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.
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 Kabadi with your trekmates. 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/
The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below
For all the above points 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
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!
I took this trek after a long long gap, hence I was not sure what to expect, i was impressed with the way trek was conducted, I trekked to Kodachadri with them, we had Medha and Naveen as a trek lead, they were simply amazing they answered all are questions and give us timely updates. We had great conversation and made some new friends, also our trek lead motivated us to reach our summit.
What an amazing experience it was!! Started as an individual trekker when I boarded the bus and ended up with a great company of 20!!! The trek was simply great and satisfying… enjoyed every moment of it. Weather god helped us all along; no rains at all. Reaching the peak through rocky terrain, some plains and through jungle was worth every calory burnt in the process. The most interesting and surprising part was the jeep ride from the peak to bottom in pitch dark and dense forest. Actually there is no road to drive. You just have to believe the jeep driver.
The trek was actually made enjoyable by 3 great trip leaders..Ajay, Sowmya and Mridusha. They were extremely good organizers making sure everyone is actively participating and no one left behind, no one quits so much that even two 9 yr old kids from our group completed the trek.
Overall it was great experience and would love to go back with this bunch again to some other trek!! ALL THE BEST GUYS!
Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” was the first trek I experienced with plan the unplanned and the trip was just extraordinary, It is serene soulful and full of magic. I’m so glad I made it to the top because of my team and my Trek Leads. The dazzling water fall “Hidlumane FallS” falling on my face just made all the pain and exhaustion go away. As it was my first trekking I was very much nervous but after meeting such an amazing people who given me a helping hand all my way to the peak made the trek fun and entertaining.
The trip had it all adventure,breath-taking views, waterfalls, hills, valleys, clouds, dancing in the bus, non-stop music, mafia, lovely enthusiastic trekkers and of course our always motivating trek leads Rahul and Aishwarya. The bumpy jeep ride way down from the hill was none less than adventure…!!!
Finally my special thanks to the trek leads, Rahul and Aishwarya, for managing the group so brilliantly, taking care of every trekker, ensuring each one’s safety and motivating all of us(especially me, luv u bro) throughout to reach the peak and to enjoy at the same time. They did a splendid job in making a 14km long trek seem effortless! It was well organised and well managed. Kudos to both of them.
I can’t wait to travel again with PTU, and I would recommend everybody else too.
Thank you guys for an amazing and fun weekend!
Hola! If it’s a long weekend just head to this beautiful place through plan the unplanned!! Everything was very well organised ; thank our enthusiastic trek leads Rahul and Ganesh the bus rides , home stay , food was all worth it ! A much needed break from the concrete mess and to be lost amidst the green lush and the breathtaking falls of kodachadri! I had the time of my life with the best trek team who were very compassionate (enough to celebrate my bday ) , lively and experienced trek leads, a bumpy fun filled Jeep ride and the extravagant picturesque! This 14 km trek was filled with fun, frolic , laughter , happiness,muscle cramps , leaches ,not-so-happy-feet, sweat and above all satisfaction!! Every bit of the experience is completely worth pulling off a weekend from our busy lives! Grab on your trekking shoes and head to kodachadri.