Nestled at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur is a charming hill station in Karnataka and among the popular weekend getaways from Bangalore. The coffee land of Karnataka with gushing and overflowing streams, dark shola forests, and rolling green hills, attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the globe as part of Karnataka Tour Packages. Besides, this charming hill station offers the perfect opportunity to explore the mighty mountains and valleys of the Western Ghats through its trekking trails. No trekking enthusiast should miss out on trekking in Chikmagalur as these trails offer scenic views of nature and you have a blissful time here as the environs are packed with an exotic collection of flora and fauna. Make sure that you take your friends and family along with you and create everlasting memories on the paradisiacal hikes of Chikmagalur. So pull out your best trekking boots and head out for a day-long trek in Chikmagalur.
Standing at an altitude of 1950 m, Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and among the famous trails in Chikmagalur for experienced trekkers. This is a part of the Baba Budangiri Hills in the Western Ghats and gets its name from the tomb of Mullappa Swamy at the summit. Adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and lovely landscapes, the place is one of the top places to visit in Chikmagalur and a perfect place for those with an adventurous streak.
One can reach Mullayanagiri peak top by vehicle or one can also trek to Mullayanagiri peak from down via “Sarpadhari trail”. The whole trek is around 12 km involves walking at the ridge from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri, and ending at Manikhyadhara waterfalls. This 12 km long trek will take you through some of the most magnificent scenery that the region has to offer. Also, there is direct road access closer to the peak which needs less than 3 km and takes about 1 hr to reach the summit. September to February is the best time to do this trek that lures a huge number of tourists as part of Chikmagalur Tour Packages.
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Perched at an altitude of 1894m, Kudremukh is one of the highest peaks of Western Ghats and among the top places for trekking in Karnataka. The peak gets its name owing to the unique shape of the peak which resembles the face of a Horse. Hiking in the rainforest-covered slopes that lead to the summit of the third highest peak of Karnakata which greets with some of the most exotic views, is an exciting experience. Since the peak is part of the Kudremukh National Park, only 50 persons are allowed per day, and the permission from RFO at Kudremukh town is mandatory.
The 9 km trek starts at the Forest Office and takes you through forests, grasslands, and several waterfalls. Though Mullodi is the starting point of the trek, some people trek from Samse, which is 4 km before Mullodi that takes about 8-9 hrs to reach the peak. The trek takes around 4 to 5 hours, depending on your speed, and camping is not allowed anywhere on the trail as the national park is home to several rare species of flora and fauna. One can spot spotted deer, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar giant squirrel, leopard, peacock, and common langur among several other species here as part of the Sringeri Tour Packages.
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Situated 60 km from Chikmagalur, Sakleshpur Trek is one of the most popular treks around Chikmagalur and among the best places of trekking in Karnataka. Also called as Sakleshpur Railway Trek, it is one of the top attractions that you must include in Sakleshpur Tour Packages. The trek starts from Sakleshpur railway station and ends at Yedakumari railway station. This 20 km trek along the railway line takes about 7 km to complete. One can spot numerous waterfalls, a rail girder bridge, and tunnels along the 20 km of trekking. Though the Sakleshpur railway trek is banned, however, people still go there.
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Kumara Parvatha Trek
Positioned at an altitude of 1712 m, Kumara Parvatha is a beautiful mountain peak located in Pushpagiri reserve forest near Kukke Subramanya town in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. Kumara Parvatha trek is one of the toughest and most beautiful hikes in entire south India. The trek stretches for a total hiking distance of 16 km that starts from Kukke Subrahmanya town which is around 120 km from Chikmagalur. If you are an experienced hiker and are looking for a bit of a challenge as part of Mangalore Tour Packages, then Kumara Parvatha Trek will offer both adrenaline-pumping topography and spell-binding views.
One can reach the summit with two routes which is usually done with overnight camping. The first route is a moderate trek that starts from Kukke Subramanya Temple and goes through Girigadde (Battare Mane) & Mantapa. The second trek is a little hard and starts from Heggade Mane. Since the trekking trail passes through the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, it is required to obtain permission from the forest department to take up trekking expeditions to Kumara Parvatha. Visitors can obtain the necessary permission at the forest check post near Battara Mane to trek beyond the check gate. If trekkers are opting for the second route via Bidahalli, then they need to obtain permission from the forest office at Somwarpet.
Narasimha Parvatha Trek
Placed at an altitude of 3780 feet, the Narasimha Parvatha trek is one of the exciting treks in Karnataka and among the best spots for trekking around Chikmagalur. Also called as Agumbe ghat trek, it is one of the top places to visit in Agumbe. If you’re a wildlife photography enthusiast, this is one of the best spots for trekking near Chikmagalur.
Agumbe Ghat or Narasimha Parvatha Trek starts at Kigga, situated 90 kilometers away from the Chikamagalur. Visitors need to obtain permission from the Forest Office at Kigga before the trek. The 6 km moderately difficult trek passes through dense forest where wild animals roam around without inhibitions, making it a favorite amongst thrill-seekers. If you’re an experienced trekker looking for a more challenging trail, then choose the trail that starts from Malandur. The 13 km trail is an arduous one and takes 9 hours but the view from the grassy plain at the peak is worth the effort.
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