Mullayanagiri Trek: Highest Peak of Karnataka

I was inquisitive about the route and tried my level best to get a ride from Kemmangundi to Baba Budan Giri or Mullayanagiri but there was no public transport on that route and private taxi was too taxing on my budget. My incessant efforts finally settled down and I decided to follow the conformist way. From Kemmangundi, I returned back to Lingadahalli and then got another connecting bus to Chikmagalur.
Trekking map Chikmagalur

A: Tarikere,B: Kemmangundi,C: Baba Budan Giri Peak,D: Mullayangiri Peak,E: Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is not only the gateway to Western Ghats but it is also one of the largest coffee producer’s districts of the country. I reached Chikmagalur at around 8:00 PM so I was a bit apprehensive about getting an accommodation but I got struck with a pleasant surprise.  I got a decent room with clean bed sheet and toilet in just 150 Rs… Hang on… one liter Aquafina water was also complementary with the rent… We do criticize our country all the time for its innumerous problems and inconvenience… but did you ever get a free water bottle even in one of the finest five star accommodations in first world countries? ....forget about the price tag though…. And till then, My legs were paining like hell because of arduous trek to Hebbe Falls so I slept early.
Sarpadhari : starting point of Mullayanagiri trek
                           Sarpadhari : starting point of Mullayanagiri trek 
Next morning, I went to bus stand and boarded a bus to Mullayanagiri base point but unfortunately I was in the wrong bus which dropped me at Kaimara where I befriended with Mr Rajesh who also offered me a tea. He used to work in Bangalore but could not caught up with big city so finally he is content in a small town called Kaimara adjoining to majestic western Ghats. It’s an enriching experience to meet people who return back to their roots after exploring the other side of planet.  After an hour, I hopped into the bus going towards Baba Budan Giri and asked the driver to drop me at the starting point of Mullayanagiri trek.
Trail uphill on Mullayanagiri trek
                                  Trail uphill on Mullayanagiri trek
Standing at an altitude of 1930 meter, Mullayanagiri peak is the highest peak of Karnataka and a challenge for trekkers. Mullayanagiri peak lies in the Baba Budan Giri range of Western Ghats which is blessed with rich flora, fauna and minerals. The starting point of Mullayanagiri trek is called Sarpadhari although there is a concrete road that goes till Mullayanagiri peak via Sitalayanagiri temple but there was no public transport on this route. From Sarpadhari, there is a steep trek of 4 km till Mullayanagiri peak which is moderately difficult. Be careful while trekking in monsoon, some of the rock patches are difficult and dangerous.  The initial stretch of the trek has some breath- taking vertical slopes those can be a severe challenge for an acrophobic person. Being solo made a bit anxious on this trek but the incredible view of Western Ghats revitalized my strength.  
Nandi Statue on the way to Mullayanagiri
                            Nandi Statue on the way to Mullayanagiri
After 2-3 km, I reached to an old temple under a big tree entangled with dense shrubs which made it difficult to locate the actual deity. I was lightened up to see relatively horizontal land on my way.  After hiking more, I reached to a Cave which is very close to Mullayanagiri peak. The Cave provides shelter to those who wants to stay on the peak in night.  A temple is built on Mullayanagiri peak which is maintained by Karnataka Police. The Temple authority also assists if you want to pitch in your tents on the peak. Strong wind flow and concentrated mist on the peak dropped the temperature significantly.  I can imagine how challenging it would be to spend a night on the peak without warm clothing. Even in afternoon, I was shivering in my short and T shirt. There was no visibility from the peak therefor it was certainly a walk in the clouds experience.
Cave near Mullayanagiri peak
                                 Cave near Mullayanagiri peak
Most of the people prefer to come here by road in their own private transport rather than following the strenuous trekking trail.  There was none on the peak when I reached there and temple was also closed so I asked the temple supervisor to open it. I was also attacked by leeches which were very common for me after trekking for so long in Western Ghats. After kneeling down at the temple, I decided to descend back via concrete road. I was hoping to get a lift till the main road which I later got after reaching Sitalayanagiri temple. Sitalayanagiri temple lies 2 km before Mullayanagiri peak.  Thanks to the family who allowed me in their car and dropped me till the main road which saved 5km of walking.
Mullayanagiri peak
                                            Mullayanagiri peak
After accomplishing Mullayanagiri peak, I was again on the same road waiting for a ride to Baba Budan Giri peak.


