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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25 Comments

  1. Prasanna said,

    Good one Sada 🙂

  2. Raj Pawan said,

    Dude, 2 small clarifications:

    1. We saw a White cheeked Barbet, not coppersmith.
    2. I realized that there are yet other frogs which build foam nest for their young. Will come up with a list when free, not sure if this is indeed a nest built by the malabar gliding frog.

  3. jyoti said,

    hey its nice.. but u didnt tell me d full story ha? i asked u what decision u took?

  4. Sadanand said,

    @jyoti: that day we didn’t crossed the river, we decided to go for another route, we were not aware not aware of that route, how it will be. but it was safe .

  5. Guru said,

    its nice dude..

  6. Chandan said,

    Nice route dude…. it has everything nature! tunnels! track! Birds! amphibians!. I missed it.

  7. Sadanand said,

    @chandu : next time don’t miss it 🙂 we are planning to go one more time 🙂

  8. Kiran said,

    Count me in for next time!!!

    • Raj Pawan said,

      Lo dumma, aagle heLidvallappa neenu baralla ande? Adakke bari kuLLa na karkodu hoodvi.

  9. Gayatri said,

    Its very nice……I am feeling to see Foam-nest of Malabar Frog … It might be looking very nice when its seen directly rather than in a photo( i hope)……..

    • Sadanand said,

      @Kiran : sure i will count you, only if we did not decide suddenly 🙂 this trek we decided to go on friday afternoon around 3PM and did get bus at night 9PM 🙂

      @Gayatri: not only foam nest . the whole world looks nice, exp can not be explained anta heltaare gotta. we took photo , but we can’t give you that feel. we enjoyed a lot ha ha 🙂

  10. Liam @ Trekking Life said,

    The textures and colours on the Black Torent are amazing. Great pics and a great find.

    • Raj Pawan said,

      Thanks . . .

  11. Abhilash said,

    Nice quote to follow, ‘Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints!’… 😀

    • Raj Pawan said,

      Yup abhi, hope everybody follows it!

  12. Sichere Geldanlage in Deutschland said,

    Ernest Hemingway~ Theres nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self.

    • Raj Pawan said,

      Wow! What was that about? I mean, how does it suit into the current context?

  13. Mohan said,

    Can anybody please let me know if the Kannur express stops at Donegal. If there is no stop please let me know , what else can be to done to reach Donegal.
    Thanks in advance for the response
    Mohan

    • Sadanand Teggi said,

      @Mohan: Sorry dude I have no idea about Kannur Express . But according to the local people ( people working on railway track ) many trains stops in donegal, but still I don’t have any personal experience . If not passenger trains at least Goods trains will stop. But Sunday there are no passenger trains, and Goods are also very less . If I get any data regarding that , then surely I will inform you.

  14. Mohan said,

    Thank you Teggi.
    How far is the distance from saklespur to Donegal?
    mohan

    • Sadanand Teggi said,

      @Mohan: I have written the distance in the blog , I think you didn’t notice it . It is fine Donegal is about 10KMs from the sakaleshpura.

  15. Rajeshwari said,

    good information and important sugestions thanks

  16. Pissed friend said,

    Very bad experience..Do not listen to all this. It’s a railway track hike. It’s painful as there is no other option rather than to walk on the tracks. It’s a punishment without the right weather conditions n right gear. U have to carry all the supplies with you which you have to be really sure that you have it with you as You may miss it for sure And there is not a single thing u can find for the next 30 Kms up and down. It is illegal to hike inside the jungle and on the railway track so u can be arrested and charged for trespassing . No help is offered by anyone as it is underprivileged people who work there and are scared to lose their jobs in helping you. No emergency services are available in case of an incident so please be real careful. Once u hurt yourself there is no going back.u have to bear that pain till I you find the next station. Backing out once you start the hike is also not an option as you will be inside the jungle and no roads n vehicles whatsoever can be found and u have to walk back all the way unless u can manage to convince a train driver that you are not a threat to him as he will be alone and responsible for your actions if you are caught with him.
    I Sincerely ask you people to make sure that u get all the right information before u planing for a hike here.
    The view is not worth the 20 km railway track hike. But it’s jus worth a 5 km hike pain.
    Yet there is a good view of the syehadri’s but the weather and luck should be in your favor and the railway track hike is truly foolishness. It’s bad terrain and u may end up hurting yourself.

    • Sadanand Teggi said,

      Dear Friend even I have visited it recently, now the beauty of forest vanished because Government has started one of the big project called ‘Yettinhole’ project, because of that lot of activities happening in that forest and along the track. But it was not the case few years back.

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