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Ganesh bhat

5.0

Fantastic experience , trek to kodachadri is one of the greatest experience for each one of our group. most of the people from our group was first tim...

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Anjana Shashidharan

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Trek to Kodachadri is one of the best experiences in my life. Killer view, challenging terrain and amazing trails. The sunset and hidlumane waterfalls ...

Overview

Trip Starting From: Bangalore

Trip Location: Shimoga

About the Destinations:

The outskirts of the state of Karnataka are blessed with some of the most amazing landscapes that are home to numerous peaks and waterfalls. One amongst them is Shivmogga, also known as Shimoga. Famous for its numerous waterfalls and mountain peaks, it is one of the most ideal nature getaways close to Bangalore that one can embark on. The destination rests peacefully on the banks of the Tunga River, making up for its soothing and salubrious climate.

In the varied beauties of this awesome destination lies the Kodachadri Peak, which boasts of lush green forests on its summit. The peak also holds the distinction of being a Natural Heritage sight as declared by the government of Karnataka. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kodachadri is located at 1,343 meters above the sea level. Designated as the 10th tallest peak in the state and a precious natural heritage location, Kodachadri trek boasts of compact forests, beautiful waterfalls en route gorgeous jungle trails and picturesque landscapes. 

The name of Kodachadri is derived from the words Kodacha and Adri, which in the local language means home of the hill jasmine flowers. The peak of Kodachadri is perfect canvas like backdrop to the famous Mookambika Temple and also the Mookambika National Park. Being in the heart of this national Park, there are various opportunities for wildlife and trekking enthusiasts. Kodachadri Trekking offers the adventurists the opportunity to explore the lush green hillside views and celebrate the wonders of nature. 

The peak is also home to a stunning range of Biodiversity such as Malabar Langoor, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Indian Rock Python among many others.On the Kodachadri Trekking experience you can experience the best of what this land of the varied beauties of nature has to offer and experience the serene environment with camping right in the middle of the woods.

Duration of the Tour: 1N/2D

Altitude: 1343 m

Temperature Range: Fluctuates according to season with heavy rainfall for 8 months in a year. Summers generally sees a temperature ranging between 25 °C to 35 °C.

Meal Types: Veg, (Breakfast x2, Lunch, Dinner, tea/coffee/snacks)

Activities: Trekking, Campfire

Difficulty Level: Average - Challenging

Itinerary

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    Get an overnight journey from Bangalore after getting picked up from the different spots at the different time given below.

    First Pickup: Indiranagar, Near CMH Park at 8.30 PM

    Second Pickup: Domlur, New Shanthi Sagar Hotel at 8.45 PM

    Third Pickup: MG Road, opposite to 1 MG Lido Mall at 9.00 PM

    Fourth Pickup: Goraguntepalya Metro station at 9.30 PM

    Reach the campsite around 06:00 AM and freshen up.

    Around 08:00 AM, begin your journey to Kumble Village and Hidlumane Waterfalls after breakfast.

    Relax for some time near the waterfall.

    Proceed trekking to the top of the peak and have lunch on the way up.

    Enjoy the serenity at its best from the top and spend some good time there.

    Descend to the campsite after sunset.

    Retire for the night after dinner.

  • Day 2 -

    Wake up early and freshen up.

    Pack your bags and check-out from the campsite around 09:00 AM.

    Start travelling to Nagara Fort. Enjoy the glimpses of an elegant fort and after sometime commence your return journey.

    Have a self-sponsored lunch en route.

    Wind up the tour after you get dropped back.

Stay

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  • Accommodation in Homestay on sharing basis

Meal

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  • Vegetarian food
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  • Breakfast for two days
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  • Lunch and dinner on day 1

Activity

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  • Trekking
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  • Sightseeing

Other Inclusions

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  • Guide and Organizer Charges
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  • Meals while on trek and stay (Veg.)
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  • Non A/C Vehicle
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  • Homestay
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  • Campfire
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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Refreshments

Transport

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  • Pick up and drop off from Bangalore in a non-AC vehicle

Things To Carry

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  • A strong back-pack.
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  • A full-charged torch with back up batteries.
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  • Water bottle (At least 2Lts)
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  • Rain Jacket (Climate is the area is volatile, it may rain anytime during the trek)
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  • Extra pair of clothes.
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  • A towel, tooth paste-brush and other toiletries.
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  • Glucose, Energy drinks/ORS.
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  • Light Munch items: Chocolates/cakes/Bananas
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  • Pocket Knife, Matchbox/Lighter
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  • Water bottle (At least 2Lts
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  • Anti-dysentery pills/ Analgesic/ Cold pills like-Eldoper/ Dolo-650/Crocin
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  • Band-aids, Anti-septic cream/Moov etc)

