It was an awesome trek. We visited the mountain range in the first week of march. A group of 8, we carried along with us food items, tents and minimal clothing. The trek was definitely not a cake walk. Water is available at only two locations during the trek - one at Bhatmani and second at Mandapa. Make sure that you carry enough water to sufficient extent to cover between these locations. Bhatmani is around 5-6 kms from the start. Although the path for the most part is a dense forest, a clear way is visible. The climb would be a big difficult because of the terrain and would increase with increase in the weight that you carry. You can find food (Rice, sambar and buttermilk and nothing more - although this would taste awesome after the hike) and accommodation there. Mandapa is a camping spot and is around 90 mins to 150 mins from Bhatmani. Except for 1 or 2 places, you WILL not find any shade and if you are going in the afternoon to Mandapa to stay for the night, the journey with the luggage would be a big harsh. You probably shouldnt travel at night as there is confirmed news of Tiger in the path.
Camping at Mandapa is an awesome experience. We collected some wood for fire as we went along and had the camp fire. Tents came in handy but expect some very fierce winds at night. Morning we started at around 9:30 from Mandapa after having some breakfast that we brought along and aimed to the Kumara Parvatha peak. Unless you are planning to camp there, it is better to hide your non-essential luggage around some bushes. No one in their right minds would want to carry extra luggage in that time, so dont worry about theft. This would make the hike much easier. To reach the top it will take about 90-120 mins.
Apparently the hills are famous for King Cobra so, Watch Out!
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