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8 Trekking destinations within 100 KMS of Bangalore for your next weekend getaway!

In Bangalore, Treks & Trips by Surbhi Dhawan

  1. Makalidurga:
    Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
    Peak season: November to February
    Trek length: 7 Kms
    Difficulty level: Medium
    Activities: Camping, hiking and trekking

    Surrounded by hills, Makalidurga forms a valley near Ghati Subramanya – a well-known Hindu temple, that is also a popular pilgrimage destination. At an elevation of 1117 meters, you’ll come across the Makalidurga Fort which is built on an enormous granite hillock, and sports an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva and Nandi, where the Markandeya Rishi is believed to have performed penance. Night treks to Makalidurga are extremely common, and the preferred way to get there is by walkingor cycling 2 Kms from the Makalidurga Railway Station.

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  2. Ramanagara:
    Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
    Peak season: Not recommended during rainy season.
    Difficulty Level: Easy
    Trek length: 6 Kms
    Activities: Camping, trekking, rappelling, jumaring, rock climbing.
    With an elevation of 747 metres, Ramanagara  is a City Municipal Council in Karnataka, with four taluks – Ramanagara, Magadi, Kanakapura and Channapatna. It is also home to several temples, mainly –  Malleshwara Temple, Arkeshwara Temple, Banni Mahakali Temple, Chamundeshwari Temple, and Srirama Temple. Ramadevarabetta, a hill located in Ramanagara is famous for its granite rock formations, where the Bollywood movie Sholay was shot, along with A Passage to India by David Lean. Handigundi, Panchavatti and Revanasideshwara  are other well-known hills, where you can spot yellow-throated bulbul, sloths, long-billed vultures and bears (only at night). Boating facilities are available at low-cost.

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  3. Kanakapura:
    Distance from Bangalore: 55 Kms
    Peak season: November to February.
    Difficulty Level: Easy.
    Trek length: 4 Kms
    Activities: Night Trekking, ATV Rides, kayaking and paintball.

    Famous for producing granite and silk, Kanakpura is a tourist-favorite for history buffs, wildlife enthusiasts, and regular trekkers. Surrounded by lush green hills, it has an elevation of 638 metres (2093 feet), and is located along the river Arkavathi on National Highway 209. It falls under the Ramanagar district of Karnataka, which is 27 Kms away from Kanakpura. Kanakpura is perfect for it has several trekking trails – Kabbaldurga, Bilikal Betta, Bananthimari Betta, and so on, which are perfect for corporate and large-group outings.
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  4. Anthargange:
    Distance from Bangalore: 68 Kms
    Peak season: November to February.
    Difficulty Level: Easy.
    Trek length: 4 Kms
    Activities: Cave exploration, hiking and rappelling.Located in the  Shathashrunga Mountain Range, Antara Gange is famous for its caves, granite rock formations, seven villages (including Therhalli) at the summit, and the Antara Gange Temple that has a pond within the premises, with continuous flow of underground water from Basava. The path to the mountain is rather steep and narrow, so exercise caution, and if possible arrange for a guide to assist you.

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  5.  Madhugiri:
    Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
    Peak season: November to February.
    Trek length: 3 Kms
    Difficulty Level: Easy.
    Activities: Fort excavation, hiking, sight-seeing and photography.

    Situated at an elevation of  3,930 feet, Madhugiri has a fort at the summit, with three gateways –  Diddibagilu, Antaralada Bagilu and Mysuru Gate,  along with ruins of Gopalakrishna temple, and several other old Dravidian-style temples that were built by Malleshwara and Venkataramanaswami . You will come across a series of doorways leading to the top on a single hill. Apart from the surrounding greenery, Madhugiri also has the second largest monolith in Asia. Other major attractions close to Madhugiri include the Timmalapura Forest, Sree Harihareshwara Swamy Temple, Siddara Betta, Chennarayana Durga Fort and  Maidana Halli Blackbuck Sanctuary.

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  6. Bheemeshwari:
    Distance from Bangalore: 100 Kms
    Peak season: December to March.
    Trek length: 5 Kms
    Difficulty Level: Easy.
    Activities: Rafting, high rope traversing, nature-walks, trekking, kayaking, fishing.

    Major attractions at Bheemeshwari include: Cauvery Fishing Camp (surrounded by hills and dense forest, this is an ideal spot for fishing tropical fishes), Doddamkkali, Galibore, Kokrebellur Pelicanry, Sangam (a famous picnic spot, where Cauvery and Arkavathi rivers meet), and Bheemeshwari Wildlife Sanctuary (known for its wild animals – otters, leopards, elephants, wild boars, crocodiles; birds – bis, kingfisher, cormorant heron; and is a natural habitat to the Mahseer fish). Bheemeshwari is surrounded by greenery, has a great trekking terrain, and is a perfect for adventure-sports.
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  7. Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta:
    Distance from Bangalore: 70 Kms
    Activities: Night trekking.
     

    Surrounded by a shrub forest, and thick vegetation – Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta offers a mesmerizing view from atop the hill, where you can spot elephants, and other wildlife animals, easily. It has an elevation of 3780 feet, with a Lord Ranganatha Swamy temple at the summit that is located under a giant granite rock. An annual festival held in January encourages people to learn and appreciate the grandeur of the gods and their temples in the area. As of 2015, hiking to the top of Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta has been prohibited by the Forest Department, and you’d need a permission from their office in Bannerghatta.manchanbele

  8. Savandurga Hill:
    Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
    Trek length: 4 Kms
    Difficulty Level: Easy
    Activities: Trekking, camping, sightseeing, water-sports.The Savandurga Hill is made up of two major hills – Biligudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill), with Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temples located at the base of Savandurga. Frequented by pilgrims, rock-climbers, trekkers, and cave explorers,  Savandurga Hill has something for everyone. It is located at an elevation of 1,226 metres, and is considered to be one of the largest monoliths hills in the continent. The Arkavathi river flows close-by towards Manchanabele Dam which is famous for water sports. You can spot several different types of butterflies, and highly diverse shrub species in the surrounding forest.
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