Nothing is more exciting than a leisurely trek. For people living in Bangalore, the options are unlimited. Here is a look at some of the top trekking trails and destinations.
1. Revana Siddheshwara betta Trek
This is a short trek of 30 minutes and easy. It takes about 1 hour to complete the trek. The starting point is 60 km from Bangalore. You can reach the place from Ramanagara (13 km) by driving. You take the left turn on the Kanakapura – Ramanagara road. At Kavanapura, you take another left and drive 2 km to reach the mutt.
The places of interest on this trek are the Renukamba Temple (you see this at the bottom of the hills), the Revana Siddheshwara temple located on the top (dedicated to Lord Shiva), and the Bheemeshwari temple on the way. This Bheemeshwari temple has stone excavations.
2. Trek to Kudremukh, Chikmagalur
This is a two-day and one-night trek organised by a recognised tour operator. This is one of the best trails for trekking near Bangalore. It costs Rs 3,200 and that includes meals, pickup and drop, transport, activities, accommodation, and guide.
To start your trek, you board a bus overnight from Bangalore and reach Chikmagalur in the morning. Kudremukh is located 96 km from Chikmagalur. The itinerary is as follows:
- Begin your overnight journey to Kudremukh on Friday night – pickup points are Lifestyle, Magrath Road, New Shanti Sagar Hotel, Domlur, and 80-feet road, Indiranagar.
- The first day of your trek is Saturday – start from Kudremukh National Park at 6:00 AM.
- At 9:00 AM, after breakfast, you begin the climb up to Kudremukh peak. This distance is 22 km.
- Have lunch, return to base camp at 6:00 PM.
- Start from Kudremukh National Park on Sunday at 8:00 AM.
- Head over to the waterfall and enjoy a dip.
- Return to Kudremukh by 10:00 PM.
Only two breakfasts, one dinner and one lunch is provided. You should buy the rest on your own. The activities are trekking and sightseeing with optional campfire.
3. Madhugiri Trek
This is a medium to easy trek covering 3 km. The starting point is 60 km from Bangalore. The best season for this trek is from November to February. Though the distance is less, the climb up the hill is difficult.
The things to see on this trek include the Gopalakrishna Temple ruins and the Madhugiri Fort. This has an elevation of 3,930 feet and is the second largest monolith in Asia. This is a site for many professional and amateur trekkers.
The hills at places are steep and present quite a challenge. Hyder Ali built the Madhugiri Fort; he was the Sultan of Mysore. The ruins of the temple are at the peak of the hill. You get a panoramic view of the countryside from the top of the hill. Strong winds can add difficulty to the climb.
Be prepared with a first aid kit, spare clothing, and sleeping material, especially if the trek is not organised by any tour agents. If you go on an organized tour, check with the agents for all details before you set out.