Ettina Bhuja, a relatively lesser-known trekking spot in Karnataka, is slowly gaining attention among adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. The name ‘Ettina Bhuja’ translates to ‘Ox’s Shoulder’ in Kannada, as the peak resembles the hump of an ox. Located in the Dakshina Kannada district, this peak is approximately 1300 meters above sea level and offers an enthralling trekking experience with a panoramic view at the summit.
The trek to Ettina Bhuja is moderately challenging, making it suitable for both amateur and experienced trekkers. The trail begins from the Shishila village, from where you would need to acquire permissions from the local forest office. A local guide is often recommended as the path can be a bit tricky.
As you ascend, you will traverse through a mix of dense forests, steep rocky terrains, and open grasslands. Along the way, you’ll be accompanied by the melodious chirping of birds, the rustle of leaves, and the tranquil ambiance of untouched nature.
The final stretch of the climb can be a bit steep and challenging, but the reward at the summit makes it worth the effort. Once you reach the top, you are greeted with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and the beautiful Shishila River. The misty mountains against the backdrop of the clear blue sky create a sight to behold.
It’s recommended to start the trek early so that you can return by evening. Camping is not allowed on the peak, but you can stay in Shishila village or nearby towns like Dharmasthala or Mudigere.
Do remember to carry enough water and snacks for the trek. It is also advised to wear sturdy trekking shoes and carry rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable.
Whether you are a nature enthusiast or an adventure-seeker, the trek to Ettina Bhuja offers an unparalleled experience. It is not just a trek, but a journey into nature’s lap, where every step brings you closer to her unspoiled beauty.