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The trekking scene in Bangalore has picked up pace in the past few years with many trekking destinations like Hutridurga hill, Madhugiri fort, Saavanadurga hill, Kunti Betta, Skandagiri, Makalidurga, Chennagiri hill etc, attracting the city folks. Apart from one day treks near Bangalore like these, there are also numerous treks in the western ghats that can be done over a weekend if you are in Bangalore.
Kodachadri trek, Kumara Parvatha trek, Kudremukha trek, Narasimha Parvatha trek in Agumbe, Mullayanagiri trek, Gokarna beach trek are some of these weekend treks to go on from Bangalore. With all these trekking places near Bangalore & in the western ghats, adventure seekers & nature lovers in Bangalore have a wide array of weekend getaways to choose from. Every weekend there are many trekking events organised in Bangalore to various places. Check out upcoming trekking & hiking events planned to these amazing trekking places from Bangalore below.
Treks & Trips from Bangalore- February
1st February, 2020- Channarayanadurga Fort Trek
1st & 2nd February, 2020- Kodachadri Trek
8th February, 2020- Hutridurga Trek
8th & 9th February, 2020- Gokarna Beach Trek
15th February, 2020- Savandurga Trek
15th & 16th February, 2020- Hampi Adventure & Heritage Trip
22nd February, 2020- Madhugiri Fort Trek
22nd & 23rd February, 2020- Agumbe Adventure (Camping & Trek)
29th February, 2020- Makalidurga Trek
29th February & 1st March, 2020- Dandeli River Rafting
Treks & Trips from Bangalore- March
Treks & Trips from Bangalore- April
11th & 12th April, 2020- Gokarna Beach Trek
18th & 19th April, 2020- Gokarna Beach Trek
25th & 26th April, 2020- Gokarna Beach Trek
Bangalore along with the tags of IT city & garden city is also well-known for trekking & adventure activities with many hills within a close proximity of the city in the neighbouring districts of Tumkur, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapur & Kolar. Also, most of the places in western ghats where trekking can be done are just an overnight journey away from Bangalore. There are numerous trekking clubs & groups organising & promoting weekend treks from Bangalore to different places in western ghats like Kodachadri, Kumara parvatha, Kudremukha, Gokarna, Coorg, Agumbe, etc & also to trekking destinations close-by Bangalore like Skandagiri, Uttari Betta, Channagiri, Madhugiri, etc. Also, the people looking to getaway from the stress of the city-life are these days opting to go on treks & camping where they can get up-close with the nature instead of going on regular & mainstream vacations. Because of all these reasons trekking in Bangalore has become one of the most favourite weekend activity for the youngsters of the city. Check out this list of some of the most popular & also not-so-popular treks to go on from Bangalore & choose where you are going for your next trek.
ONE DAY TREKKING PLACES NEAR BANGALORE
- SKANDAGIRI TREK
Skandagiri also known as Kalvaradurga is a trekking destination near Bangalore that will woo you just with the view of the sunrise from its peak. Trekking up the Skandagiri hill for the view of sunrise is one of the must-do activities if you are in Bangalore & like going on treks, because it’s simply beautiful. It is just 70 km away from Bangalore & is a part of the Nandi hills range. The trek trail starts from a village named Kalvara at the base of the hill, hence the name Kalvaradurga. There is also a temple at the base of the hill known as ‘Paapagni Mutt & it is said to be one of oldest mutts in Karnataka. The hill also holds the ruins of a fort said to be built by Tippu Sultan to fight against the British.
The total trek distance of Skandagiri trek is around 6-7 km & requires no prior trekking or hiking experience. Trekkers have to take prior permission from the forest department to go on this trek.
- UTTARI BETTA/ HUTRIDURGA TREK
The first thing to pop-up in most of the folks mind when thinking of a weekend trekking getaway from Bangalore are places like Nandi Hills, Skandagiri, Saavanadurga etc. But, there are of course other beautiful trekking places near Bangalore that are not much explored & are still devoid of the mass tourists. If you are the kind of person who wants to be away from the crowded destinations & like hiking in a place with very less people & noise, then Uttari betta also known as Hutridurga is a place tailor-made for you. Situated around 65 km from Bangalore near the town of Magadi, Uttari betta is relatively less known to people. In fact, if you are not actively engaged in the trekking community of Bangalore, you might have not heard about Uttari betta at all. With just 5km trek length, it is an easy trek to do but is one of the most picturesque hills around Bangalore. The hill brims with greenery & it is a delightful experience to go for a trek during the monsoons. The highlights of this trek are the Shankareshwara temple on the hill & the ruins of the fort said to be built by Kempegowda in the 16th century. Hutridurga/ Uttari Betta trek is one of our favourite weekend treks to do from Bangalore.
