Trekking is one of the most loved adventure activities for a large number of individuals. Some treks range for a few hours, while some go up to 20 days or more. Trekking enthusiasts are always on the lookout for peaks and mountains to summit and to conquer more fears.
With a very fast-moving life and very little time to oneself, people are always on the lookout for quick getaways for a long weekend or during holidays. Bengaluru is at a one such location, where there are multiple places which can be reached overnight; one such place, which is situated about a 4 h drive away, is the ever-charming Coorg.
Located at a distance of 250 km from Bengaluru, Coorg is also known as Kodagu. This hilly retreat is situated between a number of hills and valleys and is home to a number beautiful and easily reachable mountains. The peaks here showcase various kinds of terrain to explore; from easy ones to moderately difficult to extremely challenging treks. Have a look at some of them.
Situated at an altitude of 4300 ft, Kopatty is one of the hidden gems of the region. The trek begins from Cherambane, which is about 50 km away from Madikeri town and takes you through dense forests, small streams, paddy fields, fresh grasslands and a number other terrains.
The trials take you through the Mandalpatti range from where Kopatty is visible. The trek is of moderate difficulty and permission must be obtained from the officials at the forest check post.
The Brahmagiri range lays at the border of Coorg and Wayanad. At an altitude of 5276 ft, the trek is a very popular one and is the second highest mountain in Coorg. The trek has multiple entry points and the most taken one is from Iruppu Falls which is located a distance of 80 km from Madikeri and 10 km from the town of Srimangala.
Permission must be obtained from Srimangala to scale up the peak. The trek is quite challenging and tests your patience along with your energy levels.
Also known as Fort Hill, Kotebetta is the third highest mountain in Coorg. The trek begins from Madapur, which is located at distance of 15 km from Madikeri.
The hike passes through village paths and plantation trials, which take you through forests and open grasslands. The trek is of medium difficulty and does not require any permission for the same.
A lesser-known trekking spot, which is part of the Brahmagiri range and Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary at a height of 1270 m above sea level, is Nishani Betta. The trek begins from the town of Bhagamandala, which is located at a distance of 50 km from Madikeri.
One can spot wildlife as you hike through the lush green forest and green meadows. The trek is relatively easy and one must obtain permission for the same from the forest check post.
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One of the most popular trekking spots in Coorg, at an altitude of 5735 ft, Thadiyandamol is the highest mountain range in the region and is the third highest in Karnataka.
The trek begins from Nalknad Palace, which is located about 45 km away from Madikeri. One can go up the road in a vehicle until the last homestay from where a concrete road takes you to the wild.
Be prepared to cross streams, dodge leech attacks and be mesmerised by breathtaking views.