Kodachadri Trek with Udupi Beach Exploration

Kodachadri, Karnataka 3 D / 2 N  14 Km


About The Trip

Nestled deep in the Western Ghats in the district of Shimoga and holding its place as the tenth-highest peak in the State, Kodachadri is home to lush green jungle trails through dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls, and mesmerizing landscapes. Located in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, it also forms the perfect backdrop to the Moola Mookambika Temple, believed to be the place of origin of Goddess Mookambika. Catching a glimpse of the evening sunset into the Arabian Sea from its peak offers an enchanting experience; a combination of mountain and ocean that very few peaks in the country can boast of. A trek to Kodachadri will leave you spellbound and wanting more.

There are mainly three trails to the peak apart from several other less explored ones. The most popular, as well as the most challenging, is the one via Hidlumane Falls starting from either Sampekatte or Marakuttaka, and is the one you’ll be taking on your trek to the peak. This trail is relatively steep and rugged and requires you to make your way through thick forests, gentle streams, and quite literally climb a waterfall which becomes a whole other ballgame during peak monsoons. Despite the efforts, the journey to the top is one you’ll remember and be proud of as you’re transported to another world, with magical sights, untouched forests, and challenging climbs at every corner.

The other relatively easier trail is the one from Karakatte via Santhosh Hotel, Valur (Trek Route 2 in the image above). Private vehicles can easily come up to the tiny settlement housing the hotel and one can begin their trek from here which takes around 4-5 hours to reach the peak.

The third trail is actually a jeep route and is the longest of the three and is one that you’ll be taking on your descent from Kodachadri. All three trails eventually culminate at the Moola Mukambika temple which also houses a PWD guest house that serves as an important landmark on your way to the peak. From here the peak is around 2 km.

Brief Itinerary

Day 0

  • Leave Bangalore by 9:00 PM ( approx )

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay – Freshen up & Breakfast
  • Bus Ride to Trek Start Point
  • Start the Trek
  • Get Drenched in Hidlumane Falls
  • Have Lunch at Everest Meadow
  • Reach Mookambika Temple
  • Reach Kodachadri Summit
  • Descend by Offroad Jeep Ride
  • High Tea & snacks
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Freshen up, Breakfast
  • Explore the Beaches of Udupi
  • Self- Sponsored lunch
  • Watch Sunset by St Marys Island ( Self-Sponsored )
  • Return to Bangalore on Monday by 5:00 AM

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )

  • Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )

  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees

  • Offroad Jeep Ride

  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned

  • Experience that you gain

Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Boat Ride at St.Mary/s Island

  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc )

  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Udupi Grand, Teacher's Colony, HSR Layout

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Arrival time: 8:50 p.m.

Departure time: 9 p.m.

House of Licious Domlur

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Arrival time: 9:40 p.m.

Departure time: 9:45 p.m.

Cubbon Park Signal

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Arrival time: 10 p.m.

Departure time: 10:05 p.m.

KTM Mekhri Circle

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Arrival time: 10:15 p.m.

Departure time: 10:20 p.m.

Yeshwanthpur Metro

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Arrival time: 10:30 p.m.

Departure time: 10:35 p.m.

Without Travel

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Arrival time: 6 a.m.

Detail Itinerary


Meals Not Applicable | (There will be Dinner Break)

Private Vehicle | (Non-AC ( Push Back Seats ))

Stay Not Applicable | (Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents)


Details

Day 0 - Depart for Kodachadri

An overnight bus journey of 397 km commences from Bangalore to Kollur. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers better.



All Meals

Trek

Homestay | (Multiple sharing Basis ( separate for men and women ))


Details

The cozy little homestay near Sampekatte, which is a short drive away from the starting point of our trek is as close to home as a homestay could get and the strictly authentic local vegetarian cuisine served here is a delight to the senses and an experience in itself. Add to that the extremely friendly old couple running the place, look after your every need.

After a quick freshen-up and fulfilling breakfast, we pack our bags again and get prepped for a long day of trekking. There are mainly five milestones that one needs to look out for on this trail. The first is an open field of meadow that pops up out of nowhere amidst thick forest trails. Numerous paddy fields later, the trail ultimately leads up to a house where a small surprise awaits the tired trekkers. Spoiler alert, the challenging part of the trek starts from here.

