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Mullayanagiri Trek & Waterfalls, Chikmagalur


Mullayanagiri Trek & Waterfalls, Chikmagalur

– A weekend trip to the coffee land of Chikmagalur with a trek to the highest peak Mullayanagiri, buttermilk waterfalls and many more attractions.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Weekend Trip/Trek
    • Activity Level Easy to Moderate
    • Group Size Medium Group
    All about the Mullayanagiri Trek & Waterfalls, Chikmagalur.

    Hello Backpackers!

    Muddie Trails presents a fun-filled, action-packed weekend with trekking to the highest peak of KarnatakaMullayannagiri, chilling dip in the Buttermilk waterfalls, plenty of beautiful places, outdoor games, good food and a lot of socializing, all in the beautiful mountains of Chikmagalur.

    The coffee land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur located at a distance of 250 Km from Bangalore is famous for its elegant hills and enchanting views, along with its aromatic coffee. Apart from being scenic, Chikmagalur is also a paradise for the trekking lovers who love to explore high mountains surrounded by rainforests. Bababudangiri mountain range offers spectacular landscapes of the Western Ghats with deep sudden dips. While monsoons fill the landscapes with misty clouds, drier months present cool breezes and peaceful sunsets.

    We shall begin with a relatively easy trek of 3 Km one way to Mullayannagiri peak standing at 1930 meters above sea level. The trek path crisscrosses between rich forest and lush green meadows. There is a temple at the top from where we get a panoramic view of surrounding valleys. High altitude also attracts heavy winds. After spending an ample amount of time relaxing at the top, we will head to Buttermilk waterfalls on a bumpy Jeep. As the name suggests, water dripping from the boulders is almost as white as buttermilk. We shall take shower, take numerous pics, and change to drier clothes. The final stop for the day Bababudangiri is as beautiful as it can get. 

    The next day we shall take a nature walk in the coffee estate, followed by giving a visit to Chikmagalur town and the princess statue. After a bit of coffee tasting and shopping, we will have a pit stop at the Yagachi reservoir which accumulates water from the surrounding mountains. We will end the trip by exploring interesting architecture at Belur temple.

    Altogether, the Chikmagalur trekking experience is a great treat for the weekend.

    Highlights of the Chikmagalur Trip:

    • Hike to The highest peak Mullayannagiri (6 KM)
    • Jeep ride to Buttermilk waterfalls with a nice dip
    • Captivating views of Baba Budangiri mountain range
    • Coffee estate nature walk
    • Campfire with a social gathering in the night
    • Coffee shopping at a famous place
    • Yagachi reservoir with optional Boating and Water activities
    • Ancient Belur Temple and architecture

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    1. Day 0 Schedule
      • Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
    2. Day 1 Schedule
      • Reach homestay early in the morning, freshen up and have breakfast
      • Have fulfilling, heavy Breakfast to fuel up your body
      • Drive to the base of Mullayannagiri, park our vehicle and hike up
      • After soaking in the sun and witnessing amazing views from the highest point of Karnataka, trek back to base
      • Have a quick lunch at a local restaurant (Note that we get limited options for food on this route, that’s why you are advised to have whatever is available at that time)
      • Jeep ride to Buttermilk waterfalls take a rejuvenating dip under chilling water
      • Drive to stunning views of Bababudangiri range, enjoy the stunning views of the valley filled with clouds
      • Come back to camp, refresh, campfire with delicious dinner
      • Social gathering at night with long conversations, rest in the cozy tents
    3. Day 2 Schedule
      • Wake up, freshen up and have breakfast, pack your bags
      • Go on a beautiful Coffee estate nature walk, indulge in outdoor games like volleyball, shuttle etc
      • Check out of the campsite, drive towards Chikmagalur town, visit Chikka magalu statue, taste and shop coffee. 
      • Break for lunch at a local restaurant
      • Head to Yagachi reservoir and go for optional boating and other water activities
      • Visit the ancient temple of Belur and explore the architecture
      • Drive back to BLR and reach by night around 9 PM
      • Share your experience of a weekend trip to Chikmagalur with your friends and colleagues.
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    • Tempo or mini-bus depending on final numbers (non-ac)

    Things to Carry:

    • Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste
    • A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
    • A small backpack for the trek, waterproof (to carry a water bottle, lunch packet, towel, etc)
    • Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
    • Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
    • Cap/Hat/Sunscreen (to protect yourself from the Sun)
    • Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
    • Power bank, charger, camera (if you wish to)
    • Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our guest house
    • Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
    • Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
    • Your personal medications, if any
    • Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls
    • Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
    • Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
    • Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday lunch and misc. expenses
    • Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.

    Pickup Points:

    Central Silk Board Bus Stop: 9:30 PM

    Marathahalli: 9:50 PM

    Tin Factory: 10:10 PM

    Goraguntepalya: 11:00 to 11:10 PM (based on traffic)

    What’s next after booking your trip:

    • A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks a few hours before the trip.
    • You may say hi to other trekkers and get prepared for the trip.
    • We will set expectations about the trip, remind you of important Terms & Conditions.

    Seasonal variations:

    • June to Sept (monsoon): Monsoons bring the best out of Chikmagalur, like any other hill station. It rains persistently, filling up the streams and creating mini-waterfalls everywhere. There will be plenty of water at Buttermilk waterfalls. This means we may have to take a dip in the adjacent streams instead of going right under the falls.
    • Oct to Jan (winter): Clouds will make way to clear blue skies. Nights will be colder. Plenty of water in the falls to take a shower. Amazing sunsets at Bababudangiri.
    • Feb, May (summer): Dry climate. Still good for trekking with cheerful days and cold breeze. Landscapes are more brownish, a good time to escape the city and its summer heat. Buttermilk waterfall usually has a good amount of water in summer also. Sunsets are pleasant.
    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Chikmagalur Package InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Travel
    • Stay at backpacker’s guesthouse
    • Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner (veg)
    • Mullayanagiri trek, Buttermilk waterfalls jeep, Bababudangiri visit
    • Coffee estate nature walk, town visit
    • Yagachi reservoir, Belur temple exploration
    • Bonfire (if it doesn’t rain)
    • Trek Lead
    Chikmagalur Package ExclusionsItems that are excluded in the cost of tour price.
    • Lunches
    • Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above.

    • No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
    • We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay.
    • The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
    • Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
    • No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
    • Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
    • Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
    • Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
    • Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
    • The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek which will be informed 24 hours before the trip start time.
    • Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
    • Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
    • Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc.

    As we are amidst a pandemic, please go through the following blog of Travelling in the times of COVID-19 and COVID FAQs before deciding to join the trip.

    Cancellation by Traveler

    • 80% refund if you inform about your cancellation before 48 hours of the event start time.
    • No refund within 48 hours of the event start time whatever is the reason (Health, Accident, Family crisis, Office issue, or anything else).
    • No refund during/after the event.
    • Registration fee or partial payment which is done to book your slot is non-refundable.

    Covid Related

    • No refund if you drop out because of COVID.
    • No refund if you are not allowed to join the trip while boarding due to COVID symptoms. Refer to this COVID blog for details.
    • No refund if the event is cancelled/postponed because of COVID-induced lockdown/restrictions imposed by the government. In this case, your trip amount shall be used as credit for future trips.

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