Places

Kodachadri Peak

Kodachadri peak, one of the highest peaks in Karnataka, is a trekking paradise. The dense forests, rich in exotic flora and fauna, are perfect to provide blissful experiences to trekkers, nature enthusiasts and explorers during their trekking expeditions. On your way to the Kodachadri Peak, you will be able to witness the most breath-taking beauty of several dazzling waterfalls and rolling green meadows.

Upon reaching the Kodachadri Peak, immerse yourself in the breath-taking views from the peak. Experience the spectacular sunrise. It is one of the most beautiful and magnificent views with the sun rising from behind the mountains and the peak surrounded by clouds. The view from the sunset point of the sun setting into the deep-blue waters of the Arabian Sea is pure magic. 

It is believed that Mother Goddess Mookambika slayed Mookasura, a demon, in this very peak and a temple devoted this deity is near the peak, at Kollur and is visited by devotees from across the globe. The devotees believe that the 40-feet tall iron pillar erected in front of the temple was the trishula used by Goddess Mookambika to slay Mookasura.

The great sage, Adi Shankara, is said to have meditated here and that Goddess Mookambika appeared before him in this very peak. Shankara Peetham, a small stone temple is dedicated to sage Adi Shankara at the Kodachadri peak.

How to get there?

Trekking through the Hidlumane falls: The trek begins from Hidlumane house, the path is adventurous and needs some agility. This full-trek is around 15 km and you will cross several waterfalls, streams and meadows to reach the peak. We recommend you hire the services of a guide to assist you through the wilderness.

Jeep ride and trekking: The local jeep drivers take you to the first half of the mountain till the vehicle parking of the Shankara Peetham. The second half has to be experienced on foot. You will trek about 5 km to the top of the peak. 

Kollur Mookambika Temple

Dedicated to the Mother Goddess known as Mookambika Devi, this beautiful temple is visited by pilgrims from all over the country. This is the original temple built by Adi Shankara after goddess Mookambika appeared to him at the Kodachadri peak.

How to get there?

It is about 22 km from the Paradise Wild Hills Resort. You can enjoy the beautiful Western Ghats on your drive through this the scenic route. 

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Hidlumane falls

Located at the base of Kodachadri hills and flowing amidst the thick wilderness, the mesmerising Hidlumane Falls is a series of 6 to 7 natural cascading falls. Travellers can park their cars at the Hidlumane house and start walking across a paddy field surrounded by fruit trees and the beautiful mountains for a few kilometres to reach the first level of the Hidlumane falls. The series of falls is hidden from one another and travellers need to trek short distances to discover the of levels. The top-most level of the series of falls is the most secluded and the most picturesque of them all, making it worth the steep trek to the top.

How to get there?

These falls are about 6 km from the resort. You can take a taxi or bus, cycle or trek to reach Hidlumane house.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Shree Kshethra Sigandur Choudeshwari Temple

Located on the banks of Sharavati River, the auspicious Shree Kshethra Sigandur Choudeshwari Temple attracts tourists from across the country. Devotees arrive from Sagara/Shivamogga, using the ferry service to cross the backwaters of Sharavati.

It is believed that Goddess Sigandur Chowdeshwari punishes thieves mercilessly. So, this powerful shrine is extremely popular among devotees who have lost their valuables and visit to pray for the recovery of their lost items. An annual fair is held during Makara Sankranti (Jan 14 and 15th) every year.

How to get there?

This temple is 38 km from the resort.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary with its 247 sq. km. spread shares its north-west boundary with the Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to the rich, exotic and unique flora and fauna and is thickly-covered with lush green foliage like much of the Western Ghats. 

You will find some unique varieties of trees and plants including Coscinium fenestratum (a rare species of climbers), Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum and Hopea parviflora.

The endangered species of turtles called cane turtles are also found at this sanctuary. This apart, the sanctuary is home to animals like the lion-tailed macaques, gaurs, Malabar langurs, wild pigs, otters, leopards, tigers, porcupines, sloths, barking deer, sambars, bears, etc. and unique bird species like Malabar pied hornbills, great Indian hornbills, Malabar whistling thrushes, Malabar grey hornbills, southern treepies, yellow bulbuls, scarlet minivets, racket-tailed drango, flycatchers, etc.

How to get there?

