Tadiandamol is the highest mountain of Kodagu district, Karnataka, India (elevation: 1,748m; 5,735ft). It is the third highest peak in Karnataka. The name Tadiandamol literally means largest base mount (thadi = broad, large, huge; anda = belonging to in Kodava; mol = hill, base, peak).
Transportation: The Base point (Kakabe) is 35km from Madikeri, 27km from Virajpet. You can either use own transport or take a bus plying to Bhagamandala from Virajpet and alight at Aramane (Palace) Stop which is 2km from Kakabe. Yu can also arrange Jeeps from Madikeri for to and fro trip.
Best time to Trek: September – February. During monsoon, the rains will be very heavy. Though the experience will be enthralling. Our trek was during the rains, we couldn’t have the scenic view at the peak, but intermittent rains provided great view while trekking.
Our trip was organised by: Madventures – https://www.facebook.com/madventuress
Trek: It is a moderate trek. To and Fro is a day’s activity. Suitable for friends and family. Trek provides a refreshing mood for mind, soul and eyes. The trek starts at Aramane school, where the vehicles can be parked. The trail is well marked and runs through grasslands and slopes. you find dense forest en route. During monsoons, carry Anti – Leech socks if you wish to not have leech bites, as this area has high number of them.
Accomodation: There are many homestays’ nearby or en route Madikeri. We stayed at Thril Mountains on the Madikeri – Mangaluru highway. [Yogesh: 094816 01897]. The hospitality was very caring, served good paddu, neer dose. The lemon rice and pickle made for our trek lunch was finger licking good 😛 (though the rains made us crave for some hot food 😦 ). In the evening, they served hot crispy Bajji and coffee/tea (need of the hour after a rain drenched trek). This place has some outdoor area, perfect for a camp fire. During one of our stays here (not during this trip), we had arranged live music by Mahesh and the Mix. (video is linked below)
Iruppu Falls: On our way back to Bengaluru, we went to this beautiful place, 48km from Virajpet. The falls was rich and flowing with all glory (height: 52m, 170ft). According to popular legend, Rama and Lakshmana, passed along the Bhramagiri range whilst searching for Rama’s beloved, Sita. When Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch him drinking water, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmana Tirtha. Due to this legend, the Falls is believed to possess the power to cleanse sins and is visited by thousands of devotees.
Check out the pictures below which please your eyes 😉 We were unable to capture pics at the peak because of non stop, almost zero visibility causing rain.