You can read the Day 1 of Chikmagalur trip.
We got up early and had the nice coffee prepared by Shashwati’s mother. Varun asked for another cup and I joined him. I had a nice chat with Mr. Nachappa regarding the nearby places to visit. He suggested to visit Mullaiyanagiri and said that it’s an awesome place. At the time of leaving Shashwati gave me a diary and I wrote a testimonial. It was a great experience to be there and the hospitality was incredible. I hope to visit this place again shortly. If you want their contact number just send me an email. Then, we moved to Chikmagalur and had the breakfast. After that we started for Mullaiyanagiri. Mullaiyanagiri hilltop, the highest peak in the state of Karnataka, has an overall height of 6,317 ft (1926 meters) above sea level. Mullaiyanagiri is the highest mountain peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris and is to the north of Chikmagalur town. It is one of the peaks in the Baba-Budan Range, known anciently as Chandra Drona Parvatha. The three large caves here said to have been sanctified by 3 siddhas contain their icons and ‘gaddiges’ (tombs) and an annual jatra is held here in their honor. A sacred place called the Seethala Mallappana Kanive to the left side of the caves is said to have been hallowed by Siddha Seethalaya and contains a Mutt and the dual shrine temples of Seethala – Mallikarjuna. The route to Mullaiyanagiri was curvy and it was a treat to watch the lush green vegetation from the window of the cab. Driving in the hills requires good skills and our driver was having those. After a long spinning around the hill we finally reached to the top. Well, it was still not the highest point though. To reach the peak we needed to trek the hill:
So we started trekking, well, it was not a tough ask as there were steps, but still the steps were a bit vertical. Arunava and I were walking together and at a particular height we felt the shortage of air. The oxygen level drops at high altitudes and at that time we started to feel that. I just turned around and took a snap of the route:
However, there was a different story with Varun, he was way ahead us and was walking as if he was in a garden 🙂 Actually he is from Himachal Pradesh so he has a habit of trekking in the hills. Eventually we reached to the highest peak of Karnataka:
The view of surrounding hills from the top was awesome. You can see the perfect blend of colors and it looks like an artwork:
After a great experience we went down. Check out how Chikmagalur looks from the top:
Then, we got into our cab and moved for our next destination Kemmangundi. On the way down Sailaja took nice videos:
For more photos of Mullaiyanagiri, click here.
The first spot to see near Kemmangundi was Kalathgiri Falls. It was a nice place with a temple in between the rocks:
The stream coming from the hills was not very strong as it was a dry season. I feel it will be at full flow in rainy season.
For more photos of Kalathgiri Falls, click here.
Then, we went to Kemmangundi. Kemmangundi is a beautiful hill station located at a height of 1434 meters above sea level. It was the favorite summer camp of King Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The place Kemmanugundi falls in the Tarikere Taluk of Chikmaglur District. It is about 235 Kms from Bangalore. This hill station is surrounded by the mountain streams, blessed with silver cascades, and Baba Budangiri range. It is ideal place for Trekking lovers. Kemmanagundi translates to “pit of clay” in Kannada. Raj Bhavan is a guesthouse built in Kemmangundi, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills:
It was a nice place having beautiful rose garden. This place is used for film shooting and all. Check out the view from the top of the hill:
For more photos of Raj Bhavan, click here.
We had lunch in a nearby restaurant and after that we started to go back to Bangalore. We knew that the sunset is very famous over here. But still we missed that, and also Hebbe falls and went back to Bangalore. Why? I don’t know!