Makalidurga is a hill which is located near a village by the same name around 60 km from Bangalore. What makes a trek to this hill special is the fort perched atop the hill and the railway line at the base.
Standing tall at a height of 1,117 meters, Makalidurga is a hill that offers stunning panoramas and a glimpse of the local history to the people who go hiking. It is around 60 km away from Bangalore & is one of the best treks to do near Bangalore. Trekkers usually start the trek at the Makalidurga railway station and walk for around 2 km along the railway track and then take a left turn near a temple from where the actual hiking trail starts. It is an easy trek to do and doesn’t take much time. At the peak of the hill are the ruins of a fort and an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Pull on your hiking shoes, stretch your leg muscles & take to the hills on this weekend trek to Makalidurga with Wanderophile.
7Kms approximately (to and fro)
- View of the lake
- Ruins of the fort
- Shiva temple and Nandi statue at the peak
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 8:30 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
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.
Maakalidurga is a hill near the village of the same name & is situated en-route from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. It is an easy to moderate level trek. The main highlights of this trek are the railway track that passes at the base of the hill which makes it the only railway track trek close to Bangalore & the view of the lake from the peak. The hill also holds the ruins of a fort & a Shiva temple at the summit. You'll have to pay an entry fees & take permission from the Karnataka forest department to do this trek. Ghati Subramanya temple is just 4 km from Maakalidurga & can be added to the itinerary if you are planning a weekend getaway to Maakalidurga.