Mullayanagiri is the highest peak of Karnataka and is located in the Chandra Drona Hill ranges of Western Ghats of Chikmagalur.It is a 22 kilometre drive from Chikmagalur city. Mullayanagiri is also one of the best trekking places in Karnataka. It is a very picturesque location and one can walk through the clouds during the trek. It is also known for the spectacular sunset from the peak.
‘Z-Point’ is another trekking spot near Chikmagalur. It is 5 kilometres away from Kemmangundi and around 67 kilometres from Chikmagalur. It is one of the best ‘short-trekking’ routes in Karnataka.The 3 kilometre trekking trail with breath taking views of wide patches of grasslands on the way. One also comes across ‘Shanti Falls’ during the trek. The sunrise and sunset are also quite picturesque in nature. Camping at the peak of ‘Z-Point’ is also an option.
Bababudangiri is a mountain in the Bababudangiri range of the Western Ghats.It is known for the shrine of a Sufi sage and is a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Muslims. The Hindu shrines include a couple of ‘matas’, a dual shrine temple and Manikyadhara Falls, a sacred place for both Hindus and Muslims.Many charming tourist attractions in the area include various caves, the three famous waterfalls- Gada Teertha, Nallikayi Teertha and Kamana Teertha, and the peak.The Hills take their name from the Sufi saint- Baba Budan and the Dattapeeta Cave.
Hebbe Falls is located around 10 kilometres away from the hill station of Kemmangundi. It is a 551 feet high waterfall that cascades in two stages. This attraction is inside a coffee estate. One has to trek at least 3.5 kilometres to reach this location. Trekking can be done by walk or by a jeep. The sceneries during the trek are very alluring.It is also a part of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. In fact, the government had closed this tourist spot until recently due to the Supreme Court order of banning tourism in tiger reserves.
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located amidst various hills such as Mullayangiri, Bababudhangiri, Hebbegiri and Gangegiri. Tributaries of the Bhadra River also flow through the sanctuary. Thus the sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna.This sanctuary is also known as Muthodi Wildlife Sanctuary.
The forest type majorly comprises of tropical deciduous forests with some parts also being scrubs and bamboos. More than a hundred species of trees are found in the forests. The sanctuary is home to a diverse range of wildlife like elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, barking deer, sloth bear, porcupine, etc. It is also rich in different types of birds, butterflies and reptiles.One can also indulge in many activities like trekking, safari, bird watching, etc.Other attractions Include the Markandeya Temple and Bhavani Shankar Temple, within the sanctuary.