Day six of Goa trek was more of a hike in the forest crossing few streams and dry grassland. Even though this was a Goa trek we were in Karnataka the entire day. We hiked from one village to a small town named Castlerock and continued again in the jungle till we reached another village named Anmod. The total distance that we had covered was about 17 kms.
Go through my first five days of Goa Trek below:
The campsite at Kuveshi was the highest point of our entire Goa Trek and this place is connected by mud road/ jeep track. We camped overnight in the paddy field, a place also known for poisonous snakes. We spoke to villagers in the morning and soon after bit of warmup exercise and breakfast, we packed our bag and were ready for the hike. The first one kilometer was the jeep track that we followed and you get to see the village life as you hike along the trail. After which, we took a left turn and entered the forest. As we entered the forest, there was a man made bridge made of wooden sticks. As we walked further there were few more bridges of this kind. We continued further and there was a stream that we had to cross. It was deep and luckily there was a man-made concrete bridge. An ideal place to take some selfies. We continued further till we reached grassland where we spent some time capturing photos.
We entered the forest and it was a gradual climb. Our entire trail was in the middle of western ghats jungle and this place is all made of volcanic igneous rock. We climbed up the slopes which was not too steep and continued our hike covering grasslands and forest area till we reached a school which appeared out of nowhere. On the other side of the school was a well laid tar road which took us to a small town named Castlerock. We stopped opposite to Castlerock post office and entered someone’s house where they were selling butter milk and other cold drinks. We had our packed lunch at this place and bought few toffees before continuing with our trail. There were 3 to 4 shops near Castlerock station.
We continued our hike till we reached Castlerock railway station and took the overbridge. This place is known for the railway station and training for the railway staff. The place looks very much deserted and looked as though we visited some historic site with only ancient buildings (concrete buildings here). Castlerock is within the limits of Dandeli Tiger reserve, but unfortunately (fortunately during our trek) there are no tigers in the forest as per our guide. We continued in the tar road trail for about a kilometer and took the mud road to the left.
We entered the forest area again and even though it was late in the afternoon, it was too dark in the forest and appeared as though it was already 7pm. We managed to get out of the forest area and reached an area where there were paddy fields and few human settlements. Spend some time chatting with the locals and continued our hike till we reached a stream. We took bath here and entered the palm plantation. On the other side of the plantation was our Almod campsite. At this campsite we could call back home using our mobile device. Spent time around campsite in the evening near the ground which was behind our campsite and also, next to the stream. It was great fun. Too much to walk on day 6 and not very scenic as we were in the forest most of the time. Checkout the video and don’t forget to follow me on social media.