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About Mullayanagiri

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Ideal Time: 1 day

Open Time: Any time, although avoid driving after dark

Cost: Free

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Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur Overview

Perched at an altitude of 1930 m above the sea level, Mullayanagiri peak is located in the Baba Budan Giri Range of Western Ghats. It serves as the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Himalayas offering its visitors a relaxed environment with temperature ranging between 20 - 25 degrees Celsius. Known for its peaceful ambience and nature's raw beauty, this peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path is also quite popular among adventure lovers. Mullayanagiri is also known for coffee plantations that are situated nearby. 

Mullayanagiri is best known as a hub for adventure enthusiasts, especially trekkers as this destination is adorned with perfect trek trail. The starting point of this 4 km trek is Sarpadhari with steep trail and full of thrill. One can also drop a sweat with other blood pumping activities such as mountain biking and road biking. The place is perfect for those looking for solitude as well as visitors with an adventurous streak. Chikmagalur serves as the nearest town to Mullayanagiri peak. You can explore the small caves, which are located just below the peak, and also view
statues of Shiva's celestial bull Nandi on the way up. There is a temple of Lord Shiva on the hilltop. Standing atop the peak on a clear day, you can see the Western Ghats in their full-fledged glory

Food Availability

Food is available at the Shiva Temple

Mullayanagiri Trekking

Perhaps the most important activity for which Mullayanagiri is known is its trekking. The breathtaking scenery of this destination coupled with the thrilling ascent of the peak is an ideal setting for anyone who is looking for a challenging hike. In order to pursue this trek, you need to take prior permission from the Chikmagalur forest department which lies right next to the bus depot. 

The starting point of the trek is known as Sarpadhari owing to its serpentine paths. The trail to Mullayanagiri begins at Sarpadhari bus stop, 15 kms from Chikamagalur. Interestingly, this trek has two peak point, the lower one is Mullayanagiri while the higher one is Bababudangiri which is the highest one in Karnataka. The trek up to Mullayanagiri is about 3 kilometres while the distance to Bababudangiri is about 10 kilometres.

A white arch just off the main road signifies the start of the trek. The ascent is steep, often at 60-degree inclines. About 20 minutes into the trail, Mullayanagiri comes into view, easily identifiable by the temple on the peak. The path continues to weave through hillsides and grasslands. The Sarpadhari stretch landmarks include a small stream, some caves and a Nandi statue. About 3 kms into the trail, the vegetation grows denser and a Nandi statue in a rocky shelter among shrubs comes into view. The trail becomes less steep from here as one draws closer to the peak. In this stretch, there are a couple of caves that can be explored. Mullayanagiri lies at a short distance from here.


The difficulty level of this trek can be rated from moderate to difficult, so amateurs must be extra careful if they intend to pursue this, although it is not recommended if you are not well - versed with the nuances of trekking. The mesmerizing sights such as that of lush green forests and crystal waterfalls make a trip to Mulayanagiri an exquisite one. It takes approximately 8 hours to trek to the peak where a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is present as well. The sight of dawn and dusk from the top of the peak is simply mind-blowing. It is often hidden by mist, however, it offers a breathtaking view of the Babu Budan Giri when the sky is clear.



Mullayanagiri Homestay

The charming natural beauty of Mullayanagiri is host to a number of homestays that are the perfect getaway from the hullaballoo of city life. Nestled in the bosom of mighty hills and endearing blue sky, this is the perfect destination for a laidback weekend. You can book accommodation at Thotadhahalli Homestay, Thippanahalli Homestay, Thanmaya homestay, Red Berry HomeStay and The Last Resort, each of which has comfortable lodging facilities and delicious food to offer their patrons. Since Mullayanagiri is located near coffee plantations, you can also get your hands on some freshly brewed coffee.

Top Hotels near Mullayanagiri

  • Trivik Hotels & Resorts, Chikmagalur

    Starting from INR 13,000

  • Java Rain Resort

    Starting from INR 12,800

  • Crystal Inn

    Starting from INR 2,700

Best time to visit Mullayanagiri

The weather around the peak is mostly windy and misty making the whole trip including trek a wonderful experience. Just make sure to carry a light sweater and raincoat along with you. The best time to visit the peak is by the end of September until early March.

How to Reach Mullayanagiri

The best way to reach the peak is via local taxi. You can also drive to the peak but make sure you have a trained hand as the roads have hairpin bends and both sides have traffic. The best time to drive to the destination is between 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

Tips

You can also trek from Bababudangiri to Mullayanagiri. You can reach the base of Bababudangiri from Kaiwara, and from the base, hire a jeep to reach the top of Bababudangiri. The trek from Bababudangiri to Mulayanagiri is a difficult one and you have to ensure that you reach the summit before 5 PM.

1. Wear comfortable clothes suitable for the prevailing weather.
2. Make sure you wear or take a pair of comfortable shoes with you in case you decide to trek.
3. Also, carry a light sweater and raincoat while trekking.
4. The path from Sarpadhari has a 60-degree incline and is quite steep. Be very careful when you trek here. 
5. Mist is common here and reduces visibility to less than 10 metres. 
6. Although a few small eateries are present at the peak, they are not very good. Carry your own water and light snacks.


Mullayanagiri Reviews

3 months ago by Chintha Vivek Reddy

We will go to anantapuram to chikmangalur mulayanagudi tel me nearest route

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