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    Rappelling in Karnataka

    Rappelling in Karnataka - Karnataka and places around offers the adventure seeker a plethora of options to choose from.

    Go out there this season and experience the challenges of nature in all its raw form. And this time we are talking about rappelling in Karnataka. Rappelling as an adventure sport activity is a must thing to experience and do. With rappelling you would be descending a very steep rock face solely depending on the equipment you have, which would be the gear, the harness, a rope and the anchor.

    With the help of well trained and certified instructors, rappelling would be done without any fears and hassles. Unlike in rock climbing where you go from down to the top of the cliff, in rappelling you go from the cliffs top all the way down.  It is a different feeling altogether descending a steep slope or the face of a cliff, and watching the flora and fauna around. Put yourself in the rappellers shoes for the moment, winds hitting your face while you go perpendicular to the cliffs face and descend slowly. In the beginning it could seem like a task and your fears may give you the jolts, but once you get a hang of it within the first few slips, rappelling would be easier than thought, thrilling and exciting as well.

    Where in Karnataka can you go rappelling?

    You can go rafting, kayaking, trekking and even rappelling in this beautiful state Karnataka. There is an abundance of natures blessings with regard to rocky terrains and undulating platforms available for you to show your adventurous skills on. Today we have selected the top five places for you to have a lot of fun when you want to go rappelling.

    1. Coorg
    2. Dandeli
    3. Makalidurga
    4. Machinbele, and finally
    5. Ramnagaram

    To know more about these adventurous places, please read on and be well informed for the same.

    Beautiful and challenging Coorg

    It is a well known fact that Coorg is a paradise down south, especially with the purple colored hills, rugged mountain slopes, deep valleys, streams and plenty of waterfalls to its name. Throughout the year, the district has large number of tourists thronging its region to experience nature at her best and to have fun engaging in adventurous wildlife and camping activities. At any time of the year you can visit Coorg, she is always a delight and would give you a warm welcome, especially the locals.

    Known popularly as Scotland of India, the scenic beauty of Coorg still remains unspoiled and breathtaking. Human intervention and commercialization hasnt taken a toll on Coorg and the locals take every pain and pride in looking after Coorg, as a child would with its mother. Coorg has an abundance of lush green forests, perfect for jeep safaris, dense thick flora and fauna spread over the whole landscape, and plenty of wildlife to see.

    Never would there be a time when you are in Coorg and boredom attacks you, because there is so much to see and experience whilst your stay in the district. Rappelling in Coorg can be done at the wooded slopes alongside tiny villages. While the activity is on and when you get to descend down, you would come in close contact visually with the breathtaking colorful scene around. One does get lost and mesmerized with the unfolding majestic landscapes and the undulating valleys that snake yonder.

    No wonder Coorg amongst all places in Bangalore has large number of tourists from all across the globe coming to visit her. Apart from rappelling, one could even go trekking, bird watching, on photography trips, sight seeing, or even kayaking in the still waters below waterfalls as well. Another thing to mention about Coorg is that the famous Western Ghats can be used for exploration and other fun activities, such as rock climbing. You can go climbing the highest peaks and feel like a king with such an achievement done, conquering a peak is no childs play.

    Coorg offers you a wide range of activities to do with her mountain ranges. And this is one place where trekking in Karnataka can be great fun and adventurous too. Be a free spirit and allow your souls to go wild and unhindered in the arms of natural beauty. One cannot define the beauty of Coorg in a few words and it doesnt justify doing so.

    Charming Dandeli has plenty to offer

    When you go down south in Karnataka the demographics and the weather becomes all the more pleasing, it is more of an adventurous paradise waiting to be explored. You can do this by joining one of the trekking in Karnataka teams and camp around with them. Dandeli is full of panoramic views and amazing picturesque scenery. From Goa it is around 125km and while you drive down from Goa to Dandeli, you would be engulfed in the panoramic settings of the mighty Western Ghats. Dont forget to bring along your cameras, since the breathtaking beauty poses in all her glory.

