The Best Trekking Places Near Bangalore - Part 2

Trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers living in the confines of Bangalore are blessed to have the rugged terrain and lush topology of the Deccan Plateau that make for several exciting trekking trails close to Bangalore. If you are planning your next meandering trail, here’s our second take on the Best Trekking Places Near Bangalore!

1. Madhugiri Trek

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If you fancy trekking something unusual than a trail of hills, this is where you must head! Madhugiri is the second largest monolith in Asia, standing at peak height of 3,930 feet. Located at a mere distance from Bangalore, the hill is extremely popular for trekking among both amateurs and professionals. The sheer scale of the hill is intimidating and challenges you to scale its slopes. Strong winds blowing makes the climb tough adding to the thrill of this huge single hill! Your efforts are well rewarded by a breathtaking panoramic view of the surroundings.

Best time to visit: November to February

Trek length: 3 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 100 kilometers

Grade: Easy

2. Makalidurga Trek

Standing at an elevation of 1,350 meters, Makalidurga has a topography dotted with granite boulders and lush green vegetation. Making it another which popular destinations for trekking in Bangalore, for the much needed respite from the chaos of India’s IT hub! Overlooking the river hillock, this trek quenches your desire for tranquility reaching atop. If you are a photography fanatic, this place could be your next muse!

Best Season: November to February

Trek length: 7 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 50 kilometers

Grade: Easy

3. Mullayanagiri trek

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Having a height of 6,330 feet, the Mullayanagiri trek in Chikmagalur is a dream for anyone who loves the wild. Trek up this peak, one of the highest between the Nilgiris and Western Ghats. Beginning at Sarpadhari this trek is a fairly easy one. Take in the scenic beauty of Chikmanglur as you walk this 3 kilometer path that takes up to 3 to 4 hours. On reaching the summit, you can choose to visit the Shiva temple which is a major attraction for trekkers. Surrender to the treat these verdant greens, buzzing birds and wildlife offer you!

Best Season: November to February

Trek Length: 12 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 263 kilometers

Grade: Easy

4. Tadiandamol Trek

Spend a night at the third highest peak in Karnataka and the highest peak in the Coorg/ Kodagu district - Tadiandamol. Now who wouldn’t boast about that?! This a well composed trek, offering enchanting views while at the same time not too demanding physically. Thus, making it the perfect initiation trek for anyone looking to take up trekking seriously. There are a few homestays available here, if you plan on spending the night here. Pack good trekking boots with you, as there are leeches around, if you go here during monsoon or post monsoon. You can pitch your tents ideally at the Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary and head on to this trek.

Best Season: November to February

Trek length: 8 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 264 kilometers

Grade: Easy

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5. Ombattu Gudda Trek

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Not one, but nine hills, for a trek?! Freight not, it really isn’t as bad as you might think! Ombattu Gudda means nine hills, that lie on the border of Hassan and Chikmanglur at Sakleshpur. The nine hills are in a continuous fashion that appear like nine humps. 971 meters above sea level, this trek offers you a panoramic view of rivers and hills. Beginning at Gundiya the trek moves along NH27 gradually into the forest where the beautiful Kabbinahole river makes an appearance. Take a well-deserved break at Sakleshpur. Gear up for this one stretching at two days!

Best Season: October to February

Trek Length: 18 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 350 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

6. Brahmagiri trek

Another one for those who are inclined towards the wild! Positioned at around 1608 meters, this stunning mountain range is situated on the Western Ghats range. This first-timer-friendly trek is a perfect balance of natural beauty along with ideal trekking trails. The trek takes you inside the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, that borders with Kerala, home to large herds of elephants. Don’t be surprised if spot wild elephants every now and then, it’s not uncommon! The trail offers a diverse terrains of dense forests, endless grasslands, river streams and water falls (Iruppu Falls), keeping you amused throughout! The permanent shelter - Narimale Guest House, makes this a monsoon-friendly trek even when it is pouring!

Best Season: November to February

Trek Length: 9 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 270 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

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7. Kotebetta trek

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Trek through coffee estates in the delight of sweet chirpings at this one! Elevated at an impressive height of around 5400 feet, Kotebetta is the third highest peak in the Coorg/ Kodagu region. Begin your trek at a tiny hamlet Hattohle situated around 22km from Madikeri. Stun yourselves with the initial pathways with Hattihole River on one side and lush greenery on the other. Get mesmerized by the magical sunsets amidst glorious mountain ranges, that are a spectacular view from the top. Other things to look out on this trek - the Lord Shiva temple, starry night, you could choose to camp the night with a stargazing session, if you wish to spend some more time in this slice of paradise!

