Baba Budangiri Overview

Baba Budangiri is a sacred pilgrimage spot in Chikmagalur for both the Hindu and Muslim communities. It is famous for its shrine of Hazrat Dada Hayath Mir Khalander who was a 17th century Sufi saint. The place is also notable for the caves which are believed to be once the residence of Sri Dattatreya Swamy. Baba Budangiri is one of the most picturesque places to visit in Chikmagalur and also famous among the thrill seekers for its trekking and hiking opportunities.

Bababudangiri is an amazing trek in the mountains of Chikmagalur, located at a distance of 250 km from Bangalore, making it ideal for a weekend getaway. Starting on the hiking trail from Sarpadhari (alternatively from Attinagundi), you can see the peaks of Budangiri (1895 m) and Mullayanagiri (1930 m) looming at a distance. Together, the two mountains appear like a crescent moon, therefore known as the Chandra Drona Range. 

Trekking enthusiasts have a lot to look forward to on the Budangiri hike. Trails snake through dark forests of shola trees, occasional moraine-filled rocky stretches, and miles of serene green grasslands on the rolling hills. Come on this trek to take in all the spectacular vistas of the enclosing slopes of the Nilgiri Hills, try your luck at spotting wildlife when crossing through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, and test your stamina at negotiating a few steep inclines. 

Some of the highlights on this trek are- walking on the Blade Ridge on the way to Mullayanagiri, camping and campfire in the forest clearings, ancient cave explorations, and stunning hillscape photography from several viewpoints along the way. Blooming of the kurinji flowers in the low lying slopes of the Nilgiris is a rare seasonal attraction in these parts of the hills.

The flowers blossom at an interval of every 12 years, cloaking the entire vicinity in shades of blue, giving the Nilgiri hills its name! The Budangiri mountain is also an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Muslims for the legacy of the Sufi saint Baba Budan and the hindu deity Dattatreya.

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How To Reach

Nearest Airport- The Mangalore International Airport is the closest airport to Budangiri, located 110 km from Chikmagalur. From Mangalore, taxis can be hired to Chikmagalur, or you can get on one of the frequently plying buses to Chikmagalur town. Alternatively, you can arrive in the state at Bangalore airport and find your way to Chikmagalur by bus or hired cabs on a 5 hour road trip.

By Bus from Chikmagalur- There are private-run direct buses plying between Chikmagalur to Baba Budan Giri run by SMS Travels, on the BabaBudangiri Road or Thippanahalli Estate Road. The first morning bus leaves at 7 am, and the last at evening 5 pm. Busses are scheduled at 3 hour intervals during the day. 

Shared Jeep: Several hikers choose to leave from Chikmagalur to Attigundi- the base camp of the Budangiri trek, by shared jeeps leaving from the Chikmagalur bus stand.

Best Time To Visit

March to April is the best time to visit the region since this is the primary flowering season in these hills. The trek route remains open throughout the year, except the monsoons from mid-June to the end of July, any time is a good time to trek to Baba BudanGiri! The most favorable months are

March to April- The average minimum temperature during these months remains around 24 °C and while the maximum is 35 °C. There are sporadic light showers in the afternoon, otherwise the days are mostly bright and sunny. At every 12 years, the fabled kurinji flowers bloom along the slopes during these summer months. 

December to mid-February- The average minimum temperature may drop to 20 °C during the night, though the days remain cool but sunny. The mist-enveloped mornings only adds to the wintry charm!

Other Essential Information

1. Location: The area is administered under the Chikmagalur district of the state of Karnataka. Chikmagalur is a cherished spot for nature tourism and adventure, marked for the beauty and blissfulness in the lap of the Western Ghats mountains. 

2. Mobile Connectivity: You can find sporadic mobile connectivity all through the trek up to the shrines of Baba Budan. However, it is best to finish with all important calls before trekking onward from Sarpadhari- the base camp village.

