Mullayanagiri Trek: Highest Peak of Karnataka

I was inquisitive about the route and tried my level best to get a ride from Kemmangundi to Baba Budan Giri or Mullayanagiri but there was no public transport on that route and private taxi was too taxing on my budget. My incessant efforts finally settled down and I decided to follow the conformist way. From Kemmangundi, I returned back to Lingadahalli and then got another connecting bus to Chikmagalur.
Trekking map Chikmagalur

A: Tarikere,B: Kemmangundi,C: Baba Budan Giri Peak,D: Mullayangiri Peak,E: Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur is not only the gateway to Western Ghats but it is also one of the largest coffee producer’s districts of the country. I reached Chikmagalur at around 8:00 PM so I was a bit apprehensive about getting an accommodation but I got struck with a pleasant surprise.  I got a decent room with clean bed sheet and toilet in just 150 Rs… Hang on… one liter Aquafina water was also complementary with the rent… We do criticize our country all the time for its innumerous problems and inconvenience… but did you ever get a free water bottle even in one of the finest five star accommodations in first world countries? ....forget about the price tag though…. And till then, My legs were paining like hell because of arduous trek to Hebbe Falls so I slept early.
Sarpadhari : starting point of Mullayanagiri trek
                           Sarpadhari : starting point of Mullayanagiri trek 
Next morning, I went to bus stand and boarded a bus to Mullayanagiri base point but unfortunately I was in the wrong bus which dropped me at Kaimara where I befriended with Mr Rajesh who also offered me a tea. He used to work in Bangalore but could not caught up with big city so finally he is content in a small town called Kaimara adjoining to majestic western Ghats. It’s an enriching experience to meet people who return back to their roots after exploring the other side of planet.  After an hour, I hopped into the bus going towards Baba Budan Giri and asked the driver to drop me at the starting point of Mullayanagiri trek.
Trail uphill on Mullayanagiri trek
                                  Trail uphill on Mullayanagiri trek
Standing at an altitude of 1930 meter, Mullayanagiri peak is the highest peak of Karnataka and a challenge for trekkers. Mullayanagiri peak lies in the Baba Budan Giri range of Western Ghats which is blessed with rich flora, fauna and minerals. The starting point of Mullayanagiri trek is called Sarpadhari although there is a concrete road that goes till Mullayanagiri peak via Sitalayanagiri temple but there was no public transport on this route. From Sarpadhari, there is a steep trek of 4 km till Mullayanagiri peak which is moderately difficult. Be careful while trekking in monsoon, some of the rock patches are difficult and dangerous.  The initial stretch of the trek has some breath- taking vertical slopes those can be a severe challenge for an acrophobic person. Being solo made a bit anxious on this trek but the incredible view of Western Ghats revitalized my strength.  
Nandi Statue on the way to Mullayanagiri
                            Nandi Statue on the way to Mullayanagiri
After 2-3 km, I reached to an old temple under a big tree entangled with dense shrubs which made it difficult to locate the actual deity. I was lightened up to see relatively horizontal land on my way.  After hiking more, I reached to a Cave which is very close to Mullayanagiri peak. The Cave provides shelter to those who wants to stay on the peak in night.  A temple is built on Mullayanagiri peak which is maintained by Karnataka Police. The Temple authority also assists if you want to pitch in your tents on the peak. Strong wind flow and concentrated mist on the peak dropped the temperature significantly.  I can imagine how challenging it would be to spend a night on the peak without warm clothing. Even in afternoon, I was shivering in my short and T shirt. There was no visibility from the peak therefor it was certainly a walk in the clouds experience.
Cave near Mullayanagiri peak
                                 Cave near Mullayanagiri peak
Most of the people prefer to come here by road in their own private transport rather than following the strenuous trekking trail.  There was none on the peak when I reached there and temple was also closed so I asked the temple supervisor to open it. I was also attacked by leeches which were very common for me after trekking for so long in Western Ghats. After kneeling down at the temple, I decided to descend back via concrete road. I was hoping to get a lift till the main road which I later got after reaching Sitalayanagiri temple. Sitalayanagiri temple lies 2 km before Mullayanagiri peak.  Thanks to the family who allowed me in their car and dropped me till the main road which saved 5km of walking.
Mullayanagiri peak
                                            Mullayanagiri peak
After accomplishing Mullayanagiri peak, I was again on the same road waiting for a ride to Baba Budan Giri peak.


