Saturday, May 10, 2008
Kodachadri is one of the most beautiful spots of Western Ghats. Kodachadri hill is in Shimoga district, 1343 meters above sea level. A beatific hill abode that overlooks the panoramic Western Ghats. you can see Arabian sea from the top of the hill. It is clothed with splendid evergreen forests.
The place is 115 kilometers from Shimoga town, but very near to the famous temple town of Kollur. Kodachadre is the trekkers' paradise,Trekkers can start trekking from Nagodi village near Kollur and reach Kodachadri peak after about three hours trek. Thick forest, Sholas, grass lands and cool air are a specialty of this place.It is clothed with splendid evergreen forests.
This is the highest peak in Shimoga District. At the peak it is believed that 'Shankaracharya' did meditation. And to substantiate the same you will find a 'Sarvajna Peetha' at the top. There is moola stana (original place) of Kollur Goddess at Kodachadri. An Iron pillar, said to be ancient weapon used by Goddess Mookambika to kill Kolasura, a demon, stands in front of small temple near Travelers Bungalow and the antiquity of this Iron pillar makes interesting sight. But present priest says that this Iron pillar might have been installed during Mysore Wodeyar's regime or during British period to identify this place from distance as an Iron Ore.
These hills constitute one of the largest forest areas in Karnataka and part of this region is designated as the Kollur Mookambika Nature Reserve.
Above the clouds...
Beautiful view from Kodachadri IB in morning sunrise.
Sunset from Kodachadri Peak during winter is most beautiful and unforgettable sight. Even though there is a Travellers Bungallow, other facilities like food etc. Near Kodachadri hill You will find some great waterfalls like Arasinagundi ,Belkal Teertha,Hidlumane water falls etc.
Labels: Hill-Station, Karnataka, Kollur, Kundapura, Mountains, National-Park, Reserve, Shimoga, Temple, Western Ghats
I documents my visits to lesser known places in Soth India. It documents places nestled deep in the beauty of the Western Ghats and historical monuments.