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17 Places to Show You Why You Should Go Trekking Near Bangalore

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With hiking fever gripping the youth of the country, Bangalore is among the leading destinations for such activities. Bangalore is counted among the developed cities of India and has ample options for boarding and lodging. This fact, combined with the proximity of Bangalore to many hills, mountains and waterfalls make adventure enthusiasts seek options for trekking near Bangalore.

The ever-increasing charm of outdoor camping and hiking to explore nature’s marvels around Bangalore has led to the sudden growth of trekking clubs in Bangalore. These clubs are constantly on the look-out for new destinations for hiking and trekking. It is highly recommended that you become a member on one of these trekking clubs in order to make the most out of your outdoor adventure and to have a safe trekking session under the supervision of trekking organisers in Bangalore.

Trekking Near Bangalore: Destinations that Needs to be Explored

If you are looking for trekking options for a single day, there are plenty of options like night trekking in Bangalore that will suit your plans. For those of you who want to plan a proper break, and are looking for options for a few days, Bangalore is well connected to many trekking places in Karnataka that are sure to charm you.

Trekking near Bangalore
Trekking near Bangalore

So, let’s get started with the many possible trekking trips that you can make around Bangalore.

Savandurga Hill

  • Distance from the city: 50 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4022 feet

A very popular trekking option near Bangalore, the Savandurga Hill offers two trekking trails. The Billigudda trekking trail is considered to be the easier of the two trails and takes you past the ruins of the fort made by Kempe Gowda. However, if you choose to climb up the fort ruins, you must be very careful.

The second trekking trail is the Karigudda trail. This is more exciting for experienced trekkers who are looking for adventurous trails.

Savandurga Hill
Savandurga Hill

The two hills- Billigudda and Karigudda have a historical significance and two temples at their base. The views of sunrise and sunset are particularly enchanting from these hills and many trekkers plan their trip so that they can witness either of these two picture-perfect scenarios. This is also a favoured option for night trekking near Bangalore.

Bheemeshwari

  • Distance from the city: 110 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Elevation: 3900 feet

With its idyllic and pristine natural surroundings, Bheemeshwari is one of the most popular destinations for trekking near Bangalore. It is flanked by river Cauvery and three animated waterfalls (Barachukki, Mekedatu, and Gaganachukki) that make the trek refreshing and rejuvenating for trekkers.

Some other adventure activities that you can do here include kayaking, high rope traversing, and rafting. You will find an ample number of options for boarding and lodging here.

Bheemeshwari
Bheemeshwari

Ramanagara

  • Distance from the city: 55 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 3000 feet

The town of Ramanagara is a very popular destination for trekking in Karnataka, and it is not far from Bangalore. This town is famous for its premium quality silk. Some of the best places to visit in Bangalore in one day are around the seven huge hills-  Yatirajagiri, Shivaramagiri, Krishnagiri, Somagiri, Sidilakallu Hill, Jala Siddheshwara Hill and Revana Siddheshwara Hill.

Many people don’t know that the blockbuster Hindi movie Sholay was shot near Ramanagara, at the Ramagiri Hill.

Ramanagara
Ramanagara

You have the option of overnight camping here. Those who want to experience the thrill of mountain climbing can practice bouldering and pitch climbing here. With idyllic fishing locations and ample opportunities for bird watching, these trekking places near Bangalore are not to be missed.

Kabbal Durga

  • Distance from the city: 80 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate – challenging
  • Elevation: 3234 feet

A unique destination for trekking near Bangalore that caters to novice trekkers as well as experienced trekkers is Kabbal Durga. There are two trails to reach the top of this hill.

The easier route starts from the eastern face of the hill and is ideal for families and novice trekkers. The other route that starts from the Kabbalu village involves a lot of rock climbing and should be chosen only by the more experienced trekkers.

