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Nature has blessed Karnataka with picturesque mountains, hills, rivers and lakes and this has made it a favourite among nature lovers. The diverse terrain offers something or the other to every traveler and a lot of tourists flock to Karnataka every year in pursuit of leisure and relaxation.
While on one hand the misty mountains of Karnataka are a quiet getaway for some, for some other they are the centres of adventure. Adventure enthusiasts have made the hills and mountains of Karnataka their regular haunt for trekking, rappelling, rock climbing etc.
Trekking especially is quite popular on the terrains of Karnataka and a number of trekking enthusiasts turn up every season, and some even during the off season, to scale and conquer several peaks in Karnataka.
The capital city of Bangalore has some excellent trekking trails within and around the city and spoils you for choice with more than a hundred destinations. Apart from the excitement and challenges thrown up by the terrain, picturesque surroundings and pleasant weather make Bangalore trekking a popular activity.
Ramanagara, which was portrayed as the famous Ramgarh in Sholay, is about 50 km from Bangalore.
Huge rocks and boulders dot the topography of Ramanagara. These hills which once served as the hideout of Gabbar offer a fantastic terrain for trekking and other adventure activities such as high rope traversing, rappelling, jumaring, rock climbing etc.
The granite hills of Ramanagara offer a pretty much gentle terrain for trekking. However, the slopes get quite steep at places making the uphill climb difficult for new trekkers. The slant is about 50 degrees which requires tricky footwork and good climbing skills.
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Despite the impediments, Ramanagara is frequented by both amateur and experienced trekkers throughout the year. However, trekking in Ramanagara during the rainy season can be very dangerous and hence is not recommended.
The best time to visit Ramanagara is from Mid-September to Mid-January.
As for adventure enthusiasts, the dizzying heights of the rocky hills of Ramanagara provide the perfect terrain for rappelling and high rope traversing. Thrillophilia organizes activities such as cave exploration, camping, jumaring, paintball and various other activities at Ramanagara to provide you a fun filled experience.
The Savandurga hills are situated 60 kms away from Bangalore. The Billigudda and Karigudda peaks constitute the Savandurga hills are extremely popular for trekking in Bangalore. Situated at an elevation of 1,226 metres, the range offers a serene and sublime atmosphere for trekking and exploration in Savandurga. The Savandurga hill is one the highest monoliths in Asia.
The Billigudda peak is mostly preferred by trekkers over the Karigudda range as it has gentler slopes and yellow markings on the trail to the peak.
Savandurga is covered with dense forests and without proper marking or an expert guide; you could lose your way and get lost in the jungles. The markings on the Biliigudda range ensure that you reach the peak safely and also take the best route to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The Billigudda hill offers an easier gradient for comfortable trekking as compared to the Karigudda hill. Surrounded by lush greenery, the hill itself has sparse vegetation and is strewn with large rocky boulders.
You will come across walls of Tipu Sultan’s fort on various levels of the journey. There are seven walls in all and each wall will tell you how much more you need to climb. The peak of the hill offers a splendid view of the surroundings. You can feel all your fatigue vaporize as the cool breeze caresses you.
You can spend a day camping on the hill peak and wake up to witness a spectacular sunrise. However, for camping you will require prior permissions and Thrillophilia can help you with it.
Trekking in Savandurga during the rainy season wouldn’t be a good idea. The slopes of Savandurga can be treacherous and may lead to dangerous accidents. The best time to visit Savandurga is during winter i.e. from December to January.
With a peak height of 3,930 feet, Madhugiri stands tall as the second largest monolith in Asia. The hill is extremely popular for trekking in Bangalore, among both amateurs and professionals, as the trekking trail is challenging and adventurous.
The sheer scale of the hill is intimidating and challenges you to scale its slopes. Madhugiri is situated at a distance of 100 km from Bangalore.
The strong winds that blow across can make the climb a tasking experience, but the hill rewards the courageous with a breathtaking view of the surroundings. You will also come across the Madhugiri Fort, which was built by the Sultan of Mysore, Hyder Ali.
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You will find the ruins of the Gopalakrishna Temple on the peak. The temple, though a fine piece of architecture, is now in ruins.
However, the sight from the peak of the Madhugiri hill offers a panoramic view of the surroundings with the lush greenery of the land below merging with the clear blue sky at the horizon.
Thrillophilia arranges night treks on the exciting slopes of Madhugiri. The best time to visit Madhugiri is from October to March.
Situated at a distance of 68 km from the capital city, Anthargange is one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Bangalore. It is popular among those who are interested in trekking and cave exploration.
The Anthargange range is strewn with hillocks and caves, formed of volcanic rocks and boulders, and, hence, offers a great terrain for hiking and other adventure activities.
