Mt. Tadiandamol is the reason backpackers, birdwatchers, hikers and nature lovers realised that there is more to Coorg than Madikeri. He has a pride of place in Coorg history. For centuries he has stood as a lone sentinel, towering over lesser peaks and serving as a landmark to seafarers. Over time, he has seen spices from Coorg being exchanged for salt in Kerala. He has observed also the later exchange of culture. How the open shrines of Coorg acquired the typical Kerala roof. And he watched the rain god Igguthappa, along with his brothers and sister, migrate from Kerala to Kodagu. Soon after, the sky darkened. Igguthappa had smiled. Along with him, he had brought rain. A Malabar whistling thrush, his blue-black coat ruffled, is caught unawares by the fat drops of rain and his melodious off-key whistle trapped inside his throat. And as you stand at the peak, Tadianadamol will cover himself in a giant white cloak and disappear from view… Now it is just you, the amplified sounds of a rainforests and a faint mountain trail, with no end in sight.
There is something awe-inspiring about the name itself. Derived from Malayalam to loosely mean ‘I’m the Tallest’ (Tadi means broad, yenda is mine and mol is top), Tadianadamol, at 5,730 ft, is the highest peak in Coorg and the second highest in Karnataka after Mullaiyanagiri in the Baba Budan Range. Tadianadamol lures trekkers with the promise of a glimpse of the coastline on a clear day. For the most part, the trek is gentle, but the last quarter is a steep climb. The trail from Honey Valley takes 3 hours 30 mins one way and passes through thick rainforest and scenic terrain. If you plan to attempt the trek, an early start is recommended.
If you require a lunch pack and/or a guide, please do inform us a day in advance.
Since time immemorial climbing a mountain top has been associated with spiritual quest and enlightenment. A solitary search for purpose and some undefinable yet experienced meaning of life. There is a bit of magic in the mountains. A bit of mystery. Wonderment and awe. They stand like the midway points between heaven and earth. Calling the seer, the saint, and the seeker alike to some secret adventure. And as adventurers – trekking-enthusiasts, wild-life photographers, bird-watchers, artists, thinkers, writers, geologists, anthropologists, archaeologists – the soul of the seekers have coveted the Coorg mountain tops and valleys with equal faith and fervour. Cause in here lies a history that pre-dates Alexander the Great, a world filled with stories yet untold, and the mystical murmurs of trees that are hundreds of years old. For the explorer Honey Valley Estate is a transit point on the way to little and large secrets of the mountain tops, the rainforest, waterfalls, and meandering streams that sustain the magnificent jungle life. Its perched 4,250 ft above Shopping Malls, City Streets, Neon Signs, Discotheques, Beauty Parlours, Bill Boards, Cable TV, Fast Food, 9-5, the Rat Race, Rush Hour, Deadlines, Traffic Jams, the Daily Grind, and the Keeping Up With. A secluded sojourn it is, for the beginning of your journey into the depths of your own soul.
Welcome to Honey Valley. The mountains are calling.