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Baba Budan Giri, Chikmagalur


While on a trip to Chikmagalur, travellers must visit Baba Budan Giri Hills that is renowned for its forest range. This site, otherwise known as Dattagiri Hill Range (Inam Dattatreya Peetha), lies at an elevation of 1895 m.

It is located at a distance of about 28 km from the town and is a pilgrimage spot for Hindus as well as Muslims. Due to this, the site has been named after Hindu God Guru Dattatreya and Muslim Saint Baba Budan.

Travellers planning trip to Baba Budan Giri can explore three caves that are believed to have been sanctified by three siddhas. Sheethala is another renowned attraction located in proximity of the site, which includes dual shrine site of Seethala-Mallikarjuna and a Mutt.

If time permits, travellers can explore the Manikvadhara waterfall that is mere 1 km away from the place. Baba Budan Giri is perfect for tourists who are interested in undertaking activities like hiking and trekking. There are two popular mountain ranges of this region, namely Mullayanagiri (highest peak of the site with an altitude of 1930 m) and Dattagiri.

If lucky, then people may get the chance to view 'Kurinji', a mountain flower that blooms once in every 12 years. The site is ideal choice for people who wish to undertake bird-watching.