Kodachadri trek, 420 Kms from Bangalore in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Kodachadri trek or driving to Kodachadri peak information is given below in full details:
How to reach Kodachadri?
Driving your own vehicle to Kodachadri:
Search for “Kodachadri” on google map and google map will show you a route to Kodachadri. One can drive up to the peak of the Kodachadri hill. However, last 10 Kms of the drive is uphill. As the road condition to Kodachadri peak is not good, it is advisable to take four by four vehicle or one can easily drive with the bike. Driving with pillion might be a problem during monsoon.If you are not driving our own vehicle, there is another option to reach Kodachadri peak as well. Get down in the Kollur town and from there, you can also book a jeep to the Kodachadri peak. Kodachadri is 20 Kms from Kollur town. There are two options to hire the jeep. One, if you are in a group of six to eight people, you can book the entire jeep for around 2500-3000 rupees to the Kodachadri peak from Kollur town. Else, if you are alone, you can pay around 300-400 per head for the shared jeep.
By Jeep to Kodachadri from the Kollur town:
If you are not driving our own vehicle, there is another option to reach Kodachadri peak as well. Get down in the Kollur town and from there, you can also book a jeep to the Kodachadri peak. Kodachadri is 20 Kms from Kollur town. There are two options to hire the jeep. One, if you are in a group of six to eight people, you can book the entire jeep for around 2500-3000 rupees to the Kodachadri peak from Kollur town. Else, if you are alone, you can pay around 300-400 per head for the shared jeep.
The jeep drops you to “Kodachadri information bureau” point because the motorable road is until there. From there to the Kodachadri peak, you will have to walk or trek almost 2 Kms to the peak. The jeep waits for you for almost two hours and then you can return to Kollur town by the same jeep.
Kodachadri Homestay options:
While driving up the Kodachadri hills, you will cross Kodachadri jeep stand just at the base of the hill. Near Kodachadri jeep stand, there are a few homestays. Here are the details for some homestays around Kodachadri:
- Akshaya Homestay: 081852 90337
- Parvatha Homestay: 08185253653
- Kodachadri Hallimane Homestay: 8185-290272
Kodachadri Trekking information:
Height of the peak: 4406 feet
Difficulty level: Moderate
Time to trek: 4-5 hours
Trek distance: 10 Kms
Best time to trek: September-March
Trekking fee/ Permission: No
Search on Google map for “Kodachadri Trek Trail, Nagodi, Karnataka 577452“. You will see the trekking trail to the Kodachadri peak. You can also download the google map offline for later use. Once you have saved your map, you can use GPS to reach the Kodachadri peak.
You can also drive up to “Santhosh hotel, Valur” a mud cottage on the way. This route is mostly mud road but not so muddy during the non-monsoon season. The Distance between the trek starting point and the Santhosh hotel is around 5.5 KMS. You can get basic facilities like breakfast, toilets here but you will have to pay for the same. The real trek begins from this location. The Distance between “Santhosh Hotel” and the Kodachadri peak is about 4 KMS.
Kodachadri Contact information:
Kodachadri temple priest: 09632847302
Rajendra (trek guide & accommodation): 09449145540
Santhosh Hotel: 08185290183/ 094838116911
Kodachadri Camping information:
You are not allowed to pitch the tent at the Kodachadri peak. By sunset, you will have to return to the Kodachadri Information bureau/ the PWD house where you can pitch your tent but only after asking their permission. Sometimes, they charge for camping also like rupees 150 per head.
Places of interest on Kodachadri:
1. Sarvajna Peetha:
Sarvajna Peetha is a small temple like structure or also called Mantapa near the peak where Adi Shankara is believed to be had meditated.
Moolasthana is another temple located near PWD Guest house or travellers’ bungalow. As the name suggests, Moola (basic/ origin) and Sthana (place). Moolasthana is believed to be the origin place of Sri Mookambika Devi.
Just before the peak, an almost vertical path takes you to a small cave called Chitramoola, from where the Mookambika temple of Kollur is visible.
4. Sunrise/ sunset from the Kodachadri peak