Mullayanagiri peak is a very simple trek. The trail takes its course through the forest and your mind will be blown by nature because it is pure bliss. The peak rests at the Western Ghats of Chikmagalur. This is at an altitude of 6332 ft. And the base village for this trek is Sarphdhari, Chikmagalur. Mullayanagiri is considered one of the best spots for trekking in Karnataka.
All along the way you will be seeing beautiful waterfalls and mesmerizing scenic views will capture your eyes and heart, you will also be able to see the entire Western Ghats ranges from the summit. This is the perfect trek for a solo trip, but that doesn’t mean it is any less enjoyable with friends or family.
Mullayanagiri gets the name from the Saint Mulappa Swamy, whose tomb is located at the peak. It is said that the saint used to meditate in the caves which surrounded this hill. A small temple for the Lord is located on the summit.
This trek falls under easy to moderate level and people with little to no experience in trekking can still complete this trek easily. The trek mostly consists of concrete roads hence it makes it very easy for even beginners with no experience to complete the trek.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to trek to Mullayanagiri is from the month of September to February. The weather during this time is best to enjoy walking among the mountains. You can witness some of the rarest flora and fauna. Avoid going here during monsoon season because the trail becomes very slippery and there’s a lot of leeches found here during this time.
It takes about three hours to reach the summit of Mullayanagiri.
The trail is steep in the beginning, and it helps you overcome your fear of height. The beauty of this trail is beyond literal interpretation. Mist sometimes crawls in without any notice even at a low altitude. Your trial will be followed by an uphill climb until you reach the Mullayanagiri peak. The inclination increases when the temple flag is visible.
You cover a total of 3km from Sarphdhari to Mullayanagiri peak. Once you reach the peak, you witness a panoramic and beautiful view of Western Ghats.
Below the Shiva temple, you’ll find two colourful caves which are perfect places for meditation.
The peak is connected to the road towards one end and that is further connected to Meadows. You can take some rest here.
Start the descent from the end of the temple. Spend some here to detach yourself from all worldly concerns. Once you return your rest of the day will be full of fun activities.
• Visit Shiva temple
• Enjoy local food
• Witness local culture
• Panoramic view of Western Ghats
• Discover the Peace Tree
Precautions and Essentials
• Wear light and comfortable clothes.
• Alcohol consumption and smoking is highly inadvisable.
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Complete trekking gear
• Take some water and some food along with yourself.
• Carry a double strap backpack (no sling bag).
•Carry mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
•Carry raincoats, jackets, first aid and some extra clothes for emergencies.
• Carry minimum weight.
• Don’t litter.
• Stay with the group and don’t wander on your own.
• Take care of your own luggage.
• Carry your medicines, if any.
• Bring your camera and mobile phones at your own risk.
• Don’t endanger your life by trying to click risky pictures.
Mullayanagiri is also known as the paradise of Karnataka. You will be really lucky to catch a glimpse of sunrise from the top of the mountain. This place definitely will take you by surprise at every step. Brace and prepare yourselves to get lost in the lap of nature. The perfect trek for you to embark on a beautiful spiritual journey that also soothes your eyes and soul too. It is the perfect unplanned trip.
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