Skandagiri, also historically known as Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located around 70 km from Bangalore. This tiring yet much rewarding trek takes you through a spectacular journey amidst the wilderness. Starting from Bangalore, reach the base point and hereby begins the sunrise trek. The serene and sublime atmosphere around Skandagiri will definitely boost up your adrenaline to a whole new level. This 10km trek can easily be completed within 4 to 5 hours of ascending and descending.
Tried and tested both by amateurs and professionals, this moderately difficult trek is a must for all thrill seekers. The climb gets a little trying as you reach the Papagni Temple, hereby offering treacherous terrains amongst the dense shrubs around. From this point, the steep climb may require tricky footwork till you reach the summit. The ruined remains of Tipu Sultan's fortress and an abandoned fort remains at the top of the hill. Skandagiri is famous for walking above the clouds, literally! As you reach the top, enjoy the bonfire in the starry night couched inside your sleeping bags. Wake up to experience the morning winds caressing you, as you open your eyes to get the most magnanimous sight of the sun rising above beds of clouds, a sight so rare and equally refreshing. The misty valley of Skandagiri is bound to leave an everlasting impression on your mind.
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Pick up and Drop from Bangalore
Start of Trail- 4:00 AM End of Trail- 10:30 AM
Details on this Activity
11:30 PM Pick up starts from Bangalore
04:00 AM Reach Base and start trekking 5kms one way
06:00 AM Reach peak and relax
06:15 AM Enjoy a beautiful sunrise from atop the peak
07:30 AM Descend to the base
10:30 AM Have Breakfast on the way
12:00 PM Head back to Bangalore to give an end to this amazing journey
Reviews on this Activity
Praveena p 5 months ago
"Beautiful. The team was really helpful in terms of picking up, helping us out, and safely reaching back."
Priya Gupta 8 months ago
Overall it was amazing experience. Well organized. Amazing weather at the top. It take one and half hour to reach at the peak.
Akhila Akhila 9 months ago
"it was a nice and beautiful experience.Although couldn't see sunrise, getting to the top was the most awesome thing .The bus was a little late though from the boarding point,but it was ok ok."
APOORVA BISWAS 9 months ago
"It was an amazing experience. If you want to experience something that you have never done before."
Priyank Malkan 9 months ago
It was an awesome experience but wasn't easy as expected. It'd be a challenge for the first timers for sure but the key is one has to keep going. We missed the sunrise due to clouds but the journey was beautiful. A campfire would have been an added advantage, but unfortunately its not permitted on Skandagiri. Breakfast was good while coming back to Bangalore. Get a good torch for the trek and a normal winter jacket which will be required on the peak. Would surely recommend for the trek lovers!
Yashwardhan Bhatter 9 months ago
A very well-organized and extremely well-planned trip was organized. I went alone and made friends during the trip, as we had a fun session of introducing ourselves while on our way to Skandagiri Hills. Devanshi and Rahul were our trek leaders, and they were as friendly and accommodating as one gets.
Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the much-hyped sunrise, as the weather was very cloudy. But our trek leaders made sure we wait and have fun at the hilltop as long as there's still a chance to watch the sunrise.
Going back down the hill was another good experience, as we stopped at certain points and took pictures with the beautiful background.
It was my first trek, and it went really well.
Nidhin Jose 10 months ago
"Amazing Trek, great location and great experience. Organized well by the vendors and appreciate the support provided by Thrillophilia "
Rajat Bagchi 10 months ago
It can be really good experience for the people who are interested in night trekking. But must say it's not an easy one for the people who are not in practice of any kind of physical activities or exercise.
It's at least 4 km climb which people need to complete in 1.5 hours. Please keep enough water and snacks with you, people usually feel hungry while climbing down.
The vendor who conducted the activity was punctual while picking up people from pickup points. They guided well while climbing up in dark. Also, they provided good breakfast at a nice place - Ground Zero.
People who are interested in night trek, need not think twice before booking this trip.
aditya sukumar 11 months ago
Poojitha gowda 2 years ago
Great experience.. people who are trying night trek for first time.. u can go with this wonderful trek.
kenith 2 years ago
Good experience !!
Vivek Vivek 2 years ago
Overall it was a nice experience. Initially we had doubt whether we complete or not. But we made it. One thing i noticed though , either thrillophilia or people conducting trekking didnt get any emergence contact number. Otherwise it is good.
G.V. Sandeep 2 years ago
"It was a great experience. My first ever trek and thanks to Thrilllophillia it went smoothly. The place is good and trek is challenging for beginners. "