A perfect weekend plan from Bangalore

The name Kodachadri actually means the ‘Hills of Jasmine of the hill plant”. This place has a stunning view and once you reach the peak there is the Mookambika temple. This peak is one of the 10 highest peaks in Karnataka and it is a very popular trekking destination for those who stay in Bangalore pr come to visit Bangalore.

This is a perfect adventure spot for those who love to trek. The trekking train goes through the Mookambika National Park and here one gets to spot some rare species of animals like Indian leopard, Malabar pied hornbill and Indian rock python. That is why; this place is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Kodachadri is located about 1350 metres above sea level and it gives a complete 360 degree view of the hills and peak nearby. Here while trekking; one gets the lush green forest around that refreshes you. This place is also a national heritage site by the government of Karnataka because this peak has the temple and it is not a normal one. This temple is famous because here the Adi Shankara meditated once. So whenever one treks till this peak they get to see a heritage spot near the top.

Things to do here:
  • These are the following things that one can do in this trek.
  • They can visit the Mookambika National Park and spot some wildlife.
  • Visit the Hindlumane Falls which is not so far from Kodachadri.
  • One can also visit the Arasinagundi Falls.

·         Watch the serene sun set from Kodachadri.

The distance from Bangalore to this place is 394 kilometres. Also the trek level is moderate. The altitude for this trek is 4400 ft. The base camp is at Nitturu and the best season to visit this place is from October to February. Now to reach this place, there are buses from Kollur to Bangalore. You can get off the Karekatte gate and there lies the starting point of Nettur. Also, by train you can reach Shimoga and take the local bus to Kollur.

So, you can make a plan like this. You can leave Bangalore at night and then reach Kollur in the morning. The reach the hotel and freshen up before you start your trek for the day. Trek up to the peak and it will take at least 4 to 5 hours. There is a rest house at the top. You can take a break there or head direct to the sun set point. Then come back and stay the night at guest house. On the next day you can take a bus and come back to the base that is Kollur. On the next day, you can trek till the Arishinagudi Falls and it is a very adventurous trek. Head back to Bangalore the next day.

Take proper trekking shoes, comfortable clothes and sippers when you are out for trek. Take warm clothes if it is winter. Also, never forget to carry a sun screen lotion with you.
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