Tadiandamol Trek Guide, Kakkabe, Coorg

Tadiandamol, the highest peak of Coorg situated at 5735 feet, is a trekking spot 275 Kms from Bangalore. It is one of the best Western Ghats treks situated in Karnataka. Tadiandmol trekking details can be found in details below:

Tadiandamol Trek Trail Reference Map

Before I write anything else, here is the reference map for the Tadiandamol trek. It will help you in knowing about the trek in a better way.

Tadiandamol route from Nalknad palace

Nalknad Palace

Nalknad palace is the parking point for the bigger vehicles like bus, Minibus or tempo traveller. There are also small shops around from where you can buy snacks and water bottles. There are no parking charges here.


Though there is a motorable road from the palace to the viewpoint bigger vehicle cannot go to the viewpoint. However, you can still go by a smaller vehicle such as car or SUV or MUV. Viewpoint is 1.9 Kms from the Nalknad Palace. Viewpoint is the last point till where you can take your vehicle.

Forest Entry Point

The point from where the real trek starts. It’s 2.2 Km from the Nalknad Palace. It is a place where you will have to take permission. Forest entry charges for Tadiandamol trek is Rs. 100 per head. It is almost 300 meters from the viewpoint.

There is also a shop near the entry point where you can buy snacks and water bottles or after returning from the trek, you can have snacks here.

Best Time for Tadiandamol Trek

Post monsoon time is what many people prefer to visit Tadiandamol trek so plan your trip here during the months of September to March. You will witness the lush green surroundings with some amazing views of the Western Ghats. You can also plan your trip during the monsoon season but you might need prior permission and right gears for the trek.

Avoid visiting this place during the peak summer months of April to June as the mountain jungles are prone to wildfires and hence trekking is banned during these months.

Permission and Camping on the Tadiandamol Trek

Yes. You need to take permission for Tadiandamol trek. The trek of Tadiandamol comes under the Bhagamandala Range Forest and you will find a forest check post at the beginning of the trekking route. You will have to pay RS.100 entry fee for each person.

No, currently there is no permission for anyone to camp around the Tadiandamol trek. It was very much allowed till 2016 but now due to the huge number of wild animals sighting the forest authority has disallowed Camping inside the forest.

Driving to Tadiandamol from Bangalore (Road condition)

Bangalore to Hunsur: 180 Kms (Two-way road)
Hunsur to Virajpet: 65 Km (Double road, single lane)
Virajpet to Tadiandamol: 30 Km (Almost single Ghat roads)

Search on Google maps for “Nalknad Palace, Nalknad Palace Road, Yevakapadi, Karnataka 571214“. You will see a driving route until there. You can drive your vehicle until there. Park your vehicle over there and from there onwards, start trekking on the same route for Tadiandmol trek. As such, there is no parking fee and vehicles are also safe there.

Tadiandamol Trekking information:

Tadiandmol is a moderate level trek with Trek distance of almost 6 Km one side. That means this trek can be easily covered in a single day if trekking is started early morning. Time to trek to the peak takes around 2-3 hours on the average. Most of the trail is wide and there is no chance to get lost. 

Nalknad Palace to viewpoint: 1.9 Km

  • Motorable road
  • steep if you came on a bus and had to park at Nalknad Palace
  • 45 Mins of walking
  • Coffee plantations, flowers,  different fruits trees on the way.
Road from Nalknad palace to the viewpoint on Tadindamol trek

The road from Nalknad Palace to the viewpoint on Tadindamol trek

Oranges on Tadiandamol trek

Viewpoint to Forest Entry point: 300 Meters

  • Viewpoint is the last place where you can buy snacks, water bottles and tea.
  • Forest entry charges are 20 rupees/ head
  • 5 mins of walking
  • Very nice view of the valley and villages
Tadiandamol view point

Tadiandamol viewpoint

A hut seen from the viewpoint

Forest Entry Point Tadiandamol trek

Forest Entry Point

Forest Entry point to camping site: 2.1 Km

  • Wide trail
  • Easy walk
  • Not much ascent or steepness
  • 30 mins of trekking
Wide Tadiandamol trekking trail until camping site from forest entry point

Wide Tadiandamol trekking trail until camping site from the forest entry point in Monsoon

Burnt trail to prevent fire spreading

The burnt trail to prevent fire spreading – Pic taken in Feb

Tadiandamol camping site big rock

Tadiandamol camping site big rock in Feb – No more camping is allowed on this trek

Camping site to the peak: 1.5 Km

  • Steep trail
  • Windy trail with a lot of viewpoints
  • 1 to 1.5 hours of trekking

Just before the peak, there is a forest stretch of around 500 meters. The trail is very steep there. In the monsoon, it gets very slippery increasing the chances of slipping. So be careful.

Tadiandamol trek - Steep narrow trail from camping site to the peak in Monsoon

Tadiandamol trek – Steep narrow trail from camping site to the peak

Steep trail near the end

Steep trail near the end

Tadiandamol view from the peak

Tadiandamol view from the peak

Tadiandmol camping information:

It is not advisable to camp at the peak, as the peak really gets windy and also there is no water source at the top. As depicted in the picture above, pitch your tent near the big rock. A big rock comes almost half an hour before the Tadiandmol peak. There is also a water source over there. The rock provides shelter from the speedy winds and a little bit of rain also.

