Though less known, Tadiandamol is one of the most beautiful treks of South India. Tadiandamol is the highest peak in the Coorg or Kodagu district of Karnataka. At an altitude of 5,735 km, the trek offers a panoramic view of the lush green hills. This stunning peak is surrounded by the greenery and the vast expanses of the Shola forests, seldom interrupted by the dazzling blueness of the water bodies making their way through it. Tadiandamol trek offers trekkers a variety of sights like rare mountain birds and butterflies dancing across the stunning vegetation filled with the aroma of coffee everywhere. Not only that, but the place also has a historical significance- the famous “Nalknad-Palace” resides at the foothills of the mountain. The palace was built around 1794 AD to commemorate the victory of Dodda Vira Rajendra over Tipu Sultan and was the last refuge of the last of the Haleri kings before he was deposed by the British. The total trek distance is of 15 km and can be easily traversed by beginners. When it comes to treks in South India, the Tadiandamol Trek is of a moderate level difficulty meaning it needs a good fitness level and endurance to successfully undertake this trek.
Drive from Bangalore to Coorg - 270 Kms
On Friday evening we drive from the common pick-up points - Malleshwaram (near KC General Hospital), Rajajinagar (Metro Station - Tata Motors Showroom), Yeshwanthpur (Govardhan Theater) and Jalahalli (Bureau of Indian Standards) in Bangalore en route outskirts of Mysore to Coorg and halt for breakfast before reaching Kakkabe by early hours on Saturday.
Trek starts from Kakkabe - 15 km.
Saturday is the first day of the trek. We will reach the base camp around 05:30 AM where we will freshen up and have breakfast later. The trek begins right after towards the top of Tadiyandamol Peak. The actual trek begins from the Nalakand Palace which is at the base and 4 km from the main road. Just before the peak, there is a forest stretch of around 500 meters. The trail is very steep there. In the monsoon, it gets very slippery increasing the chances of slipping so we need to be really careful. Once we reach the tadiandamol peak top, we can have lunch amidst the beautiful scenery of mountains covered in mist. After some time we shall begin our return trek to arrive at the base and reach the campsite by 6:00PM.
Drive from Coorg to Bangalore- 270 km.
On Sunday, around 07:00 AM, we will have breakfast. By 09:00 AM, we should pack-up and start our return journey to Bangalore. You can have a self-sponsored lunch on the way. By 09:00 PM, we will arrive in Bangalore and our tour ends here. We hope you return home filled with pleasant memories of the trip.
Anyone who is new to the trekking and wants to venture into the experience can begin with Tadiandamol trek. A perfect trek for the people who want to peek into the world of Western Ghats. The trek provides a first-hand experience of mountain trekking and camping in the wilderness.
Since it is a beginner’s trek, you need no special prior experience. Although one is required to have mental preparedness and stamina before he begins the trek. Running exercise is recommended.
1. Jog/Run for 3 Kms in 30 mins and
2. Hold your breath for 20 seconds
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
1. How to choose a right rucksack: It is essential that you choose a right rucksack for the trek since you are going to carry it all the time while trekking. Make sure you don’t make these common mistakes while buying a rucksack.
2. How to pack a rucksack: Trekking in mountains become more fun when your rucksack is well-organized. It also makes it easier for you to carry without being much load on your shoulders. Follow the guidelines on how to pack a rucksack.
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The best seasons to do the Tadiandamol trek are the winter months of September to February when the weather is a bit cooler and more pleasant.
How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point? Pick-ups and drop-offs will be organized from Bangalore to Kakkabe.
BSNL Network will be available in Kakkabe. Otherwise, all networks are available in Bangalore.
Chelavara Falls which is towards the hills from Virajpet. The sound of the waterfall is mesmerizing. On the base of the hill is the Nalkand Palace and the Padi Igguthappa temple of deity Igguthappa. It is one of the oldest temples of the Kodavs and was built by the King Lingarajendra in 1810.
The minimum age limit is 9 years for Tadiandamol trek. However, minors aged between 9 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.
We provide homestay at the base of the Tadiandamol trek. The rooms will be provided on twin or triple sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek.
There is an attached bathroom in the homestay.
South Indian vegetarian food will be provided throughout the trek.
You can rent a trekking pole from us.
The weather is likely to be pleasant, not more than 28 degree Celsius.
Transportation will be taken care from Bangalore to Bangalore from common pick up points - Malleshwaram (near KC General Hospital), Rajajinagar (Metro Station - Tata Motors Showroom), Yeshwanthpur (Govardhan Theater) and Jalahalli (Bureau of Indian Standards).
There will be a certified trekking guide assigned four days prior to the departure. All our trek leaders and staff have certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.
The nearest town of Madekeri which is 36 km from Kakkabe. But it is better to come prepared as the availability of items cannot be guaranteed.
Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a room with each other.
Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.
Our community is an integral part of us and we take pride in our trekkers and climbers. When you complete at least three days on any trek or expedition with us, you become eligible for our membership and referral programs.
For us, a successful summit is not about reaching the highest point of a mountain but about making it safely back to base.
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