    Dandeli has a mysticism and charm of her own, and those who have been to Dandeli know what we are talking of. The lakes, temples, hills and the very place has an aura which captivates the adventure seekers, right from the moment you set foot in the region. Imagine walking or rappellingin Dandeli with cool winds blowing through your hair. Or even kayaking in the waters of the famous River Kali, a river which jubilantly welcomes you to relax and unwind. You can even embark on an overnight camping trip by the banks of the River Kali, trek along the jungles of Dandeli, engage in bird watching, fishing, jeep safaris through the thickets, engage with the locals and tribal inhabitants, go croc spotting etc, when you are in Dandeli.

    In short, whether you choose to go rappelling or venture out on other adventurous activities, Dandeli will keep you content and satisfied.

    Makalidurga is a haven for adventure seekers

    Makalidurga is another perfect destination for those who would like to experience rappelling. If you want to escape the madness of the city and want to experience nature at her best, Makalidurga wouldnt disappoint. From Bangalore reaching this place is a 60km drive, and worth every moment behind the wheel. Tourists in search for serenity and tranquility throng this place every year, and there are plenty of adventurous activities to engage in.

    Makalidurga is a haven for trekkers who join the trekking in Karnataka teams. You could even engage in camps that stay overnight, and go along rappelling with them as well. Adventure activities at Makalidurga can be done throughout the year. And one of the main attractions here for sight seeing is the mighty Makali Durga fort, which is sort of a pilgrims haven which can be explored for hours.

    Small but full of adventurous promises, Manchinbele and Ramnagaram at your service

    Manchinbele from Bangalore is around 40kms apart, and it is a dam which was built to help with irrigation needs. The dam is built across the Arkavathi River, and hence in recent times many adventure seekers have started coming to this place for activities such as rappelling and kayaking. Ramnagaram on the other hand is a haven for those who love the rugged features of nature. The area is actually a valley full of rocky slopes and in the vicinity of Bangalore.

    The famous elevation spot for rock climbing and rappelling would be the Handi-Gundi and the Anna-Thama rock formations.  Savandurga, SRS BETTA, Ramadevarabetta and even Thenginkalbetta are famous spots for adventure sports around. The granite slopes across Ramanagram give you enough to tire your muscles out in a day; one wouldnt need to hit the gym after that. And if you would like to spend more time in Ramanagram, camping the night out is always an option, simply make your wish and thrillophilia will make it happen!

Rappelling in Karnataka



Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.



If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore within 100 kms to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM


Tadiandamol Peak

This is the highest peak in Kadakke and this moderate trekking route can be taken by even amateur hikers as the path is a decent climb except after Rock Point, from where the trail becomes a little narrower. 

The view from the top can take your breath away, incredibly surreal especially if you encounter clouds, see them engulfing the apex portion of the hills. 

This small square like design built of mortar and bricks where The king used to come with her queen to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in the distant horizon of high and low-rise mountains engulfed by white creamy mist. 

Tadiandamol Peak counts as one of the isolated places to visit in Coorg which is a pretty getaway in the lap of mountains and greenery.

Height: 1748 m

Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India

Best Time to visit: December to May

Entry fee: No entry fee.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all seven days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM

Coorg is known to be one of the best adventure destinations in India. It homes a lot of adventure camping sites, to experience the best camping trip check out the places to camp in Coorg.



Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


Dubare Elephant Camp

This river camp has trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. 

There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state. 

The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg. 

One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals. 

Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.

Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India

Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.

Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.

Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 Hours.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM


Nishani Motte

When you explore the lesser known destination, it fills you with euphoria and Nishani Motte peak is one of those places to visit in Coorg. It is a trek of 15 kilometres that brings the uber joy of departing into an unknown land. 

The trail goes through forest research, long paddy stretches, aromatic coffee states and small rivulets and streams. The unadulterated sight of river Cauvery or Kaveri is so soul-altering that you can sit by the bank of the river and spend some lone time. You can book the Nishani Motte Trek Tour from our platform at the best deals.

Height: 4167 ft.

Location: Nishanimotte, Bhagamandala Village, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Winter and Autumn

Entry fee: No entry fee

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

Average time required to visit the place: 2 days (trek)

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 12 to 15 KM


Mallalli Falls

Mallali falls take abode at the base of the Pushpagiri hills at a distance of 26 KM from Somvarpet village. Originating from River Kumaradhara, the falls takes a dive from more than 1000 meters and gradually drains in the Arabian Sea. 

