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18 Weekend Treks Around Bangalore That Will Also Keep You Fit

 

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      ?18 Lesser Known Weekend Treks Around Bangalore

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      Take the road less travelled when it comes to your weekend escapade.  An action-packed rendezvous with the outdoors and a whole new world of adventure awaits. Explore nature, have an adrenaline rush, feel thrill of a conquest with some of the lesser known weekend treks around Bangalore. Carry back fascinating tales on a Monday morning.

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      Here are the 18 treks around Bangalore to explore:

      1. Romance the sun, sand, and sea with Gokarna Beach Trek

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      Literally meaning cow’s ear, the amazing thing about Gokarna is its vast expanse of pristine, virgin beaches. Also a holy-town, its most sought after today because of its remoteness and being secluded. Take your pick from over 10 beaches that surround the coastline. Each separated by hills and cliffs ideal for trekking. The vistas of unending panorama of natural beauty fill the entire trail making it an ideal destination for trekking around Bangalore. A short trail from main Gokarna Beach leads to Kudle. At 30minute distance from here is the tranquil Om Beach with its signature rock promontory. Climb on to the hill on the far side as you wade through the sea waves, pass by shacks and follow a narrow trail leading through a forest patch to arrive at smaller secluded beaches of Half Moon and Paradise.

      [Embark on a challenging trek in the lap of nature at Gokarna Beach]

      Tip: Best time to visit is October – March

      Distance from Bangalore: 485 km

      2. Surprise trekker’s paradise at Ranganathaswamy Betta

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      A fairly easy trekking trail, Ranganathaswamy Betta or Bilikal Hill becomes as exciting and adventurous for any die hard trekker with its arduous paths through thick forests full of prickly shrubs. Imagaine walking through a paradise which’s also a haven for elephants. The gigantic rock hill is believed to have emerged from ground atop of mountain. Here lies the temple of Lord Ranganatha Swamy.

      On this weekend trek around Bangalore, you’ll walk through a constant frame of a hilly outline covered with green farmlands, tall trees, and sunflower plantations. A clean, simple trek with three distinct checkpoints is separated by three boulders. Each path with its own appeal takes you through tough, narrow, steep, and muddy paths. Followed by a slant and shadowed stretch and ending with a walk through dense thickets, characterised with narrow and steep walk paths. The hill top temple is open only on Saturdays.

      Tip: An experienced trip leader would be helpful

      Distance from Bangalore: 70 km

      3. Charming Western Ghats with Sakleshpur Nature Trek

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      [Find out what other adventures await in Sakleshpur]

      The magnificence and striking beauty of the UNESCO stamped Western Ghats comes alive at Sakhlespur. For an ardent trekker, include this trail in your must do list. Hidden in the dense forests of the Western Ghats, the trek takes you through a kaleidoscopic journey passing from jeep tracks to railway lines, through tunnels and over bridges. Streams by the dozen flow beneath your beneath and the hills come alive at every point. Trekking in Sakleshpur has three different stages.

      First trail from Donigal to Edukameri is through the densest part of the ghats. A frame straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, it’s filled with a lot of tall narrow bridges, long dark caves and water streams. From Edukameri to Shribagilu is an intense trail and be prepared to hop over bridges with missing planks that simply ‘up’ the adventure quotient. The final leg to Subramanya Railway Station is the longest and is an extension of by now a familiar terrain and high points of train tracks, streams, waterfalls and scenic beauty of the Western Ghats.

      Tip: Avoid monsoons as the region is prone to heavy downpour

      Distance from Bangalore: 220 km

      4. Scaling heights at Kemmanagundi, Chikmagalur

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      [Book a tour with us and be surrounded by nature as you trek through Kemmanagundi]

      Now, this can easily be pinned as an out-an-out weekend trek from Bangalore. Kemmanagundi with an altitude of 1,434mtrs has off late been astounding trekkers with its hidden treasure of thrills and chills. Situated in the Baba Budangiri Ranges, it’s an enchanting hill station, excelling in a visual treat with panoromic views of spelndid green valleys, waterfalls, and muddy mountain paths.

