Long Weekend Kodachadri Trip
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- 4 Days 3 Nights
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On the aisle of the Long Weekend in September, an adventure is ringing that will bring packets of peace and harmony. The unique milieu of India gives us chances to feel miscellaneous expressions at will. Not that other months don’t remind us of this, but Gandhi Jayanti on 02 October makes us feel a bit more independent, special and responsible. Dive deep into the itinerary, which will showcase the diverse faces of Karnataka in 4 Days and 3 Nights.
Trekkers attempt Kodachadri Trek, approximately 14 km, in search of shimmering dusk, glimpses of the Arabian Sea en route, and Hidlumane Falls. Heavenly sitting at 1300 m in the Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is a standalone Sarvajna Peetha, a small temple-like structure made of stone where Adi Sankaracharya is said to have meditated. The route tik-toks into forests, climb almost 50 degrees and lays bare on grasslands. If you crave greenery, forests, and natural colours assorted with smells, delight, and adventure, come home to Kodachadri this long weekend in September.
Next, we will visit a camp for captive elephants, Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, which allows animal-human interaction.
Munjane Manjinolu Pasuralli nadevaaga Anjisuva Sanjeyolu Usirannu yelevaaga Yele poove aalisuve, which roughly translates to ‘When the morning mist walks among the pastures, when the evening draws its breath in the evening, the leaf listens to the breeze.’
Peeping into the rustic life of Kuvempu, we will be soaked with pride. If you are not aware, Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa – known as Kuvempu in short – is the most celebrated poet of Karnataka. Kuvempu wrote approximately 68 works, more than half comprising poetry.
Next, we make our way to the Devagange Temple, a place of spiritual significance nestled amidst the serene natural beauty of the region.
We will also visit a Secret Falls.
In Kollur, we will visit Kollur Temple, also called as Moola Mookambika Temple. Ending our Kodachadri long Weekend trip with a historical journey to Chitradurga Fort, we will get absorbed in overwhelming memories from the trip on the way back home.
On the Kodachadri Long Weekend Getaway package, you are bound to surrender to the rhythms of natural and man-made marvels. This itinerary for the upcoming long weekend in September will take you to places with Geographical, Historical, and Mythological significance.
Note: Long Weekend seats are limited and only reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. So, kindly go through the complete itinerary and reserve your seat at your earliest.
- Summit Kodachadri Peak by trekking;
- Get drenched in the Hindlumane Falls;
- Midway, immerse yourselves in glimpses of the Arabian Sea en route;
- Visit Moola Mookambika temple;
- Visit Devagange Temple
- Visit Chitradurga Fort for a peek into the history
- Take a sneak peek at Kuvempu’s life – Karnataka’s most celebrated poet
- Visit Secret Falls
- Interact with captive elephants at Sakrebyle Elephant Camp.
- Start the journey
- Reach Homestay, freshen up and Breakfast
- Trek to Kodachadri with a packed Lunch
- Return to Homestay
- Visit Sakrebyle Elephant Camp
- Kuppali And Devagange Temple
- Return to Homestay
- Start the trek to Secret Falls
- Return to the campsite and stay in tents
- Visit Kollur/Moola Mookambika Temple
- En-route Stop at Chitradurga Fort
- Return to Bangalore by 10 pm
The pickups will start from Bangalore at 8 pm. The trek leader will brief you about the trek points, timeline, and safety measures. We will have a gripping introductory session. Midway, you can play games or rest.
Kodachadri Long Weekend Trip
The cosy little homestay near Sampekatte is a short drive away from the starting point of our trek. After a quick freshen-up and fulfilling breakfast, we pack our bags again and get prepped for long trekking.
There are five main milestones that one needs to look out for on the Kodachadri trail. The first is an open field of meadow that pops up out of nowhere amidst thick forest trails. Numerous paddy fields later, the trail leads to a house where a small surprise awaits the tired trekkers.
Spoiler alert: the challenging part of the trek starts from here.
The second is the much-awaited Hidlumane Falls, a combination of seven waterfalls. You are rewarded with spectacular views of the main waterfall cascading down on you from about 60 feet. The feeling of pristine water gushing over your tired body will be therapy. Refill your water bottles here.
An almost vertical climb on the front face of the trail over tree roots and slippery rocks from the Kodachadri Falls leads to steeper meadows that eventually end up on the top of the very first Peak on this trail. This forms the third milestone and is an excellent place to rest and have some much-deserved lunch.
Further, the path diverges only to merge until it joins the jeep trail leading up to the Kodachadri Temple. This is your fourth milestone and the point from where you’ll board the jeep on your way down.