It is always better to visit this waterfall during the rainy season as it is a seasonal waterfall and is boasted along the Abbey falls.  

After a 10 KM drive from Somwarpet to Kalahari Road, the trekking routes for Mallali falls starts which is around 2 to 3 KM and there are wide steps for visitors to climb up to the falls. 

The best way to enjoy the drizzle and cool breeze at the fall is to trek through the gorgeous trails of the western ghats.

Height: 200 ft.

Location: Somvarpet 573123, India

Best Time to visit: October to February.

Entry fee: Entry is free.

Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all the days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 57 to 58 KM.

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Coffee Plantation Visit

There are numerous coffee plantations in Coorg. This region has acquired worldwide fame for its coffee plantations. There are government owned and private coffee plantations here. When you visit a plantation, you can join hands with expert coffee pickers. They entertain you with never-heard-before information on the techniques of coffee picking. Most harvesting activities are manual in these coffee plantations and only rarely are machines used.

You can get guided tours through these plantations if you are a first time visitor. Otherwise, you can venture into these verdant regions and breathe in the pure air. There are innumerable thriving estates. The vast expanses of coffee plants beckon you to explore them.

The winding paths leading through them are enchanting. Coffee estate owners provide these tours. More than recreational, these visits are informative. You are informed and educated on the various methodologies and processes followed to grow coffee. You get information on the entire process – from the coffee picking to the refinement procedure.

Companies such as Tata and Bombay Burmah have their coffee plantations here. Even they provide coffee estate tours. You can check with their PR office on these details. If you want to have a coffee plantation stay experience in Coorg, then there are plenty of homestays in Coorg that provide such stays in adjoining regions.

Location: Virajpet, Coorg

Entry timings:
 Start around 10:00 AM

Best time to visit:
 November is the month of harvest in these plantations. It would be a great time to arrange a visit to enjoy the mist covered plantations.

Average time required to visit the place:
 3 to 4 hours.


Kote Betta Hill

Kote Better Hill is one of the sightseeing places in Coorg which is also the third highest peak in Coorg. It is definitely a place for the sore eyes, a slice of heaven and a maze of greenery. 

Take a bumpy jeep ride crossing the twisty and muddy narrow lanes until you reach the foothills of Kote Betta. Start your climb to reach the peak, you will find temples and lakes such as Ardhanarishwara temple and a couple of lakes nearby the temple en route. You can book our Kote Betta Trek Tour to have a best trekking experiences. 

Once reached the top you will find an extraordinary view of the valley that falls beneath, a distant view of the Harangi dam and the silhouettes in the sky followed by a beautiful sunset. A day at Kota Betta hill is always a day well spent.

Height: 1748 Metres

Location: Somvarpet, Coorg, Madikeri, India

Best Time to visit: November to February.

Entry fee: No entry fee

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: A day.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM


Kumara Parvatha Hill

During the monsoon, pools of clouds hover over the hill of Kumara Parvatha, during winter, the entire hill takes the shades of orange and summers are hot.  There are two trekking routes to reach the camping ground of Kumara Parvatha Hill- one being Somwarpet and other Kukke Subramanya. 

Both the routes have plenty of waterfalls and abundance of greenery. Watching the sunrise from atop has been the favourite activity among people who hike up the hill. Camping is not allowed at the peak so while you visit the forest department to pay and enter the trek route, you have to leave your gears behind. 

You can camp near or next to the forest department or at Manscape. The hiking trail on the Somwarpet route goes around a 6 to 7 KM (one side) deep forest patch with multiple waterfalls. The 16 KM trail from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is filled with meadows and views of the western ghats making the long route exceptionally beautiful.

Height: 1712 Mts

Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

Best Time to visit: October to February.

Entry fee: INR 75 is paid at the forest office as a trekking fee and another 100 for Camera.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Average time required to visit the place: It takes 8 to 10 Hours to trek the hill.

Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 63 to 64 KM.

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