      Best discovered through at trek which takes you through green jungle cover jungle ala expedition style. The hills hold in them mesmerising spots such as Kalhatti Falls offering an excellent view of the cascading water from the Chandra Drona Hill. Another highlight is Hebbe Falls which is surrounded with dense forests, coffee plantations and cascades down from 250 feet to Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe, two stages. If the nature enthusiast in you is active, bookmark this getaway.

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      Distance from Bangalore: 250 km

      5. Anthargange Night Trek And Cave Exploration, Bangalore

      The closest spot for trekking around Bangalore is Anthargange, a beautiful rocky hill range situated at about 1,226meters in Kolar district. Meaning inner stream or Ganges from the deep in Kannada, the hills of Anthargange are a perfect spot for trekking, rock climbing, night navigation, and all things mysterious like the water stream emerging from an unknown source between rocky boulders.The mountain contains a number of volcanic rocks of various sizes and naturally carved caves around it. Be prepared as a moderate trek from the footsteps of the Kasi Vishweshwara Temple dynamically changes to steep mountain climb inside a small forest, with a chance spotting of wildlife. The highlight of this trekking episode is the cave exploration as the natural carbonate contours are narrow and interestingly formed. Crawl through them as you inch through a creation formed perhaps at a time when the earth was shaping up. Night camping on the boulder terrain is sure to refresh the spirit.

      [Join us on our tour exploring the caves of Anthargange]

      Tip: Take a dip in the holy water at Kashi of the South

      Distance from Bangalore: 70 km

      6. The Bandaje Arbi, Dakshina Kannada Trek

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      Treasure hunt is fascinating at any age. And the Western Ghats surely offers an endless itinerary replete with ‘find the treasure’ games. One such is the Bandaje Arbi trek nestled in the Dakshina Kannada side of the ranges of Charmadi Ghat. A sure-shot destination for lesser known weekend treks around Bangalore, this enthralling waterfall is a picturesque beauty. The climb is challenging, steep, and winds through deep jungles. The dense thickets provide no trails and reaching the destination at one go is next to impossible. So, if you are an outdoor fanatic, this is a true test that dares you at every turn. Bandaje is mostly covered by thick forest at the rest of the landscape is open grassland.

      Tip: Be prepared for humid weather

      Distance from Bangalore: 300 km

      7. Hebri Nature Camp, Udupi

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      Located within the boundaries of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Hebri Nature Camp is surrounded by semi-evergreen and evergreen forests. The sanctuary strategically protects the last remaining low elevation rain forests in entire Western Ghats. Trekking in this area is mystical like any other jungle trail. Ideal for bird watching and if you are into white water rafting, you’ll get a good deal with the rapids, especially so during monsoons.

      Tip: Nearby attractions include the Onakabbi Falls, Agumbe Sunset Point and Jamblu Tirtha.

      Distance from Bangalore: 409 km

      8. A trek through the rain forest, Kodachadri, Shimoga

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      A common secret amongst the ‘outdoorsies’ as a lesser known weekend treks around Bangalore, is a hill called Kodachadri. It’s more than a delightful bounty with trademarked thick jungles of the Western Ghats, winding mountainous terrains and a natural habitat for several wildlife species.

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      Situated in the Mookambika National Park at an altitude of 1,343meters, most trekking trails around here are challenging as the imposing hill takes around 8-10hours to conquer. Be prepared for this ! This may sound like a moutainous task. But you’ve no reason to complain with verdant jungle stretches for company all along the way, breath-taking views of the resplendent ghats and hamlets peppered too. With luck by your side, on a clear day catch a glimpse of the Arabian Sea from the highest point.

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      [Appreciate the beauty of nature in Shimoga on our Kodachadri trekking experience]

      Tip: Beware of leeches.

      Distance from Bangalore: 400 km

      9. Sintilating trails around KodeKallu and BaaleKallu, Charmadi

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      A urbanite would give a tooth and a nail for an exhilirating weekend trek around Bangalore, especially if it happens to be in the scintilating envrions of the Charmadi Ghats in Uttar Kannada. A region blessed with an emerald cover all year through happens to be a hideout for a few gorgeous sights to behold. A beeline of hills, every peak in the range in this Shola vicinity has a name. Kodekallu (umbrella rock), a stone which has an overhang and an umbrella kind of shape for example offers an easy climb for a quick trek and stocks some overwhelming views. Don’t forget to climb down the winding tracks for a dekho of the stupendous Alekan waterfalls. Also capture Baalekallu, the second highest peak around here after a tedious trek among the craggy hill canvas.

