Trekking Getaways

                                                 Trekking Destinations in Karnataka

                                                                                                                                                                       (source:Thrillophilia)

1.Ramanagara Trek

The Ramgarh of Sholay is wrought with rocky mountains and boulders and makes for an ideal spot for a weekend of trekking. Ramanagara is one of the most popular places for trekking in Karnataka.

Located 50 kms from Bangalore, Ramanagara is reminiscent of Gabbar Singh and his accomplices. With huge rocks and boulders dotting its topography, Ramanagara serves as the perfect destination for those seeking some action and adrenaline rush.

Location: Ramanagara
Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 6 Kms

2. Anthargange Trek

Rocky hills, boulders and caves constitute the topography of Anthargange. Situated at an altitude of 1,226 metres, Karnataka Trekking boosts about the rugged terrains of Anthargange Trek.

Surrounded by picturesque beauty and impregnated with nature’s secrets, Anthargange is the ideal spot for you if you wish to leave the chaotic city behind for a vacation in sublime wilderness.

Trekking through the rocky terrain, you can enjoy the charming view of the countryside or explore mystical caves in the region that have formed out of volcanic rocks and boulders.

Location: Kolar
Distance from Bangalore: 65 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 4 Kms

3. Tadiyandamol Trek

Coorg is known for its natural beauty and pleasant weather. Tandiyandamol, in Coorg, is situated at a distance of about 250 km from Bangalore. In Kodava language, Tadiyandamol means the highest peak as it is the highest peak in Kodagu.

It offers a great panoramic view of its surroundings and a cool, soothing weather for trekkers. The ideal time to visit Tadiyandamol is during winters because the landscape is in full bloom.

Complete with lush greenery, gurgling streams of fresh, clean water and cottony clouds floating across the clear blue sky, Tandiyandamol trek is the heaven for Karnataka Trekking enthusiasts.

Location: Coorg
Distance from Bangalore: 265 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 8 Kms

4. Savandurga Trek

If trekking is your new found interest, the Savandurga hills are the best place for you to fulfill your trekking desire. Located at an elevation of 1200 metres, Savandurga lies close Bangalore.

With comparatively gentler slopes, Savandurga hills are best suited for those who have started trekking newly.

With beautiful natural surroundings and a cover of lush greenery, Savandurga hills, comprising the Billigudda and Karigudda, tower over the valley settlement of Ramanagara. Gentle slopes goad you on to your destination which can easily be covered in a time period of a day.

Location: Savandurga
Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 4 Kms

5. Shivagange Trek

The Shivagange hills stand tall, proud and haughty, challenging trekkers for a hike uphill. The rough and rocky terrain may appear challenging at first but you will definitely start enjoying the hike as you start gaining altitude.

With clear blue skies with cotton candy clouds floating across and a cool weather to go with it, Shivagange is one of the most popular destinations for treks around Bangalore. Situated just 8 kms from Dabaspet, which lies close to National Highway 4, Shivagange is open to trekking enthusiasts all through the year.

Although the hill appears intimidating, the trek is moderately difficult and it also has some steps to help you during the initial phase of your trek. Carved out the mountain itself, a temple awaits you at the peak.

You will also see some beautiful sculptures on your way up. A true feast to the eyes, the trek to the top of the Shivagange is strenuous but also rewarding.

Location: Bangalore Rural
Distance from Bangalore: 50 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 4 Kms

6. Siddara Betta Trek

If the idea of exploring caves after a trek excites you, Siddara Betta is the perfect destination for you. Siddara Betta lies about 97 kms from Bangalore and offers a nice, rocky terrain for an adventurous trek.

Surrounded by flourishing greenery and known to be home to a number of medicinal plants, Siddara Betta offers some interesting sights and places. You will also come across a fountain on your way up, the waters of which are believed to have medicinal properties.

Siddara Betta is a bird watcher’s paradise. You can spot a number of rare birds, especially the Yellow Throat Bulbul. You will also come across a temple dedicated to Siddeswara, which plays host to a number of pilgrims every year.

The caves at Siddara Beta are said to been home to many sages and hermits who resided and meditated here. So if you are looking for a package that includes some easy trekking and cave exploration, pick Siddara Betta.

Location: Tumkur
Distance from Bangalore: 100 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 10 Kms

7. Madhugiri Trek

Madhugiri trekking trail is an interesting, challenging and adventurous trail and if you are someone who is enthusiastic about trekking and ready for challenges, this is the perfect trail for you.