From here, a rocky trail through a cliff’s edge leads you to the fifth and final milestone, the Kodachadri peak. Here you will find the Sarvajna Peetha, a small temple-like structure made of stone where Adi Sankaracharya, an 8th-century Indian philosopher and theologian, is said to have meditated.
Apart from this, grand vistas scattering myriad hues across the vast evening sky make all your efforts worthwhile and fill you with a sense of achievement.
Descend 2 km, and get into a jeep ride to the base of the trek.
The most challenging part is over. At the homestay, freshen up, have dinner, and sit around for a crispy chit-chat/dance/game session. Exchange talks, horror stories, and count stars.
Today will be chill. We will have breakfast and come out for an elephant-human interaction at Sakrebyle Elephant Camp.
The camp houses elephants all over Karnataka that need proper attention and training. The elephants may require training or attention due to illness, behavioural issues, deficiency in nutrition, etc. The Karnataka Forest Department maintains the camp. The camp is situated in the vicinity of River Tunga.
We will visit Kavi Shail, the house of this evergreen poet Kuvempu. Peeping into the rustic life of Kuvempu, we will be soaked with pride and inspiration. There is a canteen outside the house of Kuvempu where you can have basic snacks.
Then, we will visit Devagange Temple, where we find solace and a sense of tranquillity as we offer our prayers and witness the divine aura surrounding the temple.
Then, we will return to the homestay and have a relaxing time.
From the homestay, we will start a Secret Waterfalls trek. Enjoy the falling droplets, the sound of nature, and the cooling breeze.
You will find yourself surrounded by giant boulders and stones near the waterfall. It’s a heavenly 360-degree view of boulders and rock. Be mindful that the pool is deep from the periphery, so Plan the Unplanned advises going inside only if you are a confident swimmer.
This is the last day of the trip and the one to gain blessings and taste history. Standing as a highlight in Kollur town, the Moola Mookambika goddess in the temple blesses devotees. It’s said that she once slew the demon Kamasur.
Then, on our way back, we will visit Chitradurga Fort. It is one of the biggest hidden gem surprises from India’s monument treasure trove. The Archaeological Survey of India maintains it beautifully. The Chitradurga Fort has 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret entrances, four invisible passages, water tanks, and 2000 watch towers to guard and keep vigil on enemy incursions.
We will finally have lunch (self-sponsored) and start our return journey to Bangalore. Although almost impossible, we will have to leave each other's company to return to routine, which is equally important. Rest well and stay positive. And once you are ready to do it all over again, call us. Our team would love to hear from you again. Check our other itineraries and ring us soon. Till then, take care and love life.
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- Accommodation in Homestay and Campsite separate for men and women
- 4 Breakfast, 2 Lunch & 3 Dinner
- To and fro travel from Bengaluru
- Trek Pemission & Local Guide
- Jeep ride from Kodachadri Mookambika to Homestay
- Entry fees to Secret Falls & Chitradurga Fort
- Sakrebyle Elephant camp entry
- Any meals not included above
- Any kind of insurance
- Any kind of personal expense
- Any kind of photography charge
- Any other expense at Sakrebyle Elephant Camp
THINGS TO CARRY
- Soft Copy of your Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
- Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers ( Mandatory )
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 liter each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
- Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
- Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
- Power Bank
- Portable chargers for your electronics
- Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
- Polybags to pack your wet clothes
- Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary
Policy and Terms
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
|Intimation Period||Cancellation Fee|
|7 Days or more||10% of the total invoice value|
|3-6 days before the trek date||50% of the total invoice value|
|0-2 days before the trek date||100% of the total invoice value|
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
- There will be no consideration given to cancellations on the day of departure or the day before due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc., and no refund or transfer to alternative dates will be permitted for the same.
- You would be required to pay an additional fee of RS 1500 if you wanted to postpone your trek and cancel on the day of departure. This is only available for 3 months after the departure date of the actual trip.
- If you cancel the trek at any time (in addition to the scenario stated above), additional fees will be collected (depending on where you made your booking) as payment gateway/event listing fees.
The following is our cancellation policy in the unlikely event that we have to postpone your trek:
During and After the Trek: In the event of severe weather, taking the trekkers' safety into consideration, a day may be shortened or the trek may be abandoned entirely. There will never be a refund of any kind.
Prior to the trek: Make a plan in the event that a trek is canceled due to a natural disaster (such as a rainstorm, flood, landslide, earthquake, or unanticipated political disturbance, curfews, local riots, government orders, or directives from the forest department). A VOUCHER for the full value of your ticket will be issued by The Unplanned.
The payment gateway fees will be deducted from any refunds that are granted.
If we have to cancel your trek because there aren't enough reservations for that particular batch or we don't have enough participants, PLAN THE UNPLANNED will refund you 96% of the trek money ( Payment Gateway charges shall be deducted )