Kodachadri Trek

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Description

Kodachadri is a mountain peak (altitude – 1343 m above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Karnataka State). The name is a corruption of the Sanskrit word “Kutakachalam.” Kodachadri forms a picturesque background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. Situated in the middle of Mookambika National Park, it is home to several endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. Tha rain forests loom in a perpetual layer of mist around the peak.

This is the highest peak in Shimoga District. At the peak it is believed that ‘Shankaracharya’ meditated. And to substantiate the same you will find a ‘Sarvajna Peetha’ at the top.
En route to the peak you will also find a moderate sized water fall deep inside the evergreen forest of Kodachadri, which is called ‘Hidlumane Falls’.

The peak presents a not to be missed life-time opportunity in the evening as the sun sets in the west. You can also have a golden glimpse of the Arabian sea for a moment.

Short Itinerary

Day 0 : Meet the Group and Departure from Bangalore

Day 1 : Trek to Kodachadri Peak

Day 2 : Visit Nagara fort and return to Bangalore

Fixed Departures

1st Feb to 2nd Feb Open {31st Jan (Friday) 09:57 PM to 2nd Feb (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

8th Feb to 9th Feb Open {7th Feb (Friday) 09:57 PM to 9th Feb (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

15th Feb to 16th Feb Open {14th Feb (Friday) 09:57 PM to 16th Feb (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

22nd Feb to 23rd Feb Open {21st Feb (Friday) 09:57 PM to 23rd Feb (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

29th Feb to 1st Mar Open {28th Feb (Friday) 09:57 PM to 1st Mar (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

7th Mar to 8th Mar Open {6th Mar (Friday) 09:57 PM to 8th Mar (Sunday) 11:30 PM}

Price (Bangalore to Bangalore)

Triple Occupancy 3499

Itinerary (Bangalore to Bangalore)

  • 0

    Day 0 : Meet the Group and Departure from Bangalore

    Leave from Bangalore at 21:00 hrs
    (People are requested to have light dinner before departure.)

    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 more about your fellow trekkers.

  • 1

    Day 1 : Trek to Kodachadri Peak

    • Reach Homestay – Freshen up & Breakfast
    • Bus Ride to Trek Start Point
    • Start the Trek
    • Hidlumane Falls
    • Mookambika Temple
    • Kodachadari Summit
    • Descend via Jeep Ride
    • Dinner and Campfire

     

    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.

  • 2

    Day 2 : Visit Nagara fort and return to Bangalore

    • Visit Nagara Fort 
    • Reach Bangalore by 21:30 Hrs (approx) 

    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 trek mates. The options are endless when it comes to while away your time here before heading back to Bangalore 

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Inclusions

Exclusions

Lunch & Dinner on Day 2

Anything apart from mentioned in Inclusions

Cancellation Policy

Booking amount is non-refundable.

No refund of total trip amount will be provided on cancellation, 10 days prior to departure date.

50% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 11-20 days prior to scheduled departure date.

90% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation between 21-90 days prior to scheduled departure date.

100% of total trip amount can be refunded on cancellation, 90+ days prior to scheduled departure date.

If due to any unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control. Act of God, we won't be able to refund the complete amount.

For Cancellations/ Refund Request , kindly reply to the confirmation mail and get in touch with the Team. All cancellations will be considered only after the mail has been received.

Things To Pack

Down Jacket (Main jacket)

Raincoat/ Poncho

Tshirt or Fleece

Trek Pant

Extra pair of Socks

Woolen Cap

Rucksack (At least 20L)

Extra pair of Clothes

Undergarments

Slippers

Power Bank

Sunscreen Lotion

Sunglasses

Torch

Water Bottle

Tissue Roll

Hand Sanitizer

Personal Toiletries

Medicines

First Aid Kit

*Add extra thermal layers and sweater during the winter season

Things To Know

Pick up points and timings

? Following are the pick-up points & timings:
o Hydrebad Chef House | 8:30 PM– Teacher’s Colony, HSR Layout, Bengaluru,
Karnataka (Note: Swad-e-Punjab has been renovated and renamed as Hyderabad Chef
House, the location still says the same)
o New Shanti Sagar Hotel | 9:15 PM- Old Airport Road, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
o KTM Mekhri Circle | 10:00 PM – Mekhri Circle Junction, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension,
Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

? 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 the same as the pick-up points

FAQs

Q. What will be the group size?

Usually, we take maximum of 15-18 people in one group. We believe bigger groups have less fun and less coordination so that’s why we prefer smaller groups.

