4 hours. Spend some time at the top taking in views of the famous Charmadi Ghat Hill and the South Kendra view, get the most perfect pictures here and return back to the base camp. To keep your strength and spirits high throughout the activity, you will be enjoying delicious local cooked meals. Bandaje trek booking online is a convenient way to reserve your spot for the trek, especially during peak season when there is a high demand for the activity. To experience the breathtaking beauty of the Bandaje Falls, don’t forget to complete your Bandaje Falls trek Package booking in advance, as it is required to obtain the necessary permissions for the trek. You can compare different Ballalarayana trek packages online to find the one that suits your budget and preferences.

Information about Bandaje Falls Trek Peak

  • Slots for the trip: Usually between 10-30
  • Starting time: Friday night at 9 PM approx
  • Ending time: Sunday late night around 11.00 PM approx
  • Stay: At our Homestay or tents.
  • Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (All Veg included)
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate-Challenging
  • Duration of the Trip: 2 Days/2 Nights
  • Trek Distance: 16-20 km Approximate
  • Trail Type: Dense tropical forests, rocky terrain, and water-flowing streams

Bandaje Falls Trek Peak Itinerary

  • Pick up starts from Bangalore on Friday evening at 09.00 PM
  • Start the day early, Have breakfast
  • Drive down to the start point of Bandaje Falls trek ( Trek around 18kms )
  • Trek to Bandaje Falls
  • Lunch en-route
  • Trek to Ballarayanadurga Fort
  • Trek back to the base
  • Reach homestay  by 6:00 PM
  • Have some snacks ( Tea / Coffee )
  • Retire for the night
  • Wake up in the morning, get freshen up and enjoy your breakfast.
  • Visit Samse tea estate.
  • Kalasa hanging bridge.
  • Have self-sponsored lunch on the way.
  • Reach back to Bangalore.

What’s included & Excluded Bandaje Falls Trek peak

WITH TRAVEL EXPENSE INCLUSIONS : 

  • Transportation (TO&FRO Bangalore)
  • Accommodation at our Trekkers’ Homestay or tents or cottages on a sharing basis – Separate for men & women
  • Meals – 2 Breakfast, 1 Packed Lunch, 1 Dinner (All veg)
  • Tickets & Entry charges to places visited in the itinerary
  • Forest Permits
  • Forest Guide
  • Campfire (If weather permits)
  • Trek Leads from NammaTrip

WITHOUT  TRAVEL EXPENSE INCLUSIONS : 

  • Tickets & Entry charges to places visited in the itinerary of Day 01

Pick up points

  • Karachi Bakery – Indiranagar 9:00PM Domlur – New Shanti Sagar Hotel 9:20PM Yeshwanthpur Konkan Express Hotel 10:15PM Gorguntepalya – People Tree Hospital 10:30PM

Drop points are same as the pickup  points Once you’ve booked your tickets, we will reach out to you and provide you with more information like exact pick-up times, exact location, coach details and more on Whatsapp.

Any changes in Pick Up locations will be notified to the participants 10-12 hrs before the start of the trip.

Things to Carry

  • Face mask and sanitizer
  • Strong backpack for trekking
  • Water bottles are at least 1-2 liters
  • Extra set of clothes (if necessary)
  • A Poly Bag to carry your wet clothes back to Bangalore
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (optional)
  • Toiletries: – comb, towel, soap, tissue paper, Toothbrush and other essentials etc. (if necessary)
  • Raincoat or a poncho
  • Personal medication if any
  • A torch with new batteries (can be managed by mobile light)
  • One plastic box if you want to carry energy boosters like Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Juice packs, Glucon-D, etc. should keep waste rappers with self, till you reach back to homestay or bangalore, it is necessary to maintain forest cleanliness as a traveler
  • Sweaters/Jacket to bear the cold weather
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Camera/DSLR (if interested)
  • Extra cash for Personal expenses/Meals not included
  • Cleanliness is Our top most priority.Please do not throw trash out anywhere in the open.
  • Your equipment and equipment distributed are to be carried by self, like bags, sticks, etc.
  • As you are exploring nature, don’t expect luxury. Washrooms are only available at the hotel campsite (you reach the hotel/campsite for breakfast).
  • You agree to indemnify yourself for the risks involved in the outings varying from destinations to destinations.
  • NammaTrip is not responsible for misplacing/loss of any personal belongings.
  • Feel free to contact this number 9035412999

Cancellation Policy for Bandaje Falls Trek peak:

  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get canceled. In such cases, we will try our best to provide an alternative feasible solution. However, a refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

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Terms & Conditions for Bandaje Falls Trek peak:

