Must-Do Treks Near Bangalore For A Quick Escape

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Channagiri Trek

Channagiri, near Nandi Hills and 1350 meters above sea level, is a two-and-a-half-hour trek suitable for all ages. It offers scenic views of nearby hills like Skandagiri and Savandurga

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Madhugiri Trek

Madhugiri Fort, Asia's second-largest monolith rock at 3950 feet, is an adventurous trek 110 km from Bangalore. The trek takes about half a day, mostly rocky, with some steep, tricky sections.

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Handi Gundi Betta Trek

Handi Gundi Betta is an easy trek offering panoramic views of Ramadeverabetta and Kabbaladurga. This monolithic hill trek, taking 3-4 hours, passes through village trails and farmlands. Local guidance is recommended due to past animal sightings.

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Siddarabetta, meaning "Hill of Saints" in Kannada, is a trekker's and pilgrim's paradise. It features the Lord Siddalingeshewara shrine in caves. This challenging trek takes about five hours and is known for its rocky terrain.

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Devarayanadurga, a popular trek 4000 feet above sea level, offers lush greenery and hilly terrain. The trek, taking about 3 hours, features the Vishnu and Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temples, attracting many devotees.

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Makalidurga Trek

For lush green trails, rocky terrains, and stunning lake views, head to Makali Durga Trek, ideal for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and bird watchers. The 5-hour trek, supervised by Karnataka Eco-Tourism, requires forest department permission and is bookable online.

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Horagina Betta

Horagina Betta offers an easy trek near Nandi Hills with magnificent views of Channagiri, Skandagiri, and Nandi Hills. A narrow, thorny trail with a steep, challenging section leads to the summit. The trek takes about 4 hours.

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Ramadeverabetta is an easy trek with a thrilling stretch. It rises to 3800 feet. At is the summit, you'll find ancient temples of Ganesha, Lord Rama, Shiva, and more, with connections to the Ramayana.

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Skandagiri, a popular millennial trek, is often done at night to catch the sunrise. This 8 km trek through the wilderness takes about 4 hours and is slightly challenging, making it unsuitable for kids.

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Anthargange is known for its natural rock formations, caves, and temples. At 4021 feet, the trek features huge boulders, dense forest, and intriguing trails. Booking through is required.

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