Thursday, June 23, 2005

Trek at muthathi - lost in the forset - was just so fun

Added on: 26/02/2008 - I have received 2 comments for this post saying they have lost their loved once at Muthathi. So, I thought you should read the following 2 comments first and then go on to read the blog... if you are planning to goto Muthathi then make sure you have the safety gear and don't go into water PLEASE.

FROM PRIYA...

hi...my boyfriend had been to muthathi with his friends last july..he was sucked in by a whirlpool....muthathi has always been a nightmare since then.saw ur blog so jus thought i ll share my feelings....

my one n only request to all r plz dont swim n lose ur lives coz there r people who mean the most to u waitin 4 u...plz have a safe trip.........

FROM ANUMODH...

Guys,Going to Muthathi is all fine ! But take care, its also a dangerous place, and even though the water may look shallow there are spots, where it is more than 20 feet deep. I am writing this, because my buddy lost life there, and as of im writing this, his body is yet to recovered.These things can happen anywhere, but its a advice, from guy who also trek travels and seen Muthati, be careful at Muthathi, it can be treacherous, even though it may not look so. Never venture into water, without any safety gears


It all started on Saturday night when me, nithin and sandeep met in coffee day jaynagar to plan for a day out on Sunday. Sandeep suggested couple of places like sangam (but I have already gone there), muthathi (sounded good to me) – nithin and sandy already went there but it was like four years back so it was ok with them going again. Decided to meet at rag’s place at 7:00am and start by 7:30am, meanwhile called up ashok informed him about our plan... he said he would join, anyhow he did not show up next day… cold was the reason.





I got up at 6:20am and some how got ready by 7… took my bike and started to rag’s place thinking I was late and expecting a call from guys asking me to come soon. To my surprise I was the first to be in rags place. Nithin and Sandeep joined us at 8:00 am… left in a quails…. had our breakfast in banshankari and picked up pramod…

Everything started here… we stoped 5 km before muthathi and saw a hill with a rocky edge, asked the driver to wait for us at muthathi…driver warned us that this place has cheats and asked us to be careful. Anyways, we started climbing the hill.. everyone started wlaking in a line… there was not much place for 2 of us to walk beside each other.. one after the other started leading the group… ragi was slow and busy taking his snaps… nithin wanted everyone to be fast but ragi argued that we have come to enjoy this nature lets walk slowly and enjoy the nature… pumi did some monky tricks by climbing a tree but poor guy did not knew how to get down and was stuck on the tree for 10mins until nithin gave him directions and helped him getting down…. pumi decided not to climb any more trees… I was happy climbing a small rock around 6-7meters high and straight…. Then nithin and ragi followed… pumi and sandy did not try climbing that. Atlast we reached to the top where it was lush green and we could see what heights we have reached.. we saw the hill where we decided to reach and went there but it turned out to be the wrong one… that’s not the place we wanted to reach… but it was beautiful to see from that height… the surrounding area was green… atlast we found the exact hill which we wanted to reach… we went there and took few snaps… I cannot explain how beautiful it was to reach such a height…. It was one the best experiences I had in my life… nithin asked me to go to the tip of the hill… sit there and close my eyes and start swinging hands, it took almost 30 secs to close my eyes and swing my hands… it was a great experience. We spent there for 20mins and decided to reach the river which can be seen from the point where we were standing.. decided to go in a different way… and we were lost for 4 hours in the jungle.. on the way we saw the elephant dung.. nithin took a small stick and was testing if it was fresh.. just to know if the elephant just passed this way.. the scary part was when we saw the foot prints of some member of the cats family… and someone remembered that the driver had warned us of cheats… we never took a back step and started walking straight.. there was a moment when I said we will walk back.. but we did not.. to add to our fear we were hearing the sounds of elephants.. high bass sound.. nithin had some logic for high bass sound and decided it was an elephant.. so we never went that side.. mean while nithin had a cramp in his leg and sandy stepped on thrones.. after walking for 3 hours some one said its no more a joke because it was kind of getting dark.. he said it so seriously that pumi gave a smile and said yes its no more a joke.. so, we stoped and started deciding which way to go… that was last decision we could make for the day.. we knew that if this was wrong then we will have to stay in the jungle the whole night.. I could see the seriousness in everyone’s face… and from no where --- pumi spotted the river.. so we decided to walk towards it.. with in no time the river was out of our sight.. but still walked towards the direction we have decided to.. we walked and walked and walked and walked and atlast reached a end of a hill… and there in front of us.. around few km away was the river… now we could see it very clearly and we decided not to miss the sight of the hill anymore.. and there I saw the road beside the river.. I was the first one to see and was happy seeing the road and asked others if they have observed the road.. to my surprise no one did… but when I showed them, immediately ragi said “I was never so happy to see a road in my life”… the first sight of civilization after many hours… some how we got down that hill and walked towards the river… the driver was standing there waiting for us… he said he was worried and went back to the place where he left us… anyways that was one awesome trek I ever did…




