Karnataka: The Joy of 52 Adventures to Choose for Every Weekend

Karnataka: The Joy of 52 Adventures to Choose for Every Weekend
52 Weekends 52 Adventures in Karnataka

Ask any layman about Bengaluru and chances are the probable responses that may evoke is that its the Silicon Valley of the nation. Being home to some leading MNC IT firms along with being the budding ground for startups people from not only across different parts of India but from all corners of globe have made Bengaluru their 2nd home.

But beyond that corporate bubble, Bengaluru or Karnataka for that matter has got way much more to offer apart from a 9-6 livelihood. Karnataka is blessed to have numerous gifts from nature that make it a perfect place for a weekend escapade. Whether it's the numerous hills (betta), the dense rugged forests of Western Ghats, Caves, Waterfalls, long, undulated coastlines... Karnataka has something to offer to every adventure craving soul. And which is why its no wonder to meet a lot of folks from Bengaluru/Karnataka on different Himalayan trails. Summiters Adventures has come up with a list of 52 adventures that can be done every weekend of the year and will definitely get your pulse up & racing.

About Summiters Adventures & Why Should They Be Your Next Adventure Partner?

Based out of Namma Bengaluru Summiters Adventures is one of the leading operators dedicated to offer the finest of experiences and exhilarating moments for all. Unlike other conventional operators Mr. VISHWANATH R DUGGANAHALLI, the founder of Summiters Adventures, believes in putting the sheer satisfaction of the participant and exploring untouched, less frequented trails on top of his charts, any financial gains out of it is just a mere outcome of the efforts. Started way back in 2003 when trekking was still an elitist choice all trips conducted are out of a sheer passion for spreading the word of nature and wildlife conservation as well as to introduce one to the expanse of adventure that one must experience in a lifetime, without compromising an inch on safety and personal regards. Vishwanath himself is a certified mountaineer from the famed NIM as well as a trained and certified Wilderness First Responder from NOLS, USA. Not only that he is also a passionate and certified PADI Advanced scuba diver and instructor. He has documented more than 100 articles on different trails, one can access the same here.                      

The Western Ghats is dotted with pristine rivers and perennial waterfalls. In the dense forest tucked away are few waterfalls which are difficult to access due to uneven terrain. The rich Sharavathi Valley is home to numerous such waterfalls and offers a feast to any ardent nature lover. Belligundi (also known as Kudumari) waterfalls is one such waterfall that offers a challenge to anyone willing to explore it.

To get a very glimpse of the waterfall and witness its magnificence one has to trudge through the beaten path. For an ardent trekker to reach the bottom one has to cross the intermittent streams, wading through grass, sacrifice some blood to ever-hungry leeches, descending, and ascending slopes. Walking through the canopy listening to the sounds of chirping birds makes the hike memorable. The sight silver line of roaring waterfalls through the canopy cascading from a height of 300 ft brings a pinch of curiosity in an individual. Taking a refreshing bath under the sprinkling water, a natural shower with a vibgyor of colors removes the hardship and rejuvenates the body's mind and soul.

Not many denizens of  Bengaluru know about the Navadurgas or 9 forts around Bengaluru. These hill-forts which served as sentinels from invasions are today largely abandoned. The history of these hill-forts or Navadurgas surprisingly is limited along with the ambiguity about the nine forts and the basis of them being called Navadurgas.

Eight forts out of the nine are namely Savanadurga,  Kabbaladurga HuthridurgaDevarayanadurgaMakalidurgaChannarayanadurga, Nandidurga, and Huliyurdurga

Not much of the history of this place is known except that it was built by Kempegowda II and later was conquered by Tipu Sultan and then by the British. Bhairava is a wandering form of Shiva associated with annihilation who guards the cardinal points. Bhairavadurga is the toughest of all the climbs. Not much of fort or ramparts to see at the top, but the actual trail leads the hiker through the forests and open lands. Bhairava Durga, located at a distance of 60 km from Bengaluru has the legendary Byraveshwara temple dedicated to lord himself and a fort built by Kempegowda. This is a spine-chilling place for trekkers and a view from the hilltop is simply magnificent. The view of Devarakere, Shivagange peak resembling a lingam, Kengal Betta, Greenfields is a feast to the eyes.

Hulkudi betta is situated near Dodda Belavangala in Bengaluru rural district.  It is an amalgamation of nature and religion because there is a great view, pure air to soak in for the nature lovers and Sri.Muneshwara Swamy temple for the religious buffs.

One has to pass through a very narrow door no more than 3 ft in length to get a glimpse of Sri Muneshwara Swamy, who is said to be very powerful and grant the wishes of the devotees.  There is another temple dedicated to a goddess and a rectangular solid structure made of large stones.  The path to the temple initially has a flight of steps which vanishes altogether as one gets higher, the steel railings would be the only support then.  This area has a lot of honey-bee combs which has mode the temple authorities to put up a caution board for the devotees to maintain silence while ascending or descending.  This place could make a very good day-outing for the family members.

Midile betta is a trekkers delight situated near D.Palya about 90 km from Bengaluru.  The hill though a little dwarf when compared to the nearby hills, more than makes up for it with its imposing difficult inclines.  There are two ways to approach the climb,  one is from the temple at the base of the hill on the western side, & the other is from the village on the eastern side.  The route from the temple is well-marked and preferable as the route from the east has a lot of shrubs which makes it difficult to trace the path.

On the eastern side, one can see a stone tablet, 8 feet in height with Hale Kannada inscriptions on it, and rainwater harvesting trenches. Local folklore says that there was a fort here which belongs to the Nayakas.

On the way to the top, one can find the ruins of fort walls, a rain-water harvesting pool.  There is a temple located at the top in a dilapidated condition.  Here too one can find hale-Kannada inscriptions and rainwater harvesting pools.  Surprisingly, there is a lone solar panel light pole that lights up at night.  There is also a pole with a bowl at the very top where people from near villages put oil, camphor, and set up a flame during the karthika masa season.

For all the concrete dwellers who are finding an alternative to the crowded Nandi Hills, here is the place nestled amidst nature, far away from the crowd yet near to the city. Avalabetta is the perfect weekend getaway. Here the main deity of Sri Avalakondaraya/Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy is located below a big boulder which forms the main temple. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman next to it and a Mahalakshmi Temple at the top of the hill.

Apart from the temple, there are two striking features which set this place apart

1. A narrow piece of rock which protrudes & dangles dangerously in the air with a small water body next to it. Daredevils don't miss out on the chance to take their chances for a picture.

2. A triangular boulder next to Mahalakshmi temple. The view from both these vantage points is ethereal. There is also a guest house belonging to the forest department which has to be pre-booked. The view of the temple and the surrounding nature from the guest house is beyond words. I strongly recommended you to visit Avalabetta over a weekend. The Sunrise over the hills is a perfect silhouette and not to be missed.

Netravati Peak is a 1500 meters high peak in the Chikmagalur district. It is a part of the Western Ghat range which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich flora and fauna biodiversity. While it is close to some other famous peaks such as the Kudremukha, this trek remains comparatively lesser-known. The famed Netravati River emerges from this range however, you don’t really come across that river during this trek. 

This trek is a great opportunity to experience the best of the Western Ghats. Initially, you walk through the beautiful countryside of Chikmagalur region and gradually come across forests, cross hilly streams, bath under the waterfalls, and then finally reach the famed Shola forests that continue till the top of the peak. The final portion of the trek is steep but you are rewarded with a delirious view of the open meadows at the top and can also spot many other peaks from here including Kudremukha. 

The starting point is a small but picturesque village named Samse, located right in the middle of tea plantations. So, this trip also gives you a taste of the famed tea and coffee plantations of the Chikmagalur region. As you stay at a local home-stay, you also get a great local experience with an opportunity to taste local cuisines.

This is basically a Weekend trek. An overnight journey from Bengaluru is arranged to take you to Samse and after a bit of rest, you go out for the trek, which lasts the whole day. The second day is the day of return but you have the option for an additional activity of white water rafting at Bhadra river at a nearby place called Magundi. So, the itinerary makes it a perfect weekend activity for busy professionals. 

White Water Rafting Experiences can add, thrill to your adventure on the weekend in the Bhadra river at Magundi. Riding over the waves and the rapids is something you should experience !.  

One of the best weekend hikes in the Charmadi range in the district of Dakshina Kannada, you will pass through a delightful stretch of rain-forest, grassland and dense woodland forest of the Western Ghats. Reaching the top of Ame-di-kallu (meaning tortoise stone), one steps on a huge monolith surrounded by several peaks of the Western Ghats. The last stretch of the hike is almost at a 90-degree angle that needs to go around in a spiral to reach the peak.

Amedikal (height 2,800 m), near the village Shishila in Dharmasthala, is one of the significant peaks of the Charmadi range. The name Amedikal is a combination of two words: Ame -Turtle and Dikkel – the Tulu word for Stove. Amedikallu has a huge monolith at the top which appears like a giant turtle and three large stones which give an appearance of a stove. This peak is surrounded by many other important peaks of Western Ghats. Amedikal is considered to be one of the scenic treks in Karnataka and is a two-day trek if one wants to make it to the peak comfortably. The starting point is Shishila village from where the trail starts. The initial trail is through a fairly dense forest, but the trail itself is pretty wide. Then the forest cover disappears slowly and beautiful grasslands appear which continues to the three stones, the dikkels.

This peak is surrounded by many other important peaks of Western Ghats. Amedikal is considered to be one of the scenic treks in Karnataka and is a two-day trek if one wants to make it to the peak comfortably. The starting point is Shishila village from where the trail starts. The initial trai is through a fairly dense forest, but the trail itself is pretty wide. Then the forest cover disappears slowly and beautiful grasslands appear which continues to the three stones, the dikkels. From the peak, one can have a glimpse of Ethinabhuja, Minchukallu-Kumbakallu, Bale Gudda, and Bandaje Falls if skies are clear, which are normal other than monsoons.

During monsoon, the path becomes slippery, infested with blood-sucking leeches. This trek is on a difficult side and first-timers should ideally not attempt it. 

Tired of your 9-5 job? tired of the high paced city life? Well, it’s time to get back to nature! Take a break from the metro life, be with nature, relax, breathe, and go back with a fresh mind and with a lot of memories.

Once the heavily mined region of Kudremukha, today is slowly regaining its ecosystem back to its natural beauty. Starting the trek of 20 km from the village Mala, you will walk through the thickets of grassland and evergreen forest patches to the peak of Kurinji  - Neela Kurinji  - Strobilanthus Kunthiana (name of the flower) Kallu (stone) to a height of 3802 ft. Neela Kurinji, the shrub found in the Shola forests of the Western Ghats is a purplish flower that blossoms gregariously once in 12 years. After the entire area was declared an eco-sensitive region, the Kudremukha region is today a haven for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. 

The trek difficulty is moderate and can be done by anyone, but past trekking experiences will make your trek enjoyable. The trek possesses quite some challenges but once you reach the topmost point its pure ecstasy. The place fills you up with tranquility and serenity. The total trekking distance is around 14kms. This trek is perfect for a weekend getaway as you can finish in just within the weekend.

