Thursday, October 23, 2008

Kodachadri beautiful scenary images

is a mountain peak (altitude - 1343 m above sea level) in the Western Ghats in South India (Karnataka State). The name is a corruption of the Sanskrit word "Kutakachalam." In local Kannada language, it is also called Kodashi Parvatha.Kodachadri forms a picturesque background to the famous temple of Mookambika in Kollur. Situated in the middle of the Mookambika National Park, it is home to several endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. The rain forests loom in a perpetual layer of mist around the peak. Around peak, shola forest is also there.

This peak is where 'Shankaracharya' did meditation. You will find an ancient Sarvajna Peetha, (built out of rock) of Sri Shankaracharya at the top.

Adi-Mookambika temple at Kodachadri village is believed to be the moola sthana (the origin) of Sri Mookambika Devi.

It is also an excellent locale for Trekkers and backpackers.

It is around five hour trek from Nagodi village, near Kollur. Another easier trekking route on jeep road is also there, which starts from Sampekatte village (Hosanagara Taluk). The trekking route is very beautiful experience. At the top, there is permanent settlement of one Bhat, whose main business is serving the trekkers and devotees with food and shelter - of course, small amount is charged. So much preparation is not required in respect of food and shelter.

Alternative means to reach the peak of Kodachadri is to board a Jeep at Kollur - the return fare from Kollur is Rs. 150/-(oct2008), which will be useful for those who could not walk (eg. old people, children, women). And it is worth to visit the peak.

The sunset watched from Kodachadri peak on a clear day is enchanting experience. The sunrise is also seen from another hillok behind Tourist Bungelow.

The Karnataka govt. has plans to tar the road right up to Shankarapeedom. Environmentalists allege that this would destroy the peace and tranquility as well as natural habitat of many species in the region.

How to get there
* Nearest Town Kollur - 20 km
o Kodachadri can be reached from Kollur by jeep on a 40 km long winding and slippery mud road with many hair-pin bends.
* Mookambika Nature Camp - 4 km south of Kollur
* Nearest airport is Mangalore - 147 km
* Nearest Railway station is Kundapura on Konkan Railway route.

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