Mullayanagiri peak is the highest peak of Karnataka located in the Chikmagalur district. It is a part of the Western Ghats, situated at the height of 6330 feet/ 1930 meters. Unlike other treks in Karnataka where you have to return to the starting point after the finishing the trek, Mullayanagiri trek starts from Mullayanagiri peak and ends at the BabaBudanGiri peak which is, I think, the second highest peak of the Karnataka.
I would recommend you take a look at the Mullayanagiri trek Guidemap below before you read any further:
This trekking route makes trekking little tricky if you are going there in your own vehicle. Because you reach the Mullayanagiri peak in the morning; park your vehicle there; start trek to the Bababudangiri; reach Bababudangiri by the evening but there is no transportation from Bababudangiri back to the Mullayanagiri peak.
In that case, you should have a driver with your vehicle who can drop you at the Mullayanagiri peak and should be waiting for you at the BabaBudangiri to pick you up after the trek. There is a motorable road to both of the peaks and there is a trekking trail which joins the two peaks and forms the trekking route.
You can also use the public transport to reach Mullayanagiri peak. But for that, you would first need to reach Chikmagalur the base district town and from there hire an Auto or a jeep to the peak. Below is the information about the buses from Bangalore to Chikamagaluru:
- Volvo Merc-Benz Buses (Journey time: 4.5 hours):
Timings – 22:27,18:06, 23:40
Fair: Rs 390
- RajaHamsa Buses (Journey time: 6 hours):
Timings – 22:30,23:00,23:30
- Karnataka Sarige (Journey time: 6.5 hours):
Timings – 19:02,20:59,22:33,23:31
Mullayanagiri Trekking Guide:
As mentioned earlier, Mullayanagiri trek starts from the Mullayanagiri peak. You can either use a transportation to reach the peak or you can also do a small trek of around 3-4 Kms from the bottom to reach the Mullayanagiri peak. This trek starts from a place called “Sarpadhari”.
Sarpadhari trek to Mullayanagiri peak:
The Sarpadhari trek to Mullayanagiri peak starts at this point called Mullayanagiri trek Starting Point on the Google map. You will also see a small arch iron gate to your left. It’s Sarpadhari, the trek starting point. Sarpadhari is Kannada word which means path like a snake, ‘Sarpa’ stands for snake and ‘Dhari’ for the way.
From Chikmagalur, Sarpadhari is around 15 Kms. The Auto charges you around 300 to drop you there. If you are a trekking enthusiast, you should start your trek from the Sarpashari itself. Start early morning to avoid the sun. Mind that there will be a lot of fog in the morning.
You can also use the Google map to download the Sarpadhari. Sarpadhari trail is little steep sometimes. You also get to see the sunrise if you start early morning. The trek until Mullayanagiri peak takes around an hour.
Mullayanagiri to BabaBudangiri trek:
Once you reach the Mullayanagiri peak (Either directly by vehicle or by Sarpadhari trek), you can start the trek to BabaBudangiri from Mullayanagiri. The trail can be found on the Google map. Just for your information, the Mullayanagiri trail to BabaBudangiri starts behind the Shiva temple.
If you are going to the peak with your own vehicle, it might happen that big vehicles like Tempo-traveler or MiniBus might not make it to the peak. In that case, the bus will drop you at the Seethlayanagiri Temple from where the Mullayanagiri peak is around 2 Kms along the same road.
The total trek distance from Mullayanagiri peak to the BabaBudangiri peak is around 9 Kms and it takes a time of around 5 hours if your group is fast enough. Almost after 3 Kms from the Mullayanagiri peak, you cross the Attigundi road. There is a forest department office at the crossing. You might to take permission there or pay some forest department charges. Attigundi road is the same road which joins Mullayanagiri peak to the BabaBudangiri peak by road for vehicles.
After you cross the forest department office, the Mullayanagiri trek is mostly along the ridge. You will get to see the valley on one of the trail. You can also down the whole trail offline on your mobile phone and use GPS while trekking.
Mullayanagiri trekking tips:
- Always look out for the white marks on the rocks or on the trail.
- If you encounter a dead end an hour after the crossing the forest department along with the ridge, follow the GPS. The same trail continues and is located on the left.
- Always remember the BSNL tower. The BSNL tower is located near the end.
- At one of time, we found a bifurcation where we took the right trail and that led to nowhere. We took the left trail near the tower. Or in short, keep the GPS trail installed.
- You can camp near the BabaBudangiri. There is a water source there called “Manikhyadhara waterfall”.
- There are also shops near the BabaBudangiri where you can get food.
- I am not sure of the vehicles from BabaBudangiri to the Chikmagalur. I think Autos are available.