Mandalpatti or Mugilu-Pethmeans a ‘Market of Clouds’ in the local language. Located just 20 km from tourist destination Madikeri, the beautiful mountains around this newly popped getaway is a place to explore in Coorg. The fog-covered mountains on an altitude of 4050 feet has become famous hilltop tourists attraction.
Over the time, tourists visiting Madikeriare getting attracted towards this lush green and serene location. Number of tourists are adding the sightseeing and the jeep ride to Mandalpatti in their itinerary nowadays due the seclusion and tranquillity the place offers. The Musically-Pethhas appeared like a gem for nature lovers as it forms a part of the Pushpagiri forest.
Forest department of the area has a certain rules to follow while visiting to Mandalpatti from Abbi Falls junction. Tourists are prohibited from driving the last 3 km by forest department. Jeep ride to Mandalpatti point will give an exciting trekking adventure and once you reach the view point, the awe-inspiring view of Mandalpatti hill will make you speechless for a moment. You will fall in love with the beauty and panoramic view of the hill. Till now, the getaway is completely touched by beauty of nature as there is no civilization and commercialization to ruin it. Alongwith jeep ride, overnight camping here is a worth to do.
Situating in the lap of nature, this lately evolved tourist destination remains pleasant all over the year. You can make plan to visit Mandalpatti during any time of the year. The weather is cool even in Summer season. But, it is suggested to visit Mandalpatti after Monsoon as rains beautifies the mountains and its surroundings. However, the condition ofroads doesn’t remain good during monsoon. Hence it is not advisable to visit Mandalpatti during monsoon time.
Mandalpatti Jeep Timings:
Without Jeep riding, visiting Mandalpatti is not completed. Jeep riding adventure is famous during the trip to Mandalpatti. 4×4 jeep riding is promoted by the Forest Department here to cherish the entire experience of this trip. By jeep ride, natural beauty can be enjoyed more and this experience will enhance your fun even more. Jeep ride includes driving through the coffee plantations andbeautiful forests.
To visit Mandalpatti, the best way is to hire a jeep from your accommodation or place where you are staying. You can hire jeep also from various points such as Abbi Falls and Mandalpatti base. One jeep will allow a maximum number of five or six people in one go. The cost of jeep ride will include everything from charges for fuel, toll tax, parking and guide fees as well. They advice to reach the pickup location at least 15 minutes before the jeep timing to avoid any delay.
Mandalpatti Jeep Safari Cost:
Jeep ride is highly famous to take the tourists from Madikeri to Mandalpatti as Madikeri is the nearest location where tourists can stay in hotel. So, they can hire a jeep on ‘per day’ basis. During the ride to Mandalpattibyjeep, travellers can cover nearby places like Mandalpatti, Abbi falls, and Kotte Abbey falls. They can also enjoy the nature and animal life in the way. If you are jeep to ride Mandalpatti, it might cost 4000 on per day basis.
Tourists can also reach Mandalpatti from Abbi Falls junction. Hiring jeep from Abbi Falls junction will cost rupees 1500 for 5-6 persons. Bargaining can work here as well. It will take approximately an hour to reach the viewpoint of Mandalpatti.
If you want to hire jeep fromMandalPattibase, it willcost around rupees 1000 for 5-6 persons. Do bargain and get the best price. In case you are traveling individually, then best way is to adjust in a jeep instead of hiring a jeep. After reaching, you will need to cover distance of 1 km by walking. Need not to worry as it is an easy route.
Mandalpatti Sunset Timings:
Thehilltop is famous for its sunrise view but the serene and peaceful sunset view is as beautiful as sunrise. From the top of the hill, the horizon appears so clear and captivating and one can see the entire process of setting the sun. The jeep riders or guides will arrange the timings according to the sunset timing which is around 6 pm.
Mandalpatti View Point Timings:
To experience the surreal view of Mandalpatti, tourists can visit anytime between 6 AM in the morning and 6 PM in the evening and it is open for all seven days of the week.It requires approximately four to five hours to enjoy the Mandalpatti. The time duration can be affected by weather and road conditions. Also, nature and animal lovers who love to capture the scenery might need some extra hours.
There are two trekking routes to reach Mandalpatti view point:
- Abbi falls junction is 20 km long route with bumpy elevations. It is the shortest route to reach the Mandalpattiview point.
- Makkanduru trekking routeis comparatively longer route than Abbi falls junction and it is35 km long route. This route will take you to the Mandalpatti view point through coffee plantations. In the way, tourists can enjoy rivulets and small waterfalls. One waterfall is famousKote Abbey Falls.
Mandalpatti Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit beautiful hill Mandalpatti is considered during the months of winter which commences from November and last till February. During this period, mist covers the entire region and makes it a view to watch with a refreshing surrounding. The temperature of this tourist destination remains favourable for tourists to make a plan to visit. For most part of the year, the temperature remains in between 20 degrees to 25 degrees.