Important Distances
Chikmagalur- Mullayanagiri peak [16km, Via Sitalayanagiri, No Public Transport ]
Chikmagalur- Sarpadhari [Mullayanagiri base point, 8km, Private busses]
Chikmagalur-Bangalore [Via Hassan, 241 km, 6 hours]
Sarpadhari[Mullayanagiri base point] – Attigundi[Baba Budan Giri base]: 6km, private busses

Clouds enveloping Mullayanagiri
                                      Clouds enveloping Mullayanagiri

Stay and Food@ Mullayanagiri Peak
You can pitch in your tents near temple on the peak. Carry your own food items

Travel Tips

* If you are going by your own vehicle, you can reach Mullayanagiri peak by road. There is a parking facility on the peak.
* Because of heavy mist, Monsoon is not the best time to visit if you want to do photography but ironically Monsoon is the best time to trek Mullayanagiri peak.
* You can hire a bike from Chikmagalur and drive till Mullayanagiri peak and other nearby peaks [Recommended]

Contact Inayath harish for hiring a bike: 9483634751/ 9341778402/ 9481394189/ 08262 326959
* There are 1-2 days trek starting from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budan Giri and then till Kemmangundi. These treks can be organized from Chikmagalur

Download printable PDF map

Download a very useful map of Chikmagalur

Hello Vishnu, We area group

Hello Vishnu,

We area group of 8 planning to leave on 20th MArch 2015.You need to help me out on this

1)Where to camp on the night we reach so that it will be easy for us for the next morning to trek Mullyangiri?

2)What time to start from the base camp so that we reach uphill and trek up mullyangiri beforirie sunrise?

3)On the same day planning to go to baba budangiri and camp?Tell me what time we need to leave mullyangiri?

3)we have entire sunday with us so plan a best itenary to eee places around

4)Caming on both the days and need some offrading track to experience some adventerous ride


Here is my take 1) I will

Here is my take

1) I will suggest to pitch in the tent at Mullayangiri only.

2) it takes 2-3 hours if you are doing trek.

3) Yes, you can reach Baba Budangiri on the same day and camp.

Rest you can figure out once you are there.

+- Vishnu

      Hey vishnu  Eight of us




Hey vishnu 

Eight of us friends are planning a trip to chikmangalur on the 20th of this month by our own vehicle and were  there from 20th night to 22nd evening .

I've been hearing there are issues with putting up our own tents and camping .

Tell me about it and what's the best location and place to camp on our own without getting in any sort of trouble . 

Were looking to trek baba budan giri and mullayangiri so will we be able to set up tents en route to the peaks ? 



















If there is problem in

If there is problem in pitching tents near Mullayangiri peak then i would suggest to do it in between the trail or near Baba Budangiri. couple of years back it was OK to pitch in tent near Mullayangiri peak.

+- Vishnu

Hi Vishnu, I am going with my

Hi Vishnu,

I am going with my friends. Can start from bangalore early in the morning only by bike. I have a couple of options in my mind. Can you please help me with the choosing/improving the options?

1) Reach chikmaglur. Park my vehicle at a hotel in chikmaglur and take auto/taxi to sarpadhari. Start trekking from afternoon to mullyanagiri. Come back after reaching the peak and spend night back @hotel. Next morning, go to mullyanagiri directly. then start for bababudangiri. and then head back to bangalore.


2)Reach mullyanagari peak directly by bike. Camp there and start trekking for babaudanagiri next morning.

Can you tell me about the parking and camping option at sarpadhari, mullyanagiri and bababudanagiri ? This will be a weekend trip and time is constraint !

Awaiting your response!



I will sugggest to go for the

I will sugggest to go for the second option. There is parking space near Mullyangiri peak and its much better than staying in the hotel.

Vishnu Kumar

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for your

Hi Vishnu,

Thanks for your reply ! What are the options available at mullyanagiri apart from parking space ? Is that a secured parking. Can we come back to mullyanagiri from bababudanagiri by any public transport or auto/taxi ? 



Hi vishnu, my self with my

Hi vishnu, my self with my friends planing to go mullayangiri this weekend in car, getting to know that the road is not that good and need experience to drive through. so where can i park the car, which is the best place to park and start treking. 

Sorry for the late response.

Sorry for the late response. I guess you had a nice trip.  Yes, there is parking space near Mullayangiri peak.

