Kodachadri trek is situated at a distance of 420 km from Bangalore in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Being declared as the “Natural Heritage Site” by the Govt. of Karnataka, Kodachadri is the 10th highest peak in Karnataka and one among the famous Western Ghats treks. The other treks include Kumara Parvatha trek, Kudremukh trek, Tadiandmol trek etc.
How to reach Kodachadri from Bangalore?
Kodachadri is situated at a distance of around 420 km from Bangalore. If you are not going to Kodachadri through any other trekking organization but you are going on your own then you might have decided to drive there. The distance of 420 Km can be covered in around 8 hours from Bangalore to Kodachadri.
The Best Driving route from Bangalore to Kodachadri: Driving along with AH 47
This route includes driving along with AH 47 or the Bangalore-Pune highway most of the time. The route includes Tumkur, Sira, Chitradurga, and finally, you take a left from Davangere. The drive until Davangere is around 250 Kms which takes around four and a half hours. From Davangere, the rest of the distance is around 180 Km which takes around four hours because it lies in the Ghats road.
There are a lot of Homestay locations around Kodachadri hills. Even there are many other options to stay in the nearby towns around which Homestays are located. But it is important to choose where to stay and which homestay to live in. The best place for Homestay that I would like to recommend will be Kattinahole. There is a lot of options for the homestays around Kattinahole.
Here is a list of the Kodachadri homestays around Kattinahole:
These two homestays are located in the area called Mathikai which is around 3 Kms from the Kattinahole Kodachadri Jeep stand from where you can get a jeep ride to the Kodachadri peak. There is another Homestay near Kattinahole Jeep stand which has got some of the best Google reviews is Kodachadri Pathalagere Homestay Or Resort. The best option would be to stay in the Kodachadri Pathalagere Homestay Or Resort.
Kodachadri Jeep Ride:
There are two options for the Kodachadri jeep ride. One is from the Kattinahole side and another is from the Kollur. Both of the options have been explained below:
Kodachadri Jeep ride from Kattinahole:
From the Kattinahole side, I would recommend you to take the Jeep ride unless and until you think you can drive on a trail. One can drive up to the peak of Kodachadri hill. However, the 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 vehicles or one can easily drive with the bike. Driving with a pillion might be a problem during the monsoon. You can book the entire jeep for around 2500-3000 rupees. 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 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 at the “Kodachadri information bureau” point because the motorable road is 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. The jeep will drop you at the Kodachadri peak jeep stand or near the Kodachadri Information Bureau point. There is further 2 km of trekking from there until the Kodachadri sunset point which takes around 40 minutes to reach the sunset point.
Kodachadri Trekking Guide:
There are two trekking routes to the Kodachadri peak. One is from the Kattinahole through Hidlumane falls and another trekking route is through Santhosh hotel, Valur. Both of the trekking routes will be explained below.
You should also know that the Kodachadri trek does not end at the Kodachadri Information Bureau point. There is a further 2 km of trekking from there until the Kodachadri sunset point which takes around 40 minutes to reach the sunset point.
Kodachadri trek via Hidlumane falls:
If you want to attempt the Kodachadri trek via Hidlumane falls then you will have to start from the Kattinahole. There is no proper trail from the Kattinahole to the Hidlumane falls as it crosses farms, villages, grasslands, and uneven trails. However, there is a proper trail from Hidlumane Falls to the Kodachadri peak which joins the Kodachadri trail. If you want to attempt the Kodachadri trek via Hidlumane falls then you might have to ask for a guide at the homestays. Talk in advance before booking.
- Kodachadri trek distance via Hidlumane falls: Around 10 Kms until the Kodachadri Sunset point
- Trekking time: Around 6 Hours (Including breaks & fun at the Hidlumane falls)
Kodachadri trek via Santhosh hotel, Valur.
The second route starts from Sampekette-Kollur-Nagara road. Just search on Google maps for Kodachadri Trek Trail, Nagodi, Karnataka and it will land you there. From there, there is a direct trail to the peak.
Kodachadri trek distance via Santhosh hotel, Valur: Around 10 Kms until the Kodachadri Sunset point.
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.
Trekking time: Around 7 Hours
Kodachadri Contact information:
- Kodachadri temple priest: 09632847302
- Rajendra (trek guide & accommodation): 09449145540
- Santhosh Hotel: 08185290183/ 094838116911Kodachadri trek through the forest
Kodachadri Camping information & Permission:
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.
The Kodachadri trek falls in the middle of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary but you don’t need any permission for the trek of Kodachadri. But if you are planning to stay or camp peak of Kodachadri hills during the night then that is not allowed. You will need to plan your stay to nearby places like Kollur andKundapura.
Best time to visit
Just after the Monsoon ends or during the winter days are the best period from my personal understanding to visit Kodachadri trek. But some people also prefer to visit during monsoons and summers as the view is far more clearer as post-monsoon and winter you might encounter fog while trekking. If anyone wishes to enjoy some real challenges of trekking then do visit this place during the peak monsoon along with the right gears for the trek.
Things to Carry
The best thing about the Kodachadri trek is that it is just one day trek. So it is not required to carry too many things which will make the already difficult trek difficult. But please do carry the essentials mentioned below:
- First Aid Kit
- Identity Proof
- Water (1 to 2 liters)
- Packed Lunch
- Extra Clothes
- Light Snacks
Places of interest on the Kodachadri peak:
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 Guesthouse or travelers’ 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