3. Places to Eat: All good eateries on the roadway to Baba Budangiri are located at a 10-11 km radius of the starting point. Check in at Coffee Barn Cafe- located on KM Road for a hot cup of that special Budangiri coffee. For a delectable and mildly flavorsome South-indian breakfast or lunch, stop by the Town Canteen on the Rathnagiri Road.

Tips for Visiting Baba Budangiri

1. Pack in light warm clothing, though heavy layered clothing will not be necessary.

2. Carry your raincoat since brief showers are common, especially in the summers.

3. Do not schedule your onward journey from Chikmagalur to Budangiri by public transport at night. Viable transport by bus or shared jeeps are hard to find after 5 pm.

4. Attigundi is the base camp for Baba Budan Giri peak hike. Shared jeep from Chikmagalur to the town will charge 20-30 rupees. 

5. Prepare well before the trek as the fairly high altitude and the rough-hewn trails starting from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budan could be challenging for an uninitiated trekker. 

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Point of Interest for Baba Budangiri
Baba Budangiri Temple

Baba Budangiri Temple

The Baba Budangiri shrine is important to both Hindus and Muslims. You will find the grave of Baba Budan- the Sufi saint, after trekking to the flat top of hill. From the Dargah of the islamic saint, a stairwell rises up to the Dattatreya Caves- believed to be inhabited by the hindu deity Dattatreya Swami. 

Fascinating stories associated with these mythical figures circulate among pilgrims here. The Islamic saint is known to have been sent by the Prophet Muhamamd to India and the deity Dattatreya is believed to be the embodiment of Brahma-Vishnu-Maheshwar.

You will be thrilled to hear about a peculiar connection between coffee plantations in the Nilgiri Hills and the Sufi saint coming from faraway Middle-east. Legend has it, the saint had returned from his Hajj to Mecca with seven raw cocoa beans which he planted in the soils of these mountainsides! 

A sweeping view of the Chikmagalur valley from the shrine can be found down below. 3 km ahead of the religious site, the Manikyadhara Falls is another brilliantly scenic place that you can check out.

Baba Budangiri Trek

Baba Budangiri Trek

The Baba Budangiri trek has two viable flag-off points, the trailhead at Sarpadhari and the one at Attigundi. Going by any of the routes, trekkers will first reach the Mullayanagiri mountain-- the highest peak in Karnataka and furthering from here to Baba Budangiri. 

The trail will demand you to carefully negotiate steep uphill stretches and walking on a moraine-filled ravine. The block cliffs of Mullayanagiri soon comes into sight after crossing Sarpadhari, surrounded by thickets of shola trees.

The enthusiastic shutterbug in you has to jump to life on finding the striking contrast of resplendent green forests, and grasslands against the black rocked cliffs on this trail. Upon reaching the mountain-top, you will be greeted with a spellbinding birds-eye view of the valley lying below.

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Baba Budangiri FAQs

How do I get to Baba Budangiri?

Baba Budan Giri is located at a distance of 270 km from Bangalore. You can easily access the trek by taking a private bus from the city plying to Chikmagalur. Busses are available for going straight to the shrine, and further on to the Manikyadhara waterfalls.

How to reach Baba Budangiri from Chikmagalur?

The Chikmagalur town bus stand avails of daily busses, the first of which leaves at 7 am in the morning. Alternatively, you can also arrange for shared jeeps till Attigundi. Chikmagalur has a well-connected road to Bangalore.

How is the weather of Baba Budangiri?

Summer is a pleasant time in Budangiri, with temperature varying between 32 to 35 degree Celsius. During the winter months, temperatures drop to 11-20 degree Celsius. You can expect brief daytime showers from March-May. The Chikmagalur region receives heavy rain from July to the middle of September.

Is it safe to trek to Baba Budangiri?

The trek is safe and beginner-appropriate, though, trekkers need to meet basic fitness requirements to negotiate the challengingly steep portions of the trail.

What is the total trekking distance of Baba Budangiri?

Total distance covered on the hike is 9 km and takes around 5 hours to cover.

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