The beauty of Kodachadri trek located in the middle of Mookambika National Park has existed since time immemorial. The hill get it name from a flowering plant and is also called “Jasmine of the hills”. It is a scenic peak with dense forest cover all around it. With an altitude of 1,343m above sea level it is the 10th tallest peak in Karnataka.
At about 8 AM after freshening up, and a quick breakfast at our homestay, we will proceed to the trailhead, a quarter kilometer drive away. A quick introduction and briefing and then we enter the Jeep trail that ferries pilgrims to the temple up on the mountain. About a kilometer and a half later we deviate off the jeep trail and cross a stream to enter into the jungle (Expect leeches in the monsoon and post-monsoon seasons). The trails from here on are not very clear and it is easy to lose our way if we don't remain in one group. This stretch is about 2 kilometers long and passes through thick jungle. We’ll be crossing many small streams on the way. The creatures of the forest give us occasional appearance on the trek to the waterfall. Twenty minutes of scrambling and stumbling up the path after which the trail opens up into an open field with a couple of huts and agricultural land (the last signs of civilization until we hit the peak).
Soon after the clearing we start for the falls, that is about another 20 mins climb. The trek gets tougher as you’ll be climbing on sharp and slippery rocks on the way. Once you get past it be sure to take a dip at the waterfalls.
Soon after resting and having fun at the falls we continue on the jungle trail to the right. After 30 mins of trekking in the same jungle terrain the path opens up to the grasslands of Kodachadri.
The high winds up there don’t allow for a lot of vegetation. But beware this part is very steep with the incline being close to 60 degrees at certain points.Here on, the trail overlooks panoramic views and winds up and over a couple of hills. About 45 minutes later, the trail merges with the jeep trail. We regroup here and proceed to Kodachadri peak which is a 5 minute walk away from there.
We will rest and have our packed lunch on the peak, after which we start heading back to the base on Off-road Jeep. Being easier on the knees and easy to navigate when we begin losing light in the evening, the Jeep trail is ideal for reaching back to the base.
We freshen-up, have breakfast and leave our base-camp by 8 AM and proceed to the Bidanur fort built by Shivappa Naik 30 kilometers away. The fort belonged to the Keladi dynasty of 17th century and gives a complete view of the landscape in all directions. We will spend an hour here and then proceed towards Bangalore only stopping for lunch (self-sponsored).
- Difficulty level : Moderate
- Trek Length : 11 Kms (Oneway). Return to Base-camp via Jeep.
- Altitude : 1343 Meter
- Distance from Bangalore : 390 Kms (One Way)
- Minimum Age : 8 Years
- Weather : 28 to 30 Degrees (March to June)
- Attraction : Beautiful Landscape
- Transport : Non AC Private Coach
- Food : Veg Food
- Washrooms : Only at Base Camp
- Accommodation Type : Dorms separate for Male & Female
What is included in the tour
- Non A/C Transport from Bangalore to Bangalore
- Accommodation in Homestay
- Basic Veg. Food (2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner)
- Instructor from BMC
- Jeep Charges
- Basic First Aid Support
- Permission From Forest Dept
DUE TO HIKE IN KARNATAKA FOREST DEPARTMENT PERMISSION, THE PRICES OF TREKS ARE SLIGHTLY INCREASED.
What is NOT included in the tour
- GST & Anything not mentioned above.
- Sunday Lunch
- Any type of food during traveling
Note: There is a different permission charge for Foreigner & the difference amount should be paid by the participant on spot.
PACK LIGHT, CARRY ONLY WHAT IS NECESSARY
- Personal medication (if any)
- Strong backpack (Preferably water proof)
- Fresh pair of clothes for two days.
- Empty Lunch Box
- Water bottles (at least 2 liters of water)
- A torch with new batteries (must in case of emergency)
- You can carry Energy Food (Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks - Glucose etc.)
- Sunglasses, Sunscreen.
- Camera (Optional)
- Rain Coat (Highly Suggested)
- Trekking Shoes (Highly Suggested)
Kindly don't carry single use plastic ( for eg: chocolates, chips, water bottle etc) items during the trek. There will be thorough check by the forest department near the check post and if found any there will be penalty.
If you need chocolates or chips during the trek, unwrap it and bring it in tiffin or Tupper ware.
09:30 PM - Pick-up from BMC office, Indiranagar
09:45 PM - Pick-up from Domlur Sky Walk, Opp to Domlur Bus Stop
10:00 PM - Pick up from Sapphire Toys, Richmond Road (Near Sacred Heart Church)
10:30 PM - Pick up from Yesvantpur (Elite Restaurant)
06:00 AM - Reach Base camp, Leave extra luggage
07:00 AM - Freshen up & have breakfast
08:00 AM - Proceed to Kumble Village & Start trek to Idlumane Waterfalls
09:30 AM - Reach waterfalls and relax
10:30 AM - Trek to peak
12:30 PM - Reach Peak and enjoy, Have packed lunch
02:30 PM - Jeep Ride to Base camp.
05:00 PM - Reach base camp, Freshen up & Have Snacks
08:00 PM - Campfire (Depending on Weather) - Dinner & Overnight Stay
06:00 AM Wake up - Freshen-up - Breakfast.
09:00 AM Start back to Bangalore on the way visit Shivappanaika's Fort at Nagara.
11:00 AM Visit Devagange Temple
01:00 PM Have self sponsored lunch on the way.
09:00 PM Reach Bangalore.
Route Map for Pick up & Drop Points: https://goo.gl/maps/oUjFKDw4bPJG6ENX6
Note: Drop points will be the same as pick-up points