Trekking and Hiking around Kodagu
Visitors may select treks that suit their level of fitness, from easy one-hour or day rambles to highly challenging climbs. If you’re keen to enjoy Kodagu’s beautiful landscapes and explore our vast wilderness areas, pack a selection of walking shoes and boots. Best season to plan your trekking is during December to May.
Tadiandamol is the highest mountain of Kodagu district, and the second highest in Karnataka. Located on the Western Ghats range, and reaches an elevation of 1,748 mtrs (5,734 Ft) this place is special interest for trekkers. The mountain, covered with thick forest, is flooded with leeches. This peak is situated near Virajpet about a 30kms away on the way to Napoklu, Bhagamandala and it lies adjacent to the Makutta forest.
The Pushpagiri or Subramanya hill (5,626 ft.) is in the north-west of Kodagu, about 36 kms from Somwarpet and 1.5 km from Kumaralli, which is amidst thick forest. This is a remarkable two-pointed hill of precipitous height and peculiar shape and resembles, as seen from Madikeri, a gigantic bullock hump.
From the source of River Cauvery, Talacauvery, you can Trek/hike towards the peak of about 300 feet. Besides stunning mountain peaks, lush rainforests, rushing streams, immense waterfalls, superb beech forests and wild coasts, trekkers have opportunities to see rare forest flowers, ancient trees and strange insects passing by.
Boating in Kodagu is truly exiting. Sailing through the nature amidst the tossing green is bliss in itself. Small boats for two or four are available in Nisargadam. Boating is also available in Dubare forest where you can see Elephants taking bath nearby. These days few plantation-stays also provide boating facility for a very nominal fee (however prior permission is to be taken).
White water rafting
White water rafting in Kodagu is ideal for first timers and adventure lovers. The stunning scenery is an added merit for your rafting action. Kodagu Rivers are well suited for easy rafting and provides an ideal setting for an easy float trip down the calm and pristine waters. You determine your level of involvement in the water; you can paddle, swim, or simply lay back and admire the landscape float by as you leisurely drift downstream. Location: Dubare Forest, Nisargadama and few Plantation-Stays
Elephant Back Ride
Indian elephant back rides are taken both in the early morning and in the afternoon. Being up close to an elephant in the bush is a moving experience but being on top of one is an ideal way to be a part of the wild, and see it from best advantage. Each Elephant’s personal groom (Mahooth) provides a wealth of knowledge of these magnificent mammals from their own first-hand experience. Put this on your MUST DO list of activities.
The Valnur fishing camp, on the banks of River Cauvery near Kushalnagar, is an ideal place for all the fishing enthusiasts. Fishing permits can be obtained from the Kodagu Wildlife Society. Wide range of fishes can be found here. Variety of birds can also be seen here.