Kodachadri is located in Karnataka in the Shimoga district. This trek is one of those trekking which is most spoken- about trekking trails in Shimoga and another part of Karnataka.
Kodachadri trek is situated in the middle of the Mookambika wildlife sanctuary and is 20km away from Kollur. People from Bangalore are always willing to go for a weekend getaway to this place which is just 380 km in distance. When it comes around to the trekking destination, this place is just like home to people from Bangalore. The best time to visit Kodachadri is the winter season between September to February when the weather is pleasant and favorable. As we know Kodachadri has been declared as a national heritage site by the Karnataka government.
Reaching Kodachadri is easy from any part of the country via a jeep and then trekking from there.
WHEN TO PLAN FOR KODACHADRI TREK
If you want a satisfying trekking experience, you must be aware of the best time to visit Kodachadri. According to the trekkers who conquered the Kodachadri trek already, the best time is winter. During this time the weather remains pleasant and flora and fauna can be seen with the ultimate beauty of Kodachadri mountain. Kodachadri is one of those treks, you must head on soon.
ITINERARY OF KODACHADRI TREK
Departure from Bangalore, you can reach Hidlumane fall, situated 5km away from Kodachadri. At the bottom of the Kodachadri trek, there is a village called Dhalli which is situated just next to the waterfall called Arasinagundi falls at the bottom of the Kodachadri trek. One more waterfall named BelekattuTheertha falls in the southern part of the Kodachadri trek. These two waterfalls enhance the beauty of Kodachadri and are easy to reach.
THE TREKKING TRAIL
After reaching Kodachadri in the early morning, you have to stay to get ready for the trek. After having breakfast you have to reach the start point of the trek that is Hidlumane Waterfalls.
Although there are two ways to reach the trek starting point one is Karekatte and another is Marakuttaka.
If you choose to start Trek via Karekatte, it is an easy trail to trek and explore around. On the other hand, if you choose to trek via Hidlumane falls, this route has steep trails and is quite tough to cover. This is beautiful but at the same time Dangerous as well.
Most of the trekkers prefer to visit Nagodi and Nattur. This makes it easy to start the Kodachadri trek. Although many visitors take a jeep and then trek the last 5 km it is suggested to cover the entire trek on your foot.
Once you cover the first half of the trek, you will cross the Hidlumane waterfall then you have to cross through the dense forest around. After crossing the halfway point of the mountain, you will find a temple where many people take a break and then explore the surroundings. Jeeps are the only mode of transportation to the uneven roads.
Camping is suggested if you want to make the best out of the trip. The first half of the trek will take you to the Sarvjna Peetham.
On the next second day, Nagara fort is near to visit within 25 km, where trekkers go there to dip into its history and culture which was built in the 18th century. The view from the Nagara fort will force you to take beautiful pictures. The Sunset to the Arabian sea from the peak will not disappoint and is worth watching.
TIPS AND THINGS TO CARRY
There are a few basic factors that every trekker needs to keep in mind. These tips will make this trip sort and smooth without any glitches around.
Which packing makes sure all the essential items are packed like first aid kit and essential medicines. Pack snack food with you. Avoid heavy items that have no significance. Water bottles and torches should be on your packing list.
Kodachadri Trek is considered one of the most beautiful mountain peaks of coastal Karnataka. The other two are Kudremukh and Kumara Parvatha. The total trekking distance is around 14 km. The view of sunset in the Arabian sea and mountains will make your trip worth doing. This trekking trail is easy to moderate. This beautiful trek can be done all year round because all seasons have their own charm. However, visiting post mountain seasons is more preferred as the landscapes here come with greenery.