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.
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.
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
Forest Entry point to camping site: 2.1 Km
- Wide trail
- Easy walk
- Not much ascent or steepness
- 30 mins of trekking
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.
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
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
- Basic facility
- High end
- Full of many facilities
- Above Moderate
- Nice view of the valley
- 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