Skandagiri- a perfect weekend getaway near Bangalore
For those who are looking for an escape from their monotonous routine, there are quite a few places near Bangalore you can pick from. One of the perfect places for trekking around Bangalore is Skandagiri, a hill located about 60 km from the Bangalore city.
Skandagiri and its history
Skandagiri is a hill with a historical importance. The top of the hill has the ruins of a fort which was built during the reign of Tipu Sultan. However, during the Anglo-British was the fort was handed over to the British after Tipu Sultan’s army was defeated. It was only sometime in 1902 that the fort was handed back to Indian authorities.
Much of the fort has withered away due to neglect and weather elements. There is a small pool too located close to the fort which has unfortunately been turned into a dumping ground by mindless trekking enthusiasts.
However, despite all that, Skandagiri is a beautiful hill and a nice trekking route close to Bangalore. The fact that you can take a night trek to the top of the hill makes it even more special.
The trek to the hilltop
As you start the trek, you will largely encounter barren land with hardly any vegetation. However, as you reach the upper part of the hill, you can see lush greenery around, and experience a cool breeze blowing in your face. Much of the trek is pretty easy, with a well marked out trekking route.
The trek to the top of the hill from the base should take about 2 hours. A bottle of water should suffice to quench your thirst during the journey. While at the hilltop, don’t forget to take a walk around the fort and the temple which is located close by.
The temple, just like the fort, is in a dilapidated condition. But that’s part of the charm of the place. If you have time, camp at the top of the hill for a while. You will enjoy a good breeze and amazing views of the valley below.
The experience is even more heavenly during the winter months when clouds envelope the hilltop, creating a really romantic atmosphere. However, you should avoid taking the night trek during the winter months, as the visibility is low and there is the risk of getting injured.
Reaching Skandagiri is pretty simple. There are regular buses which ply from Bangalore to Chikballapur, a village located 3 km from the base of Skandagiri. You can take an auto from Chikballapur to the base of the camp, or walk along the dirt road. A walk to the base of Skandagiri should take about an hour, with an opportunity to take a peek into rural life, and the awesome surroundings.
You could of course drive down to Skandagiri from Bangalore yourself. The route is pretty straight forward and the roads are in a good condition too. A bike ride or a planned corporateto the base of Skandagiri makes the journey even more exciting. In fact, this place is also perfect for corporate outing with your team.