Surrounded by vast greenery and mesmerizing landscapes, Kurinjal peak trek gives you one of the best trekking experiences ever. You can experience trekking through the beautiful rainforest, gushing streams, and the enticing misty mountains. From the hilltop, you can be rewarding views of Bhadra backwater, Valikunja Peak, Gangadikal, and surrounding valleys. A perfect place for you to get lost in nature!

White Water Rafting Experiences can add, thrill to your adventure on the weekend in the Bhadra river at Magundi. Riding over the waves and the rapids is something you should experience !.  

Kalvarabetta, Skandagiri, or Papagni betta is located at an altitude of 1450 m/4757 feet and is one of the hill forts amongst the Nandi Hill ranges. The dilapidated walls of Tipu's fort can still be found today on steep Kalavarabetta, popularly known as Skandagiri, near the village of Kalavara. History has it that this was a small but strong hill fort. It was surrendered to British troops on 19 October 1791. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded the third Anglo-Mysore war. This is one of the tedious treks around Bengaluru, as the hill is steep and high. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple or mutt at the foothills of Kalavara village. The fortress of Kalavarabetta is in full sight throughout the walk uphill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of the dense shrub is highly intriguing. Kalavarabetta is a teaser; just as you reach the fort wall content that you have topped the hill, you see another ring of the fort. There are six such series of stonewalls and circular bastions protecting an abandoned temple on the hilltop.

What adds to the beauty of this trek is the stunning sight of the blanket of stars that will be covered all the way till the end of the trek before the sunrise. And the amazing formation of thick clouds - Stratus, Cirrus, Nimbus rise high and red ball of fire making furious attempts to relieve from clutches floating clouds alleviates the hardship of the trek. There are 2 caves, one starts from the base and as per locals, leads to the temple at peak and another one is somewhere midway which is about 30 feet only. Both are yet unexplored, especially the first one. Locals say that there are pythons, vipers in the caves and had galloped their goats at times. Supposedly, there are 6 Samadhis in a cave.

Surrounded by a chain of Hillocks Nandi Betta, Dharmaraya betta, Dibba Giri, Brahmagiri and Channagiri, water bodies, and the green pastures and birthplace of Sir MV, Muddenahalli surrounding landscape is a feast to eyes.

Beware of steep and slippery rocks, as it will be dark in the early morning, don't forget to go armed with proper headlamps and warm clothing to keep yourself warm. 

Madakasira is a hillfort constructed during the 8tth century during the reign of the Vijayanagara period. At the fort, stands Lord Shiva Temple which is why Madakasira is also called Shivalaya, and this place comes to life during the festive days especially during Maha Shivaratri, locals gather at the fort hill during the night and pooja will take place at regular intervals all around the day. On other days it is visited by few people mostly by shepherds and adventurous type.

Madakasira fort, historic-ally familiar as Simhagiri, with historic structures and caves along with hilltop-Singemoothi (face of a lion), crossed 500 years of construction. The seven gates are built to reach the hilltop of Simhagiri.

Singemothi, the hilltop structure, is seen only at Madakasira while no such structures are seen in any other parts of Vijayanagara and other empires.​ Singemoothi was built with four pillars on the hilltop, along with a big bell, to sense enemies even from a long distance.

As per historians, Madakasira palegars had cooperated with Hari Hara Rayalu and Bukka Rayalu to defeat Mogul King Malik Kapoor in 1336. However, Nijam Ulk presented Gooty and Mad-aksira forts for Maratha ruler Hindu Rao for his cooperation in the Mogul war in 1743. His son Murari had constructed attractive structures such as Singe-moothi and Hinduraya well and several temples. The fort appears, with different structures, with wide space to spend as a visiting spot. ​Lord Sri Ramalingeswara temple is built closer to the hilltop with wide space and covering two water ponds. On the hilltop of Rani Mahal, horse shed, gym, and also food storage points can be seen. ​Madakasira town was also the part of ruling which was covered by forts from all sides. Lord Venkateswara temple, that was built closer to the south gate of the fort, was incomplete when Mysore King Hyder Ali attacked Madakasira fort for the second time. For the first time, Murari and his soldiers succeeded to defeat Hyder Ali in 1764-65. ​

The initial climb in on stone stairs is a bit tiring for the knees. But the stairs alongside the fort wall makes one feel like the invading soldiers. There were lots of trees and shrubs which made the climb peaceful. As one ascends, you find lots of gateways and the real beauty of the fort climb begins to reveal. There were 2-3 gateways through which we one has to walk and ascend. Finally after crossing the initial climb, one enters the curvy fort on top. 

A pretty difficult part and the core of the trek lies here. There are so many misleading directions and alternate pathways. There is a temple in the middle of the fort otherwise it was more or less like a maze designed to confuse the invading enemies. After the last stretch of the climb, one can have a panoramic view of the Madakasira fort. 

The place is ideal for a day trek, for those interested in history or for those looking for an adventure getaway from Bengaluru.

Situated about 3 km outskirts of Chitradurga is a prehistoric site of Chandravalli, sandwiched between 3 hills namely Chitradurga, Kirabana kallu, and Cholagudda surrounded by water bodies is a short description for a slice of heaven. Chandravalli popularly known for caves is ideal for hiking and nature exploration. Situated about 3285 feet above sea level in Chandravalli is a non-descript hillock known as Davalappana Gudda is a trekkers delight.
As the soft rays of the sun kiss the tip of rocky hillock it gets mirrored in the crystal clear water of Chandravalli lake, is a feast to the eyes. The climb is not as easy as witnessing the reflection of the peak.

Davalappana Gudda is a heap of rocky boulders, conical in shape impressive from a distance. Situated inside the Jogimatti Reserve forest which is home for a wide range of flora & fauna, medicinal plants prior to permission from the forest department is required.

Though the hillock seems impregnable, access can be done from Chandravalli, through the steep rocky broken stairs and climbing over 50 deg to 70 deg vertical rock face using natural holds, cracks. Sometimes creeping, crawling, and finally traversing the boulder-strewn path.

However, interestingly the approach can be a viable option from a water body Thimmanayakana kere adjoining Adumalleshwara temple through the dark and murky caves, gullies, cracks like a maze. After jostling through lantana bushes reach the base of the hillock and gain entry into a rocky crack. The beehives dangling from the overhangs pose a danger and caution that, the place is for only signs or for a silent whisper!

The narrow entry, rough surfaces, and trails, along with pits and low ceilings, mean that you should often be ready to crawl, wriggle, and banging your head in low light.

Situated within the thick forests of the Banjarumale region these are considered the highest hillocks in the Charmadi ghat range. Unique topography and accessibility make it one of the sought after destinations for avid trekkers. A journey along the hair bends in the ghats makes the travel memorable. The valleys are dotted with perennial waterfalls and swift-flowing rivers. These thick forests are also home of the Malekudiya tribe.

Twin peaks after descending from Ghats beckon and challenge the adventurer in you. At the top of the hill lies a huge bauxite stone, which attracts lightning during monsoon. With this, the hill gets its name ‘Minchukallu’ which means the stone which attracts lightning. For trekkers who love adventure and challenges, this is their ultimate paradise because there is no short cut and easy route to reach this peak. Apart from the tedious trekking route what adds to the challenge is the herd of elephants making frequent appearances here.

Kumbakallu is another hill that is worth seeing in the vicinity. Trekkers will come across two dense forests namely ‘Banjaru Male’ and ‘Ambati Male’ which are like a safe abode for pachyderms. The elephants are seen even on Minchukallu hill and if locals are to be believed elephants follow a corridor from the foothill to the peak accelerating themselves in zig-zag movement. At the top of the hill these pachyderms get their staple food, which is called ‘Aane Hullu’ in Kannada. With the man-animal conflicts ever rising over the years the number of elephants coming to this area has increased.

Tadiandamol, the tallest peak in Kodagu is another trekker's paradise. Tadiandamol is the third tallest peak in Karnataka with an elevation of 5,735 feet and offers a challenging terrain to cover with some luscious views. From the peak, you can view the distant Arabian sea (on a clear day) and the spell-binding beauty of Kodagu all around. The name Tadiandamol means “broadest and tallest mountain” in Kodava Thakk (language). The best time to visit Tadiyandamol is early winter. "Highest Point" as called in Kodava language, this peak is the highest one in the Madikeri district. This peak is just adjacent to the Makutta forest. In Malayalam 'Tadiandamol' can be translated as 'The fat man's daughter'. On the way, you also get an old palace called 'Nalknad Aramane'.

If you intend to do camping in Coorg there are some excellent spots with boulders blocking the flow of wind for setting up camps. The sunrise from Tadiandamol is a sight to behold, so do not forget to pack in your camera too.

On reaching the peak you will be able to view the beauty of the landscape with the greenery stretching below and the misty clouds at your feet.

A Peek into History

Built by Dodda Veera Rajendra in 1792 A.D. safe in the depths of a dense jungle at the base of Tadiandamol, this elegant two-storied palace served as the last refuge for Chikka Veera Rajendra before he surrendered to the British in 1834. Ornamental pillars and verandahs with carved windows and door frames are its notable features. The roof here was originally thatched. The Cobra looked upon as a scourge & savior is common in these parts of the region. It inspires fear but also plays an important role in controlling rodents which are its normal prey. The Cobra symbol carved in various places in the building was probably meant to warn enemies in times often plagued by intrigue.

An irregular trekking route from the summit goes straight to Brahmagiri hills. These hills (1340 mts) can be seen far off towards the south of Tadiandamol.

Makalidurga is a small village situated at a distance of around 60 km from Bengaluru. A little distance from the village is a fort that is the final destination of the trek. The fort lies on the top of a huge hillock and lies in the middle of a chain of hills. The name Makalidurga came from the late ruler named Makaliraya. There is also a temple of Shiva here that is visited by the locals. History lovers can find here broken idols of Garuda Gamba, Basava, and also a Shiva Linga.

However, there are also some shrubs along the way for the trekkers to hold on to whenever they lose balance or need help. The climb is not very steep; it is gradual and is fairly easy as well.

There is a tourism signboard there straight up. This board marks the beginning of the trekking trail. There is also a temple here dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple also has some people offering prayers to the idol, and there are also a lot of monkeys roaming about this area, waiting to chance up to get whatever edibles you're carrying. The trail is very rocky as well as slippery.

There are marks painted on rocks and arrows to guide the trekkers in the correct direction. It is important that the trekkers keep track of these marks and arrows and remain with the group so that they don’t get lost in the hill.

Contrasting to the first stretch the second stretch is the part where the trekkers have to climb up the rocks that are hovering along with the trees. On this part of the hill midway to the trekking, the inclination of the hill becomes steeper. Trekkers must be very careful in this part to avoid unwanted accidents. There are several vegetation and also grass around the area to help the trekkers climb through this part. However, among this vegetation, there are also some thorny plants that must be avoided.

Along the way, trekkers will find a small watercourse that runs down the hill. Ahead of this waterway and hiking up a huge rock there is an open and barren area where the trekkers can rest for a while before going ahead.

