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Distance from Bangalore : 275 kms
Trek Distance : Total 12 kms
At 1,930 m, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka. Standing majestically above the rest of the Western Ghats, this hill offers unprecedented views of all its neighbouring ranges. With every step you take, the view gets more and more breath-taking.
The best part is that the trek is fairly simple. Save for a few steep ascents, the trek is a lovely one through serpentine forest trails, with cool breeze and the sound of birds chirping. When you reach the peak, you’ll be awe-struck by the amount of bliss that nature can provide. This trek is a true reprieve for a tired soul.
The peak is located in the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. It derives its name from the tomb of Saint Mulappa Swamy, which is located at the peak. The saint is said to have meditated in the caves surrounding this hill. A small Shiva temple exists on the summit. You can see the complete Western Ghat ranges from the summit.
Departure Bengaluru 10 pm
Day 1 :
Arrive at Chikmagalur by Early morning
Check in at Home stay in Bababudaengiri.
Another 10 km drive to Sarpadhari- which is the starting point of our monsoon trek.
The trek to the peak from Sarpadhari is a half day trek. The peak is at a distance of 3-4 km from the starting point and takes about 3 hours to ascend. The initial part of the trek is steep, vertically inclined at 60 degrees or more. The path is lined with bushes and trees. After some time. the trail zig-zags along the mountains and the ascent becomes steeper. You will soon hit a massive rock. You need to move ahead, passing through the opening in the cliff.
After trekking for around two hours, you will come across a Nandi (Bull) idol beneath a tree. Dense shrubs and flowering creepers surround this statue. From here on, the trail becomes less steep. Walking further, you will come across some deep caves infested with bats and insects. These caves are multi-coloured due to mineral deposits on their walls. From these caves, the trail once again starts ascending.
Have Lunch here(Packed Lunch has to be carried)
Another 1 km climb to Seethalayangiri , this is the final stretch of the peak. There is another Nandi statue very near to the peak. Soon after this, you will come across the temple at the peak and the tomb – you can explore the scenic beauty of Valley.
Early Evening – Drive back to Homestay
Mini Western ghat trek near by Homestay
You can explore Chikmagalur & nearby places
Options are Kemmangundi & Kalhattigiri falls, Hebbe Falls
Come back to homestay have lunch
Leave to Bangalore
A Shower in Dabdabbe falls
Even we can cover Bellur – Halebeedu which is UNESCO Heritage site known for their south Indian architecture. It has carving of Hindu Purnas and pillars of different design.
Reach Bangalore and next day back to daily routine.
TRAVEL PACKING LIST
• Water bottle (2 bottles, 1 ltr. each)
• One extra pair of clothes (Dry fits preferred)
• Rubber soled shoes
• Toothbrush, Tooth paste, Soap, Towel (Basic Toiletries)
• Plastic Spoon
• Bed sheet/ Sleeping Bag (For the night)
• Raincoat / Poncho
• A couple of plastic covers (protection from rains to carry wet clothes or pack electronics)
• Personal Medication (A general medical kit will be available, bring along personal prescriptions)
• Snacks (Dry fruits / Chocolates etc. –Remember we each carry our own trash)
• Camera / Mobile / Electronics (At your own risk)
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