Baba Budangiri Hills is also known as Chandra Drona Parvatha and is situated in Chikmagalur district, Karnataka. The drive up Baba Budangiri hill is very beautiful with stunning visuals of the country side and Western Ghats. A Muslim saint named Baba Budan made these hills his home 150 years ago and hence the hills are named after him.
Apart from the beauty of nature, there is a cave believed by Hindus to be the place of Dattatreya Swami and by Muslims to be the place of Hazrat Dada Hayat Mir Khalander in Baba Budangiri. Dada Hayath’s real name was Abdul Azeez Macci and considered to be the disciple of the Prophet. He was sent to India in the 11th century from Saudi Arabia to spread the message of Islam and peace, in true tradition of Sufism. A Muslim priest / fakir conduct the prayers here and the annual fair held here during the month of May. The fair is attended by both the Muslims and the Hindus.
Different types of birds can be spotted on these hills. Manikyadhara waterfalls is around 1 Km from the shrine.
Trekkers can trek 22 km from here to Kemmanagundi via Gali Kere. A short trek would be to Mullayyanagiri, which is around 8 Km from here.
Type of Place: Hill Station and Piligrim Center
Situated: Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka
Distance: 20 Kms from Chikmagalur town
Transport: Buses ply from Chikmagalur
Facilities: Rest rooms available