They can relax here a bit, stretch their legs and shake off the stress. The breeze here is also very refreshing. Some people might also like to sit down there for a while and gaze at the clouds, drink in how the puffy white clouds covering bits and pieces of the sky looks.

Apart from this, there is also a lake below that has the shape of the continent of South America. It has a beautiful view from up top and many trekkers would indulge in clicking some pictures of this place.

Makalidurga offers this amazing view to the trekkers, thus making it so popular among nature lovers. The view from up the hill, the web of the railway tracks crossing paths here and the occasional running of the trains through them, the refined fields that spread across, and the beautiful lake that has attracted many nature lovers to make this trip.

On reaching the top of the hill trekkers can find the area of the gates that open the way to the fort. This fort was once used to be a granary. However, the fort at Makalidurga is famous as the place where the army was trained during the realm of Vijayanagara.

Later on the fort was seized by the famous father of Shivaji, Shahaji Bhosle. After that it was once again recaptured and then ruled by Kempegowda.

Tucked away amid hillocks and almost concealed from the world is a hill called Chiniga Ranganathaswamy betta. The hillock is situated near Tumkur, situated at the base of the hillock is the temple of Chiniga Ranganathaswamy. The whole area is part of the Devarayanadurga Reserve Forest. Not much history about the temple is known except that it was built at least a couple of hundred years ago. There is a black conical stone image of Ranganathaswamy in the sanctum sanctorum in a cave and is believed to be an udbhavamurthi, one that emerged on its own. The rocky temple, which was renovated recently, also has the figure of Anjaneya guarding the temple. To the left and right of the temple are the small shrines of Tholasa and Lakkamma Ammanavaru, consorts of the deity of Ranganathaswamy. Behind the temple is the shrine of Govindarajaswamy, brother of the main deity of Ranganathaswamy. A Kalyani or a tank nearby is used for all temple ceremonies. There is a narrow path adjacent to the temple.

Reaching the hillock involves walking amidst the lantana bushes, white silk-cotton trees, and climbing on steep rock faces. The final ascent to the top of the hill has a steep flight of steps, carved out of the rock surface. There is a giant rock and a monolithic garuda kambha, about 20 ft high. The cool breeze and views make the climb less tiring. Devotees climb the hill and light oil lamps during the month of Karthika. Views of paddy fields, coconut trees, Seegekoppalu, Satthi kallu, Valathikallu betta, Thalvaara betta, Hosathi kallu, Shivagange betta, Devarayana Durga, Durgadahalli kere and the reserve forest are a feast to the eyes. The region is a haven for bird watchers. Birds such as the European kestrel, Shikra, Honey Buzzard, Brahminy kite, and the Black-Winged kite, to name a few, can be spotted without any effort.

The caves nearby are said to be home to sloth bears and leopards. Rare medicinal plants too can be found here. Visiting the shrine and hillock are good options if you are looking for a peaceful and isolated place, away from the humdrum of the city.

Ethina Bhuja is a lesser-known trail sitting amidst western ghats near Dharmasthala temple. The peak of this mighty mountain resembles the shoulders of an ox, hence called “Ethina Bhuja” which means “Ox shoulders” in Kannada. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and adventurous trekking to surmount the Ox across Chikmagalur to have me-time with nature. However, you will hardly find anyone, as this is a hidden and less trodden destination. The temples of Bhairaveshwara and Devaramane are strategically located here are worth visiting.

Interestingly, there are 2 routes to Ethina Bhuja Trek or Shishila Gudda.

Trekking Route From Shishila Village

Shishila is a small village which is 15 Km from Dharmasthala. If you love trekking then take this 13 Km long trek which will normally take 6 hours to complete. You will start your trek near the age-old Durga temple where locals offer prayer every day. As you stroll into the dense forest this trekking trail leads you through multiple streams, tall grassland, and steep valley before reaching the top. Once you are done with the forest section the hill becomes clear and obvious. The climb up from the base of the hill is extremely perilous, more so during monsoons. Near the 'hump' one has to be on all four as you need to navigate through vertical boulders.  

Trekking route From Byrapura Village

Byrapura is a quaint village in Mudigere taluk. It is a short trek of 5 km which will take about 2 hours to reach the peak. This is definitely good for travelers that don’t trek on a regular basis.

Both sunset and sunrise views are absolutely delightful and breathtaking. Hence, make sure you reach the peak by evening and camp here to view the mist-filled sunrise too. Besides this, from the top one can get a 360 deg view of lush green valley, small streams, ghats, and view of passing clouds that just can't be missed.  

You can even camp overnight on the hilltop and homestays will help you out with this. There is a flat land just 50 m below the peak where you can set up a tent and bonfire. No need to worry about water as there is a small stream passing by near the camping site. You can camp here for a night and do stargazing.

Among several ancient monuments dotting the Karnataka landscape, hillforts are perhaps the most attractive. Offering the scenic view of the surrounding areas hill forts formed an integral part of defenses built by kings and palegars.

The fort at Huthridurga one among Navadurgas is about 17 km North-East of Magadi taluk and  50 km from Bengaluru, must have been invincible for the enemies. It is popularly known as 'Uttari Betta' in the trekking community and is one of the most popular trekking trails around Bengaluru. It is regarded as one of the easiest treks around Bengaluru suitable for all age groups. It is a great place for beginners who desire to trek. The thick vegetation that covers the hill locks impenetrable even today. A view from the base near the hamlet of Santhe Pete shows the hills' domination of the landscape. Indeed the hill is about 3,074 feet above sea level.

Three Strategic gateways

Yelimaru Bagilu, Balikatte Bagilu, and Magadi Bagilu are the only points from where one can enter the fort from the gates a steep road winds up to the fort. Climbing 1/3 of the hill and entering through Yelimaru bagilu, one would find the village of Huthridurga. Kempegowda II, the erstwhile ruler of Bengaluru is being credited with the construction of the fort built in 2 tiers with steep slope facade on all slides, the slope towards the fort was full of thorny bushes and shrubs. There is also a beaten path used for grazing cattle. The first defensive structure a doorway with circular bastion is located on the west. Through the initial climb appears to be easy the pathway is strewn with thorny growth's all the way, making it dangerous for the climber following the pathway the second and third defenses can be reached.

The next stage of the ascent proves to be challenging as steps are carved out of rocks and are steeper. The fourth bastion could be reached after a tough climb near the circular bastion lie a watchtower and another flight of steeper stairway leading up to fifth. The sixth and the topmost defensive structure has just two pillars, nearby there is a granary with a pond, the Shankareshwara temple, and a 50 feet high garudagamba.

Believed to have been built during the reign of Immadi Kempegowda the rock inscription near the sanctum sanctorum probably belonging to the 18 century says Kempegowda ruled Savanadurga and Huthridurga from Bengaluru till 1728. A small climb from this place reveals the fort's exterior walls. The gamekeepers gun houses a small palace and a tank called Akka thangi dhone is also visible. Tanks and ponds in the hills give us and the idea of water supply was well managed in those times.

There is also a huge grinding stone around 112 cm in diameter probably used for grinding flour. The place called Kempegowda hajara where kings and palegars believed to have kept their valuables and money for safekeeping shows signs of plundering by treasure Hunters over the years. The large rock behind the structure called Gadayi kallu or Aane gundu (as it resembles an elephant) was used as a natural watchtower. It is also said that palegars hoisted their flags here.

The rock offers a spectacular view of the landscape punctuated with fields, lakes and winding roads appearing like thin ribbons stuck on the ground. From the ramparts of the fort one can get a glimpse of smaller hillocks like Olagadhare, Huliyurdurga, Thirumale Devara Betta, and Savanadurga known as rock climbers paradise. The fort would certainly interest nature lovers, rock climbers, historians, archaeologists, and nature lovers too.

The sugar capital of Karnataka Mandya is known for its numerous monuments, temples, and lakes. A small hamlet strategically located between two rocky hills standing tall in the town of Pandavapura, surrounded by some amazing picture-perfect scenery, overlooking the beautiful Pandavapura Lake is Kunti Betta. Hindu mythology gives an insight into the short stay of Pandavas in this region and their mother Kunti, who developed a fondness towards the hillocks. Hence, the town and the hill were named after them.

Kunti Betta sunrise trek is memorable and regarded as the most famous fun-filled and thrilling hiking experience near Bengaluru. A hike in the darkness, armed with headlamps to glimpse the sunrise over hills is a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience, and thrilling enough to rekindle adventure in you. Gazing the hills in absolute silhouette, catching a glimpse of sunrise over the horizon, rays of sun illuminating the heap of rocks is a sight to behold. The first light will recharge your batteries, ward off the chillness, and keep your spirits high with energy for the whole weekend.

The Pandavas are said to have spent the last days of their 14-year long exile here, hence the name Pandavapura. With its steep rock outcrops and a stone pillar Garuda Kamba on its summit, Kunti Betta (950 m) is an ideal trekking place for children as well as novice, first-timers. A few minutes drive from Pandavapura village to the temple at the base and then a flight of steps, finally you are on the trail to Kunti Betta.

You can indulge in water activities in Thonnur lake nearby, swimming, and go kayaking in scenic settings after a long hike!

For denizens of Bengaluru who are tired of the monotonous 9-6 life and are looking for an escape for a weekend then Kaurava Kunda Sunrise trek is a viable option. Chikkaballapur is known for enchanting hills and monuments that are world-renowned. The twin hills here are a delight for trekkers, are connected by a ridge and the peaks, are named after the mythological characters of great epic – the Kauravas and Pandavas, located at around 70 km from Bengaluru. A location ideal for the sunrise trek, it is at a height of 250 m and can be reached by a flight of steps from the base of the hillock. For a memorable experience, the ideal time to visit is the months between September and February, when skies are clear, with the cloud formations here make you feel, on cloud 9.

During your Kaurava Kunda trek, unlike other treks, there are a few mandatory things that you need to carry for convenience. This trek in the dark requires trekkers to bring along their headlamp/torch for safety reasons. Trail food items and a lot of water in a reusable bottle. See that you don't litter and carry back the same. Sleeping bags, if you desire to just take a nap,  should also be carried inside the backpack to relax when you are on the hills at a safe place. Trekkers are advised to wear well-broken shoes. Carrying all these stuff items is a must, as you will not find any shop here. Rest heed to what trek leaders say and look forward to the experience sunrise a trek to Kaurava Kunda. Untouched and unspoiled!

Bengaluru is one of the busiest cities in the country. Being a Bangalorean, it is difficult to find time to take out for our personal rejuvenation. Even during this pandemic situation, most of us are engulfed by the work from the home schedule and feel restless. For all those who feel so Ratnagiri day trek (almost 130 km from Bengaluru) is one such energizing hike, one must entail refreshing the mind and soul.

