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