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Bandaje Falls Trek

Bandaje Falls, Valambra, Kishore, Kadivithwara Village, Belthangady, Karnataka

2 Days 2 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

25 people




Bandaje Falls is located in the picturesque Charmadi Ghat section of Western Ghats in the Belthangady taluk of Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka. It is one of the most magnificent natural treasures of the Western Ghats hidden among a blanket of greenery on top of the hills. The majestic waterfall is as famous for its natural beauty as for being a junction of various trek routes.

Bandaje Falls locally known as Bandaje Arbi is the term used to describe a waterfall in the local Kannada language.

Bandage Falls – A nature lover’s paradise
The beauty of Bandaje Falls can captivate anyone. The waterfall is believed to be situated at a height of 700 meters above sea level. It plunges 200 feet from the hilltop and is a surreal sight to behold. The waterfall continues its journey downhill as a single stream to join the river Netravathi as a tributary.

The scenic setting of the waterfall intensifies during the sunset. The sky is filled with various colors and the setting sun makes the waterfall look even more amazing. The best part about the waterfalls is that the spot is neat and clean and nature still wears an unspoiled look in these areas.

The place is less frequented than the other tourist destinations as the uphill journey to reach the waterfall is quite strenuous. The only way to reach the falls is through trekking and that requires a lot of energy, determination, and love for adventure.

Bandaje Arbi Falls – A trekker’s delight
Bandaje Falls is well-known among the trekkers as the uphill trek to the beautiful waterfall is an amazing experience in itself. The trek routes wind through the lush green forest and large tropical trees of the Charmadi Ghat. The trek generally starts from Valambra near Somanthadka village at the base of the hills. The uphill journey passes through difficult terrain but the surrounding natural environment is a pleasure for the eyes.

Many trekkers tire out before reaching the falls at the end of the 15 km long trek. As the trek nears the site of the fall the journey becomes more complicated and tiring. But those who manage to reach the top are amply rewarded by the splendid sight of the waterfall that rejuvenates the spirit of the tired souls immediately.

The trek usually takes four to five hours to reach the base of the falls and one has to cross the stream created by the water of the falls before reaching it. The waterfall attracts trekkers throughout the year.

There are local village guides who usually help the trekkers to reach their destination against payment of 300 to 500 rupees.

Bandaje Falls – Nearby attraction
A major attraction near the waterfall is the Ballalarayana Durg fort. It requires a two-hour trek from the Bandaje Falls to reach the ancient fort. The fort was constructed by the mighty Hoysala Kings and was later plundered.

Today the secluded fort stands in a ruined condition. Situated at the top of a mountain peak and surrounded by dense greenery the fort presents a mysterious aura and draws visitors towards it. The remnants of the fort offer a glimpse into the bygone era. The view from atop the fort towers is enthralling.

Accommodation Options for Tourists near Bandaje Falls
Since the waterfall is located within dense jungles of the Western Ghats, there is no arrangement for tourists to stay near the falls. But the natural site offers enough space for everyone to enjoy a camping adventure in the beautiful environs with the sound of the gushing water as music for the ears. Proper camping equipment must be carried for a night out in the forest. It is the ideal place for adventure lovers to have an exciting time.

How to reach
Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to reach Bandage. The railway station at Mangalore is the nearest major railway station.

Visitors can travel to Ujire from Mangalore, which is at a distance of 65 km. From Ujire one has to reach the Somanthadka village and proceed towards Kadirudyavara. From there one has to travel only a short distance to reach Valambra, the point from where the trekking journey begins. The best way to reach Valambra from Mangalore or Bangalore is to take a private or hired vehicle.



  • Trekking, Camping Workshop
  • Travel Diaries, Star Gazing
  • Sunset View, Waterfall Visit
  • Fort Visit.


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Day 0 – Departure from Bengaluru
Day – Departure from Bengaluru

Journey to Dakshin Kannada District

As the sun sets over Bangalore, our adventure begins as we head toward the Dakshin Kannada District.  We'll embark on a comfortable journey of 300 km in a Tempo Traveler or a Minibus with push-back seats, ensuring a smooth ride for our hikers.

We'll pick up our fellow explorers at the following locations

  • 07:00 PM: Silk Board
  • 07:20 PM: Koramangala
  • 07:30 PM: Domlur
  • 07:45 PM: MG Road
  • 08:30 PM: KTM Mekhri Circle
  • 08:45 PM: Yeshwanthpura
  • 09:00 PM: Goraguntepalya

Note for the entire trip: The travel time may vary depending on the traffic and road conditions. Yet, we will make sure that we will cover all the places on the itinerary.

Day 1 – Bandaje Falls!

