Kodachadri peak is the tenth highest peak in the state of Karnataka and the highest in Shimoga district. The peak lies in the heart of Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary and is an underrated place to visit in Karnataka.
Hidlumane waterfalls is a 6 stepped beauty of a waterfall located right at the foothills of Kodachadri peak.
Belkal Theertha Waterfalls is located in Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. These falls drop from a 300 ft mountain called Korshi Betta. The trek route to reach the falls is a demanding factor.
To reach Kodachadri peak, we can cover the initial trail by a jeep ride. It is a complete off-roading route and boosts up your adrenaline rush.
We will reach Shimoga around 7 AM and have our breakfast. We will freshen up in nearby hotel and have breakfast there. (We have roughly 45 minutes for this). After completing breakfast, we will get into the hired vehicle and move towards Kodachadri.
Our first destination is Hidlumane Waterfalls. It will take around 2.5 hours from Shimoga to reach the starting checkpoint of Hidlumane Waterfalls. At the checkpoint we will take entry tickets and start towards the waterfalls. To reach the waterfalls we will have to walk around 2-3 kms. The starting part of the trail is pleasant but the latter is a bit tricky with heavy flowing water and slippery rocks beneath. The rocks will be sharp, so we will have to carefully check and step on them. We'll spend a good amount of time at the waterfall. We will trek back to the starting checkpost. We have a changing room there, so we can change into a dry pair of clothes. Do not forget to carry a polythene cover to drop your wet clothes.
From here we will head to Kodachadri peak. To reach the peak first we will be hiring a jeep ride for about a distance of 1.5km with hairpin bends and it's completely an off-roading trail till one point. From here we will have to trek the remaining trail to reach Kodachadri peak. We will be trekking approximately 2km. The views from the peak are mesmerising. If the weather is clear we will be able to witness sunset from the peak. After sunset we will trek down, take the jeep and get back back to our hired vehicle.
We will head to our stay, have dinner and retire for the day.
Our trek leader will wake us up early in the morning. We will freshen up at our stay, have breakfast and pack up. We'll check out from the stay and head to Belkal Theertha Falls.
Belkal Theertha Falls is located in Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. These falls drop from a 300 ft mountain called Korshi Betta. To reach Belkal Theertha Falls, we will first take entry tickets and trek towards the falls. The trek to these falls is around a 3km uphill trek so be prepared for it. Carry your own water bottle to avoid littering. This trail is a bit tiring, so carry some refreshments and ORS too if needed. We will spend ample amount of time near the Falls. Once done, we will trek back to the entry point, change our clothes and get into our hired vehicle.
We will have lunch on the way back to Hubbali. The route from Kodachadri to Hubbali is very scenic. We will have to catch an evening train from Hubbali to Hyderabad.
We will reach Hyderabad around 9 AM. And, we will end our trip here with lot of memories.
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