- MADHUGIRI FORT TREK
Madhugiri is famed for being the second largest monolith in Asia after Saavandurga & is often hiked by western tourists who are interested in adventure, visiting Bangalore. Madhugiri in Kannada, the local language here means ‘Hill of honey’ & is called so because of huge number of beehives that were present in the hill in the past. It is a place of interest for history buffs as well as the hill has the ruins of a centuries old fort. The fort is said to built by Raja Hiragowda in the 17th century & has three gateways- antaralada baagilu, diddibaagilu & Mysore gate which lead to the peak. There is also a ruined Gopalakrishna temple at peak. It is completely dilapidated & is now used for resting by the trekkers. With an altitude of 3930 feet, the hill offers some amazing views of the surrounding landscape & other hills around. Most of the hills has a rocky terrain & is best avoided during the monsoons as there are chances of slipping. With the beautiful views it has to offer & its historical importance, it is one of the best one day treks near Bangalore.
- KUNTI BETTA TREK
Kunti Betta is a small hill with an altitude of 2882 feet near Pandavapura town in Mandya district. It is at a distance of around 130 km from Bangalore & 33 km from Mysore. Legend says that the Pandavas stayed here for a short period during their exile of 14 years & the hill was a favourite spot of their mother Kunti. Also, the place has served as the camping ground for the french military when they were here to help Tippu Sultan fight the British. And, the french had named this place as ‘French Rocks’. The trek to Kunti Betta is a short one with a distance of just 4 to5 km up & down. It hardly takes an hour to climb the hill.The highlights of this trek include the temple & reservoir at the base, stone pillar at the summit & the mesmerising view of the hill with the backdrop of a lake. Given how much time of our lives most of us spend in hectic schedules & in the middle of bustling cities, a weekend getaway to Kunti Betta would that much needed & refreshing break.
Maakalidurga is a hill around 60 km away from Bangalore. It is located near a village of the same name which is en route from Doddaballapur to Gauribidanur. It has emerged to be one of the most popular trekking places near Bangalore in recent times, thanks to the many trekking clubs in Bangalore who promote the trek to Maaklidurga. The hill has a fort & a Shiva temple at its summit. The trek to Maakalidurga is known to be the closest railway trek near Bangalore as a railway line passes just adjacent to the hill & many trekkers choose to start the trek from Maakalidurga railway station which is about 2 km before the start of the actual trek trail. This trek require permission from the Karnataka forest department & night trekking is strictly prohibited at this hill. The other nearby place to visit is Ghati Subramanya which is just 4 km away from Maakalidurga. Being very close to Bangalore & with other beautiful places to explore nearby Maakalidurga is one of the best trekking places near Bangalore.
6. ANTARAGANGE TREK
Antaragange located around 70 km from Bangalore near the town of Kolar is famous for night trekking & cave exploration. There is a temple of Lord Shiva which is popularly known as ‘Dakshina Kaashi’ & you’ll have to climb around 400 stairs to reach this temple from the base of the hill. There is also a reservoir with Nandi statue in it & spring water flows out of this Nandi statues mouth throughout the year. It is said to be a subterranean spring & hence the name ”Antaragange’. The actual trek starts after the temple & the stretch from here till the peak gives some amazing adventure opportunities with all the huge boulders lying around. The caves formed by the huge boulders here make for an excellent opportunity for cave exploration & also the peak offers beautiful views of the surrounding fields. With all this, Antaragange trek is an apt choice for a quick weekend trek near Bangalore. The other places of interest near by are Kotilingeshwara temple & Bangaru Tirupati.
Saavandurga is the largest monolith of Asia at the height of 1227 meters. It is around 60 km away from Bangalore & is said to be one of the most challenging hills to trek near Bangalore. Saavandurga is formed by two hillocks- Karigudda & Biligudda. Climbing Karigudda is more challenging than climbing Biligudda as the former is much more steeper than the later. The view of river Arkavathi which flows through Thippagondanahalli reservoir to Manchanabele dam is a treat to the eyes. Saavandurga is among one of the most popular trekking destinations along with places like Skandagiri, Antaragange & Kunti Betta and is a must-do trek near Bangalore. The total takes takes around 5-6 hours to complete.
8. RAMANAGARA HILLS TREK
Ramanagara hills which is also popular as Sholay hills because of the blockbuster movie Sholay which was shot here, is one of the favourite destinations for adventure activities to Bangaloreans. Apart from trekking there are also other activities like rappelling, rock climbing, camping, bird-watching that can be done here. Legend says that Lord Rama had visited this place & hence the name of the hill Ramadevara betta. There is also a temple of Rama atop the hill. It is a relatively easy trek to do & can be completed in a very short time. However, it is best to do the trek early in the morning as it’ll be tough to climb the hill with the sun over your head. The other places of interest near Ramanagara hills are the vulture sanctuary, SRS hills & Janapada Loka.