Other points to be taken care of while Camping:

– Be aware of elephants
– It might be very windy and rainy at the peak in monsoon
– There is no need for guidance as the trail is self-evident
– Please go along with someone who has already been there

At Tadiandamol peak with Sumit, Kopai, Sagar and Nupur

At Tadiandamol peak in monsoon

Staying Options near Tadiandamol

There are a lot of staying options near Tadiandamol. Here, I am going to list out some of the staying options

1. West Wind Cottage

  • Budget
  • Basic facility

2. Misty Woods Resort

  • High end
  • Full of many facilities

3. Kings View Cottage

  • Above Moderate
  • Nice view of the valley

4. Hill Stay Cottage

  • Moderate
  • Nice view around

Some of the other treks that you might be interested in:

– Bandipur Wildlife Safari
– Kumara Parvatha Trek: the Toughest Trek of Karnataka
– Kodachadri Trek
– Mullayanagiri Trek
– Brahmagiri Trek, Wayanad
– Kemmengundi, Chikmagalur
– Narasimha Parvatha trek/ Agumbe Ghats Trek
– Ombattu Gudda/ OG Trek
– Chembra Peak/ Heart shaped Lake trek
– Sakleshpur Railway trek: The Green route trek
– Dudhsagar Falls trek, Goa
– Bandaje Arabi falls Trek
– Nishani Betta trek
– Nagalapuram western Entry trek: Along the waterfalls

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37 Replies to “Tadiandamol Trek Guide, Kakkabe, Coorg”

  1. Sheetal m k

    Is there any guide available for trekking
    Will They make any groups like that
    Bcz I am single

  2. krishna

    HI We are around 10 people planning to go for trek in first week of this december. I Have few doubts Can you please clarify

    1. Can we stay night in tents for the camp near rock you said is it safe to stay there
    2. Are there any adventorous activities if we go alone
    3. If we want to stay at night in tents there by what time we should start our trek to see peak and after stay at tent in nights
    4. For camp fire wood other accessories will be available or not
    5. Can we get tents for rent there or we need to carry from our place.

    It will be very helpful if i get details for these questions.

    Thanks in Advance

  3. Vaibhav


    We are planning a trek to tadianmol in Aug 12 and planning to stay there for 2 days. Is it allowed?
    Also, is the place pet friendly? or there is animal activity in the area apart from Elephants.

  4. Shaili Trivedi

    Hi, I’m planning to do this trek around May 21. I came across an article that said prior permission needs to be taken before doing this trek. Is that the case?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Shaili Trivedi

      Could you also suggest another trek around this area? I would really appreciate it. Thanks

    • trekkerp Post author

      Hi Shaili,

      I went for this trek long ago… So I am not aware of the current situation now but until one month ago, permission was not needed.

  5. bittu

    What time is best for trekking Tadiandamol ? planning for March 2nd week, will it be a good experience ? Please advise ?

  6. Josh

    Thanks for the info
    Planning a trek there sometime this fortnight, with three of my mates.
    Is the information still relevant? Regarding permissions, fees, etc? And is camping allowed? Unlikely well be staying there, but just in case.
    And are there any bus routes or something such that can get me to a few miles of the start point?


  7. Rahul

    Hello Sir,

    First I would really like to thank you for the given piece of helpful information.

    Actually we (group of 4) planning to take this trek on next weekend. Kindly advise the possibility, Whether we should go or not, as its a monsoon period. And Do we need to take any kinda permission to enter.

    Thanks heaps in advance!

  8. Prabal Pegu

    First off, thanks for the detailed info. I do have some doubts of my own

    1) Where do we park our cars? Is that a parking space or someone’s home?
    2) Is there any water source near the “rock”?
    3) This is not a question, but which month would you suggest to be the best for camping?

    • trekkerp Post author

      You can park you vehicle at the end of the tar road. There is also a place called aramane palace school ground, you can also park there. Yes, there is a water source near the rock.
      camping is not allowed on this trek. But after monsoon, trekking is the best

  9. chandrakantha

    We are trekking tommorow… As we know this time very challeges of heavy rains, brain freezing cold.. Etc etc..

    • Rohan singh


      How does the trek in monsoon will be ? I saw the weather report and it says whole week it’s raining. We are even planning to put tent on the hill top. Please advice.

      • trekkerp Post author

        Hi Rohan,

        It is gonna be very rainy and windy as well. Some of my trekking mates who went there told that Tadiandmol received a lot of rainfall this year. Please do not pitch tent at the top since it would be very windy. Pitch nearer to the big rock just before the peak. You will get the reference in the blog. Wind should be lesser there. Also make sure tent is rain proof. Are you carrying Quechua T3 plus or Arpenaz Xl3 or some wildcraft tent? these are nice tents 🙂

  10. Nabeel

    Is it that dangerous to go alone for the first time? How is the possibility to find a group(to trek with) from there. I’ll planning to travel on a weekend in April.

    • trekkerp Post author

      It should not be dangerous alone but the possibility to find a trekking group to trek with is very less. There are some trekking companies who do organized trekking and operate from Bangalore on weekends to various peaks in western Ghats. You can search for them in Google, pay them and go for the trek.


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