An evening at Mullayangiri

Mullayangiri is a part of the Baba Budangiri Range, known for its rich biodiversity and geological significance. With an altitude of 6,330 feet, it is the highest peak in the state and among the highest peaks in South India.

Over the years, Mullayangiri has attracted trekkers, nature lovers, and adventure seekers. I have trekked these ranges before and was excited to be back here. The challenging trek to the summit offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. This time, however, we had planned a leisure trip and decided to just hire a car to take us up straight to the peak.

After a five-hour journey, we arrived in Chikmagalur at around 3 pm. The road trip from Bangalore to Chikmagalur is a picturesque route, offering a delightful voyage through the scenic landscapes of Karnataka. Although we have traversed the NH75 on several occasions, this time we opted for a different route. Departing from Bengaluru, we followed the NH48 to Tumkur. From there, our route continued until Sira, where we took a left turn onto NH69. Passing through Kadur, we transitioned to NH173, ultimately reaching our destination.

The distance between Bangalore and Chikmagalur spans approximately 280 kilometers. The road conditions are generally favorable, especially on NH48, ensuring a smooth and well-maintained highway. However, it’s worth noting that some sections of NH69 may have occasional potholes, so a cautious approach to driving is recommended.

Just before entering Chikmagalur, we stopped at this veg restaurant called Aramane Veg Restaurant. My crusty dosa was served with an array of chutneys and the quintessential sambar.

From the moment you take your first bite of a crispy dosa or savor the aroma of sambar wafting through the air, you embark on a culinary adventure that captures the essence of South India.


Chikmagalur is a charming hill station nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. As we approached the town, we were surrounded by the lush greenery of the Western Ghats. The landscapes, dotted with hills, valleys, and waterfalls, attract nature lovers and photographers. The hill station enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it an attractive getaway for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

After checking in at the Robusta Inn, we booked a cab with a little help from the hotel desk.

Ratnagiri Bore

The mountain is located in the Chikmagalur district, about 19 km from the town of Chikmagalur. The driver on his own took us first to a small resort-like place called Mahatma Gandhi Park, a beautifully maintained garden that is placed on the backdrop of the Mullayangiri.

Mahatma Gandhi Park or Ratnagiri Bore which is located on the northern part of Chikmagalur is a beautifully maintained garden and is placed on the backdrop of the Mullayangiri. The park is quite big with a musical fountain and a train ride.

This beautifully maintained garden is spread across many acres. The site has a small hillock surrounded by well-laid-out gardens, fountains, well-designed pathways and green lawns. The place looks very scenic, with the hills at the backdrop and full of ornamental plants and vibrant flowers. There are also several vendors selling local produce of coffee and pickles.

From the Ratnagiri Bore, we drove on towards Mullayangiri Peak. There are several sharp curves as we enter into the mountainous territory. The driver stopped for a moment at a beautiful viewpoint along the road.

The driver dropped us off near the parking lot from where there are about 500 steps to the peak.

The summit of Mullayangiri offers panoramic views of the surrounding Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, which is visible on a clear day. Mullayangiri is also known for its rich biodiversity, and hikers can spot a variety of birds and animals along the way, including the endangered Lion-tailed Macaque and the Great Indian Hornbill but not on this route. To get that experience you have to trek through the wild.

There is a small curved pole meant to be the starting point of the climb. You can get some beverages or drinks here. Unfortunately, this is also the reason for the accumulation of plastic garbage around the area. Why cannot people be a little responsible towards nature?

Narrow steps take you up to the peak towards Mullappa Swami Temple.

The Mullayangiri Peak has religious significance as well, with a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at the summit. It is believed that Lord Shiva himself had meditated here, and the peak is considered to be sacred by the local people.

Mullayyana giri Nandi Mantapa

To the south of the temple lies a small bare-bones structure with a small statue of Nandi bull.

We sat there on a boulder near the Nandi enjoying the gentle breeze. It had been a tiring ride and it felt very relaxing.

The sun was almost about to set so, we started walking downhill.

After reaching the Hotel, we went out on the street hunting for a nice place to dine. Mani found this place called: Khansamaa Restaurant (non-veg) which was just a couple of minutes away from our hotel. It had good ratings and the food didn’t disappoint. If you are in Chikmagalur, do visit this restaurant. After a wonderful meal, we loitered around the place. This place is the center of the town and hosts several eateries and cafes.

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