Trek To Buddhas peak : Shingani Gudda 

Overview

It is one of the major peaks in Charmadi range and is also known as Buddha's Peak. This is a 3 hour trek and being a moderate one, ideal for beginners too. The peak resembles the forehead of elephant and often referred to as gigantic elephant too. One passes through thick jungles adjoining Amedikallu and Sibile Gudda peaks, Minchukallu and Kumbhakallu peaks.

OOty of Karnataka

Overview

A green patch of forest situated at 3400m above sea level, in the rocky region of Chitradurga - Popularly known as a 7 hill fort in history is a place called Jogimatti. Amidst prevailing heat wave and perennial drought, the green cover prevailing at the edge of the city has created a climate that resembles Ooty. Hence, the region is also called as ‘OOty of Central Karnataka’. Presence of heavy breeze, misty mountains and greenery are attracting the people from far away places. It is very clear that the forest got its name from a saint called ‘Jogi’, who was known for his social services, and a natural cave that houses a Shiva Linga and idols of Veerbhadra and Basavanna. Jogimatti is home for rare animals, including leopards and sloth bear that are on the verge of extinction, and the plants with medicinal value. In the midst of the forest, there is a waterfall called ‘Himavad Kedara’ that rejuvenates the visitor. Jogimatti is a trekkers delight and must see the place for nature lovers in the pristine state.

In The Scotland of India

Overview

Kopatty Hills Trek in Coorg is one of the best weekend treks around Bangalore where you can experience the bliss of the Coorg lifestyle and the endless tropical trails of the Western Ghats in the Coorg district of Karnataka. Kopatty is one the tallest peak in the region. Situated at a height of 1375 meters in the Tala Cauvery Range adjoining to Bhagamandala town.
There are jeep trails, dense jungles, Waterfalls, Streams, Vast green Grasslands and meadows to experience for a trekking passionate person. Atop a fantastic view awaits and Erulli Vana Pradesh - Forests (which are considered sacred by Kodava Community)

In the Broadest and Tallest mountain

Overview

Tadiandamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu, is another trekker's paradise. Tadiandamol is the third tallest peak in Karnataka with an elevation of 5,735 feet and offers a challenging to terrain to cover with some breathtaking views .From the peak you can view the distant Arabian sea and the spell-binding beauty of Kodagu all around. The name Tadiandamol means “broadest and tallest mountain” in Kodava Thakk (language).The best time to visit Tadiandamol is early winter. "Highest Point" as called in Kodava language, this peak is the highest one in the Madikeri district. This peak is just adjacent to the Makutta forest. In Malayalam 'Tadiandamol' can be translated as 'The fat man's daughter'. On the way, you also get an old palace called 'Nalknad Aramane'.

If you intend to do camping in Coorg, there are some excellent spots with boulders blocking the flow of wind for setting up camps. The sunrise from Tadiyandamol is a sight to behold, so do not forget to pack in your camera too.

On reaching the peak, you will be able to view the beauty of the landscape with the greenery stretching below and the misty clouds at your feet.

Kayaking and Watercraft

Overview

If you have not tried water sport such as Kayaking before and wish to have a hands on experience during a weekend then River Shambavi is the right place to begin with and learn basics of Kayaking & watercraft. Situated on the fringes of west-coast of western ghats where river. River Shambavi flowing through Kudremukh in Western Ghats meets the sea. The picturesque surroundings and river flowing in steady pace is a an ideal place to explore by a kayak.

You paddle your kayak from the Arabian sea to Western ghats along the Palimar dam after crossing the backwater. Explore the vivid environs by kayak tour and unfold the secrets of nature.

 

Difficulty Factor on Scale of 10

Difficulty Level 10 : 06

Fun Factor 10 : 10

Fitness Required : 10 : 05

Distance Covered : 30 Kms

 

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FEW FACTS

Altitude
4,500ft


Trail Type
A 14 km trek along the dense tropical rain forests with steep inclinations towards Kopatty Hill.


Difficulty
Easy to moderate, steep yet straight forward ascent, no prior experience required.


Trekking Distance
12 to 14 kms(approximatly)


Attractions
Erulli Vana Forests, which are considered sacred in the Kodagu region can be seen in full view from the Kopatty Hill Top.

Dubare Elephant camp in Madikeri, Coorg gives assurance for Elephants and also white water rafting on the banks of River Cauvery.

Golden Temple, a Tibetan Monastery at Bylakuppe, Kushalnagar which promises enlightenment to many, if desired.


Best Season 
All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.


Advisory
The Kopatty Hill is surrounded by wildlife. There can moments where one can spot Elephants and other wild animals too. The trekking trail becomes a little complicated so it is advised to be prepared to tackle leeches on the way.


Water Sources
There can be one or two water stream before the last ascent of Kopatty Hill, which depend on the Monsoon.


Region
Coorg Region of Westerrn Ghats, Karnataka.


Coordinates
Latitude 12.404704, Longitude 75.595210.


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