Tadiyandamol trek destination offers one of the best destination for Trekking in Karnataka and also in South India.
Tadiyandamol means the highest point in Kodava language, and aptly so, as standing tall at 5250 ft, its the highest peak in Coorg and the second highest in the state of Karnataka.
The landscape is dotted with high grasslands, ridges, mountains, paddy fields and coffee plantations.
You also cross through patches of Shola forests. Just a little warning, beware of the blood sucking leeches here.
The Brahmagiri hills can be seen from the south of Tadiyandamol.
There are approximately eighteen routes to this peak. The two most common routes are Honey Valley route and the Palace route.
Honey Valley is the longer route and you pass through breathtaking natural surroundings and beauties to reach the peak.
The alternate common route is comparatively a shorter one. It leads the trekking straight to the summit.
Exact Location: Tadiyandamol is located near Virrajpet Taluq about 30 km on the way to Napoklu, Bhagamandalain South West Karnataka.
Nearest Town: Virrajpet (23+ km), Madikere (30 km)
Distance from Bangalore: 250+ km
How to Reach: Bangalore - Virrajpet Taluq - Tadiyandamol
You can catch the bus from Bangalore to Virrajpet, and from Virrajpet, board a local bus to reach Aramane which comes before Kakkabe.
From Aramane, the peak is nearly 6 km away.
At the foothill of the peak, there is a stream which is said to be ideal for pitching a camp.
One can also drive from Bangalore to Madikere, and Tadiyandamol is nearly 35 km from there.
Trek Length: Approx.8-9 km (one way)/a day
Advisory: Beware of Leeches
Best Time to Visit: Early winter
Bhagamandala:A temple town located 39 km from Madikeri,Bhagamandala is famous for its temples.
Bhagamandala Temple is an architectural delight, featuring multi-layered roof, one can see both Malyalee and Nepali influence in its construction.
There are other three temples in the town that are dedicated to Lord Ganapathy, Subramanya and Vishnu. Also, Bhagamandala is known for being the meeting point of River Cauvery (Kaveri) and its tributaries Kannika and Sujyoti.
Madikeri: Also known as Mercara, Madikeri is the headquarters of Coorg district, and is a popular picturesque hill-station. Located at the western end of the town, Rajas Seat, a small pavilion surrounded by a garden, provides a clear view of the verdant valley below. A toy train plies next to Rajas seat. You can also visit the 17th century Madikeri fort and Omkareshwar temple.
Abbey falls (also called Abbi falls): Abbey falls is 5 km from Madikeri, and is located in the midst of coffee and spice plantation.
On the way to this waterfall, you can hear River Kaveri roaring as it plummets down.
Unlike other falls in the vicinity, swimming and showering here has been completely banned.
Visit to this place is worth the time due to the awe-inspiring scenic splendor.