Bababudangiri is 60 kilometers from Valley of Birds Homestay and situated in Dattagiri Hills or Baba Budan Giri Range. These ranges of mountains are in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. The range, originally known as Chandra Drona Parvatha, takes its current name from the Dattapeeta Cave and 17th century Sufi saint Baba Budan who took up residence here more than 150 years ago and according to legend, he introduced coffee to India by bringing coffee beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen. It is 6317 feet above sea level and one of the highest mountain peaks between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.The Tomb of Hajarat Dada Hayath Mir Kalandar, worshipped as the Mecca of the South by Muslims, is in a cave of this mountain. The Hindus too worship this place as ‘Dattatreoya Peeta’. Since these hills naturally form the shape of a crescent moon, they are named as ‘Chandradrona parvatha shreni’.
The three large caves here said to have been sanctified by 3 siddhas contain their icons and ‘gaddiges’ (tombs) and an annual jatra is held here in their honor.The enthralling scenery around makes this a much frequented pilgrim center.Seethala Mallappana Kanive to the left side is said to have been hallowed by Sidha Seethalaya and contains a Matha and the dual shrine temple of Seethala-Mallikarjuna.
A short distance from here is the three waterfalls with epic associations, namely Gada Theertha, Nallikayi Theertha and Kamana Theertha. Gada Theertha, according to a myth was created by the pandava prince, Bheema with his ‘gada’, the club, to quench the thirst of his mother during their exile. Pilgrims, who bathe in the Nellikayi Theertha formed by Manikya Dhara waterfall, leave behind one item of their clothing as per a local belief.
Manikyadhara Falls is situated near Kemmangundi of Chikmagalur district. It is located on the Baba Budan Giri Hills, which is a sacred place for both Muslims and Hindus. It is one of the main attractions of Baba Budan Giri or Dattapeeta. Unique mountain flowers called Kurinji blooms in these hill ranges once in every 12 years and the last time this spectacle happened here was in 2006.
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