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tgblog Aug 19 2014

Trekking around Bangalore

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Karnataka is blessed abundantly with nature’s splendour. From hills, mountains, lakes, rivers and sea, it has a number of options for tourists and nature lovers alike. No wonder it attracts a huge number of tourists from across the country or outside through the year. Moreover, Bangalore, its capital city, with its easy accessibility has thrown up numerous destinations that can be explored in and around the city. Be it the mountains for adventure aficionados or some quiet seaside getaway, the possibilities are numerous. From a trekker’s perspective, Bangalore can spoil you for choice with its superb trekking trails. Let us explore three of the popular trails that will leave you mesmerised.

Nandi Hills, Bengaluru

Spectacular view from atop the Nandi Hills

Spectacular view from atop the Nandi Hills

Tipu Sultan’s summer palace

Tipu Sultan’s summer palace

About 61 km away from Bangalore, you can trek to Nandi Hills anytime of the year—summer, winter or monsoon. The stone stairway trail lined with tall and shady eucalyptus trees at the hills is not that arduous for a fit person. During the three hours’ trek, as you ascend the hills, it is a bird watcher’s delight. The surrounding peaks jut out as you go higher up and the view of the city is simply breathtaking. The higher you climb, all that you see are the clouds covering the landscape below, moving and floating with the wind. After over an hours’ time, the fort comes to view. Further ahead, you will find a cave temple, where the cool breeze is simply refreshing. And a few climbs later, you reach Tipu Sultan’s summer palace. Once you are atop the hills, just enjoy the view and soak in its beauty.

Skandagiri Trek

A view of the sun rise from Skandagiri Hill

A view of the sun rise from Skandagiri Hill

Also called the Kalavara Durga, Skandagiri Hill is situated around 60 km from Bangalore. The 8-km trek takes nearly three-and-a-half hours. Plan a trek to this place between November and February when it is the best to be there. Overlooking the Nandi Hills, Skandagiri Hill houses a fort and a temple dating back to the Tipu Sultan era. Both might be in ruins now, but the view from the hill top cannot compare to anything else. If you are game for camping, you can pitch in a tent for the night and wake up to a spectacular sunrise.

Savandurga Trek

Way to Billigudda peak

Way to Billigudda peak

Savandurga Hill lies very close to Bangalore, as it is only 50 km away. A favourite among trekkers, this hill comprises the Billigudda and Karigudda peaks. However, follow the trail that is clearly defined with markings or take a guide; as it is a dense forest area there are chances of getting lost. The Billigudda peak is considered to be safe with markings clearly defined. Also, the large boulders have ensured sparse vegetation. As you ascend, at each level, you will keep seeing the seven walls of Tipu Sultan’s fort. Once you are on top of the hill, all your exhaustion will disappear as you see the view of the landscape. The 4-km trek can be best done from November to February. Avoid trekking to Savandurga Hill during the monsoon as the trail can get dangerous.

The treks can be challenging at some points but exercise caution and enjoy the view as you ascend. To book your bus tickets for Bangalore, log in to www.ticketgoose.com.

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