Kodachadri Trek for the Lifetime Experience amid Scenic Beauty
Kodachadri Trek declared as a natural heritage site by the Karnataka government. Kodachadri trek is a mountain peak with dense forest. Its elevation is 1343 meters above sea level in the Western Ghats of South India, Shivamogga district Karnataka, 78 km from Shimoga. Kodachadri Hill is the 13th highest peak of Karnataka, also referred to as 'Jasmine of the Hills.'
Kodachadri Hills, located in the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary, forms a picturesque background to the temple of Moola Mookaambika in Kollur. It is considered a biodiversity hotspot, housing endangered species of flora and fauna. There are three different routes to reach the peak of this Kodachadri Trek, and the difficulty level varies with the way chosen. Monsoon season is particularly challenging to climb this trek as it receives heavy rainfall that makes the routes slippery.
P.S- Backpackers beware; this trek receives rainfall for about eight months in a year.
This trek is one of the most beautiful amongst the three mountain peaks of coastal Karnataka, the other two being Kuduremukh and Kumara Parvata. Kodachadri features lush greenery on its dense tropical jungle trails coupled with beautiful waterfalls and different amazingly eye-catching landscapes.
You can trek on the bridle path to reach Hidlumane Falls situated at a distance of 5 km from Kodachadri. At the bottom of this trek, near the Dhalli Village, is a waterfall in the deep forest, Arasinagundi. Belakallu Theertha is another waterfall at the bottom of Kodachadri Trek on the southern side that is easy trekking to reach.
Nagara Fort is around 25 km from this trek, where trekkers can spot an old fort built during the 18th century. Trekking for Kodachadri peak would begin from Nagodi Village or Nittur in Shivamogga Village located at the base of this trek. The Karnataka government strictly bans tented overnight camping and the campfire since January 2015.
A four-wheel-drive jeep well connects Kodachadri peak. The road leading to the top is fun, and adventurous local jeep drivers can drive to the top. Kundapur and Byndoor are the nearest major railway stations on the Mangalore-Mumbai Konkan railway route.
If your primary purpose of trekking is to enjoy mesmerizing sunset into the Arabian Sea from the peak, you would not be disappointed. Enjoy the combined beauty of mountains and ocean, which only a few peaks in the country like India offer. The trekking distance is around 14 km (to and fro).
Kodachadri Trek Two Day Itinerary
Out of the three trails to the Kodachadri trek, the most popular and the most challenging is the one across Hidlumane Falls that begins either from Samprkatte or Marakuttaka. Kodachadri Trek is the steep and rugged trek that requires crossing the thick tropical forest, making your way through gentle streams, and climbing a waterfall to give you out of the world experience during peak monsoons.
The other trail which is relatively more comfortable is from Karakatte via Santhosh Hotel, Valur. It is accessible via private vehicles until the tiny settlement where the hotel located. After that, you have to begin trekking, which takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach the top. The third trail is accessible via the jeep route and is the longest of the three. On feet, trekkers descend via is this route. Whichever way you take, you will reach Moola Mukambika temple, and from here, your destination is around 2 km away.
Your trekking journey starts with depart for Kodachadri with an overnight bus journey of 397 km starting from Bangalore to Kollur. After enjoying home-stay near Sampekatte, start your trekking after fulfilling breakfast. There are five main milestones on this trail: the open field of meadow amid thick forest trail, Hidlumane Falls, which are a combination of seven waterfalls, adventurous in their way. After that, the vertical climb begins over tree roots, and slippery rocks leading you to the top of the first peek on the screen, which is the 3rd milestone, ideal for rest and enjoy lunch.
The Kodachadri Temple is the 4th milestone and the fifth, and the final sign is the Kodachadri Peak itself. Here you will find Sarvajna Peetha, a small temple-like structure made out of stone where Adi Sankaracharya meditated. Enjoy the best scenic beauty of nature from this spot.
The next day of itinerary involves heading towards the Nagara fort. Explore the ruins of the fort and stroll on the grasslands. Head back to Bangalore to wind up your expedition.
Kodachadri Trek Would be Certainly Gift You Mesmerizing Cheerful And Memories For The Lifetime.