Situated at an elevation of 1,226 metres, Anthargange is frequented by a number of tourists throughout the year. The most intriguing aspect of the Anthargange range is the series of caves formed out of rocks.
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A lot of tourists spend time exploring caves here. However, it is advisable that you take an expert guide with you to Anthargange if it is your first visit.
Thrillophilia can help you get an experienced guide for the area and also arranges adventure sports activities such as rappelling. The best time to visit Anthargange is from October to March.
Situated amidst three waterfalls and flanked by the River Cauvery, Bheemeshwari is one of the most popular trekking and adventure sports destination in Bangalore. Located at a distance of 100 kms from Bangalore, Bheemeshwari offers ample opportunities for nature walks, trekking, adventure activities and exploration.
Surrounded by lush greenery, Bheemeshwari offers a fabulous terrain for trekking. All you will need is a pair of strong hiking shoes and a pair of sturdy hiking poles, and you are ready for your conquest.
You can also enjoy sports activities such as rafting, high rope traversing, trekking, kayaking etc with the help of Thrillophilia. However, if you are more interested in trekking, sightseeing and water sports, you should visit Bheemeshwari between October to March.
Set amidst picturesque surroundings, Kanakapura range has several trekking trails like Bananthimari Betta, Bilikal Betta, Kabbaldurga and so on. The diverse terrain of Kanakapura is ideal for corporate outings that includes activities such as trekking and sightseeing.
Situated at a distance of 55 km from Bangalore, Kanakapura has an elevation of 2,090 feet. The town of Kanakapura is famous for its silk and granite industries.
Situated on the banks of the River Arkavathi, Kanakapura is blessed with natural beauty. Surrounded by luxuriant greenery, the scenic and serene atmosphere of Kanakapura is ideal for a quiet holiday or an adventure filled corporate team off-site.
You can indulge in activities such as Kayaking, ATV rides or a thrilling game of paintball organized by Thrillophilia.
The best time to visit Kanakapura is from June to August, just after the monsoons.
Makalidurga is situated at a distance of 60 km from Bangalore. The topography of Makalidurga is dotted with granite boulders and green vegetation which makes Makalidurga one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Bangalore.
Makalidurga is known for its natural beauty and tranquility. So if you are looking for a quick getaway from the chaotic city, Makalidurga is the best place for you.
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Situated at an elevation of 1, 350 metres, Makalidurga overlooks the River Hillock and presents a pretty picture of the surroundings. If you are a photography enthusiast, you will find a trip of Makalidurga extremely satisfying.
The best time to visit Makalidurga is from September to February when the atmosphere is cooler and Makalidurga is at its verdant best.
Skandagiri hill lies about 70 kms from Bangalore. The hill which is also known as Kalavara Durga has an elevation of 1,350 metres and is a very popular destination among trekkers.
Skandagiri is covered is lush green forests and the weather and surrounding make it an excellent destination for trekking and weekend holidays. The hill overlooks the Nandi Hills, another major tourist destination of Karnataka.
The Skandagiri hill offers two trekking trails uphill-one for amateurs and the other for more experienced trekkers. You will come across the walls of Tipu Sultan’s fort as you climb uphill. The climb to the peak of Skandagiri is interesting and refreshing.
You can enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding areas from the peak and also put up a camp for the night and witness the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise from its peak.
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Thrillophilia offers night camping facilities at Skandagiri and also conducts night treks. The best time to visit Skandagiri is from the mid of December to the second week of January when the weather is cool and the natural beauty of Skandagiri is at its best.
Located at a distance of 54 kms from Bangalore, the Shivagange hills are frequented by trekkers from Bangalore due to their fantastic terrain and natural beauty. The peak height is about 1, 350 metres above sea level.
The name Shivagange is derived from two words ‘Shiva lingam’, which the hill resembles in it shape, and from a spring that flows nearby and is locally called ‘Ganga’. Shivagange is also known as Dakshina Kashi and has a number of important temples situated here.
Furthermore, Shivagange is blessed with natural beauty and a cool weather which attracts a lot of tourists and trekkers towards it. The climb up the Shivagange slopes is quite easy as there are steps cut into the slopes that will take you all the way up to the peak.
However, before starting out for an adventure on Shivagange, make sure your bag has enough food and water in it. Also avoid sunny and rainy days for the trek. The best time to visit Shivagange is during the months of December and January when the temperatures average in the twenties.
The Kunti Betta, about 123 km from Bangalore, presents a fantastic terrain for trekking and is one of the most popular places for trekking near Bangalore. From granite boulders and rocks to grasslands, you will come across different terrains while trekking up the Kunti Betta.
