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BabaBudangiri, Chikmagalur: History, Treks & Map from Bangalore


near Bababudangiri trekAbout:

Altitude: 5905 feet
Distance from Chikmagalur: 35 kms
Distance from Bangalore: 275 Kms
Distance from Mullayangiri peak: 25 Kms
Best time to Visit: September to March (Check for the rainy days sometimes)
Average Temperature (September to March): 22-32 degree celsius

A villege in chikmagalur


Bababudangiri shrine/ dargah is named after the Sufi saint Baba Budan (also known as Guru Dattatreya). Guru Dattatreya/ Baba Budan is equally revered by both Muslims as well as Hindus. That’s why sometime you would find bababudangiri being called as bababudangiri temple and sometimes as bababudangiri dargah.

Foggy morning western Ghats

Chikmagalur, origin of coffee and Baba Budan:

Chikmagalur, being a famous state for coffee, links its origin of coffee to Baba Budan. Although around the shrine there are no coffee plantations. The nearest ones being nearer to the Jhari falls (alomst 7-8 kms far). So, it is believed that the Baba Budan brought coffee to India for Dattatreya, an incarnation of Shiva (or of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu). However, in modern history, a controversary has feud up recently because of the status over the shrine.

Legend says that Dada Hayath, who was a direct disciple of the Prophet, came to India in 11th century from Saudis to spread the message of Islam and peace. He was a Sufi and in the true spirit of Sufism, there was only one God for him and the whole world had only one religion. To develop a universal religion, he equally valued the lord Shiva, Vishnu and Sufi culture. Since localites were being oppressed by the landlords. This way, he found a way to unite people and fight against the oppression.

trail from Mullayanagiri towards Bababudangiri

Divided by religion and unified by humanity, people of different religion rever the Saint in their styles. Hindus believe the Baba to be an incarnation of Dattatreya (Lord Shiva) while Sufis consider him as a formless God. If we combine the both faith, the similarities lies in the fact that the, though people rever him in different way, still both of the community believe in formless incarnation of the God.

For more stories click here (Story one) & (Story two)

How to reach?

There are two ways to reach to the BabaBudangiri:
1. By road
2. By trek (Click here to know the trekking details from Mullayanagiri to BabaBudangiri)

1. By road to BabaBudangiri from Bangalore via Chikmagalur:

Roads, beauty and landscapes on the way to BabaBudangiri:

Road to BabaBudangiri becomes very scenic after chikmagalur. The Journey of next 35 Kms passes through coffee estates plantations, Nilgiris hills, serpantine Western Ghats roads, valleys and later you can see the vast plain grasslands overlooking the hills. In the monsoon, the hills wear bridal green and the parched dry water points gets filled with the rain water and turns into a small pond. You would see these ponds all throughout the way. Moreover, you can witness seasonal western Ghats wils flowers on the hills.

On the way to bababudangiri

Places to See around:

1. ManikhyaDhara waterfalls
2. Jhari waterfalls
3. Mullayanagiri peak: the Highest peak of Karnataka.
4. Caves near the Dargah

Jhari waterfalls, near mullayanagiri BababudangiriJhari waterfalls

Mullayanagiri templeNear Mullayanagiri top peak Shiva Temple

Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri trekOn the trek way to BabaBudangiri from Mullayanagiri

BSNL tower near BababudangiriThe BSNL Tower placed at the high altitude near BabaBudangiri

Near bababudangiriLandscapes, on the way to Bababudangiri

near Manikhyadhara waterfallsShops near Manikhyadhara waterfalls

Nilgiris near bababudangiriLandscapes near Bababudangiri

While returning from Bababudangirigrasslands/ Moorlands landscapes pictures near Bababudangiri