As with any 'normal' human being the first thing that I do after I wake up is to check on my phone. And when it was a mail from Bangalore Trekking Club (BTC) for a pre-monsoon trek to Kodachadri my excitement made me jump out of the bed & to register asap. You see BTC treks are (in)famous for snapping up registrations in a jiffy. And I was already 20 mins late from the time the mail hit my mailbox. I was done registering within 5 mins, pretty confident of making the cut.
Only to my disappointment the next day that I realized I was on the waitlist of a 12 member shortlist. This ensured I remained sad for the entire day. But with fortune on my side I was contacted by the organizers of a last min drop-out, and that if I'm interested. Was that even a question? Of course I'm interested! And we are back on track!
Kodachadri is a enchanting mountain peak in the Shivamogga district of Karnataka. This peak has been on my to-do list for a while, and a opportunity to relish the same just when monsoon showers are knocking on the doors of Western Ghats. Deep, dense forests coupled with green meadows and an picturesque waterfall is what makes Kodachadri a must-do trek in the Western Ghats. And by no means its an easy trek either.
Day 0: Meetup with the fellow BTCians.
We all squared up at the Nagasandra metro station. Our bus was already stationed there. We departed at 11 pm. We did halt for dinner in a roadside dhaba. BTC events are also famous for their unique way of asking the participants to introduce selves. And this one I guess was the longest ever intro session for a 12 member group in their history. I'm unsure if it was an intro session or a ragging of each other for 2 hours!
Day 1: Hidlumane Falls Just Took Our Breath Away
Tiny rain-droplets on our window, a bout of fresh wind hits our faces when we open the windows of our bus. The greenery of Western Ghats during the monsoons is a sight to notice for the sluggish eyes, that is used to see mountains of concrete otherwise. We had checked into a home-stay to freshen up before we hit the trail. We are at Kattinahole.
Kodachadri can either be done by trekking or jeep ride. Bad-ass people like us chose the former! Just as we hit the trail it started to drizzle. And then drizzling gave way to a downpour. We had barely started and are already wet. From the main jeep route we take a right turn for the trekking trail. A river that we had to cross had picked up volume, resulting in completely inundating our shoes.
Right after the crossing the stream the forests welcomes you with slippery, muddy path. When in nature you are bound to abide by their rules. And its important to stick together else it is easy to miss the trail and get lost. There's not much elevation gain in the 1st half of the trek; the trail is a gentle up & down and plain walk on most parts. The dense foliage opens up to a clearing which also concludes the 1st part of the trek. The forest check-post can be spotted few steps away. Take the path behind the forest check-post to continue towards Hidlumane falls, traversing past farmland before re-entering the forest.