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One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. An initial...
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers'...
Trip Starting From: Bangalore
Trip Location: Chikmagalur
About the Kodachadri Trek:
For those who are looking forward partaking in some adventure next weekend, we offer this 2 days trek to Kodachadri Hills in Shimoga district. The peak is situated at a height of 1343 M and it is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka dotted by thick forests and rich fauna.
Start the trip from Bangalore after getting picked up from different spots that would be informed prior. Tread along the rugged, challenging and fascinating trails and on the top of the peak, you will see the stunning nature.
Capture the best colours sky shows during the sunset from such an elevation. Visit Shivappanaika's Fort at Nagara and Hidlumane Waterfalls during the trip.
The package includes food, accommodation, guide, and transportation from Bangalore to the location and returns.
Total Trek Distance:14 KM (To and Fro)
Difficulty Level: Moderate (No prior experience of trek required)
Minimum number of people required: 1
Get an overnight journey for Kodachadri Trek from Bangalore after getting picked up from the different spots at different time given below.
07:30 PM - Pick-up from Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water Tank. Opp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe.
08:00 PM - Pick-up from New Shanthi Sagar hotel, Domlur
08:45 PM - Pick-up from Lifestyle, Magrath road
Reach the campsite around 06:00 AM and freshen up.
Around 08:00 AM, begin your journey of Kodachadri trekking to Kumble Village and Hidlumane Waterfalls after breakfast.
Relax for some time near the waterfall.
Proceed trekking to the top of the Kodachadri 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.
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 of Kodachadri Trek
Have a self-sponsored lunch en route.
Wind up the trekking to Kodachadri tour and get dropped back to Bangalore.
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Rated : 5.0
One hell of a crazy trek this one. The views were just splendid, and the organisers had it all charted out, and were extremely helpful. An initial route through the forest is what we go through which is not that tiring, but after this stretch we move on to the most difficult part of the trek, where we come across the Hidlumane falls and we need to trek in quite a difficult terrain. Post all this stressful climbing, whatever the view you get is unmatched, all that pain, even though there physically, would have vanished mentally.Best to trek during monsoon or after the monsoon has receded to an extent as the hills are completely covered in green until the eyes can see. It's a treat for the eyes to feast on watching the western ghats in full glory.
Rated : 5.0
My first ever trekking experience and I could not have asked for a better one. Booked for this trek just 2 days before, solely based on other trekkers' reviews and amazing pics they have posted on Thrillophilia website. Moreover, it was going to be a solo trek for me and quite obviously, I had so many questions and apprehensions but after experiencing one hell of an trekking expedition, what I could say is 'If you want to go for a trek, just go for it, don't think too much and you won't regret later'. Firstly, the tempo traveller which picked us up from Bangalore was quite comfortable and clean. Colin, who was our host for the trek initiated some ice breaking sessions at the beginning of the travel itself so that we all become familiar to our co-trekkers. Once we reached homestay at the destination point, I would say the arrangements were quite decent. Of course, we could not expect lavish facilities in an economical trip but must say, it had all that we truly required, good food, hot water shower, spacious balcony for all fun activities and amazing view outside. We were literally in the middle of the forest. Only thing that was a little turn-off for me was that the bedsheets were giving foul smell and 8 of us were sharing a single room so that one had to be patient to allow fellow trekkers for the use of washroom. However, please note there were separate rooms for guys and girls. Starting at around 10pm from Bangalore, we reached the homestay at around 5am on Saturday. We rested for few hours, had our breakfast at around 7.30 and kicked off our trekking at 8.00. To begin with, it was just a normal road with forest on either sides but soon comes the path literally through the dense forest and since it was the time of monsoon, it was drizzling a bit and the forest was full of leeches clinging onto us at every step and trying their level best to suck our blood. We were quite vigilant to get rid of them and once they were being difficult to be removed, we were using salt. Just sprinkle a little salt on them and they will detach from you instantly. After an intriguing forest journey