Tadiandamol Coorg Trek
Located in the Scotland of India, Coorg Tadiandamol peak is 260kms from Bangalore. It is the highest peak in the Coorg or Kodagu district of Karnataka at an altitude of 5,735 feet with traces of Shola forest in the range which is clearly visible from the trails.
Surrounded by coffee estates, the trail of Tadiandamol trek is 11kms overall in distance which includes water streams, extremely beautiful meadows, vista view till the horizon, beautiful flowers along the trail, clouds getting lower than the trail or even on the trails giving us a chance to pass through them, cherishing time at Chelavara waterfalls.
Day 0: Pickup from Bangalore at 2215Hrs
This is going to be a midnight journey of 260 kms from Bangalore to Kakkabe which is the base town of the peak. A brief summary about the trek and introduction among trekkers will be done. We advise trekkers to have light dinner before boarding. The overnight journey will be very exciting to make it to the perfect destination for trekking in Western Ghats.
The fragrance of coffee dwells everywhere in Coorg district which makes the morning pleasurable. The eyes can feast on the spectacular view of the coffee farms that are spread on acres of land in all directions. Reaching Kakkabe the base village of Tadiandamol Peak in the morning adds the joy to life that weekend getaways promise. The trek starts from Nalakand Palace which is on the base of the hill and is 4 kms away from the main road.
There are several families that live on the adjacent sides of the palace. This road to the Palace is curvy and uphill making it difficult for some vehicles to complete the uphill ride . There is a gate on the left side of the road to the palace which can be used for large vehicles to turn back. The roads here are well defined and go straight to the trekking trail of Tadiandamol Hill. There will be a small waterfall on the way enhancing the charisma of the trek. Several streams will be chanced upon on the way and may be used as the last resort for potable water. While walking on these paths you may encounter different types of insects, some uncommon colorful snails and some vibrant butterflies passing all the way. On the right side the eyes will capture an impression of the vibrant green color of the flora under the deepest of the blue sky with clouds swinging in all directions. There is a sudden change in the whole horizon when on the left side of the thin trail a deep valley of forests adjoining the large base of the Tadiandamol hill gets arrested in the eyes. A huge rock often known as the Big Rock is used by many as a camping ground.
Standing on the rock and capturing the panoramic view is a moment worth cherishing. To be seen further ahead is a large hill which is often confused to be the tadiandamol peak. These kinds of peaks are known as false peaks. After monsoon season on the opposite side of the hill a small valley of flowers passes through the trail which makes the whole trek mesmerised in the beauty.
This will be a steep ascent till the Shepherd Point. All the ends of the panoramic valley can be seen from this point which is often the spot where a Shepherds sits and keeps an eye on the entire herd.
A dark green forest range starts now with an upper gradient at times. This can get pitch dark if the sky is not clear. A different perspective of light remains here which can be turned into creations by a photographer. The inclination rises further and the trail gets narrow.
This is the last stretch with flowers blooming on sides, it is a wondrous moment that will remain in the memory forever. There are several ways to reach back. One can either keep moving further ahead ,which adds twelve odd kilometres ,to reach the base village or else go back the same route.
Tadiandamol The most awaited hot dinner will be served once you reach base camp along with the most awaited campfire!
Day 2: Base camp Chelavara falls – Reach Bangalore by 2000Hrs
To witness the green coffee plantations of Coorg and watching the sunrise from the coffee fields is a very beautiful moment. On the way to Bangalore spend some time at Chelavara falls via Virajpet. Once you listen to the sound of the water there will be a deep connection between you and the place. To explore more one can visit Padi Igguthappa Temple which is one of the oldest temples of Coorg.
• Lush green meadows
• Flower beds
• Big Rock
• Shepherd Point
• Forest trail
• Cottage stay
• Power Pack (Energy Snacks)
ALTITUDE: 5735 feet. It is the highest peak in Coorg/ or Kodagu district of Karnataka.
TRAIL TYPE: Dense tropical rain forest with moderate inclinations.
DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate, no prior experience required.
ATTRACTION: It is a must to listen to the sound of Chelavara falls. It is on the way towards the hill from Virajpet. On the base of hill there is Nalaknad Palace built in 1792 by Dodda Veerarajendra and also Padi Igguthappa Temple, of the deity Igguthappa, is one of the oldest temples of the Kodavs build by King Lingarajendra in 1810.
ADVISORY: During Monsoons it is advised to be prepared to tackle leeches on the way. Apart from it this region is a part of Shola forests and there has been moments of Elephants. So it is advised to be very careful for camping.
WATER SOURCES: During Monsoon season there is plenty of water in the form of streams and water fall towards the peak.
REGION: Western Ghats of Karnataka
- Bangalore to Bangalore private travel
- 2 Breakfasts
- 2 Lunches
- 1 Dinner
Things to carry:
- Cargos/Track pants
- Trekking/Hiking Shoes, preferably waterproof
- A few pairs of cotton socks
- Water bottle
- Personal Medication/First Aid Kit