The Breathtaking Mullayanagiri Trek

lush green mountain top
person standing on a cliff with bright sun in the blue sky
silhouette of a mountain peak during sunset with pink clouds in sky

Some time spent in the thick of nature is enough to refresh one’s soul. However, it is seldom possible to take time out for an extended vacation and plan a trek on the high hills. If you are tired of sitting in front of a screen and want to go for a one-day trek over the weekend, then Mullayanagiri Trek in Chikmagalur is the place for you.

Chikmagalur is a popular destination in the Western Ghats and welcomes people from all corners of the country. And the cherry on top during your visit will be Mullayanagiri peak, which is perched at an altitude of 1950 metres, making it the highest peak in Karnataka. It is a part of the Baba Budangiri Hills in Chikmagalur taluk. The starting point of the trek is Sarpadhari in which ‘sarpa’ means a snake and ‘dari’ means way.

Mullayanagiri trek, Chikmagalur, is named after Mulappa Swamy, who is known to have meditated in the caves nearby. Hence, the peak houses a small temple and Mulappa Swamy’s tomb on the top, which is surrounded by serene valleys and lush greenery. Though it is a small trek of 3-4 hours, you can go on to explore the nearby waterfalls and other destinations. Read on to know about some considerations you need to keep in mind while creating your Mullayanagiri trek guide.

lush green mountain valley with forests and clouds in the background
lush green mountain peak after a rain

The climb up to the Mullayanagiri peak is fairly easy with some steep slopes here and there. It can be visited across the year, but it would be a relatively better experience to go there between September and April as the winters bring out the beauty of the place. The trek is open throughout the year so you can visit between June and September for a refreshing monsoon trek. The only thing to keep in mind is that the rain cover may deprive you of the spellbinding views of the valleys.

Now comes the next big question, which is what to pack. While going for a trek, it is important to pack light. However, there are some essentials that you need to carry with you. These include a sweater, a raincoat and sunglasses as the rise in altitude leads to a sudden change in weather. It is difficult to find any shops on the way to the peak, so remember to carry some food and water with you. Also, keep in mind that there is no network connectivity on the trek route so you are actually away from the urban cacophony.

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If you want to extend your trek, you can venture further to the rest of the peaks in the Baba Budangiri range, which will add an extra 10 kilometres to the trek. If you want to just visit more locations after the trek, you can visit the Coffee Museum in Chikmagalur or Kallathigiri Falls.

As Chikmagalur offers you memories that will stay with you for a lifetime, you can enhance your sojourn at The Serai Chikmagalur, which ensures that you enjoy every moment of your stay.

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