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Location: India>Karnataka>Shivamogga

Nearest Towns: Kollur.

From Bangalore: 300+ km
From Kollur: 20 km
(If you are coming via Mangalore)
Mangalore- Kollur: 140 km, takes 4 hours by bus. Buses available at half hour interval.
Kollur to Karakatte Gate: Buses from Kollur take 45 min to 1 hour for 12 km. Buses start at 7 AM.

Camping Sites: At the PWD Guest House, if you want a comfortable stay. Also, the people who manage the two temples there offer accommodation and food. Actual camping possible at the peak (near Sarvjna Peetha).

Trek Length: 1 day

Difficulty Level: Moderate.

Best Time To Visit: Mid October to Mid March

Worst Time To Visit: April to September. And during the Dusserah (Dussera) festival. Kollur and Kodachadri will be a sea of humanity.

Summary: This is the highest peak in Shimoga Districtand by far the most picturesque, at an altitude of 1343 m. It is believed that 'Shankaracharya' did meditation at the peak. And to substantiate the same you will find a 'Sarvajna Peetha' at the top. En route to the peak you will also find a moderate sized water fall deep inside the evergreen forest of Kodachadri, which is called 'Agastya Teertha'.

The peak presents a not to be missed life-time opportunity in the evening as the sun sets in the west.From its vantage point, the peak offers breath taking view of the surrounding valleys at sunset and sunrise. If the weather is clear enough, you might be even lucky enough to catch glimpses of the Arabian sea, glistening at a distance andthe Lingamanakki reservoir and lush dense forest as far as your eyes can see. From the temple, a slight deviation would lead to 'Agastya Teertha'. The route will take you inside dense forest. It is advisable to take help from locals and not to venture at night.
The other star attraction of this region is the Arishina Gundi Falls. The path leading to it is pretty treacherous and involves some rigorous trekking. The jungles are infested with leeches and hence protective footwear is advisable. But the beauty of the falls absolutely renders all perils faced en route worth it’s while. If you have enough time on your hands, do pay a visit to the eco village which is run by ISKCON. However this man made resort is no adventure compared to the wilderness of Kodachadri.

The best time to start at Marakuttaka (3 km from Nittur or 20 km from kollur) is around 6 AM and reach Kodachadri hill by noon (It gets very hot later and the path from Hidlumane falls is confusing. It is possible to reach the top even if you start at around 10AM). it is 2 km from guest house to the Sarvagna Peetha where camping can be done. It is again a day's trek downhill via Arishinagundi falls to Kollur.

Reaching there from Kollur:
From Bangalore, catch a bus to Kollur (Dakshina Kanadda Dist).
From Kollur, catch a bus which goes towards Nagara (Shimoga Dist.), and get down at Karakatte Gate after 45 minutes (11 km). Buses start from Kollur at 7 AM or so.
To your right, you'll find a mud road where you can find a sign indicating the way towards Kodachaadri. Some 4 km (1 hour walk on the plains) on the way, you will find a small tea shop ("Hotel Santosh", also known as "Kaka Angadi").
Enjoy the sumptuous food that has only one item on the menu: Puttu and Kadala (channa). Get lemon grass oil from the shop there and apply it on your legs to ward off leaches that infest the trail. There you will also find a small stream nearby for the early morning business.
From here, it is roughly 4 hours of trek to the peak. Just half-an-hour before the peak you will find two temples and a PWD Guest House. If you want a proper roof above your head to sleep, choose one of these options to stay. The guest house charges Rs. 400 or so for a deluxe room.
Notes of Experience : There are many hotels in Kollur which provide bad food. Conserve your breakfast plans till Kaka Angadi.
On the way back, you can get buses from Karakatte Gate to Kollur at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM.
Camping advice: At the Sarvagna Peetha, there is hardly space for four 2-men tents. However, you can find plenty of camping spots near the pits on the way to the peak from the PWD Guest House. If you are camping at the peak, take enough water with you.
Reaching there from Shimoga (Sivamogga):Make your way to the ‘Kodachadri Gate’ by bus. This gate marks the starting point of the trail leading to the peak. This path is a mud trail, that snakes it’s way through the forest. Do not expect to find any settlements here except for a stray tea shop here and there. The trek to the summit takes anywhere between 3 to 7 hours, depending on your pace.

Important Phone Numbers: Mr. Ramachandra jogi(food and accomodation) 9241215201

Permission: Not required

Things To Look for: The sun rise and the sun set. It is one of the best you get to see, and gives the best returns for a moderate trek.

Things to be aware of: Carry enough water if you are planning to camp at the peak.Unless you venture out into the forest towards Agasthya Theertha, wildlife is not a cause of worry. Beware of leeches if your trek is right after or during the rains. Get the lemon grass oil from the tea shop (Hotel Santosh) at Valur. It is extremely windy and cold at the peak at night, so have enough protection against cold.
And PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. I have done enough scavenging over my past five treks, but I am not expecting to go there any time soon. :-)

Approximate cost: From Bangalore: 1200 per person.

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