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Some of the most popular trekking destinations are Kodachadri Hills, Sharavathi Valley, Narasimha Parvatha near Agumbe and Kundadri peak. Kundadri Peak which is located 80 km from Shimoga and around 20 km from Thirthahalli has easy terrains making it ideal for beginners. The highlight of this trek is a 17th century Jain Temple located at the Kundadri hilltop. For moderate and difficult trekking, hiking to Kodachadri Hills is ideal. The peak is situated at a height of 1343 metres. The rugged terrains and fascinating scenic views make the trekking adventurous and exciting. One can reach the hills through various trails. While trails like Karekatte are simple and takes one through ascending forests and grasslands, others like Marakuttaka via Hidlumane falls and Sampekatte can prove a little difficult with steep and rough terrains. Trekking to Narasimha Parvatha is equally adventurous and challenging.
A trip to Shimoga is incomplete without trekking to Kodachadri peak. Located amidst the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kodachadri is considered as the tallest peak in the state. The trek level is moderate and not very difficult unless one is visiting during monsoon season when the terrains can be get slippery, if it over rains . It takes approximately 4-5 hours to reach the top of the peak and one can catch a glimpse of dense forests, beautiful waterfalls, jungle trails and picturesque landscapes along the trekking route. The best time to trek to Kodachadri is between October to February as the weather is suited for hiking.
Located along the backwaters of River Sharavathi, Honnemardu is haven for kayakers and one of the best places in Shimoga for kayaking. Water sport lovers can also try their hand at canoeing, rafting, wind surfing, coracling and swimming at Honnemardu. These activities are good for people of all ages. Kayaking is a little different experience here as the kayaks are round and cannot travel very far. It is recommended to try out kayaking under the guidance of an experienced guide. October to March is suited for kayaking and watersports at Shimoga.
Situated at a distance of 14 km from Shimoga on the Shimoga-Thirthahalli Road, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is one of the best place to watch the elephants, bathe them and go on an elephant ride. One can also play games with elephants such as football, cricket and the place is a perfect destination to visit with friends and family. Maintained by the Karnataka forest department, the camp is situated in the vicinity of River Tunga. On the way one can visit the popular tourism destination of Shimoga , Gajanur Dam. Besides watching the gentle giants, one can also indulge in eco-activities such as bird watching, trekking and herbal garden visit at the Elephant camp. The camp has cottages and dormitory for tourists who want to stay for a longer duration.
Agumbe , a small village located in Shimoga is one of the best place to explore the rainforest. Sprawling across the Western Ghats beautifully, the rainforests at Agumbe is a haven to exotic species of mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Known as the Cherrapunji of South India, Agumbe has thick forest canopy and streams, making it a paradise for adventure lovers. There are beautiful homestays and resorts located nearby that offers exciting rainforest exploration tours within Agumbe. Kodachadri peaks is another place boasting of thick rainforest and different species of flora and fauna.
Jog Falls, Gudavi Bird Sanctuary, Tyavarekoppa, Shivappanaika Palace Museum and Madhugiri Fort are some of the top tourism attractions in Shimoga. Jog Falls, is best when visited during and after the monsoon season. There are more than 40 tourist places, which can be explored by travellers while in Shimoga. The local attractions can be visited any time of the day or even in night. To experience a spiritual journey, head over to the religious attractions such as Sri Raghvendra Swamy temple, Balligavi Kedaresvaratemple and Ikkeri Aghoreshwara temple. The best season or months to visit tourism destinations are February, March, October, November and December.
Jeep trek through the muddy pathways and walk along the Kodachadri hills. As you reach the top, you can watch the flying clouds. A trip to Kodachadri is incomplete without watching the glorious sunset. One of the most romantic places in Shimoga, Kodachadri is a favourite among trekkers and couples. If this does not seem enticing, then take a boat ride along the picturesque Sharavati River and wind up your day with the candle light dinner.