  • Age limit: 10+
  • Our facilities are neat and basic, not luxurious
  • Our accommodations are many times sleeping bags and Tents, Dormitories, rooms with beds and sometimes just sleeping bags under the glittering sky.
  • The average level of fitness is required to participate in the trek. We will not be responsible if any participant is unable to get to the summit due to their own limitations.
  • The food provided will be basic delicious Vegetarian food.
  • NammaTrip shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewelry, etc.
  • We expect every participant to be responsible for littering. Please keep every place we visit clean.
  • We have designated pick up and drop points, make your own arrangements of transports to the desired pick-up point accordingly.
  • We may revise the Terms and Conditions from time to time by updating this posting. The revised terms will take effect when they are posted.
  • Nammatrip is not responsible if any injuries or accidents occur during the event.
  • Any client consuming alcohol, misbehaving, causing delay during the event will be terminated from the event without any prior warning and no refund will be given. Such clients should arrange their own transport to the way back, Nammatrip does not hold the responsibility of terminated clients.
  • Littering, smoking & consumption of alcohol is banned outdoors or anytime during the trek. We will provide you with a time and place to enjoy your drinks.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and, in such cases, we will try to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
  • If we cancel the event, we offer a full refund to all the participants.
  • Cancellation / Refund is done by the third party based on their policies.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior at the venue.
  • Rights of admission reserved.

About NammaTrip:

  • We as an Adventure Travel company aim to show you nice people the most beautiful and pristine places in Karnataka.
  • Preserving the cleanliness & beauty of our beautiful land is our topmost priority.
  • Go deep into nature.
  • Hike to see the beauty of the sunrise.
  • Trek to beautiful mountains.
  • Dip in the beaches of our beautiful coast.
  • Hike through the mystical rainforest of the Western Ghats.
  • Experience Karnataka’s beauty

Know Before You Go for Misty Trek To Ballalarayana Durga Fort

  • Accidental Expenses or any medical emergency charges are not included in the package.
  • Kindly avoid using your phone as your torch as the battery drains faster in that case.
  • The minimum number of people required to book the trek with transfers will be 10.
  • Please avoid the use of plastics on the trek or in the region.
  • Avoid uncomfortable clothing during the activities (like sarees, etc.).
  • Carrying jewelry or other valuables is not advisable.
  • No smoking or consumption of alcohol before or during the activity.
  • Any personal expenses, items of personal nature or anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or under the inclusion labels will be an exclusion to the package.

3. Is there a place to park my vehicle?

Just before you start your trek, there is a small ground where you can park your vehicle.

4.Are there any washrooms on the trail?

No, there are no developments on the trail. You will not find any washroom on the progression.

5. What are the things to take on the trek?

  • Poncho/Raincoat if it’s monsoon
  • Carry cash in case of emergency.
  • Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers ( Mandatory )
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Dry fit clothes
  • First Aid Kit

With Travel Expense ( ₹2,849.00 )

Without Travel Expense ( ₹1,949.00 )

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As rainbow flags fly at the LA Pride Parade, ‘we’re going to continue to fight’

Spectators with flags lined the street at this year LA Pride Parade.

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Clutching a sash and crown next to a friend in paper wings, Maliyah Heaven Espinoza was rushing down Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday morning. She had a float to catch.

The 32-year-old trans woman and human resource business partner, who was named Ms. LA Pride several weeks ago, was joining throngs of marchers and revelers in Hollywood on Sunday for the 54th annual LA Pride Parade , one of the oldest celebrations of LGBTQ+ culture in the U.S.

“I was inspired by the trans women I saw growing up,” Espinoza said. “So I’m glad that now I’m the person I looked up to and aspired to be. I hope to inspire the younger generation as well.”

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The colors of the rainbow shone out along Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in spite of the June gloom, with parade-goers claiming prime real estate as early as 8 a.m., three hours ahead of the parade’s expected kickoff.

Businesses were decked out in banners representing several LGBTQ+ groups, including rainbow, transgender and pansexual flags. The dinosaur atop Ripley’s Believe It or Not! was wrapped in a colorful scarf, oversize heart-shaped glasses and a sign displaying “Power in Pride,” as anthems from queer icons like Donna Summer and Madonna blasted.

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Parade director Mariela Spirelli said about 5,000 people would march in the parade this year, including LGBTQ+ icon and former “Star Trek” actor George Takei and Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin Crowley, the city’s first female and first out fire department leader. The parade was expected to draw around 100,000 attendees, Spirelli said.

Espinoza said that Karina Kendrick, her friend in the angelic tissue-paper wings and white fur-covered calf boots, is her “trans mother,” who helped her through her transition when she was 18.

Pointing to the wings, Kendrick, a 37-year-old hairdresser, said she was dressed up as a “trans angel.”

“I felt biblically that angels were neither male nor female, so I am tying that into my outfit,” she said.