battling those leeches, we found ourselves on a grassy open field. We then scanned our body and shoes for any more leeches and once we were clear, marched ahead through the paddy fields to the rocky terrains with water flowing by your side. Soon, we reached a small water fall area. We took some pictures at that spot and when I was thinking that we would probably go back and resume our journey from some other point, I felt quite adventurous when I came to know that we were actually going to cross the water canal and climb up to the top through the super slippery rocks by the side of the fall, all the way to the top where actually the main water fall lies. My advice is not to step on the green patches on the rocks covered with mosses, those are damn slippery and since there was nothing where you can take the support or cling onto, one have to be really careful that they don't slip through these rocks. After some uphill climbing, we finally reached to the, so far the most amazing spot, right at the main waterfall area. Without thinking twice, we rushed under the fall and trust me it felt so damn good and relaxing. It became even more thrilling when our host guided us to the small cave formed right behind the fall. It was definitely not easier to get inside with the water hitting you so hard that you could not see or breathe properly for few seconds but I felt victorious when I reached inside the cave finally and to witness the waterfall from inside the cave was a different experience altogether. Once we were done with the waterfall, came the part of journey which involves a lot of steep climbing through the forest and mostly the trails were on the edge of the hills, where we had to be careful not to slip not unless if you want to experience a free fall :-) And soon we were out on the open area again but this time it was on the steep slope of the hill and it was quite tiring to reach to the peak of the hill fighting with the muscle cramps. Nonetheless, each part of journey was fun and even more pleasing when we got to see diverse landscapes. Once we reached the peak, rested for a while, had our lunch and then started our descent downwards. The lunch box which included tomato rice was provided at the homestay in the morning itself. Soon, we were again under the attack of leeches but must say we fought bravely one more time. We then resumed our trek through a much easier lane to reach to a tea point and had a tea break. Then, came the last part of our trek, which was 1.5 kms uphill climbing to reach to Sarvajna Peetha, a small shrine dedicated to Adi Shankara. This part was even more fun as it rained heavily and the entire area was covered with fog that we could hardly see few yards ahead. Moreover, the wind was blowing so strong that sometimes I felt that it would carry me away with it. Since that spot was where our itinerary ended, we all felt so jubilant, took some pictures and then again descended back to the tea point, where a jeep took us all the way down, back to our homestay. Not to forget, the jeep ride was so damn fun that it sure would give you some chills and adrenaline rush, the reason being there's no proper road and the way the jeep's driven through the rocky, muddy and bumpy surface, it would be a memorable ride. Once we reached homestay, took bath in hot water shower and got rid of our wet clothes. We then played no. of group games like Mafia and Uno, had the dinner and called it a day. Woke up next day (Sunday) with few body aches, cramps and leech bite marks but eh! nothing could ever beat the amazing experience we had the earlier day. Wounds and pain will heal but the memories will last forever. We then had a breakfast at around 7.30 and departed back to Bangalore at 8.00. We stopped at Nagara Fort at around 30 kms from homestay, took some pics and resumed our journey. So all in all, it was a great experience getting close to the mother nature and far from these modern gadgets for a day. Besides the amazing trek we had, I would always cherish the camaraderie I shared with my co-trekkers in such a short span of time and I would really like to thank Colin, our host for organising such a wonderful trek and making us so comfortable throughout the entire trip. Colin was associated with the vendor team and as a satisfied customer, I will definitely look forward to more of such trips with the same vendor for sure. With all this, I would happily recommend my all trekking enthusiasts to go for this trek and I can vouch that you will come back with nothing but all smiles and tons of fascinating memories with you.
Rated : 5.0
This was my 2nd SOLO trek through Thrillophilia. I am passionate about trekking and i feel Thrillophilia is one of the trusted platform, through them i can plan my solo trekking without any 2nd thought. Kodachadri trekking was one of my awesome experience. They experience going through Jungle, waterfall, the valley of mountain and at the end reaching to the peak of 1343m its just awesome. #loveKodachadriTrek....!!
