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Trekking Places near Bangalore

Karnataka is one of the richest states in terms of trekking routes in the country. Bangalore offers several trekking options in and around from easy to difficult treks. These treks are can be accessible by road and are doable for beginners. Trekking is one the best ways to unwind yourself soaking up in the lap of nature. Listed below are the few trekking places near Bangalore good for the beginners and the seasoned as well.

Channagiri Trek

Trek of Channegiri

An easy and doable trek for all age groups, Channagiri is approximately 1350 Mts above sea level. It takes about two and a half hours to complete the trek. Closer to Nandi Hills, Channagiri offers views of other hills close by like Skandagiri, Savandurga, etc. It’s a half a day trek and one of the easiest trekking places near Bangalore including the commuting time. The lush green trails and scenic views make this trek beautiful.

  • How to reach: it is 60 km away from Bangalore. Bangalore Airport is just 30 km.
  • Difficulty Level- easy
  • Kids Friendly- Yes
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Post monsoon from September till February is a good season to trek.
  • Things to carry- carry hydration, snacks , emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, cap, dry-fit clothes.

Madhugiri Trek

Trek of Madhugiri

An adventurous trek at a height of about 3950 ft, Madhugiri Fort is Asia’s second-largest monolith rock. Just 110 km away from Bangalore, Madhugiri takes about half a day to complete the trek. Barring a few patches which are quite steep and tricky, the trek is an easy one. The majority of the trek is rocky. The steep climb and rocky hills make it challenging for the first-timers.

  • How to reach: Madhugiri is 100 km from Bangalore towards Tumkur.
  • Difficulty Level- moderate. Some stretches can be challenging for beginners.
  • Kids Friendly- No
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- September till February is a good season to trek.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.

Handi Gundi Betta Trek

Trek of Handi Gundi Betta

Handi Gundi Betta is an easy trek yet gives you panoramic views of Ramadeverabetta, Kabbaladurga, and some other hills in the neighborhood. Crossing through trails and farmlands of the village, Handi Gundi Betta is a monolithic hill. The trek trail is defined but still, it is advisable to take a local person along with you and not venture out all by yourself. There were animals sighted in the past. Be extra cautious during the monsoon as it becomes very slippery and mossy. The whole trek takes about 3-4 hours.  You can enjoy various locations where the blockbuster movie Sholay was shot. Do not oversight the twin hill named Ram- Lakshman as locals believed to have some Ramayana stories attached to it.

  • How to reach : The Trek is under Ramanagara jurisdiction, permission can be obtained from the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Ramanagara.
  • Difficulty Level- Easy
  • Kids Friendly- Yes
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- September till February is a good season to trek.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.
  • Pin and save your parking location on google maps so that you reach back at the same place.

Siddarabetta

Siddarabetta is not just a trekker’s paradise but is also visited by pilgrims to visit the shrine of Lord Siddalingeshewara located inside the caves. The place is known as Siddara Betta, which in Kannada means ‘Hill of Saints’, as many Hindu saints are believed to have meditated here. Rocky terrain, beautiful trails, quaint landscapes, and caves make it an exciting and thrilling trek. Wildlife like a leopard, Sloth Bear, peafowl, and other jungle birds are sighted. Madhugiri Fort, Channarayanadurga Fort is the other attractions nearby. One needs at least 5 hours for the trek. This is one of the difficult treks of all the trekking places near Bangalore.

  • How to reach: 100 km away from Bangalore towards Tumkur in Koratagere Taluk.
  • Difficulty Level- Difficult
  • Kids Friendly- No
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Throughout the year
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.

Devarayanadurga

Another trek that is popular amongst trekkers surrounded by other hillocks and temples is Devarayanadurga. The place is famous for its historical and mythological reasons too. Located at a height of 4000 ft above sea level, the hill is covered with lush greenery and hilly terrain making it a delight for every trekker. According to the historical shreds of evidence, originally the place was called Anebiddasari, a place where elephants fell. Famous Vishnu Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple is located on the top of the hill which attracts lots of devotees. It takes about 3 hours to complete the trek.

