Trek to Narsapur Forest

Narsapur Forest – till a few days back, I had never even heard of this place; it was only because of the Office Travelerz Club that I came to know about this place. Sridhar, as is the norm, was the starting point of the planning and soon five of us – Sridhar, LSP, Raghu, Kosstubh, and me – were ready to trek through these unchartered forests. Google was of no help this time, as there is hardly anything about Narsapur Forest on the web even though it is just 30kms from Hyderabad. Tried to judge the lay of the forest as best as we could with the help of Wikimapia, and we were off.

We had planned to start off at a small Ayyapa Swamy temple 2kms before Narsapur, and enter the forest (which was on both sides of road for nearly 10kms before Narsapur) along a river bed nearby. We were so engrossed in admiring the lush green jungle that we missed the temple and reached the outskirts of Narsapur before realizing our mistake. Anyway we did not let this deter us, rather this helped us in finding a safe parking spot courtesy Sridhar and his awesome people skills. We walked a hundred meters down the road to find a good entry point and found a bunch of kids (2 guys and 4 girls) from Hyderabad who wanted to trek through the jungle without a drop of water & a morsel of food to “celebrate Friendship Day”! I am sure had they gone into the jungle it would have been the start of a C-grade horror movie. Anyway we left the road and entered the jungle, within 8-10 meter we had lost sight of the road. Sridhar had been marking our path on his GPS and finally it helped us a lot to navigate through the jungle.

The forest was much denser & beautiful than what we had expected!

The forest was much denser & beautiful than what we had expected!

Even though we were in the dense jungle, for the initial half hour we could still listen to the sounds of civilizations (read the horns of the passing vehicles), as we were traversing a route that was roughly parallel to the road.  We kept passing cattle trails and soon the parallel way was thrown away and we embraced the perpendicular direction. We crossed over a hillock full of big boulders (the whole time my thought bubble was reading – “this is ideal tiger territory”) and this is where we took our first break after about an hour of trekking. The weather was amazing, it drizzled for a while and we took shelter under the umbrellas of the two seasoned trekkers – Sridhar & LSP. We resumed, descended the hillock and took another 10 minute pause to satiate the photographers’ thirst, the subjects being a cut log & a cow skull. And no this was not the only wildlife spotting – we saw a Greater Coucal (I think it was that!), a Green Bee Eater, what we felt to be a Mongoose, and the best of all a Monitor Lizard running along.

Skull of a cow/buffalo that we came across while trekking

Skull of a cow/buffalo that we came across while trekking

We followed the dry river bed for a while, and soon realized that we had come in a long way and should think about returning now. Among the two options that we had – retrace our way through the jungle to starting point, or aim for the main road and walk along till Narsapur – we decided for the latter option. Trying to find a way back, soon we were lost in the jungle, the GPS was not that helpful this time as we had missed to mark the points on the main road while driving along till Narsapur. Anyway nobody was perturbed by this as we all had a good sense of the direction in which the main road was. The only question was whether we would come out a km away from where we parked the car, or 4 kms – we had no clue of determining where we would exit.

As green as grass

As green as grass

We had already trekked for nearly 4 hours by that time, and I was getting ravenously hungry. Sridhar seemed to read my mind and took out a box of apple juice which he seems to have hidden in his trekking bag along with God-knows-what! We entered a stretch of forest that seemed to be the originating point for the phrase “as green as grass”. Had I not seen it myself, I would have thought that it was done by photoshop, the grass was that green! Soon we were atop another hill from where we could see the first sign of civilization that we had seen for a long long time – an electricity pole, but it seemed to be at least 4-5 kms away, and we were sure that the road was not that far off. We were indeed right, and soon hit a jeep/tractor trail that was leading us to the main road as was apparent by the horns of the passing vehicles. We stopped for the last time for our lunch (which we had got packed earlier, when we had stopped for breakfast) and soon hit the main road at the exact same point where we had earlier expected to start out trek (near the aforementioned Ayyapa Swamy temple). A refreshing 3-4 km walk in the jungle was followed by a really tiring 2 km walk on the hard unforgiving road and we were back at the Raghu’s car, ready to return to Hyderabad. Only on the return journey did I come to know why this place is so offbeat/obscure, the Narsapur Forest is reputed to be a Naxal hideout.

All in all a Sunday very well spent, at such a beautiful forest so close to Hyderabad.

How to reach et al…

From Balanagar Bus Stop take the road that goes towards Chintal, Shapur Nagar i.e. the Medak Road. Follow it for around 30-35 kms to reach Narsapur. On way you would pass Gandimaisamma X-Roads, Dundigul Air Force Academy, Gummadidala before the forest starts on both sides of the road till Narsapur.

For food we stopped at a roadside place, and got our lunch packed from there. You need to carry water, at least 2 liters for a 4-5 hour trek and preferably soem food – trekking can get tiring. Also the jungle on the right-side of the Gummadidala-Narsapur road seems denser than the one on left side. And if you go and ask Forest officials for trekking trails, you’ll realize that trekking in these jungles is not allowed, so if you plan to venture in there, go at your own risk. Nobody would have your back but yourself.

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28 Responses to “Trek to Narsapur Forest”

  1. 1 Chittaranjan August 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Wow man…u sure are one adventurous dude!

    Many ppl. would shudder at the thought of walking into a Naxal-infested forest but you guys were brave enough. Well, the knowledge (the lack of i.e.) helped a bit, I presume ;)

    Would it be possible to post the route you guys took out of Hyd, the approx distance, watering/feeding holes en route and other such stuff so that other wannabe hikers can take that as a guide.