The sanctuary is 40km from the resort and can be reached by road.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Nagara Fort, Kodachadri

This 16-century fort, also called the Shivappa Naik Fort, belongs to the Keladi Dynasty and was their last capital city. Having been built on elevated ground, this Keladi Dynasty Fort offers a panoramic view of its charming surroundings which include the untouched beauty of the lush green Western Ghats, the pristine backwaters of the Linganamakki Dam and the Sharavathi River. While some parts of the Fort are in ruins, there are some which have been renovated. Do not miss the water tanks, the canon, the temples and the remains of the palace. And be sure to capture shots at the many picture-perfect spots in the fort.

How to get there?

This fort is 25 km from the Paradise Wild Hills Resort and can be reached by road.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Hanging bridge

Constructed over the Sharavathi backwaters, the hanging bridge which is less than 5 kms from the resort is a must see tourist spot. The backwaters are extremely clean, tourists are requested to avoid carrying plastic and littering. 

How to ge there:

5 kms from the resort, guests can cycle, trek or Transport/taxi service can be arranged on prior booking from the resort on additional charges.

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the Shivamogga District of Karnataka, the Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary spans 395.6 sq. km. and is famous for its wide variety of flora and fauna. The Tunga Anicut Dam, situated within the sanctuary, is home to otters and a variety of colourful and exotic water birds. The Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, also situated within the Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary as an island in the midst of the Tunga River, is a popular bird-nesting site. During the nesting season, you will be able to catch sight of the myriad migratory birds.

How to get there?

This wildlife sanctuary is situated 92 km from the resort and can be reached by road.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve, Shimoga

Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Reserve, spread across nearly 500 acres, is rehabilitation space for the big cats (tigers and lions) rescued from circuses across India. It houses a small zoo and a children’s park and is a great picnic spot. Wildlife safaris are conducted by the Tourism Department.

 Sanctuary Timings: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, 2.15 pm – 5.00 pm

                               : Open on all days except Tuesdays and national holidays

How to get there?

This Reserve is about 90 km from the resort and can be reached by road.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Jog falls

The magnificent Jog falls is the second highest plunge waterfalls in India and is formed by the Sharavathi River plunging down a height of 830 feet. The breath-taking beauty of this falls is only heightened by the dense vegetation surrounding it. To get a more immersive experience of the vaporous spray of the gushing water, use the steps cut into rocks that lead to the very depths of the falls.

How to get there?

To reach Jog Falls, you travel a total of 85 km, first by road and then a launch.  

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply.

Sakrebyle Elephant Camp

Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is the Karnataka State Government’s initiative to protect and rehabilitate captive elephants and let them live in the wilderness. This eco-tourism centre located on the banks of River Tunga houses several elephants who are trained by skilled Mahouts. The adorable baby elephants are especially fascinating to watch. Wild elephants who live in the forest also visit Sakrebyle to enjoy snacks and to play in the backwaters. Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is an ideal place to visit with kids who can enjoy a day with mighty creatures.

How to get there?

This elephant camp is 146 km from the resort and can be reached by road.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply. 

Gajanur Dam

The Gajanur Dam, built across the River Tunga, is one of the most peaceful, picturesque and enthralling picnic spots. This spot enraptures all your senses with the beautiful fields and plantations, lush green forests of the Western Ghats, the chirping birds, the gushing waters and the soft breeze while you admire the engineering marvel the dam is.

How to get there?

The dam is 96 km from the resort and can be reached by road.  

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply. 

Maravanthe

Maravanthe beach is a gem you will discover while travelling on NH17. It is engulfed by the deep-blue waters of the Arabian Sea on one side, the pristine backwaters of the Sauparnika River on the other and the Kodachadri Hills as the backdrop. The sunset turns the vast stretches of the beach’s white sand and deep-blue Arabian Sea sepia and is a sight a so spectacular that one must not miss! 

How to get there?

This beach is around 55 km from the resort, through the Kollur Mookambika temple route.

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply. 

Malpe Beach

Malpe, a natural port and a major fishing harbour, is a scenic beach about 6 km to the west of Udupi, Karnataka and perfect for a quiet picnic away from the hustle and bustle of the city and other more popular tourist spots.

How to get there?

Malpe is 96 km from the resort and can be reached by road.  

Transport/taxi service from the resort can be arranged upon prior booking. Additional charges apply. 

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