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"Kashi of the South"

Shivagange Tourism

Shivagange, a hillock situated 56 km from Bangalore, is a combination of temples and scenic beauty that makes it both a pilgrimage as well as an adventure spot. From a distance, the hillock looks like a 'Shiva Linga', with a spring flowing nearby that's locally called Ganga, thereby naming it Shivaganga.

It is also given the name Dakshina Kashi (Kashi of the south) since it's home to various temples (Gangadhareshwara temple, Olakala Teertha, Nandi Statue, Patala Gange, etc.) The stone carving of Nandi ( the bull) is another primary attraction. The hilly feature of the place attracts a lot of adventure sports seekers, providing them opportunities for trekking and rock climbing. All in all, it is a popular getaway for travellers with both religious and adventurous inclinations

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Hotbed of adventure activities

Shivagange, apart from being a famous Hindu pilgrimage and spiritual abode, is a house to many adventure activities. The mountain is ideal for rock climbing and trekking. The trek is suitable for amateurs as it is well marked by man-made steps. The trek is almost 2 to 3 km long and becomes narrower as one reaches the end. The panoramic view from the top is enchanting.

Restaurants and Local Food in Shivagange

There are food stalls along the way on the hill, that provide tea, biscuits and light snacks. You can carry your own food as well but it is advisable to not carry much food on the climb. The area is full of monkeys that are known to snatch food from people. There are two restaurants at the foot of the hill which serve basic south Indian food. The quality is passable and is a good food break from all the exertion
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One Day Itinerary

Start your day early whether it's for the trek or to visit the temple and reach Shivagange by 9:00 - 10:00 AM. You'll come across a Gopuram (a large pyramidal tower entrance of a temple) and half a km from there you'll reach the foothill. You'll be greeted by a huge Shiva statue at the base which signifies the start of the climb. There are many temples, statues and structures along the way that provide resting points during the climb. The Hill has man-made steps connecting the temples and climbing is sufficiently smooth, and the railings on either side of the route make the climb safe. The distance to the top is about 2 km and takes roughly 2 hours.

Beware of the monkeys as they snatch food from people and even ransack their bags. It's best not to carry any food on the climb. There are food stalls at regular intervals that serve tea, biscuits and light snacks and you can take energy breaks here. The peak i.e. the statue of Nandi - the sacred bull carved out of a monolithic stone, is the risky part of the trek so tread carefully here. Once at the top, take in the scenic beauty that Shivagange has to offer. Start the descent by 2:00 - 2:30 PM and reach the foothill by 4:00 - 5:00 PM and take a bus or auto rickshaw to Dabbaspet or directly to Bangalore city.

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What's Great?

With the shape of the hill like the Shiva Linga, Shivagange is a Hindu pilgrimage centre and a perfect adventure hotspot.

What's Not So Great?

The steep rocky terrain is very slippery during the monsoon season, hence making it a risky place to visit.

For Whom?

Shivagange is a perfect destination for those looking forward to having a spiritual as well as an adventurous vacation. Also ideal for a short weekend getaway from Bangalore. 

How To Reach Shivagange

Shivagange does not have any airport. The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore. The place is well connected by trains, and many trains ply on a regular basis from Bangalore to Tumkur. There are buses available till Dabbaspet.

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Devyani Chandra 1 year ago
- If going for the trek, make an early start and aim to climb down by 4-5pm before it gets dark
- Avoid Mondays and auspicious days like Mahashivratri as the temples are flocked with people and trekking in the crowd would be devoid of it's pleasures
- Beware of monkeys, they are experts in physically searching a person to find food. It's best to stay clear of them
- There are not a lot of good restaurants around so try to keep a backup for food
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