This year’s Pride celebrations, which kicked off last weekend in West Hollywood, come in the shadow of political battles over the rights of transgender youths in California schools. Last month, an effort to force schools to require teachers to notify parents of changes in their child’s gender identity and limit access to gender-affirming care fell short of qualifying for the November ballot.

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Spirelli said that while Sunday’s march through Hollywood was always meant as a celebration, organizers and participants have never forgotten the civil rights focus.

“As much as it is celebratory, the origin of the parade started out of protest. We definitely never lose that essence, while keeping it festive and making it a safe place for the community,” she said. “We definitely encourage our groups to make clear it’s a 1st Amendment parade, so they can express what’s top of mind every year.”

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A crowd of onlookers erupted as the parade kicked off around 11 a.m. with a group of bikers called Motorcycle Contingent for Equality revving their engines and blaring their horns, rainbow flags waving as they rode.

Riders atop the TransLatina Coalition float — decorated with light blue, light pink and white flowers and balloons, with the trans flag emblazoned on the side — wore quinceañera dresses in celebration of the organization’s 15th anniversary.

Bubbles filled the air as the pop rock group Pinktastic Plastixx sped by in a bright pink Volkswagen Beetle, wearing outfits of the same color. Workers at Mel’s Diner rushed outside, catcalling and whistling, as a float carrying a group of men grinding in Speedos passed by.

Gina Campa, 56, had arrived early from Palm Springs to make sure she got a prime spot. Pairing rainbow socks with a Progressive Pride flag and matching sunglasses, Campa evoked Taylor Swift with a custom T-shirt reminiscent of the one the singer wore in her “22” video.

A regular at Pride parades since 2006, Campa emphasized that the event is about celebrating the freedom of coming out and remembering the fight for LGBTQ+ rights dating back to the Stonewall riots.

Campa said she grew up in a strict Christian household. When she was 18 and told her mother she was a lesbian, her mother accused her of being “demon-possessed.” She didn’t fully come out until she turned 34, after her mother’s death.

Kendrick, who medically transitioned at 18, recalled a more difficult time when resources for transitioning were sparse, and medical care was often obtained through the black market. While she believes that acceptance of trans people will eventually increase, she expects backlash and fear-mongering to continue for the time being.

Until then, Espinoza said she has a message for the haters: “We’re going to continue to fight, to be prideful, to be visible, and to show out and pave the way.”

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‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei is determined to keep telling his Japanese American story

“Star Trek” icon George Takei has a new picture book out for children ages called “My Lost Freedom,” tackling the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including children, labeled enemies during World War II. (May 30)

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A copy of “My Lost Freedom,” a children’s book by George Takei, is displayed at the section featuring in the “Being Asian in America” at a Kinokuniya bookstore specializing in selling books and magazines written in foreign languages in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

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TOKYO (AP) — The incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans , including children, labeled enemies during World War II is an historical experience that has traumatized, and galvanized, the Japanese American community over the decades.

For George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu aboard the USS Enterprise in the “Star Trek” franchise, it’s a story he is determined to keep telling every opportunity he has.

“I consider it my mission in life to educate Americans on this chapter of American history,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.

He fears the lesson about the failure of U.S. democracy hasn’t really been learned, even today, including among Japanese Americans.

“The shame of internment is the government’s. They’re the ones that did something unjust, cruel and inhuman. But so often the victims of the government actions take on the shame themselves,” he said.

Takei, 87, has a new picture book out for children ages 6 to 9 and their parents, called “My Lost Freedom.” It’s illustrated in soft watercolors by Michelle Lee.

A copy of "My Lost Freedom," a children's book by George Takei, is displayed at the section featuring in the "Being Asian in America" at a Kinokuniya bookstore specializing in selling books and magazines written in foreign languages in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Wednesday, May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

Takei was 4 years old when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, two months after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor , declaring anyone of Japanese descent an enemy of the United States and forcibly removing them from their West Coast homes.

Takei spent the next three years behind barbed wires, guarded by soldiers with guns, in three camps: the Santa Anita racetrack, which stunk of manure; Camp Rohwer in a marshland; and, from 1943, Tule Lake, a high-security segregation center for the “disloyal.”

“We were seen as different from other Americans. This was unfair. We were Americans, who had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor. Yet we were imprisoned behind barbed wires,” Takei writes in the book.

Throughout it all, his parents are portrayed as enduring the hardships with a quiet dignity. His mother sewed clothes for the children. They made chairs out of scrap lumber. They played baseball. They danced to Benny Goodman. For Christmas, they got a Santa who looked Japanese.

Takei’s is a remarkable story of resilience and a pursuit of justice, repeated throughout the Japanese American experience.

