Tadiandamol is the highest peak in the Coorg or Kodagu district of Karnataka at an altitude of 5735 feet with traces of Shola forest in the range which are clearly visible from the trails. The name of hill is derived from Kannada language which means large mountain. This is one of the most exquisite treks in Karnataka and one which is also known to a few. The peak can be approached from the Nalakand palace which is at the base of the hill. It is of historic importance as it was build by Dodda Veerarajendra in 1792 to shelter his army against the British. These slopes further have remained virgin throughout making it eyeful.
|DAY 0||Pickup from Bangalore|
|DAY 1||Overnight journey till Tadiandamol base camp – Off road jeep ride till homestay – Trekking to Tadiandamol Peak via the Ridge walk – Big Rock – Shepherd Point – Tadiandamol Peak – Visit to Nalaknad Palace – Offroad Jeep Ride till Homestay – Relax at base camp - Campfire (if permitted by situations)|
|DAY 2||Base camp – Offroad Jeep Ride – Bylakuppe Tibitiean Monsatery – Reach Bangalore by 2000Hrs|
This is going to be a midnight journey of 260 kms from Bangalore to Kakkabe which is the base town of the peak. 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.
The fragrance of coffee dwells everywhere in Coorg district which makes the morning pleasurable. The eyes can feast on the spectacular view of the coffee farms that are spread on acres of land in all directions. Reaching Kakkabe the base village of Tadiandamol Peak in the morning adds the joy to life that weekend getaways promise. The trek starts from Nalakand Palace which is on the base of the hill and is 4 kms away from the main road.
A dark green forest range starts now with an upper gradient at times. This can get pitch dark if the sky is not clear. A different perspective of light remains here which can be turned into creations by a photographer. The inclination rises further and the trail gets narrow.
To witness the green coffee plantations of Coorg and watching the sunrise from the coffee fields is a very beautiful moment. On the way to Bangalore spend some time at Chelavara falls via Virajpet if time permits. Once you listen to the sound of the water there will be a deep connection between you and the place. To explore more one can visit Padi Igguthappa Temple which is one of the oldest temples of Coorg.
THINGS TO CARRY
|RUCKSACK||The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back||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|
|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|