H Vishnu, My friends and me

H Vishnu,

My friends and me around 10-12 are planing to visit chikmagalur this month,will be reaching there on 26th night and leave on 28th by noon.We are planing for trekking mallyangiri so can you help me out with accomodation for us,im not able to find any guest house or homestay providing camping facilities.Il be grateful to you,if you help me out with this Smile

Hi Kiran, There is no

Hi Kiran,

There is no permanent accommodation place at the peak of Mullayangiri however there is lot of space for pitching in the tent. most of the trekkers generally pitch in their tents near the peak.

I have dropped the number of the guy who arranges trekking tours in this region. you try to call him up for see if he can arrange accommodation for your group at Mullayangiri peak.

+- Vishnu

Hi Vishnu,   My family is

Hi Vishnu,


My family is planning to have a trip to chikmagalur in car. And we are gonna stay in chikmagalur. From there we are planning to visit Mullayangiri and Baba Budan giri. Could they be covered in same day. How is the condition of the route towards these places? Are they safe to drive by car?


Yes, by car, Mullayangiri and

Yes, by car, Mullayangiri and Baba Budan Giri can be covered in single day easily. I think weather is fine in winter so roads would be good condition. Yes, perfectly safe to drive by car.

+- Vishnu

Vehicles should not be

Vehicles should not be allowed! Will be great pleasure to summit the peak for trekkers.

Sadly Vehicles are allowed

Sadly Vehicles are allowed till the summit peak. Road is motorable and there is also a police chauki at the top.

+- Vishnu

Hey we are plannin to go to

Hey we are plannin to go to mullayangiri. 

Whrn u say buses are allowed till the peak, are they mini buses?

Or is the size of d bus like a rajahamsa bus?

Bcos we re 40 of us plannin to come by a single pvt bus from bangalore. 

Kindly advice

There is sufficient space

There is sufficient space even for big buses..

I hav plan to trek with my

I hav plan to trek with my freinds(40 people).Can we take our bus till the base bcz road looks very narrow.Help me out buddy...plzzz

Yes, i think you can take the

Yes, i think you can take the bus all the way till the peak of Mullayangiri.. no problem at all... its wide enough for a bus and there is parking lot near the peak...

hey, we're heading to

hey, we're heading to chikmangalur end of this month. wanna ask few question:

- the guy's number u gave, can he speak english? (we're malaysian. we only know basic hindi)
- is local guide up to mulyanagiri peak is easily arranged in chikmangalur?
- what is the name of the lodge where u stay?

I don't think the guy on the

I don't think the guy on the number mentioned can speak English.. Even in hindi he was only OK... You can try Hindi...

- Yes, you can easily get a Guide for Mullayangiri peak but there is indeed no need of a guide.. there is a road till the peak..

- I stayed in a cheap and nasty lodge near Bus stand.. i don't remember the name but there are very few opposite the bus stand.. they are very basic...

=== Vishnu Kumar

Hey Vishnu, very exhaustive

Hey Vishnu,

very exhaustive blog! Had been looking for this information forever!

Heading to Chikamaglur tomorrow with my bf, planning to rent a bike from Chik to Mullayangiri peak, pitch a tent there, camp overnight and return the next morning.

Hopefullly it'll work out. Will share the details and pics on my blog later.

Thanks a ton and wish you lots of travel karma and luck in life.



Glad to hear that you found

Glad to hear that you found this post helpful,  Monica...

I hope you had awesome trek and was able to hire a bike on rent.... looking forward to read your blog and photographs..



Hi Vishnu,   We are planning

Hi Vishnu,


We are planning to Visit mullayyan giri this weekend. It would be helpfull if you could provide us the below details like, is the guide mandetory for trek? what is the food and stay availability? and also can we get a home stay nearby? if yes please provide us the contact of the home stay.


Thanks in advance.

I am so sorry Amar that i

I am so sorry Amar that i could not responde before your departure... was stuck in many things...

Well, you would not need a guide for Mullayanagiri trek... trail is well outlined.. There is no food/accommodation facility at the peak.. most of the trekkers prefer to stay at Chikmagalur...some people however carry their tents and pitch it near the peak.. it gets windy and very old in the night...

Nearest accommodation option would be at Chikmagalur or Kaimara....  I hope you are having a great trek...

I miss western ghats every monsoon when i am away...


Thanks for your suggestions

Thanks for your suggestions Vishnu,


We had a great trek to Mullayyangiri. It was very foggy and heavy wind was there. Totally awesome trek.

Hey Amar... glad to hear back

Hey Amar... glad to hear back from you... Nice, you enjoyed the trek...