06:00 AM - 07:00 AM: Reach homestay and freshen up

07:00 AM – 07:30 AM: Have breakfast and carry packed lunch

07:30 AM – 09:00 AM: Travel to the starting point of the Bandaje Falls Trek

09:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Start and reach the falls (3.5 hours)

12:30 PM – 01:00 PM: Have packed lunch

01:30 PM – 02:00 PM: Start descent to and reach Ballarayana Durga fort (30 mins)

02:00 AM – 03:00 PM: Enjoy the serene beauty

03:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Trek downhill to reach Basecamp (3 hours)

06:00 PM – 06:30 PM: Reach home and sip tea with snacks

06:30 PM – 09:30 PM: Enjoy the warmth of the campfire, sharing stories and experiences with fellow travelers. Dinner will be served and retire for the night.

Day 2 – Waterfalls for the Eyes, Temple for the Soul, and Back to Bengaluru

07:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Get ready, have your breakfast, visit the nearby waterfalls(optional), and come back (4 hours)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Board the vehicle to reach Adi-Shaktyamaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple (Hornadu)

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM: Visit Adi-Shaktyamaka Shri Annapoorneshwari Temple.

12:30 PM – 01:30: Have lunch on the way to Hornadu*Self-sponsored

01:30 PM – 02:00: Sightseeing in Hornadu/Kalasa

02:00 PM: Leave for Bangalore.

08:00 PM: Dinner on the way to Bangalore*Self-sponsored

10:00 PM: Reach Bangalore

Drop-off Points: The drop-off points will be the same as the pick-up points to ensure convenience for all travelers. Please ensure you have all your belongings before leaving the vehicle.

Drop-Off Schedule:

▪️ 10:00 PM: Goraguntepalya
▪️ 10:10 PM: Yeshwanthpura
▪️ 10:25 PM: KTM Mekhri Circle
▪️ 10:45 PM: MG Road
▪️ 10:55 PM: Domlur
▪️ 11:05 PM: Koramangala
▪️ 11:15 PM: Silk Board

Once you’ve reached your drop-off point, it’s time to head home, take a well-deserved rest, and start planning your next adventure!

Things To Carry (Use this as a check-list before you leave your house)

-Face Masks and Hand Sanitisers

-Xerox Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)

-Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek

-Water bottles – 1-2 (1 liter each)

-Lunch Box (to carry your packed lunch) and spoons

-Raincoat and Bag covers (in case of rain)

-A comfortable pair of shoes with a good grip for trekking

-An extra pair of socks

-Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite

-Torch/Headlamp (to walk around at night)

-Portable chargers for your electronics

-Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet

-Polybags to pack your wet clothes

-Eatables during the trek like Energy Booster, Tissues, Chocolates, Dry fruits, etc.

-Personal Medication

-Snacks for yourself


  • To and fro transport from Bengaluru (Non-A/c)
  • Only Veg Food
  • Dorms/Tents (to Camp)
  • Trek Leads from the Tripbae Team
  • Forest/Trek Permits
  • Basic First Aid Kit.
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water, etc)
  • Anything not included above

Tour's Location

Bandaje Falls, Valambra, Kishore, Kadivithwara Village, Belthangady, Karnataka


What is included and not in the without-transportation package?

You will have to reach all the places on time as per the itinerary, by yourself. You will also need to synchronize your arrival times with the trek leader in case the Tripbae vehicle's journey experiences any delays. Other than that, accommodation, guidance, permits, and the rest which are mentioned in the included list are included.

What is the difficulty of this trek?

Easy to Moderate.

Can I call to book tickets with Tripbae?

Yes, please call +91 991 662 7799 to book your tickets

How much advance would I have to pay to book the trip?

50% of the entire charge including taxes

What will happen if the trip does not go through?

Your money will be refunded within 2-3 business days

How will I be communicated with once the payment is done?

You would be added to a WhatsApp group a day or two before the trip date where all the last-minute information is shared. An email is also sent including important information about the trip.

Who can I contact for personal issues on or before the trip?

The trek lead. His/her phone number would be in the What’s App group you are added to.

Is it safe for females?

The safety and security of women/girls are paramount to us. Hence, it's entirely safe for women/girls to participate in our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the group, offering constant assistance and direction. Our campsites are thoroughly secure and provide a safe lodging environment. In addition, our female trek leaders often join our treks.

Can I reschedule my trek to a future date if I am unable to attend on the day of departure?

Unfortunately, it's not feasible to reschedule your trek to a future date if you're unable to attend on the designated day, regardless of the circumstances (like family emergencies, health problems, or work commitments). However, if you have concerns about this policy, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected], and our team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Are solo travellers allowed to join?

Yes, solo travelers are more than welcome on our trips. The beauty of solo travel lies in the chance to connect with individuals from varied backgrounds. As the journey unfolds, unfamiliar faces become friends, cultivating a feeling of fellowship. Thus, we strongly encourage solo travelers to join our exciting ventures.

What is the total distance of the trek?

7 km in total(To and fro)

Which district is the Bandaje Falls Trek in?

The Bandaje Trek is in Dakshina Kannada District. 

What is the best time for the Bandaje Falls Trek?

Bandaje falls is beautiful throughout the year and can be visited anytime. But to narrow down the months, October to February is a good time.


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