Considered to be one of the largest monolith hills in India, the Savandurga range consists of two hills, Karigudda and Biligudda.There are two temples at the base of the hills.The route to the top takes you to a wonderful fort,which is said to have been built by Kempe Gowda,from where you can have an excellent view of the Bangalore outskirts.Here,you need not worry about getting lost as this place is always full of trekkers who come here from Bangalore and different parts of India.The monolith makes climbing to the top an easy task.


An ideal place for trekking near Bangalore at night,Narayanagiri also sees tourists as you can also rent kayaks nearby.Climbing to the top is not so difficult; However,there are some parts of the mountain where you have to tread carefully due to deep crevices.From the top of the mountain,you will have a splendid view of the entire city of Ramanagaram


Ramanagara is a small town in Karnataka located away from Bangalore. There are several short treks in Ramnagar that one can go on, including one to the spot where they shot Sholay! These treks are perfect for the weekend as the climb up doesn’t take much of your time, unless you want to take it slow. Some of them will only last for over an hour. Popular places for trekking in the area are Ramdevra, Yathirajagiri,Revana Siddeshwara Hill and Ramagiri Hill.


You have two options to reach the top of Nandi Hills:You can trek from the south or north of the mountains.The north side is a fair road and is slightly more crowded, as it is also used by cyclists and bikers.If you want a real trek to the top,take the southern route.At the top you can see outside Tipu Sultan’s summer residence and click amazing pictures from this point.There is also a temple on the top of the mountain.You can also spend the rest of the day at Nandi Hills and go back only in the evening.


A hill station where Buddha Purnima is celebrated with great fanfare in March and April (including a car festival),Devarayanadurga is a wonderful trek for the whole family.This is because there are three levels.To the bottom,the trek is very easy and doesn’t really require any effort.At this height,you can find the Lakshmi-Narasimha Swamy Temple (at higher levels,Yoga Narasimha and Bhoga Narasimha Temples can be found).

The next level is a bit more challenging,but it’s still doable.Here you can see a natural spring and a small pond.The trek gets tougher as you go up the mountain,so if you’re not in the best of physical health, avoid going further.However,if you’re convinced,the view is excellent.There is also a small waterfall at the top known as Jai-tirtha.


One of the easier and more leisurely climbs,Madhugiri Hill is the second largest monolith hill in Karnataka. Trekking here is quite easy as there are stairs to the top of the hill. There is a fort (Madhugiri Fort) on the top of the hill which is rooted in the history of Karnataka. Walking at a leisurely pace, it will take you around two hours to complete the trek. Many experienced trekkers will even take half the time.


Every trekker’s imagination, climbing the Bhimeshwari hill offers you a panoramic view of nature. This trek is a mixed bag, as some are easy and others very challenging sections. The landscape is amazing, with rich flora and fauna. In particular, it is a wonderful place for bird-watching. There are also some watchtowers from where the surrounding areas can be best viewed.


Skandagiri is a hill station located in the Chikballapur district. A difficult trek,it will take around five hours to complete, but it is very popular among hiking enthusiasts. You will find a lot of groups, including some beginners Trekking up to the top. The beginning of the trail is very easy, but as you go up you will have to make your way through a maze of dense bushes. But the climb is totally worth it, as you will witness some amazing views from the top of the mountain. If you’re interested in history or architecture, check out the old fort that once belonged to Tipu Sultan at the top.


Besides being an excellent trekking spot,the Anthargange doubles up as a cave exploration site. The hill offers you the best of both worlds. If you love taking up challenges, you will love the climb up the top of this 1712-metre mountain. Along the way you will have to bend, twist, crawl, through the tricky path to find your way to the top. A tough,but short trek, it’s also not that far away from the city. So in case you only have a few hours and must get out of the city, here’s where you go.

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