A Love Affair with forests – Trek to Brahmagiri Peak, Coorg
The Brahmagiri peak stands tall overlooking Kodagu in Karnataka on one side and Wayanad in Kerala on the other. A trek through the tropical forests is what is in store for you if you climb to its summit. Rich in flora and fauna, you might come across some exotic birds and butterflies. A chance encounter with some of the animals is also a possibility. Views of some of the best that nature has to offer are in the offing as you make your way up.
Steeped in history and mystery, Brahmagiri peak has stories galore that you can share with friends on that pit stop where you pause to catch your breath. According to legends, the mountain derives its name from a temple that lies on the Kerala side of the range. This temple is said to have been constructed by Lord Brahma himself. Munikal cave is a mysterious ravine where ancient rishis are said to have meditated during ancient times. The caves are called ‘Pakshipathalam’ when you approach Brahmagiri from the Kerala side which literally means birds from the underworld of demons. The site is rich in bird diversity, and some rare species have been spotted over the years, which could be a possible explanation for its name.
Mythology has it that the river Lakshmana Thirtha was formed when Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri to quench Rama’s and his thirst during their travels in search of Sita. Rama is also said to have built a Shiva temple on the banks of this river that eventually flows into the Cauvery.
Apart from the lores and legends, a trek up the Brahmagiri is an enchanting experience, one that you can enjoy solo or with friends. A dip in the cascades, huddling by the same to have a packed lunch, relaxing while stretching your legs and looking out into oblivion from the summit are all moments to cherish. As you walk down and wind up the trek, the mountains are sure to bid a silent goodbye while you murmur in your heart that you will be back soon.
Here’s a lovely video about Brahmagiri Trek by Wandertrails.com, an online travel startup in Bangalore, specializing in experimental stays and leisure activities.
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