Just before embarking on my kodachadri trek my friend send me a mail regarding a trek in sakleshpur. Upon enquiry i came to know it was the famed green route trek. I immediately said i am in as I wanted to do this stretch ever since it was opened last year.
With my manager asking me later in the week to go onsite to malaysia for a month , i thought what a better way to say adieous to india for a month than to do a trek with some of my good friends.
Everything was set and 6 of us gathered at majestic bus stand on fri(22nd) night @ 9.30. After distributing food rations we got into the bus which left for kukke at 10.30. We had told the conductor to inform us when donigal arrived as we were suppposed to get down there, which he promptly did.
It was 4 in the morning when we got down in donigal. After having a cuppa at the roadside stall, we headed to the railway station which was 5 kms away. After waking for 2 hrs we reached the railway station.
Note: Take the small mud road which goes up when walking from the tea stall. Take right once u go up the mud path to reach the dongial railway station.
The railway station was covered in mist and since it was only 6 in the morning, i decided to sleep for some time as we werent going to start trekking immediately. Slept for two hours and woke up to find the mist still hadnt cleared. Since the sun hadnt come out the weather will chilly and I was shivering.
Early morning in donigal
Once our morning duties were completed we settled down to have breakfast. Another round of cuppa was followed after the breakfast. By this time the sun had come out and we started our journey along the track to edukumeri which was 18 kms away. We had decided to halt in edukumeri that day before proceeding to sribaligu and then to kukke the following day
The track was filled with jelly stones and the spacing of the bars on the track were not even. We took a little while to get used to this and we were making good progress while enjoying the natural beauty present around us.
We had just finished crossing the first bridge which was one of the several that we would encounter in the next 2 days, we ran into the first goods train. We all made away for the train which was chugging along merrily.
Our journey continued and as we went further the scenary began to improve. No wonder why this stretch is called as “Green Route”. We could see only greenary everywhere.My camera was paritcularly happy being in this surrounding as I was clicking quite a few pics.
Enroute to edukumeri we met the first tunnel. This was one of the 30 odd tunnels which we would be walking under. Torches came out instantly and we crossed the tunnel. It was 1 in the afternoon when we broke for lunch at a lone station. We were walking slowly until then enjoying the scenic beauty until then. After lunch we decided to pick up the pace as we had to reach edukumeri by sundown.
Just as we were about to enter one of the tunnels we got a scare when a goods train arrived out of no where and 3 of my friends who were at on the bridge had to run for their lives. In the meele one guy lost his torch :(. This incident made us more careful and we decided to pay more attention to our surroundings
One of the 30 odd tunnels
Walking continously on the jelly stones was taking a toll , as our feet were starting to pain. We pushed along, coz if we slowed down the pain would increse. Edukumeri beconed us at 5 in the evening. The moment i entered the station I took off the shoes to relieve the pain.
Soon i was fast asleep to relieve myself of the tiredness that I had felt walking the whole day. I slept for an hour and woke up to find the pain had not still subsided. We then got down to preparing dinner,using the ready to eat packets which we had bought.
With dinner out of the way we hit our sleeping bags as we had a to get up early as we had cover a lot of distance.
Morning arrived and we got up early at 6 and left edukumeri at 6.30. Within 2 hrs me and 2 others were at an abandoned station waiting for others to join. While we were at the station we decided to make the most of the time by looking around to see what the station had so that we could start the fire to boil water for the noodles we had bought.
Early morning in edukumeri
The others joined us 2 hrs late. Once everyone were at the station we set about boiling the water and finished breakfast. Since we were already running late we decided not to waste any more time and immediately headed to sribaligu station
Things were going smoothly when my friend who was a walking a little slowly told us that he had heard a sound of an elephant. This was confirmed by a track repairman who confirmed that elephants inhabit these parts. We neverthless kept moving at a brisk pace.
Sribaligu station welcomed us at 1 in the afternoon. Since others were quite far behind, me and 2 others who arrived early decided to take a well deserved nap. Just when I was dozing peacefully I heard some commotion. My friend and the night duty guard were having a heated argument. Things were really heating up, when both the warring parties decided to back off at the last moment.Upon enquiring with my friend we got to know that the gaurd hadnt slept and he seemed to be annoyed as we happened to be talking loudly
With others joining us, another hour was spent in the station before starting the downhill trek to anila village.
We reached the village at 5 in the evening. The bus to kukke arrived at 5.30. After spending some time in kukke we boarded the 8.45 bus which we had booked back to bangalore. Reached home at 5 in the morning
Thus concluded a wonderful trek
After getting down either at Donigal (near to Manzarabad fort) or near to the railway track, look for the milestone marked 234. There is a tea shop and opposite to it is a mud path going up. Take that and you will see a bridge and a mud path going to the right. Take the right which leads to Donigal railway station. The marking on the milestone at the Donigal railway station is 49/400. After that:
Km 52 – bridge (50 mts) –> Km 55 – bridge –> Km 58 – Tunnel No. 5 (254 mts) –> Km 60 – Tunnel No. 6 (383 mts) –> Km 61 – bridge (200 mts), immediately after Tunnel (575 mts) –> Km 62 bridge (150 mts) –> Km 64 – Tunnel (410 mts) –> Km 67 – Yedakumeri station –> Km 72 – Tunnel (366 mts) –> Km 75 – Arebetta station –> Tunnel 25 (553 mts) –> Km 80 – Tunnel (488 mts) –> Just before Km 85 – long bridge –> Just after Km 85 – Shiribagilu station –> Cross the tunnel just after the station, look for a mud path to the right just before the point where the railway tracks diverge –> this path (about 5-6 kms) through the forest leads to Anila village à Buses to Kukke Subramanya (15 Kms) can be boarded here.
Snaps can be found at here