The Kodachadri Hills tower over the tiny pilgrim centre of Kollur. Kodachadri is the highest hill from which the range gets its name. It seems to rise high up into the clouds with green trees at the base, bordering Kundapur in Udupi district. On the western portion it drops almost perpendicular to the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary which is the home of the endangered lion-tailed macaque. The Sowparnika River flows in the valley beyond the hills and empties into the Arabian Sea near the famous Maravanthe Beach. The river has large stretches of mangrove forests rich in aquatic delicacies like tiger prawns and crabs. Start the trek from the base of the Hills where there are three paths. Take the middle path as it is the toughest portion of the hike being steep for the most part. The hill is so beautiful and the air so invigorating that one automatically walks slowly taking in the sights of the green vistas and meadows on the surrounding hills and valleys and the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary nestling way below in the valley to the west.
In the rainy season and post monsoon one can see the grace of the Agastya Teertha Waterfall on the left face of the hill.It takes about 30-40 mins from Kodachadri to reach the summit at a leisurely pace. Trekkers love to reach the top in time for the sunrise or sunset which are both spectacular and make for great photographs. Walking down the same way is easier and should take 4 hrs.The slope towards Kundapur has steep faces and is not advisable unless you have done rock climbing before. On reaching the bottom one can go either through Kundapur or Shimoga.
Ideal Season: Oct to March
Location: On the border of Shimoga and Udupi districts in the Western Ghats
How to Reach
From Maravanthe to Kollur via Kundapur;it is 57 km/11/2 hrs by car and 2 hrs by bus.Take NH4 from Bangalore to Tumkur and then NH 206 to Shimoga.From Shimoga to the foothills is 120 km via Theerthalli-Mastikatte Road.