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Tadiyandamol means highest point in Kodava language, this peak is the highest one in the Coorg district situated near Virajpet about a 30kms away on the way to Napoklu, Bhagamandala. This peak just adjacent to the Makutta forest. On the way you also get a old palace called 'Nalku Naadu Aramane'. There are apparently 18 trek routes to get to the peak, the most common one's being the 'Honey Valley route' and the 'Palace route'. The former being a longer and scenic route and the later the shorter version that leads you straight to the peak. The 'Honey Valley' route is not open to back packers and other trekking enthusiasts unless and until you have a reservation at their home stay.

At a height 1740m, Tadiyandamol is the second highest peak in Karnataka. The peak belongs to the group of taller peaks between Himalayas in the north and Nilgiris in the South. Tadiyendamol is a part of the range of Western Ghats that lie in Coorg District of Karnataka. This range experiences a salubrious climate through out the year. Elephants, bison, tigers, wild cats, and variety of birds habitat the thick vegetation. Plenty of waterfalls and natural springs adorn the valleys. The flora & fauna of Coorg add to the beauty of the valley. Most of the natural vegetation around the peak in this range is taken over by Plantation growers and converted to Plantations of coffee, pepper, cardamom, beetle leaves, and areca nut. The forest department well maintains the forest range with early burning of weeds and shrubs, planting trees to re-grow the forest and maintenance of trees. The effort of the association of forest guards and local people in maintaining this forest range is commendable

India > Karnataka > Coorg > Madikeri

Nearest Town:


Bus Route & Distances:

Bangalore > Mysore > Hunsur > Gonikoppal > Virajapet bus stand
------------------------- 270 kms approx ---------------------------

From Virajpet bus stand get to the private bus stand which is about 10 min walk uphill. Take a bus that goes towards Napoklu from the bus stop near the clock tower.

Virajpet > Kabbinakaadu > kaikamba >
kakkabe > Napoklu
----------------------- 30 kms approx ------
Get down at Kakkabe, which is a small town, if you want to get some water or food. The start of the trek is actually a couple of Km before Kakkabe while coming from Virajpet.

You can come to Kakkabe from Madikkeri also. There are quite a few buses from Madikkeri to Virajpet that pass through Napoklu and Kakkabe.

Travel :
KSRTC, Rajahmsa.
If you have your own car, you can drive half the way up to the West Wind Cottage-- it is a resort. Do check with them if you can part your car there. From there, it is just two hours trek to the peak.

Ticket Price :
Bangalore - Virajpet is approx. Rs.420/- per head.
Virajpet - Kaikkamba is approx. Rs 30/- per head.

Trek Length:
1 - 2 Days.

Trek Route:

Route 1: 'Honey Valley'
- Get down at Kabbinakaadu (also known as honey valley stop).
- Walk towards honey valley and start your trek from there.
- Trek distance approximately 8 kms to the peak.

Route 2: 'Palace'
- Get down at Kaikamba bus stop-- ask the conductor to drop you at Naalku Naadu Palace (in Kannada, it is called AramanE) bus stop. They will show you the way from the bus stop to the 'Palace'.
- Walk towards the palace on the tar road till you reach the ghat road. At the forking point, to the left is the palace. There is another home stay place right at the junction. You take the road to the right, which is a fairly steep climb. The trek starts from there. From the palace, it is 3 kms to the the ghat section.

There are other routes through private coffee estates which one needs to explore on their own.

Camping Sites:
CAUTION: Recently, wild elephants have started wandering into the trail and around the patches of forests. If you intend to camp anywhere, keep a camp fire running.
- At the foothills of the peak, before entering the forest in and around a huge rock which has graffiti on it.
- There are lot of open spaces on the way to the peak. One has to use a little discretion and common sense before pitching tents. There is a fairly large flat terrain at the foot of the peak, which gives you protection from the wind. If you are not carrying tents, it is a safe place to camp.
- At the peak. I don't think the peak can accommodate more than 4 tents.

Keep in mind that the peak is awfully windy and cold all through the night. Camp at the peak only if you are sure that you have reliable tents with you. Keep enough water with you at the peak.

Water Source:
The only water source on the way to the peak is at the foothills in the forest where a stream flows. The huge rock with graffiti gives you directions to the water source and is about 5 minutes walk down from there.

Difficulty Level:
Easy to moderate with steep climbs. Keep in mind that almost the entire trek length is through open space, so it is better to start early to escape the fiery sun, especially if your trek is during the summers.

Best Time To Visit:
Early winter.

Worst Time To Visit:
Probably summers and when it rains.

Important Phone Numbers:
Some contacts of Home Stay's in and around Kakkabe, Coorg.

1. 'Kings Cottage'
Contact Person(s): Vivek, Viju
Mobile: 9845963883, 9480021005
Ph: 08272 - 238464

2. 'Palace Estate'
Contact Person: Prakash
Mobile: 9880447702
Ph: 08272 - 238446, 238346
Website: www.palaceestate.co.in

3. 'Honey Valley'
Contact Person: Suresh Chengappa
Ph: 08272 - 238339

No permission is required.

Things To Look for:
- Sun rise and sun set from the peak is a must.
- Picturesque landscapes.

Things To Be Aware Of:
- Leeches around the stream during rains.
- Strong, cold winds at the peak.
- Might get freezing cold at the peak during winter.

Precautionary Measures:
- Carry enough water, electrolyte drinks (glucon D) and energy bars (5 star).
- Carry oral rehydration solutions for cramps.
- Carry ointments and or sprays (Moov) for muscle pulls / aches.
- Carry lighter, salt or deodarant spray for leeches.

- A photographers delight.

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you will find plenty of elephant dung, not so old. if you are lucky, you might hear the trumpeting of elephants as well. DO CHECK with the locals about the recent activity, but irrespective of anything recent, keep a camp fire running through the night.
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