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Trekking in Savandurga, Savandurga Overview

Situated 60 km from Bangalore, Savandurga hill is one of the largest pieces of single rock formations in the Asian continent. Since it is located 1226 m above sea mean level, it has a steep slope which makes it capable of providing an adventurous trekking experience. Secluded from the city, the hills are an ideal place to spend some peaceful time with your loved ones. Trekking up to the hill within a serene environment is no less than bliss. Trekking enthusiasts are even seen camping for a few days at the top after completing the trek. Imagine how wonderful it would be to lie atop the hill beneath the quilt of stars!

On your way to the top, you find ruins of Kempe Gowda II's imposing fortress which later was occupied by the legendary ruler, Tipu Sultan. The massive monolith has a structure that is easy to climb and hence expert trekkers can complete the entire course within two days or less. Savandurga constitutes of two hills, namely, Billigudda and Karigudda. Most trekkers choose the former over the latter due to its gentler slopes. The iconic views on the trail and the freshness of greenery make your journey to the top more refreshing and exciting. The trekking experience here is something you must undergo if you are an adventurer by heart. 

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Despite ample of trekking options near Banglore, Savandurga trekking expedition remains the most popular one. Owing to its location, it offers a 700-950 ft trek. The trek is quite easy and can be carried out by the first time trekkers as well. Though Billigudda is every trekker's first preference due to its gentle slopes, trekking enthusiasts can start climbing from either side of the hill. The yellow markings placed along the trail here guide you safely up to the peak. However, these markings are not seen on the Karigudda trail. Moreover, there are quite high chances of lesser acquainted trekkers losing their way on this pathway.

From the foot, the trek uphill isn't time-consuming. The rocky path is just the trailer of the movie you would watch as the steeper area starts. The slopes might not provide a good grip, but as you climb higher, you get hold of the terrain. The higher you move more beautiful view your eyes catch. The surrounding greenery is capable enough for soothing your eyes.

As an hour would pass, you would reach a podium of granite columns. This point is perfect for some cameral rolling. It is a paradise for photography freaks. You can add some great pictures to your roll. 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, next twenty minutes are a little crucial. You need to be careful. As you reach the top, you are welcomed by the majestic Nandi Tower. Now enjoy the splendid view which the top offers! Being able to witness the scenic vista amidst such tranquil stillness is indeed a memorable treat.

Here are some things which you should keep in mind while carrying forward the Savandurga Trek-

1. Avoid trekking during the rainy season.
2. Wear double layered socks and tuck in your pants to protect yourself against leeches.
3. No consumption of alcohol or other similar intoxicants should take place.
4. Carry a first-aid aid kit, extra pair of socks and t-shirt, followed by some energy drink.
5. Make sure you are wearing trekking boot of outstanding quality.
6. Keep plastic bags to avoid littering.

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