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The satisfying experience of the toil of a climb, the excitement of reaching the peak, and the magnificent environment are things that can only be felt by the trekker and cannot be expressed in words. This weekend, leave the concrete jungle of Bangalore behind and put on your trekking shoes to make memories at one of the following hiking places in Bangalore. How much city living can you handle at once? There are only so many parties you can go to, so much food you can eat, and so much shopping you can do before you crave something more adventurous. And you’ll be astonished at how much Bangalore has to offer in this category. 

Skandagiri

If you believe that hiking is simply an activity to be done in the morning, you are mistaken. Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga or Kalavara Betta, is about 1450 meters above sea level and is encircled by the Nandi Hills. The hill contains a destroyed fort on the way, which adds to the night trek’s intrigue by providing an element of dread. The best thing is that you can spend the night on top of the hill under the stars. Not to mention the specially lighted bonfire for the trekkers to sit around and enjoy the warmth.

Savandurga

Savandurga, located 60 kilometers west of Bangalore, is home to one of Asia’s largest single rock formations. It is made up of two hills, Billigudda and Karigudda. It features a temple at the foothill as well as a pond nearby. Because of its milder slopes, Billigudda is preferred by most trekkers. Weekend visitors from Bangalore come here for trekking, camping, and rock climbing. The Arkavathi River flows close and pours into the Manchanabele Dam. The Savandurga hills are a peaceful and attractive trek that overlooks a stunning lotus pond. It is one of the best sites in the world for slab climbing, and many climbers and adventure seekers come here frequently.

Ramanagara

Ramanagara, set between steep granite hills and beautiful green surroundings, is a favorite weekend escape for Bengaluru residents. Anyone who is familiar with Bollywood films will recognize the terrain surrounding Ramanagaram because it featured frequently in the legendary film Sholay. The majority of the film was shot on the old granite formations and boulders, immortalizing these highlands for all time. Ramanagaram is also known as the Silk Town and Silk City due to its importance in the silk industry. The silk produced here is used to make the famed Mysore Silk. Ramanagaram is particularly well-known for the Ramdevarabetta Vulture Sanctuary, where critically endangered vultures can be found.

Makalidurga Fort

Makalidurga Fort is located about 60 kilometers from Bangalore, at an elevation of 3664 feet. The fort may be reached after a short journey, nestled amid lush hills and surrounded by gorgeous scenery. In the area of the fort, there is also a Lord Shiva temple, which is frequently frequented by the locals. According to folklore, Makalidurga received its name from two places. First and foremost, Makalidurga is named from a woody climber known as “Makali Beru” or Makali Root, the juice of which is used to make a health drink. Some medicines contain juice because it purifies the blood. Second, during the late 1800s, the fort was used as a granary by the ‘Palegar’ or monarch named Makaliraya.

Anthargange

Anthargange is in Kolar in the middle of the Shathashrunga range. The destination is about a few kilometers from Bangalore. The mountains with granite boulders, little cafes, and lush plantations at an elevation of 1712 meters above sea level are one of the ideal resorts for trekking, rock climbing, and cave exploring aficionados. The name Anthargange relates to the never-ending stream that runs through the rocks from the mountains’ hearts. In Kanada, the word literally means “Inner Stream” or “The Ganges from the Deep.” The source of this stream is currently unknown. It also has the Kashi Vishweshwara Temple, which is popular among devotees.

Devarayanadurga

Devarayanadurga or DD Hills, which translates to “the fort of God,” is a peaceful hill station in Karnataka’s Tumkur district. Devarayanadurga, located at an elevation of 4000 feet, is an ideal weekend retreat from Bangalore for those who like to live amid the trees and explore the magnificently carved temples. To reach the temple, climbers must ascend approximately 100 stairs, and the picturesque splendor will undoubtedly captivate them. Lush foliage surrounds the hillside, providing respite from the arduous job of climbing the steps.

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