Ratnagiri is the most suitable and mainstream place for travelers who love to wander in the unbending mountains. The excellent rock structures are continually calling mountain lovers. A ruined historical Ratnagiri Fort is a 7 tier fortification and proposes a highly satisfying explorative trip. Ratnagiri is arranged right at the outer edge of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and was the powerful force point of Cholas and Pandyas. It was one of the fortress vital during the Pandyan and Chola Dynasties. Later it fell under the control of Hyder Ali. It is additionally accepted that after the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire, Allasani Peddana and around 500 Brahmin families settled at Ratnagiri.

The village is based at the base of a rocky hill. In the village, the outskirts are ruins of fort walls. Besides the wall, inside the fort is this stepped well commonly called as Kalyani. About 100 meters from the well are ruins of a temple on higher ground. Going by the looks of the ruins and well it is of Vijayanagara style construction. The temple has a stone wall, its Shikhara is brick and mortar. Unlike Chalukyan temple builders Vijayanagara counterparts went for brick and mortar Shikharas/Gopuras.

The well could be 40 to 60 feet deep with 20' water. As seen from the other side of the well; in the background is the temple ruins. The walls are also stepped, these stone walls prevent dirt from collapsing and also helps keep water fresh and clear. A simple arch marks the beginning of the steps. A pair of elephants adores the arch.

The trek begins with a lot of enthusiasm and exploratory vibes. About this trek, it is in reality quite difficult to fragment the trekking trail as one would prompt another with no critical change. And after it’s all said and done we can locate the conspicuous 3 fragments which are the way to the door, the amazing mid-riff, and the last stairs.

Firstly, in the wake of moving up a hill we can perceive what appears to be an alike doorway on a fort wall which forms the passage to the fort. After entering the doorway the second segment of the trek begins moving forward to the great mid-riff region. This part of the journey is the center of the whole trek. It comprises a significant part of the trek as well. As we enter this stage the genuine magnificence of the fortification starts to divulge. Here comes the recalling of the historical events during the war between the ruling dynasties. There are 6-7 such layers all offer false way approaches to mislead the attacking soldiers and all have weaknesses where the defending soldiers could fire. This is genuinely an astounding encounter. There are consistent outposts to overlook the tiers below. The fortification gets more mind-blowing as we rise level by level up! The passages are totally uncovered by individuals looking for treasures, yet these offer a pleasant refueling break for resting. At last, we can arrive at a level of the land after around 4-5 levels to discover a ton of demolished structures. We can explore all of them lastly spot the step way that prompts to the head of the hillock. Finally, we reach the last segment of the trek which is the last bit of stairs. As we ascend these steps vitality starts to deplete out of our knees. The wind speed gets high and it is invigorating and refreshing. The last level is a breathe taking an adventurous one. There are bunches of structures on top. The structures appear as the resting spots and barely any like storage facilities. There are additionally tiny ponds on top which are charming to the sight.

All things considered, the journey down is a smooth one.

Ratnagiri is for sure a place for all the mountain lovers to go explore the wild adventure out there leaving behind the so-called busy lifestyle in this modern jungle city having just coding and marketing running through our minds continuously. Take a break out from the daily schedule and visit this magnificent and mind-blowing mammoth structure once in your lifetime.

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr.

Karnataka is a state with immense beauty and natural splendor which often remains unexplored even by native people. There are many gorgeous mountain ranges, splendid peaks, and breath-taking waterfalls in this state. One such mountain peak is Kudremukha. Located at a distance of 360 kilometers from Bengaluru it is a 7-hour journey. It derives its name from the hilltop that resemblance a horse’s face. Surrounded by dense forests and rolling grasslands, Kudremukha offers a nerve-numbing sight to its visitors.

Your first stop in this province while coming from Bengaluru will be a small hamlet of Samse. It has nothing but a few shops and crossroads remaining. You can stock up essentials and arrange for a vehicle towards your journey to the Kudremukha peak. From here you will be driven on a jeep safari for the first 8 kilometers until you reach Mullodi. You can stay as a host or set up a camp in this location for an early morning trek. Kalasa is basically the main town of Kudremukha. But the town of Kudremukha is almost deserted after the closure of mining. The forest department office is held in the Kudremukh town, which is 20 km after Kalasa. If you have not attained a permit the local residents of this region are warm and extremely friendly. There are many houses and families who welcome unknown strangers into their houses and let them rest during their trekking expeditions. One can enjoy the fantastic hospitality of these families during the trip. The food served will be cooked out to local ingredients and the taste is unparalleled.

During this trek, you will come face to face with the most refreshing lush green patches of grasslands. Greenery will be redefined in your minds as you will see different shades of green while in here. The calm open meadows will offer you peace that you always crave in city life. The bewitching sight of foggy clouds touching the feet of this intense green land will be a memory of your lifetime. Camping is not allowed within the forest zone. So, one has to complete a total of around 24 km in a single day which can be taxing. 

The Kudremukh National Park is heavily populated with wildlife that is unique to this geographic location. The endless view of the green grasses stretching out which resembles a floor laid out with green carpet is one of the most enchanting views you'll ever see. I'd advise visiting this place right after the monsoon, mid-Sept to Oct will be ideal to see the green carpet. Visitors are mesmerized by the exquisite collection of flora and fauna in the park which includes casuarinas, acacia auriculiformis, eucalyptus, and Grevillea Robusta. The wide array of wildlife of this region consists of Malabar giant squirrels, sloth bears, gaurs, common langurs, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, porcupines, jackals, giant flying squirrels, sambar, barking deer, spotted deer and mongoose. You will easily find birds like Malabar whistling thrush, imperial pigeon, great pied hornbill, and the Malabar trogon.

Kudremukha is one of the most popular treks of the South, and therefore don't be surprised to see hordes of trekkers making a beeline on the trail. One can also trek to the nearby Bavikonda peak the next day. 

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A beach trek is relatively unheard of and is quite unique to Karnataka. With a 360 km long coastline that the state can proud itself on there are numerous stretches that are relatively untouched and offers reclusiveness to souls wanting to be away from the maddening crowds that normally dot the beaches in India. One such off-beat trek that is gaining repute is the beach trek from Kumta to Gokarna. You will be crossing 15-20 beaches during these 2 days of adventure, letting you not only dip your weary feet in the azure waters of the Arabian Sea but relax and zone out in one of the best sunset views.

The trek starts from Kumta beach, followed by Vannelli beach, Kadle, Baada, Kagal, Belekan, Paradise, Half Moon, Om beach, Kudle to name a few, and finally ending at Gokarna beach. But that's not it. You'll also be crossing the Aghanashini river on a ferry, and can witness the wonder when a river meets the sea. A fascinating sight, indeed. The best part is that it's an easy trek and one should do it with trekking sandals rather than shoes. Imagine relaxing on one of those tranquil shores with the added bonus of trekking; best of both worlds if you ask me.

Scuba Diving at Netrani would be one of the memorable experiences that can add, thrill to your adventure on the weekend. Diving underwater with your buddy, exploring the marine life, and coral reefs are something you should not miss! 

A  green patch of forest situated at 3400 m above sea level, in the rocky region of  Chitradurga - popularly known as a 7 hill fort in history is a  place called Jogimatti. Amidst prevailing heatwave and perennial drought, the green cover residing at the edge of the city has created a climate that resembles to that of Ooty. Hence, the region is also called as ‘Ooty of Central Karnataka’. The presence of heavy breeze, misty mountains, and greenery are attracting the people from far away places. It is very clear that the forest got its name from a saint called ‘Jogi’, who was known for his social services, and a natural cave that houses a Shiva Linga and idols of Veerbhadra and Basavanna. Jogimatti is home for rare animals, including leopards and sloth bears that are on the verge of extinction, and the plants with medicinal value. In the midst of the forest, there is a waterfall named ‘Himavad Kedara’ that rejuvenates the visitor. Jogimatti is a trekkers delight and must-see place for nature lovers in a pristine state.

Arguably one of the most notable and popular treks in the Bengaluru trekking circle is Kumara Parvatha, also famously known as Pushpagiri-KP trek and is at 5,624 feet above sea level. This is the second-highest peak in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. This is situated in the Kodagu district of Karnataka after the Tadiandamol peak trek. Kumara Parvatha peak is a tougher and challenging trek but if you have done trekking earlier and fit enough you can do this trek.

One has to reach Kukke Subramanya which serves as the base for the trek. The 1st half of the trek which resides within the dense canopy of the forest is a pure uphill affair. This section really tests the endurance of the trekker and one has to be fit enough to be able to cover it. Once out of the forest the wide grassy meadows welcomes your senses, be ready to blow away by the cool breeze which you were desperately seeking after a humid climb up from the base. Here there's a single house Bhattaramane (house of Bhattara) which serves basic food to all trekkers. There's also plenty of camping ground around as well. The 2nd leg of the trek starts from here, and again it's a pure ascend all the way till KP. Get bewildered by the tiny flowers that dot the entire landscape of the valley as you climb up. And once you reach Shesha Parvatha (which is just before the KP peak) be ready to be swept off your feet with the jaw-dropping beauty of the Pushpagiri Sanctuary.

A break from the stressful work life to find inner peace and regain mindfulness is important for the people dealing with metro life. Trekking can be one of the ways to rejuvenate yourself and find tranquil in nature’s beauty. Experience of walking in grasslands, shola, and thick forest. One can camp at Giri Gadde Halfway to peak, and witness the sunset from Kallu Mantapa.

So, if you are planning a weekend trek from Bengaluru and want to challenge yourself then this trek is just right for you. This peak is one of the most beautiful peaks and must-do trek in the whole of Western Ghats.

In ancient times forts were considered as an ideal defense system. Forts that have survived today are representative of the engineering talent and strategic defense of ancient India. Today it is one of the wonders of the bygone era. Scholar Kautilya, popularly known as Chanakya the renowned author of his Sanskrit Arthsastra ancient Indian treatise on statecraft and military strategy has classified forts into the following types - Giridurga (Hillfort), Jaladurga (waterfront), Shiladurga (Rock fort), and Vanadurga (Forest fort). Among the hill forts, Jamalabad is a hilltop Giridurga fortification in Jamalabad village near Belthangady in Dakshina Kannada (DK) District of Karnataka. It is located in the Kudremukh range of hills. The fort lies at an altitude of 1700 ft.

The fort was formerly called Narasimha Ghada, which refers to the granite hill on which the fort is built. It is also referred locally as Jamalagadda or Gadayikallu. Originally a mud fort existed on the hilltop. The fort was reconstructed over the ruins of an older structure by Tipu Sultan in 1794 and named after his beloved mother, Jamal Bee. Tipu Sultan kept the fort in his possession for over 50 years. Though a local chieftain named Thimmappa Nayaka took possession of fort for a short period, the fort was captured by the British in 1799 during the 4th Mysore War. As per legend, those who are not favorable to Tipu were hurled down this fort to their death. The fort is inaccessible other than via a narrow path, with around 1876 steps to the fort that are cut out of the granite hill and lead all the way to the top with the help of french engineers. This strategy would mean that through a narrow passage small but well-armed groups could indefinitely block a much larger force from entering the fort. Inside the fort, there is only one tank to store water. Remains of a single cannon lie at the top

The fort is accessible via a narrow path with about 1800 steps cut out of the granite hill. Inside the fort, there is a tank to store rainwater. Remains of a single cannon lie at the top. Nothing much of the fortifications remain but hints of the fort wall with parapets are visible. This hillock fort has one room at the top. There is also an unmanned microwave repeater station on top of the hill. The summit affords superb views of the surrounding landscape with paddy fields, temples plantations, water bodies, and the Kudremukh range of western ghats.

