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Malnad Ultra - 2 Nov 2019

Malnad Ultra - 2 Nov 2019 (MUM04)

Country Visited: India
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
  • Running
2966 Basic


Escape the concrete jungle and head to the Western Ghats where an enchanting & challenging terrain offer you an unparalleled ultra running experience. Certified by the International Trail Running Association & a UTMB qualifier, this ultra run is organised on the less trodden coffee estates & forested areas of the Malnad region near Kemmanagudi, Chickmagalur, in the state of Karnataka. With historic treasures of over 150 years, this region is home to over 100 plant species and 50 rare animal species like the migratory median Egret. Apart from bird watching, you can also feast your eyes on the Malabar flying squirrels, Porcupines and other small animals.

To register for the race please go to the Malnad Ultra website

BEFORE YOU BOOK PLEASE BE SURE TO READ THIS INFORMATION: Malnad Ultra is held in the untouched and remote coffee estates of the Western Ghats. As such the choice of accommodation as well as the services you can expect from them is fairly limited.  We have inspected the properties and put together a program that offers 'runner conveniences', however the accommodation and services are best not compared to resorts you may be used to at other holiday destinations. Plus given the limited resources, it is important that you set the right expectations from these hotels and take things in your stride. 


Day 1
1st Nov, Fri – Arrive Open or Close

On arrival, our representative at the Birur Train Station will receive you and guide you to your transfer. Depending on where you're staying - Ballavara or Tarikere - the drive from Birur to the hotel will take between 30 minutes through some of the gorgeous flora of the region.
You have the remainder of the day at leisure to spend as you please.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2
2nd Nov, Sat – Race Day! Open or Close

Race Day is here!
Today's breakfast has been arranged by the race organisers.
A majority of the Malnad Ultra course is within privately owned coffee plantations adjacent to the Bhadra Wildlife Reserve in Karnataka, you will get a single-loop, all trail experience.
Transfers from the hotel to the race venue have been arranged by the Malnad Ultra team.
Celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow runners over dinner at the hotel.
Meals: (Breakfast & lunch by the race organiser). Dinner included in your package.

Day 3
3rd Nov, Sun – Depart Open or Close

Having ticked this off-beat, once in a lifetime race off your list, it’s time to head to Birur station for your train back home. Should you have a late departure you can book your lunch at the property directly.
Meals: Breakfast



Stay at Kadur

The following accommodation is used for the Basic Package in Kadur:-
Annapoorna Castle

Distance from the start point is approximately 1 hour 45 mins. Race day transfers are included both for the start and the finish.
However, due to the limited transportation available on race day and the fact that runners finish their race at different timings,
the post-race transfers will be spilt in two parts. For the first part you will be transferred to Last Resort and from there
a shuttle will take you to your Kadur accommodation once every 1.5 to 2 hours. Please be aware that you will need to
wait at Last Resort (in Ballvara) for the shuttle back to your accommodation after the race. While we will do our best to make
you comfortable while you wait, however, it is important that you understand that given the limited resources in this region,
the standard and services you can expect from service providers at this event are unlike what you may be used to at other
holiday destinations.



Stay at Ballavara


The following hotels are part of the Moderate Package

Last Resort




Golden Hill


The accommodation is at Ranger's Camp


The following accommodation is used for the Basic Package 

Tanvi Hotel

Z Point

Kallithigiri Guest House

Stay at Tarikere


The following accommodation is used for the Value Package in Tarikere  

Hotel Ayodhya 


You may request your choice of location and property at the time of booking,
however please know that the same will be confirmed subject to availability
based on first come first serve basis. We regret if your choice of property is not
available at the time of booking. Given the limited space available, we reserve
the right to give priority to runners over non-running travel companions when
confirming accommodation. 

Dates & Prices

01st November - 03rd November 

We are pleased to share that we have just added a few more spaces to our inventory for Malnad Ultra 2019. Kindly check below.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 02 nights accommodation on multi-share basis 
  • 01 Lunch, 02 Dinner and 01 Breakfast
  • Return transfers from Birur Railway Station or Bus Stand
  • Active Holiday Company on-ground support team (not necessarily at your hotel)
  • OPTIONAL Bus Transfer - Bangalore - Birur - Bangalore 
  • Bangalore Birur Departure Time: 10.30 am from Decathalon Anubhava near Bangalore Airport 
  • Birur - Bangalore Departure Time 10.30 am from Last Resort Ballvara
  • Bus transfers has to be booked both ways and are not available for one way only




  • Cost of flights, trains, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Extra night before or after the trip cost extra.
  • Porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • Any items and meals consumed directly from the accommodation cost extra and must be paid directly to the resort / hotel .
  • 5% GST is additional to the tour price.

Terms & Conditions

5% GST is additional to the tour price. Credit Card fees applies if payment is made via credit card.
Registration form is required to confirm services. Full payment is due at the time of booking.
Cancellations are not permitted and booking is not refundable, however it is transferable.
Amendments are not possible after 30th September.
Single rooms are not available due to limited supply of rooms.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Other Active Holiday Company terms and conditions apply.


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Overall score:

(Based on 67 reviews)


    Oct 2018

    Best Ultra trail marathon

    Active holiday company...best in delivering it ... would like to book more trips with u...

    Tips for future travellers for this trip

    Best value for money...they look after your food ... accommodation... travel... company s volunteer r good..they guide u...

    Other miscellaneous information that can help future travellers

    Ranger camp. Best hotel..neat ...
    . clean...Good food

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    Oct 2018

    Malnad Ultra - Better planning needed

    i ran 110km and im not a good runner, so travelling 2 hours before and after the race was very difficult.
    if you had kept all the 50k runners at kadur, we 110k guys wouldnt have had to travel so much after running almost 24hours. Also you could have avoided that early morning trip to kadur.

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