KODACHADRI TREK



Kodachadri is one of those peaks in Western Ghats where one can experience clouds below the peak. A sea of clouds is captured by the eyes forever from the peak. This trek has everything from its perfect dense forests to high waterfalls, the meadows spreading everywhere, shear drop before the peak and a view of Arabian Sea dusk form the sunset point. Located in the Mookambika National Park, it is home to many endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna.

Kodachadri

Here is a video compilation of kodaichadri trek sometime back by our very own outdoor leader Jolly.



SHORT ITINERARY


DAY 0 Pickup from Bangalore
DAY 1 Overnight journey till Home stay near Kodachadri Base - Trek from Kodachadri Base to the peak via Hidlumane Falls – Sunset Point – Return in Jeep – Home stay
DAY 2 Home stay - Nagara Fort – Bangalore.

DAY 0

This is going to be a midnight journey of 397kms from Bangalore. A brief summary about the trek and introduction among trekkers will be done. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect destination for trekking in Western Ghats.


DAY 1


Early morning we will reach the home stay 1km from the Kodachadri trek base. Allocation of room and freshen up will take place. In the mean time, the most awaited breakfast will be served. The 1km walk will be the warm up required before the trek. The trail starts from the Jeep stand, a broad road if followed is a popular route for the pilgrimage. This route has long trees on the sides and the local lifestyle of the village is enchanting to the eyes. A right turn after 1.5kms will take us to the dense jungle towards the Hidlumane Falls. The first water source can be seen near the village at the turn only in the monsoon. The trail is a mesh of different trees and plants everywhere. The more we walk inside the jungle more humid it will get. It is also a reminder that the place is near the costal lines. During monsoon the leeches can be seen on the ground which needs to be taken care of. At the same time the hike will gain altitude towards an open field of meadow, a farm and a small hut. It is the place where the most awaited butter milk is available.

Kodachadri - Buttermilk
Walk through the backyard of the hut, turn right walk 100meters towards the field and take a left and this route is towards the Hidlumane Falls. The trail has many wood logs that can be crossed easily with a little effort. After moving on the trail a stream is crossed that goes towards the farm near the place where buttermilk was available. A slight change in the type of trail can be seen. It slowly turns into steep rocks that are slippery during the rains. This will lead towards the Hidlumane Falls.

Kodachadri
Small water fall formations should not be mistaken for Hidlumane Falls. It is a stream of seven falls and the trail becomes adventurous towards Hidlumane Falls. The water falling from a height of 60 ft. is the most memorable moment of the trek. All the trouble and pain is worth it when you get splashed by water at Hidlumane Falls.

The trail to the right of the falls gets inclined again passing through the dense forests. It is advised to stay in a group always in a dense forest. There will be a point where climbing upright on the front face of the trail wall will be required. This can be noted as an adventure climb. The water fall gets farther away as the trail goes towards the steep meadows. The village is seen from here if it is not cloudy. The top of the first steep peak after the jungle trail inclined at 60 degrees is a good place to take rest and have packed lunch.

Kodachadri
Further the route will diverge into two both leading towards ‘Rajra Katta’. Here you can listen to the sound of water on the left side. This place can also be considered for rest. From here take the right turn and then later left turn, the path can be slightly more inclined which will go towards the jeep road. Looking backwards one can see the deep jungle crossed and the meadows expanding over the horizon. The peak is now 4kms from the jeep road. If the fog persists then the visibility gets too low. Following the jeep trail take one to the Sri Mookambika Devi Temple which is located near travellers bungalow.

Kodachadri
The peak is 2kms away from Sri Mookambika Devi Temple. On the way the path diverges into two trails. The right moves down towards the Ganesha Guha temple and the straight path is towards the Kodachadri Peak. Shear drop down on the left side of the trail at the last stretch of the summit keeps the spirit of adventure high. The energy left by Adi Shankaracharya gives can be felt by the chosen ones which will make you feel it is the right place for meditation. The temple of Mookambika of Kollur is visible from a small cave called Chitramoola led by a vertical path from the peak.

