Top Trekking Trails Around Bengaluru

Karnataka boasts of a beautiful and diverse terrain with a mix of hills, mountains, rivers and lakes, which make it a major tourist attraction among nature lovers. The high-flying mountains in the state might be a place of simple serene beauty for some, while for others they are centers of adventure sports. In the past recent years, adventure enthusiasts have turned the mountains and hills of Karnataka into trekking, rock climbing and rappelling haunts.

More and more enthusiasm among Bangaloreans, whether it is corporates or young college students, regarding this new adventure fad has led to the cropping up of hundreds of amazing trekking trails within and around the capital city of Bengaluru. What was just a de-stressing activity among BPO and IT professionals is gradually turning into an adventure sport with an aim to explore untapped locations and go a little closer to nature.

Apart from the excitement and challenge that goes hand-in-hand with such treks, Bengaluru’s perfect weather and picturesque surroundings will leave your soul extremely satisfied and you would not complain a bit about the arduous journey.

Short treks and night treks during weekends is gaining popularity among city residents. The people of Bengaluru are by nature very health conscious and in today’s fast-paced life, Bangaloreans are also looking at trekking as a good form of physical exercise. A few popular trekking trails in and around Bengaluru are:

Skandagiri Trek

Skandagiri Trek

Nearly 70 kilometers from Bangalore, the Skandagiri hill is also called the Kalavara Durga. The hill stands at a height of 1,350 meters and is probably the most popular trekking destination among Banagaloreans. The lush green forests covering Skandagiri, coupled with the excellent surrounding and weather make it an ideal trekking spot. There are two trekking trails available on the Skandagiri hill, an uphill trek for amateurs and the other for experienced trekkers. As one climbs up, the walls of Tipu Sultan’s Fort can be seen.

Apart from enjoying the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area, trekkers can also put up night camps and see the awe-striking beauty of a sunrise from the peak of the hill. 

Distance from Bangalore: 70 kilometers
Trek length: 8 kilometers
Difficulty Level: Medium
Best Season: November to February.


Top Trekking Trails around Bengaluru

Anthargange Trek and Caving

Anthargange, located 68 kilometers way from Bengaluru, is another very popular trekking destination of the city. It is particularly favorable for people who want a one day outing around Bengaluru.
The Anthargange is 1,226 meters high and is filled with hillocks and caves that are formed out of volcanic rocks and boulders. This very terrain makes the area a perfect spot for trekking and other adventure activities. However, the key reason behind people flocking to Anthargange is the series of caves, which tourists spend hours exploring. For first timers to this place, it is advisable to take an expert guide to avoid any risks due to the area’s terrain.

Distance from Bangalore: 60 kilometers
Trek length: 4 kilometers
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: November to February.


Madhugiri Trek

Top Trekking Trails around Bengaluru

The Madhugiri hill is the second largest monolith in Asia, standing at an elevation 3,930 feet. This is a very famous trekking spot among professionals as well as amateurs as the trekking trail is adventurous and challenging. However, the strong winds that blow can make climbing uphill a difficult task, but one who succeeds is rewarded with a breathtaking view from the top of Madhugiri. While trekking, trekkers will also come across the Madhugiri Fort, which was built by Hyder Ali, the Sultan of Mysore. The ruins of the Gopalakrishna Temple can also be seen on the hill’s peak.

Distance from Bangalore: 60 kilometers
Trek length: 3 kilometers
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: November to February.


Savandurga Trek


Top Trekking Trails around Bengaluru

The Karigudda and Billigudda peaks make the Savandurga hills, yet another famous trekking place in Bengaluru. The hills are at an elevation of 1,226 meters and offer an awe-inspiring and serene atmosphere for trekking. The Savandurga hill is also considered one of the largest monoliths in Asia.

Distance from Bangalore: 65 kilometers
Trek length: 4 kilometers
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: November to February.


Ramanagara Trek

Top Trekking Trails around Bengaluru

The famous Ramgarh of Sholay is locally known as Ramanagara hills, the topography of which primarily constitutes of rocks and boulders. Apart from trekking, the hill also allows other adventure activities such as rock climbing, jumaring, rappelling, rope traversing.

Distance from Bangalore: 55 kilometers
Trek length: 6 kilometers
Difficulty Level: Easy
Best Season: November to February.


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