Hey fellow travelers,
We love trekking and recently we spent a Saturday trekking Savandurga, a hill which is around 60kms from Bangalore, towards West, off Magadi road. Read on to know more about our experience and tips.
Savandurga Trekking Guide
This was an early morning drive + trek experience for both of us and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This hill is apparently one of the largest monolith hills in Asia. The hill is around 1,200m above sea level and one could see Arkavathi river flowing towards Manchinbele (Manchanbele) dam from the top. Savandurga is formed from 2 hills: Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). You need permission from the forest department to trek Savandurga. Karigudda is a dangerous path to choose as it’s extremely steep and dangerous. Some places are almost 90 degrees and is usually used by the rock climbing clubs. There have been many incidents where people tried to climb/get down from Karigudda side and got stuck half way, unable to go down or up. Kindly, do not take that risk unless you are a professional (even in that case a permission is mandatory). At the base of the hill you will find Narasimha Swamy temple. Savandi Veerbhadreshwara Swamy temple is located less than a km away and it is the first temple to be visible during the journey to Savandurga. Please note that prasadam (meals) is offered at Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple between 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
We left Bangalore by 7:00am and reached Savandurga 8:45. It’s approximately 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Bangalore, so it’s better to leave early morning. The route that we took was via NH4 and SH3. The roads were fine till the last 10-15kms. FYI, NH4 is amazing for long drives! There is also another route via Mysore road, but not sure about that one as I haven’t taken that yet. We took around 1.5 hours to ascend the hill. Do not underestimate Savandurga, it’s steep and dangerous at times. Kindly do yourself a favor and wear a high-ankled trek shoe for this one. Not only would it keep your ankle and foot safe, it would give you double the grip as well. I made a mistake by underestimating this trek and taking my sports shoes instead of my trek ones (that I used to trek Roopkund). I could climb it, wasn’t an issue but I was worried that I would have a twisted ankle at the end of it! I had grip throughout but because of steep angles in which we were climbing, I had tough time keeping my foot/ankles in the right position. Better safe than sorry, guys!
That’s the best part about the Savandurga trekking, at the end of it all, you feel like you have accomplished something. I would call it a medium difficulty one.
We took the Biligudda route. You do not need a guide for this as you could just follow the electric poles and barely-there yellow (now white) markings on the rocky terrain. Yep, it’s rocky all the way up there (What else can one expect when it’s a monolith?).
First Stopover: The Fort Wall
Second Stopover: The puddle
From the second stopover, the peak is hardly 10-15 minutes away.
It was so picturesque, peaceful and scenic at the top that 30+ minutes that we spent there felt like 5. I was sad when it was time to climb down (al though I did it only because I had become this hungry wolf at the end of it).
Also, a point to be noted, it was extremely windy at the top. I couldn’t pose for the pictures properly out of the fear of flying away with the wind! Please be careful about yourself and your belongings. Of course, do not go over the edges as just the wind is enough to make someone lose balance, EASILY.
Best time to trek Savandurga:
Summer, early morning.
NOT Monsoon. Since it’s a rocky terrain, even a thin layer of water is enough to make someone slip. So avoid rainy seasons/rainy days. And it’s extremely difficult to climb in the sun as there is no shade whatsoever, except almost at the top.
Mandatory things to carry while trekking Savandurga:
- High-ankled trek shoes
- Water – at least 1.5-2 ltrs per person (as there is no water/food source up there)
- Comfortable clothes/tracks
- Juice (optional)
- Sunglasses (optional)
Find more information on how to reach Savandurga and other details here in our travel portal Travel Highway. Hope this was useful! Do comment your experience if you have been there, or planning to, or found this information useful. Your suggestions are always welcome.
Thanks for reading. Have a happy week ahead!
PS: For more photos visit Harsha Photography.