Important Distances
Chikmagalur- Mullayanagiri peak [16km, Via Sitalayanagiri, No Public Transport ]
Chikmagalur- Sarpadhari [Mullayanagiri base point, 8km, Private busses]
Chikmagalur-Bangalore [Via Hassan, 241 km, 6 hours]
Sarpadhari[Mullayanagiri base point] – Attigundi[Baba Budan Giri base]: 6km, private busses

Clouds enveloping Mullayanagiri
                                      Clouds enveloping Mullayanagiri

Stay and Food@ Mullayanagiri Peak
You can pitch in your tents near temple on the peak. Carry your own food items

Travel Tips

* If you are going by your own vehicle, you can reach Mullayanagiri peak by road. There is a parking facility on the peak.
* Because of heavy mist, Monsoon is not the best time to visit if you want to do photography but ironically Monsoon is the best time to trek Mullayanagiri peak.
* You can hire a bike from Chikmagalur and drive till Mullayanagiri peak and other nearby peaks [Recommended]

Contact Inayath harish for hiring a bike: 9483634751/ 9341778402/ 9481394189/ 08262 326959
* There are 1-2 days trek starting from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budan Giri and then till Kemmangundi. These treks can be organized from Chikmagalur

Download printable PDF map

Download a very useful map of Chikmagalur

Hi, We are 10 Peoples

Hi, We are 10 Peoples planning to Trekk Mullayangiri TO Bababudhangirir, We will be Reaching Mullayangiri peak on friday evening and planning to start the trekk from mullayangiri peak to bababudhangiri, Suggest us a good thought to stay in mullayangiri peak on friday night. is there any space to stay ? we are not looking for any homestays 

Long back there was place for

Long back there was place for camping and also a temple with a police chauki. Now i do not know what exactly is there.

I came to know that camping

I came to know that camping is not allowed in Mullayangiri or Bababudangiri. Can you please let me know if you have any idea about anyone did camping recently. Few weeks back we went to Mullayangiri for bike ride and wanted to go again for camping.

I do not know about the

I do not know about the current status on it. Lets wait until someone confirms it here.

i wish to plan a trip from my

i wish to plan a trip from my school.... i would like to know till where our buses will reach if we want to trek mullyangiri...and from there how much will be the cost for hiring a jeep for 9 students each....and also how much time will it take for up and down till reaching chik mangalore town again after trek....kindly please answer me


Buses can reach till the top

Buses can reach till the top of Mullayangiri. if you want to trek then stop before and trek. i am not sure about the cost for the Jeeps. If you want to trek uphill and downhill then would suggest half a day from Chikmagalur for the whole event.

Hey this was a really helpful

Hey this was a really helpful article about Chikmangalur, thanks a lot for this, I just had a few questions:

> Do you have any details about the place you stayed in for 150 per night? Number or name of the place?

> What is the tarrif on the bike rental?

> Are there places where you can walk to from the hotel?


I do not remember the name.

I do not remember the name. it is very close to bus stand. opposite to it.

i did not rent the bike so i do not know. you can call the guy.

There is nothing much in Chikmagalore. Most of the tourists go to Mullayangiri or other places for hike.

Hi vishnu,               This

Hi vishnu,

              This is vijay.we are planning  5-6 day bike tour starting from banglore to cover Chickmagaluru,sringeri,Jog falls,Murdeshwar.We dont have any idea of these please guide us to take proper routes and halts and any other must visit places in this route.we are starting 0n sept 3.

Stay in Chikmagalore (visit

Stay in Chikmagalore (visit Mullayangiri) then drive to Sringeri and then Jog falls and Murdeshwar in the end. it will be lot of driving through challenging roads and would be hectic but dobale.

Hey Vishnu, can you name a

Hey Vishnu, can you name a few more treks in Chikmagalur other than Mullaynagiri and BabaBudangiri and Kemmangundi

There are many lesser known

There are many lesser known treks. Kumara Parvata and Kudremukh are popular ones.

Hi Sir, Your blog is very

Hi Sir, Your blog is very informative thanks for that.

We are people of 7 travelling from Chennai for Camping purpose only. 

We are looking forward to pitch tent in Mullayangiri, I can see it is still allowed. Please confirm as this is very vital for the trip.


Yes. Pitching in tent at

Yes. Pitching in tent at Mullayangiri was allowed when i visited. I do not think they had changed the rule now. there is plenty of place in nearby hills where you can pitch in tent.

