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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Mullayyana Giri peak, Chikkamagalur- Revisited

Mullayyana Giri is the highest peak in Karnataka and is a must visit spot if you’re touring the Malenadu area (Shivamogga, Chikkamagalur, western ghats etc). Mullayanagiri is at 1930 meters above mean sea level, twice the altitude of Bangalore.



First thing that excited me about Mullayanagiri is the drive till top. We’d driven to Mullayana Giri during October 2011 in an Aria- that was my first visit and I wasn’t familiar with the territory then. It was evening time and was getting dark. The uphill drive was exhilarating. The last few kms were breath taking- the road was narrow, just enough for one car at a time. On our right was the deep valley- one wrong move and the entire vehicle would have slid off. Luckily for us, we didn’t have to encounter a face-to-face situation with a vehicle returning from opposite direction.  

Not contended with the first visit, we made another visit this March, this time with enough time to spare. The drive was as good as earlier, but my familiarity with the turns ruined the thrill and suspense. Once on top, we spent more time exploring it. A small hike from parking lot took us to the peak- which had a Lord Shiva temple on top of it. Adjacent to the temple is also a police booth housing wireless relay station.

Mullayyana Giri is also an excellent trekking destination. One can trek to Kemmannugundi/Habbe falls, Baba Budan Giri or other nearby places from here. Readymade trails exist, but expect reduced tree cover during summer months and carry enough water. The destination is also an excellent choice for cycling. Roads are good and traffic is less. View is amazing.
Thankfully there’re no shops in Mullayyana giri selling cigarettes and other petty stuff. Probably for this reason, there’s very little littering and location remains clean. Hope it remains that way
Seethalallayyana Giri Matt is a stopover place 3 kms before Mullayanagiri. Bababudan Giri and Manikyadhara falls could be your next destination once you’re done exploring Mullayana Giri.

11 comments :

Team G Square said...

Wonderful pictures.

Gowtham said...

Yes it is a must visit spot. When we visited, though scenery was fantastic, we couldn't see the steep valleys to great extent. Here it was http://gowthamspeaks.blogspot.com/2011/11/hassan-travel-loc-3-mullayanagiri.html

M.D.subramanya Machikoppa said...

ಫೋಟೋ ಚನ್ನಾಗಿವೆ

Aravind GJ said...

I was there 8 years ago. Looks like the place has undergone some changes. There were no roads at that time!!

But good to hear that the place is still clean.

And nice pictures!!

Janit said...

Seems to be quite dry - mebbe also because its summer time.
Thanks for sharing.

magiceye said...

would be great to visit post monsoon

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Deepak: Yes

Jani: Yes, Aug-September would be better time


Aravind: Thanks

MDSM: Thanks

Gowtham: Will check ur post

TGS: Thanks

Rajyalakshmi Vathyam said...

Lovely pics, I have Karnataka in my next travel list in India, and I see you have some nice places listed here other than the usually very famous ones! Wil keep checking on here :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Rajyalakshmi:
Sure. let me know if you need any help. Karnataka being my home town, I could explore it in more detail.

Still I've not explored many places around North Karnataka

Pavni Talwar said...

you have taken some really great photographs! Cheers

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks