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Mullayanagiri is also the highest peak between Nilgiris and Western Ghats. It is part of the Baba Budan hill ranges that stand straight in a linear line in this area. Adventure lovers call it the paradise for trekking lovers in Chikmagalur. Cool and windy breeze greets one all along the Mullayanagiri trek trail. One can explore the small caves, which are located just below the peak, and also view statues of Nandi on the way up.
There is a temple of Lord Shiva at the hilltop. The priest of the temple has his dwelling at the top, and he and his family are reported to be quite hospitable. Standing on the peak, on a clear sunny day, one can see the complete Western Ghats range. Watching the sun going down from the peak is an unforgettable experience.
One can also trek from Bababudangiri to Mulayanagiri. One can reach the base of Bababudangiri from Kaiwara, and from the base, hire a jeep to reach the top of Bababudangiri. The trek from Bababudangiri to Mulayanagiri is arduous and one has to cross difficult terrains. There is a fall called Manikyadara falls on the way to Mullayanagiri trek.
Exact Location: Mullayangiri is located15 km from Chikmagalur
Nearest Town: Chikmagalur (15+ km)
Distance from Bangalore: 260+ km
How to Reach: Bangalore-Chikmagalur-Mullayanagiri
Trek Length: 1 Day
Best Time to Visit: End of September to Early March
Advisory: Avoid trekking in the night and after evening, as it is said that there are wild animals and snakes in the area. Its advisable to reach Bababudangiri or Mulayanagiri before 5pm.
Babadudangiri: This place is revered both by Muslims and Hindus. Babadudangiri is home to a small Sufi shrine devoted to both saint Baba Budan and Guru Dattatreya
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Kemmangundi: Situated at a height of 1434 meter above sea level, Kemmagundi is located in Tarikere taluk of Chikkamagaluru. If you are passionate about nature and its beauties, this is the place to visit. Lush-green vegetation, mountain streams, waterfalls, mountains, beautifully laid-out ornamental gardens, valleys all add to the beauty of enchantress that is Kemmagundi. The place also offers many peaks to climb and adventurous trekking routes to explore.
Galikere: Galikeremeans windy pond. About 1 km from Bababudangiri, this serene lake is set in the midst of high altitude mountains and is bounded by verdant trees. Watching the sunset from this place is a mind-boggling experience.