The magnificent Ettina Bhuja is a part of the Charmadi ghat in Karnataka at an altitude of 4265 ft. and offers beautiful view of the entire region.
The term Ettina Bhuja literally translates to Ox’s shoulder because the shape of the peak looks like one.
It is also called Shishila Gudda by the locals there. It is one of the unexplored treks in Karnataka, which is near Mudigere.
It is a short trek; hence it is recommended to come over with a weekend plan, stay overnight and explore nearby places.
The closest village for the trek is Mudigere town; direct overnight buses run from Bengaluru and other main cities of Karnataka to Mudigere.
You can take this bus around 10-11 PM and reach the next day at 4-5:00 AM.
The best option after getting to Mudigere to save time is to take a local rickshaw to the start point of the trek (Sri Nanya Bhairaveshwara temple, Byrapura). They charge around INR 600 for this ride.
The road leading up to the start point is accessible via private vehicle, and the journey is beautiful and misty. So, you can also take your vehicle to the start point of the trek and park it near the temple.
You can do the trek from two locations, Shishila village & Bhairaveshwara temple, Byrapura. Here we will talk about the one starting from the latter because the one starting from Shishila village is difficult.
The trek duration is about 1 to 1.5 hours, and you cover a distance of 3-3.5 kms. It is an easy trek; however, the final section is a vertical climb to reach the top of the peak.
It is ideal to start the trek early in the morning by 6-6:30 AM so you can avoid the crowd and the beautiful golden hour from the top of the peak.
This trek is known for its panoramic views of the valley & the lush green forest trails post monsoons.
The trek can be divided into 3 sections:
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