Mandalpatti, situated at an altitude of around 4050 feet, is a hilltop 18 Kms from the town of Madikeri in Karnataka and is a part of Pushpagiri reserve forest. Mandalpatti has become a famous four-by-four Jeep drive spot to the top. It is one of the favourite drives for road trips from Bangalore.
This place is famous for viewing at sunrise and sunset. If you are traveling to Coorg, then take a ride through the coffee estate in this charming pocket of nature, and add a perfect touch to your memorable journey! Slowly developing as one of the best tourist places in Coorg, this fascinating trail is situated on the way to Abbey Falls. In the local language, Mandalpatti is also known as ‘Mugilu-Peth’ or ‘Mugilu-Pete’ which means Market of Cloud (Mist).
Mandalapatti has gotten high praise from recent vacationers to Madikeri for being a green, peaceful location. Residents in nearby villages frequently arrange their weekends here because the location offers peace and seclusion. A lover of nature will undoubtedly fall in love with this location because of its breathtaking beauty! It is a section of Pushpagiri Forest’s natural reserve.
You can choose to hike up to the mountain’s highest peak from Jungle Outpost in order to prevent any problems. You will undoubtedly have an exciting trekking journey, despite the effort. You will unavoidably fall in love with the surrounding vegetation as you approach the highest point. The aerial view of Mandalpatti is quite amazing. This area is unaffected by commercialization and society, making it the ideal choice for travellers seeking a relaxing setting. Last but not least, make sure to spend the night here. Trekking to the top is worthwhile despite all your work.
How to reach Mandalpatti?
Kindly refer the above map to understand more about Mandalpatti:
There are two routes to Mandalpatti:
- Via Abbi falls junction (around 20 Kms)
- Via Makkanduru (around 35 Kms)
Via Abbi falls the ride is little bumpier but it takes lesser time. Via Makkanduru, you drive through coffee estates and there are a lot of small waterfalls and water streams on the way. The best way to cover these places will be going to Mandalpatti via Abbi falls junction and returning via the other route. Also, via Makkanduru route, you see the Kote abbe falls.
The nearest town to Mandalpatti is Madikeri. From Madikeri, Mandalpatti is around 20 Kms. Out of these 20 Km, you can easily drive 17 Km on your own or rent a jeep or taxi to drive you to the base of the hill. However, you are not allowed to drive for the last 3 Km because of the restriction put by the Mandalpatti forest department.
You need to park your vehicle near the Mandalpatti forest checkpoint and from there, either you can walk yourself up to the hill if you are a trekking enthusiast or you can take a Jeep to reach the Mandalpatti top. Another good trek around this area is Nishani motte trek. From MandalPatti, while returning, you can come via Makkanduru route however, the driver might demand extra rupees 100 per head for that.
Mandalpatti entry fee and charges:
Vehicle Parking fee is Rupees 20 near the checkpoint and once you reach the top, there are another rupees 25 charges for the viewpoint.
Mandalpatti Jeep Ride
A Jeep ride to Mandalpatti can be taken from Directly Madikeri or Abbey falls Junction (A junction en route) or from the Mandalpatti checkpoint. The jeep stops there for around 45 minutes.
Madikeri to Mandalpatti Jeep ride:
If you are staying in a hotel or in a resort in Madikeri, the best option for you to hire a jeep will be on “per day” basis. This way, you can cover many Mandalpatti nearby places such as:
- Abbi falls
- Kotte Abbey falls etc.
Madikeri to Mandalpatti Jeep ride might cost you around 4000 on per day basis. Mandalapatti is primarily associated with 4×4 jeep riding. The forest department recommends a hilltop to all tourists. Even if you end up trekking along the way, it is recommended that you do not miss the experience of riding this jeep. The price of a jeep ride is INR 1700 per jeep.
Abbi Falls junction to Mandalpatti Jeep ride:
You can also hire a jeep to Mandalpatti from Abbi falls junction. The Jeep ride cost from Abbi falls Y-Junction is rupees 1500 for 5-6 persons. However, if you can bargain, it’s better for you. The jeep ride takes around one hour to the viewpoint.
Note: If you are going in your own car, then jeep drivers at Abbi falls junction might scare you that the road ahead is not so good for a private vehicle. Ignore them. The road is good until the base.
Jeep from MandalPatti base:
From Mandalpatti base, the Jeep ride costs around rupees 1000 for 5-6 persons. If you go individually, you can get adjusted in a jeep easily over there. To reach to the viewpoint, you need to walk last one Km till the top. But do not worry, I have seen even the elderly people going up the route and as elderly as 60 years.
Mandalpatti Best season to visit and opening timings:
The best season to visit Mandalpatti will be After monsoon or before summer. Try to avoid the rainy season. If you want to know the weather forecast of Mandalpatti, just type Mandalpatti weather and you will get some site links to know about the weather about Mandalpatti.
Mandalpatti Opening Timings:
Mandalpatti opens around 6 AM in the morning and closes at 6 PM in the evening.
Facilities at Mandalpatti:
There is no bathroom, food or staying facility at Mandalpatti. So make sure you carry all the needed stuff with you. Also, make sure, you have enough water with you before going up.
Accommodations near Mandalpatti
Coorg Tree House: Coorg Tree House provides a quiet retreat. The necessary amenities are a kitchenette, housekeeping, bathroom, Wi-Fi, and parking.
Thelma’s Coorg Chalet: This is a non-AC family stay for your complete family at Thelma’s Coorg Chalet. Among the necessary services offered here are the provision of a washing machine, free parking, housekeeping, bathrooms, and Wi-Fi.
Oyo Hill View Stay: This homestay has a welcoming atmosphere and is tidy and clean enough to welcome you while you’re there. The necessary amenities include a kitchenette, cleaning, adjacent bathroom, newspaper, power backup, and parking.
Nearby Restaurants to Mandalpatti
BBQ Bay: Barbecue Bay serves delectable Indian and barbecue cuisine. This restaurant is welcoming to vegetarians and has a great ambience.
Big Cup Café: This cafe serves a variety of coffee drinks and vegetarian meals. Big cup Café has a great ambiance, and the staff is kind and diligent.
Coffee Blossoms: This restaurant’s specialties are its vegetarian selections. Here, you can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Indian manner. You may sample both Chinese and Indian-style food at Beans & Brew Cafe. For your vegetarian breakfast and meal, this restaurant is ideal.