It is important to come down before it is completely dark to the jeep point near Sri Mookambika Devi Temple to reach the home stay. It gets dark in a glimpse of an eye and reaching home stay before it gets dark is the priority. The jeep ride will be the most adventurous ride ever witnessed with the steep curves and narrow ends to the home stay.

The most awaited hot dinner will be served and until the night disappears there will be camp-fire for the charm of Kodachadri Peak.

Kodachadri

DAY 2


Early morning with peaceful skies and surroundings, it is time to leave for Bangalore. On the way back 25kms from the home stay, an old fort on a hill besides a lake built during 18th century called Nagara Fort is the best place to spend an hour. The fort is located at the backwaters of Linganamakki Dam on Sharavathi River that surrounds the Nagar town.

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On the way we will have self sponsored lunch and reach Bangalore before dinner time.

THINGS TO CARRY


ITEM DESCRIPTION QUANTITY
RUCKSACK/DAY PACK The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back. Suggested Capacity: 40L 1
JACKET/SWEATER The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold. 1
CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns 2
T-SHIRT/SHIRT T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber. 2-3
CAP/HAT A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours. 1
SLIPPERS/FLIP FLOPS Comfortable slippers or flip flops for the homestay and the return journey. 1
SHOES A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least. 1 Pair
SOCKS Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet 3 Pairs
RAIN COAT/PONCHO A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon. 1
WATER BOTTLE A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any. 1
TORCH A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset. 1
PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently. 1 Set
REPAIR KIT Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort. 1 Each
TOWEL It should be light and easily dry after use. 1
TOILETRIES Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience. 1 Each
SUN GLASSES Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection. 1

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25 to 26 Nov 2017
09 to 10 Dec 2017

Duration: Friday, 2115Hrs - Sunday, 2130Hrs (approx.)

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Trek Fee:

(Subsidised 5% GST applicable as per mandatory regulations by Government of India)

The above amount includes:

  • - Bangalore to Bangalore Private Travel
  • - Accommodation
  • - 2 Breakfasts
  • - 1 Lunch
  • - 1 Dinner
  • - Snacks
  • - Campfire (if permitted by situations)
  • - Jeep Ride
  • - Guide

Make your own trek with all the unique requirement that complete your trek. You need to imagine and we will deliver.




KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 4,406 ft Highest peak in Shimoga district in Karnataka.
TRAIL TYPE Dense tropical rain forest with steep inclinations.
DIFFICULTY Moderate, no prior experience required.
TREKKING DISTANCE 14 kms (approximately)
ATTRACTION Hidlumane Falls, Arasinagundi Falls and Belakallu Theertha Falls surround the peak in a diameter around. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya performed meditation at this place called ‘Sarvajna Peetha’ on the hilltop. Further 25kms away is Nagara Fort an 18 century old fort near the backwaters of Linganamakki Dam.
BEST SEASON All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.
ADVISORY Leeches can be painful in rainy season. Keeping first-aid kit is mandatory. Apart from the leeches as per the locals, the area has all wild animals except Lion and Elephant.
WATER SOURCES During Monsoon season there is plenty of water in the form of streams and water fall towards the peak.
REGION Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
COORDINATES 13.8608° N, 74.8747° E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 397kms from Bangalore
ROAD Kodachadri is well connected by roads and can be reached from all the sides. The best way to reach is from Bangalore is via Shimoga Highway towards Kollur. The Nittur and Nagod Village are in close proximities to Kodachadri.
ROUTE 1 (397km) Bangalore - Tumkur - Tiptur - Arsikere - Tarikere - Shimoga -Hosanagara – Nagar - Kollur - Kodachadri.
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION The nearest railway station to Kodachadri is ‘Kundapura’ situated at a distance of 148kms
NEAREST AIRPORT The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is 100 KM away from Kodachadri