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.
The following are the pick-up points & timings:
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 litreally climb a waterfall which becomes a whole another 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 till 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 which you’ll be taking on your descend 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.
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.
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 for the tired trekkers. Spoiler alert, the challenging part of the trek actually 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 it 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.
Today, we shall head towards the Nagara Fort located in the Shimoga district of the state of Karnataka. Built in the 16th Century, the ruins of this fort still hold on to its old world charm and essence of heritage. The gorgeous sight of the fort that you’ll get when you are driving your way will make you stop in order to visit the fort. It’s in size not much huge but there’s something about this place that’ll just leave you awestruck.
Once here, enjoy the stunning views atop the fort, explore its ruins, laze around on its accompanying grasslands or play an exciting game of Kabaddi with your trek mates. The options are endless when it comes to while away your time here before heading back to Bangalore and concluding the trip with Plan The Unplanned with a lot of good memories and friends made.
The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers 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 is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely 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 accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.
Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:
Croma Store, Sony World Signal
Trinity Circle Metro Station
Yeshwanthpur Metro Station
Goraguntepalya Metro Station
Nayanadahalli Metro Station
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.
Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow
Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money
“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”
For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy
Awesome experience with UTP to kodachadri. Don’t have enough words to explain my whole trip. Only thing want to say just go with them to trip trek as you like without thinking because UTP is there for you to plan your unplanned trip.
Kodachadri Trek: Everything during and before the trekking tour went perfectly well. Any questions in advance were answered immediately.
Pickup updates were posted prior and was on time.
Decent homestay with good food but I would really appreciate if they were more generous over quantity of food.
Trek guide@Ajay – Supercool, professional and very friendly. He kept us informed in advance as how we could gain advantage over others in reaching the waterfall first to get a best spot. He was open to any queries and kept us moving forward giving priority to the time so that we could reach the peak and be back on time.
Last but not least, driver (Vinod) was very friendly and helpful.
This was my first trek experience with guide and thanks to PTU and Ajay for making it a memorable one.
Looking forward for more treks with PTU.
@feedback – It would be great if you could add 1 more visiting place on Day 2.
An unforgettable Kodachadri trek with Plan the Unplanned.
With harsh weather, torrential rainfalls, muddy terrains and slippery lands along with a gigantic and ferocious waterfall to cross, the trek had its own level of difficulty to complete. Got an opportunity to see such a place in a unique but once in a lifetime manner.
But no matter what, with the help of an amazing, kind, supportive trek leader, the trek provided its own unique experience.
I made some wonderful friendships, learnt a whole lot of new skills not just in trekking but also in confidence and daily life lessons.
Thank you Shashi for helping us achieve this milestone of completing such a memorable trek in such harsh weather conditions. Thank you Plan the Unplanned for organising this trek. A must recommend organisation!
KODACHADRI TREK – Trekking was atomic bomb for me before but Kodachadri trek has changed my mind and soul and now I’m in love with trekking.
This was one of the well organized trip with homely healthy food in the homestay which was right at start of the corner of the forest. Nice and chill buttermilk at the very first stop of the trek n then the nature’s beautiful shower – Hindlumane falls – all ached in my mind. Finally I found my inner satisfaction as I reached the peak of Kodachadri – the orange light of sun kissing the Arabian sea as the sun had set, was one of the best view I had ever. The fun part of the trek was the crazy jeep ride😂, the campfire with weird DOG DOG n straw stories😝 n of course the volleyball. Visiting Nagara Fort later next day was a cheery on top.
During this trip, I meet very interesting people – energetic,crazy,friends forever,and few more but two of them who will my favourite always are Medha Bhat and Naveen Kushalappa (our very trek leads). They helped and motivated us a lot in finishing the trek. They had been the awesome organizers throughout the journey. And I must say they are crazy like me too😝. Their trekking stories are making me more eager to do more trekking.
From the unknown people on the very first night in the bus to the known crazy like minded people dancing and enjoying on the same bus, in between, we created memories.
Readers if you have read this don’t wait now hurry up. If you love adventure just book a trip with PTU and get along.😉
I went on the Kodachadri trek and it was absolutely fantastic. Huge shoutout to our amazing trek leads Pakrithi and Jaidev for taking care of everyone, making us all comfortable, and creating a fun friendly vibe. Homestay was everything we could have hoped for and food was delicious. Everything super well organized. Highly recommend if you’re here just visiting like me and want to see a different side of Karnataka!