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
This was the 1st time I went through a group for a trek and it was a really good experience. I went for the Kodachadri Trek and it was not just the trek but the overall experience right from the start of journey, the introduction session, the trek, the roller coaster jeep ride back (Must experience), the stay , the interaction with the trek leaders(really nice) , the other fellow travelers to playing games, the most important the photo shoots all the time everything till the last was good. Our trek leaders Ramya and Matty kept us going throughout the trek (Especially the just 1km more and c’mon c’mon guys?) and they made sure everyone were involved in everything. Also the trek had amazing people who connected so well and quite a few memories taken back 🙂
The stay and food is also pretty decent.
Overall my 1st time experience with PTU has been good. I had been planning this trek for a really long time and this one definitely did not disappoint. I would definitely choose PTU for my treks in the future and I would also recommend people to go with PTU and I’m sure you would have an overall good time!!!
Kodachadri trek with PTU was wonderful experience as this was my first trek the assistance and guidance offered by the trek leads ( Rucha, Anurag, Akshay) was very helpful. Trek leads are so energetic and friendly.
The activities organised by the team from the start of the journey till the end was very innovative which helped us to socialize with the whole team and made team of strangers to friends.
Home stay was clean and hygiene with tasty food served.
Overall PTU gave a lifetime memories in my first trek.
It was so amazing that I choose plan the unplanned for my kodachadri trek . I am struck with words that how do I express my whole trekking experience . It was so fascinating & wonderful that I got to meet wonderful souls & got an opportunity to trek with all . Matty & ramya the Trek leader’s were the best , they gave the boost & energy when needed & stood all time for any help . I am sure that from now on all my treks is with you guys & would love to mingle & know all types of people & their passion to treks. Last but not the least you were the best keep doing such great works inspire many trekkers in & around.
I went with PlanTheUnplanned on Kodachadri Trek. It was my first trek with PTU and it was one of the best experiences ever. Everything from the start of the trip to end was flawless. I am so glad that I chose plan the unplanned for my monsoon trek. Starting from the homestay which is run by an old couple lies in the lap of the nature has almost all the facilities required including “Hot water” to shower after an amazing trek. PlanTheUnplanned people do stick on to the itinerary and all the places mentioned were covered on time. Special mentions to our trek leaders Ramya and Matty who are such amazing souls to be around made sure that nobody was left out during the trek, helped everyone complete the trek and also helped to click beautiful pictures, they also made sure that we did not face any problems at any point of time, the motivation they both gave really helped us complete the trek, wouldn’t have been possible without them, Kudos to you both guys!! Keep up the good work. All the fellow travellers were also so good that we all started as strangers at the start of the trip but ended up as great friends at the end. I would definitely choose PlanTheUnplanned for all my future treks without any doubt. You guys are doing great job guys, keep it up!!
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.