As the popularity of trekking as an adventure activity continues to grow, so too is the number and variety of trekking destinations. Trekking is a great way to relax and unwind from a stressful life.
Today, I will tell you about a hidden but incredible trekking destination. Tadiandamol trek.
Tadiandamol is the third highest peak in Karnataka. This is a popular South Indian trekking destination. Tadiandamol is located in the Shola forest of Karnataka at a height 1780m. It was my second trip to Coorg and I decided to climb Tadiandamol. It was an exciting trekking adventure.
In January 2019, I was in Coorg and wrote about the tourist attractions. Instead of returning to the same places repeatedly, I prefer to explore new areas when I return to a place. When I planned the schedule, I knew that I wanted to focus on unusual locations.
There are many hiking options close to Coorg, from Nishani Motte & Mandalpatti through to Tadiandamol.
How to get to the base of trekking:
There are many buses that go to Coorg from the major Karnataka cities, Mangalore and Mysore. The starting point of the Tadiandamol Trek is 35 km from the bus stop. It is located in Madikeri, Madikeri’s largest town. Because there is no public transport to the base point, you will need to hire a taxi. Coorg does not have any train stations or airports. Nearest railway stations are Mangalore and Mysore, which are located 117 and 135 km apart. Both the nearest airports are located in the same city, at 144 KM and 130 KM, respectively. To get to Coorg, you will need to take a taxi or bus from these cities.
The best place to stay before you go trekking:
The Tadiandamol Trek’s starting point is Nalknad Palace. It is located 35 km from Madikeri Bus Stand. If you’re only planning on going to the Nalknad Palace, you will need to take a taxi. There is no public transport to the area. It will be easier to find one in the main city than elsewhere. If you plan to travel to other areas, you might want to consider staying in another place.
Best time for trekking:
Tadiandamol can be scaled best between October and February. Monsoon season is over after September so you will find greenery everywhere. It is best to avoid trekking in the area during monsoon.
Everything you need:
- The total trek distance from Nalknad Palace to the base is 12 km. The entire trek can be completed in 6 to 7 hours depending on your pace. It is best to start between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning.
- After entering the forest area, you must return to your vehicle by 3 p.m. Wild animal attacks increase during the night because this forest (Shola forest), has a large number of wild animals. To arrive on time, start your walk early.
A checkpoint is located in a forest area three kilometres from the base. This checkpoint provides information about the trek route so that you don’t have to worry about getting lost. You’ll find that the trail is well-marked and there are no turns to miss. This will make it easier for you to trek confidently.
Enjoy the summit:
After traversing this terrain, the Tadiandamol Hill will welcome you and its surrounding areas. Soon you will be on top of the mountain where a sign that reads “Tadiandamol Peak – 0KM” has been posted. I am certain that you will feel nostalgic when you see the hoarding.
It was not an easy walk, but it is worth the effort. The views were well worth the pain and suffering. You can either take photos or just take in the stunning scenery from the summit. For the best views and solitude, you will find few hikers on the summit in the morning.