Bros these people here they

Bros these people here they manipulate the words they first say you people one rate thn they charge the and there service is not at all good.Does any one charge₹3000 for one day for three activas on this you have to wait atleast 1-2hrs for taking the vehicle or for returning it. Just Think!!!

Thanks for including your

Thanks for including your honest feedback here. I believe others would read it and refrain using these services. Please do let us know if there are any reliable bike rental agency in that region.

Hi vishnu , Me and 2 friends

Hi vishnu ,
Me and 2 friends are planning to cover mullayangiri and bababudangiri last weekend of july.
If we carry our own tent and sleeping bag is it safe for just 3 ppl to camp on mullayangiri ?
Also from there next day if we want to proceed to baba budangiri is that possible? Considering there are no washroom provisions on the way and we would HAVE to go somewhere .
Can you also tell me trek time for both hills separately?
And if we stay overnight on mullayangiri is it safe to park our vehicle at the base, will it be safe till next day??
Please do answer each question , it will be much appreciated Laughing out loud

Yes. Mullayangiri is

Yes. Mullayangiri is perfectly safe for camping. there is also a police subpost at the peak so no need to worry. Both of the hills are connected by road so in case you do not want to trek, you can go by a vehicle as well. trekking time for both of the hills are between 2-3 hours. you can take your vehicle till the peak of Mullayangiri. there is no places on the base where you can park.

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Hi! Your blog is such a life

Hi! Your blog is such a life saver. I'm a female travelling alone to chikmagluru over the weekend. I know this is a dumb Qn but I climbed kumara parvatha alone without getting lost(except the occasional serpent visits and leeches). Do you think I can climb mullayangir alone? What about hebbe falls? I'm just hoping I will find some travelers who go through the same path, just like my experience at kumara parvatha. I felt very safe. It's just, none of my friends are available. No group is trekking too, I checked online. The biker number you gave- can I trust them to help me out?

Yes. Mullayangiri is not a

Yes. Mullayangiri is not a challenging trek. you can easily do it. however very few people trek to Mullayangiri due to road accessibility so you would not find anyone enroute. Hebbe falls is now out of bound for tourists. I don't think bike guy can really help with trekking. he basically deals with renting bikes and group treks. I hope this information is helpful.

Hi Vishnu,   I wish to trek

Hi Vishnu,


I wish to trek to mullyanagari and baba budangiri. I plan to go on a Saturday night by bus from bangalore to chikmaglur and from their by public transport to mullyanagri base.. I plan to complete both treks on same day such that I can catch the return bus to bangalore from chikmaglur on Sunday night. Plus I am traveling solo and I have read your comments saying it is a safe. I want to know that is it possible in the timeframe that I mentioned above? Kindly advice me.

PS - I want to trek from mullyanagri to baba budangiri, I won't like to take a public transport.


Mullyanagiri to Bababudangiri

Mullyanagiri to Bababudangiri trek in a single day and return to Chikmagalore using public transport is not possible.

Hai vishnu, I' am planning to

Hai vishnu, I' am planning to go chikmaglur in the month of august. Is it a fine time to visit there & i' am travelling alone. Being a female, is it ok? Or risky? I've planned to go to mullayangir, Baba budan giri in my two wheeler. Can you let me know the distance covered from mullayangiri to baba budan giri on road?

August is best time to travel

August is best time to travel to Western Ghats. though rainy but its very very green. I do not think there is any problem for solo female travelers. Yes, you can do it on your two wheeler. Mullayangiri to BabaBudan giri is not very far and road is nice.

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Can we get full greenery and

Can we get full greenery and cool atmosphere if we go by march first week, Can somebody suggest me please.

March is relatively drier.

March is relatively drier. for Greenery, monsoon and postmonsoon is the best time.

My doubt is can we take our

My doubt is can we take our own tent and pitch somewhere for the night..
And also are der any spots to pitch tent in and near chikmagalur ?will be of great help if you hav answers for dis
Thank yoy

you can pitch in your tents

you can pitch in your tents at Mullayangiri peak itself.

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Do we need permissions for

Do we need permissions for that.. or we can go n do without any permission ?

Hi vishnu   My doubt is can

Hi vishnu


My doubt is can we take our tent and pitch it somewhere in the night.. something like that.. 

Yes. you can carry your own

Yes. you can carry your own tents and pitch in. no problem.

Permissions are not required.

Permissions are not required. there is a police post the peak of Mullayangiri and generally they give you permission.

