Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur Overview
The highest peak between the Nilgiris and Himalayas being 1930m above sea level, Mullayanagiri has attracted tourists from all over the country. It is covered by rugged rocks and vast grasslands, which is a treat to, nature and adventure lovers.
The peak serves as a trek path as well. Starting from Sarpadhari, the 4km long trek trail is an experience of a lifetime. If you’re still not amazed by the place, you will when you know you can also engage in activities like mountain biking and road biking. The peace and tranquillity of the place away from the cacophony of the city in the lap of the majestic peaks is what visitors enjoy the most. Along with this, there is a temple of Lord Shiva on top of the peak and several small caves below it. From the top, you can get a glimpse of the western ghats on a bright sunny day.
A bit more on Mullayanagiri
Availability of Food
You can get quality and pocket-friendly food at the Shiva Temple.
Trekking is what Mullayanagiri is famous for. You can explore and satisfy your adventurous self in this challenging climb starting from Sarpadhari. You need to take prior permission from Chikmagalur Forest Department in order to do so. Baba Budangiri is the highest point in Karnataka. Mulayanagiri is the lower point, few kilometres away from Chikmagalur. It can be easily identified by the temple on its top and is visible after around 20 minutes since the start. Streams, small caves, grasslands and the Nandi statue are what you will expect then.
You must have prior experience of trekking and know about the do’s and don’ts thoroughly. It is not an easy trek to start your trekking journey, so it is advised to have prior experience. After the 8-hour long trail, you will see the temple made in the name of Lord Shiva. You can get a sight of Baba Budangiri on a clear day as well. The picturesque view from the top is one to behold and remember for a lifetime.
The charm and beauty of the place is home to a number of homestays where you can spend the weekend away from the cacophony of the city. You can select from Thotadhahalli Homestay, Thippanahalli Homestay, and a few other places. The hospitality of these places has encouraged customers to visit the same place over and over again. If you are a lover of coffee, you will be glad to know that the place houses several coffee plantations as well!
Best time to visit Mullayanagiri
September till early March is the peak visiting period for the place. The weather is generally very pleasant with a gentle breeze flowing and the occurrence of mist. A light sweater and raincoat are all you might need. The weather makes the trek even more mind-boggling.
A few tips for visiting the place
-Trekking demands comfortable shoes. So, make sure you wear or take a pair.
– It is advisable to wear simple and comfortable clothes in that weather.
-The path from Sarpadhari is inclined to a drastic angle. Make sure you and everyone around you are careful.
-It is advisable to carry some snacks and water with you and not depend on the eateries present there.
– A light sweater and raincoat is a must.
– Be careful of reduced visibility due to mist.
How to reach Mullayanagiri
It is advisable and wise to visit the peak by a local taxi. You would require trained hands to overcome the sharp bends and face the traffic. One can drive up the hill, early in the morning for the best views.