Trekking in Madhugiri
At 3930 feet elevation, Madhugiri is a single hill (monolith). It is the largest in Asia and second largest in the world. Nestled in its steep slopes is a fort, once credited to Hyderaali. Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysore Gate are the three gateways of the fort. A series of doorways leads to the hillock. The ruined temple of Gopalakrishna is located at the top.
Blackbuck sanctuary is located near this destination. If you ask the locals, they will state that the blackbuck sanctuary is not in Madhugiri, and it is some 20 km east of the place at Maidana Halli. No buses ply to the sanctuary, which is 5 km away from Maidana Halli.
Exact Location: Madhugiri is a town located in Tumkur district.
Nearest Town: Tumkur (40+ km)
Distance from Bangalore: 80+ km
How to Reach
Bangalore - Tumkur - Madhugiri
From Tumkur, there are two ways to reach Madhugiri.
First route: Once you leave Tumkur, there is a deviation that takes you via Siddara Betta and Chennarayana Durga to Madhugiri. Second route: The other deviation takes you directly to Madhugiri via Koratagere. Tumkur is well-connected to Bangalore via train and bus services. Both government and private buses ply between Tumkur and Madhugiri.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Maidana Halli Blackbuck Sanctuary: You need prior permission to visit the place. On the way to Hindupur from Madhugiri follow the deviation at a place called Paruvara to reach the sanctuary.
Chennarayana Durga: Located 10 km from Koratagere on the way to Madhugiri via Tumkur, it is one of the nine Durga forts. Inside the fort, there is a small temple and one can also explore ruined and semi ruined old structures.
Siddara Betta: Its natures treasure trove. The place is known for its medicinal herbs. A natural spring that gushes out from the top of the hill is also believed to have medicinal value.
Since its not yet commercialised, its better to carry food and water.
Best Time to Visit
All round the year.
Keep in your Trek Bag:
- Walking stick
- Hiking shoes
- Woolen clothes
- Water and snacks
- Medical kit