      Tip: This trek becomes twice more difficult during monsoon.

      Distance from Bangalore: 300 km

      10. Green trek to Kudremukh Hills, Chikmagalur

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      Do you know as you trek Kudremukh, you are actually scaling a horse’s face? That’s the word meaning of Kudre (horse) mukh (face). Spelt enticing from the very beginning, this trek has an idylic start from the village of Mulldodi with not more than 40 homes. Needless to mention, this Western Ghat beauty seduces with its breathtaking scenes, and panoramic views all around. A harmony of natural wonders with steep hills, dense forests, gushing moutain streams make up for an unforgettable experience. The trek around these Shola grasslands vary from easy to moderate. Remember, there’s no direct bus to the trek start point. You’ve one to reach Kudremukh, but from thereon it’s one great adventure. Either hire a jeep, or hitch a ride.

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      Tip: Official forest permission required

      Distance from Bangalore: 250 km

      11. It’s a vertical climb on Kumara Parvatha Trek, Coorg

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      [Experience the beauty of Coorg while trekking through Kumara Parvatha with us]

      One of the most beautiful trails for trekking around Bangalore, Kumara Parvatha can be approached from Bidalli (Coorg) or Subramanya (Mangalore). The routes you choose don’t matter much for either are compelling for the nature lover. The 18km trail from Subramanya is a journey through dense forests and is high on leeches and snakes. Almost towards the end of the trail are ancient ruins locally called Mantapa, which is a look-out point on a small plateau. Those interested can camp here for the night and take time to appreciate the natural splendor. This contributes to the region’s long history and rich past, which are spread around in the form of carvings, engravings and other ruins. Another geological wonder around here are hexadron shaped white stones called Kumaralinga. Overall, rope in a bit of knowledge gathering along a difficult trek, which’s definitely not for the faint hearted.

      Tip: One side of the trekking trail opens out to a sheer drop of 2,000 feet

      Distance from Bangalore: 280 km

      12. Murkannu Gudda And Hadlu Waterfalls Trek, Sakleshpur

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      Murkannu Gudda and Hadlu Falls are among the riveting weekend treks around Bangalore. Identified as one of the 18 most diverse spots in the Karnataka ranges of the Western Ghats, on the trek you’ll pass through dense forests, lofty mountains, archetypal Indian villages, plantations, streams, and an endless list of natrual bytes. At Murkannu Gudda there’s also a manmade lake that can add to your brush with nature. Trek to Hadlu Falls is rewarded by bathing in its icy cool waters that cascade over 6 stages. After a strenous walk through plantations and forest this is undoubtedly enthralling. Best enjoyed as an overnight trek-cum -camping experience, the time spent here is energising to last for a while.

      Tip: Pack light clothing

      Distance from Bangalore: 220 km

      13. Fascinating Night Trek at Kunti Betta, Bangalore

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      An extremely heady recipe with a dash of mythology, a bit of history, and a whole lot of tricky trails along giant monolith rocks is what makes night trek at Kuntibetta fascinating. Unbelievable that Bangalore’s most loved adventure sport of trekking can be enjoyed to the hilt a mere 100km outside the city’s hustle-bustle. With its steep rock faces and a stone pillar on its summit, Kunti Betta (950meters) is hard not to notice. A fairly short trail, it requires technical know-how as it includes steep ascents and descents. Filled with volcanic granite rocks and boulders, on a night trek these become hotspots for camping. Only in the morning do you realize the magnificence engulfing you with the Thonur Lake constantly in view and brief stretches of moorlands and sugarcane fields that fill up the air with characteristic smells of jaggery plants.

      [Brave the darkness on a night trek in Kunti Betta with us]

      Tip: Build your stamina. It can be a strenuous trek.

