Dating back to almost 1300 AD, and originally called as Savandi, the Savanadurga Fort atop the hill formed the secondary capital of the Magadi rulers like Kempegowda. The hill is formed by two structures, localled named as Karigudda (Black Hill) and Billiguda (White Hill). Two important temples are located in the foot of the hill, Savandi Veerbhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple.
How to Reach
The best way to reach Savandurga is through private vehicle, or by hiring a Taxi from Bangalore. However, for people opting for much cheaper public transport, buses can be availed going towards Magadi or Savanadurga from the Majestic Bus Depot in Bangalore. The frequency of buses is low, and uncertain. Trains can be availed from Bangalore till Magadi, from where you must opt for locally available autorickshaws.
The nearest airport to Savanadurga however, is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore.
Best time to visit
The best time to undertake the Savanadurga trek is ideally from September to early March, as the climate can be quite troublesome during Summer and Monsoon, due to the terrain and nature of the trek. At an altitude of 4000 ft, with predominantly Granite Rock Trail With Small Forest and Mud Sections, the climb can be quite difficult and dangerous during monsoon, and physically demanding during summers.
To begin with, the whole structure is made up of one huge monolithic rock. The climb here is steep, mostly encountering granite, and little patches of forests. There are two separate trails, along the Karigudda and Billiguda. However, only Billiguda is accessible to the public. This trail originates from the Narasimha Swamy temple. The entire expanse of the trek is completed in three stages.