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Skandagiri Hills

Location: Chikkaballapura, Karnataka

Altitude: Approximately 1450 meters

Weather:   26° C

Time Required: 1 day

Entry Fee: INR 450

Timings: 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Skandagiri Hills Chikballapur

Skandagiri, also historically called Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located around 70 kilometers from Bangalore. This tiring yet much rewarding takes you through a magnificent journey amidst the wilderness. Starting with Bangalore, reach the base point and hereby begins the sunrise trek.

The serene and also sublime atmosphere around Skandagiri will definitely boost up your adrenaline to a whole new level. This 10km trip can easily be completed within 4 to 5 hours of rising and also descending. Tried and tested both by novices and specialists, this moderately difficult expedition is a need to for all adventure seekers.

History of the Hill

You would certainly be amazed to understand that on Skandagiri there as soon as laid a stunning Tipu Sultan fort constructed by the terrific ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, Tipu Sultan in the 18th century to combat versus the British Raj. Sadly, Tipu Sultan lost the fight and the fort entered into the hands of the British. It continued to be in the hands of the British Raj up until the Peace Treaty in 1792. After that, the fort needed to take the hit and it currently depends on a dilapidated condition with just a few of its walls remaining who stand tall to inform the tale of an extraordinary historic event.

Things to Carry         

  • Backpack
  • Torch per person with extra batteries.
  • Sports shoes or trekking shoes in good condition
  • 2-liter water bottle per person
  • Energy bars, dry fruits, flavored milk, Electrolyte drinks.
Best Time for Skandagiri Trip

Whenever is a great time for this trek? Winters & monsoons are typically taken into consideration the best time to go on this trek. On a winter's night, nothing quite beats the stargazing after a difficult climb and also in monsoons; the flora and also fauna provide a fresh appeal to the trek. Summertime trek to Skandagiri is manageable if you have the stamina to endure the treacherous summer season son of South India.

How to Reach Skandagiri Hills

Road: You can take a bus from Bangalore to Chikkaballapur. From there you could take a 15-minute auto-rickshaw ride to the base point in Kalawara village or walk on foot. Or hire a cab from Bangalore to drop you to Chikkaballapura. You could take your own car/bike and arrange for a car park in Chikkaballapur village just if you recognize a person you trust or if you're taking a motorist along that will stay in the car as you trek. It's best not to take your own vehicle to avoid fraudulent parking assistant.

Rail: Bangalore to the nearest railhead as well as multiple trains runs to Bangalore. From Mumbai, you can try the Udyan Express or from Delhi, you can schedule Bangalore Rajdhani.

Flight: Fly to Bangalore airport which is connected to significant cities in India and after that take a cab to Chikkaballapura.