Rated : 5.0
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 :)
Rated : 5.0
Kodachadri was my first trek and it was a one such trek that couldn't be better. First we started with the forest trek, to the Hidlumane falls and then ascending to the Kodachadri peak. The experience was beautiful. The fun part was the rollercoaster ride in the Jeep. All I can say is, this trip will forever be remembered thanks to the coordinators for this amazing time. I will never forget this trek and being my first trek and being a solo traveller I had a great experience.
Rated : 5.0
Trek was amazing!!!! I enjoyed every bit of starting from the ice breaker round to the bus journey. This is a lifetime experience. I can’t believe it was so amazing much more than I expected. Starting from a foggy day crossing small water outlets to grow in depth of long trees. passing through the mid-point it is totally rocky. We can really feel the crush of trekking. Once we reach the top. This is a #mustgotrek for all the adventurous people out there !
Rated : 5.0
Went to kodachedri trek . The first impression as soon I met our outdoor guide was great. He is an amazing guy and a great person. We have always been guided by him properly and he has arranged everything with utmost care. The Tempo traveller, homestay and the trek are upto the mark. The only thing which needs a little improvement is Food at homestay as well as hill top. Apart from that, I had a great experience and met some amazing people in this journey. A trip to remember always!!!
Rated : 5.0
Awsome experience. its a must do trek. I enjoyed every single moment we spent there.. Whether you go single or in group does not matter it will b total fun.. And must say our guide was a amazing guy...
Rated : 5.0
This was my first trek and my first solo trip. It completely changed my view of a lot of things. The group that I went with, and (the organisers) deserve all the credit for that. The trek was moderately difficult, in the sense that there were stretches where you could almost walk while there were portions where you literally had to climb on all fours. But the views of the lush green mountains studded with tiny cottages and topped with fluffy clouds was more than enough reward for our labours. The waterfall in the middle of the trail was a lovely surprise. After every few steps as I turned back and looked in any direction- up, down, around- I could see a completely different picture. The weather played a lovely accompaniment to the landscape, as the sun played hide and seek with the clouds, we had enough warmth and respite from the heat. The sunset was a perfect curtain drop to the climb. To top it off, the moon rose on the other side as the sun set! Not to forget, the roller coaster ride on the jeep on the way back was fun and a wee bit scary. The bonfire at the homestay added some adrenaline to the depleted stores after the trek. The short trip to the Nagara Fort the following day was the cherry on the icing, a very quiet relaxing view. The drive back to the city was filled with soothing views of the mountains, and before we knew, we were back in the city! Goodbyes were tough, but we had to say them, even though we didn't want to, because the bunch of strangers I had joined on the bus on Friday already felt like long-time friends on Sunday evening! To sum it up, it was a hectic tour, but the memories I took back with me left me wanting more.
What is the best time to go for Kodachadri Trek?
Kodachadri trekking is possible throughout the year but the best time is during winters which are between October to February. The weather during this time is pleasant and offers the best scenic beauty of the place. You will get to see the mesmerizing splendour of the lush green forests, soothing cold breeze and the hypnotic clouds during winters. The summers are a little tough as the terrain gets dried and it might get a little difficult to trek upwards. The hot weather and high humidity also make your trek unpleasant. Also, trekking during monsoons is recommended in Kodachadri because after heavy rainfalls the landscape becomes very beautiful.
What kind of clothes and equipment should I carry for Kodachadri Trek?
1) Carry cotton clothes if trekking during summers
2) Extra pair of clothes
3) Quick dry clothes
4) A light jacket
5) Torchlight with extra batteries
7) Raincoat or umbrella (as per the season)
8) Long trousers
9) Insect Repellents
10) Ankle-length footwear
What is the level of difficulty of Kodachadri Trekking?