We had some fruits and water at muthathi and spent some time in water… the water was not so good but still we swam for sometime… and started back to Bangalore… I was dam hungry, did not had any solid food after the breakfast… we stopped in kk pura.. had some food and were back to Bangalore…

12 comments:

Alap Waikar said...

only i can say about your trek is 'these are memories to cherish'.

In Maharashtra, I know place named 'Malshej Ghat' famous for natural beauty...same as of Mahabaleshwar. I would like to invite you & your friends to come in Nasik & we will have a trip to 'Malshed Ghat'....

Sudhi Nair said...

Hi
While reading this blog I could feel the 'GREEN' colour and sense the fresh air......I was looking forward to some more philosophical touch in your writing.
I would just like to add the following quote "Leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time, and shoot nothing but photographs and bring back nothing but memories" .

Nithin said...

Hey , it was an awesome trek !Getting lost was the best part! Lets hope to find more than just leapord footprints next time... ;-)

Anuradha said...

Keep it up Santosh, these trips keep you up, when you live in places like Bangalore.

p_shetty said...

Hi, interesting blog. I am planning to go to Muthatahi soon. I had a few queries about the place and I hope you would answer my queries at the erliest:

1. How to reach Muthathi from kanakapura? Is there any sign board near satanur to take a turn towards Muthathi?

2. Just two of ue are going. So is the place safe? Is there any place to park our bike? Can we take our bike into the forest?

3. How far is the village from the river?

p_shetty said...

I would be grateful if you do. Thanks

priya said...

hi...my boyfriend had been to muthathi with his friends last july..he was sucked in by a whirlpool....muthathi has always been a nightmare since then.saw ur blog so jus thought i ll share my feelings....

priya said...

my one n only request to all r plz dont swim n lose ur lives coz there r people who mean the most to u waitin 4 u...plz have a safe trip.........

JWTinBangalore said...

@Priya,

WTH, is your boyfriend ok? I hope he is..

Anumodh said...

Guys,Going to Muthathi is all fine ! But take care, its also a dangerous place, and even though the water may look shallow there are spots, where it is more than 20 feet deep. I am writing this, because my buddy lost life there, and as of im writing this, his body is yet to recovered.These things can happen anywhere, but its a advice, from guy who also trek travels and seen Muthati, be careful at Muthathi, it can be treacherous, even though it may not look so. Never venture into water, without any safety gears
...Anumodh

Anonymous said...

I swear to god .. this place is a trap ... i lost 2 of my best friends last saturday n we are yet to find one guys body !!! Please dont go there - it kills ... we all go happily but only the bodies return home ... spread the news ppl ... BANGALOREANS PLEASE BE AWARE !!!

Anonymous said...

i also lost my li'l cousin brother day before yesterday. please dont go into water if u visit the place. take care