The hills in Coorg are perpetually dressed in green throughout the year. The curvy slopes, the undulating landscape, and the rustic villages attract travellers from far and wide. But what very few know is that Kodagu and Coorg are great destinations for trekkers.
Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg and the third highest peak in Karnataka. Even if it is 5735 feet tall, you can trek here without any assistance or guide. So, if you are planning a winter trek in this region, you could easily conquer this giant of the Coorg.
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The trek starts at the base village, which is 45 km from Madikeri. It is not only the last habitation, but also where you have to leave the vehicles, as the concrete path ends, and the climb begins. The trek starts from Nalknad Palace in Kakkabe. Here, after the last homestay, the path slowly gives way to a narrow gulley, surrounded by wilderness.
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Initially, the walk is gradual, but slowly it gives way to a steep climb. In the monsoon, you have to extra careful as the trek route is crossed by many rippling streams. The rest of the year, you will come across many beautiful waterfalls and brooks. It is also advisable to carry some salt, in case you encounter leeches, which is common in these jungles.
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Halfway through the climb, before it gets too steep, you can stop for a night halt. This is also a good place to set up camp for the day. If you have trekked tougher routes before, you can even attempt climbing the whole route in one go and set up camp on the peak.
The view from the Tadiandamol peak is mesmerising. To watch the sun rise over the panoramic view of Coorg will be a blessing for any trekker.
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The nearest airport and railway station are at Mysore, which is 100 Km away from the base village. Alternatively, you can also arrive from Bangalore, which is 200 km away. You can either take a cab from Bangalore or Mysore. But it is cheaper to take the local buses, which ply regularly on the route. You can take an overnight bus, which takes 6 to 8 hours from both the cities.
You can stay at Virajpet. But even the base village of Kakkabe now has some decent homestays. You will have to carry your own food and sustenance, as the trek route has no facilities for meals. The best time to explore this route is November to May.
This is an easy to moderate level of trek. And those who plan to explore Coorg in winter should definitely plan a trip here.