A few customary selfies later, we started our search for the place we had booked – a place favorably called The Verandah in the Forest....
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Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta
Difficulty: EasyDuration: 2-3 hoursBase Camp: Koonala Doddi (60km from Bangalore)Bilikal Ranganathaswamy Betta is a great option for trekking near Bangalore over the weekend. Situated just 60km away from the city, the summit point of this hill is the ancient Ranganathaswamy Temple, which trekkers can reach after traversing the well-paved trail. The trek starts from Maruti Temple at Koonala Doddi, which is a jeep-ride away from Kanakapura.To know more about how to reach Koonala Doddi from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Usha Hariprasad's complete guide to the trek here.
About Bilikal Forest
Pros: the place is peaceful. the people are friendly. the environment is clean. the roads are new and good. Cons: the elephants are many in number. the security is very low. I didn't even see a single forest guard. all the forest offices are abandoned. Tip: carry necessary exploration equipment.