Trekking in Karnataka is often a lot of fun and adventure owing to the vast expanse of Western Ghats stretching along the state. And among all the experiences you can have here, the one to really watch out for is on the highest peak of Karnataka – Mullayanagiri. A trek to Mullayanagiri stands out because of the splendid views of the lush green Western Ghats you get from the summit here.
It’s part of Baba Budangiri Hills of Chikmagalur and rises up a dizzying 6,330 feet. It derives its name from a tomb at the summit that’s dedicated to Mulappa Swamy, a holy man who’s said to have meditated for years in the caves nearby. Those caves are quite interesting to explore if you have the zeal after the trek.
The time it takes to go up for a trek here is around 3 hours, with the difficulty level somewhere between easy to moderate. If you’re planning your trek from Bangalore, take an overnight bus from Bangalore to Chikmagalur. You could also drive to Chikmagalur via Hassan and Belur. Once you reach Chikmagalur, get to the starting point of the trek which is Sarpadhari.
The best time to visit Mullayanagiri is between September to April. The winter months are a wonderful period for this since the temperatures are just right for outdoor activity. However, if you want to see the Western Ghats come alive with rich shades of green, going during monsoon from June to September will be a great idea.
If you want an enriching experience, once you’re through with the Mullayanagiri trek, you can explore the surrounding areas of Baba Budangiri Hills which is another 12 kilometres away and the Manikyadhara Falls around 9 kilometres away. A must visit attraction around here is the Deviramma Temple, located a little over 10 kilometres away. The Mullayanagiri trek can be spread over two days if you plan to include these other places in your itinerary.