    And yeah, more pics pleeze :mrgreen:

  2. 2 Kunal August 5, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Chittaranjan, yeah not knowing that it was Naxal-infested only helped :) Although I would have gone no matter what…

    Also I’ve updated the post with pointers to reach the place and other things I could think of :) You can check it out..

  3. 3 Sangfroid August 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Whoa!!! Nice getaway. So do you confirm the Naxals are all gone now or you need another trek for that :-P

    Wish I was even half regular as you in posting trip logs :-|

  4. 4 sanyam August 6, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    nice pictures man … upload all and share the link.

  5. 5 Kunal August 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Sangfroid, I think I may need another trek to confirm that :P
    And even I wish I was quarter as regular as you in posting 55s :)

    Sanyam, Thanks dude! Sent you the link to all shots :)

  6. 6 Raghu P August 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Kunal
    Thnx for sharing this. Can you tell us where you parked your car? We are going there tomorrow.

  7. 7 Kunal August 9, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Raghu, we parked the car outside an APSEB station at edge of Narsapur.

  8. 8 JP Krishnamoorthy August 11, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Nice writeup… I wish I had come along too :)

    Last year I made my way to Etunagaram forest area north of Warangal alone, only to find out later when everyone told me with open-jaws that it was a Naxal haven. But I had no clue and enjoyed the dense forest for a good while.

  9. 9 Kunal August 12, 2009 at 11:07 am

    JP Krishnamoorthy, thanks :)
    Not talking to locals sometimes has its advantages, and you enjoy a tension-free trek/excursion.. but I’d prefer knowing about these things earlier, as there is a very thin line between adventure & danger..

  10. 10 Winnie the Poohi August 20, 2009 at 2:06 am

    Awesome!! So lush! I hope it remains infested.. if that could save the forest from being cut.. if you know wht I mean!

  11. 11 Kunal August 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Winnie, the forest is already too small :( yeah if being infested means that the forest remains intact, I don’t mind, till the time they don’t bother other people who live nearby..

  12. 12 Trekker.. September 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Wonderful post and quite informative…can you post send more links to your pics…We are planning a trek there , will it be possible to know exactly about current status of Naxals – are they still lurking there ???

  13. 13 Kunal September 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Trekker, the AP Government and the Police Department would love to have the current status of the Naxals :) If they don’t have it, how can I know?
    Anyway as with any trek you undertake, have proper permissions, and always watch your back. Nobody else would be responsible for what you do…

  14. 14 Ajay October 14, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Hey Kunal, nice to read about your trek in the forest. Glanced through your Tadakalpudi trek post, I want to do this trek too now!
    I agree, it is a huge problem if you want to find any information about a trek or hike in India. This the problem I am trying to solve via my website One of the members has even mapped the route to the forest from Hyderabad – Do check it out
    It would be great if you could map the trek you did inside the forest. Do check out, you only need to login with your Gmail credentials. Do let me know if you have any issues, feedback, comments, brickbats :).

  15. 15 Ajay October 23, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Hey Kunal, did you check the TripNaksha website out?

  16. 16 Kunal November 10, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Ajay, the website seems to be quite helpful.. Although for the Narsapur trail I can see only 1 point has been marked. It would be really helpful to have at least the start and end points marked.
    The Kondaveedu trail was really well marked.

  17. 17 beebterlipt November 24, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Great Article , I considered it special

    I look ahead to more great postings like this one. Does This Blog have a RSS I can subscribe to for new posts?

  18. 18 rakesh July 23, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    thats a good info,, we are goin tomo

  19. 19 nilesh April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    i want to go on a trek to narsapur forest. is camping allowed there?

  20. 21 Varsha June 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

    hi we’re plannin to go thr for a day outing…few frnds…do v have to take permission to get near the lake….? How far is the lake from the main road….

    • 22 prashanth November 26, 2011 at 12:48 am

      hi varsha ,

      glad to find such nature enthusiasts, we r a bunch of adventure and exploration seeking guys in hyderabad we do organize treks on week ends , we organize bouldering , rock climbing valley crossing bird watching many more exploratory treks, to know more about us check

      we even organise night treks in anatagiri and narsapur frest

  21. 23 amit July 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    hey wat abt wild animals as u said its a dense forest…
    didnt u feel risky… as per information narsapur forest supports wild life leopards, panther, spotted deer, wild dogs, jackle, wild boar….
    might be u hv not been to those locations…
    anyway daring decision to trek in narsapur forest

    • 24 prashanth November 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

      hi kunal ,

      glad to find such nature enthusiasts, we r a bunch of adventure and exploration seeking guys in hyderabad we do organize treks on week ends , we organize bouldering , rock climbing valley crossing bird watching many more exploratory treks, to know more about us check

  22. 25 prashanth November 26, 2011 at 12:47 am

    hi kunal ,

    glad to find such nature enthusiasts, we r a bunch of adventure and exploration seeking guys in hyderabad we do organize treks on week ends , we organize bouldering , rock climbing valley crossing bird watching many more exploratory treks, to know more about us check

  23. 26 kohinoorvinod March 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    its great………………………………………………………..because iam a member in narsapur forest

  24. 27 kohinoorvinod March 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    i feel proud to be an medak dist member…….because we have such a big forest……..

  25. 28 henry October 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

    how to reach this place from Hi-tex city, Hyderabad??

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