Information in Brief:
|Location||Kolluru (Nearest town) > Shimoga (District) > Karnataka (State) > India (Country)|
|Distance from Bangalore||394KMS|
|Trek starting point||Nitturu|
|Trek difficulty Level||Moderate|
|Kodachadri trek distance||4 KMS(Approx)|
|Kodachadri peak height||1343 m|
|Time to trek||4-5 hours(1 day trek)|
|Camping site||Near PWD Guest House|
|Best time to trek||Oct to Feb|
|Contact Number||Swamy – 9632600648* (in charge of inspection bungalow )|
Contact number update credit : Ullas Dg ·
Information In detail :
How to reach :Bangalore-72KMS-Tumakuru-75KMS-Tipatur-25KMS-Arasikere-66-Tarikere-44KMS-shimoga-48-Anantapuram-25KMS-Hosanagara-15KMS-Nagara-24KMS-Nitturu
Kodachadri trek routes : Map shows three routes. 1) route -1 : via Santosh hotel 2) route – 2 : via Hinumane falls route 3) Jeep route.
Dark brown color line represents main road (Shimoga – Kollur road)
1) Route-1 : Via Santosh hotel : This route is marked using yellow and green color . If you are coming from Shimoga, you will hit small village “Nittur”, you required to proceed 5.5 Kms on same road. you will find small mud road towards your left. This point is marked as Trek route-1 1 : Trek starting in above map. If you are travelling by public vehicle then you can get down here and start your trek. If you are travelling by private vehicle then you can carry on till “Hotel Santosh”, Route marked in yellow color is mud road. Distance between Main road and Hotel Santosh is around 5.5 KMS. You will find breakfast or basic food here. Actual trek starts from this point. Distance between “Hotel Santosh” and “PWD guest house” is about 4 KMS. This stretch is marked using green color. Initial part of this stretch is much steep. You need to trek inside forest, You will find here “leeches world” in post monsoon. couple of times you will come out of the forest and again your trek trail enters to the forest. After trekking 4KMS you will find PWD guest house. PWD guest house offers you accommodation and food(basic food)
2) Route-2 : Via Hindumane falls : This route is marked using blue, brown and purple color. If you are travelling from Shimoga side then you will find trek starting point before Nittur (1.5 KMS before Nittur ).
Initial trek route is marked in blue line in above map, this is very easy roue as you will be walking on tar road, need to walk 2.5 Kms Approx. till primary school(If you have private vehicle then you can take vehicle till till primary school). You need to take right turn.
Next stretch is marked in brown line, This trek trail also easy (If you have private vehicle then your vehicle can go up to little more distance then road condition is not that good, you can park your vehicle), There are many small roads which may make you little confuse(If you are taking this trek route then better to get guide along with you).
Purple line represents trek trail inside forest. This trek stretch is most difficult part of your trek. You will find beautiful Hindumane falls on the way. [Warning: During monsoon make sure that Hindumane falls is not overflowing as you need to cross this falls], This is pretty steep climb inside forest. Length of this stretch is around 2 KMS. This trek rail reaches again jeep trail which is marked in blue line.
You need to trek on jeep road for another 2KMS to reach PWD guest house, This route is marked in blue line.
3) Route -3 : Jeep route: This is longest trek route compared to other two . This trek trail is marked in Blue line. Total length of trek trail is around 15 KMS, This route will be helpfull in heavy rain
All above routes 1, 2 and 3 takes you till PWD guest house. then there is a common path till peak. distance between kodachadri peak and PWD guest house is around 1.2KMS.
Best time to trek : Best time to trek is from October to February. Its always best to trek in winter. Kodachadri trek in monsoon will be little difficult. But trekking is possible in normal rains. In Heavy rain trekking will be more difficult. Avoid Hindumane falls route in heavy rains as crossing falls will be much challenging. Its always better to hire local guide if you are trekking in heavy rain.