Oct 1, 2008

Thenginkalbetta

Thenginkai - coconut
kal- stone or rock
betta - hill or mountain


One of the most serene places I had ever been.


Twin peaks of Thenginkalbetta. Our guide leading us.

Thenginkalbetta is peaceful and hardly touched by mankind, something rare in these times. Bottom half of the hill is green with lot of plant life. We had walk over rocks, through creepers and thorny bushes. It was one hell of an adventure. Without our guide, we would not have found the way to the top. By the time we reached the half way up, my exposed skin was covered with cuts.

The top half is rocky and barren but has it's own beauty... decorated by random rock formations.




peak one - the larger of the two



peak two - the smaller one

Thenginkalbetta has played a role in history. It's natural caves were used as hideouts by Palaegars (local chieftains) during wars. Our guide (regret i cannot remember his name) showed us one of the caves high up in the rocks. Tall ladders were used to climb and pulled up into the cave. It seems the cave can accommodate upto 60 people and has a source of water.


The hideout caves


Risky climb over unstable steps


Fresh water spring


Even now people use these caves to hide from the law... that's what I heard from our guide. Our guide also showed us numerous other smaller caves.
One of the secret spots to conceal weapons like swords and daggers. That's Rajesh inspecting the spot.. hoping to find something.





Hero-stones depicting battle scenes. Wish I had shot close ups.


Now we are atop the smaller peak. The rock surface is not very smooth... it gave us good grip and we felt confident even on steep faces.



May be not long back the place would've been covered by thick forest.



Every step we could see something unique- a T-shaped gap.



A pool of rain water, still fresh. A face-wash of this cool water refreshed us. Our guide on my right and Girish on the left. From this spot, we caught a glimpse of three bears trying to get under cover... they are way down the hill.



We are standing in the valley of the two peaks



This creeper born in the tiny gap! Look how it's clinging close to the rock.



More water... we reach a fresh water pond. This looked like a man made one, meaning a small has been built to harvest rain water. If you look carefully, you can see a stone pitching over the surface of the water.



A trisected rock still standing as one. I wonder how it was formed.



As we climbed further upto towards the bigger peak, entered a small wood of Neralaemara. A carpet of green grass and fruit bearing trees. I felt I was looking a paradise. My pictures hardly say anything. One should be in the place and feel it.



The shape of the rock is the effect of soldiers sharpening their swords. They would lie below the rock and rub their sword-edge against the rock's surface.



Another grinding spot.




We had a wonderful time on the top. We climbed down the other face of the larger peak. It was quite steep but the surface gave us great grip.



Even nature draws and paints... see this painting created by flow of water. Such contrasting colors!



Once back down, our guide took us down to his home. This simple mud house has sheltered four generations of our guide's family. We had coffee with jaggery as sweetener it.



I think his name was Manjunath.

If you want to go to Thenginkalbetta...
Bangalore - Ramanagara - Kanakapura Road - turn right to SRS Betta, from here its a short drive
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3 comments:

Joanna "Serowa Marzycielka" said...

Hello,

a great story! Especially with the pictures illustrating your trip!


Take care,

Joan

siddeshwar said...

Thanks Joan. I'm looking at your blog. great pictures! I loved the hay stacks and the purple flowers. I'll take some time off this weekend and to spend time on your blog.

siddeshwar said...

I think the stone structure in photo number 8 (from the top) could be a megalithic tomb.