12 kms uphill lays the haven of Kodachadri peak, initiating from the foothills of Kodachadri hills and perfectly aligned on the backwaters of Sharawati. This trek begins from Nagodi village in Shivamogga district of Karnataka and ends in the Sarvajna peetha which proudly sits on the peak.
The monsoon trek to Kodachadri is not just challenging but also is a complete treat to the eyes. The dense forests, resonating waterfalls, unusual vegetation, steep trails and bushy clouds are what make this trek an unforgettable experience. Apart from the quest to reach the top, there were millions of sights which would make us want to stop and wonder.
There were 3 milestones spread over a distance of 10 kms during the trek after which we trekked 4 kms up to the Shankaracharya temple on top of the peak.
The first milestone slides in after an hour of trekking at Butter Mane. To reach this milestone, we hiked through the forest and passed many streams with glistening water, surrounded by pure bliss and serenity.
Next, we descended into another extension of the forest wherein we hiked through slippery paths as it was the abode of Hindlumane falls. The waterfalls could be heard from a distance and it only amplified our excitement to another level. After passing a series of small glimpses of the falls, we finally reached the mighty of Hindlumane falls and jumped into (not literally) the cold water beneath the waterfalls.