The difficulty level of the trek to Kodachadri is moderate and no prior experience is needed. In fact, it is one of the most ideal places for beginners to start there trekking expedition. A place that is fairly easy and offers a perfect destination to witness the excellence of natural beauty.
Will food and safe drinking water be provided during Kodachadri Trekking?
Yes, food and water will be provided during Kodachadri trekking. We provide vegetarian food on all days. Breakfast on all 2 days is included in your package, with lunch and dinner on Day 1. The lunch on Day 2 will be self-sponsored.
Can we consume alcohol during the trek to Kodachadri?
Consuming alcohol during the trek to Kodachadri is strictly prohibited. Anyone found consuming alcohol during any point of the expedition will be barred from joining the trek. You cannot consume or carry alcohol from the moment your start from Bangalore, till the time you reach back after the trek.
How can I reach Kodachadri from Bangalore?
Pickup facility is provided to the trekkers from Bangalore to Kodachadri. We offer 3 different spots in Bangalore from where you can opt to join us. The 1st pickup is scheduled at 7:30 PM from Baroda Bank at Koramangala Water Tank, Opp. To Mr Beans – Home Café. 2nd pickup is at 8 PM from New Shanthi Sagar hotel at HAL Road, near Domlur Bridge. Last pickup is at 9 PM from MG Road near Hard Rock Cafe in Anil Kumble Signal.
What is Kodachadri famous for?
Being the highest peak of the Shimoga District in Karnataka, Kodachadri boasts of offering the most picturesque views of sunset into the Arabian Sea from the hilltop. Kodachadri is famous for “Sarvajna Peetha” which is allegedly known to be the meditation place of the great philosopher “Adi Shankaracharya”. Moola Mookambika Temple is a famous temple located at Kodachadri which is known to be the origin place of Goddess Mookambika.
The Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another famous attraction in Kodachadri which is a house to some endangered flora and fauna. It is a natural habitat for the Malabar Langur, Bison, the Emerald Pigeon, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Tiger, Python and King Cobra. Lastly, trekking has contributed to the fame of this place even more.
What is the total trek distance?
The total trek distance is 14 kilometres. It includes 7 kilometres to Kodachadri from base camp and 7 kilometres from Kodachadri to base camp. The trek is moderate and takes about 10-12 hours, depending on the condition of route, season and fitness level
Is this trek safe for Solo Travlers and Female Travelers?
The trek is completely safe for solo and female travellers. We have had many female and solo travellers in the past accompanying us fo trek. As an organization, we take care of the female and solo travellers and pay extra attention to their safety. We provide separate accommodation to men and women for their comfortable stay.
Are PickUp and Drop facilities available from Bangalore?
Yes, pickup and drop facilities are available to and from Bangalore. We provide 3 different pickup locations in Bangalore and you can choose as per your convenience. The 1st pickup is scheduled at 7:30 PM from Baroda Bank at Koramangala Water Tank, Opp. To Mr Beans – Home Café. The 2nd pickup is at 8 PM from New Shanthi Sagar hotel at HAL Road, near Domlur Bridge. Last pickup is at 9 PM from MG Road near Hard Rock Cafe in Anil Kumble Signal.
What is the batch size usually?
We have around 15-20 people in each batch which includes men, women and children. We ensure that each batch is not overcrowded so that personal attention can be given to everyone and it does not become a chaos
What are the other inclusion in the package?
Homestay accommodation is provided to the trekkers on sharing basis. Breakfast for 2 days is included in your package. Vegetarian lunch and dinner for Day 1 is all inclusive in the package. A guide is provided for your trek who will explain all the dos and don’ts before your trek and accompany you throughout your trekking expedition. Permits are provided by us wherever needed. Pickup and drop facilities to and from Bangalore are included in your package.
What are the places we will cover during our Kodachadri trek?
You will begin your trek around 8 AM of Day 1 from the base camp. One your way, you will cover Kumble Village which is a small picturesque village with welcoming people. As you trek, you will cover the beautiful and famous Hidlumane Waterfalls which is one of the most eminent tourist attractions in Kodachadri. This fall is not just a single waterfall but a chain of seven surging waterfalls.
