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Mullayanagiri Trek in Chikmagalur: The Highest Peak in Karnataka

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The Western Ghats – they encompass beautiful lush green high peaks with amazing shades of greens! This mountain range extends for close to 1600 km and is known for its flora and fauna. You can get a glimpse of the Western Ghats along the entire west coast of India including the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Goa.

Mullayanagiri Overview
The Western Ghats: A Wanderer's Paradise

Table of Content:

  • Mullayanagiri: Trek the Heights of Nature
  • Where Mullayanagiri is Located
  • How to Reach Mullayanagiri
  • The Mullayanagiri Trek
  • Mullayanagiri Trek - What You'll See
  • The Best Time to Visit Mullayanagiri
  • What to Pack
  • Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Chikmagalur (Including Mullayanagiri)
  • Photos of Mullayanagiri
  • Summing up

The Western Ghats are known for its conservation both nationally and globally, and known for their unique and varied wildlife that is found in here. Many famous Sanctuaries and bird parks are in this range and visitors from all over the world come pay a visit here. These Ghats comprise of almost 30% of India’s wildlife and flora.

Mullayanagiri Review Highlights
Nature at it's Best

But hey! It’s not just this for which the Western Ghats are famous for!

This range of amazing and beautiful mountains is a home to some of the most incredible treks in India. No doubt, The Himalayas take the number one spot and are the trekkers’ heaven but Mullayanagiri and the Mullayanagiri trek, in the Chandra Dhrona hill ranges of the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur is no less of an adventurous hilly trek! At 1930 m / 6330 feet, the Mullayanagiri Peak is the highest peak in the state of Karnataka. Also, the highest peak in Chikmagalur, it is known for its amazing trekking trails. A small Shiva temple exists on this summit, from where you can see the Western Ghats Range.

Mullayanagiri: Trek the Heights of Nature

  • Where it is Located: Karnataka
  • Number of Trekking Days: 1-2 days
  • Trekking Grade: Easy
  • Max Altitude: 1930 m (6330 feet)
  • Trekking Distance: 13 km

Where Mullayanagiri is Located

Mullayanagiri Overview
Mullayanagiri: Where Peace and Nature Reign (source)

Mullayanagiri is a picturesque destination which is around 23 km from Chikmagalur in the state of Karnataka. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka which is in the Chandra Dhrona Hill ranges of the Western Ghats.

Getting to this peak is a great experience.

Walking around the lush green landscapes, small hill tops and getting into the valley of nature, this is a trek that you should plan even if you’re remotely in love with the idea of trekking.

How to Reach Mullayanagiri

Where Mullayyanagiri is located
Mullayanagiri Trek: Mapped Out (source)

Wondering how to reach Mullayanagiri peak from Chickamagalur?

Well, there are options that you can consider before you start your adventure. The best time to drive to the destination is between 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

You can take the road route which is recently done up very well to reach the foothill via Jeeps or buses.  If you don’t want to drive yourself, you can always take the local taxis to reach the peak. It takes around one hour to drive from Chikmagalur to Mullayanagiri.

The Mullayanagiri Trek

Highlight of the trek
Sunrise at Mullayanagiri (source)

The Mullayanagri Trek is comparatively easier than the other treks in the country and on your way to the peak you will come across the amazing flora and fauna of the Western Ghats as well. This trek is also rich in coming across unique birds and animals on your way which will astound you and grip you to the extreme beauty present in India.

Sanjay, one of the bloggers at tripwip, wrote, “We reached Kundadri a little later than planned, though it was still dark; we did not have enough time to trek up, so we decided to just go via road and drove up just in time to catch the sunrise.”

How to Reach Sarpadhari - The Beginning Point for the Trek

This beautiful and scenic trek begins at the Mullayanagiri peak, at Sarpadhari, which is around 15 – 17 km away from Chikmagalur. This place can be reached by local transportation like taxis or buses or you can trek/walk from the starting point for close to 4 km and reach the peak.

The distance between Chikmagalur and Bengaluru is roughly 245 km. This can be covered by road and takes about 4 hours. You can also take the city bus to reach this starting point. The bus service leads you to the foothill of Mullayanagiri range. You can then take up a bus or a jeep to reach the starting point from Chikmagalur i.e. Sarpadhari.

Did You Know?
Sarpadhari is a Kannada word which means path like a snake, ‘Sarpa’ stands for snake and ‘Dhari’ for the route.

