Benagluru is known as Air Conditioned due to its location which is 1000 m. above sea level. The weather in Bengaluru is almost always pleasant which makes it favourable for camping and trekking. The hillocks of Western Ghats are unpredictable, unyielding and steep which resulted in challenging trek trails for trekkers. These ranges in Western Ghats are not snow capped or as mighty as HImalayas yet they offer a spectacular view of the green valleys and steep difficult, inspiring terrain.
Trekkers living in Bengaluru or trekkers from all over India who are up for difficult treks, grab your water bottle. It is time to climb the mountain after climbing the stairs of the office.
Starting off with an Easy trek, Narayangiri. Narayangiri is located at a distance of just 61 kms from Bengaluru main city. This region is famous for its night treks. There is also a waterbody nearby for kayaking. Narayangiri is a small hillock fit for a one day trek. Its flat open hilltop is perfect to watch the sunset with a panoramic view of the whole town Ramanagaram.
When it comes to legendary Nandi Hills, one should definitely pay a visit if you are in Bengaluru. These historical hills are located not more than 65 kms from Bengaluru. One can commence their trek from the southern path as the northern path might be preoccupied by bikers and cyclists. There are points like Tipu’s Drop, Sunrise point and a Yoga Nandishwara temple at the hilltop. The elevation of this hill is 1478 m above sea level.
Adding to the list of Easy treks is Savandurga. Savandurga is situated 47 kms away from Bengaluru city centre. Savandurga offers awesome views of the green valleys partially covered with white clouds. You can begin your trek as early as 6 am! The perfectly carved granite hills depriving any plant life feels like a virtually made hill. It is 1207 m elevated and 10m in circumference. There is Shri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple near Savandurga. If you are still hungry for this breathtaking view you can opt to camp in Vagabond Camp which is located right at the foothills of Savandurga.
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This was a summer fort of Tipu Sultan, the British and now the Bengaluruans.
Adding to the difficulty level of treks, Bheemeshwari trek is located 105 kms away from Bengaluru. Certain parts of the climb can be demanding but the view at the hill top is like a dream. The surroundings are embedded with thick dense forests, greenlands, and wildlife species. If you can’t have enough of Bheemeshwari, there are nature camps, lake, river, wildlife sanctuaries nearby to explore the region.
Apart from these, there are renowned hillocks like Devarayandurga famous for its natural water spring called Namada Chilume. It is around 71 km from Bengaluru. Also, Siddara Betta which is a treasure trove of natural wonders. There is a natural spring on top of the hillock from where ice cold water gushes out and has medicinal value. This herbal treasure is 100 km away from Bengaluru city. More of the difficult treks include; Kunti Betta, Anthargange and Skandagiri HIll.
There is also a fishing camp near Bengaluru within 100 kms. This camp is called Cauvery Fishing Camp which is in Bheemeshwari on the banks of River Cauvery. Set amidst sylvan and aesthetic surroundings with the green countryside merging magically with every green tent, the camp is a dream come true for many anglers. Trekking your way 6 kms from Bheemeshwari takes you to the enchanting Doddamakali. Galibore is yet another fishing camp which is located 16 kms away from here. Raft down the rapids of Cauvery or simply go wild on corade. While trekking, don’t forget to visit the ruins of the magnificent sculpted Shiva Temple.