Karnataka state has some of the prettiest hill stations in India but among them, Kodachadri hills, a lesser-known spot, is quite different from other hills stations. It is an ideal place for all adventure lovers and for people who love Nature, A part of the Western Ghats, Kodachadri hill range is situated at an altitude of 1343 metres above sea level in the Hosanagara taluk of Shimoga District.Considered to be the highest peak in the district, it lies 115 km from Shimoga, 20 km from Kollur and 500 km away from Bengalaru
Located in the middle of the Mookambika National Park, Kodachadri is home to many endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna. Kodachadri is famous for its wonderful sunrise and sunset.
The main attraction of Kodachadri is “Sarvajna Peetha” which is on the hilltop. It is believed that philosopher “Adi Shankaracharya” performed meditation at this place. The closest base to Kodachadri hills is Kollur which is at a distance of 20 kilometers. Kodachadri hills form a scenic backdrop of the famous Mookambika temple in Kollur
It is believed that “Adi Mookambika” temple at Kodachadri village is the origin of Goddess Mookambika. This temple is said to be the original Mookambika temple, which is associated with the assassination of demon Mookasura by the lion riding Mother Goddess in nearby forests, where the demon Mookasura was disturbing the penance of the sages , devoted to the goddess.
Some of the interesting places to visit in Kodachadri are Sarvajina Peetam, Sri Mookambika Devi Temple, Hidlumane Waterfalls, Sauparnika River, Arasinagundi Wateralls, Belakallu theertha Waterfalls, Nagara Fort, Kodachadri Trekking Route and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary. Those who love to travel adventurous places can plan the trip to Kodachadri.