Advisory

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  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
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  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.
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  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
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  • The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; we do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
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  • The above pickup and timings as been selected based on the Bangalore traffic Jam and the timings will help the participants to reach on time to the campsite and maintain the time schedule of the trek.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If any cancellations are made before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get cancelled. In such cases operator will try their best to provide an alternate feasible. However a cash refund will not be applicable for the same.
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  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.
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    Story by Ganesh bhat

     Rated : 5.0

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    Fantastic experience , trek to kodachadri is one of the greatest experience for each one of our group. most of the people from our group was first time trekkers though the Mountains were tough to climb host Kiran and dixit kept us motivated. took very good care of us. we were group of 8 members who joined other 4 member in the trip. we started on a weekend and reached Saturday morning got freshup had a decent breakfast and took a box of lunch with us and started to trek. after 4 to 5 km we reached hidulumane waterfalls ( best time to visit is July to December before 15 ) as water level decreases. this is one of the beautiful experience one can have. After we enjoy the waterfalls again we started to trek for another 8 to 10 km to the top. at 1 we rested near stream and had a good lunch. we reached the peak around 3 and again left at 330 and we walked all the way from jeep track. you will really need strong legs as the gravity pulls you when you are coming down.we reached homestay around 8 pm and took a hot water shower and sat near camp fire for some time and rested for the day. next day we visited nagarfort, kavludurga fort and also kavi mane( kuvempu house) it was all worth it.every one in group is so happy as the host took very good care of us. if any one planning to visit this place it's awesome .Enjoy

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    Story by Anjana Shashidharan

     Rated : 5.0

    Trek to Kodachadri is one of the best experiences in my life. Killer view, challenging terrain and amazing trails. The sunset and hidlumane waterfalls are to die for. Our trek was organised well and I am really thankful to Jay Prakash and Rahil ( our trek leads as well) for the constant help, for keeping us interactive, providing us a decent accommodation and travel and making this trek a safe and a memorable one. You guys are doing a great job! Totally worth the money and I did get a huge family out of this trek for free!

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    Story by Rupinder Nambeesan

     Rated : 4.0

    Kodacheri trekking is highly adventurous and it is one of the by far the best treks I have been too. While, organising a trek by oneself can be a tiresome job, taking a trek deal simplifies lives. Meeting a lot of passionate fellow trekkers is always a great thing to look forward to during treks. As this trek can be really tedious, it is better if one equips himself wisely with good stamina and strength training before hand. Food available during the trek is awful, and it is always advisable to carry essentials like medicines and stuff for the trek. apart from food everything was very good and the views were amazing!

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    Story by Kanaka Kapoor

     Rated : 5.0

    Kodachadri is certainly one of the most beautiful trekking trails, one fact that I realized after spending 10 years in Karnataka. Beautiful place, loved the trekking and the entire region is so calm that it automatically de-stresses you.

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    Story by Gajbaahu Prajapat

     Rated : 4.0

    I had heard about this place alot from my friends, so i decided to take this trek with my office people. when i reached, the nature was at its best it was worth travelling for 8 hours by bus.. The trek path were quite challenging though. However, the sight was worth the pain taken to trek. I think prior trek experience will be a plus while taking this trek. and i felt so good after the trek, also my colleagues were really happy ! amazing weekend gateaway and stay !

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    Story by Anilabh Bharadwaj

     Rated : 5.0

    Beautiful hills with an ambience to kill for. Went trekking here with a group of high energy techies who really loved the weather and the guides. Nice idea for a quick weekend getaway guys. Worth the money!!! go for it everyone!!!

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    Story by Rajesh

     Rated : 4.0

    1)Best trek to do in Karnataka. 2)Trek level- moderate 3)Total distance is 12kms 4) Hidlumane falls en-route is extremely beautiful and great to have a bath. 5)First half of trek is tough.Second half is easy. 6) The peak is really beautiful and mesmerizing. 8)There is jeep facility available while returning which add Thrills to this journey Overall very nice experience :) :D

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    Story by Amish Dutta

     Rated : 4.0

    The trek was fine. There were many professional trekkers with us, who could do the trek easily. The hilly ambience was just awesome to mesmerise you. Even the tour organizer were very helpful to me. they helped me at couple of place so i was very grateful to them, i will recommend this place for a nice long trek in Karnataka.

