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  • 1 Day
  • Easy
  • 6,330 ft.
  • 12 Participants
  • October to February
  • Karnataka

Mullayanagiri Peak Overview

Mullayanagirii is the highest peak in Karnataka with an elevation of 6,330 ft. The peak is located in Chikmagalur district, around 40 km from the main town. As the highest peak of Karnataka, Mullayanagiri attracts hundreds of adventure seekers who visit for a thrilling trekking experience, majestic vistas, and rejuvenating forest trail. Trekking the Mullayangiri Peak is no less than a paradise for nature lovers. 

The peak lies in the Baba Budan Giri Range of the Western Ghats and derives its name from the sage Mullapa Swamy who is believed to have meditated at a cave near the summit. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at the top. 

Embark on the Mallayanigiri Peak trek to witness breathtaking views of surrounding hills and valleys. You will be mesmerised by the sight of lush green Western Ghats ranges from the top. A scenic trail is also a culturally and historically rich experience, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage and tradition of Chikmagalur. 

While the trek to Mullayanagirii, the highest peak in Karnataka is a thrilling experience, the trail traverses some steep ascents and undulated terrain that tests your physical fitness. So come prepared to embark on an exhilarating journey to the highest peak of Karnataka.

Mullayanagiri Peak Trail Information

Day 1: Arrive in Chikmagalur 

Reach Chikmanglur and halt for a night.

Day 2: Chikmagalur to Mullayanagiri Peak and Back

  • Start your trek from Mullayanagirii base to reach Karnataka’s highest peak. 
  • The trail begins on a well-marked route with a steep ascent. You will traverse dense forests, lush green grasslands and rocky patches along the trail.
  • You will reach a cave after walking for a rough 1 to 2hrs depending on your speed. The cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Trekkers halt here for a short break to hydrate. 
  • The final leg of the trek is strenuous as the climb is challenging. You will be rewarded with breathtaking views once you reach the Mullayanagiri summit. 
  • Start descending to the base after indulging in the serene environment at the top. Retrace the same way to be back at the base. 

Day 3: Explore Chikmagalur 

  • Chikmagalur is a renowned hill station in Karnataka. You must explore the nearby places of interest when in town. You can explore the local market, visit the famous coffee museum and discover the rich coffee heritage of the region. 
  • Trekkers also explore Baba Budangiri a famous trekking trail, located near Mullayanagirii. The 10 km trek begins from Sarpadhari and takes roughly 5 to 6 hours to complete 
  • You can also go rafting in the Bhadra River. 
  • Visit Hebbe Falls, a beautiful waterfall nestled amidst lush green coffee plantations. 
  • Kudremukh is located around 59 km from Chikmagalur. You can also opt to explore the picturesque Kudremukh Trek. It takes two days to complete the trek. 

How to reach the Mallayanagiri Peak?

Mullayanagirii, the highest peak in Karnataka is located in Chikmagalur district.  People who come for the Mullayanagirii Peak trek begin their journey from a place called Sarpadari in Chikmagalur. Located around 280 km from Bangalore, the place is easily accessible by train or road. You will find plenty of buses from Bangalore or other major cities to Chikmagalur. Once you reach Chikmagalur town, hire a shared jeep, and head to the starting point of the Mulayanigiri trek that takes you to the highest peak in Karnataka. The starting point is around 15 km from the city and costs. 

Here is a detailed travel plan you can follow to reach Chikmagalur 

By Air: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest Airport, approximately 170 km from Chikmanglur. Once you reach the airport, hire a taxi or board a bus to Chikmagalur. 

By Train: Planning to travel by train? The nearest railway station is in Kadur, around 40  km from Chikmagalur. From Kadur, you can hire a cab or take a local bus to reach the starting point of the trek. 

By Road: Chikmagalur is a famous hill station and attracts explorers from nearby cities. As a popular hill station, Chikmagalur is well connected by road to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. You can also drive to Chikmagalur. Another option is to take a bus from the major cities to Chikmagalur, followed by a local bus or jeep. 

Mullayanagiri Peak FAQ

Where is Mullayanagiri Peak located?

Mullayanagiri Peak trek is located in Chikmagaluru in Karnataka.


What is the distance of Mullayanagiri Trek?

The total distance of Mullayanagiri Peak trek is 3 to 4 km from the base. 

What is the starting point of Mullayanagiri Peak ?

Sarpadari is the starting point of the Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka 

What is the duration of Mullayanagiri Peak trek?

You can begin the trek in the morning and return to the base by late afternoon or evening.

Is Mullayanagiri peak trek suitable for beginners?

Mullayanagiri Peak is a beginner-friendly trek near Chikmagalur. Beginners can select this trek in the Western Ghats to experience a thrilling adventure. 

How difficult is Mullayanagiri Trek?

Mullayanagiri Peak is an easy trek suitable for beginners. If you are trekking for the first time, this will be an ideal trail for you. 

What will be the temperature in Mullayanagiri Peak ?

Mullayanagiri Peak Trek offers pleasant weather and temperatures ranging between 18°C to 25°C. 

What is the best time to visit Mullayanagiri Trek?

The best time to visit the Mullayanagiri Peal trek in Karnataka is s from October to February.  The trek offers diverse landscapes during these months. 


What is the altitude of Mullayanagiri Peak?

Mullayanagiri Peak is located at an altitude of  6,330 ft and is the highest peak in Karnataka. 


Can we do Mullayanagiri Peak trek on our own?

Yes, you can explore the trek to Mullayanagiri peak on your own easily as the trail is well marked. 

Will there be a network in Mullayanagiri Peak Trek?

You will have access to scanty or no network. 




What are the accommodation options on the trek?

You can opt to stay in homestays at the base, or in Chikmanglur. 


Is there any water source on the trek?

There are no water sources between the base and the top. Carry enough water for the journey. 

Should I bring snacks to eat on the trek?

You can carry some light snacks for the trail. You can carry protein bars, dry fruits, and homemade snacks like Shakkarpara to help you give that extra energy on the trek.