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.
|TREK TYPE||Weekend Trek||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 (Difficulty is always subjective)|
|TREKKING DISTAMCE||14 kms (approximately)||REGION||Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary|
"Great experience. Good batch and truly nice guides. Very happy with the trek."
DINESH KUMAR, Kodachadri - batch 1 - Sep 23, 2017
"It was truly a refreshing experience with GBL. Looking forward to my next trek with GBL."
PALLAVI BHARADWAJ, Kodachadri - batch 1 - Sep 23, 2017
"Very cheerful, never let anyone alone, friendly with everyone and always kept everyone interacted."
DIVYA, Kodachadri - Dec 10, 2017
"The best part was the trek was the waterfall and the leaders were very supportive. Enjoyed my first trek. Thanks to everyone.😊"
SUSHMA R, Kodachadri - Dec 10, 2017
"An experience that will be cherished the entire life! Thankyou GBL for giving us this beautiful opportunity...Hope to join in soon for the upcoming treks"
ANUSHRIYA JAWA, Kodachadri - Dec 24, 2017
NIKHIL SAMPATH, Kodachadri - Jan 18, 2020
"It was awesome. Trekking was professionally organised and co ordinated. Very experienced trek leaders, encouraged and motivated youngsters and first time Trekkers. Love to do few more trek with GBL in future."
MANJUNATH DODDEGOWDA, Kodachadri - Jan 18, 2020
"I am a first time trekker. And it was so much fun. GBL is doing an awesome job. I would like to appreciate and thank all our 3 outdoor leaders for their constant motivation help, and patience. Without them , this would have been impossible as after point I was so tired but because of their constant boost and motivation I completed the full trek and reached the end point. The experience is inexplicable. Thankyou team GBL. Looking forward to some many adventures with you people in the future."
RIA THOMAS, Kodachadri - Jan 18, 2020
"It was good overall"
KUSUMA N L, Kodachadri - Jan 18, 2020
"Darshan, Christan and Raju were all super cool and it was great having them as the outdoor leaders. They organized it well and kept the group entertained with lot of fun activities. I'm glad I went to the trek."
SINDHU, Kodachadri - Jan 27, 2018
"It was a nice experience as it was my first trek.hope i will be able to get lot of chances to do further"
ANINDYA BHATTACHARJEE, Kodachadri - Oct 1, 2017
"The leader was so motivating and supportive.. Couldn't have completed the trek without Manoj.. His tempo is really high..!! 😀"
RITU, Kodachadri - Oct 1, 2017
"Very motivating and engaging. Were able to create conducive atmosphere for networking."
H K SHARADH PRASSAD, Kodachadri - Nov 26, 2017
"Amazing energy and very enthusiastic"
MANJUSHREE M R, Kodachadri - Nov 26, 2017
"The trek was amazing and we enjoyed every bit of it starting from ice braker round to the bus journey."
MANOJ, Kodachadri - Personalized Trek - Jan 14, 2018
"They were fun and responsible"
SHRAVAN, Kodachadri - Personalized Trek - Jan 14, 2018
"It was well organized trek."
VAIBHAV, Kodachadri - Personalized Trek - Jan 14, 2018
"Trek quality was high and leaders were very supportive. Awesome experience..!"
VINCY, Kodachadri - Jan 28, 2018
"They were very good and involved everyone into activities."
VASANT NAGARAJAN, Kodachadri - Feb 24, 2018
"Outdoor leaders were good, engaged everyone and they were aware about the place. I had a nice time with them."
SAMEER, Kodachadri - Feb 24, 2018
"Outdoor Leaders were great and everything was well managed."
HARI CHAKYAR, Kodachadri - Feb 24, 2018
"Our Leader Ramesh, was extremely friendly, motivating, he knew the place very well. i am planning my next trip very soon with GB again"
PRASHANT CHAUDHARY, Kodachadri - Mar 31, 2018
"Outdoor leaders were amazing. They were supportive throughout the trip and we had so much fun together."
HARI MOHAN, Kodachadri - Mar 31, 2018
"Outdoor leaders were awesome, both Prashant and Pooja were motivating us to the fullest in our toughest times."
PRATIK, Kodachadri - Dec 25, 2017
"Co-operative and mingles easily with everyone, co-ordinates well"
PAVITHRA A R, Kodachadri - Dec 25, 2017
"Sachin, Mani and Ramesh were such enthusiastic leaders, they pepped us really well during the trek. Most importantly they were ideal as leaders and such fun loving guys. Would love to do many more treks with Get Beyond Limits."
KAVYA TALESARA, Kodachadri - Jan 1, 2018
"It was great experience and guided very well as we were time trekkers."
ARCHANA C, Kodachadri - Personalized Trek - Mar 12, 2018
"They were pretty well and managed the trek very nicely."
JALEY, Kodachadri - Sep 9, 2017
"Really great. Arun and Amey were super friendly and helpful! Full marks to them for ensuring that we enjoyed the entire experience."
VARSHA, Kodachadri - Feb 22, 2020
"It was a very nice expence. I never thought I will complete it. It was my first moderate trek. It was like a sense of accomplishments"
CHRIS, Kodachadri - Feb 22, 2020
"It's indeed pleasure connect with GBL for 6th time and would like to continue my trekking experience for other treks haven't done yet."
HANUSH, Kodachadri - Jan 26, 2019
"The leader were good. They were more like friends than leaders, we enjoyed the trek."
NAGABHUSHAN D GOUDAR, Kodachadri - Feb 10, 2018
"It was my first trek to Kodachadri with GBL, and I had an awesome experience. the guides who accompanied us Piyush & Anurag, knew each and every inch of this location, and they helped us at each moment. They truly deserved our appreciation.. I would like to do more treks with GBL Thanks to whole GBL team"
SHREESHA, Kodachadri - Sep 15, 2018
"Well organised Trekking was and especially our guides were very supportive.kudos to your team!"
KEERTHANA, Kodachadri - Oct 8, 2017
- 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.|
- DETAILED ITINERARY
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
On the way we will have self sponsored lunch and reach Bangalore before dinner time.
+ 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|