Madhugiri Fort Trek
Trek Date – 7 Dec 2019
Standing at an height of around 1200 meters, the hillock has ruins of an ancient fort and also offers some beautiful views of the surrounding hills which makes it one of the best weekend destinations to explore around Bengaluru.
Pull on your hiking shoes, stretch your leg muscles & take to the hills on this challenging trek to Madhugiri with Wanderophile.
- Ruins of the fort
- View of the surrounding landscape
Things to carry
Don’t worry about packing too much or too little. Here’s just everything that you need to carry- a rucksack, a water bottle, personal medicine, portable charger, socks, hiking shoes. And, a camera to capture the memories(optional).Don’t forget to bring loads of enthusiasm 🙂
Pick up & drop points
Departure Time6:30 AM.
Return TimeApproximately 7:30 PM.
Dress CodeCasual, Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
IncludedBreakfastEntry FeesGuide ChargesLunchTravel to & fro Bengaluru (Non-AC with pushback seats)Trekking Permission
Not IncludedAny kind of InsuranceDinnerOther miscellaneous expensesPersonal Guide
- Board the bus, get to know fellow travellers & leave Bengaluru
- Breakfast en route
- Reach the base of the hill
- Start the trek
- Reach the peak
- Explore the surroundings
- Have lunch and take a short nap (ahh finally)
- Descend to the base,
- Start back to Bengaluru
- Stop to sip some chai
- Reach Bengaluru by evening.
Madhugiri is a hill located in the town of the same name around 105 km from Bangalore. It is a popular trekking destination & is one of the must do one day treks near Bangalore. It just takes around 2.5 hours to drive from Bangalore to Madhugiri & is a perfect weekend getaway from the city.Madhugiri literally translates to 'Honey Hills' and the name is said to have originated from the presence of a huge number of honeybee colonies in the northern part of the hill many years ago. The scenic beauty & the challenging trek makes Madhugiri a must visit place for both nature lovers and adventure geeks alike & is one of the must-do one day treks near Bangalore. Here are 3 reasons for you to grab your boots now & hit on the trek trail of Madhugiri,
1. Second largest monolith in Asia
Madhugiri holds the title of the second largest monolith in Asia. This single hill stands at a towering height of 1200 meters & is second only to another monolith, Saavanadurga which is also near Bangalore. And, being what it is, Madhugiri offers the visitors a challenging & thrilling trek.
2. History of around 350 years
The fort on Madhugiri hill which was built in the 17th century has seen many power struggles & is steeped in history. Originally built by Raja Hire Gowda in 1670, the fort was then conquered & ruled by Haider Ali before falling into the hands of the Maratha rulers in 1767 AD. The three gateways of the fort- Antaralada baagilu, Diddi baagilu & Mysore gate, the ruins of the fort walls & the Gopalakrishna temple ruins at the summit stand as a testimony to the history of the place.
3. Sweeping views of the rugged terrain
This is a highlight for anyone trekking up Madhugiri hills. The dramatic landscape around the hill with the town of Madhugiri, green fields, lakes & the rugged terrain with numerous other hills make the view from the peak of Madhugiri an amazing one. The sheer joy of the wind rushing against you while you stand cherishing the view from the peak makes the climb up the hill worth it.