Trek to the waterfalls Kadamgundi Abbi, through the forest crossing streams, is an experience never to be missed. The water cascades from a height of 100 ft is a sight to behold. One feels as if wandering through a fairyland. A trek to clifftop is full of challenging and view from the top is mindblowing. Taking a dip in the cool water and natural shower is a divine experience.

Nishani Motte is a relatively lesser-known peak in the Talacauvery/Brahmagiri range of Kodagu. It lies to the south of Bhagamandala in a range which extends from Talacauvery in the north to Somamale (Means hill in local dialect) in the south in one contiguous stretch without any break, going through peaks like Nishani motte, Tumba male, and Tadiandamol (Highest peak in Coorg). This stretch forms the border between Kannur/Kasargod districts in Kerala and Kodagu district in Karnataka. Last year's attempt to get to Nishani motte landed us in Nishani betta (in a range north of Bhagamandala), and in all sorts of trouble with forest department due to a mining dispute in that area. 

Coorg with its misty mountains and dense forests seems like Scotland to the British. They left behind a legacy, which is still an important source of national wealth. The well-laid coffee plantations in Coorg account for almost half of Karnataka's coffee production. And Karnataka continues to be India's largest producer of coffee. Other reminders of the colonial past are the spacious estate bungalows, many of which still have British names and the meandering roads that wind through the district

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Dabbe Falls is a pristine waterfall near Hosagadde in Shimoga. This fall is deeply hidden in the mountains near Hosagadde. The cascades from a height of 300 ft into a gorge, the roar of the water can be heard from a distance. The trek route through the deep valley leads to the delightful Dabbe Falls. Those willing to trek to this waterfall should be adventurous, after a steep descent in the remote environs brings one to this lesser-known paradise. The place is hidden inside the Sharavathi reserve forest. Hosagadde, 20 km from Kargal, is on the way to Bhatkal from Sagar via Talaguppa and Kargal, which is famous for the Jog falls. 
 
Kanoor Kote is a secluded fort atop a mighty peak in the dense jungles of Western Ghats. It is popularly known as Land of Pepper queen. All that remains of the fort are its dilapidated traces, but the lush green forests with the steep slopes surrounding the fort give it the aura of mystery and sinister charm. Though the fort has lost all it’s grandeur and is left in neglect, for the most part, it provides a perfect spot to head for when on a trek, trying to get away from the noise and crowds of city life.

If you're in for some adrenaline rush, with misty clouds passing rite through, ready to cross paths with wild elephants, and an army of leeches on the trail then this duo trek is just right for you. Set in the deep, dense forests in Shakleshpur this trek requires you to cross river streams, walk through dense foliage where once can easily lose his way, and then walk in never-ending meadows. 

Jenukallu Gudda and Deepadakallu Gudda are relatively much lesser know trails in the Western Ghats, and as such chances are you will be the only soul treading here. Be sure to stop here only with a local guide, else one wrong step and you'll be lost in these entangling forests. The first hill that you'll triumph is the Jenukallu Gudda which invites a steep climb of 70 degrees. Following this, you'll have to make a steep and scary descend to march towards Deepadakallu Gudda. In between be awed by the endless meadows and forest views that surround you on your way. Deepadakallu Gudda has a huge rock on the top where one can stop for rest and lunch.

This is a moderate difficulty level trek. However, a local guide is quintessential and beware of wild elephants that frequent the area.

Another subtle but rewarding trek in the Charmadi Ghats is the trek to the fort of the Ballalarayana Durga and Bandaje waterfall. The fort, which was built by the wife of King Veera Ballala I (King of Hoysala Dynasty) is in ruins now and offers a panoramic view of the green-carpet meadows, the waterfall right in the heart of this deep meadows offers solace after a good day's efforts to reach here.

There are 4 ways to do this trek: They are 

1. From Ujire en-route hamlet of Valambra through Narayana Gowda house which will get you to the waterfall first and then the fort trekking through grasslands.

2. The second route that starts from Durgadahalli gets you to the fort, then traveling hills, grasslands first and then followed by the waterfall.

3. From Kukkave Village trekking through dense rainforest reaching to the bottom of the waterfalls and reach the orifice. Finally, reaching Fort

4. From the Charmadi Ghat route, trekking through dense rainforest to the mouth of the waterfalls.

Irrespective of whichever route you undertake this trek is sure to floor you with the endless views of the green meadows which you'll also have the fortune of walking on these soft green grasses. Only the ruins of the walls remain in the name of a fort which stretches to quite a distance in the vicinity. Imagine staying here, in the middle of nowhere with such a majestic view.

The trek from the fort to the Bandaje falls takes you through a relatively flat trail through the grassy meadows before ending up on the stream which ultimately cascades to become the Bandaje falls. Rejuvenate yourself by taking a dip in the cool waters after a day of trekking under the sun. However, the actual sight of the waterfall can be had only after crossing the stream and taking a small descent when suddenly the waterfall appears out of nowhere on your right, plunging from a height of 200 ft. Revel in this nature's beautiful creation before heading back the same route, or you can continue on the trail and descend towards Ujire.

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The Charmadi Ghats have tons of places and routes which are relatively less frequented. Another such gem of a trail is the trek to Eri Kallu Peak that has its base at the village of Kakkinje. Being right next to the highway it is quite surprising that this trek has not attained much popularity. Right from the moment go the trek is only about steep ascend for the first 7 km inside the forest. If you're planning to be here during the monsoons then be ready to be climbing on a muddy, treacherous, and slippery path. Also, be watchful of poisonous serpents that are common in these forests; don't be surprised to see a viper or green vine making its way out.

The moment you step out of the forest is when you get an adrenaline rush with the adjoining views of the surrounding becomes all available to you. The Eri Kallu peak is at sight now and is a further 2 km away. You will be negotiating on narrow ridges, walking on tall grasses with a huge boulder that sits on the top of the peak. The weather here changes in a snap, so be sure to carry your rain-jackets. The descend become even more tricky owing to the steepness. One needs to have a good footing else, sliding down becomes a risk. A local guide here is a must; being a trek that hardly sees a footfall there's no marked trail. As such losing your way is quite easy. Also, be sure to carry at least 3 liters of water as there's no water source within the forest or at the top.

As Bengaluru gets more and more crowded, slow, and polluted, all of us seem to be craving more for those weekend getaways that take us away from the commotion of the city. One such amazing place to visit to quench your thirst of trekking is Madhugiri Trek.

One of the notable fort hills of the State is Madhugiri in Tumkur district, which has the eminence of being the greatest stone monolith in the entire of Asia. The village shares its name to the hill (and the fort) that is 3930 feet high and what is Asia's second-biggest stone monolith hill. Loaded with history, legends, and realities, the trekking trail is just around 120 kilometers from Bengaluru and is acclaimed for its fort and temples.

The fort was built around 1678 during the rule of Raja Hera Gowda. As indicated by authentic records, this was additionally strengthened by Hyder Ali, taken over in progression by Marathas and again by Tipu before turning into a piece of the recent Mysore domain. In spite of the fact that the recorded centrality of history has blurred with time, it is today an entrancing place of interest tempting adventurers and climbers.

To climb the hill that moves up a height of 3930 feet, walk through the passageway from the east between the structures housing government offices and a series of very much laid wide steps leading to the top. The trek here is evaluated between moderate to difficult given the hills steep ascension. Fortunately, there are sidebars and iron bars to assist with exploring your way up the slope. A blend of plain and steep rocks, rock-cut steps, and a short stairway toward the start of the trek, make certain to carry the pair of climbing boots. The most exciting part of the climb is a lofty area just underneath the top where little edges have been cut to fill in as footholds. With the wind trying to blow you off, you feel incredibly relieved to beat this stretch.

Architectural influences on stone carvings, curves, garrison walls,, turrets, and water tanks directly from Gowda's time frame to Tipu's can be seen around the fort. The pinnacle of the mountain, where the ruins of the Gopal Krishna sanctuary stands, offers the best of an all-encompassing panoramic view of the village underneath and the close by hills.

On the highest point is a sanctuary of Gopalakrishna, the roundabout silos which were utilized to store ragi, oil and ghee are unblemished. It is well worth investing some energy at the top taking a glance at the little hills around and fields in the village beneath.

The mountains are calling, and I must go.” John Muir perfectly sums up our feelings about these majestic natural wonders.

The vast expanse of the Arabian sea offers an array of adventure activities for those who love watersports. For those who are looking for the best surf destination in India – look no further. It is none other than Mulki, located on the banks of river Shambavi about 29km from Mangalore in Karnataka. This is where the first Indian surf school was set up, and there’s been no looking back since. That’s because Mulki beach is one of the safest beaches in India; there aren’t any dangerous sea creatures, no rocks or corals – just a nice, soft sandy beach.
It’s a paradise for beginners, who love to ride the waves on a surfboard, it not only has a favorable environment for learning but also the ideal location for the best-certified trainers. The ocean water is great throughout the year, except for the brief bout of monsoon when its best to not venture into the ocean to learn surfing  

Mulki beach gets waves that are between 2-3 feet and in good shape; just ideal for a surfer to enjoy the spirit of the sport. Neither are the waves too big that you get discouraged to surf the first time, or too small that you don’t feel the kick to learn.  
Away from the touristy, the secluded beaches are pristine. Waiting to be explored!

Uttara Kannada District is known for its scenic beauty and has earned a sobriquet as Jalapathagala Jille the land of charming cascades. Numerous known waterfalls such as Magod. Sathodi, Shivagange, Lushington - Unchalli. Burude falls attract nature lovers, a very few unknown waterfalls, like Devakara waterfalls (Vajramala Falls, Dewkar Falls, Devakar Falls) is one of the beautiful waterfalls of the Uttara Kannada District, which is hidden in Yellapur taluk and silently shines in the pristine dense forests. 
To have a glimpse of this falls one has to trek in dense forest & the edge of the backwater of Kali River after the construction of the dam. Later climb the heap of stones, literally rock climbing to reach the base of the Waterfalls. The task can be a bit tiring, but worth every step. Devakar falls is situated on a small island called DEVAKARA which is surrounding the Kali River Backwaters. So it is called as “Devakara falls”. Here you can see the “Devakara falls” tumbling down 4 stages from 200 feet height. While falling, the dew drops that rise glows like a “Diamond (Vajra)”. The sight of water coming down is a sight to behold. So locally this falls is called “Vajramala falls”. This fall is formed from the “Bare” stream. Due to the lack of publicity, this beautiful falls is still unknown to a lot of people 

Another fitting sobriquet for India's 'garden city' could be 'land of forts'. As one drives out of Bengaluru, the various hillocks that speck the scene and the hills that decorate them are a superb sight. The rulers of the past had the foresight and vision to use sheer drops and troublesome territory to assemble forts that were practically unconquerable.

