I know it's a bit late to write this, but let me write anyway. Again, as always, the following is the account of the travel plan we followed. There might be better/other transport modes for the same. I'll try to point them out at appropriate stages best to my knowledge.
Bangalore to Virjapet:
We hired an Innova from Bangalore to Virajpet. This cost us 12 per km along with the driver charges. I believe that you can reach the trekking route by going to Medikeri and travelling towards Kakabbe. Hence, in case you are planning to use public transport, your best bet would be Medikeri.
Once you get down you simply follow the tar road (Do not take any diversion in the beginning. We took an initial diversion to the left and this resulted in an unwanted detour). This road is motor-able till you reach the "Aramane" (Palace). Although the tar road continues from this wooden palace for around 2 km, there is no place to park your vehicle apart from the aforementioned palace.
|The wooden palace.|
|The premises were open but the place doors in itself were closed.|
|The route to the top.|
|A fork. Take the left route that takes you higher up. Not sure where the right one goes.|
|The route keeps giving glances of the actual peak.|
|The mountain ahead is the end of the easy walk.|
|This pic was taken from a far off distance. The shola forests are visible in the pic.|
|The route taken is visible in this pic. The faint line on the left middle part of the pic is the route.|
The easy route is till the big rock. The route after this is the only strenuous part of the trek. Immediately after the big rock, the route climbs up and we cross a few small hills (They seemed to be limestone ones). These hills are easy to climb. However, they still are a climb and since the route keeps climbing, it might be wise to not overexert oneself here. The route through the shola forest is more like climbing a set of stairs. The roots of the trees make up a staircase of sorts and the route is steep. However, it is not difficult for people in good physical shape.
|A much more clearer picture of the route. The route winding out of the shola forest is visible. This pic was taken at the false peak.|
|The false peak. Just at the place where I was standing taking the pic, there seemed to be a place where people had camped before. Too exposed in my opinion.|
|The first false peak is seen in this pic. This pic was taken at the second false peak.|
|Campsite pic taken from the peak. The false peak is visible in the background.|
|The views around are quite astounding.|
|This was all the sunset we could get. After this the clouds moved in.|
|The steep drops around the campsite.|
|From the peak down to the valley. There's a different route visible from this peak (not visible in the pic).|
|The hazy morning which made us wait till the the fog cleared for our decent.|
|Not much of a sunrise, yet, beautiful to witness.|
All in all, Tadiyandamol is a good trek that can be classified as easy. The real climb is only during the last part of the trek and it isn't a long climb either. The views from the top are astounding and this one is a must for a weekend trek.
- We trekked during peak of the dry season and we found no leeches. From what I've read and heard, rainy season and immediately after it, one can find a lot of leeches.
- The route is very well marked. No need for any guide.
- There is no real threat of any kind in this trek. Hence this could be a very interesting introductory trek for beginners.
- Some people do this as a day trek and return back.
- The campsite is relatively clean. There is a bit of thrash. Please keep the route free of plastic and paper. Leave it in a good condition.