Kodachadri is a mountain peak with dense forests(altitude – 1343 meters above sea level) in the western ghats. The name comes from native word “Kodacha” or “Kodashi” which means hill and “Adri” a Sanskrit word, both combined together coined the word Kodachadri. It is also called “Kutachadri” and “Kodashi Parvatha”. Kodachadri forms a background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. Situated in the middle of the Mookambika national park, it is home to several endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. The peak is barren due to strong winds and as such, the forest covered nature is visible all around and also several smaller peaks and hills exist.
There is a small temple near the peak where ‘Shankaracharya’ did meditationand also ancient Sarvajna Peeta (built out of rock) at the top.
Kodachadri is also a popular trekking route among the people. Trekking during winter is ideal. During winter, the weather will be all clear and the panoramic view will be beautiful. Night trekking during winter on a full moon day will be thrilling and a good option for such trekkers who want a change. Another easier trekking route is on the jeep road , which starts from Sampekatte village (Hosanagara Taluk). The sunset watched from Kodachadri peak on a clear day is an enchanting experience. The Arabian Sea is visible from the top on cloudless day and sun literally goes down into the sea and due to the proximity to sea, the shape of golden sun changes every minute. At the beginning it looks like a inverted pot, then like a vessel, a hat, a ring with double edges and so many shapes are visible which are interesting sights. The sunrise is also seen from another hillock, which is called Venkatarayana Durga, with some remote connection to some Palegara Kings who ruled the surrounding places. During sunrise, the plateau below is usually covered with mist and it looks like a vast sea of curd with some high peaks peeping out of that misty plateau.
Around ten kilometers from Kodachadri, there is ‘Hidlumane Waterfalls’ and only a britle path is there to reach this water falls – suitable for those who love a little adventurous trekking. Another water falls in deep forest is ‘Arasinagundi falls’ which is nearer to Kollur, at the bottom of Kodachadri. There is also one more distant water falls called ‘Belakallu theertha’ , which is near Mudur, Jadkal (Kollur), also suitable for trekkers.
‘Nagara Fort’ is around 25 km from Kodachadri and there exists an old fort built during 18th Century and around Nagara, the landscape created out of backwaters of Linganamakki Dam on Sharavathi River is pleasent. There is also thick forested area and some villages with agricultural activity, all making good landscape.
Click here for some of the photos of Kodachadri.