Kabbal Durga
Kabbal Durga

Nandidurga/ Nandi Hills

  • Distance from the city: 60 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4800 feet

Another popular trekking destination near Bangalore is Nandi Hills. It was famously King Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat.

Legend says that he used to throw off prisoners from the 600-foot tall cliff that stands here. Night trekking and camping are not safe because of the wild animals but there are few options for accommodation if you want to witness the grand sunrise from the top.

This trek is ideal for early morning hiking.

Nandidurga/ Nandi Hills
Nandidurga/ Nandi Hills

Ramadevara Betta

  • Distance from the city: 70 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Elevation: 3900 feet

Situated very close to Bangalore, the town of Kyatsandra is famous for a charity institution called Siddaganga Matha.

Ramadevara Betta is situated very close to this organization and is visible from a distance because of its conspicuous presence in the middle of an otherwise flat land.

Ramadevara Betta
Lake near Ramadevara Betta

The trek to the top of this hill is very challenging because of the extremely thorny vegetation. In addition, it is very easy to lose direction in the thick forest that covers this hill. Therefore, it is advisable to take a local from the Siddaganga Matha with you on the trek.

Skandagiri

  • Distance from the city: 60 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4430 feet

The mountain fort at Skandagiri is a testimony to the kingdoms of local ancient rulers. The fort itself has seen a lot of damage during the last few decades, but the trekking route offers excellent vistas for camping and nature walks.

You can reach the top of Skandagiri from either Chikballapur or by a detour on way to Nandi Hills. The Papagni temple at the foothills is the starting point of this beautiful trek.

​​​​Skandagiri
Skandagiri

Skandagiri is considered to be one of the most popular night trekking places in Karnataka. You should try to do this trek on a full moon night to witness the grandeur of nature, preferably between May and December.

Siddara Betta

  • Distance from the city: 100 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 1700 feet

This destination for treks near Bangalore derives its name from the many ancient saints who used this hill and its caves for meditation. The Shiva temple that is built in a cave on the hilltop is regularly visited by devotees.

The temple closes at 5 PM every day but you can explore the nearby caves and admire the beautiful views from the hilltop.

Siddara Betta
Siddara Betta

Makalidurga

  • Distance from the city: 60 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4400 feet

Another hill fortress that is a famous destination for trekking near Bangalore is Makalidurga. The fortress was used as a storage house for grains in the late 19th century and has a Shiva temple where the sage Markandeya is believed to have performed penance.

Your trekking route will comprise of views of lakes and the enchanting railway tracks that run below. It is a great night trekking destination and you should try to arrange this trip between September and February.

Makalidurga
Makalidurga

Shivgange

  • Distance from the city: 54 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 2600 feet

This is a religious and revered destination for trekking near Bangalore. The mountain is shaped like a Shiva Linga and a small spring flows nearby.

It is also known as Dakshin Kashi and has a lot of temples built around it. What is especially popular here is the rock statue of the Nandi Bull, carved on top of a steep boulder.

Shivgange
Shivgange

Don’t miss the numerous local holy points like Agastya teertha, Pathala teertha and Kapila teertha, in addition to the temples of Sri Gangadhareshwar and Sri Honnammadevi.

Devrayanadurga

  • Distance from the city: 70 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4000 feet

This hill is very famous among locals for the temple of Bhoga Narasimha that is located at the foothills and the temple of Yoga Narasimha that is located on the hill top.

From the top, you will find magnificent views of the verdant valley. Of special interest to trekkers on this route are the natural springs found here. The spring called Namada Chilume gives rise to Jayamangali River.

In addition, you will find two more springs, known as Dhanushtirtha and Ramatirtha, and a nearby cave with the idols of Hindu deities Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.

Devarayanadurga
Devarayanadurga

Revana Siddheshwara Betta

  • Distance from the city: 60 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 3000 feet

Yet another destination for religious trekking near Bangalore is the Revana Siddheshwar Betta.