The Kunti Betta is situated in Pandavapura, a town which gets its names after the mighty Pandavas of the Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas spent the last few days of their exile here and hence the name.
Kunti Betta has an elevation of 950 metres and offers an easy trekking trail. However, there may be a few places where some tricky footwork might be required.
There is a stone pillar at the summit of Kunti Betta. Kunti Betta is situated near the Thonnur Lake and from the peak you can enjoy a fabulous view of the greenery flanking the clear and placid lake, the hillocks and the lush green fields in the surrounding area.
Situated at a distance of 250 km from the capital city, Tadiyandamol is one of the best destinations for trekking near Bangalore. With an elevation of 1,748 metres, Tadiyandamol is host to amateur and seasoned trekkers all throughout the year as they try and conquer the mighty peak of this mountain.
Carpeted in green from the head to the foot, Tadiyandamol is perfect for a quick getaway from the maddening rush of the city. Tadiyandamol offers great opportunities for trekking, sightseeing and adventure activities and hence is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka.
Tadiyandamol is the third highest peak in Karnataka and the highest peak in the Kodagu district. Thrillophilia arranges for accommodation and adventure activities for both individuals and corporates at Tadiyandamol. However, if you are planning a corporate outing, you can try rafting, jumaring, high rope traversing etc with Thrillophilia.
The best time to visit Tadiyandamol is between December and May.
Chikmagalur is situated at about a distance of 260 km from Bangalore. Nestled amidst picturesque hills, Chikmagalur makes the ideal destination for a quick weekend of trekking near Bangalore.
Chikmagalur is also known as the ‘Coffee Country’ because of the innumerable coffee plantations here. The sweet aroma of coffee flowers welcomes you into this country of immense scenic splendour.
An ideal place for trekking in Chikmagalur is the Mullayangiri peak which is situated at an elevation of 2000 metres. Surrounded by misty clouds, this hill offers a gentle slope for trekking.
The weather in Chikmagalur is pretty cool but the mist cover can be an impediment if you wish to relish the panoramic view from the peak. The climb can be a little strenuous if you are new to trekking, but won’t be much of a hindrance.
The best time to visit Chikmagalur is during the spring season i.e. from February to May. This way you can enjoy the view without the mist cover. Trekking during the monsoons is not recommended as there a number of leeches in the area after the rains.
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Situated on the foothills of the Western Ghats, Sakleshpur is one of the most popular destinations for trekking near Bangalore. With rich biodiversity and plantation covered hill slopes, Sakleshpur is a trekker’s paradise.
Sakleshpur experiences temperate climate and offers a great terrain for trekking. Some of the important places for trekking in Sakleshpur are the Green Route, the Bisle Forest Reserve and the Kumara Parvatha.
Sakleshpur town in itself offers wonderful sights to travellers. The tall hedges, coffee plantations and the mist covered town are worth beholding. Situated at an average elevation, Sakleshpur is the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway.
Sakleshpur is situated at a distance of 223 km from Bangalore. You can visit Sakleshpur any time of the year, except for the rainy season.
Agumbe at an altitude of 1837 feet is famous for the amount of rainfall it receives and the King cobras. However, all these impediments haven’t deterred the enthusiasm of trekkers who tread its trails every year.
Of course, an expert guide is a must for this journey or there are very good chances of you getting lost in the thick jungles of Agumbe. Agumbe has several grades of breathtaking and exploratory trekking routes of Bangalore.
Nestled in the heart of the Western Ghats, Agumbe lies at a distance of 368 km from Bangalore. With a thick forest cover, beautiful waterfalls and a mist covered peak, Agumbe is the place for you if you are craving for an extraordinary adventure.
Unlike most trekking destinations, there are no marked trekking trails in Agumbe, which make the service of a guide unavoidable.
Agumbe is also called the ‘Cherrapunji of the South’ as it is the second highest recipient of rainfall in South India. It was also in Agumbe that the famous Malgudi Days was shot.
The elevation is about 2,710 feet and it offers a mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset. The best time to visit Agumbe is between November to January.
With an elevation of 1, 343 metres, the Kodachadri peak is a favourite among trekkers. It is also an important pilgrimage centre as the famous Mookambika temple is situated here.
Surrounded by lust green forests, Kodachadri offers an extremely interesting trekking trail. The trail which is of 14 kms goes through thick forests, passes along a number of waterfalls and takes you to a misty peak that offers a view that will blow your mind away.
In the course of your journey, you will come across the extremely beautiful Hidlumane falls, and Arasinagundi falls
Kodachadri is about 396 km from Bangalore and is an ideal destination for team outings. You can also enjoy adventure activities such as jumaring, high rope traversing etc with your colleagues at Kodachadri through Thrillophilia.
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