Mekanagadde Betta and Magajahalli Falls

I continue from here - Devaramane Betta

The experience so far had been great on this 2-day weekend getaway. We had scaled Ettina Bhuja and watched a spectacular sunset at Devaramane Betta. It was now time to hike up a third hill. I had been to Mekanagadde Betta several years ago during Monsoon. Back then, we had got no view of the surroundings as the entire place was covered in mist. Since Mekkanagadde wasn’t very far from Mudigere, I decided to include it as well. 

We got ready at around 8:00AM and decided to step out for breakfast. Family run, Anapoornashweri mess is a must-try. For breakfast, they serve Thate idly and Akki roti. The Akki roti’s we had there were absolutely delicious. 

We checked out from MC Grand Lodge and drove to Bettada Bhairaveshwara temple. The road leading to the temple is bad so, we parked about 0.5km away from the destination and walked. 

The temple is located in the middle of a forest, at one fo the most scenic locations. We got down to the temple pond which was an idyllic setting in middle of the forest. 

From the temple you can see Mekkanagadde or Pandavara Betta as it is called by the villagers. Continue on the road until you see a tree. At the tree, right to head up the hill. You will first reach a false peak. Continue your hike up the hill behind it. It is a steep but short climb. 

The summit has amazing views. Thanks to a clear sky, we saw all the neighbouring hills - Jennukallu Gudda, Amedikallu and Ettina Bhuja. 

From there, we drove to Magajahalli Falls (also known as Abbi falls), located 10km from Bettada Bhairaveshwara temple. Being a weekend, the waterfall was slightly crowded, but we had enough room for everyone. We picked a good spot for a shower. Shower under a waterfall is a unique combination of mediation and massage. 

On our way back, we stopped at Hanabal town for lunch. Hotel New Alankar serves excellent meal. Hot rice was served with Rasam, Sambhar, palya and Chattambade. A delicious south Indian meal was a perfect end to this trip.

Naresh got off at Sakleshpur and the we continued our journey back to Bangalore.