Chikmagalur, situated in Karnataka at a distance of 250-280 kms from Bangalore is famous for its scenic locations driven from the majestic western ghat mountains that stand proudly clad in their beautiful green color clad clothes – Mullayangiri, Baba Budan Giri, Kemmangundi and Kudremukh.
Chikmagalur which in the local kannada language represents the town of the younger daughter – a town given as a dowry to the younger daughter. The Hiremagalur (town of the elder daughter) which stood as a separate town in the past once, however got imbibed into Chikmagalur town. The town is well connected with regular buses plying from Bangalore and there are scheduled convenient trains connected between these two locations. Those who love to drive can follow the below route. The roads are good upto Hassan (being tolls) and then begins the narrow roads upto destination
Bangalore – Mangalore road – Hassan – Belur – chikmagalur
I have been to this wonderful destination 5 times till now, it being one of my favorite getaways. I will cover each of the hills through separate blog posts picking up from each trip.
I shall highlight only about the Mulayangiri hills in this post.
We five friends (Krishna, Ravi, Vasu & Surandar) planned to visit the Mulayangiri hills and off we drove to the mountains. The whole journey of 250 kms just passed by in a swift owing to the interesting chit chats of the friends racing in parallel with the time.
As we reached the main town checking into the hotel, we took a relaxed break for lunch and a decent rest from the tiredness that grew from the confinement of the four doors of the car. As the body began its work of converting food into energy, we rose up to set our foot on these hills.
Mulayangiri is the highest peak in Karnataka with an altitude of 6,300 feet. The hills did welcome us with open arms but it did scare us with the narrow adventurous roads which will definitely make the heart skip a bit and one needs to drive with full caution on the way to the hill. My friends ensured to kept me in good mood, as the steering was at my command.
Reaching the destination, we parked the car near the temple and chose to further trek up the hill to reach Mullayangiri peak, which was around 2-3 kms away from that point.
After walking for half a kilometre, we turned back to take the glimpse of our car resting below. We got happy that we had covered that height. Rolling the sleeves up, we started the journey further.
Through the trek, we were greeted by the calm green valley and the whole place looked splendid and putting us in tranquil.
After a trek of about 2-3 kms, we finally reached at the foot of the peak. The highest point would require a further walk up the steps, which housed a shiva temple.
We slowly pushed ourselves to climb the steps. Me and Ravi reached the peak atop and caught the scene below. A splendid wallpaper.
Very soon, the peak got engulfed with clouds and as they moved by, they wet our clothes making them fully drenched. It didn’t rain but the clouds did the work.
We spent some relaxed moments at the temple and after an hour or so, descended the hill. We slowly dragged ourselves to return back to our car.
After covering half the distance, the legs started talking to each other and the friends decided to take a quick rest amidst the mountains and our friend Vasu decided to keep watch and was lost in framing the valleys in his camera.
After sometime we finally reached our car. Friends were eager to give a glance into the temple beside but the trek had made Krishna and Me fully dead tired that we just flung ourselves on the soft grass leaning against the car.
Wow, what a trip it was and the friends just made the heaven, a wonderful experience.
Please note that the place has no good connectivity of shops around, so ensure to carry stock of water bottles, snacks, biscuits to ensure a proper replenishment, else one may end spoiling up the trip. The place is not commercialized unlike other hill stations but I am happy for that as the place would live its beauty for a longer period of time.