      Distance from Bangalore: 123 km

      14. Cross country walk along Thadiyandamol Peak, Coorg

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      Coorg country side is best consumed through long walks amidst nature that seems to have been let itself free. Coffee and spice plantations dot the landscape, with crisply trimmed hedges along the roads can easily be passed on as a European setting.

      Most trekkers head to Thadiyandamol, the highest peak in Coorg for a day of good, long trek. A spectacular experience, the steep rugged hill covered with streams and forest makes it perfect. The view from Thadiyandamol is simply stunning. Far stretching blue mountains, clouds kissing the hills makes one wonder if this is how heaven feels. Stopby at the famous Nalknad Palace located at the base for its intriguing dark rooms and brilliant original paintings being recently restored.

      Image credit: Vineeth

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      Tip: Be fit for a trek distance of 8km.

      Distance from Bangalore: 250 km

      15. Trek along a railway track to Dudhsagar Falls, Goa

      Image credit: Rakesh Ayilliath

      [Take a refreshing trip to Dudhsagar Waterfalls, one of the tallest waterfalls in India]

      A train does stop close to Dudhsagar at Castle Rock. An unbelievable waterfall approachable only by train, Dudhsagar is resplendent during monsoons. Look up this gigantic gush of fresh thick white water cascade through boulders that have withstood time. Undeniably a dream destination, pin this as a have to do weekend trek around Bangalore. The 14km stretch is difficult and needless to say is borderline dangerous. But if you’re in the spirit to live it up, take it on with all vigour. You’re not in for any disappointment. Around the place, if you’ve another day to spare, visit the Kavala Caves located on a hill top near the Supa Power Station.

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      [Find out more about the best waterfalls in India]

      Tip: Carry a torch along to light up the tunnels.

      Distance from Bangalore: 550 km

      16. Night Trekking in Skandagiri, Bangalore

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      A nearby weekend trek around Bangalore, Skandagiri can be a page in an adventure traveler’s dairy. One of the most difficult treks in Karnataka, Skandagiri also known as Kalavara Durga is close to another popular stopover Nandi Hills. It is one of the fewer trails where night trek is possible. Be rest assured that when on such a trip, village paths are abound with darkness with not a soul for assistance. The adventure trek to the hill top takes around 2hours. The hill has ruins of an ancient fort dating to the 18th century and a temple. It’s a good idea to camp for the night here to catch the sunrise which is truly mesmerising. Accessible all year round, Skandagiri is best enjoyed in winter months, with misty trails, chills, and lovely mornings to wake up to.

      [Trek in the dark of the night and under the stars at Skandagiri with us]

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      Tip: Be well equipped with torch and night lamps.

      Distance from Bangalore: 60 km

      17. Mullayanagiri Trek, Chikmagalur

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      A great place to go trekking around Bangalore, Chikmagalur is blessed with nature’s divine touch. Coffee estates, dense forests, plentiful rain showers, and peaks embracing trekkers with wide open arms. Trekking the highest peak between the Nilgiris and the Western Ghats is nothing short of being in paradise. Cool and windy breeze greets one all along the Mullayanagiri trek trail. If exploring is the trigger, small caves located just below the peak provide enough for the imagination. Long winding trails, head to the top of the peek. The high spot offers scenery of the entire Western Ghats standing tall in all its glory. Etch this as an unforgettable sight.

      Image credit: Riju K

      Tip: Avoid night trekking as the area is fileld with snakes and other wild animals.

      Distance from Bangalore: 280 km

      18. Amedhi Kallu Trek, Chikmagalur

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      A huge monolith rock resembling the back of a tortoise is how Amedhi Kallu gets its name : Ame (tortoise in Kannada). Trails through forests and then a clearing end with a view of the peak. The left portion of the peak has a three rocks forming a Dikallu (a tripod stove in Tulu) and the centre portion of the peak is where the striking similarity with a tortoise back is evident. The climb takes around 4hours along grasslands. Settling atop the peak redefines the phrase living on the edge. This is another must expereince weekend trek around Bangalore.

      Tip: Caution!! Leeches on the entire stretch.

      Distance from Bangalore: 280 km

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