Off-late, it's really tiring to live in Bangalore - with the pandemic out, most people are back on the road - honestly, the traffic sucks and the roads aren't any better. If you also feel like going away from the chaos to some place calm, we are on the same side.
So, I started going for a hike every weekend. Sometimes friends join me, sometimes strangers who become friends after the trek.
When I started going every Saturday, I was worried that I might run out of mountains to climb. But honestly, after a while, it was clear that it's probably gonna be a year before I actually run out of new mountains to climb within 1-2 hours of the city.
/image of view from Madhugiri.
For today, I'll give you info about enough of them so that you can just go whenever you want. Before we jump to the places, 3 tips:
1. Carry sunscreen, hat and umbrella (if possible) - umbrella can keep you safe from rain, sun and even act as a walking stick sometimes. ;)
2. Go early mornings - it helps you beat the traffic as well as the heat - almost every weekend, I leave between 5-6AM and return home by 12-1pm. If you're going by yourself, I've added all starting point locations
3. ALWAYS respect the nature & local laws. Whether you've done 10 hikes or 100, whether you are rich or poor. Don't try to be the boss - Nature is above us all.
✅ Always be cautious ❌ Don't throw litter ❌ Don't play music or disturb animals
Okay, now here's the list of places for you. Map link here. 📍
1. Ramadevara betta
If you ever are driving on Tumkur road, you will spot a the large mountain right next to the Toll Plaza (few kms before Tumkur).
The peak at Ramadevara betta has a wholesome view of Tumkur town! Slightly long but super easy trek - the trail is quite simple to follow.
2. Channagiri betta
It's a mountain without any popular signs but it's a fun hike - most of the path is through the forest - there is a very clear trail to follow!
Right behind Nandi Hills and Skandagiri hills, this one is a perfect small hike with just nature surrounding you and no car honks 😌 pic.twitter.com/QZbXRFdi0e— Sid Jain (@TheBengaluruGuy) June 18, 2022
3. Chinaga betta
Off the Tumkur Road, this one is located in the Devarayanadurga forest area and gives you such a picturesque view of the landscape which you wouldn’t imagine exists around Bangalore!
4. Madhugiri betta
2nd largest monolith and a super steep climb. One of those long ones with wind at the top that will invert your umbrella and blow you away.
The wind, the clouds and the mountains from top here at Madhugiri…— Sid Jain (@TheBengaluruGuy) June 18, 2022
5. Handi gundi betta
The mountain is located off Mysore Road and has a clear trail for most parts of the hike - it might get a little difficult due to monsoon but otherwise, it's quite simple and yes-yes!
Handi gundi betta - getting my sister and her toddlers to checkout nature more closely and enjoy the mountains 🏔 pic.twitter.com/XlKuWO0gPU— Sid Jain (@TheBengaluruGuy) June 18, 2022
6. Nijagala Betta
This one is short and sweet one - I had gone here with this mad crew that just won’t stop gossip and college stories. The place also has some unique temple ruins that are a must-visit.
8. Kaiwara Betta
9. Skandagiri Betta
Antaragange - a good hike to reach point where you can explore some caves !!— Sid Jain (@TheBengaluruGuy) June 18, 2022
Caves scare me and thus, I was more excited than ever to actually go there..
Makalidurga - one where I took my cousin and her teen kids to explore some mountains!! Lot of rocks to climb but soo much fun - the view was just so mesmerising 🥰🥰— Sid Jain (@TheBengaluruGuy) June 18, 2022
12. Hutridurga Betta
13. Bilikal Rangaswamy betta
That's all for now! I shall keep adding more hikes as I discover them. ❤️
Feel free to join me on one of my future hikes here.