June 23, 2017

Mullayanagiri

Mullayanagiri is arguably the best place of interest in Chikmagalur region. With the height of 6316 feet above the sea level, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka state of India. This peak is located in the Chandra Drona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats.

Chikmagalur is easily accessible by road and is located at a distance of around 20 kms from Chikmagalur town. This is considered as the trekker's paradise. The starting point for the 4 km trek is at a place called Sarpadhari. For those who do not trek, there is flight of steps which take them directly atop the hill.

On top of the hill as well as on the way to the hill, the view is breathtaking. It is one of the best places in Chikmagalur region to view sunset. The weather on the hill is mostly windy in all the seasons which makes this trekking as a wonderful experience.

Atop the hill, there is a small Shiv Linga temple. The temple also enshrines the idols of Uma, Ganesh and Hanuman.

It is said that a sage called Mullappa Swami used to perform penance inside a cave on this hill and the hill is named after him. The access to this cave is restricted nowadays.

A visit to Chikmagalur without climbing up this highest peak is incomplete.

Happy travelling.






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