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
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*  NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN NIGHT ON THIS ROUTE

Download printable PDF map

Download a very useful map of Chikmagalur

Vehicles should not be

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

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.

Cheers,

Monica

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..

Cheers

Monica

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...

Cheers
Vishnu

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

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 : girish619@gmail.com

please help me.

Thank you.

Girish

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.

Thanks.

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..

http://thinkingparticle.com/forum/trekking-western-ghats-near-chikmagalur

=== 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 cheaters...it 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!

Already answered to your

Already answered to your comment above...

Hi vishnu its go see that u

Hi vishnu its go see that u hv b'come an online tour guide (just kidding).. Me & my friends r planning trek to Mullayanagiri in mid July.. do u think it would be the best time to trek..

July is really good time to

July is really good time to do Mullayanagiri trek...it will be lush green journey...

Hi...is this trek safe to

Hi...is this trek safe to scale for just 2 girls?
Thanks and Regards,
Amritha

Hi Amritha,

Hi Amritha,
Mullayangiri is not an easy trek specially when you are in a small group...Some part of the trails are really steep... I will still encourage you girls to do it on your own...just be careful on rock patches... will also recommend you to take road while descending.... descending is more risky if its raining...

feel free to post follow up queries...

All the very best...

==== Vishnu

Hii Vishnu Me and my wife

Hii Vishnu

Me and my wife will be in Chikmagalur next month.We have already booked River Tern lodge at Lakkavalli (near Bhadra reservoir) and after a day's stay we need to check in at Gateway Hotel the same afternoon. So is there any public transport available from Lakkavalli to Chikmagalur?If so how long will it take? Please help.

Yes...there are private

Yes...there are private busses as well as KSRTC busses.... it should take 2-3 hours i guess...

Should ve carry the tents to

Should ve carry the tents to trekk baba budan giri. v are planning to reach chikmangular at 6 n then start trekking form sarpadari till baba budan giri..

I guess you are planning

I guess you are planning Sarpadari-Mullayangiri-Baba Budan Giri trail.... If you are planning to do camping then you should carry your own tents else you may come down to the main road and stay at Atigundi (On the base of Baba Budan Giri)...

hi friend,me and my partner

hi friend,me and my partner planning a honeymoon in july in western ghats..can u suggest me a good tour programme for 7 days starting from kolkata thanks in advance

I think Coorg would be the

I think Coorg would be the best destination as a honeymoon trip.... Western Ghats are generally trekkers paradise which involves a bit of hiking etc...Coorg has variety of destinations and relatively laid-back.... Read more about Coorg on the link below..

http://www.thinkingparticle.com/blog/motorcycle-diaries-coorg-part-one-t...

http://thinkingparticle.com/blog/motorcycle-diaries-coorg-part-two-dubar...

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

Hi Vishnu, There are 3 of us

Hi Vishnu,
There are 3 of us planning for this trek on 12th Jan - planning to camp at Mullyangiri. Need a few info:-
1. Do we need to take permissions for this?
2. How do we reach Sarpadhari from Chikmagalur Bus-stop (going by KSRTC bus)?
3. Do we need any guide for this, or the trail is easily available?
4. Is it possible to camp at baba-budan giri? Is it allowed?
Your help in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Hi Uddipan, Here

Hi Uddipan,
Here are my inputs for your queries..

** You don't require any permission for Mullayanagiri trek However for camping, you can check with the police officials those are posted at the peak. There is a very small police station at the peak of the Mullayanagiri and generally they are very helpful for the travelers... They will help you pitching in the tent etc..

** There are busses to Sarpadhari from Chikmangalore... These are private busses not the KSRTC busses..

** No need for a guide.. Trail is very easily identifiable...

** Camping at Baba Budan giri should not be a problem.... In fact, this region is very welcoming for the trekkers... you can camp at almost every location....

Regards
Vishnu Kumar

Hi Vishnu, Thanks for all

Hi Vishnu,
Thanks for all your inputs - I have successfully completed my first camping trip! Smile Your blog seriously helped a lot during this trek! We camped near Manikya-dhara falls - 3.5 kms from baba-budangiri. The ridge, 3 kms before the bsnl tower, has been closed now - you'll need prior permissions to trek through that ridge. So we took an intermediate path to Baba-budangiri..Ultimately it was a successful one!

I am glad to hear about your

I am glad to hear about your expedition.... The trail from Mullayangiri to Baba-Budangiri is indeed quite challenging.... I remember about the fall but could not recollect the name...

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