About Kodachadri trek
Karnataka is no less than a paradise for all the nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. The Kodachadri trek leaves no stones upturned to make you lose yourself in its wilderness. The best part of this trek is that the weather is sound and the hike is enjoyable every next step. The complete package of mountains, meadows, waterfalls flora and fauna has made this trek one of the most popular trekking places in Karnataka. The stride through lush green forests feels as if one is walking in green heaven!
Altitude: 1343 meters
Trekking Distance: 10 Km one way
Difficulty level: Moderate
Time Taken: 1-2 Days
Starting point – Nagodi village or Nittur, Shimoga district.
Where to begin from for Kodachadri trek?
The journey begins from Bangalore to the starting point of this trek which is Shimoga a district at the foothills Kodachadri peak. The best-suited route to be undertaken from Bangalore is AH 47 the Bangalore-Pune highway. The two most popularly undertaken routes to Kodachadri peak are Kattinahole or Valur.
Kattinahole route: This route takes you to Kodachadri peak via Hindlumane falls. The distance from Hindlumane falls to this peak is 10 kilometers and can be covered in 4-5 hours precisely.
Valur route: A small cottage namely Santosh Hotel can be the starting point. The distance from here is 10 kilometers again and the trails are mucky. This time the distance might take 5-7 hours to be covered.
Topography and views from the top
The Kodachadri trek is a delightful place for someone who is looking forward to dedicating some time to nature and wildlife. The trek is beautiful as the trails take you through the dense rainforest which is home to numerous endangered species of flora and fauna. The roads of this trek a poorly developed because of their complicated location but they are fit for a vehicle like a jeep. The exclusive location of this trek makes it all worth for a trekker. This trek will leave you mesmerized during the hike due to the presence of jasmine flowers, which are the epitome of the trek. The aromatic aura and biodiversity leave you stunned. The slopes while climbing the hill are steep at times and dangerous but the overall trek is moderate.
The views from the top of Kodachadri peak are marvelous. The grandeur of the Arabian Sea and Sharavati backwaters from the top gives you a sense of accomplishment and tranquility.
Beholding the sunset from the peak is something that you should not miss during this trek.
Places to stay during Kodachadri Trek
The Kodachadri peak has been declared by the government of Karnataka as a Natural Heritage Site and therefore camping is prohibited here due to the presence of wild animals and other dangers. Camping can only be done near PwD house. However, there are many places where you can plan your stay during the trek. The PwD or forest department rest houses can be pre-booked, apart from this number of homestays such as the Chitrakuta homestay, Sri Ambika homestay, Santosh hotel, Kodachadri Pathalargere homestay near Kattinahole can be considered for accommodation. There are many other guest houses and homestays which can be explored according to the feasibility and distance.
The contact number of Santosh hotel: 08185290138.
The network connectivity is not good and there are very fewer service providers. Airtel and BSNL might pop up but very less often. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your relatives informed and make important calls when you have the network.
Things to do in Kodachadri:
1). Absorb the spiritual vibes of Mookambika Devi temple which is 12 kilometers away from Kodachadri.This place holds great mythological significance.
2). Visit the Nagara fort and backwaters of Linganamakki Dam which is 25 kilometers away from Kodachadri.
3). Behold the panoramic view from Chitramoola caves from where the temple of Mookambika Devi is prominently visible.
4). Meditate by grasping the tranquil vibes during the sunset from the Kodachadri peak.
Kodachadri trek is undoubtedly an offbeat trek for those who are looking for a hassle-free trip to rejuvenate their souls. The captivating views of lush green meadows and mucky trails make this trek a blissful stress buster.