After the stupendous success of our last HAT (High Altitude Trek) to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib (in August 2016), we were looking at other options from IndiaHikes (yup, we are now convinced they offer the best experience, are priced right and are run professionally for treks in the Himalayas), preferably in the snowy season (safer half of the season:)). One of the guests to Suragi over the new year’s eve suggested Kedarakanta and the team nodded in unison, although not all of the previous ones joined and some new ones stepped in.
When the gang asked us if we can make a new year’s eve memorable at Uttara Kannada, it was a challenge of sorts for us. Not withstanding how new year’s eve party’s are held in the city:( how would one make such a thing memorable in a eco location like Uttara Kannada, in a eco friendly fashion by a eco tourism firm, for the CITY crowd.
A challenge indeed:)
The excitement was palpable. Whatsapp group messages buzzing with last minute packing tips, running in and out to get the last set of items on the list, door bells ringing with e-commerce delivery folks and more….. Chaotic:) The past couple of nights have been with little sleep too, partly due to the sheer amount of preparations needed (procrastinated in to the last few hours:)) as well as in anticipation of a trip that’s taken years in planning and a few months in preparations.
Mid July is perhaps the best time to visit the Western Ghats, especially if one likes rains. The emerald green sights wherever one turns is mesmerizing. Some of the VOF gang planned the next preparatory trek in this region.
The plan was to arrive in to Suragi/Kedige by car and then make it to as many waterfalls as we could manage in 2 days. And we did manage to squeeze in 4 different waterfalls and 3 beaches added to the mix.