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Across India, Karnataka has now placed itself as one the most desired hiking destination because of its fantastic terrain that is perfect for the activity along with the scenic scenes of the Western ghats. With more than 200 destinations in and around Bangalore, Karnataka has become a major destination among hiking enthusiasts.

Trip Overview

Begin from Bangalore with a drive to Chikmagalur  and visiting towns of Halebidu & Belur with several shrines built during Hoysala region in 12th century. Hike through the serpentine forest trails to get atop one Mullayanagiri, one of the highest peaks in Karnataka. Follow your adventure with a spiritual experience at Bylakuppe, then witness the wildlife at Dubare Reserve Forest and Nagerhole National Park, home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. Special guided tour of coffee and spice plantation on foot. Be enamoured by  panoramic views of Shola forest. Conclude your journey with a night walk to explore a whole world of nocturnal life before returning.

Trip Details

Day 1: Early morning drive to Chikmagalur visiting Belur and Halebidu en route.

Day 2: Hike to Mullayanagiri in Chikmagalur, a dream destination for anyone who loves the wild.

Day 3: Drive to Coorg. Visit Bylakuppe, the Tibetan refugee settlement.

Day 4: Visit to Dubare Reserve Forest with a guide followed by visit to Coffee plantation.

Day 5: Explore the rich rainforest and picturesque landscapes of Coorg on the 6 hrs hike.

Day 6: Drive to Kabini to explore the forests of Nagarhole National park, home to Bengal Tiger.

Day 7: Another day in Kabini for jeep safari and nature walks.

Day 8: Drive to the Bangalore airport for your flight back post breakfast.

 

Description

Karnataka in India is one the most desired hiking destination because of its fantastic terrain that is perfect for the activity along with scenic scenes of Western ghats, Bangalore has become a major destination among hiking enthusiasts with more than 200 hiking trails around.

 

One such thrilling adventure is Mullayanagiri in Chikmagalur at a distance  of 12 kilometres and requiring around 4 hours’ time to complete the trail.

 

6,330 ft above the sea level, the Mullayanagiri hike in Chikmagalur is one of the highest peaks in between the Nilgiris and Western Ghats. The hike begins at Sarpadhari which is located around 290 kilometers from Bangalore.

 

Sarpadhari meaning serpentine path is a small hamlet from where one reaches to the peak. About halfway up the hill, there is a cave with multicolored walls. A Shiva temple rests above the peak. Often hikers undertake a hikers from Mullayanagiri to Bababudangiri.

 

If one is looking for another hike that isn’t very physically exhausting, hiking around Coorg is perfect. A six hours hike lets you explore the rich rainforest and picturesque landscapes and the  trail takes you through a ridge with panoramic views like Kadangas – ancient trenches used then for warfare and defense, and also through coffee plantations and rural settlements.

 

The intricacies of  Karnataka hiking, picturesque mountains and the natural splendour makes it a hiker’s paradise.

 

The pleasant weather and the beautiful surroundings make for a unique experience, appealing to innumerable people as hiking destinations due to fabulous sightseeing and an exclusive interaction with nature.

Accommodation Details

Chikmagalur– Taj Gateway

Coorg– Orange County

Kabini– Orange County

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