Kodachadri is one of the beautiful mountain peaks of Karnataka. It is located in the west of Shimoga district, with an altitude of about 1,343 (4,406 ft) meters above the sea level. It is also recognized as a natural heritage site by Karnataka government. 13 KMs hike gives the required adrenaline rush and gives the ultimate view of Sharavathi backwaters, lush green meadows, jeep trail and dense forest. If lucky enough you can witness the magical view of Arabian sea horizon from Kodachadri peak.
Literal Meaning of Kodachadri is “Jasmine of Hills” in the native language of Karnataka. The Place is famous for numerous waterfalls and mountain peaks and one of the most famous waterfalls – “Hildumane Falls” is located right in the center of the valley. All the stress and tiredness wash away when you take a dip into this beautiful waterfall. If lucky you can witness double Rainbow here.
This place is best if you are a nature lover. White-bellied treepie, Pompadour green pigeon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Black-headed Oriole, Malabar Trogon, White-bellied Treepie, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Scarlet Minivet, Painted Bush Quail, Racket-tailed drongo, Black-naped Monarch and others are among the few popular citizens of this region. Know more about bird watching in Kodachadri.
The stunning views from the Kodachadri peak and a magical beauty of sunset make this place unique compared to other mountains peaks of Karnataka. Its the 10th highest peak of Karnataka. Kodachadri forms a background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. It is located at a distance of 21 km from Kollur and 15 km from Nagodi village, in Hosanagara taluk. A night journey makes it’s an ideal weekend getaway close to Bangalore that one can venture into.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bangalore – Kodachadri – Bangalore|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Friday – 7.30pm|
|RETURN TIME||Sunday – 10.30pm|
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY||
|duration||2 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS|
|age||12 – 45 Years|
|trek distance||14 KM|
|difficulty level||Moderate to Difficult|
Leave from Bangalore late evening. We request you to have some light food before traveling. This trip would be an overnight journey to Kodachadri in which we would have an informal introduction and have fun.
Nitturu is a small village at the base of Kodachadri hill which is about 394kms away from Bangalore. The trek is considered to be moderate for beginners. And a night journey from Bangalore makes is more convenient for the trekker to explore this place and return back to Bangalore.
The trek contains everything from the forest, waterfall, green meadows, farm, rocky path, and peaks. The Kodachadri peak is popular for its magical sunrise and sunset views. As we are starting our trek in the morning we would be able to witness the sunset from the Kodachadri peak.
After fresh-up and hot breakfast, we would start our trek. The jungle route of the trek is little ahead from the homestay on the jeep road. The jeep road is straight up to the peak. After taking a right into the jungle we would trek till the Hidlumane waterfall.
On the route of Hidlumane waterfall, we would be crossing through a small hut where you can refresh yourself with fresh butter milk.
All worries fade away when cold water of fall touches your body. No other wonderful event would excite you there then adding a nature shower into your travelogue.
Stepping ahead into the jungle and soon will able to hear the sound of flowing water and view of “Hidlumane waterfall” will be there to welcome us. All the pain and trouble will vanish once you get splashed by water at Hidlumane Waterfall.
The trail gets a bit steep after the waterfall through the dense forest of Kodachadri. Will keep walking into the open meadow. The village is seen from here if it is not cloudy. Will reach to Lunch point and enjoy our hot lunch.
A steep inclined walk to the peak and the sunset from the peak would definitely remind you that nothing comes for free in this world. If nature gives you a stunning view of sunset then it would also take some of your sweat as payback. After spending a quality time at the peak. We would hold our time at the peak for the sunset. The view of the sunset from the peak would hold all your clocks and alarm and remind you that life and nature combining makes a perfect couple.
We would descend to homestay from peak in a jeep ride for a much awaited hot dinner and of course campfire.
Day 2: Return
Next day, after breakfast we would hop on our bus to Shivappa Nayaka Fort which is about 25KMs from Kodachadri on the way to Bangalore.
Wikipedia says : “The fort is built on a small hill, beside a lake. The fort has a system to circulate water around it for safety. On the hill, within the fort, there are Darbar Hall (King’s Court), remains of a palace, two tanks called Akka Thangi Kola (Tanks of two sisters), and a cannon. Devaganga tank is a cluster of seven tanks for bathing. Nagara in Kannada language literally means city. The place is amidst green thick forests which are giving way to urbanisation and eventually to deforestation.”
We will spend some time at the fort and then head back to Bangalore.
1) Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water Tank. Opp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe.
Reporting Time: 7.15 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 7.30 PM, Friday
2) New Shanti Sagar Hotel, HAL Road, Near Domlur Bridge.
Reporting Time: 8.00 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 8.15 PM, Friday
3) MG Road, Hard Rock Cafe near Anil Kumble Signal.
Reporting Time: 8.45 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 9.00 PM, Friday