Explore the Enchanting Trails of Kodachadri: A Trekker's Paradise
Nestled in the breathtaking Western Ghats within Shimoga district, Kodachadri stands tall as the tenth-highest peak in Karnataka. This picturesque destination captivates trekkers with its lush green jungle trails, dense tropical forests, and stunning landscapes. As part of the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, Kodachadri serves as a backdrop to the revered Moola Mookambika Temple, believed to be the birthplace of Goddess Mookambika. What sets this peak apart is the mesmerizing sunset over the Arabian Sea, a unique blend of mountains and ocean rarely found elsewhere in the country. Prepare to be spellbound by the allure of Kodachadri, leaving you craving for more.
There are three primary trails to the peak, each offering a distinct experience. The most popular and challenging route begins at either Sampekatte or Marakuttaka, leading you through the awe-inspiring Hidlumane Falls. This steep and rugged trail demands navigating thick forests, gentle streams, and even scaling a waterfall—an exhilarating feat, especially during the monsoon season. Despite the arduous journey, reaching the summit will leave you in awe, surrounded by untouched forests, magical vistas, and rewarding climbs at every turn.
For those seeking a relatively easier path, consider the trail from Karakatte via Santhosh Hotel, Valur (Trek Route 2). Private vehicles can reach the small settlement near the hotel, making it an ideal starting point for a 4-5 hour trek to the peak.
The third trail, suitable for descent, follows a jeep route and is the longest of the three. You will embark on this route when returning from Kodachadri. All three trails converge at the Moola Mookambika temple, which also houses a PWD guest house—an essential landmark on your way to the peak. From here, it is a short 2-kilometer hike to the summit.
Prepare to embark on an unforgettable adventure as you explore the captivating trails of Kodachadri. Immerse yourself in the beauty of untouched nature, challenge yourself with exhilarating climbs, and experience the serenity of this trekker's paradise.
- Every Friday Departures from Bangalore
What is included in the tour
To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c Pushback seater tempo traveller/minibus )
Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
Offroad Jeep Ride
Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from TrekPanda
Experience that you gain
What is NOT included in the tour
- Any meals not included above
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc )
- Anything not included above
- Pickup points:
- 8.30pm:Udupi Grand Hotel
- 9.10pm:Yamaha Showroom Domblur
- 9.30pm:Cubbon park signal
- 9.55pm:KTM Mekhri circle
- 10.15pm:Yeswantpur Metro
- An overnight bus journey of 397 km commences from Bangalore to Kollur. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers better.
Discover a Charming Homestay and Thrilling Milestones on Your Kodachadri Trek
During your Kodachadri trek, indulge in the warmth of a cozy homestay near Sampekatte, just a short drive from the starting point. This homestay provides an unparalleled home-like experience, complete with strictly authentic local vegetarian cuisine that delights the senses. The friendly elderly couple who run the place ensure that all your needs are taken care of, adding an extra touch of hospitality.
After a refreshing freshen-up and a fulfilling breakfast, gear up for a day filled with adventure. The trail comprises five significant milestones to keep an eye out for. The first milestone surprises you with an open meadow amidst the dense forest trails. As you pass numerous paddy fields, the trail eventually leads you to a house that holds a small surprise for weary trekkers. Brace yourself, as the challenging part of the trek begins here.
The second milestone brings you to the much-anticipated Hidlumane Falls, a series of seven waterfalls. Conquering each of these falls becomes its own thrilling adventure. Your efforts are rewarded with breathtaking views of the main waterfall cascading from a height of approximately 60 feet. Refresh yourself under the pristine water, and don't forget to refill your water bottles for the trek ahead.
Embark on an almost vertical climb from Kodachadri Falls, navigating tree roots and slippery rocks, until you reach steeper meadows. This marks the third milestone, offering a perfect spot to rest and savor a well-deserved lunch.
Further along the trail, it diverges and merges before joining the jeep trail that leads to the Kodachadri Temple, marking the fourth milestone. Here, you'll board a jeep for your descent.
From this point, a rocky trail along a cliff's edge leads you to the fifth and final milestone: the Kodachadri peak itself. At the peak, you'll find the Sarvajna Peetha, a small temple-like structure believed to be the meditation spot of Adi Sankaracharya, an 8th-century philosopher and theologian. The grand vistas and the enchanting sunset over the Arabian Sea, painting the evening sky with a myriad of hues, make all your efforts worthwhile. The sense of accomplishment you experience here surpasses any corporate target or performance bonus.
Immerse yourself in the charm of a homestay, conquer thrilling milestones, and relish the unforgettable moments that await you on your Kodachadri trek.
Embark on an Unforgettable Journey: Nagara Fort and Devagange Temple
During our adventure in the Western Ghats, we have the opportunity to explore two mesmerizing destinations: Nagara Fort and Devagange Temple. Our journey begins at the historical Nagara Fort, where we delve into its rich heritage and soak in the panoramic views of the surrounding Western Ghats. The fort's intricate architecture and captivating stories transport us back in time, immersing us in a bygone era.
As we traverse the fort's walls and passages, we are captivated by its majestic presence. The fort's strategic location provides breathtaking vistas of the Western Ghats, serving as a reminder of the region's natural beauty. Every step we take reveals new facets of its history, leaving us awe-struck and eager to learn more.
Next, we make our way to the serene Devagange Temple, nestled amidst the tranquil surroundings of the Western Ghats. This spiritual haven offers a sanctuary of peace and tranquility. The temple's divine aura envelops us as we offer our prayers, finding solace and a deep sense of connection. Surrounded by the serenity of nature, we can't help but feel a profound sense of gratitude for the opportunity to experience such a sacred place.
Throughout the day, we are treated to awe-inspiring sights and experiences that leave an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. The landscapes of the Western Ghats, with their lush greenery and towering peaks, create a backdrop of unparalleled beauty. We find ourselves in the company of fellow adventurers who have become like family during this journey, sharing in the joys and wonders of our explorations.
As our tour draws to a close, we bid farewell to the Western Ghats, carrying with us not only photographs and souvenirs but also memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. The Western Ghats has woven its magic into our souls, and the bond we have formed with our fellow adventurers is a testament to the power of shared experiences.
With hearts full of gratitude, we return home, forever holding a special place in our hearts for the Western Ghats. The memories we have created and the friendships we have forged will continue to inspire us long after our journey ends.
- Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Power Bank
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
- Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
- Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
- Portable chargers for your electronics
- Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
- Polybags to pack your wet clothes
- Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary
- Without travel-2799/-
- With Travel-3999/-