Best Season: October March

Trek Length: 10 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 275 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

8. Pushpagiri trek

Coorg indeed has some great treks! This one again is from the Coorg district. We covered the first and the third, now this is the second highest peak in the district. It’s a fun trek which might get a bit challenging in between. This trek can be scaled by two routes. The advance can choose the eastern entrance through Beedehalli, this is the most ideal route for the ardent trekkers. An observant trekker can trade though passing the check post of Somwarpet Wildlife Range, so as to immerse in every bit of the surrounding nature. This a pleasurable trekking experience given its tropical climate and the humble locals!

Best Season: Throughout the year

Trek Length: 15 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 275 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

9. Devaramane

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Cross gurgling streams, walk across extensive grasslands, climb peaks to bask in some impressive views of magnificent waterfalls! This trek is a delight even in summers with lush greenery around. Devaramane offers a number of variations making it ideal to trek for both beginners and advance trekkers. There are a number of hillocks to climb, the Shishila gudda or the Ettinabujha- Bulls Hump-back, spires over the rest of the peaks. You can hear the river gushing mightily below, as you stand at a height of 3000 feet atop Devaramane. If you want to something beyond trekking, the famous Kapila fishing camp is located nearly 15 kilometer from here.

Best Season: Throughout the year

Trek Length: 25 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 300 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

10. Onake Abbi falls

If you are scouting for a fun jungle adventure, this is it! Sitting at the very edge of the Western Ghats, the raging falls of Onake Abbi never wane a trekker’s interest! The trek leads you to the glorious sight of its water falling from a height of nearly 400 meters. Onake Abbi is just a couple of kilometers by road from the Agumbe town. This is a jaw dropping sight especially in the monsoons. The falls get its name from, the vernacular term for a long pole that grinds spices, the rock cliff off which these waterfalls rush resemble that long pole. A word of caution, it isn’t a great idea to explore the jungle on your own, if you have no prior experience of being there!

Best Season: November to January

Trek Length: 4 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 275 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

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11. Bheemeshwari

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Having diverse levels of grades easy, moderate and difficult, this is a trek anyone and everyone could undertake. The trek ranges from an easy 4 kilometers to a difficult 30 kilometers one. Bheemeshwari is bounded by beautiful valleys, rivers and streams that crisscross the undulating terrain. The forest area houses a large number of Indian Wildlife Species and exotic plants used in Ayurveda. If you are lucky enough, you might just spot a deer or two on this trek.

Best Season: August to January

Trek Length: 4 kilometers 30 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 100 kilometers

Grade: Easy

12. Jarmadagu falls

Also referred to as the ‘Jog of Chikkaballapur’, the Jarmadagu waterfall is located in the North of Chikkaballapur inside the forest area of Ketenajhalli. The Jarmadagu water plummets down deafeningly from a height of 90 feet amidst five mountainsNandagiri, Skandagiri, Brahmagiri, Divyagiri and Vishnugiri. In the monsoons, the fall’s water cascading down huge rocks, amidst profuse greenery, is a sight to behold. The Jarmadagu falls are no less than a miracle in the drought-prone areas of Kolar and Chikkaballapur itself.

Best Season: September to February

Trek Length: 3 kilometers

Distance from Bangalore: 57 kilometers

Grade: Easy

13. Anshi National Park

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A trek of easy to moderate difficulty levels, the Anshi National Park trail leads you through some charming Shola forests amidst spectacular scenes and high altitude grasslands. Carved out of the Dandeli Sanctuary in 1987, the park’s altitude varies from 200 meters to 925 meters above sea level. Thus having an assorted topography of deep valleys, steep hill slopes, thick evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. The Anshi National Park being rich in flora and fauna is home to bonnet Macaque, deer, Indian bison, Malabar Civet, Malabar giant squirrel, pangolin and sloth bear, elephants, tigers and the rare Black Panther.

Best Season: November to June

Trek Length: NA

Distance from Bangalore: 523 kilometers

Grade: Moderate

14. Dubare

Trekking is the best way to explore Dubare, once a used to train elephants for the Mysore Dussehra festival, during the reign of erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore. The well-known trekking routes are through the hills of Brahmagiri, that leads you to the magnificent Irrupa Falls, past wilderness, forests, hillocks, river banks. Along with offering trekking opportunities, Dubara also renders other recreational activities, that families too can involve in, some with the elephants too! The Forest Department too conducts early morning and evening tours here, along well-defined routes.

Best Season: September to March

Trek Length: NA

Distance from Bangalore: 253 kilometers

Grade: Easy

With this second list, it is clear how Bangalore has an abundance of treks around it! Make the most of it, you do need that adrenaline to cope with the IT madness after all! Happy trekking to you, once again!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SEEMA NANDE SEEMA NANDE

A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternally quenching for new experiences. There is no poison for her as restorative as Life, she is the one who will give you the cliched 'I-am-high-on-life', should you offer her a drink. She gets hungover on the feel of a new place, food and conversations with strangers! All this adding to the way she feels and writes!

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