We need at least 6 people to operate our fixed departure tours/treks.

Q. Who all will go along with us on the trip/trek?

All our treks are led by professional trek leaders who are certifie, mountaineers. Apart from them, there will be one local guide, cook, helper, porters and other staff.

All our trips are led by professional trip coordinators who have a good experience in leading groups.

Q. I am the only girl in the group, is it safe to travel/trek solo?

Yes definitely it is, the safety of girls is most important for us. All our guides and other staff are carefully chosen for trips/treks. They are honest and reliable but we also advise you to take care of your personal belongings.

Q. What are the things that we need to carry on the trek/trip?

Once you confirm the trip/trek and done with the booking, we will send you the packing list according to the trip/trek.

Q. What type of ground transportation will be used on the trip?

We hire taxis such as Innova, Tempo Traveller, Bolero, Tata Sumo, etc. from our vendors.

Q. I cannot carry my rucksack/bag on the trek, can I offload it?

We always recommend that you carry your rucksack during the trek because it helps in maintaining your body posture. In case if you cannot, then we can provide you a mule/porter to carry your rucksack. You will have to tell us at least 1 week before the trek. The charges for offloading would be INR 300 per person per day.

Q. Which shoes should I buy?

Shoes are your lifeline on the trek. It is highly advisable to buy trekking shoes of a good and known brand. You can consider companies like Quechua, Columbia, etc. A waterproof shoes with ankle support will work good.

Q. What are the washroom/toilet facilities like on the trek?

During the treks, separate toilet tents will be set up on each campsite.

Q. What will be the type of accommodation?

It depends on the tour. If it is a trek then you will be staying in dome tents or if it is a road trip the the accommodation can be in hotel/alpine tent/dome tent/home stay.

Q. Will you provide sleeping bags and mattresses?

Yes, we will provide sleeping bags and mattresses during the trek. Our sleeping bags can withstand temperature as low as -10 degree.

Q. How many trekkers will be in one tent?

It totally depends on group dynamics. If there is a couple, we can give them a separate tent or if there are odd number of people, then there would be triple sharing.

Q. How can I book a trek/trip with you?

After selecting the trip/trek, you can book by clicking on the book now button or you can contact us and we will guide you in booking.

Q. What type of food is served during the trek?

We provide nutritious and healthy food during the treks. We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs.

Q. How to get safe drinking water on the trek?

Himalayan water is considered the purest water and safe to drink. But for safety purpose, we sometimes boil the water and then use it for drinking and cooking.

In case you find any clean water on the trek, always fill your water where the water is running not where the water is stable or is in rest.

Q. Can we change the itinerary?

Yes, you can give suggestions. We will look into that and if we find it feasible then we will apply it.

Q. Can you customize the trip/trek?

Yes, we can customize any trip/trek as per your needs and as per the feasibility.

Q. Will doctor accompany us on the trek?

No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wildlife First Aid course and they always carry first aid kit and oxygen cylinders on high altitude treks.

Q. Do you prefer I should bring some medicines with me?

Yes it is advisable that you carry your own medication on the trek.

Q. Diamox is advisable or not?

Well, it totally depends on person to person. Usually, there are no side effects of Diamox but if you are having any prior medical conditions then it is better to consult your doctor.

Our itinerary is designed in a way that we take sufficient time to get acclimatized. In case if you are having problem on the trek then tell your trek leader about your condition as soon as possible.

Q. Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the age limit?

It depends on the difficulty level of the trek. Minimum age for eligibility is 14 years.

Q. What will we do if it rains?

If it starts raining slowly while trekking then we will continue our trek as per the plan. Your poncho will keep you dry. In case if it is raining heavily then we will try to find any shelter and wait for the rain to stop or slow. If it rains at the campsite then there would not be any problem because all our living tents, kitchen tents and toilet tents are waterproof. You will stay dry inside.

Q. Why is the trekking pole necessary?

Differs from person to person. If you think that it would help you maintaining balance while trekking then do bring the pole. Some people think that trekking pole disturbs the walking rhythm. So it’s upto you.

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