Donegal To Yedakumari Trekking Report

October 7, 2010 at 9:43 PM (Non Technical)

Hi friends this time I and Raj Pawan decided to make a report on our trekking, so that it might be helpful to others and also for us as future reference. I trekked a lot but this is one of the most beautiful among them. I, Raj Pawan and Chetan started the trek and we saw many species of frogs, butterflies, birds, and Raj explained to us their characteristics. Our main intention of this trek was to see snakes and elephants but unfortunately we didn’t see any snakes or elephants. We were very sad about that.

I don’t want to explain much about our experience , but we will try to explain about the birds, butterflies , frogs what we saw in the trek. So here is the brief report on trek.

Trekking place : donegal to Yedakumari .
Donegal is the starting point of the trek; Donegal is about 10KMs from the sakaleshpura. The one who come from Mangalooru can get down at the place where you find donigal board at the left side of the national highway. There are some tea shops and it is not the starting point. From that place we have to move towards Donegal railway station. Station is about 3KMs from those tea shops. After 3KMs you will get a temple, from temple at 15 footsteps, will get a way to railway station which is our starting point.

Route: Trekking path goes along the railway track which takes you into a dense forest. If you go on Sunday you will not get any passenger trains. If you have time then you can enter into the forest leaving the track for a while and you can search for the snakes, frogs, birds , insects etc. Pretty sure that you will find different species.

What is there on the railway track?
1> There are many beautiful water falls. In Rainy season they look very nice, but at the end point of the trek, I mean from Yedakumari we need to go to national highway, there we need to cross the river. The river is named as Kempu hole. It is so named because in rainy season the whole river looks like a red colored stream. According to the local people we can’t cross it in rainy season, it will be very wild. (Caution: one who plan for trek, my advice is never take risk, don’t try to swim ).

 

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

 

 

WaterFall

WaterFall

 

2> There are around 20 Bridges, but only 6-7 are very big. We should be very careful while crossing the bridge, if train comes in-between we have to run, no other way to survive. There is one bridge , which is very long and it is named as Killer Bridge. Definitely your legs will shake.

3> There are more than 12 tunnels; among them two are very long. One is 572Ms and another one is 450+Ms Many of the tunnels were constructed in 1972, 1973, and 1979. Some tunnels are attached to bridges. Something Like tunnel – Bridge – Tunnel.

 

Inside The Tunnel

Inside The Tunnel

 

4> And of course, lots and lots of beautiful landscapes. The railway track runs through the western ghats and hence you get to witness these wonders of the nature.

This is about the beauty of this trek. Now I will list out what kind of birds, frogs, insects and butterflies we did see. Raj pawan did explained many things about those species. He explained as much he can.

This is about the beauty of this trek. Now I will list out what kind of birds, frogs, insects and butterflies we saw.
What we saw

Butterflies:
 We saw many butterflies, some of which we could identify:
1> Blue Oakleaf: it is well-known as Kallima horsefieldi. This is so-called because; the upper side appears like a leaf complete with midrib while the upper side is brilliantly colored. It serves as a brilliant camouflage to extraordinary butterfly.
read more about it  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kallima_horsfieldi

 

Blue Oakleaf

Blue Oakleaf

 

2> Blue Mormon: The caterpillar of a blue mormon has a strange way to ensure its protection. It mimics a snake with false eyes and a fake tongue too! Read the beautiful description by Amoghavarsha and see the brilliant photographs and video of this amazing caterpillar here: http://amoghavarsha.com/journal/2010/08/31/evolution/ (read about it more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_polymnestor )
3> Un named: This is not a butterfly, but it is moth, Raj pawan is in search of its name. It is very beautiful.

 

Moth

Moth

 

Birds: we saw following birds, But sorry guys we couldn’t take good photos :-(.
1> Grey hornbill: It is a common hornbill found in India.
(read about it more here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Grey_Hornbill )
2> Barbet: (link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith_Barbet )
3> Minivet: (link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minivet )
4> Racket tailed drongos: (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Racket-tailed_Drongo )
5> Loten’s sunbird – Bird with extraordinarily large beak when compared with the common sunbird (purple rumpled). Found in western ghats and around.

 

Barbet

Barbet

 

Frogs:
1> Black Torent: this is the frog found in forest streams, in the western Ghats. In below link there is something written, read it. We were lucky enough to find it!
(link: http://indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=180638 )

guys Don’t miss the beautiful video which demonstrates foot flagging behavior
(video link : http://amphibiaweb.org/sounds/Micrixalus_saxicola72.wmv )

And Raj did explain about it : This is one of the frogs in India which exhibits foot flagging behavior for visual communication. It is endemic to Western ghats and is known to live by the streams on rocky habitation. Credits to Amoghavarsha for the knowledge provided.Read more about it  http://amphibiaweb.org/cgi/amphib_query?query_src=aw_lists_soundInclude_&where-genus=Micrixalus&where-species=saxicola

 

Black Torent

Black Torent

 

2> Malabar Gliding frogs: It is endemic to the western Ghats of India. It is also called tree frog.These frogs have the capability to glide, hence the name gliding frog! They climb / glide down from the canopy during the monsoon for mating purpose. It is usually very hard to sight them in seasons other than monsoon. Female builds a foam nest which contains its eggs, the foam nest is built such that it hangs over a water stream or a rivulet so that the tadpoles drop down directly into it after hatching. This ensures that the eggs are protected from the predators in water

(link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhacophorus_malabaricus ).

 

MalabarGlidingFrog

MalabarGlidingFrog

 

 

Foam-nest of Malabar Frog

Foam-nest of Malabar Frog

 

Insects:
We saw an insect which crawls into itself to make a sphere to save from the predators. That is a wonderful illustration.

 

Insect

Insect

 

 

Insect

Insect

 

Finally…

Suggestion to people who want to visit the place:

1. Get the directions correct and get your bearings right if you are starting early in the morning.

2. Apart from whatever you plan to take, don’t forget to take a TORCH, its helpful in the dark tunnels.

3. Be careful of snakes, especially in the tunnels, don’t harm them and let them waste their venom on you, carry a good torch.

4. DO NOT THROW AWAY PLASTIC rudely, it is important to understand that Plastic is our greatest enemy, carry back all your in-organic waste.

5. The same route carries on till Kukke Subrahmanya, if you want to extend your walk, make sure you schedule it for a 2 day period.

6. I am inspired by this particular message, obey it and spread the message: “Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints!”

7. And ya, you need not get any permission from forest department. “Ah, what a relief!”.

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