Baba Budan Giri is one of the most visited tourist places in Chikmagalur. This peak is located just 28 kms north from the town of Chikmagalur. Named after the Muslim Saint Baba Budan, the peak is also said to have some association with the Hindu God Guru Dattatreya, so it’s considered both sacred for Hindu and Muslim.
Baba Budan Giri, also known as Dattagiri has a height of 1895 meters above the sea level. Close to this peak are the three caves said to have been sanctified by three siddhas containing their icons & tombs. Sheethala is also close to Baba Budan Giri, and it comprises of a Mutt and the dual shrine temple of Seethala-Mallikarjuna.
One can get a glimpse of variety of birds at Baba Budan Giri and beautiful Manikvadhara waterfall is just 1 km away from the shrine. Besides, visitors can have the view of unique mountain flowers named “Kurinji”, which blooms in this peak once in every 12 years.