Kodachadri Trek provides a trek of approximately five hours rooted deep in the famous hills of Western Ghats. Kodachadri is one of those places where you can enjoy all the delights of nature’s paradise and adventurous trek all under one trip.
Another point of attraction is an age-old temple of Kollur Mookambika dedicated to the Devi, which attracts pilgrims from all over the place. The entire trail is surrounded by the dense forest of Kodachadri which gives you a view of the green rolling hills of the western ghats.
Quick Facts Of Kodachadri Trek
Elevation Of Trek: 4406 ft
Trek Distance: 20 km
Trek Time: usually 2 days unless you opt for jeep for 1 day trip
Best Season: September to February
Distance from Bangalore: 422 km
How to reach
Mangalore with a distance of 130 km serves as the nearest city from the base of your trek. If you are taking a flight up to Mangalore then you can get a taxi for your onward journey.
If you want to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore choose from all the options available.
Public and private Volvo buses commute daily to Kollur from Bangalore throughout the day. Get down at Nagara, from where you can hire a local transport to reach the base camp.
If you prefer a train journey over a road trip for a long distance then take a train to Mangalore railway station which is 75 km away from Kollur.
There are multiple routes from Bangalore to Kodachadri that are quite picturesque and make for a perfect journey.
Things to carry
- Waterproof Backpack
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
- Toiletries, Towel
- Spare clothes with carry bag (to keep wet clothes)
- Identity card
- Snacks, energy bar, ORS/glucose
- Mosquito repellent
- Tent (if you want to stay overnight for camping)
- Raincoat for rainy season and plastic covers to protect your electronic gadgets.
- Flashlight (for emergency)
- Camera with backup batteries
- First aid and medication (if any)
- Utilities like sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and toiletries
Level of Difficulty
This trek is of moderate level, meaning tough but not that tough. If you have some prior experience in trekking then it will be a very humbling trail. Beginners can choose to go on this trek with the right amount of hustle. Also there are jeeps available
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Best Time to Visit
The lush green forests of Kodachadri is at its peak with its rich flora and fauna in the monsoon and winter season from September to February. The trail is a adorned with waterfalls and streams along with bio-diverse species of the birds.
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Things to do
Sarvanja Peetha is a place where many legends of Adi shankaracharya were born. The small monument structure at the top of the peak of Kodachadri is where the Sage used to meditate to seek the blessings of the goddess. You can see the small idol of Shankaracharya inside this monument structure.
The trail of Kodachadri to the top of the peak houses a mysterious cave where you will find a small tribute to Lord Ganesha with the idol. This idol of the Lord Ganesha is an ancient and carved out of stone and you can stop by to seek the blessings. What makes this cave mysterious is the unknown tunnel that opens from the crack of the cave.
As you approach the peak of Kodachadri, the temple of Adi-Mookambika greets the sight with an 8.7 metre tall iron pillar in front of it. The interesting fact about this iron pillar is its non-corrosive property in spite of being in such a humid environment.
Hidlumane waterfall is a series of cascading streams located at a distance of 5 km from the base of Kodachadri trek. Total of 6 water streams come together to plunge down from a daunting height to make up the beautiful sight of Hidlumane waterfall.
As you make your way through the waterfalls and green forests the top of the Kodachadri invites you with the stunning view of Kollur town meeting the orange pink horizon in the sunset. On a clear day without the mist and haze you can even see the Arabian sea in the distance.
You can go kayaking in the river surrounded by lush forest and greenery. This will quench your thirst for adventure activities while on the trek.
Build a bonfire with your friends and enjoy camping under the starry sky. However, it is advisable to not go camping alone and contact a tour guide.
Tucked away in the village of Dhalli at a distance of 6 km from Kollur is another beautiful waterfall known as Arasinagundi Falls. If you came a long way for the Kodachadri trek then you can’t afford to miss the beauty that Arasinagundi falls in. Set in the surroundings of Mookambika wildlife sanctuary requires a 2 km trek to reach this fall.
Nagara is a quaint historic village about 25 km away from Kodachadri set in the backdrop of Sharavathi river. Popularly known as Bidanur fort is in ruins now and is surrounded by beautiful landscape.