Chikmagalur, nestled amidst the lush Western Ghats in Karnataka, India, is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. The monsoon season adds an enchanting allure to this already picturesque hill station, transforming it into a verdant wonderland. For trekking enthusiasts, Chikmagalur offers an array of thrilling trails that lead to stunning viewpoints, gushing waterfalls, and misty peaks. Let’s embark on a trekker’s delight and explore the top monsoon treks in Chikmagalur.
Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, beckons trekkers to conquer its summit and witness breathtaking views. The trek starts from the Sarpadhari Trail and takes you through a dense forest, alive with monsoon blooms. As you ascend, the mist swirls around you, creating an ethereal atmosphere. Reaching the summit rewards you with a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and peaks, making it a memorable experience. Make your stay at Mullayanagiri Hill Homestay truly stands as a trekkers’ delight, blending the thrill of adventure with the tranquility of Chikmagalur’s breathtaking natural beauty.
Baba Budangiri Trek:
Named after the revered saint Baba Budan, this trek offers a blend of spirituality and natural beauty. The trek begins from the Mullayanagiri foothills, leading you through sprawling coffee plantations and dense forests. As you ascend, the aroma of coffee blossoms fills the air, heightening the trekking experience. The Dattatreya Peetha, a sacred shrine atop the peak, adds a spiritual touch to this enchanting journey. With expert guides and well-planned itineraries, Bababudan Giri Hill Homestay ensures that trekkers make the most of their adventures in the Western Ghats.
Although technically located just outside Chikmagalur district, the Kudremukh Trek is a must-mention for its unparalleled beauty. The name ‘Kudremukh’ translates to ‘Horse Face,’ as the peak’s outline resembles one. The trek takes you through the heart of the Kudremukh National Park, with its dense forests, meandering streams, and diverse wildlife. The monsoon brings out the best of this region, with the landscape painted in shades of green.
Hebbe Falls Trek:
The Hebbe Falls trek is a delightful journey that takes you to two captivating waterfalls – the Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe Falls. The trek starts from the picturesque hill station of Kemmanagundi and leads you through coffee plantations and dense woods. As you approach the falls, the sound of cascading water grows louder, signaling the nearness of these natural wonders. The sight of these waterfalls in their full glory during the monsoon is a treat to behold.
Kemmanagundi, often referred to as the ‘Ooty of Karnataka,’ offers a delightful trek through its beautiful landscapes. The trek starts from the Raj Bhavan, leading you to the Z Point, where you can witness a spectacular sunrise amidst the mist-covered mountains. The trek also takes you to the Kalhatti Falls, adding to the charm of this trail.
Ballalarayana Durga Trek:
Ballalarayana Durga, a fort atop a hill, presents an adventurous trek for history enthusiasts. The trek begins from the village of Ballalarayana Durga, guiding you through thick forests and rocky terrains. As you reach the top, the ancient ruins of the fort greet you, along with awe-inspiring views of the surrounding landscape.
Woodway Homestay in Chikmagalur beckons trekkers and adventure enthusiasts with its warm hospitality and proximity to some of the top monsoon treks in the region. Set amidst coffee plantations, the homestay offers a serene and picturesque base camp for trekkers before they embark on their thrilling expeditions. Whether it’s the challenging Mullayanagiri Trek, the spiritual journey of Baba Budangiri, or the captivating Hebbe Falls Trek, Woodway provides easy access to these trekking wonders. After a day of traversing misty trails and conquering peaks, guests can return to the homestay’s cozy comforts, relishing the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.[instagram-feed feed=1]