This huge monolith, surrounded by scenic natural beauty, lies in the Tumkur district of Karnataka and is one of the most popular destinations for treks around Bangalore. With an intimidating size, this mountain is a favourite among adventure enthusiasts. Madhugiri is Asia’s second largest monolith and has an elevation of 2,582 feet.

On the peak, you will find the ruined Gopal krishna Temple and a fort built by the erstwhile Sultan of Mysore, Hyder Ali.

Location: Madhugiri
Distance from Bangalore: 107 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 3 Kms

8. Baba Budangiri Trek

Situated at an elevation of 6,217 ft, the Baba Budangiri is a part of the Dattagiri range situated in the Western Ghats. The Western Ghats are known for their scenic value, the greenery and cool weather.

Baba Budangiri is a fantastic destination for trekking as it provides for a moderately easy trek. Interestingly, the entire Dattagiri range forms the shape of a crescent of the moon and is hence also known as Chandradrona Parvatha Shreni.

You may also come across the beautiful Manikyadhara Falls during your trek. The Karnataka Trekking offers some of the highest peaks in the country such as The Dattagiri range. The remarkable fact about the Dattagiri range is that its wild flower called kurinji which blooms only once in 12 years.

Location: Chikkamagaluru
Distance from Bangalore: 280 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 10 Kms

09. Kurinjal Trek

If you are in the mood for a long and adventurous trekking vacation, Kurinjal lies very near to Kudremukh. You can proceed to this beautiful hill that lies amidst the natural splendour of the Western Ghats.

Covered in luxuriant foliage and home to a wide range of wild animals, Kurinjal is another preferred destination among trekkers. Kurinjal offers an exciting and unpredictable terrain for trekking which elevates the experience of the adventure.

You may come across an abandoned radio station at the peak and, if lucky, may even be able to spot some wild bisons. The view from the top is breathtaking and worth every drop of sweat you have shed on your way up.

Location: Chikkamagaluru
Distance from Bangalore: 340 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 20 Kms

 10. Skandagiri Trek

Skandagiri or Kalavara Durga is a beautiful hill about 70 kms from Bangalore. Located very near to Nandi Hills and Chikkaballapur, the majestic apex of the hill peeks out of a misty and beautiful cloud cover.

This spectacular hill is covered in a velvety green from its peak to the foot and offers a pleasant weather for an enjoyable Karnataka trek. The hill offers two routes- one for expert trekkers and other for amateurs.

Tipu Sultan’s fort towers on you as you climb nearer and nearer to the peak. The best part of the trek is how the hill teases you. When you think you have reached the fort wall thinking it is the top, the hill shows the remaining half of itself, goading and challenging you.

Lush greenery, fabulous weather and a fairy tale cloud cover.Once popular for night treks, Skandagiri provides an excellent view of the sun rising from the horizon. Night treks are also a possibility.

Location: Chikballapur
Distance from Bangalore: 70 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 8 Kms

11. Ranganathaswamy Betta Trek

Discover the allures of Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta during the night time. Around 70 km from Bangalore, and also known as ‘BR Hills’, the place is famous for the whitish rock formations near the peak.

The activity falls under the easy category and takes around 4 hours to finish. The many thrills include getting to witness the stunning views of the sunrise.

12. Mullayanagiri Trek

The highest peak between Nilgiris and Western Ghats, Mullayanagiri is a treat for trekkers indeed. As you make your ascend, enjoy the cool and sweet breeze envelop you.

Also get to unravel small caves placed below the peak, and catch a glimpse of statues of Nandi. You would require around 2 days to cover about 7km and 10 hours of trekking. The difficulty level ranges from difficult to moderate.

13. Narasimha Parvata Trek

Crowned as the tallest peak in the Agumbe range of Western Ghats, Narsimha Parvatha offers lofty pleasures. Around 350kms from Bangalore, this trek would take you around 10 hours over two days.

Expect to ramble through jungles and open grassy patches of hills. Also lap up the divine sight of mesmerising sunset turning the sky into stunning colours. When on this trek you can also pay a visit to Barkana Falls.

14. Kemmanagundi Trek

Set off to Kemmanagundi, that enchants with it being surrounded by Baba Budan Giri Range and Western Ghats’ splendour. This trek would take around 12 hours and cover 20 km.

While on the trail, lap up the sights of high hills, gurgling brooks, vast coffee estates, gushing waterfalls and pretty gardens in the midst of verdant forests.

15. Thirumaleguppe Trek

​Enjoy trudging through steep hills, grasslands and dreamy valleys. Thirumaleguppe unfolds delights every step of the way with its pristine and green beauty.