Traveller Tales From Shimoga
28 February 2017
A must go place! We started our trek early in the morning and the journey through the jungle and waterfalls was breathtaking! There were a few steep climbs too with a scorching sun above us, but all of it is worth when you reach the peak. I would suggest to rest at the peak till evening and take the jeep ride back down, coz it is one hell of adventure! On the way back, park for a while to witness the mesmerizing sunset. It will soothe you of all the pain. The next day we had Nagara Fort on the way back. A picturesque location, i must say! With so many pics, burnt calories and smiles on our faces we returned with a bag full of memories :)
10 October 2014
Wonderful! Truly an enchanting experience. Little did I think that this place is going to influence me so much when I signed up for this trek along with my friend. You don't have to be a pro to trek Kodachadri. The distance and different terrains makes the trek a bit difficult and adventurous. But the feeling when you reach the peak is just unparalleled! :)
10 October 2014
Awesome experience!!!! Very beautiful place and the waterfall in between trek made the experience even more delightful. We were lucky enough that there were very few leeches :) And the last our trek guide made this experience a life long remembering experience. A must visit to Kodachadri....!!
25 July 2017
"Great trek.. Must visit places for all the trekkers... Nice stay with good food... Best guide.. "
27 May 2015
For the beginners Kodachadri is one of the best trek to kick start with your trekking boot-rockets as me and my friends scored out the long pending to do list with our first trek to this enchanting hills. First of all if you are a bangalorean you need to bide up yourself as the journey to Kodachadri itself will cover around 422 odd kms and then your day 1 trek starts from the base camp. The entire tiresome journey would fade away once you take a sight of the fascinating hillside with very a little human movement. The best part of our trek was the falls we found in the middle of the jungle as all in a sudden it popped up from nowhere(Disclaimer: Your energy would drain up here if you take a shower at falls as the real trek to the up hill starts from this point). We took this trek on Offseason in the month of April and was tested thoroughly for our stamina & endurance. Day 2 was fun filled with early morning kayaking, hanging bridge and some exploration on a fort. Food at homestay is too good as you would feel the same as the name states. On a note to complete its a must go trek with your friends and family :)
24 October 2017
"The trek was awesome and it could be a little difficult one for the first timers. During the uphill firstly we came across thick forests (there were leeches) and then a waterfall which was of nearly 90-100ft. We got into the falls and played for sometime. Loved the waterfalls. After the waterfalls, the trek was on a uphill which wasn't that dense, for about 2-3 KMs and then comes the Jeep route from which we can finally see the kodachadri peak. we have to walk through that jeep route for nearly 2-3kms to reach the base of kodachadri peak. From there the peak is of 2kms. here we will be coming across rocky road at first and then we will be walking on edge of the hill which is covered with fog and we finally reached the peak. it was an awesome view from.the top. stayed at the peak for about an hour and started back. we came back from the jeep route. The organisers Santosh and Bhavani Were too patient, cooperative and experienced."
05 October 2015
An awe-inspiring, awesome and a lot of "aww"s defined the trip! Am so glad I dared try this! The trek coordinator (Sujay) skillfully talked (and pulled) me into climbing on rocks and trees I was sure I can't (ignoring a lot of "you are nuts" comments, I must add), the team was super (we really bonded over the difficult parts of the trek & the night's camp fire), the atmosphere so peaceful, especially the morning-after visit to the completely deserted backwaters - what more do you need for a great trip? Only problem was the TT - the driver turned it in to a "Flying Machine" and a barely 5-feet tall me found the leg space on the cramped side. Sujay's informal hospitality, patience with trekking novices (and an unfit one at that), willingness to consider any and all reasonable (and unreasonable) demands (we quite literally gave him a head-ache, I believe; but he remained invariably even tempered & welcoming), flexibility about plans and the ability to keep everyone (with various levels of adventure craving and endurance/fitness) happy, safe and motivated really made this experience with Explore2Escape a memorable one. Will certainly recommend this tour and operator! (Picture Courtesy - Krishna Vasudevan & Sujay Kenchi)
28 December 2015
never thought that waterfall rappelling will be available in india until i saw this tour. it was really an amazing and unforgettable rappelling experinece. the food included in the trek was so delicious and if you're a non veg, this trek is especially for you...
10 October 2014
The Kodachadri trek is one of the most awe-inspiring one I have ever trekked. The path encompass all the features of a nature trek that made the experience more enriching. The starting point was entering into a forest with wild flowers all around. On the way , in between forest we came across hidlumane falls with its pure and cold water.(Needless to say we had bath there). We steadily climb around the edges of the mountain having thick cover of forest interspersed with waterfalls. After a bit of up and down between hills and a sighting of Kodachadri ,we settled down to have lunch on a rocky bed with a stream nearby. Atop the peak at last, we were greeted with a very old looking temple made of stone and covered all around with green growings. In all , it was an splendid experience and the arrangements made by team were simply commendable. Our Guide Prasanth was superb and ideal person we could have asked for.
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