Kodachari Hills in Udupi
Kodachadri hills has a dense forest area at an area of about 1343 meters from the sea level. They are located near the Western Ghats in South India near to the Shimoga District in the state of Karnataka. It has been declared a Natural Heritage site by the Government of Karnataka.
Location of Kodachadri HillsKodachadri is known for its numerous famous temples. It is about 21kms from the Nagodi village. There are numerous routes to reach Kodachadri. During the monsoons the route becomes very slippery. Kodachadri records on average annual rainfall of about 500cms to 750cms for about eight months of a year.
History of Kodachadri HillsKodachadri hills attract the attention of numerous individuals especially, those who are interested in studying the early history. There are several monolithic structures to be found here. Rocks of the hills were used to construct these structures and some rocks are as high as 12 feet. You will find these huge monolithic structures about distance of 20km outside of Nagara-Nilsakal. You will also find numerous temples on the hills which are dedicated to the Goddess Mookambika whose main temple you will find on the peak of the hill. This temple is known to be the popular destination of the Hindu pilgrimage and is said to have been built almost a thousand years ago. The temple is built as a symbol of victory of good over the evil as it is said that it was here that Goddess Mookambika killed the evil demon Mookasura.
The Europeans are said to climbed the peak in the 19th century. Lewin Bentham Bowring who was the Mysore's commissioner between 1862 and 1870 who vouches that the Kodachadri hills are simply majestic with its enchanting green forests wherever you see.
From a distance, the top of the hill looks like a sharp knife. The hills further stretch out into the great Western Ghats of Canara over Malnad. Kodachadri hills are inhibited by locals. There is also a myth of the great sage, Adi Shankara visiting the hills to meditate to get moksha for his sins. Small temple called the Sarvajnapeetha is built with the stone which is said to be the one on which the sage meditated. People from South often visit the hills for trekking. This is not only a spiritual destination but also suffices your adventurous side.
Kodachari hills are definitely worth a visit if you want to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of Karnataka. Locals here are friendly and you will have no problems in going from one place to the other.
How to Reach Kodachadri Hills
By Bus:To Reach Kodachari, one has to catch a bus from Bangalore to Kollur. Kollur is in South Kanara District. From Kollur they have to travel another 45minutes by bus to reach Nagara in the Shimoga District. Taking the Mud Road from there you can follow the sign board indicating Kodachadri hills.
By Air:Nearest airport to Kodachadri hills is Mangalore.
Nearest railway station is Shimoga.