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Mullainagiri third time lucky as well

27 Oct 2008

This weekend, we climbed Mullainagiri and Bababudanagiri. Even though this is my third visit, it never fails to delight me on its beauty. Mullainagiri and Tadiyandamol are my favorite trekking spots in terms of scenery.

In the 3-4 days before the trek, we didn't spend enough time on the preparation and hence we were worried. So I wrote a "Trekking Howto a.k.a. "The Checklist" which we can read before a trek so that we won't have to rethink every time about whether we have taken care of all aspects.

It was a perfect trek in terms of weather and company. We had the most fun in looking back after every few hours and seeing how far we have come, since we could actually see the Mullainagiri temple while trekking towards Bababudanagiri.

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How to do the Mullainagiri trek : Arrive at Chikmagalur. Hire a jeep to take you to the starting point of the trek, cost Rs.250. The starting point is a small iron gate that will lead you directly into the hill. Follow the path. After 1-2 hours, you'll reach the topmost point - the temple. You can request the purohit here to stay for the night and they'll even prepare dinner if you ask them. Wrap yourself up in your sleeping bag for the night because it is going to get really cold.

The next day morning, start early or late depending on whether you want to face the cold weather, but leave at least by 8 or 9. Make sure you donate a good amount to the purohit for being a good host. Follow the path downhill towards the right from the temple. After a few hours, you'll reach the road. Cross the road towards the right and start trekking downwards. This is the start of a good long up-and-down route towards Bababudanagiri. Once you reach the destination, have some tea and pakodas at the stalls. Then either hire a jeep (Rs.10-20 per head) or walk down to the Bababudanagiri temple. Make sure you catch the 3.30pm bus which will take you back to Chikmagalur.

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The photos are of low quality because they are taken using my mobile phone. Regardless, the rest of the photos are in my Flickr set.


Update: Photos by Vikram and photos by Varun.

Comments

Karthick says:

Ah I had to Google them to find out which state you were talking about :D. Talk about a well informed geography lesson. Have you ever tried GPRS posting uploading at these places? or does the signal not show up?

Swaroop says:

@Karthick Never tried.

hari says:

So, you still trek? Wold love to meet you in person (i am not creepy/stalky type really xD), if you still active in bengalooru trekkers club

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