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Savandurga Tourism

Situated 60 kms to the west of Bangalore, Savandurga, considered to be one of the largest single rock formations in the whole of Asia. It comprises of two hills, Billigudda (white hill) and Karigudda (black hill) and has a temple situated at the foothill and a pond nearby. Most trekkers choose Billigudda due to its gentler slopes. The weekend travellers from Bangalore frequent it for trekking, camping and rock climbing.

Arkavathi River flows nearby and moves towards Manchanabele Dam. Savandurga hills make for a tranquil and picturesque trek and overlook a beautiful lotus pond. Its one of the top places for slab climbing in the world and a lot of climbers and adventure seekers visit here often. Another popular activity here is bird watching. The avifauna here is magnificent and enthusiasts can spot the endangered yellow-throated bulbuls. Leopards and sloth bears are also spotted here. 

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Trekking at Savandurga Hills

Ideal Starting Time: Start as early as 6 AM from the base to avoid heat. It takes around 2 hours to reach from Bangalore and approximately 2 hours to complete the trek one side.

Difficulty Level: The trekking route is not challenging; the trek is quite easy and can be carried out by the first time trekkers as well.  Since it is located 1226 m above sea level, it has a steep slope for an adventurous trekking experience. The slopes might not provide a good grip, but as you climb higher, you get hold of the terrain.

What to Expect on the Trek: The yellow markings placed along the trail here guide you safely up to the peak. However, these markings are not there on the Karigudda trail. Moreover, there are quite high chances of lesser acquainted trekkers losing their way on this pathway.

On your way to the top, you can find ruins of Kempe Gowda II's imposing fortress which later was occupied by the legendary ruler, Tipu Sultan.

As an hour would pass, you would reach a podium of granite columns. Crossing the pedestal, you will come across two trails. One of these pathways leads to a dead-end, and the other goes into the forest. On the way, you would come across Lord hanuman's sculpture. Furthermore, the trekking path has rocky caves and four fort walls.

Crossing these areas, you would reach the steepest part of the hill. Here comes the risk, the next twenty minutes are a little crucial. You need to be careful. 

On top of the rock, there will be a fort and a Nandi statue. The temples situated at the base of the hill, dedicated to Sri Basaveswara, Sri Narasimhaswamy and Sri Veerabhadraswamy, also attract a large number of devotees.

Please Note: If you are returning on the same day, It is preferable to cover the downward route before it gets dark.

Permission: Savandurga also provides the opportunity for rock climbing. At night, you can also have a bonfire and camp on the top. Though, rock climbing needs prior permission from the authorities.

Suggested Itinerary for Savandurga

Reach Bangalore and check in to your hotel. During the trek to Savandurga, Bangalore will play the role of the base camp.
You can start early in the morning and reach Savandurga in no time. Start your journey by trekking the monolithic rocks of Savandurga. When you reach the top, sit there and relax for a while. Enjoy the view while having lunch. It is preferable to cover the downward route before it gets dark. Otherwise, you can spend a night at the top under the blanket of a starry night.

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Savandurga, Karnataka
Savandurga from the northern side
Savandurga Hills, Located at Ramnagar District is considered to be among the largest hills in Asia
Nandi Temple at Savandurga Fort

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Devyani Chandra

3 years ago
- Carry at least 1-2 liter water per person and food since there aren't a lot of places to eat at
- People planning to indulge in adventure sports activity need to get permission from the District (Read More) forest officer at Ramanagaram and pay Rs 125/- per head as entry fee
- There is no fees to climb the rock but there will be some local guides who may assist you for a payment if needed
- Since the rocks can be wet early morning, it is best to wear rubber soled shoes
- Consumption of Alcohol is strictly prohibited on the hills
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