17th November 2012 it was, the day my teammates finally decided to go on a trip; our first, and which better place than Yana. Why I say that because Yana is a perfect trek spot for starters, not too rough, tiring but has enough to make it a memorable one!
I am basically from Surathkal, Mangalore. We decided to start our journey from Udupi as that turned out to be the convinient place for most of us. The plan was to start from Udupi early morning, have a break at Maravanthe, reach Yana by afternoon and if lucky visit some falls. Distance from Udupi to Yana is approx 180km. Google maps tells you it takes 4 hours, but trust me with the rough patch of road in between, it will take more!We had booked a 22 seater vehicle. The above pic courtesy Lancy Fernandes. The guy had bought a Nikon DSLR cam just a week back. Turned out to be pretty useful :) Even I was pretty excited to explore more with my cam, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10.
We started off from Udupi at 8.00 AM. On the way gave a visit to the Aanegudde temple. Next stop was Maravanthe beach, where we had our breakfast. After that it was a non stop journey till the Yana. Entertainment was never a problem as we had many dancers in our group :)
We made a deviation to the left which led us to a narrower path. This deviation comes around 40kms before Sirsi.
We reached Yana base location at around 1.00 PM. Vehicle can reach upto this location which meant that was the starting point of our trekking.. yay! I noticed there weren't much shops around there. Just one, where you can get some basic materials, cold drinks and some handicraft items (expensive!).
We decided to refil our batteries before starting the trek, so had our lunch . Soon after that at around 1.30 PM, we started with our trekking. Err.. there wasn't much adventure, as it was just walking the up and down slopes! Ya that's why I had mentioned this is a trekking spot for starters :)
On the way we found some small waterfalls. Ofcourse this excited us shutterbugs which made us get some clicks.
Just 30mins of walk we started seeing the initial glimpses of the unusual rock formations. It was a magnificient sight!
From this point there onwards we had steps to climb. With the sun right on top of head, this was a bit draining.