Nestled amidst the western ghats of Karnataka and offering everything from dense jungle trails to lush green meadows, Kodachadri is a must for every trekking enthusiast.
Kodachadri is one of the most beautiful trekking destinations & is the 10the highest peak of Karnataka. It is a part of the Mookambika national park known for its rich variety of flora & fauna. The trail through deep jungles, open meadows, grasslands & a jeep track gives you spectacular views & a chance to experience the tranquility of nature. You also get to cross the famous ‘Hidlumane falls’ on this trek.
Also Kodachadri trek is one of its kind trek where you get a glimpse of the ‘Arabian sea’ from the peak. Watching the sun set into the sea from the summit is pure bliss.
Pull on your hiking shoes, stretch your leg muscles & take to the hills on this weekend trek to Kodachadri with Wanderophile.
14Kms approximately (to and fro)
- Trek up to Kodachadri peak.
- Hidlumane waterfalls.
- Adventurous jeep ride.
- Visit to Nagara fort.
Is this trip right for you?
The homestay we stay at is clean & well-maintained. However, Kodachadri being a remote location, luxuries such as cots & beds, fans etc can’t be expected. Part of the experience here is learning to be resourceful with the available facilities. Internet access is scarce and is unreliable when it’s available. But you must know that though there’s no WiFi in nature, you’ll get a stronger connection. This is a no-frills trip to a relatively remote place therefore food will be basic.
Things to carry
Don’t worry about packing too much or too little. Here’s just everything that you need to carry- a rucksack, a water bottle, torch, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal medicine, a pair of clothes, undergarments, socks, a towel, toilet kit, portable charger, flip-flops, hiking shoes. And, a camera to capture the memories(optional).Don’t forget to bring loads of enthusiasm 🙂
Pick up & drop points
- Travel to & fro Bengaluru (Non-AC, with pushback seats)
- Multi-sharing accommodation
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner
- Campfire (if weather conditions permit)
- Trekking permission & guide charges
- Jeep ride
- Access to first aid kit
- Sunday lunch & dinner.
- Any kind of insurance.
- Any other miscellaneous expenses which is not mentioned in the inclusions above.
Departure Time9:00 PM.
Return TimeApproximately 9.30 PM, Sunday.
Dress CodeCasual, Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
Kattinahole is the base camp where Kodachadri trek route starts & is also the place where our homestay is located. The homestay is just a few hundred metres from the jeep stand & offers a beautiful view of the hill standing before you. After arriving at the homestay, get fresh, grab some quick breakfast & stock up snacks & ample water before you set-off for the trek.
Your trek guide will give you a brief about the trek, do's & don'ts, and general safety tips. The total trek distance till the peak is 12 Km & takes around 4.5 to 6 hours to complete.
There are 6 major milestones on the Kodachadri trek trail with the first among them being the log bridge on which you'll cross the stream before you enter the jungle.
From here it is a slightly up hill walk till your second milestone- the open meadow where you get to see a 360° view of the surrounding hills. This is also where the buttermilk shop is located. Quench your thirst by gulping down a glass or two of buttermilk here & move along the paddy fields behind the shop.
A short walk from here will take you to the third milestone & the most awaited part of the trek- Hidlumane falls. It is a real spectacle to watch & is the major highlight of the Kodachadri trek. Enjoy in the waters of the plunge pool formed by the falls before you continue your trek to the next milestone- jeep track.
This part of the trek is a little challenging as the climb is steep, but the views you get to see at the end of this part will make all your effort worth it. Once you cross the jungle & reach the grasslands, enjoy a quick rest & admire the view of the valley you get to see from here. Another short walk of around 10-15 mins from here will take you to the Kodachadri jeep track.
Continue on the jeep track for 2 kms till you find the Mookambika temple & the PWD guesthouse. This is the fifth major milestone on the trek route & also where you'll board the jeep back to homestay on your descend. Further 2 kms from here is the summit of Kodachadri where Sarvajna Peeta is located & where the trek ends. Sarvajna peeta is dedicated to the 8th century theologian & philosopher Shri Adi Shankaracharya & the legend is that he meditated here to seek the blessings of goddess Mookambika & she appeared before him here. There is also a cave temple known as Ganesh Guha just a few hundred metres before you reach the peak.
Rest your feet & soak-in the beautiful vibes of Kodachadri's sunset & give yourself a pat on your back for completing the trek before you head back to the PWD guest house to board the jeep for your return journey to the homestay.
Sip some garam chai & get fresh. Huddle up for the campfire with your fellow trekkers, play some fun games, have dinner & call it a day.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Geography- It is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka & is characterized by shola forests which are typical to this region.
Best time to visit- August to February is the best time to trek Kodachadri as the place will be brimming with greenery in the monsoon & post monsoon season.
How to Reach From Bangalore- Bangalore- Tumkuru- Tipturu- Arasikere- Kadur- Tarikere- Shivamogga- Hosanagara- Nagara- Nitturu (Total Distance- 394 Km)
Total Trek Distance- 14 Km (Approx.)
Trek Difficulty Level- Moderate
Altitude- 1343 Meters
Nearest Town- Kolluru
Other places to visit near Kodachadri-
- Kolluru Mookambika Temple (Distance from Kodachadri- 37.4 km)
- Nagara Fort (Distance from Kodachadri- 29.5 km)
- Siganduru (Distance from Kodachadri- 51.3 km)
- Belkal Falls
- Arishinagundi Falls