The beautiful brown boulders piled on top of one another, verdant and picturesque sugarcane fields, and the azure lake of Pandavpura offer a unique view from the top of the peaceful Kunti Betta Parvat. Kunti Betta Trek provides the perfect and quick respite from the mundane city life of Bengaluru. Situated approx. 130 kms away from Bengaluru, Kunti Betta is commonly known for its breath-taking and adventurous sunrise trek. Sharing a topography akin to Hampi, it is situated a little ahead of Mandya district in Karnataka, in a small town called Pandavpura. It derives its mythological importance from the tales in Mahabharata that explain how the Pandavas spent a majority of their exile in Pandavpura. The panoramic views from the top of the hillock, served with an enveloping feeling of serenity, make for the perfect 1-day getaway.
There is a lake called ‘Thonnur Lake’, 10 kms from Kunti Betta Peak. It is the source of water for the nearby villages there. The lake is used for water sport activities and can be reached after the trek.
During monsoon season, a green lake is formed at the foot of the hills and is called ‘Kunti Kund’. There is also a temple at the top of the hill. The Pujari of this temple reside in a cave that was used by the Pandavas. Trekking is an option chosen by visitors here. The trek is a steep climb among huge boulders and rocks.
The place has a historical importance to it. It is named Kunti Betta because it is believed that Kunti, the mother of Pandavas took shelter here during her exile. Located right in the middle of sugarcane, paddy and coconut trees in Pandavapura village of Mandya, this hill provides one of the best views.