2 Days 2 Nights
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
▪️ 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!
-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.
-Snacks for yourself
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.
Easy to Moderate.
Yes, please call +91 991 662 7799 to book your tickets
50% of the entire charge including taxes
Your money will be refunded within 2-3 business days
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.
The trek lead. His/her phone number would be in the What’s App group you are added to.
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.
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.
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.
7 km in total(To and fro)
The Bandaje Trek is in Dakshina Kannada District.
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.