A Trek Up the Makalidurga, Karnataka

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4th May 2014

At the base of the hill

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The Star to be...

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The Aim...

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

Following the track

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

Making our own way through the jungle and roc

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

A fraction of the climb later

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

On the edge...

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The essentials

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The rocky path

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The daredevil trek leader

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

Unawares

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The native

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

At the top... Achieved!

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

A well deserved rest

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

Monkey-ness

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The old fort at the top

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

What remains...

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

On the wall

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The missing team member

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

The climbing party

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

Looking out

Photo of Makali Durga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Gaurav Ray

A non-descript hill/hillock about 60 km outside of Bangalore, just beyond Doddaballapur. Its like countless other hills in the neighbourhood and like most of them this is one of the popular trekking places for Bangaloreans. Quite typically, for us working folks, the week passes by in a haze of deliverables, timelines/deadlines, submissions, meetings and what-nots. And that creates the extra urge to escape, not too far, not too close - somewhere we can really leave the hassles behind and drown in the silence of the wild (a tad overstatement here since it is just 60 km from the city!). Makalidurga fits the description quite well and that is what sets it apart. The setting is desolate, not many people come to trek in these parts, the more popular options being Sawandurga and Nandi Hills (which is actually like a view point and not a trekking option). There is a track which gets lost in the terrain and there are markings on the rock which provide directions for climbing which also get lost and one has to be quite keen eyed to figure them out and decipher the correct path. The trek is a more or less standard one the only tricky part being the climb gets steep abruptly at regular intervals which takes a considerable effort to pull through which is quite justified

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Nice trek. Passed lot of monkeys along the wayÖlol. Luckily I had some biscuits to throw their way.
Sat 09 26 15, 10:11 · Reply · Report
I went trekking once with friends to makalidurga and it's the first and last time for me. The trek is very rocky as you climb higher and the view from the top is nothing great.
Sat 09 26 15, 06:13 · Reply · Report
I love the night trekking at makalidurga. The stillness of the night is so peaceful broken only by the sound of insects. The early morning view of the rising sun is something else.
Fri 09 25 15, 23:03 · Reply · Report
I prefer the trek to Skandagiri which we undertook in March. The trek was much more challenging and so refreshing once we reached the top.
Fri 09 25 15, 15:59 · Reply · Report
Nice place for Bangaloreans to escape to. The way up the makalidurga trek is not very laborious. Anyone can do it.
Fri 09 25 15, 13:07 · Reply · Report
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