Nijagallu Betta is located just 50 around Bangalore, and about a couple of kms from Tumur. It is not quite a popular destination for trek planners, but for non-planners, its one of the best known weekend getaway options from Bangalore. Ruins have their own charm and historical importance, and Nijagal Betta is full of ruined caves, forts and temples. A mid-seventeenth century fort, build by Chikkadevaraya Wadiyar, adorns this hillock. Here in Nijagallu Betta, its believed that a war was fought between Hyder Ali and Peshwa Madhav Rao. On the trekking route, there is a set of caves that houses a small Shiva shrine and dargah.
Due to loose gravel, initially, the climb is noted to be tough, and as you climb further, it becomes rocky and easier for trekking. The trekking route is dotted with sculptors from the Hoysala period. From the hilltop, one can see the countryside and NH4 and on a clear day, also the Shivagange.
Nijagallu Betta is located few hundred meters from Bangalore-Tumkur Highway (NH4).
Distance from Bangalore:
How to Reach:
Banglore ’ Tumkur Road ’ Dobbspet ’ Nijagal Betta
Regular buses ply between Bangalore to Dobbspet. Reaching Dobbsept, look out for two petrol pumps. Nijagal Betta is right opposite these two Reliance petrol pumps.
Trek Length: 90 minutes to two hours from the base
Best Time to Visit: Can be visited anytime of the year.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity:
A popular hill station near Tumkur. The landscape is formed of rocky hills that are surrounded by forests. There are several temples, including the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha, on the hilltop. The natural spring Namada Chilume, said to be the source of river Jayamangali, is part of its adjoining wilderness.
90 minutes to two hours from the base
Best Time to Visit:
Can be visited anytime of the year.
Keep in your Trek Bag:
Water, juices, snacks
A good compass
An extra pair of clothes