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Trek Duration : 1-2 days depending on the route

Difficulty Level : Easy to Moderate

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Kodachadri Hills, Maravanthe Overview

Kodachadri Hills serve as a stunning backdrop of evergreen forests to the town of Maravanthe. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 4411 feet above the sea level amidst Karnataka’s Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, they also prove to be one of the good trekking trails, beginning at the South Kanara Forest.

Beginners or trekking newbies can easily undertake this trek. Since most of the expedition covers a forest landscape amidst low altitudes, chances of altitude sickness are low as well. The total distance is 14 kilometres to and fro.

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How to Reach

  • Rail: There are no direct trains to Kodachari. The nereast railhead is located at Shimoga which is approx. 111 kms away.

  • Road: There are no direct buses to Nagodi village, therefore you have to a take bus from Bangalore to either Shimoga (310 kms) or Udupi (400) from where Nagodi is accessible via jeep or taxi.

Best Time to Visit

Any time of the year is fine. Though avoid monsoons as the terrain gets slippery.


Accommodation is available at homestays at the base of the peak as well as on the route at the PWD Guest House.

Food availability

Food is available at Hotel Santosh on the way. However you can choose to carry your own food as well.

Water availability

Water is available o the way but it is advisable to carry your own water for safety reasons.

Things to See

  • Sarvajna Peetha -A small temple-like strucutre where Adi Shankara is said to have meditated
  • Moolasthana - A temple located near PWD Guesthouse. It is believed to be the origin place of Sri Mookambika Devi.
  • Chitramoola- A small cave just before the peak.

Suggested Trek Itinerary

Day 1- Bus Ride to the trek start point Hidlumane Falls- Mookambika Temple- Kodachadri Summit- Descend via Jeep Ride- Dinner and Campfire. 
Day 2- Kavimani- Kavishaila- Bangalore 
After an overnight bus journey to Kollur, commence your trek early in the morning. Since it's only a two-day trek, the trip would be rapid but brisk. It might turn out to be cumbersome but worth it! 

Day 1
Trek to Kodachadri via Hidlumane Falls

Hidlumane Falls

The trek covers several milestones. Once you start off from your base point near Sampekatte, you would embark on your accelerated journey.

Hidlumane Falls
After passing through lush green meadows and paddy fields, the adventurous trail begins. You come across Hidlumane Falls nestled in the forest zone which is a combination of 7 waterfalls. The path is challenging but truly rewarding with picturesque views of each waterfall. 

Kodachadri Temple
After crossing the wilderness and waterfall zone, you come across a slippery route with massive rocks and roots which has to be carefully trodden upon. Stop by Kodachadri temple to soak in the humble vibes and then proceed to your final destination for the day.

Jeep Ride
The trail now diverts to a Jeep ride. You cross a challenging quest where you would pass by Cliff's edge to reach the magnificent Kodachadri cliff. The views from here will truly take your breath away.

Sarvajna Peetha
You can flank the Sarvajna Peetha; a temple-like structure that is said to have been the prime meditation spot for Indian philosopher Adi Sankaracharya.

The Peak
A visual treat of a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea awaits you with a multitude of hues. You then retreat to your homestay/ camp after this long day. 

Day 2- Kavimani and Kavishaila

Sunrise from Kodachadri

Kuppali and Kavimani
After you're done with a tiresome trek on day 1, your 2nd day includes a breezy visit to a quaint village that is home to the Kannada poet, playwright, and novelist who is famously known as “Kuvempu”. Further on, you reach Kuppali, another village that houses Kavimani; a converted museum that was initially a three-storeyed house built in traditional Malnad architecture.

Kuvempu Rock Memorial
The next attraction you would visit is Kavishaila; a circular rock memorial dedicated to Kuvempu. These locations will give you insights into the rustic village lifestyle in addition to an array of serene surroundings!  

With this, you come to the end of your trail from where you head back to the bus stops which would take you back to your favoured destination.

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About Kodachadri Hills

Approx trek time : 4-5 hours

Availability of night trek : Not available

Base Camp : Nagodi Village or Nittur

Days required for the trek : 1 day

Difficulty level : Moderate

Height above sea level : 4406 feet

Nearest Airport : Mangalore

Nearest Railhead : Shimoga

Region : Western Ghats

Starting point of trek : Nagodi Village or Nittur

Type : Mountain Forest Trail

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