Kodachadri is the most sought-after destination in the South by trekkers and nature lovers alike. If you are looking for an adventure filled weekend trip then you should definitely check this trek once.
Reasons to visit Kodachadri trek
Kodachadri hills named after the flowering plant which literally translates to ‘Hill of Jasmine’, gives vivid images of natural beauty and stunning landscape.
The tranquility of the atmosphere and misty mountains with the right amount of thrill during the trek will give you a perfect escape for your weekend.
Apart from its scenic view, this trek also attracts wildlife enthusiasts with many spectacular species like Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Rock Python, Langur and others.
With an altitude of 1343 meters, the Kodachadri is the 13th highest peak in Karnataka giving you the perfect vantage point of Kollur town.
Trek Difficulty Level
This trek provides three different options to reach the Kodachadri peak. The difficulty of the trek varies depending on the trail you choose.
Trail 1: Challenging
If you want to test your limits and have the physical fitness for it then go for this exhilarating route which lets you climb the steep ascent of Hidlumane waterfall. You can have an experience of mountain climbing with this option.
Trail 2: Comparatively easier
You can drive your car up till a small hotel known as Santosh where you can get a parking space and then trek the remaining distance in about 5 hours to reach the top of Kodachadri peak.
Trail 3: Costly one
The longest offbeat path which is covered by a jeep safari is one of an adventure in itself. You can have this bumpy ride at an approximate cost of 3000 to enjoy the thrill of it.
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As mentioned above, there are different trails available to reach the Kodachadri peak. The total trekking distance is around 20 km, if you start your journey from the very start and can take up to 2 days. However, it is strictly advised to not go camping alone and hire a trusted tour guide.
Next is the jeep safari, which can be done within a day and is one of the costly but comfortable option.As it takes you up to Shankar Peetha you just need to cover a really short distance to reach the top.
Lastly, the last trek route leaves you with a trekking distance of 5 km which can be done in 4 to 5 hours as you just need to walk the last section and the starting part can be covered by your own private transport.
Highlights of the Trek
- Sarvanja Peetha
- Ganesh Guha
- Iron Pillar
- Hidlumane Waterfall
- Sunset view
- Arasinagundi Falls
Things to carry
- Waterproof Backpack
- Hiking shoes
- Water bottle (at least 2 liters)
- Toiletries, Towel
- Spare clothes and polythene
- Identity card
- Snacks, energy bar, ORS/glucose
- Mosquito repellent
- Tent (if you plant to stay for 2 days trek)
- Raincoat, plastic covers
- Flashlight (for emergency)
- Camera with backup batteries
- First aid and medication (if any)
- Utilities like sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm and Toiletries, etc.
When to visit
Kodachadri has its peak season during the monsoon and winter season from September to February. It is because of the extravagant beauty added due to the green lush environment and flourishing biodiverse wildlife.
Where to stay
Typically, there are dormitories where you can sleep in your sleeping bags when on a 2 days trek. Stay in Nagodi and Nittur to have the best of experience of the homestays which also gives you easy accessibility to other major tourist spots. Especially in monsoon the stay in these homestays are a memorable weekend in itself. The town of Kollur provides you with ample stay options apart from these with reasonable prices if you book in advance.
What is the cost
The cost of the trek to Kodachadri depends on the various factors like the Trek route you take, number of days you stay, which tour operator you choose and miscellaneous expenditure like travelling expense, parking fees for your private vehicle etc.
If you plan to stay in the homestay in Kodachadri then it will cost you a bit more than the average amount but it is an experience in itself. Also, if you plan to take a jeep ride up to Shankar Peetha then it will be an additional charge of around 3000 INR.