Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills”

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11th Jul 2018
Photo of Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” by Basavaraj Arali
Day 1

Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills”

Nestled deep in the Western Ghats in the district of Shimoga and holding its place as the tenth highest peak in the State, Kodachadri is home to lush green jungle trails through dense tropical forests, picturesque waterfalls and mesmerizing landscapes. Located in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, it also forms the perfect backdrop to the Moola Mookambika Temple, believed to be the place of origin of GoddessMookambika. Catching a glimpse of the evening sun set into the Arabian Sea from its peak offers an enchanting experience; a combination of mountain and ocean, that very few peaks in the Country can boast of.

Kodchadri was my first trek in Banglore. I can’t believe it was so amazing much more than I expected. Starting from a foggy day crossing small water outlets to growing in depth of long trees. passing through the mid-point it is totally rocky. We can really feel the crush of trekking. Once we reach the top. It is totally snowy. Very cold and astonishing site. I will totally recommend if you like the adventure.

LOCATION

Near Kollur, Shimoga District, Karnataka

DISTANCE

14 km (to and fro)

TRAIL TYPE

Dense Tropical Rainforests, Waterfalls, Meadows and Cliffs

MAX ALTITUDE

1,343 meters above sea level

TREK LEVEL

Easy-Moderate

DAY 0 Depart for Kodachadri

Leave from Hubli at 00:00 Hrs

An overnight journey of 220 kms commences from Hubli to Kollur. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers better.

DAY 1 – Trek to Kodachadri (via Hidlumane Falls)

Reach kollur – Freshen up & Breakfast

Mukhambika temple

Kollur - jeep point- view point

Start the Trek

Hidlumane Falls

Kodachadari Summit

There are mainly five milestones that one needs to look out for on this trail. The first is an open field of meadow that pops up out of nowhere amidst thick forest trails. Numerous paddy fields later, the trail ultimately leads up to a house where a small surprise awaits for the tired trekkers. Spoiler alert, the challenging part of the trek actually starts from here.

The second is the much awaited Hidlumane Falls which is a combination of seven waterfalls and making your way up each of them is an adventure on its own. However, your efforts are duly rewarded for with spectacular views of the main waterfall cascading down on you from a height of around 60 feet. The feeling of pristine water gushing over your tired bodies will be therapy, to say the least. Do refill your water bottles here as you’re going to need it for the trek ahead.

An almost vertical climb on the front face of the trail over tree roots and slippery rocks from the Kodachadri Falls leads to steeper meadows that eventually end up on the top of the very first peak on this trail. This forms the third milestone and is a good place to rest and have some much-deserved lunch.

Final Review

Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” was the first trek I experienced with plan the unplanned and the trip was just extraordinary, It is serene soulful and full of magic. I’m so glad I made it to the top because of my team and my Trek partners . The dazzling water fall “Hidlumane FallS” falling on my face just made all the pain and exhaustion go away. As it was my first trekking I was very much nervous but after meeting such an amazing people who given me a helping hand all my way to the peak made the trek fun and entertaining.

The trip had it all adventure,breath-taking views, waterfalls, hills, valleys, clouds,leach bites , , lovely enthusiastic trekkers,  The bumpy jeep ride way down from the hill was none less than adventure…!!!

Jeep pointAfter a quick freshen up and a fulfilling breakfast, we pack our bags again and get prepped for a long day of trekking.

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Jeep point

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Falls in between Dense Forest

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Kollur Mukhambika Temple

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Mesmerising Beauty

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Wanderlust VR46

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Trekking

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Foggy

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali
Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Towords view point-After a quick freshen up and a fulfilling breakfast, we pack our bags again and get prepped for a long day of trekking.

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Ready for hiking

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Towords dense forest

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Early morning

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Off-road towords kodachadri trekking

Photo of Kodachadri, Valur, Karnataka by Basavaraj Arali

Towords kollur

Photo of Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” by Basavaraj Arali

Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” was the first trek I experienced with plan the unplanned and the trip was just extraordinary, It is serene soulful and full of magic. I’m so glad I made it to the top because of my team and my Trek partners

Photo of Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” by Basavaraj Arali
Photo of Kodachadri Trek – “Jasmine of The Hills” by Basavaraj Arali
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