Bengaluru has the most best easily reached trekking locations in the state. KabbalaDurga is one such trekking trail that beginners similarly as experienced adventurers can set out for climbing. KabbalaDurga is settled among the dazzling stone tossed slants of the Kanakapura mountain ranges.

Kabbaladurga is a hillock close to 20kms from Kanakapura and is around 70-80kms from Bengaluru. The pinnacle is home to the sanctuary of Goddess Kabbalamma and had gotten its name from the sanctuary and the remnants of a fortress at the pinnacle. KabbalaDurgahillhas tallness up to 2090 feet over the sea level and is one of the best spots for touring and traveling in Bengaluru. KabbalaDurga was strengthened past; be that as it may, it is in ruins; one can spot only two half-crushed structures, which looks a great deal like a house than a fortress.

It is green, rough and quiet, perfect for a day's escape. The view from the top is totally stunning, with the shadow of the clouds making patterns on the surface of the Earth likewise displaying its sheer drop, ideal for new trekkers and climbing enthusiasts.

One needs to pass through the tired town of Kabbala to get to the base of the hillock. The climb to the top looks very overwhelming in any event, for experienced explorers. Walking past a stone quarry to begin the rising, sheets of rock that are gradually being removed, leaving enormous cavities on a superficial level can be seen.

The trek to Kabbaladurga takes around 2-2.5 hours to finish. From the initial glimpse, it would appear that KabbalaDurga Trek is more than an elevated barren hill. Kabbaladurga tough excursion is secure and protected as the path is all around set apart with red arrows on the rocks. There are red arrows on the head of white paint that would help the night trekkers visiting this spot. There are metal railings up and down the way where the means are steep and perilously inclined at the edge of the slant.

For a few hundred meters, the trek is straightforward. From that point onward, their isa rough and rocky region starting for around one km, and it is in like manner steep at around 45 degrees. The way will take you through seven fort barricades and entryways, some more noticeable than the others. With the convergence of every divider layer, the trek will get more extreme. The foot carvings made along the walk make the climbing to some degree simpler. At that point, the Silk Cotton tree will show up indicating the nearness to the highest point. From that point onward, there are 20 minutes of walking, which will set on the hill's head. This point invites to the top with high grass, where Nawab’s and Raja’s were hectically busy with territorial fights.

The ruins of the glorious fortress are the enduring critical observers to the loathsomeness stories from an earlier time. Taking a glance at the vertical drop from the pinnacle, and tuning in to the stories of the forts gatekeepers poisoning the main water source to guarantee that no prisoners got away or stayed alive, leaves no uncertainty concerning why Kabbaladurga was known as ‘the fort of no return’. The poisonous water source is at present surely made secure with reeds, duckweed, and waste abandoned by people.

At the summit, one discovers a prison, garrison, ammunition storage, and an old granary, a temple devoted to Bheemeshwara, a magazine house, and a small lake. In any case, missing the city lights' amazing viewof the far away perfection of Ramanagar would be regretful. The territory is a victory to one's eyes, common greatness of amazing greenery, water bodies' and unpleasant slopes.

The Kanakapura town moreover has the most perfect touristy spots and is celebrated for its silk and granite stone ventures. Consequently, the spot is maybe the best sight for corporate and groupoutings. Despite the fact that this can be a one-day venture near Bengaluru, it is nothing less of a faultless trip whenever attempted in the early long stretches of the mornings.

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

- Andy Rooney

South India is a Trekkers heaven, with the Western and Eastern Ghats offering trekking trails for beginners and experienced adventurers alike. In the middle of these two powerful Ghats lies the Deccan Plateau - a profoundly underestimated area with regards to climbing and exploits.

While the Mysore and Hassan routes appear to be the most famous attributable to soothing climate, vicinity toward the Western Ghats and good numerous attractions, beating off on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad interstate for brisk road trips and treks is considerably more exciting.

Alongside some well-known slopes - Nandi Hills, Horsley Hills, and so forth, there are some mind-boggling rock formations with large stones clinging to their spots. Gudibande Fort is a perfect one day trek from Bengaluru. It is about 100 kms from Bengaluru circumscribing Andhra Pradesh. This entrancing one day trip from Bengaluru gives a chance to explore the rich scene, legacy, and wonderful spots. Gudibande, which truly means ‘A sanctuary on top of a rock’ in Kannada is a seventeenth-century fortification built by a tribal leader Byre Gowda. It is one of the most unexplored fortresses in this district and is said to be a concise replica of the Madhugiri Fort.

Gudibande is acclaimed for its hill fort and a sanctuary for Lord Shiva. On the fortification is an old Shiva sanctuary that is home to one of the 108 Jyotirlingas. This one day trek from Bengaluru causes you to explore the hill fort of Gudibande and a little and beautiful dam at Jakkalamadugu.

Spread over 7 levels, the Gudibande Fort was the first fort to have rainwater harvesting frameworks. The climb to the top is quite simple and is ideal for beginners. The ascension itself is around 35 minutes for a normal climber. Once on top, one can have a bird’s eye view of the Gudibanda town and the hilly and rocky scene all around.

In spite of the fact that the path isn't as overwhelming as the Madhugiri fort path, the view from the head of the Gudibande fort is unparalleled to no other. Once on the top, there's much more to explore around in the ruins at the same time stunning view of the powerful Byrasaga rareservoir go with it.

The climate is very hot practically all year, expect cooler weather and rains during August. The climb during the rains could be tricky and unsafe. Make a point to carry enough water and keep yourself hydrated. For any refreshments, you should return to the town which is about 200mts away from the beginning of the trip.

You can club Gudibande Fort with a visit to Lepakshi, a temple town across the border in Andhra Pradesh, and return before nightfall. The trip can be concluded with a visit to the Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple at the foot of the Nandi Hills which is home to a Pushkarni wherein you can get an amazing fish spa while you get lost in the peace the temple offers.

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.”

– Barry Finlay

We head to Agumbe this time, searching for yet another adventure. Which brings us to the trek to the Narsimha Parvatha that sits within the Kudremukh National Park. This virgin trail is notorious for frequent spotting of vipers and cobras, and trekkers losing their way due to most of the trek being within dense forests. As such this trek is not for the average Joe and should be only for the experienced feet.

The trek can be done either from Malandur to Kigga or vice versa, the former being the more difficult option. These forests are some of the densest I've ever set my foot. Be careful of holding that branch or tree, there are chances a viper which is camouflaged may be resting there! Take some time off at the Sita river stream that eventually forms the Barkana waterfalls

From the Barkana falls the trail is mostly steep and be sure to be on the toes of your guide, else one can easily wander off. The overall trek is of almost 25 kms and is on a difficult side. Also, once you reach the top of Narasimha Parvatha be ready to be bewildered by the amazing landscape that lies right in front. After a tiring day one can visit the famous Doddamane (Malgudi house) the next day, along with a visit to the Kundadri Hill.

Bengaluru is generally known as a cosmopolitan city and it is known as the Silicon Valley in India, making it the city of the future. In any case, scarcely any realize that the city has a sparkling history also, and it is reflected through the great forts in and around the city, which stands tall even today as markers of the city's magnificence. These are incredible spots to explore and exceptionally knowledgeable for youngsters too.

Huliyurdurga is one of the Nine Forts (Nava Durgas) situated off Kunigal Highway close Here. It is situated around 28 km from Magadi and 75 km from Bengaluru. The Fort of Huliyurdurga is famously known as 'Kumbhi Betta' and the hill fort here was built by Sri Kempegowda, who was then the tribal leader of Magadi town and was conquered by the British and Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. This fortification is situated on a mountain and has an extremely curious shape since it is for sure formed like a cup. The fort is generally in ruins currently, situated on the Kumbi Betta however local people despite everything visit the sanctuary of Varadaraja, which was built during the rule of the Gowdas.

Huliyuru Durga significantly means 'the fortress of the tiger town'. Huli resonates to Tiger and Durga is a fort. Legends state that tigers used to roam around and rule this region during the sixteenth century. Trekkers find this place quite interesting because visiting the fort entails quite a bit of rock climbing. Additionally, the majority of local people recognize that it is very hard to arrive at the top.

This hill, however small in size, conveys the natural advantage of being consolidated as a hill-fort. This place is encircled by thick woodlands, despite everything we still get the vibe of the same while going along the Magadi - Huliyurdurga interstate highway.

Arriving at the slope base of Huliyurdurga is quite a simple task and the fortification appears to be welcoming. Hereon, steps are laid up till the sanctuary of Lord Sri Kumbhi Ganapathi. There are two paths; one of which has directions marked, while the other way circumvents the hill. In spite of the fact that the rising is to some degree conceivable, getting down will be certainly challenging!!

On the off chance, if one can go and explore to find a piece on the trek, you will detect these remnants of the Nandi icon and a little structure.

The uppermost level of the fort has remnants of a couple of structures, springs (water lakes), powder magazines, durbar corridor, storehouses, and so on. One can invest some energy and time here exploring the ruins.

This is more of a climb than a trek! Subsequent to finishing a short all over the climb of Huliyurdurga, one can head towards Malleshwara Betta which is a close-by journey site. There are cut strides while in transit to the top with little Nandi sanctuary around the slope. In the same way as other different journeys, this hill has a sanctuary of Lord Malleshwara where a large number of devotees visit each year in February.

By and large this is a decent trip for tenderfoots who needs to taste a touch of regular rock climbing and have some experience with adventure.

 “Mountains are like the great equalizer. It doesn’t matter who anyone is or what they do.”

– Jimmy Chin

Mullayanagiri is a household name in the trekking community. Being the tallest peak of Karnataka (6,300 ft) it is of no surprise that trekkers make a beeline to this hill. An ideal weekend trek situated in Chikmagalur district the approach to Mullayanagiri is rather, surprisingly an easy one. The trail starts off with thorny bushes and shrubs to ones unliking. Quickly enough though the vistas out wide becomes open and is a feast to the eyes.

Right below the peak is a couple of 2-3 caves that one can explore. In fact, according to the guides, one of the cave opens at Baba Budangiri, and the other at Mysore betta! At the peak, there's the Mullayanagiri temple which also attracts devotees from far off. The views from here are ethereal and sitting in the shades of the temple porch brings in a calming sensation within. There is also a motorable road till the peak, hence jeeps can also reach till the top with devotees. One can also trek from Mullayanagiri to Baba Budangiri, but chances are that route may now not be open due to frequent tiger spotting.

Kodachadri is fondly termed as the Jasmine of Hills. Set in the Shivamogga district Kodachadri is yet another popular weekend hot-spot for curious Bengalureans, eager to step out of their cubicle. Kodachadri can be either done through a trekking route or avail the services of a Jeep ride

The starting point of the trek is a village named Kattinahole. One has to snake through these dense forests before reaching the forest checkpoint. From hereon the trail gets gradually ascending, before throwing up the stunning Hidlumane falls perched inside the dense canopy. The very first sight of this magnificent waterfall is sure to kick away all the fatigue that you may have felt. Park your bags aside and take a cold dip right at the drop of the waterfall to make up for all your efforts.