Each of the waterfalls is a true beauty in itself which is veiled from the gushing fall. Hidlumane Waterfalls is around 60 feet high and making your way through each one of them is an enthralling experience. All your efforts are rewarded for the remarkable views it offers as you move up. The touch of pristine water falling over your exhausted bodies is like a therapy, to be precise. You will spend some time in the cool shower of this waterfall and capture the immortal beauty forever.
As you trek ahead, you will pass through the dense forest and meadows which are simply beautiful. After this, you will trek to the Kodachadri Peak which is your final destination. The panoramic view from the peak is truly breathtaking. Experience the most stunning sight of sunset from the peak which shows a gorgeous colourful sky with the sun dipping into the gigantic Arabia Sea. The thick forests, glittery sea, beautiful landscape and the vivid sky is lovely and makes all your efforts worthwhile by all means.
Spend some time in the peak and then trek down to the basecamp. Start your day 2 early with your breakfast and pack your bags to begin with the next destination. The next place that you will cover is the famous Nagara Fort. Build during the 16th Century, the remains of this place still holds the essence and old charm of the heritage of those times. The stunning sight of the Fort as you go closer in bus holds on to your eyes. Nagara Fort is not a huge fort, but there is surely something special about this place which will leave you mesmerized. Enjoy the fabulous views from the fort top. Laze around and explore the remains of the fort.
See the well and small caves which were used as the safe exit for royal families. Playing around these tiny caves is a great way to spend some time with your new trek friends. Walk through the grassland and adore the beauty of the backdrop. The choices are numerous and fun is unlimited. After this, have a self-sponsored lunch and commence your journey from Kodachadri to Bangalore with loads of fun and heaps of memories.
How is Kodachadri as a destination?
As a place, Kodachadri is a dream destination for all nature lovers. Snuggled in the Western Ghats, Kodachadri is known to be the 10th highest peak in Karnataka. It is a gorgeous town located at the district of Shimoga which is blessed with mesmerizing beauty all around. The lush green jungle runs through the deep tropical forests which act as a blanket of shelter for all the visitors who wish to relax amid the calmness and beauty of emerald landscapes.
The various tourist attractions make it one of the most popular destinations in the South. To start with, the very famous Sarvajna Peetha, located on the hilltop makes it a unique place to explore. This hotspot is known to be the place of meditation for the Ace Philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya. It is a gorgeous place to see the beauty of Kodachadri with all of its magnificence. The presence of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary contributes to the popularity of the place.
It is a natural habitat to some of the wildlife, like Malabar Langur, Bison, the Emerald Pigeon, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Tiger, Python and King Cobra. The presence of the endangered flora and fauna makes it a must see place in Kodachadri. It forms a perfect backdrop to the famous Moola Mookambika Temple. This temple is alleged to be the origin place of Goddess Mookambika. It is worth a visit when in Kodachadri. Kodachadri is believed to have the most stunning views of the sunset from its hilltop.
The sight of sunset into the enormous Arabian Sea is exquisite and surely something to be captured for life. The peaks offer an enthralling experience with a perfect amalgamation of ocean and mountain, which it boasts of. Trekking is yet another major attraction of Kodachadri which has made this beautiful place even more special. It is a paradise for all the trekkers who wish to visit this place at least once in their lifetime. The ideal mix of scenic beauty, barren land, thick vegetation, beautiful landscape and soothing waterfall, makes it one of its kind place for the trekkers.
The Hidlumane Waterfalls during Kodachadri trekking enhances your overall experience even better. Sometimes in this waterfall is enough to calm and relax your mind, body and soul. Hence, Kodachadri is a great place which offers the best of everything. It is a place which has at least something for each kind of traveller. Be it religious, spiritual, adventurous or nature lovers, everyone is going to have the best time of their life in Kodachadri.
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