Designated as the 10th tallest peak in the state of Karnataka, Kodachadri is one among the blessed amazing landscapes dotted with numerous peaks and waterfalls. Holding the distinction of being a Natural Heritage site in Karnataka, the destination rests peacefully on the banks of the Tunga River. Kodachadri peak is located at 1,343 meters above sea level and nestles amidst the Western Ghats of Karnataka. Located in Shimoga, Kodachadri peak is a famous and most ideal nature getaway to Bangalore. Known for its soothing and salubrious climate, the precious natural heritage is a collection of thick forests, beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous jungle trails, and picturesque landscapes.
The name of peak consists of two words: Kodacha and Adri, which means home of the hill jasmine flowers. In the heart of Mookambika National Park, Kodachadri is home to the famous Mookambika Temple which boasts a perfect canvas-like backdrop. Lush green hillside views and a stunning range of biodiversity are few highlights of this trek. If lucky, you could spot Malabar Langoor, Malabar Pied Hornbill, and Indian Rock Python!
How to Reach Kodachadri Trek
Nittur, which is situated in the Shimoga district is the starting point of the trek. From Shimoga, Nittur village is close to 110 km towards the west. You can also begin the trek from the villages of Katinahole or Vallur yet you need to pass Nittur village.
Highlights of Kodachadri trek
A series of seven waterfalls make up the Hidlumane Waterfalls. right above your head, the waterfall is a sight of wonder and admiration.
Temple of Mookambika
Apart from adventure junkies and nature lovers, you could also see pilgrims coming to the peak of Kodachadri. Built out of stones, the temple is dedicated to the Goddess Mookambika who fought and killed the demon Mookasura. The temple is covered with mist and fog during the morning and evenings and you can see that yourself!
The dense Shola forests of Western Ghats
Traversing through the dense Shola forests of the Western Ghats is worth your life. Offering a wide variety of flora and fauna to explore, the thick canopy will amaze you for sure!
- Rolling Green Hills
One reason why you should consider the Kodachadri trek is its vast expanse of beautiful lush green rolling hills. The hills are covered in lush greenery, while the clouds and mist add beauty to the mountains. Every viewpoint of the Kodachadri trek is splendid!
The trek can be divided into four sections over two days.
- Nittur to Last hut of Hidlumane
Trek Distance: 6.20 km
Trek Duration: 2 hours
Section 1 is all about Chill Stream crossing, mud trails, a small village filled with paddy fields, huts with a serene rustic touch, lovely quaint villages, entrance to Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, and houses of Hidlumane.
- Last hut of Hidlumane to the PWD Guesthouse via Hidlumane Falls
Trek Distance: 3 km
Trek Duration: 2.5 hrs
Part 2 of the trek takes you through the Hidlumane Falls which is a combination of seven waterfalls. The main waterfall cascading down from a height of 50-60 feet. Paddy fields with two hillocks, Shola forest, boulders, and night stay in PWD Guesthouse are few highlights.
- Base to the Kodachadri peak
Trek Distance: 2.0 km
Trek Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
From the Bhattara mane/PWD guest house, the trekking route is well marked and laid out. Section 3 is all about the main sunrise point. Covered in mist and fog, the trial is mesmerizing and fascinating. Though camping is banned, you can spend enough time at the highest point of the trek. There are a small temple and a cave at the summit you can explore.
- Kodachadri to Vallur
Trek Distance: 8.2 km
Trek Duration: 4.5 hours
Descent via Vallur from the peak. The descending of Kodachadri peak is as highlighting as the ascending. Else there is an option to Katinahole by taking a jeep to reach Nittur village. Now trekking the whole way is through a series of forests and clearings. The open grasslands, water streaming down the valley, and the stunning thick jungle are jew a few surprises waiting!