Spectacular views, lofty waterfalls, coffee estates and gardens! No, this is not Coorg but a lovely hill station in Chikmagalur. Though situated more than 260 km from Bangalore, you can probably reach here in 4-5 hours by bike, car or bus. A bike or car would be an exhilarating experience.
My expedition began with a group of 6 other people as we got a 3 day weekend holiday in the mid of April, so we decided for this trip to Chikmagalur. We started our journey from Bangalore on Friday 19th at 4 AM with the bike, it takes 30-45 minutes of bike ride to NH75 (it totally depends where you live in Bangalore). When you get to NH75 it will take almost 3-4 hours (depends on your riding skills) to reach Chikmagalur town.
My first-day plan was going to Baba Budangiri hills. Baba Budangiri ( Kannada: ಬಾಬಾ ಬುಡನ್ ಗಿರಿ )is a mountain in the Baba Budan range of the Western Ghats of India. Located in the Chikmagalur district of Karnataka, Baba Budangiri is known for its shrine to the Sufi saint Hazrat Dada Hayat Khalandar, a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. It's around 30 km from Chikmagalur town. You will get one junction viz. Kaimara junction on the way to Baba Budangiri. From that junction, you need to take left where you will get one check post before entering into Baba Budangiri mountain range. At the check post you have to pay 10 INR for bike. From that check post Baba Budangiri is around 20 km. On the way, you will get lots of homestays. We decided to stay at the Galaxy Homestay nearby Honnammana Halla waterfalls. Baba Budangiri mountain was around 10 km from the homestay. The homestay costed us 650 INR per person. We had our lunch in a nearby restaurant after which we rested for half an hour before we continued to the hills.
At baba budangiri mountain spend some time and mesmerize the beauty of nature. And wait for sunset. Rest assured you’ll love it. After sunset we were back to our homestay.