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10 Do-It-Yourself Treks Near Bangalore

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The fact that Bangalore is possibly the best city for travellers to live in India is contested, celebrated and relished by wanderlusting millennials all over the country. But irrespective of what the consensus is, it can be agreed that the city of Bangalore has the best access to the Western Ghats. This means that your hunt for beautiful yet challenging places to go trekking near Bangalore don't have to end at extensively guided treks. You can very well take on these trails all by yourself!

All you need to take along are some basic camping skills (not mandatory, though) and a thirst for adventure. Check out our favourite treks around the city that you can easily undertake all by yourself!

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Duration: 6-7 hours

Base Camp: Kopatty (290km from Bangalore)

The trek to Kopatty Hill Top is a quick but fulfilling trek that you and your friends can easily go on by yourself, as it won't require you to camp. The summit can easily be reached within 3 hours and the descent through the lush forest and grasslands will take you less time than that. The trek starts from the Maha Vishnu Temple, which is a short walk away from the Kopatty Bus Stop.

To know more about how to reach Kopatty Basecamp from Bangalore, the nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Arjun Majumdar's complete guide to the trek here.

Photo of Kopatty Hill Top, Kolagadalu, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Duration: 4-6 hrs from Gowdara Mane to Bandajje Falls. Approximately 2-3 hrs from Bandajje Falls to Ballalarayana Durga Fort

Base Camp: Ujire (308km from Bangalore)

The trek to Bandajje Arbi Falls and Ballalarayana Durga Trek rewards you with two spectacles, first a beautiful waterfall then the historic Ballalarayana Durga Fort. You can attempt both of these stops in one day, but trekkers prefer camping at the Bandajje Falls overnight and heading to the Ballalarayana Durga Fort the next day. The trek starts from Ujire, from where you head to Gowdara Mane.

To know more about how to reach Ujire or Gowdara Mane from Bangalore, the nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Sandhya's complete guide to the trek here.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 4-5 hours

Base Camp: Karekatte (458km from Bangalore)

The trek to Kodachari Hill's peak offers several trails to interested climbers; such as the one from Karekatte, which is a simpler and more scenic ascent, another from Sampekatte, which is slightly tougher to climb and then from Marakuttaka, which goes through the Hidlumane Falls. The trek starts from Karekatte, which conveniently falls on the Nittur-Kollur road.

To know more about how to reach Karekatte from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Usha Hariprasad's complete guide to the trek here.

Photo of Kodachadri Hill, Valur, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Kumta to Gokarna Beach Trek

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 10-12 hours

Base Camp: Kumta Beach (470km from Bangalore)

The trek from Kumta to Gokarna Beach is probably the most underrated, hidden and beautiful beach trek route in Karnataka. On the first day of the trek, you start from Kumta Beach and stop for the night at Heaven Beach after Kagal Fort. The beauty of the Arabian Sea keep you company till the next and final day when you reach Gokarna Beach. Starting point of the trek is in Kumta, and several buses from Bangalore leave for Kumta everyday.

To know more about how to reach Kumta from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Amogha Skanda's complete guide to the trek here.

(c) Amogha Skanda

Photo of 10 Do-It-Yourself Treks Near Bangalore by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Duration: 3-4 hours

Base Camp: Holegundi (290km from Bangalore)

The trek to Ettina Bhuja is a mildly-challenging route to an ox-hump shaped hill, which in Kannada is described as "yettu", meaning ox, and "bhuja", meaning shoulder. Perched on the Charmadi Ghats, the trek is a great route for beginners who can head here over a long weekend from Bangalore. The trek starts from Shishila, which you can reach by taking a bus from Dharamasthala to Kokkadaand, then a jeep to Holegundi.

To know more about how to reach Shishila from Bangalore, the nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Sandhya's complete guide to the trek here.

Photo of Ettina Bhuja, Byrapura, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 4 to 6 hours

Base Camp: Dodaballapur (60km from Bangalore)

A trek to Makalidurga is possibly the best weekend trek from Bangalore that you can attempt by yourself. The trek begins just 60km from the city and is frequented by aspiring and professional rock climbers alike. At the end of the trek is a temple of Shiva and Nandi, as well as the Gunjar Lake. The trek starts from Dodaballapur, which is very close to the Makalidurga Railway Station.

To know more about how to reach Dodaballapur from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Akanksha Raju's complete guide to the trek here.

(c) Sakeeb Sabakka

Photo of Makalidurga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 6-8 hours

Base Camp: Shishala (370km from Bangalore)

If you want a bit of adventure not too far from the city, then check out this trek near Bangalore. The trek to Amedikallu is one the more challenging treks in the region because of the few steep rocky inclines that turn slippery during the monsoon. The trek starts from Shishila, which you can reach by taking a bus from Bangalore and then a jeep to Kombaru.

To know more about how to reach Shishala from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Usha Hariprasad's complete guide to the trek here.

(c) Sandeep Chandra

Photo of Amedikallu, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 2-3 hours

Base 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.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Duration: 3-4 hours

Base Camp: Sarpadhari (267km from Bangalore)

For adventure seekers, the search for ideal trekking places near Bangalore ends at Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka. The route, despite a few rough patches, is only mildly challenging and add to that the awe-inspiring scenery of Chikmagalur, and you have possibly the best of all treks near Bangalore. The trek starts from Sarpadhari, which a short-jeep ride away from Chikmagalur.

To know more about how to reach Sarpadhari from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Usha Hariprasad's complete guide to the trek here.

(c) Riju K

Photo of Mullayanagiri Peak, Pandaravalli, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 6-8 hours

Base Camp: Kakkabe (266km from Bangalore)

At 5,740 ft, Tadiandamol is the tallest peak in Coorg District, which trekkers love to scale in a day or on a long weekend trip from Bangalore. Though you can easily ascend and descend the peak in a single day, but camping on the Tadiandamol Peak is often recommended by trekkers who have visited the place. The trek starts from Kakkabe, which you can easily reach via Madikeri.

To know more about how to reach Kakkabe from Bangalore, nature of the trail and details about getting back, read Ayush Gupta's complete guide to the trek here.

(c) Sumit Bose

Photo of Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, India by Sreshti Verma

Handi Gundi Betta

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 4 hours

Base Camp: Basavanapura (16km from Bangalore)

The Handi Gundi hill top is surprisingly close to Bangalore, you don't even need a long weekend to plan a day trek here. The trail is easy but not boring, making it just perfect to introduce kids or complete beginners to the basics of climbinh. The trek starts from a snake god shrine, which is five minutes from the Basavanapura village.

(c) Sandhya

Photo of 10 Do-It-Yourself Treks Near Bangalore by Sreshti Verma

There are several other trekking places near Bangalore that you can head to without any technical support or guide. Check out this wide collection of detailed treks documented by avid climbers in Karnataka.

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You missed mentioning treks like kudremukha, kumaraparvatha, mullayanagiri, tadiyandamol and few others....
Thu 04 26 18, 09:56 · Reply · Report
Great Feed. Would love to check out the camping spots. Few queries: we have our own camping gear, so if only 2 of us are going to any of the above mentioned treks, do we need to take permission beforehand? also is it safe to camp in the night for only 2 of us?
Mon 04 02 18, 01:09 · Reply · Report
These are really great places, will like to explore them in near future. Thanks for sharing.
Fri 01 05 18, 04:43 · Reply · Report
nice
Mon 07 17 17, 01:58 · Reply · Report