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Hi bro, If I want to trek

Hi bro,

If I want to trek from mulyangiri to bababudangiri throughridgess, whether I have to take permissions or not. If I have to means where to take permissions and what is the process for getting permissions


Kindly provide the info





I am not sure if you will

I am not sure if you will require a permission for that. I know there are group trekking tours from Bababudangiri to Mullayangiri. You can check it at BabaBudangiri.

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Hi Vishnu,Your blog is really

Hi Vishnu,Your blog is really informative.this weekend I am planning to go sarpadri-mulyan-bababudhan. And this solo trekking can you please suggest and guide me where I want to pitch my tents and whether we need to pay anything for pitching tents or trekking. If we pitch tents their is their chances for food why because I'm planning this trip sat and Sunday.

Please bro help me on this...kindly share the info and tell the best way for two days trip



Thanks in advance bro


I am sure it is very much

I am sure it is very much do-able solo provided you had previous camping experience. Wind is very harsh at some patches. I would suggest to pack your food for entire trek. you can not rely on finding it enroute. there are no villages i guess.

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Hi Vishnu, I am planning for

Hi Vishnu, I am planning for trip to mullayanagiri, bababudangiri and kemmanagundi with my gf in next week end, my question is can I cover all this place in a single day and wt are the places to see in kemmanagundi. 

One day would be very taxing.

One day would be very taxing. I would not deny that its not possible. You can read my blogpost about Kemmangundi to know about places to see there.

Hi Vishnu We friends, around

Hi Vishnu

We friends, around 8 of us are planning to visit Chikmagalur at around January end. We are from Hyderabad

After reading up your blog, I realized that going to Chikmagalur is easy but taking hotel in Chikmagalur and travelling around 20, 30 km for treks is difficult because of low frequent public transport. 

If we want to cover as many hills in 3 days, where do you suggest we should stay? 

Which ones to visit first?

How to go to these places and also, we need to have a return to the hotel in the evening . So can we get autos or cabs wherever we want? 

Basically, how do you suggest us to move around from hotel to hills? 

Are there any local trekking guides/ tours which do one day treks and do you know any? 

And between, Kudremukh and Mullayanagiri which is better? 

And are there any hotels near Kudremukh to stay? 

Kudremukh is a technical trek

Kudremukh is a technical trek however Mullayangiri can also be reached by road. I do not think there is any place to stay inside Kudremukh national park. you can stay in nearby villages.

On your original plan, i would suggest you to stay for one night in Kemmunagundi and remaining in Chikamagalur. There are no hills on walkable distance from Chikamagalur. Kemmunagundi is however on the hill side so you can easily walk and stroll on the hillside.

From Chikamagalur, you will need bus,Autos etc to reach towards hills.

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I am planing to trek solo

I am planing to trek solo from Sarpadhari to uphill,


1. Is there any danger if I do trek solo


3. Can I find the way easyly to reach uphill & there won't be confusions right so that I miss the way 

No No.. no danger in trekking

No No.. no danger in trekking solo.. however its bit steep hike...

a bit of confusion. trail is not well out-lined. use common sense and you would reach easily.

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Hi  vishnu,firstly thanks for

Hi  vishnu,firstly thanks for ur blog which helped me to plan for a trip to Chikmagalur.One thing i wana know from u is that where did u stayed in Chikmagalur with a rent of Rs.150 

it was a cheap lodge very

it was a cheap lodge very near to the main bus stand.. there are few lodges.. rooms are very small but ok for budget travelers..

Hi, I am planning a solo

Hi, I am planning a solo budget travel to Mullayangiri. Can I rely on public transport from Chikamagalur to M.giri? It would be even more better if I have the option to walk 6-7KM to the destination. Please guide me..

Yes. there are few buses

Yes. there are few buses towards Baba Budan giri and i guess one direct bus till Mullayangiri. If you want to trek then follow the route which i had taken...

Hi, I would like to know


I would like to know about some places from where we could rent bikes in chikmanglur, as you mentioned in this blog of yours.

Do you know any such place there from this could be done.

kindly let me know if possible.

I had mentioned a number as

I had mentioned a number as well. you can try calling the guy and inquire..

Do we have parking at

Do we have parking at sarpadhri so that we can park our car and go?

We want to start our trek from Sarpadri and go towards mullayangiri.

Pls advise


There is no parking as such

There is no parking as such but you can leave you vehicle.. its all safe...

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