Starting at Rs 450, These 7 Trails Around Bangalore Shouldn't Be Missed

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Trekking is a fun activity which involves making a journey on foot, usually done on an inclined plane and for several days. However, the idea of walking for days and giving up the comfort of city life is unsettling for a lot of people. Moreover, the limited number of leaves in most corporations makes it hard for people to go on extended trips.

The Karnataka Forest Department runs a website, My Eco Trip, which features trekking trails that aren't too heavy on the pocket and can be covered in a day. The cost of the treks offered by them includes the entry and guide fees. Here's a list of the seven best trails that start at ₹450 –

Photo of Makalidurga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Makalidurga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Makalidurga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Makalidurga, Makalidurga Trail, Bangalore Rural, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Makalidurga is just 60km and two hours away from Bangalore, a place of barren land and boulders. The place is very still and away from the city bustle. A trek to Makalidurga starts near the Krishna temple, situated on the Makalidurga railway tracks. The highlight of the destination are the ruins of the Makalidurga Fort that are situated atop a granite hillock. The view you get of Lake Gunjar from here, which is located at the foothills is fascinating. It is best advised to carry your own food and water on this day trek.

Distance of the trek: 4km

Difficulty level: Beginner to moderate

Trekking duration: 3 hours

Distance from Bangalore: 60km

Photo of Avalabetta, Chikkaballapura, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Avalabetta, Chikkaballapura, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Avalabetta, Chikkaballapura, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Avalabetta, Chikkaballapura, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Famous for its hanging cliff, this amazing trail has a lot to offer in terms of mythology, religion and the panoramic views from the top. The trail, made of rock-cut stone steps, lead you to the top where there are two temples. The place offers enough opportunities for climbing, bird watching or simply learning about its mythology, making it an adventurer's paradise.

Distance of the trek: 2km

Difficulty level: Beginner to moderate

Trekking duration: 2 hours

Distance from Bangalore: 92km

Photo of Skandagiri Hills, Chikballapur, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Skandagiri Hills, Chikballapur, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Skandagiri Hills, Chikballapur, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Skandagiri Hills, Chikballapur, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

This ancient mountain fortress, also known by the name Kalavara Durga is famous for its dilapidated fortress and an abandoned Shiva temple, located at a height of 1,350m above sea level. The trail passes through a maze of dense shrubs, which makes for an exciting adventure. Skandagiri is a perfect weekend getaway near Bangalore, preferred by most adventure and nature lovers.

Distance of the trek: 4km

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trekking duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance from Bangalore: 61km

Photo of Bidarakatte, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Bidarakatte, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Bidarakatte, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Bidarakatte, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Located very close to its popular counterpart Savandurga Hill, Bidarakatte is just 60km away from Bangalore and is not too crowded. The trek to this hill starts from the Kempegowda tree park which is followed by an incline, climbing which leads you to the top of the hill at Doddarebylu. All along the path, the trekker is greeted with lush green scenery and insects such as butterflies and beetles.

Distance of the trek: 2.5km

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trekking duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Distance from Bangalore: 60km

Photo of Savandurga Hill, Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Savandurga Hill, Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Located 55km west of Bengaluru, Savandurga Hill is considered to be amongst the largest monolith hills in Asia, which is a geological feature consisting of a massive single stone or rock. Savandurga is formed by two hills known locally as Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). An extremely deep valley known as Ramanagara separates these two massive rock formations. The trek is popular with adventurers and nature lovers. While you're there, spend some time near the river Arkavathy and Manchanabele Dam.

Distance of the trek: 4.5km

Difficulty level: Moderate

Trekking duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Distance from Bangalore: 55km

Photo of Devarayanadurga, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Devarayanadurga, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Devarayanadurga, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Devarayanadurga, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Devarayanadurga is a beautiful hill station near Tumkur, one of the industrial cities of Karnataka. The place was originally known as Anebiddasari, translating to 'the place where the elephant fell'. The Devarayanadurga Hills are famous for temples, natural springs, deep caves and panoramic views. There is a chance to spot animals and birds such as jackals, langurs and bears, mainas, bee-eaters, bulbuls and spotted doves.

Distance of the trek: 3km

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Trekking duration: 2 hours

Distance from Bangalore: 70km

Photo of Siddara Betta, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans
Photo of Siddara Betta, Karnataka, India by Ishvani Hans

Siddara Betta gets its name from Kannada, meaning "hills of saints". It is known as an abode for saints who used to come here to meditate and seek solitude. The top of the hill is a place of worship, so one needs to take their footwear off, after climbing a certain height. It takes a thousand steps to reach the top, where you will be greeted by natural springs and a cave. The views around this hill are a feast for the eyes.

Distance of the trek: 4km

Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult

Trekking duration: 3 to 4 hours

Distance from Bangalore: 100km

All photos have been sourced from MyEcoTrip.

For more information, you can visit MyEcoTrip's website.

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