  • How to reach: 70 km away from Bangalore towards Tumkur.
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate
  • Kids Friendly- No
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Throughout the year
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.

Makalidurga Trek

Trek of Makali Durga

If you are looking for lush green trails, rocky terrains, and some beautiful views of a lake head towards Makali Durga Trek. A perfect weekend getaway for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and bird watchers, whether you are a family or a bunch of friends. Makali Durga is a Photographers’ delight. The Trek is under the supervision of Karnataka Eco-Tourism and you need permission from the forest department. You can book your slot online. It takes about 5 hours to complete the trek. The highlight of the trek is the lake which is shaped like a map of South America. Makali Durga Hill stands about 4430 feet above sea level with a temple and some ruins on the top.

  • How to reach: 60 km away from Bangalore towards Doddaballapur.
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate
  • Kids Friendly- Yes
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Throughout the year especially after the monsoon.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.

Horagina Betta

Trek of Horangina Betta

Just a few yards away from Nandi Hills, lays this beautiful Horagina Betta. An easy-to-do trek giving magnificent views of 3 hills in the neighbourhood namely Channagiri, Skandagiri, and Nandi hills. A narrow trail with thorny bushes leads you to Horagina Betta. Avoid going immediately after the monsoon as bushes grow up very fast and chances of missing trails are more. There is a stretch that is steep and challenging. The tall trees, misty hills, steep incline, views of neighbouring hills makes Horagina Betta an exciting trek.  It takes about 4 hours to complete the trek.

  • How to reach: 60 km away from Bangalore towards Nandi Hills
  • Difficulty Level- Easy
  • Kids Friendly- Yes
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Although you can visit throughout the year but winters are the best time.
  • Things to Carry- carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, a jacket, well-worn shoes or sandals, trekking pole, and a cap.

Ramadeverabetta

Trek of Ramadeverabetta

Popularly known for the Sholay movie location, this is an easy and doable trek with a little challenging stretch. There is a small stretch that will give you an adrenaline rush. At a height of 3800 feet, Ramadeverabetta is 70 km from Bangalore towards Ramanagara. At the top of the hill, there are a few temples of Ganesha, Lord Rama, Shiva, and more dating back to 1000 years and have stories of Ramayana. Devotees visit these temples by steps. There are about 400 steps to reach these temples. Try to reach there by sunrise, it’s mesmerizing.

  • How to reach: 60 km from Bangalore towards Ramanagara
  • Difficulty Level- Easy
  • Kids Friendly- Yes
  • Food Available- Yes
  • Best time to Visit- Winters are the best, so September to March.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap.

Skandagiri

One of the most amazing treks in and around is Skandagiri. Popular with millennials, this is usually done as a night trek to witness the mesmerizing sunrise. Passing through the complete wilderness, Skandagiri is a must-to-do trek for adventure and nature lovers. The total time taken to complete the trek is around 4 hours and the total distance is 8 km. It is slightly a challenging trek and not suitable for kids. Just unwind yourself with this most exciting sunrise and a night trekking places near Bangalore. Going back to history, the top has some views of an old Shiva temple and ruins of a fort. Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga and is at a height of 1350 mts.

  • How to reach: 70 km away from Bangalore towards Chikkaballapur
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate
  • Kids Friendly- No
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- Throughout the year.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap. A head-torch and a trekking pole are a must for a night trek to Skandagiri.

Anthargange

Another exciting and thrilling night trekking places near Bangalore is Anthargange. Known for its natural rock formation, Anthargange has caves and temples as the highlights of the trek. At a height of 4021 ft, Anthargange is a trek with huge boulders, dense forest, and interesting trails. It is an assisted trek so please does not venture out alone. Book through Karnatakaecotourism.com. It takes about 3 hours to complete the trek.

  • How to reach: 80 km from Bangalore towards Kolar
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate
  • Kids Friendly- No
  • Food Available- No
  • Best time to Visit- October to March.
  • Things to Carry- like any other day trek carry your hydration, snacks or breakfast, emergency medicines, a jacket, well-worn shoes or sandals, and a cap. A head-torch and a trekking pole is a must for a night trek
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