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    Story by Parikumar VA

     Rated : 5.0

    Trip date: July 2019. Guides: Irfan and Avinash Trekking Reviews: It was awesome trip and very adventurous. Wear good shoes, take very light weight. Because carrying every extra items will make painful while reaching top. Shorts or light weight pants advisable. Raincoat mandatory as its July and it keeps on raining. No jerkins required. Breath taking view at that top. Both physically and mentally one has to prepared. Basic medication please carry as small small wounds possible. Leech attack is common here. Stay reviews: It's a home stay, sleep on the floor but it will be comfortable. Like ur grandparents place. South Indian foods. Basic ones and hygenic. During trek fill your stomach. Not less or not more. It should be moderate. Trek level: Its moderate for first 7kms and rest 7kms are tough. So grab as much as possible in the start. Keep more resting points in the last 7km. Every minute counts while grabbing the top. So as early, as good. You will quality time in the top if u climb early.

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    Story by Sameena Naaz

     Rated : 5.0

    Trek to Kodachadri We were a group of 11 people. Initially the plan was to trek Kudremukh peak. But due to some reasons it got cancelled at the last moment and we were convinced by Thrillophilia to take other options, which is KODACHADRI. With a small disappointment we all have agreed to it. But finally it turned out to be a awesome experience. It was well organized. The food and stay was decent. Overall I can say that the trekking was an amazing experience. The Jungle trails, trekking across Waterfalls and the view from the peak was the best part. Thank you Thrillophilia for giving such a wonderful experience.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How difficult is Kodachadri Trek?

      The Kodachadri Trek is moderately difficult and doesn't require a lot of prior experience. The trek can be divided into 3 sections. Starting from Sampekatte or Marakuttaka to Hindlumane falls. This section is much steeper and involves trekkers to pass through dense tropics. 
      The second section is via Value to Karrakatta which is less steep and involves a number of resting areas. The last section is basically a vehicular ride through Kodachadri.

    2. How long is Kodachadri Trek?

      The Kodachadri Trek in totality is about 14 km which can take up to 5 hours. The trek via Santosh hotel is about 5.5 km and is one of the most difficult ones when compared to others. The second route via the Hidlumane Falls which will take you through dense forest areas and finally crossing the Hidlumane waterfall is about 4 km in totality. The last trek is basically a jeep ride of 15 km to the guest house.

    3. Is camping allowed in Kodachadri?

      No, camping in Kodachadri is strictly not allowed. Prior arrangements of staying at the PWD guest house has to be made in order to stay at the peak. There are also several homestay options available near the starting point of the trek that trekkers can book in advance. 

    4. Which is the best time to visit Kodachadri?

      The best time to visit Kodachadri for a trek is during or just after the monsoon season. During this time the tropics are lush, waterfall sparkle and the weather is pleasant and comfortable for long treks. However, if there is heavy rainfall waterfalls can overflow and grounds can get slippery making the trek difficult and dangerous. 

    5. How do I get to Kodachadri Hills?

      Found between the Shimong-Kollu, Kodachadri is well connected to the highway route between Bangalore, Chennai, and Mumbai. Bus service from these places is also available to Kodachadri hills. You can also take the train with Kundapura being the nearest railway stop at a distance of 50 KMs. If you plan on travelling by air, the nearest airport is Mangalore at about 150 km from Kodachadri Hills

    6. Can we do Kodachadri trek in July?

      Yes, in fact between June and September is the best time for the trek. It is monsoon season during this time which makes the weather perfect for long treks. However, if a high amount of rainfall is noted it is advised not to indulge in the trek as it can be dangerous.

    7. What is the total distance to be covered in Kodachadri Trek?

      The total distance covered is around 15 km. This includes jeep rides and trek. The total time the trek can take is between 4 to 5 hours. It is divided into 3 sections each with a low to moderate level of difficulty.

    8. Is it safe for solo female travellers to go for Kodachadri trek?

      Yes, Solo female travellers can experience Kodachandri trek without any hassle. There are various guides and instructors present during the trek and individual accommodation with a safe environment is also provided in Kodachadri.

    9. Can we do Kodachadri trek in October?

      Yes, the weather is cold and perfect for a trek in October month. Various tropics and waterfalls are at their prime making the trek a blissful experience.

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