Hi Vishnu, Last weekend we

Hi Vishnu,

Last weekend we went to Chikmanglur hired bikes and covered mullayingiri and few other places..

The information which you have given in your blog are really very helpful.. particularly the phone numbers for hiring a 2 wheeler.. 

Vamshi G

Hi Vamshi Can i know fare of

Hi Vamshi Can i know fare of hiring bike

Bro...kindly give contact

Bro...kindly give contact numeber to hire bike from chikamagalur

Hi dude, 9483634751 .. This

Hi dude,

9483634751 .. This is the contact number. I guess they will take 500 for scooty and 800 for bike(Single day. Not on the time basis). People are good there. Have a happy vacation Smile

Thanks for pitching in ...

Thanks for pitching in ... Yes, that's the number

Hope you had awesome... so

Hope you had awesome... so that number is still working... it takes me back to green memories of Western Ghats..

Hi Vishnu. I am planning to

Hi Vishnu. I am planning to trek Mullaiyangiri- Baba Budangiri ranges on foot, along with a few of my friends. How much time will it take to cover the entire trek assuming proper rest in between ?
Your reply will be highly apppreciated. Thankyou.

Hi Vijayendran.... I guess it

Hi Vijayendran.... I guess it can be done in 2 days with one overnight stop in between.... I don't have the trek route which could have been much help.... Numbers i mentioned in the blog will be helpful... I think its 2 days long...

Hi I want to know about

Hi I want to know about budget hotels around 800 for couple.

hey vishnu, please reply to

hey vishnu,

please reply to me soon.
because i'm leavin tomo.

Sorry Girish that i missed

Sorry Girish that i missed that email... I remember i was traveling during these dates...

It would be more helpful if

It would be more helpful if you provide me your contact number, so that i can clarify all my doubts.

email id :

please help me.

Thank you.


Hi Vishnu, Do you get bikes

Hi Vishnu,

Do you get bikes for rent at chikmaglur.

if yes, where?

please help me asap, as i'm leaving for chikmagalur tomo night and please suggest main places wher i can visit. i'm planning for 2 days, saturday and sunday.

immediate reply would be very helpful for me.


Hi Girish, I have

Hi Girish,
I have mentioned the number in the blog. Please call on that number and get more details about bikes on rent...

There is a lot around Chikmagalur but Mullanagiri, Kemmangundi, Hebbe falls and Baba Budan Giri hills are the prime attractions...

more information on the link below..

=== Vishnu

Was it a right time to visit

Was it a right time to visit mullayyanagiri and Kemmangundi this weekend (4th-6th July 2013). We are 5 Planned a trip to above place on Swift Dzire from bangalore. Help me

Yeah...July is not bad...

Yeah...July is not bad... Monsoon is the best time to visit this part...

Hey Vishnu, We are planning

Hey Vishnu,

We are planning to visit chikmagalore this August. We would prefer bikes from mysore to mullayangiri, we are 8 members in the group and fresher for trekking. Any suggestions in this case please

I don't see problem in biking

I don't see problem in biking from Mysore to Chikmangalore....August is good time...

what is the name of the hotel

what is the name of the hotel in which you stayed?

I stayed in Chikmagalur and

I stayed in Chikmagalur and it was a cheap lodge near bus stand... There are 2-3 budget lodges near bus stand...

Hi Vishnu, This one of the

Hi Vishnu,

This one of the most exhaustive accounts of the trek to Mullayangiri.Thanks for the info! We are a group of 12 people and are looking to camp at the peak there, like you've advised. The only issue is with the tents. Would you advise us to carry them with us or are they easily available in nearby places like Chikmaglur, since we're going there first anyway ? Any information would be much appreciated Smile Thanks.

Hi Dhananjay, I

Hi Dhananjay,
I believe you can easily get tents from Chikmagalur on rent.... pitching tents are generally not a problem but its too too windy at the peak...very chilly in the night...carry warm cloths and wind may rain heavily as well...

Please call the numbers mentioned on the blog...I met this guy at Attigundi..he may help arranging tents for you guys from Chikmagalur..

==== Vishnu

Finally some information that

Finally some information that helps a lot! Laughing out loud Thanks for such an exhaustive description, Vishnu. We are 12 people and will be going to Mullayangiri this weekend (8th-9th June), mainly for camping.We are not very sure about the best way to arrange for tents though. Should we arrange them from Bangalore or are they easily available in nearby places like Chikmaglur, etc. Any help with contact info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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