Numerous waterfalls, captivating mountain peaks, on the banks of Tunga river looking over Arabian sea reaching an altitude of 4406 ft. Kodachadri sits on the lap of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary hence you would be passing through lush green jungle trails offering eye-catching waterfalls and timeless landscapes!. Nestled deep inside the Western Ghats of Shimoga, Kodachadri trek is one of the easy treks and yet one of the most picturesque ones too. Mind you, Kodachadri trek happens in the middle of Mookambika National Park which is as historical as history can be. Read on to know more about this mystical place.
Kodachadri Trek - Most Important Things to Know
- Best Time to Visit Kodachadri - July - February
- Kodachadri Trek Distance - 20-22kms approx.
- Kodachadri Trek difficulty - Easy - Moderate
- Kodachadri Peak height - 4406 feet
- Kodachadri Average Trek time - 1D/2D (Depends on whether you take a Jeep or not))
- Kodachadri Distance from Bangalore - 380 Kms (One way)
- Trekking Gears - Rent all your trekking gears from RentMyTent Android App and get them home delivered.
Is it Worth Visiting Kodachadri?
Kodachadri is blessed with gasping landscapes and numerous waterfalls. Kodachadri hill gets its name "Jasmine of the hills" from the flowering plant. Now your mind can imagine how scenic the peak can be, given that you are surrounded by dense forest canopy all around. Now comes the most important revelation, Kodacadhdri peak is one of a kind. How you may ask, Well the answer is, from Kodachadri peak you can catch a glimpse of the glorious sun setting into the Arabian sea. Well, what more can you ask for, one of the very few places were mountain and ocean comes together!
To top it all the Kodachadri peak is declared as a Natural Heritage site by the Government of Karnataka. I believe there can't be more compelling reasons to do Kodachadri Trek, so read on to know more about the trek details.
How to reach Kodachadri?
How to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore by Bus: You can board a bus from Bangalore to Kollur. You drop off point would Nagara, which is around 45 minutes of travel from Kollur.
How to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore by Train: The nearest railway station is Mangalore railway station. It's 75 Kms from there to Kodachadri. You shall take a bus/cab to reach Kodachadri.
How to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore by Car: There are multiple routes to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore. However you shall follow this Google Maps route
How to reach Kodachadri Peak?
Kodachadri Trek Trail -1: The most exciting and a challenging one too - Via Hidlumane Falls
Kodachadri Trek Start Point: Sampekatte or Marakuttaka
Why challenging? because the trail is relatively steeper and at one point of time you will have to literally climb over a waterfall, yes I know what you're thinking, It's one of the best things to do!!
Trust me you would love this part, so we highly recommend this trail unless you have health concerns.
Kodachadri Trek Trail -2: Relatively Easy - Via Santosh Hotel, Valur
You can take your private vehicles too till a tiny hotel. From here on trek starts and it would typically take around 4-5 hours to reach Kodachadri Peak from here.
Kodachadri Trek Trail-3: Jeep Route - Slightly costlier
Jeep route is one the longest route and also the easiest one. If you love off-roading then you would love this bumpy and adventurous journey. Jeep ride to Kodachadri is available directly from Kollur for around 3000 Rs.
Kodachadri trek has multiple trails hence you shall choose to do the trek in whichever trail that is convenient to you. Here is the one that we recommend. Starting from Marakutta an hour of trekking will take you to the Jeep stand. On the way you will come across Hidlumane falls which requires you to literally climb rocks and make sure you are careful during this stretch. Reaching Jeep stand would be midway of the trek. You can also take any Jeep to reach till Shankar Peetha beyond which you need to trek. By the way did I say how beautiful the Hidlumane falls is? Take a look for yourself!
On the way to Kodachadri Peak, your next stop would be the Kodachadri Information Bureau. This is the place where you pitch your tent. Night stay at Kodachadri is one of the most sought after as the views are breathtaking. If you're wondering how do I get a tent, worry no more, check out RentMyTent Android App to rent your tent and trekking great at an affordable price. By the way, the RentMyTent App has a home delivery option too. Worth giving it a try!
Stargazing at the night and a round of Mafia game with the friends sitting around a comfy bonfire should be an experience of a lifetime!
Early morning make sure you wake up early to catch the stunning sunrise, trust me it can't get any more beautiful.
Watching the sunrise from the luxury of your tent is just amazing!!!
Starting your day-2 of trek from Shankar peetha, you will come across a one of a kind iron pillar standing as a mammoth at 40ft high in front of the temple. This is believed to be the rendition of the Trishul used by Goddess Mookambika to slay the demon Mookasura. Make sure you have your DSLR handy to not miss capturing such marvel!
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Your relentless efforts will never go in vain, as the Kodachadri peak will make you feel as being teleported to a different dimension. So it's worth every step, trekking for 3-4 hours will take you to the Kodachadri peak.
Kodachadri Peak is the picture-perfect canvas surrounded by the thick Mookambika National Park with the backdrop of the famous Mookambika temple. Kodachadri Trek is truly a package of everything you could ask for right from waterfalls, adventurous jungle, spiritual temple and the list goes on.
Kodachadri Trek Complete Guide
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Kodachadri Trek - Things to carry
• Trekking shoes
• Trekking Poles
• DSLR/GoPro camera (Although Optional, we would highly recommend, at the end all you take back is memories, why not best capture it?!)
• Poncho (Important during monsoons)
• Tent (Highly recommended for a night stay on Kodachadri Trek route)
• Torch (must in case of emergency)
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• Basic First Aid kit
• Identity Card
• Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
• Water (Minimum two liters) & Energy drinks (Glucon/Gatorade)
• High-calorie snacks (Nuts & dry fruits, a home-baked cake, etc.)
• Quick Dry Full Sleeve T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
• Plastic sheet to wrap electronic devices, only during monsoons
Kodachadri Trek - FAQs
How Difficult is Kodachadri Trek?
Kodachadri is an easy-moderate trek. Apart from a few sections of the treks which are challenging. However, if you are new to trekking you can take Jeep and trek the last 5 Kms.
Is Kodachadri Trek Safe?
Yes, the Kodachadri Trek trial is definitely safe. During monsoon, you would find leeches however if you have planned with safety precautions then there is nothing to worry about.
Which is the best time to visit Kodachadri?
Monsoon times are always the best. Hence the best time to visit Kodachadri is between July to February.
How can I go to Kodachadri from Bangalore?
You have direct buses going from Bangalore to Kollur, for trains the nearest railway station is Mangalore. By car, it takes an overnight journey of 380Kms.
How long is Kodachadri Trek?
Kodachadri is typically a 2-day trek if you're planning to do the full trek on foot. However, if you hire a Jeep till Shankar Peetha then it takes 5 hours to do the trek.
What is the distance between Kodachadri and Shimoga?
The distance between Kodachadri and Shimoga is around 112 kms and takes about 3 hours drive to commute.
Disclaimer: All the photos used in the blog are inspired form the travel community merely for representational purpose.