We decided then to move toward Baba Bunda Peak. . The Baba Budangiri range is very prominent in Chikmagalur. It also has waterfall, which again you have to take jeep too. It is on the Baba Budangiri Hills, which is a sacred place for Hindus and few Muslims who believe in dead saints.
On the trail of the saint who started it all, at Baba BudangiriThe 16th Century Sufi saint Baba Budan, revered by both Muslims and Hindus, is said to have introduced the coffee plant to India by smuggling seven raw beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen while coming back from the Haj pilgrimage. In those days, coffee was exported to other parts of the world in roasted or baked form so that no one could grow their own and were forced to buy from the Yemenis. On his return, he planted the beans on the slopes of the Chandragiri hills, which also houses his tomb. Today these hills are known as the Baba Budangiri range of hills. They present fantastic panoramic views and house caves, waterfalls near Attigundi and the Galikere lake. Unique, purplish mountain flowers called neelakurinji bloom in these hill ranges once every 12 years and 2018 is an expected year of bloom. A word of caution though. Get there early, to avoid the hordes of pilgrims and holidaying folk making their way to the top. The roads see cars, minivans, buses and bikes - and the cacophony, traffic and confusion may make you forget that you are in the hills. A good alternative is to trek.
Morning brought an azure sky with a white patchwork of clouds, a concoction of fresh smell of the earth from the overnight rain and blooming flowers being blown about in the cool breeze. We set out early, our first stop was the famous Baba Budangiri, some 40 kilometers from Zostel. The drive to Baba Budangiri is a beautiful one, through verdant rain forests. Legend has it that Baba Budan, a Sufi saint smuggled seven seeds of coffee from Syria on his way back from the pilgrimage to Mecca in the 16th century. On his return home, he planted the beans on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills. Such were the humble beginnings of coffee cultivation in India. Since then, coffee cultivation has been commercialized and Chikmagalur has come to be known as the “Coffee Land”. Baba Budangiri is a holy site for both Hindus and Muslims alike. On the way to Baba Budangiri is the Jhari Waterfalls and the Mullayangiri peak.
The Baba Budangiri mountain range is another great attraction in this quaint district. Away from all the city madness and chaos, you must visit the Baba Budangiri range that is also known as the Chandra Drona Parvatha for some much needed relaxation and peace. This magnificent mountain is known for the shrine that was built for Sufi saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar. The interesting part about this shrine is that it is meant for both Hindus and Muslims. One of the most prominent attractions, you will also find three different caves here where three siddhas were buried. Every year they host a festival in these caves. So whenever you plan to explore the Baba Budangiri range you must definitely explore these stunning caves. More than the history, these ranges and caves are scenic and intriguing. It is no wonder why people in large numbers frequent this place.
One of the few places bridging the gap existing in the name of religion, Bababudangiri is sanctimonious to Hindus and Muslims alike. A beautiful place with an aura of peace surrounding it, it is said to be the Samadhi of Guru Dattatreya / Baba Budan. The place is usually crowded on the weekends.Going ahead, we hiked along the Baba Budan range of hills and came across a plethora of breathtaking views. We showed up at Manikyadhara falls, only to see it crowded to the brim.