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An overview of Kodachadri
‘Adri’ is an ancient word in the Sanskrit language and is used mostly to denote hills. Kodacha is a world that means Jasmine of the hill or the Girimallika in the local language. Therefore, the place Kodachadri is used to denote the hill where jasmine flowers grow in large numbers. This place is situated in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. The dense covers and the fog-covered mountains of Kodachadri that stand tall at about 1343m above sea level have been given the status of “Natural Heritage Site” by the State Government of Karnataka.
History of this place
The Kodachadri hills that are found on the mighty ranges of Western Ghats had managed to kindle the curiosity of the local inhabitants of this place about thousands of years ago. Huge rock structures of about 12 feet of height have been constructed in the vicinity of this area and these structures are believed to have been constructed during the prehistoric era. These hills are considered to be very sacred by millions of Hindu devotees who come here every year because according to legends, this was the place where Goddess Mukambika fought against the fierce demon, Mookasura and killed him. One can find a temple dedicated to the Goddess at the peak of this hill.
Ever since the days of the British, these hills have proved to be a great trekking spot. During 18th century, Lewin Bentham Bowring, who was then Mysore’s Commissioner, had commented that Kodachadri hills had quite a steep terrain and housed some of the thickets forests on their way. He also recorded that from the peak of these hills, the view of Karnataka state was absolutely beautiful. The famous temple at Kollur, which is quite close to Kodachadri, was constructed by Saint Adi Shankara who spent a lot of time meditating on these hills. Even today, most of the devotees who visit Kollur temple, do not fail to trek down the wonderful peaks of Kodachadri.
Kodachadri, found in Shimoga district of Karnataka, stands at 1343m above sea level and is a haven for nature-lovers. It is not without a reason that the State Government of Karnataka declared this place as a natural heritage site. Situated on the Western Ghats, Kodachadri is inclined 13.51 degrees towards North and 74.52 degrees towards East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – The airport at Mangalore is the nearest to Kodachadri.
Rail – Mangalore Railway Station, at about 130km, is the nearest rail station to Kodachadri
Road – It is quite easy to reach Kodachadri as there are lots of buses (both government and private sector) that ply from all the important cities of Karnataka, especially Mangalore and Kollur to Kodachadri almost every day.
Local transport – Kodachadri is a trekker’s paradise, therefore, trekking is best way to explore these hills. It is not recommended to depend on any other mode of transport to go around this place.
Tourist Attractions and Things to do
The trekking trail that is found along the mighty Kodachadri Hills brings about a world of attractions for the trekkers. Some of the exciting places that capture tourists here are the Ganesh Guha (Caves where there is a temple of Lord Ganesh), Sarvajna Peetha (the place where the Great Saint Adi Shankara meditated, Iron Pillar (huge 40feet structure at the entrance of Mookambika temple at the peak of the hills), Hidlumane Waterfalls, Arasinagundi Waterfalls, Belakallu Theertha, Nagara Fort and Sunset Point. Apart from trekking, tourists can observe the rich flora and fauna around the Kodachadri hills, take bathe in the waterfalls and offer prayers at the famous shrine of the Goddess when they come here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Hotel Vishwas is the nearest restaurant to Kodachadri at about 6km. There are no exclusive restaurants as most of the hotels that provide accommodation facilities, also have in-house restaurants in them. Mangalorean cuisine specialities like Neer Dosa and Kori Roti should be tried by tourists who come here.
Where to stay
Though there are some hotels like Sharon, JK Residency, Anejari Nature Camp and Ottinene Forest Guest House that provide budget accommodations to tourists, the most preferred options are the innumerable home-stays that are available here. The ambience is homely, food is great and cost is reasonable in these options. Kodachadri Home Stays and Hallimane Home stays are some of the most sought after options.
STD, PIN and Emergency Numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Kodachadri are 08254 and 576220 respectively. Police, Fire and Ambulance services are available on 24/7 helpline numbers of 100, 101 and 108 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
Banks – There are no banks in Kodachadri. One has to come to Kollur which is about 12km away for one’s banking needs.
Close to Syndicate Bank, Kollur Road, Vandse,
Uduppi – 576233, Ph: 09008856555
Tourism Development Corporation of Karnataka State
N0.49, Second Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road,
Bangalore – 560001, Ph: 080 22352901