Enjoy discovering the grasslands sprinkled with tapered strips of thick woodlands. You can also club this activity with a visit to the Somavanthi Waterfalls. This moderate trek level will take around 2 days to cover.

16. Kanoor Kote Trek

Resting in the stunning Sharavathy Reserved Forest in Shimoga, Kanoor Kote delights with history and nature’s bounties. Of an easy level, the activity would take you about 10 km spread over two days.

Have the pleasure of coming across different terrains and also get to witness the ruins of the ancient Kanoor Kote Fort near the peak. The fortress was once the gem of the Havyaka Culture.

17. Kumara Parvatha Trek

One of the most popular destinations around Bangalore, Kumara Parvatha offers natural beauty which is beyond description. A trek trail which may appear treacherous at times, it is still a favourite among trekking enthusiasts.

So if you are planning a trekking vacation and are looking a trail that delivers luxuriant greenery, beautiful weather and a rewarding vista at the top, Kumara Parvatha is the destination for you.

The vista that awaits you at the top will wipe away all the fatigue and strain that you endured on your climb up. The clear blue sky and an ocean of cotton candy clouds await you at the summit and make this trek a truly rewarding experience.

Location: Kukke Subrahmanya
Distance from Bangalore: 260 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 15 Kms

18. Kodachadri Trek

The Kodachadri peak is situated at an elevation of 1,343 metres and is a popular pilgrimage destination as the famous Mookambika Temple is situated here. Covered by dense forests, Kodachadri presents a difficult but extremely beautiful trekking trail that has waterfalls, luxuriant vegetation and diverse wildlife.

About 10 kms from Kodachadri, you will come across the Hidlumane falls. A little further ahead are the Arasinagundi and Bellakallu Theertha falls.

On treading further ahead, for about 25 kms from Kodachadri, you will come across the Nagara Fort. Such diverse terrain makes Kodachadri the favourite destination of trekkers in Karnataka.

Distance from Bangalore: 414 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 12 Kms

19. Makalidurga Trek

Located 60 km from Bangalore, Makalidurga is dotted with huge granite boulders and a serene atmosphere. A welcome relief from the madness of the city, Makalidurga is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Karnataka and is known for its stillness and tranquility.

With an elevation of 1,350 metres, Makalidurga provides an excellent terrain for trekking and a vantage point to view the vista below. The lake near River Hillock and a trains meandering just below make for a splendid view from the top of the hill. 

Location: Bangalore Rural
Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 7 Kms

20. Kalavarahalli Betta Trek

Kalavarahalli Betta gets its name from the village Kalavarahalli situated at the base of the mountain. Situated at a distance of 70 kms from Bangalore, Kalavarahalli Betta offers a fantastic terrain for trekkers.

One of the most popular Karnataka Trekking destination is The Kalavarahalli Betta,which is surrounded by amazing natural beauty. Its summit plays peek-a-boo with the misty clouds and goads you to climb up further.

You will come across two caves, interestingly cut out, that will take you to a temple at the top of the mountain. While one cave starts right at the foot of the mountain and goes all the way up to the top, the second starts mid-way.

It provides an excellent opportunity at exploration and ups the adventure element in the trek. You will find legendary ruler Tipu Sultan’s fort at the top of the hill.

Location: Chikkaballapura
Distance from Bangalore: 70 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 8 Kms

21. Kudremukh Trek

The Kudremukh hills of Karnataka boast of indescribable beauty. The peak, which resembles the mouth of a horse, has an elevation of 6, 214 feet.

Situated amidst indescribable scenic splendour, Kudremukh offers a fabulous terrain for trekking which makes it a popular destination among trekkers. Get a fantastic view of the surroundings as you gain altitude.

The pleasant surroundings and the soothing cool weather make the whole experience enjoyable. Spot beautiful birds and, if lucky, some wild animals in their natural habitat and lose yourself in the natural splendour of the surroundings.

Location: Chikmagalur
Distance from Bangalore: 340 Kms
Best Season: November to February
Trek length: 20 Kms

22. Dudhsagar Trek

Favoured among many trekkers, this is the very trail that leads you to the magical cascade that appears like milk gushing down.  Plonked on the Mandovi River, Goa, the Dudhsagar Trek entails covering 8 hours and 14 km.

Accompanying you along the way are deep jungles, steep surfaces, jagged and narrow terrains and several other delights. The level of this activity falls under the challenging category.

 

(Source:Thrillophilia)

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