Puttur: Ametikallu, Yettinabhuja, Throw up Challenges for Enthusiastic Trekkers

April 24, 2009 

A recent two-day trek to Ametikallu and Yettinabhuja in Shishila village of Beltangady taluk, proved to be a very memorable one.

Accompanied by a group of students and lecturers of Government First Grade College, Uppinangady, we set out on our trek at 10.30 am from Shishila, partaking of lunch on the way.

We took along with us groceries, utensils, and other things necessary for two days. The distance from Shishila to Ametikallu is about 6 km and there was no food or water to be found en route. A lack of eateries on the route makes it essential that trekkers carry food with them.

Ametikallu lies across the boundary of Dakshina Kannada and Chikmagalur districts.  It is believed that the Pandavas lived here centuries ago. Bheema is thought to have set up a massive traditional kiln here to cook food, as Draupadi found it difficult to cook. Hence the name Ametikallu, say the locals. 

Trekking along 30 kilometers of dense forest draws out one’s adventurous spirit.  Around 20–25 trekking groups of trekking enthusiasts had arrived to enjoy the pristine nature found here.  Some groups managed to reach the top and stayed there for a day before making their way home.

Trekking teams from Bangalore, Chikmagalur, Mangalore, Puttur, Uppinangady and other places arrive here to explore nature and to look for wild animals which are being sighted more often in the area.  

If one climbs atop Ametikallu and descends from the other side, one can reach Mudigere in Malnad.  Spending the night on the hill at Ametikallu gives one the opportunity to witness a spectacular sunrise. 

Ametikallu abounds in wilderness and massive boulders which require one to be adventurous.  It’s a treacherous path and if one loses his footing, he will land in the deep gorge below.  We had a great time taking photographs of each other in the beautiful surroundings. 

All the singing and dancing helped make the trek easier and we were overjoyed to reach the top of Ametikallu. The college’s physical teacher Sesappa Gowda all along encouraged the trekkers to keep up their energy on the treacherous path. 
As signified by the name ‘Yettinabhuja’, the hill resembles the shoulders of a bull and puts forth many challenges before the trekkers. One has to take a roundabout path to reach atop Yettinabhuja, as climbing the steep hill is an impossible task. 

The trekking paths to both these locations are treacherous and need a lot of stamina to overcome the fatigue. Trekking teams always take a local as their guide, for its difficult for them to find their way by themselves in all the wilderness.
Our past treks have taken us to Jamalabad Fort (Gadaikallu), Beltangady taluk, as well as Kumara Parvata and Krishnabetta (located near Kudremukh) along with Sesappa Gowda, lecturers Chidanand, Keshav Narayan, Santosh, Vasant, and students Sheenappa, Ashraf, Gangadar, and Lokesh. 

Future plans include the Bhagamandala Hill located in Sullia.

by Arun Uppinangady
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Comment on this article

  • Jawar D''souza, M''Lore/Doha

    Sun, Apr 26 2009

    Hope they have not left the plastic bottles and bags behind them.

  • Abdul Latheef, thekkatte,kundapur/saudi arabia

    Sun, Apr 26 2009

    Excellent photos. Thank you Daiji

  • anis, mangalore/dubai

    Sun, Apr 26 2009

    What a place the best one?


    Sun, Apr 26 2009

    What a super coverage from my dear friend ARUN, thanx yaar and thanks to daiji.

  • parvez, mangalore/dubai

    Sun, Apr 26 2009

    It is nice to see nature so beautiful... trekking is very intresting. I just love it treck and have done it many times.


  • AS, Dubai

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    Guys your trecking made me remember my younger  days, where i used to go trekking with my friends.

  • Shakil Ahmed, Moodbidri / Riyadh

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    Trekking!!!! its good see people still do that. We did trekking when collage days. From Mahaveera college, Moodbidri. We used to go to "SAMSE PEAK POINT" 20km after Kudremukha. If you get achance one time in your life you have to go there. Once again Thanks DAIJIWORLD.

  • kaderashfak, mangalore/jeddah

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    Years back in 1979 along with 5 of my friends covered these mountains. On the second day we were attacked by wild bees and we almost escaped death, the local guide whom we hired was in a very bad shape as he was attacked the most and we did not know what to do. I still can’t forget how some of us managed to reach the base before getting help from locals.

  • Jossie, Kinnigoli/Dubai

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    I hope the guys have cleaned up well after consuming all the plastic and other bio non-degradable items. It''s fun to enjoy what nature has to offer us if it''s done responsibly. We need to leave a cleaner place for the future generations to trek!

  • Jayanth Nath, Mangalore/Florida

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    Years back in 1979 along with 5 of my friends covered these mountains. On the second day we were attacked by wild bees and we almost escaped death, the local guide whom we hired was in a very bad shape as he was attacked the most and we did not know what to do. I still can’t forget how some of us managed to reach the base before getting help from locals.

    We had to be hospitalized for a few days after that. The natural beauty and scenery is really remarkable as we trekked along the way, unfortunately we did not have cameras to capture those moments. I wish I could do it again sometime in the future.

  • ganesh B.com, Darandakukku-puttur

    Sat, Apr 25 2009

    Trekking is very interesting ... I appriciate those who participated in this trekking.. and Mr. Sheshappa Our. P.D.we also claimed the hii "Kumaraparvatha" Last 2Years back... after seeing you I am Recalling our memory.. and I idientified my old friends of our uppinangady college . ...thank you

  • Savio D''souza, Kolalgiri / Baroda

    Fri, Apr 24 2009

    Can we participate in tracking for Bhagamandala Hill located in Sullia ? I would like to do so. If possible organizers are requested to send the details on my mail id saviodsouzaa@in.com. Thank you

  • Joel, Mangalore/Dubai

    Fri, Apr 24 2009

    Excellent photos. Thank you Daiji. I remember we had 24km trekking on northern Goa/Karnataka border when in the 9th Grade and it was mandatory. Schools and colleges around Mangalore should encourage this activity. It is healthy and also creates awareness what nature offers us.

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