The land of ‘Jasmine of the hills’: Kodachadri

Kodachadri is a mountain peak (elevation: 1,343m; 4,406ft), located in the Shivamogga District. It is 10th highest peak in Indian state of Karnataka. The name comes from native word “Kodacha” which means hill of Kutaja flowers and “Adri” a Sanskrit word means mountain, both combined together coined the word Kodachadri. Kutaja in Sanskrit means Girimallika or Jasmine of the hill.

Transportation: Since it is 15km from Kollur, you can take any bus to Kollur and take local transport there. You can get trasport to Hosanagara (25km from Kodachadri) from Shivamogga. If you are going in good numbers, then take a mini bus/ bus and head directly.

Best time to Trek: October – February. It is difficult during monsoon, as path becomes very slippery.

Our trip was organised by: Madventures – https://www.facebook.com/madventuress

Accomodation: There are many homestays which provide decent stay and good food, they even take care of guiding you and providing local transport (jeep ride during trek and to and fro to homestay from bus parking area). Very hospitable locals.

Trek: It is moderate. You can trek the entire route or take a jeep till Goddess Mookambika Temple atop. The road is a kaccha one, only 4×4 jeeps can ride (well the jeep ride is a  real roller coaster type 😀 ). From the temple, the sunset view point is 15min short trek. It is better we trek uphill and take a jeep downhill. Total trek time is around 4-5hrs (1 day). At mid level, we got to quench our thirst with delicious buttermilk, lemon juice and cucumbers (We found only one such man selling these. This is when you reach the jeep route via Hidlumane falls).

Hidlumane Falls: Amidst dense forest of Kodachadri, you will find this beauty. Though we went during summer, the falls still had its glory. During monsoon, make sure this stream is not overflowing as you need to cross this and proceed.

With open sky, the night view is magnificent (check one photo below).

Nagara Fort: On our way back, we visited Nagara Fort (the 18th Century ruins) which is 25km away from Kodachadri, nested in Hosanagar Town. This fort has such a lovely 360° view. This place is one of the most visited, when you visit Kodachadri.

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