Located at a distance of 12 kms from the town of Madikeri in the Coorg district of Karnataka, Galibeedu is a small trekking destination hidden away from the world. The 14 kms long trek is as thrilling as it can get with tiny streams flowing through it in picturesque surroundings; and offers a diverse trail to scale, ideal for both the novices and professionals. The trail is marked through a jungle amidst verdant greenery, coffee plantations, overflowing streams and offers rare sights of mesmerising beautiful birdies. Round the corners, you can also witness the enchanting Western Ghats which add to the overall enticing experience.
History of Galibeedu
The history of Galibeedu dates back to the time when the land was called Kodava and was ruled by Kodagu rulers Veera Rajendra and Linga Rajendra. This area served as the filter point to track the entry and exit of enemies into the kingdom. On the way up the trek, you can also spot an ancient Kali Temple. There is also an old house in ruins amidst the dense woods.
Galibeedu offers moderate to difficult trekking trails laced with verdant meadows, coffee plantations, brimming streams and dense green vegetation. The trails are made in concrete and the first stretch is slightly narrow, dark and dense. The second stretch is like a clearing the woods and offers mesmerising panoramic vistas of the adjoining majestic Western Ghats. The third and the last stretch is a little steep but the excitement to reach the summit surpasses any feeling of exhaustion. Once you reach the top of the summit, you are bound to have that feeling of euphoria and are sure to gain an experience of a lifetime.
Things to do at the Trek
1. Stop at the streams on your way to appreciate the beautiful bountiful nature. Take a sip from the cool fresh water.
2. Click pictures of the Western Ghats and the dark deep shades of brown and green trees on your way up.
3. Visit the old Kali Mandir either on your way up or down.
4. Visit the Chandramukhi river and the beautiful hanging bridge on top of it.