The second is the much-awaited Hidlumane Falls which is a combination of seven waterfalls and making your way up each of them is an adventure on its own. However, your efforts are duly rewarded with spectacular views of the main waterfall cascading down on you from a height of around 60 feet. The feeling of pristine water gushing over your tired bodies will be therapy, to say the least. Do refill your water bottles here as you’re going to need them for the trek ahead.

 

An almost vertical climb on the front face of the trail over tree roots and slippery rocks from the Kodachadri Falls leads to steeper meadows that eventually end up on the top of the very first peak on this trail. This forms the third milestone and is a good place to rest and have some much-deserved lunch.

Further, the trail diverges only to merge again until it joins the jeep trail that leads up to the Kodachadri Temple. This is your fourth milestone and is also the point from where you’ll be boarding the jeep on your way down.

From here, a rocky trail through a cliff’s edge ultimately leads you to the fifth and final milestone of the trek which is the Kodachadri peak itself. Here you will find the Sarvajna Peetha, a small temple-like structure made of stone where Adi Sankaracharya, an 8th-century Indian philosopher, and theologian is said to have mediated. Apart from this, grand vistas all around and the view of the sunset over the Arabian Sea scattering a myriad of hues all across the vast evening sky make all your efforts worthwhile and fill you with a sense of achievement that no corporate targets or performance bonuses can offer.



Breakfast | (Lunch self sponsered , No Dinner break)


Details


Things To Carry

  • Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Policy and Terms

In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

Intimation PeriodCancellation Fee
7 Days or more10% of the total invoice value
3-6 days before the trek date50% of the total invoice value
0-2 days before the trek date100% of the total invoice value
  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
  • Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.

NOTE:

  1. There will be no consideration given to cancellations on the day of departure or the day before due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc., and no refund or transfer to alternative dates will be permitted for the same.
  2. You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500 if you wanted to postpone your trek and cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
  3. If you cancel the trek at any time (in addition to the scenario stated above), additional fees will be collected (depending on where you made your booking) as payment gateway/event listing fees.

The following is our cancellation policy in the unlikely event that we have to postpone your trek:

During and After the Trek: In the event of severe weather, taking the trekkers' safety into consideration, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.

Prior to the trek: Make a plan in the event that a trek is cancelled due to a natural disaster (such as a rainstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, or unanticipated political disturbance, curfews, local riots, government orders, or directives from the forest department). A VOUCHER for the full value of your ticket will be issued by The Unplanned.
The payment gateway fees will be deducted from any refunds that are granted.

If we have to cancel your trek because there aren't enough reservations for that particular batch or we don't have enough participants, PLAN THE UNPLANNED will refund you 96% of the trek money ( Payment Gateway charges shall be deducted )

 

FAQ's

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travelers and outdoor leaders.

The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/

Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.

Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)

Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails have a washroom facility during the trek.

Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: -Croma Store, Sony World Signal -Trinity Circle Metro Station -Yeshwanthpur Metro Station -Goraguntepalya Metro Station -Nayanadahalli Metro Station

Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever ( family/health/work emergencies ). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same

The Kodachadri Hike is a somewhat difficult trek. Trekking over two days and nearly 12 hours will necessitate solid leg strength as well as cardio. For those who live a sedentary lifestyle, the trip might be challenging.

Yes it is necessary to hire a guide to trek Kodachadri

The trek's network is quite limited. BSNL and Airtel will have the highest prospects of obtaining a network. Throughout the walk, Vodafone did not have good or any connectivity.

Vehicles can easily get to the start of the hike. By road, the base is well linked. Parking is available immediately at the base. As a result, you may park your car and begin your hike directly from the campground!

It is not permitted to camp atop the Kodachadri mountain. In 2015, the forest service prohibited camping after the PWD guest house point. If you're bringing your tents, you may camp near Bhattara Mane or below the jeep tracks in a clearing.

The optimum time to go on the Kodachadri trek is between October and February. The best time to go to the Kodachadri Trek is after the monsoon or in the winter.

Additional Information

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants, and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewelry, etc. Kindly do take care.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.
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