It’s a story that’s been told and retold, in books like the 1973 “Farewell to Manzanar” by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston; “Only What We Could Carry,” edited by Lawson Fusao Inada more than 20 years ago; and “The Literature of Japanese American Incarceration,” which just came out, compiled by Frank Abe and Floyd Cheung.

David Inoue, executive director of the Japanese American Citizens League, headquartered in Washington, D.C., believes the message of Takei’s book remains relevant.

He said discrimination persists today, as seen in the anti-Asian attacks that flared with the COVID-19 pandemic . Inoue said his son has been taunted in school in the same way he was growing up.

“One of the important things about having books like this is that it humanizes us. It tells stories about us that show we’re just like any other family. We like to play baseball. We have pets,” Inoue said.

Takei and his family were sent to Tule Lake in northern California because his parents answered “No” to key questions in a so-called loyalty questionnaire.

Question No. 27 asked if they were willing to serve in the U.S. armed forces. Question No. 28 asked whether they swore allegiance to the U.S. and would forswear allegiance to the Japanese emperor. Both were controversial questions for people who had been stripped of their basic civil rights and labeled enemies.

“Daddy and Mama both thought that the two questions were stupid,” Takei writes in “My Lost Freedom.”

“The only honest answers were No and No.”

Takei said the questions did not explain what would become of families with young children. The second question was also a no-win, he said, because his parents felt there was no loyalty to Japan to denounce.

Tule Lake was the largest of the 10 camps, holding 18,000 people.

Young men who answered “Yes” became part of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which fought in Europe while their families remained incarcerated. The 442, with their famous “Go for Broke” motto, is the most decorated unit of its size and length of service in U.S. military history.

“They were determined to prove themselves and get their families out of barbed wires,” Takei said. “They are our heroes. I know I owe so much to them.”

FILE - Actor George Takei, who played the role of helm officer Sulu in the original television series, "Star Trek," gives a "live long and prosper" gesture in front of a model of the U.S.S. Enterprise space ship at an exhibit at the Tech Museum in San Jose, Calif., on Oct. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

After Japan surrendered, Takei and his family, like all Japanese Americans freed from the camps , were each given $25 and a one-way ticket to anywhere in the U.S. Takei’s family chose to start all over again in Los Angeles.

In 1988, the Civil Liberties Act — after years of effort and testimonies by Japanese Americans, including Takei — granted redress of $20,000 and a formal presidential apology to every surviving U.S. citizen or legal resident immigrant of Japanese ancestry incarcerated during World War II.

Takei’s voice became choked when he recalled how his father did not live to see it.

He noted with pride the diversity depicted in “Star Trek,” a TV series that started in the mid-1960s and developed a devout following. There, the crew that flew together through the galaxies was of various backgrounds.

“Star Trek” writer, creator and producer Gene Roddenberry wanted to portray the turbulent times and the civil rights movement on a TV show but had to do it metaphorically to make it acceptable, Takei said.

“Different people, different ideas, different taste, different food. He wanted to make that statement. Each of the characters was supposed to represent a part of this planet,” Takei said.

Takei recalled how his father taught him how the government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln put it in his Gettysburg Address, could also prove a weakness.

“All people are fallible, even a great president like Roosevelt. He got stampeded by the hysteria of the time, the racism of the time. And he signed Executive Order 9066,” Takei said.

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A new “Hunger Games” prequel film will be released in theaters in 2026.

After last November’s “Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” charmed its way to $337 million at the box office, Lionsgate teased that moviegoers may not have seen the last of Panem, the dystopia where the story is set — even though the spinoff story covered the entirety of author Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel of the same name.

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Like the forthcoming novel, “ The Hunger Games : Sunrise on the Reaping” will revisit the world of Panem 24 years before the events of the “Hunger Games” saga (anchored by thee Katniss Everdeen) and four decades after “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.” It will start on the morning of the reaping of the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell — in which Haymitch Abernathy, portrayed by Woody Harrelson in the original series, competed. Haymitch Abernathy later mentors Katniss and Peeta in the 74th Hunger Games.

“Suzanne Collins is a master storyteller and our creative north star,” Fogelson said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more fortunate than to be guided and trusted by a collaborator whose talent and imagination are so consistently brilliant. The Second Quarter Quell is legendary and looms large over the history of the Games, even into the time of Katniss Everdeen a quarter-century later.”

Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien will oversee the production on behalf of the studio. Patricia Laucella and Phil Strina oversaw the rights for the book for Lionsgate.

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” took place 64 years before Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute. Tom Blyth played a young Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the tyrannical leader of Panem, while Rachel Zegler portrayed impoverished District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird, whom he mentors and develops feelings for during the 10th annual battle royale. By the end of “Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” Lucy Gray Baird’s fate remains ambiguous and Snow begins his ruthless rise to power.

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