People have been admiring the beauty of the Kodachadri Trek, which is located in the middle of Mookambika Park, since the beginning of time. It is also known by the name “Jasmine of the Hills”, and its name comes from a flowering shrub. This is a beautiful peak that is surrounded by forest. It rises 1,343 metres above the sea level and is Karnataka’s 10th highest peak.
It is located in Karnataka’s Shivamogga District, and is covered with thick woods. Shimoga lies 78 km away. It has been designated a natural heritage landmark by the government of Karnataka. Kodachadri is a combination of the Sanskrit words for mountain and the native words Kodacha or Kodashi, which refers to Kutaja flower.
Since prehistory’s early days, Kodachadri seems to have piqued the interest of humankind. In antiquity, many monolithic monuments known as menhirs were built here. These monuments were constructed from rocks more than 12 feet long. These massive structures can be found just 20 km from Nagara-Nilsakal. The Old Mother Goddess is honored in a temple. The temple is visited by many Hindu pilgrims. It is believed to be on the spot where Mookambika defeated Mookasura thousands years ago.
Historisch, people used to climb to the summit from Nagara, a neighboring state. Europeans also made the ascent in the 19th Century. Lewin Bentham, Kodachadri’s Commissioner, stated that the hill was “covered with beautiful trees” and that the slope is very steep in one area. It appears as a bluff at a distance, but it is really razor-sharp. He also noted that Kodachadri can be seen from Sringeri’s Merti Peak.
Both locals and Keralites visit Kodachadri regularly. Legend has it that Sage Adi Shankara visited this area, meditated there and built a temple in Kollur. A small shrine, Sarvajnapeetha, made from stone and dedicated Adi Shankara is located at the summit of Kodachadri. Many South Indian pilgrims who travel from South India to Kollur also trek to Kodachadri.
Dr. K. Shivarama Karantha, a Udupi District writer, hiked to Kodachadri during the 1940s. He praised the natural surroundings and described Kodachadri’s beauty as the most beautiful among three mountains in coastal Karnataka (the others being Kuduremukh or Kumara Parvata).
Flora and Fauna, and places to visit:
This area is home to the Malabar Giant Squirrel and Malabar Langur, as well as the Emerald Pigeon, Malabar Langur, Malabar Langur, Malabar Langur, King Cobra and the Python.
Kollur is located close to Kodachadri and is an excellent location to reach the hill. You can reach Kollur via Shimoga and Bangalore. From Kollur, trekkers can reach Nagodi, which is located at the base the summit. Spend the night in Nagodi hamlet to reach Nittur via a different route. The hike takes you 12 km from Nittur’s Kodachadri gate. Although the Kodachadri climb is the most difficult trek in Karnataka it offers a stunning view from the top. The summit is surrounded by lush jungle. On clear days, you can see the blue waters of the Arabian Sea from the top. The sunrise and sunset can be seen from the summit. A budget-conscious traveller might camp out at Kodachadri, a bit further from the peak, and spend the night there.
You can also visit the Lingamanakki reservoir or the Arishinagundi waterfalls. Hidlumane Waterfalls, which are 10 kilometers away, can be reached on foot. It is recommended to hire a local guide to get to the falls.
A waterfall named Agastya Tethertha is located in the Kodachadri neighboring woods. This waterfall can only be found with the help of local guides.
The Nagara Fort, located 25 kilometers from Kodachadri is framed by backwaters of Linganamakki Dam along the Sharavathi River.
Kodachadri, as mentioned, is 12 kilometers from Kollur (a well-known town for its temples). Parashurama, a Sage, is believed to have established the Mookambika Devi shrine. In fact, the shrine to Mookambika Devi, who is believed to have been born in Kodachadri, actually exists.
The best month to visit Kodachadri’s hill station is October to May.