If you’re not coming from Bengaluru and are travelling to this place from any other part of Karnataka, then you can take the Baba Budangiri route. Once you reach a place called ‘Kaimara’ hit the left turn. After taking the left turn you will witness a Y-intersection, just take a left from there as well and you will be on the Mullayanagiri route. After driving for about 500 meters, you will find a small arch on your left which will lead you to Sarpadhari!

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Sarpadhari: And So an Adventure Begins (source)

 

The entire Mullayanagiri trek ideally takes around 1.5 to 3 hours, but, if you want to travel to the other tourist attractions that are around Mullayanagiri, it'll take you around 1-2 days, depending on how many of these points you plan on visiting.

Livingit Tip:
It is recommended to remember the BSNL tower. This BSNL tower is located near the end of the trek.

Mullayanagiri trek - The Highlights You Can't Miss

Facts about Mullayanagiri
The Blade Ridge: Sharp and Smashing (source)

The biggest and the most crucial highlight of this trek is walking across the Blade Ridge. The Blade Ridge is a one of the most beautiful natural phenomena you will see as it is a cliff on one side and a sharp slope on the other. The Blade Ridge generally has a rocky top but is surrounded by a lot of greenery. This ridge overlooks the Chikmagalur Valley.

This walk will make you feel as if you are walking on a sleek road and will give you that much-needed adrenaline rush! There is also a small Nandi statue situated in one of the caves surrounded by beautiful shrubs and bushes. Here you fill find huge trees and this place is covered with beautiful colorful flowers everywhere.

A Fun Fact about Mullayanagiri

Mullayanagiri Temple
Mullayanagiri Temple: Religious Roots (source)

The name “Mullayanagiri” is derived from the Mullayanagiri temple which is a small tomb that is dedicated to "Mulappa Swamy". This sage is known to have mediated in the caves of Mullayanagiri. These caves can be accessed from the Garbagudi of the temple located on the peak. The other trekking trails from Mullayanagiri are Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls, and Deviramma Temple. These are most visited and loved by tourists.

The Best Time to Visit Mullayanagiri

Photos of Mullayanagiri
The Weather is Just Right! (source)

The climate of this beautiful peak is always misty, windy and perfect for a trek which makes your time spent here totally worth it! But, to have an amazing experience and make the most out of this trek you should visit this place anytime from September through March. If the monsoon is very high, then you may want to avoid this trek as it gets slippery and often witnesses very low visibility in the path.

What to Pack - The Checklist 

Mullayanagiri Trek Guide
Pack Light, But Pack Right (source)

While planning any trek, you need to make sure that you have the right gear with you, one that suits your needs, the kind of trek you’re going on, and the weather there. Given below are a few essentials that you should have with you on this trek.

1. Wear comfortable clothes that help you walk around the space easily
2. Always wear comfortable sports shoes so that you have a good grip while you walk
3. Carry a light sweater & windcheater as it can get cold or rain when you reach the peak. You can also carry a raincoat for the same purposes.
4. As a recommendation, don’t carry an umbrella as you’d want to keep your hands free while you walk around this beautiful trek.

Other than above-mentioned basic clothing, it is also suggested that you carry:

5. Torch with extra batteries
6. Water Bottle
7. Toiletry Bag
8. Antiseptics
9. Camera – to capture the astounding views in photos of Mullayanagiri
10. Extra pair of clothing

Top 10 Tourist Destinations in Chikmagalur (Including Mullayanagiri)

Other than Mullayanagiri, there are some amazing Chikmagalur tourist destinations in Karnataka.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in Chikmagalur which does include Mullayanagiri, at no.1 -

1. Mullayanagiri

Photos of Mullayanagiri
Mullayanagiri - A Trekker's Heaven

Needless to say, the Mullayanagiri hills are considered as a trekker's heaven and is the best place to visit as mentioned above.

If you are there, might as well check out the nearby places too!

In his blog, Travelmax, blogger, and Peripatetic, Umang Trivedi says “Mullayanagiri makes a perfect picnic spot due to the magnificent view. I would surely recommend this attraction if you are planning a weekend in Chikmagalur.”

2.  Z Point

Facts about Mullayanagiri
Z Point (source)

This is a beautiful point to witness a breathtaking sunrise and sunset. It is an hour away from the main point and you need to walk up to this place.

3. Kalhatti Falls

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Kalhatti Falls (source)

 These falls hold up a religious value and are very close to the main point. They are a 10 km walk from the hill station.

