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Kotebetta Coorg Trek

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Kotebetta is the third highest peak in Coorg after Tadiandamol and Brahmagiri. An ideal trek destination! It measures around 5,400 ft. Located in Hattihole, it is around 15 km from Madikeri, in between Somwarpet and Madikeri. The name of the hill has been derived from the Kannada word, meaning Fort Hill. Locals believe that the famous Pandava brothers spent a significant period of their exile here; so much so that they had built several stone houses that still remain in areas of Coorg. Kotebetta also has an ancient Shiva Temple and devotees during the festival season throng the premises.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate - Difficult ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeForests, Meadows, River streams and Waterfall
  • Trek Distance15 km (approx )

Kodachadri - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 10:15 PM

Day 1

  • Reach Homestay, Freshen up
  • Jeep Ride to the Start of the Trek
  • Reach Shiva Temple on top.
  • Kotebetta Peak
  • Descend and Off road Jeep Ride
  • Dinner and Camp fire

Day 2

  • Visit Mallali Falls and Explore Coorg
  • Depart for Bangalore and reach by 9:00 PM(approx)

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Off Road Jeep Ride from Temple to Base
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Xerox Copy of you 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

Kotebetta Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Kotebetta Coorg

Considered as one the best weekend getaways from Bangalore, Kotebetta is around 282 km from the bustling city. PTU will ensure that you have an amazing time during the journey. We’ll have a brief orientation session along with some ice-breaking sessions to ensure that you get to know your fellow mates well.

Day 1Trek to Kotebetta Peak

Welcome to the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg! The beauty of nature will embrace you and the lush green Western Ghats will leave you spellbound. While Coorg is quite a popular town now, you’ll soon realize that your destination is still a virgin one, yet to be discovered by many!

The trail starts from the Hattihole Junction where you board jeeps and head off to the starting point of the trek. After about 8kms of a bumpy and adventurous jeep ride, you will walk along jeep trail for about 3kms. The trail is pretty dense, with a variety of flora alongside the path. You will see the coffee plantations, gusty streams and local houses along the trail.

Moving further up, you will get the first view of Coorg Valley. On one hand, you will see a scenery that is irresistible – the thick green wilderness of Mandalpatti and on the other side, you will see the beautiful meadows making way up to the hill. The birdwatchers can also spot different species of birds here.

Walking a little further, you now move into denser forests, with several water streams flowing during the monsoons. You can hear a gush of water throughout the trail, and the sweet melodious chirping of birds and quirky sounds of insects while you walk along.

A small left turn will leave you off the trail and a further right after 0.5kms, you’ll turn to a rocky path taking you to Kotebetta. This path has several rocky patches, which one has to take care of during the rainy days as they would turn slippery. You’ll then reach the ridge, where you can witness the jaw-dropping view of Coorg. Facing towards Kotebetta, on your left, you see the breathtaking beauty of Mandalpatti, Coorg and on to your right, you can see the beautiful town of Somvarpet and the turquoise waters of Harangi Dam.



After experiencing the ridge walk, you now reach Echo Valley. It’s called ‘Echo Valley’ because no matter what you say, you can hear it echoing back!

Further ahead, a small climb will take you to the Maha Dvara of Kotebetta. Maha Dvara means the entrance gate to the Shiva Temple. The Shiva Temple is just at the foot of the Kotebetta. The views of the Mother Nature from the temple will completely soothe your senses. If you walk around the Shiva Temple and tap on the rocks you will find a rock which would make an unusual noise giving you an indication of a cave beneath the surface. Well, the entrance to the cave is still a mystery! Exploring the Shiva Temple furthermore, one can also spot two small ponds – one pond used by the locals here for the rituals performed during festivals and another used by the animals. The water in these ponds is considered to be very holy and pure.

The Kotebetta Summit is now just a few steps away. Walk along the meadows and you finally be at the summit at the third highest peak in Coorg. Witness the earth kissing the sky at the horizon, and take a  moment for yourself.

If you want, you can dip your feet in the pristine water of the dam.

Later, we’ll start our trek back. Reach the homestay and hot dinner will be served. Enjoy the best of your time around the campfire, with your new friends.

Come – discover nature differently with us!

Day 2Visit Mallalli Falls

Mallalli Falls lies at the foot of Pushpagiri Hill Ranges, where Kumaradhara river takes a plunge over 200 feet. The falls is situated in Bettadahalli Gram Panchayat in Somwarpet Taluk of Coorg.mallalli waterfalls Mallalli Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Coorg. One would not disagree if someone says Mallalli Falls better than Abbey Falls. This River flows down to Mangalore through Kukke Subrahmanya.


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

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/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

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.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

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

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

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.

How do I avail discounts? 

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

What is cancellation policy?

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

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

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

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • 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 at 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, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.

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