You will find the Renukamba temple at the foothills of the mountain, Bheemeshwari temple almost halfway through your trek, and Revana Siddheshwara temple at the top of the hill.

Revana Siddheshwara Betta
Revana Siddheshwara Betta

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

  • Distance from the city: 75 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 3800 feet

The name Bilikal Betta translates as ‘white rocks’, and this hill is among the tallest hills in this region. It is a good destination for trekking near Bangalore.

The trek begins at Konala Doddi and spans about 6 kilometers. Upon reaching the hilltop, trekkers are greeted with magnificent views of the Eastern Ghats and peaks like Kabbaladurga. The adjoining Kanakapura range can also be included in this trekking itinerary, but it will require an additional day.

Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Anthargange

  • Distance from the city: 80 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Easy – Moderate
  • Elevation: 4050 feet

Your list of trekking places in Bangalore is incomplete until you visit Anthargange. In addition to being an attractive destination for trekking, this place also has a religious significance for locals. There is a spring that originates in the hill and flows through the statue of a bull that is located in a temple on the hill.

A trek to this temple is taken by many pilgrims. There are some caves near the hilltop. You can have an overnight camping session with your friends here.

Anthargange
Anthargange

Channarayana Durga

  • Distance from the city: 100 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 3700 feet

This hill fortress is yet another destination for trekking near Bangalore. Built by Channapa Gouda in 1600s, the ownership of this strategic fortress changed from time to time between Maratha kingdom and Mysore kings.

Finally, it was overtaken by the British empire. Avoid trekking here in rainy season (June to August) because the rocks get very slippery.

Channarayana Durga
Channarayana Durga

Madhugiri

  • Distance from the city: 105 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 4000 feet

This destination for trekking and camping in Bangalore is gaining popularity among trekkers of all levels of expertise. This hill is named after the honey bees that were abundant in this region.

The majestic fort that is built on the top welcomes trekkers with three massive gates - Diddbagilu, Mysore gate, and Antaralada Bagilu. In addition, you will find a beautiful temple on the top.

Madhugiri
Madhugiri

Kunti Betta

  • Distance from the city: 125 kilometers
  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Elevation: 2800 feet

Another popular hill cluster that is located in the proximity of Bangalore, and is a favoured destination for trekking in Karnataka is Kunti Betta.

There are two rocky hills here, standing amidst vast fields of paddy and sugar cane. As you approach the hill, you will find a temple along with a small pond.

This is the starting point of the trek that takes about 2 hours to reach the top, and the trekkers get breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and plains.

Kunti Betta
Kunti Betta

It is a popular choice for night trekking near Bangalore. Many trekkers also try rappelling and rock climbing here. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Thonnur lake.

Essential Considerations

Since these weekend trips from Bangalore involve hiking in the mountains, trekkers are encouraged to carry enough food and water with them.

Also, it is advisable to check the weather conditions before planning a trek. This is because summer months of May and June can get too hot for physical exertion in the sun, and monsoon months of July and August can make the trekking trail slippery and dangerous.

We have put together a list of destinations that you can try for single-day trekking or overnight trekking near Bangalore.

In addition to the above-mentioned trekking options, there are a lot of points of interests for trekkers, that are located at a distance of more than 250 kilometers from Bangalore, and hence, not suitable for day-trips. However, you can plan exclusive weekend trekking trips from Bangalore to these destinations. Some of these are Narasimha Parvatha, Kodachadri, Kudremukh, Tadiandmol, Nishani Motte, Bandaje, Arabi falls, Agumbe, Mullayanagiri and Kumara Parvatha.

Treks in Bangalore
Treks in Bangalore

For information about trekking in India, read:  Trekking in Sikkim: 18 Routes that Deserve to be Explored.

Other than beautiful temples, high-rise buildings, reputed research institutes and historical buildings, Bangalore offers visual treats in the form of various trekking destinations around it.

We hope that you are now motivated enough to pack your bags and head straight to Bangalore for your next trekking session.

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