4. Scenic Hilltop

Highlight of the trek
Scenic Hilltop (source)

 Like the name suggests, this place is lush green and has an amazing picturesque view, take time off and visit this. Create amazing memories here with your loved ones and make sure you visit this place too when in Chikmagalur.

5. Stay at Mudigere

Chikmagalur tourist destinations in Karnataka
Stay at Mudigere (source)

Mudigere is a stay that you must do! It is located near Mysore and is known for its coffee plantations. This is a home stay and you can stay here comfortably for 1 night and 2 days to visit the rich coffee plantations, love the lush green landscape and search for beautiful peacocks and deer!

6. Chikmagalur

10 best places to visit in Chikmagalur
Chikmagalur (source)

Known as the land of coffee, a stay or visit to this place is totally recommended.

This hill station is surrounded by hills, lakes, and streams and gives you the view of a perfect countryside. The coffee plantations here release the best aroma in the air which will make you fall in love with coffee even more!

7. Ballalarayana Durga Hill

the starting point of the trek
Ballalarayana Durga Hill (source)

This is one of the most travelled destinations by anyone who visits Chikamgalur. Be it national or international travelers everyone loves to visit this beautiful place and crave to stay here more. You can consider coming here with your family, colleagues, friends, someone special or just with you and your backpack! You will love the time that you spend here as this place offers the best way to fall in love with nature.

8. Hebbe Falls

Manikyadhara Falls and Deviramma Temple
Hebbe Falls (source)

These falls are around 10 km from Raj Bhavan and can be found when you are on descending. These falls are at a height of 150m and are a must visit if you want to create an everlasting memory in your mind.

9. Kemmangundi

Where Mullayyanagiri is located
Kemmangundi (source)

This is a small hill station which is in Tarikere Taluk. Situated at an altitude of 1400 m it is also known as Sri Krishnarajendra Hill Station. This place is looked after the Department of Horticulture.

10. Baba Budangiri

Other trekking trails from Mullayanagiri: Baba Budangiri
Baba Budangiri (source)

Last but not the least, Baba Budangiri, also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, has many high rises. This is in the Baba Budangiri range and is one of the most popular tourist destinations after Mullaynagiri.
This point is named after a Muslim saint Baba Budangiri and has three caves in the ranges. This place holds importance during the festival of Diwali. Every year a beacon is lightened and placed here during the festival. This place also has some local shops for getting basic food and drinks on the way.

The Mullaynagiri trek is one of the most attempted and talked about trek amongst the trekkers and is also one of the most loved hiking ever done. With so much to do on your way right up to the peak this becomes a very favorable trek in the Western Ghats range.

 Baba Budangiri
Mullayanagiri: Nature's Finest (source)

The Mullayanagiri weather is appropriate for trekking and when you reach this highest peak in Chikmagalur you witness the most scenic view ever! Make sure you get the trek permission from the Chikmagalur Forest department before you start. You can get this near the bus stand from your starting point. The total distance from Sarpadhari the starting point of the trek to the end i.e. Mullayanagiri peak is around 3km and if you trek further to Baba Budangiri then you need to trek 10 km further.

But, what’s assured is that these 13 km will make you witness the best natural beauty ever!

Recalling his trip this peak, Nithin Uliyar, and avid trekker and blogger says “...the entire path was filled with mist. So we were void of any views, but trekking in mist offers a different type of enjoyment.”

Photos of Mullayanagiri

With so many beautiful views, this place is indeed a must-see. Have a look at these mesmerizing photos of Mullayanagiri and fall in love with this gem of The Western Ghats.

Mullayanagiri Overview
Sleep Above the Stars (source)
Photos of Mullayanagiri
The Best Way to Enjoy a Sunrise (source)
Best time to visit Mullayanagiri
Mullayanagiri: It's Worth it in the End (source)
How to Reach Mullayanagiri
Mullayanagiri: Foggy But Pretty (source)
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Sometimes, You Need to Get Lost to Truly Find Yourself (source)

Mullayanagiri is a place like no other. It is a fun trek which will build on to a lot of memorable experiences! If you choose to go at the right time you will be blessed with a clear view which will just leave you lost in thoughts! Visit to Mullayanagiri is a must-do activity when coming to Chikmagalur. Weather around the peak is misty and windy on most days which makes this trek memorable and not so difficult. This place is indeed a must-see.

The misty landscapes offer you a perfect opportunity to find yourself as you get lost in it’s purely natural beauty.

So when are you visiting this hidden gem in Karnataka? Do share with us the memories you create in this nature’s wonder.

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