The trail from hereon only gets more sloppy till you exit in the open meadows. Turn around to be WOW'd by the humongous greenery that dominates the landscape. Walking in these vast meadows on the undulating trail you'll soon reach the motorable road where guzzling jeeps will be now your companion. There's a Govt rest house a bit ahead, keep all your stuff here before making your way up to the Kodachadri top where you'll be joined by devotees on their way to offer their blessings in the temple at the top. This trek is ideal who wants to venture in the wild of the Western Ghats and truly offers some fascinating adventure for anyone's liking. 

Imagine paddling on a Kayak in the vast expanses of crystal clear backwaters of Manchenbele dam amidst nature surrounded by hills. A place just a stone's throw from Bengaluru for you to rejenuvate yourself in the abode of nature. Those of you craving for tranquility, this is the place to head to!

Kerekadu synonymously is a thick lush green forest patch, in the fringes of Savandurga reserve forest. Inhabited by thin wildlife and to add to the beauty stands the huge single rock formation, The Savandurga hill at the backdrop.

You would definitely forget everything and everyone as you set your sight on mother nature's beauty and embrace her. Listen to the call of the birds in the thickets, Kingfishers perching on the branches and having a feast. The ideal location, where you can hone your kayaking skills, if you are a bit adventurous you can take a leap from the cliff, and non-swimmers can swim in the water, float carefree with all safety!

The rustic campsite overlooking the waterbody is nothing less for a paradise in disguise. You can prepare your own barbeque and relish it amidst nature. The evening sky, ablaze with colors in the setting sun is a memorable time spent amidst nature with your loved ones.

 Photo: Good Wave / Kere kadu

If you want to experience trekking near Bengaluru, and also explore some old caves and temples to feel the rush of adventure then Siddara Betta is just the right place for it. Siddara Betta is one of the most sought after destinations for trekking near Bengaluru. Located near Madhugiri, it is surrounded by nature’s utmost blessings and is known for old temples and caves as well. Siddara Betta is a fine place for trekking near Bengaluru and is only about 100 km away from the city. It is home to a Lord Shiva shrine, which is located within the caves and is frequented by many devotees.
Hill of Saints Siddara Betta is the local term for “Hill of Saints.” It is home to a most auspicious Shiva temple and used to be home to several saints who would come here to meditate and attain enlightenment. Currently, there is an ashram here at the Hill of Saints, which is visited by saints and holy-men on a regular basis.
The obvious thing to do here would be to trek, but then the place offers a lot more to its tourists, if only you care to look!
There are man-made stones which cover the entire way up to the hill, which makes it an easy climb for trekkers. It is surrounded by lush greenery and is extremely picturesque once you reach the top. Siddara Betta is a famous trek location for adventure enthusiasts. The rocky terrain and caves add to the thrilling trek experience. The path of the trek includes caves and many uneven boulders, although the trek up to the temple is pretty easy.
Exploring the caves here is mandatory, especially given the fact that there is always a hint of mystery surrounding caves and their uses. Apart from trekking cave exploration at Siddara Betta is preferred by many. Inside the cave there is a complete route that twists through rocks and boulders. This could allow only one person to walk through it at a time. The cave route is difficult as compared to the rest of the trek, hence it consumes energy and time. You will find yourself following a complete route here inside the cave, and there are numerous rocks and boulders. Not everyone should try exploring the cave, as it is a little more complicated and difficult when compared to the rest of the trek. 

From the caves, the trek to the top is fairly easy and flat. It will take you another half an hour from the temple to reach the top. It is a huge area full of flat. Two ponds are there with very clean water. The view from there is simply great, one can see all the mountain chains nearby. Also, the last 30 Kms is through the rural area.

The natural springs, lush greenery, the extremely picturesque landscape seen once reaching the top, the rocky terrain and caves add to the thrilling trek experience. Sightings or signs of wildlife like Leopard, Sloth Bear, Peafowl, Jungle Fowl, and other birds make this an exhilarating experience. Of course, as mentioned earlier, the Shiva temple is a must-visit. Then there is also the chance to do some bird-watching for nature lovers. Here at the Devarayana Durga forest, located close to Siddara Betta, you have the good fortune to discover some pretty birds, the Yellow-Throated Bulbul being one such.
An important thing to note here is that there are no restaurants around this place, so it would be wise of you to carry dry foods with you. It is, however important not to litter the place, and in order to respect its sanctity, you should only carry vegetarian food items.

Ramanagara, in Karnataka, is considered as the prominent and most primitive rock climbing Paradise in India and normally referred to as a haven for adventure activities in the country. Popularly known as Ramgarh after the Bollywood blockbuster Sholay and  Movies like A Passage here which was picturized here in several gigantic hills like Ramadevarabetta, SRS betta, and Thenginkalbetta, Handi Gundi Ramnagaram which occupy an average altitude of 747 meters. The spot is ideal for short rock climbs, bouldering thus making the weekend trips of adventure seekers dream come true!
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​One can get indulged in a fun-filled day outing with exciting activities and multiple variants to choose from​ that interests you​.​The place is soothing for mind body and soul surrounded by hills, and make you forget the skyscrapers of concrete jungles kissing the sky. You can go on a guided hike to karadi Kallu Betta - known as Bear Rock in the local Kannada language. The place is surrounded by natural caves that will mesmerize you. !.
 
If you are lucky you can even spot a sleuth of sloth bears here, beware, and stick to the group. You are in their territory!
 
You can get the thrilling experience of Abseiling over an inclined rocky patch with all safety gears, take a leap into the freshwater lakes with safety jackets, sail on a kayak using paddles. Zipline will give an adrenaline rush, soaring high with all safety norms and supervision.

Once a sleepy regional capital, Bengaluru today is a modern metropolis. Also known as Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the technological hub of India and the very place where the country’s new, confident and global identity is being forged. Although the city might somewhat lack in historical sites, its buzzing and liberal atmosphere provide the perfect base for exploring the beautiful temples, palaces of the Deccan, and most importantly the trekking sites providing a great opportunity for all the adventure lovers out there.

Antharagange is one such expedition that will take to you places unseen and helps explore this great gigantic hill structure. It is definitely an adventurous one day breakthrough for all the busy bees out there in Bengaluru.

Anthargange - This beautiful rocky hill range is situated at about 1226 Meters (4021ft.) high in Kolar district proximity to Bengaluru. The Anthargange trek is one of the most popular places in the trekking spots near to Bengaluru. Anthargange hill is completely surrounded by rocky hills and boulders. Anthargange Sunrise Trip is an unforgettable experience in terms of trekking and cave exploration. Exploring the dark caves, amidst huge rocks is a thrilling experience, with the help of guides. The trek cum exploration which is around 3 km in length, you will find it to be pretty moderate as the trek starts with finding a way through broken rocks and zig-zag tricky path in the boulders to finally arrive at the cave site to explore. The experience at the Anthargange cave takes you back to prehistoric times. All the efforts put by you and patience heeding to leader pays off right after the completion of the trek when you get to glimpse the mesmerizing sunrise from atop the mountain. And, if luck favors, you might catch a glimpse of some wild animals around. As the dusk fades away, make your way back through the cave to the base.

Mention Chikkaballapur and what comes to mind are images of Historical Nandi Hills, Muddenahalli and Skandagiri, Kaiwara temple, Makali Durga, and many more. No second thoughts, it is an adventure seekers paradise.

Not many know about a hillock in disguise close to it called Tapaseshwara betta at an altitude 4,100 ft adjoining to Kaiwara sanctuary. Taking a deviation from Chapura cross before Perumachanahalli on the Chintamani Highway. The hillfort from distance looked impregnable. The initial path will be through rocky boulders. After trudging through the lantana bushes one can reach the base of the hillock. The 3 sentinels look impregnable!

The place is ideal for nature lovers, and those who seek solitude! Honeycombs can be seen dangling from the rocky outcrop and if disturbed can be an inviting problem. The uphill climb from here is exhausting. The 70 deg rock face is slippery and test your climbing skills. Don’t try if you are not physically fit! Wading through thorns, bushes crossing the fortifications we reach one of the sentinels finally on the top of the fort.

The lonely rocky sentinels seem to be guarding the intruders and one they look like the face of a Horse! As per locals, it was built by local palegars, which was then rebuilt by Tipu, and finally fell into the hands of the British.

After crossing the gateway one can sight at a small temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu with a Garuda Khamba  which is at 10 ft height. Adjoining to it we could see few crumbling structures, likely to be weapon houses and an underground storehouse. The circular bastion built out of mortar and bricks strategically impressive at the main entrance overlooking the plains. From the ramparts of the fort, we could see Ambaji Durga fort, Kailasa Giri, Kaiwara, dwarfed view of Rehmangarh fort, and huge reservoirs in the distance.

Situated about 60 km to the west of Bengaluru, Savandurga is considered to be one of the largest monolithic rock formations in the whole of Asia. Savandurga (Savina-Durga), when translated to Kannada, means the fort of death for the enemies. This hillock is one of the strongholds and one among Navadurgas built by kempegowda to seige British and invaders. Situated at an altitude of 2800 feet above sea level this hillock is visible from Bengaluru on a clear day, as well it is an important landmark in history. This hillock is pretty famous as it offers a decent challenge for a hike as being close to Bengaluru. Manchinbele reservoir is a top spot to combine during your trek to this Navadurga. It comprises of two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill) and has a temple situated at the foothill and a pond nearby. Most trekkers choose Billigudda due to its gentler slopes and comfort. The latter is for rock climbers and those seeking serious adventure. Due to proximity from Bengaluru, the city breds choose this place as a weekend getaway and frequently visit it for trekking, camping, and rock climbing.

Arkavathi River flows nearby and moves towards Manchanabele Dam. The surrounding forest and Savandurga hills make for a tranquil and picturesque trek and overlook a beautiful lotus pond. Its one of the top places for pitch climbing in the world and beckons a lot of climbers and adventure seekers visit here often. A lonely mantap at the tip of the hillock marks a prominent structure and view from here is awesome. The backwater of Thippagondanahlli dam, Shivagange hills is a sight to behold. The place is an Avian haven and popular activity here is bird watching. The avifauna here is magnificent and enthusiasts can spot the endangered of birds and favorite hideout of leopards and sloth bears are also spotted here.

Adjoining to the green patch of forest situated at 3400 feet above sea level, in the rocky region of  Chitradurga - popularly known as a 7 hill fort in history is a place called Jogimatti. The fort city located in the plains amidst prevailing heatwave and perennial drought, the green deciduous forest cover at the fringes of the city has created a climate that resembles that of hill station Ooty. Hence, the region is also called as ‘Ooty of Central Karnataka’. The presence of heavy breeze, misty mountains, and greenery are attracting the people from far away places. It is very clear that the forest got its name from a saint called ‘Jogi’, who was known for his social services. Jogimatti is a haven for rock climbers, known for hills and caves, less known to the outer world, among them is Pandavara Matti or Pandavara Gudda the highest point. Though there are no pieces of evidence about it, the places are shrouded in mystery with few pieces of evidence of articles and frescos here.

