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Exciting: Members of the team at Borra Caves.
Exciting: Members of the team at Borra Caves.

Shankar Bennur

MYSORE: Many youngsters and schoolchildren in Mysore city are showing enthusiasm in adventure-related activities like never before. In the last three years, the youth and schoolchildren of the “City of Palaces” have taken part in several trekking expeditions and adventure camps.

The International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (IAMAS) and Rotary Mysore Midtown Adventure Foundation, are the driving forces behind instilling a sense of adventure in students by organising and co-ordinating trekking, mountain biking and other adventure sports, in recent years.

The adventure camps are held during vacations so that schoolchildren do not miss their classes and at the same time do not waste their holidays. Moreover, the organisations believe that adventure activities change the persona of the participants since it teaches many things. When Mysore city was gearing up to host the Dasara festivities in October this year, a group of adventure enthusiasts set out to explore Araku Valley and Borra Caves in the Eastern Ghats.

The group consisting of 17 youths, including schoolchildren, from Mysore, Bangalore and Coimbatore took part in the National Trekking Expedition organised by the Andhra Pradesh State Branch of YHAI. It was IAMAS and the foundation which took the young trekkers on the expedition.

The team left Mysore on October 1 and reached Visakhapatnam, the base camp for the expedition. After undergoing basic orientation for the expedition, the trekkers set out to see rare Buddhist relics at Thotla Konda. They later trekked on the beaches and come across fishermen colonies along a stretch of the eastern coast. They made an overnight halt on October 4 at “Erramattidibbalu” (Red Sand Hills) near Bheemili Patnam. After a successful trek along the seashore, the team went to Shivalingapuram in Araku valley. From there, they trekked for about 18 km to reach Borra Caves. The caves are located in Anantha Giri Hills, about 90 km from Visakhapatnam.

The team returned to Mysore on October 11.

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