Its green, blue and brown – Chikmagalur

Chikmagalur : Mullayanagiri Peak :: Jon Snow : Nothing


Yeah! You heard me right. If you are visiting Chikmagalur just for Mullayanagiri Peak – you know nothing, da!

When after two days of failed exercise of picking a place to visit for an upcoming long weekend, one of my juniors from college suggested that we should head towards Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Never heard of the name, I googled it and saw that search results were only showing Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest peak between Himalayas and The Nilgiris and under the foothills of which the town is located. I thought this is the only thing to see there, only to be wronged later.

Some 250 kms away from Bangalore, we hit the road at around 2 am with the aim of watching the sunrise from the peak (5 guys, Pink Floyd and roadtrip – sunrise, what?). We were soon on NH48, Bangalore-Mangalore Highway.

NH48, Bangalore-Mangalore Highway

NH48, Bangalore-Mangalore Highway

As obvious, we watched the sunrise on our way only but no experience is a bad experience during a roadtrip – even if its a failed plan!

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Sunrise in the wilderness

We reached Chikmagalur at around 7.30 in the morning and directly headed towards popular Mullayanagiri Peak. Around 11 kms of uphill driving and you reach at the base of the peak. The road is narrow but well paved except for last 3 kms where it gets worse. If you are planning to drive a sedan or a hatchback, chuck the idea and opt for an SUV.

Its a 30 mins climb from the base to the peak via a cemented stairway. There’s a temple on the peak and the view from their is absolutely beautiful.

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View from the Mullayanairi Peak, Chikmagalur

What most of the people do is that they visit the temple and blindly turn around. We started to hike beyond that peak and that’s when we realized there’s much more to Chikmagalur than just this tourist spot. We crossed two hills while hiking, reached a lone peak and soaked in the sunlight there.

Imagine yourself with a book, an iPod playing Eminence Front by The Who in your ears and happy sunlight here. Wouldn’t you want it?

 

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That’s how the view was, my bwouy!

But you must take my word – Mullayanagiri Peak is not everything there. If you have that explorer’s instinct inside you, you must head towards Baba Budangiri Mosque and embark on an off-route hike further from there. Dont care about the direction for beauty is everywhere. I’ll assure you, you won’t regret a thing there.

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Scotland or Chikmagalur?

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The road less travelled (in Chikmagalur)

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Game Of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings? Its Chikmagalur, da!

We had started at 5 in the morning towards Baba Budangiri Mosque. Before sunrise is the best time to reach there and experience the cold morning winds with warm sunlight breaking in the sky. You can see myriad hues of colors and its overwhelming. You can even trek towards Manikyadhara, a waterfall which is on the edge of one of the mountains there.

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Manikyadhara, Baba Budangiri, Chikmagalur

Conclusion

  • You must visit Mullayanagiri Peak or Baba Budangiri Mountain early during the sunrise. There’s no restriction on timings.
  • Embark on an off-route trek further away from Baba Budangiri Mosque. Enjoy the beauty mountains has to offer.
  • Book your stay well in advance if you are planning to visit Chikmagalur on weekends. Though homestays offer rooms at exotic locations but they are expensive( ~INR 1500 per person per night). You can easily get budgeted accommodations in the city.
  • If you are driving, prefer an SUV over a sedan or a hatchback. Basically any high clearance vehicle.
  • I have conveniently skipped the fact that Chikmagalur is one of the highest producers of coffee in India. You must check out some of the coffee estates there. Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) was started from here.
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Exploring new territories

And in the end, a roadtrip saga cannot end without a click of a road ending into the warm and golden hues of setting sun. A befitting end to a roadtrip.

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NH48

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Have you figured it out?

“What do you actually want to do in life?”

My senior asked me. And I couldn’t utter a word for good 10 seconds.


I have been at the receiving end of this question very often since last couple of months. Every time I meet anyone these days, somehow the topic of conversation steers towards what am I doing and what is my future plan. And to be very honest, this question is spine-chilling. At least for me. Because I don’t have a concrete answer to this question and in my head, I think I should have figured it out for good by now.

Is it bad or real bad? Or is it something which is expected from a 25-to-be guy? Is it really the path towards self-discovery about which all these self-help articles on the internet say? I don’t know. From my perspective, it doesn’t look bed of roses.

It seems to me that people around me have everything set in motion. Flying out to some foreign country for work, deciding the specialization field for Masters or switching jobs where they feel their personal goals are aligned with company goals. And recent trend – sealing funding for their start-ups. I fail to understand what piece of wisdom learning I missed and others have.

A chain reaction of thoughts and questions is constantly taking place inside of my head. And out of such gazillion thoughts, one was to have this discussion with all of you – out and wide. I have been talking to people in person, asking about their perspective towards life, goals, experience so far and how they are on-course by doing what they did or are doing and I thought of scaling this conversation by involving everyone. Let’s learn from each other. Write to me – advice, something from personal journey, criticism, pity words, any damn word! If you know me personally, tell me what you observe of me and I’ll do the same for you too.

Let me start this with whatever I have – Ahirnish, 25-to-be, Dual degree in CSE from IIT-BHU. I work as a software engineer in Bangalore. I think I do decent photography and can play basic odd-time signatures on my drum-kit. I like to shoot videos and I work part-time with Myriad Hues, a professional photography firm based in Bangalore.

Please comment or mail me at ahirnish@gmail.com your thoughts. I have also created a form here. I would love to see your responses!

Let’s have a conversation. With all of us.

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