It is said that the caves served as a place for penance of saints, because of its sheer remoteness. Pandavara Matti is home for rare herbs, flora, and fauna including leopards and sloth bears and few species that are on the verge of extinction Pandavaramatti is a trekkers delight and must-see place for nature lovers in a pristine state

The mesmerizing beauty of Coorg never ceases to end and comes alive during a visit to Brahmagiri hills. Sandwiched between the hills of Karnataka bordering Wayanad, the hill attracts countless adventure seekers to enjoy a great hiking trip in the hills. By opting for trekking in these hills located within the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary, you choose to experience the most amazing sights of the Western Ghats. Situated at an altitude, the Brahmagiri hills rise up to a height of 1068 m above sea level and offer a great view of the evergreen and semi-evergreen forests that surround the entire trail. The trek itself provides a mildly challenging adventure that is full of thrill, a tiring uphill climb, hiking amidst undulating grasslands, with excitement, and beautiful memories that will last for a lifetime.

The Brahmagiri hill trek proves to be a unique experience to cherish for a lifetime in every respect. The zigzag trail passing over hilly terrains takes you across the majestic Shola forests, rivulets,  gurgling streams, open grasslands, and river streams. The beauty that surrounds you makes you feel like having been transported to a world that is out of bounds from the noise, pollution, and tantrum of the cities. Being so close to nature it makes you feel relaxed and rejenuvated and helps you reconnect with nature. Upon reaching the tip of the Brahmagiri peak, you have scintillating views of rolling hills, a heard of Gaurs grazing leisurely if your lucky, the jungles of Coorg and Wayanad.

 The fun and thrill of trekking are enhanced significantly by local cuisine and stay experience. You also get to enjoy the fun of spending time around a campfire, sharing experiences after you reach the base of the hill in the evening. 

The hills of Coorg have always mesmerized nature lovers and have been a challenge for the adventure enthusiasts. The lesser-known twin peaks of Manja Motte and Makaath Motte stand aloof and are one of the lesser-known trekking destinations in Kodagu. It is the myriad landscapes that such a trail offers and lends the trek its appeal. It is a haven for those seeking an off-beat experience, being a relatively less trodden route that traverses vast expanses of coffee plantations, rolling grasslands, peaceful streams, Waterfalls, and dense forests.  
Camping here under the cerulean sky overlooking the valley dotted with millions of stars is an experience. You feel carefree in the hills, in the bosom of nature. This hill range is home to a variety of flora, especially the wild herbs that are found only in this region. The twin hills are known for their appealing pulchritude and ambiance still untouched.
It can be visited throughout the year and the beauty of hills never ceases to end. However, it is a rewarding experience after rains that is just after monsoons during September - February when the misty blanket enhances the visual appeal of these hills.  

Another gem of a trail that has hardly seen any footfall is the Kode Kallu and Bale Gudda trek nestled in the Charmadi ghats. One has to take an overnight bus to Dharmasthala and then to Ujire from there.  If you're a sucker for green and only green all around then this trek will not disappoint. In fact, immediately post-monsoon is the best time to do this trek. Or one can venture out in the monsoons also, provided you're up for some incessant rains and don't mind the occasional mist that may mar the views of the entire ghats and adjoining hills.

It's named Kode (umbrella) Kallu (rock) as there's a huge boulder at the top which can easily shelter more than 30 people. Similarly, Bale Gudda as there used to be lots of banana trees growing at this place. The trails see frequent elephant herd movements, as such be very cautious while you're here. A local guide along is imperative to ensure you're back down safely. The trek itself is not very difficult, and one can reach Bale Gudda top in 2.5-3 hours of trekking. Enjoy the majestic views from the top including Jenukallu Gudda and explore nearby ranges and hills since you'll have plenty of time to you.

Once you've absorbed the stunning panorama to your heart's content it's time to move on to the next hill, Kode Kallu. It will take around 40-45 mins more to reach Kode Kallu, and that huge floating boulder is the landmark. Take refuge under the huge shade under the rock and enjoy your packed lunch while relishing the views up ahead. The Charmadi Ghat main road is only about 30 mins away, albeit the trail can get treacherous during rainfall. Be sure to be carrying a good rain-jacket, the rainfall in this part of the world is unforgiving.

Quite flows a river, surreptitiously & inaudibly Shambhavi river flows parallel to the Arabian sea. Before joining the sea, the river skirting through the scenic surroundings offers innumerable opportunities for adventure seekers.

Kayaking here in the river is perhaps the most thrilling experience that anyone can ask for. While few will be flabbergasted to know that such a paradise for exotic adventurous water sport exists in such close proximity to the sea – we are here you to take you for a wilderness ride, on a Kayak.

During this adventurous trip, you will get to sail and cover a total distance of 30 km on a kayak with all guidance, safety precautions. From one side of the Palimar Dam where the water of the Arabian Sea gushes into the Shambhavi River in Karnataka, you’ll sail up to the other end of the dam where fixed camps will be set up in the scenic location. Surrounded by the Western Ghats, the camping site is amidst nature, by the banks of the river.

Once the dam gets narrow and you slowly enter the river, you’ll realize that this place is a paradise in disguise and it’s one of those virgin destinations of South India that aren’t explored or known to many. The beautiful landscape can only be explored through the waterway and kayaking here would be the most memorable experience.

A  river that snakes through in the southernmost region of Karnataka, winding its way through the dense forest of Nagarahole. The water flow never rises high nor recedes and is apt for the ecosystem, thus the park is rich in flora and fauna, waterfalls, the lush green forest through the year thus creating islands. The dense forest is teeming with wildlife including elephants, tigers, sloth bears Indian leopards, lack panther, and unique species of birds. The park is acclaimed as one of the best places for wildlife sighting in the entire country.
You are right, it is the Kabini or Kasbani or Kapila reserve located in the southern part of Nagarahole which is extremely popular for wildlife sightings and dream destinations of many nature enthusiasts. Kabini, which is situated on the banks of the Kabini River used to be a private hunting lodge of the Kings of the Wodeyar dynasty, the former rulers of the Kingdom of Mysore. Kabini was also a popular hunting ground for the British Viceroys and Indian Royalty. It was set up in 1955 as a Wildlife sanctuary and later in the year 1988, it was upgraded as a National Park. Later in the year, 1999 Kabini was declared as a Tiger Reserve.
The construction of the Nugu dam and backwater is ideal for wildlife to live in natural surroundings. The park stretches at the foothills of the Western Ghats spreading down the Brahmagiri Hills and flows south to the state of Kerala. Nagarahole which is contiguous with Bandipur National park is separated by river Kabini, in conjunction with Lakshmana and Theertha river which flows through it.
The dam provides ideal opportunities for coracle ride, Jeep Safaris by the bank, fishing, and place to laze out in leisure. The sun dipping down, at dusk is something that is not to be missed.
Safaris are conducted twice a day in Kabini, as you enter the forests on designated routes. Early morning Jeep Safaris are the best time to witness most of the animals of the reserve, who step out for water and food before the temperatures rise. Evening safaris are considered a good time to spot leopards that rule this corner of the Forest. Summertime is an ideal season for observing wild elephants as the large groups of pachyderms gather around the shrinking water bodies. Of late Kabini has been in the news globally due to the sighting of a black panther for the first time. This elusive animal has now created even more excitement amidst the wildlife buffs, wanting to have a first-hand rare glance of Bagheera.

Are you a trekking enthusiast, an ardent history and structure lover, or an adventure addict? Do forts, fights, successes, formation, and devastation of kingdoms that have been a part of the history trigger up your inquisitive mind?

If your answer is yes, at this point gear up for your next big experience, to extinguish that hunger for adventure. Around a hundred kilometers from the city of Bengaluru, Channarayana Durga, an ideal one-day trek destination, lies in the Tumkur area of Karnataka. A fortress is arranged on a slope at a stature of 3734 feet, the fort has seen to the ascent and fall of a few realms.

This day trip to Channarayana Durga is a stunning way to get the fill of the adventure and appreciate the amazing view on encompassing areas. The moderate trip is something that should be taken around in Bengaluru. The journey to Channarayana Durga takes to a peak in the small town of Tumkur. A paradise for all the traveling and rock climbing lovers, this spot is well known for the stone fortress on the top which has seen a few force battles in the History. The fortress was inherent the seventeenth century by a medieval master called Chikkappa Gowda, who was the leader of Madhugiri and the spots encompassing it. The old structures that stay flawless and not many of the sanctuaries that are still there in the stronghold helps to remember the brilliance it held before.

The beginning stage of the trek begins from a little sanctuary of the town Channarayana Durga. The journey trail can be separated into 3 sections with loads of amazement anticipating you along the path. The beginning of the trip is a bit of testing with a reasonably steep move over the stone surface where the need to watch the progression and continue moving towards the left uniquely to arrive at a fairly level surface with a mandapa like structure toward one side. The structure with the blue background and Tumkur region extended far wide behind gives it a live picture outline coupled with the moderate breeze moving through the ears.

Following 15–20 minutes towards the top, the primary stone forms the entrance, and the second phase of the stronghold–'The lost heaven' is seen. Hypnotized by the colossal structure before the eyes, walk further to one side and amazingly there's a quiet lake directly in the midst of the little fortress ruins mirroring the immense structure of the fortification flawlessly in the water. This unquestionably requires a break! The ruins of the stronghold and sanctuaries and compositional structures of the mandapas help to remember the magnificence it held before. The monkeys are enjoyable to watch and its best to stay at bay from them. During the rainy season, the stones turn slippery and tricky and would require great specialized abilities and attention for one to effectively make it to the top.

Channarayana Durga is a pleasant spot and photograph lovers can have a ton of inventive thoughts for a shoot. After the lake it's presently a last rise through the vestiges. The path circumvents the lake through the trees and shrubs encompassing the lake. A left from the enormous divider and afterward directly through the stone passageway prompts the path to the head of the fort, abstain from accepting a privilege as the course is marginally testing with tremendous grasses and the path being hazy with rocks in the middle.

This prompts the last stage-'The top'. The towns presently show up as little specks as the elevation increments further. The principle passageway of the fortification has steps laid in front. You climb the means and successfully enter the fortress to explore the most astonishing and amazing views.

After spending enough time on the top carefully descend the fort having fun along the way to reach back to Bengaluru. So, don’t keep your enthusiasm waiting. Schedule the trip right away for this adventurous escape.

“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” ― Friedrich Neitszche

It's Time to Get That Long Waited Trip of Your Lifetime Checked from Your Wish-list

The above 52 trips don't even scratch the surface of the innumerous options that this wonder of a state has to offer. In fact, no other state in the country comes even close to what Karnataka can offer to fill that void of adventures you've been longing for. Waterfalls, wildlife, water-sport, trekking through lush green forests, grasslands, as well as hills, forts and ruins, sand and shores... you name it and Karnataka has got it covered. Time to get off that couch, you really don't have an excuse now to NOT venture out in one of those leech laden trails anymore ;)

So, which trip are you finally signing up for then?