MAKALIDURGA TREK



Makalidurga Hill is 60 km to the outskirts of Bangalore. A height 4430ft and being only 10 Kms ahead of Doddaballapura makes it a perfect weekend trekking destination. It is a beautiful hill surrounded by a lake on the west which looks like the South American continent. A railway track passes through the base of the hill which makes this trek even more interesting. The Makalidurga Fort is on top of the hill which enables one to capture the most beautiful sunset and sunrise from the hilltop. There is abundance of the country vicinity at Makalidurga and for all the adventure enthusiasts the ideal way to do trekking at Makalidurga is to start it from the Makalidurga Railway Station which adds a vintage style to the trekking for the hill.

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ITINERARY


DAY TREK
06:30am Pickup from Bangalore
Self sponsored Breakfast on the way - Reach Makalidurga Railway Station - Trek Briefing/ Distribution of Snacks - Start the hike on Railway Track - Reach 54/400 - Rest & enjoy - Leave for the top of Makalidurga Fort - Reach South American Continent View - Basic Rock Climbing - Reach Makalidurga Fort - Meditation Ring - Sunset Point - Descend
09:30pm Reach Bangalore

Makalidurga Day Trek will start at around 1 am in the night when we reach the Makalidurga Railway Station. A beautiful railway track passes through the base of the hill which adds a different kind of thrill when the train passes on railway track.

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The distance on the railway track is around 3kms to the base of Makalidurga Hill, on which one surpasses not just the beautiful hills on the roundabouts but also a clear beautiful sky with stars twinkling and moon shining for the trek that you always wanted. An old parallel path through which to be a railway track also goes towards the Makalidurga Hill by taking a sharp left turn at the temple which is almost 3km away from the Makalidurga Railway Station. If you are going on the railway track keep a look-out for the sign board 54/400. There will also be a Railway Crossing just before the 54/400 sign board from where take a left turn and walk further towards the temple which also has a pool.

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Once the temple premises are crossed an open passage with the sky spreading its arms over the horizon comes into sight with visible traces of makalidurga fort on top of the hill to the right. Keep walking towards the endless horizon till you jump over a small stream of water which is prevalent during monsoons. The will be two huge rocks on the right side of the trail and which will lead to the top of Makalidurga Fort. The trail has an abundance of overgrown grass and plantations which makes it very important to trek carefully. There will be a small but exponential rise in the inclination on the hill. The twists and turns along the trail are guided through by white and red arrow marks throughout.

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Towards the west of the hill, a lake which is similar in shape to the map of the south American continent can be seen after reaching midway. A huge monolith structure on the right side is where most people lose the trail.

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Watch out for the double arrows on the huge piece of rock from where a left turn will guide the way towards the fort. The dense grassland on the sides of the trail can grow huge and can hide the whole trail. The fort premises is surrounded by the walls and gates which depict the the history behind it.

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The fort premises were used by the Vijayanagara Empire to train their Army and later was captured by Shahji, the father of Shivaji of Maratha which was again captured and ruled later by Kempegowda.

The area on top of the hill can be divided in three: The center, West Side and East Side. The center of the Makalidurga Hill Top has a Shiva Temple where pooja is done occasionally by the local villagers. There is a broken Basava Idol, a broken Shiva Linga and a broken Garuda Gamba in front of the temple premises.

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On the Western side of the hill top lies spectacular view of the lake which can be captured in the eyes of the ones who challenged the inner strength to reach the top. The lake and horizon of the endless sky can be seen from the left corner just behind the temple.

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To reach the Eastern Side of the hill there is a small trail in between the huge plantation from the temple. This is the place from where the unveiled Sun can be seen in the morning. This Sunrise from Makalidurga is the most beautiful part of this trek.

To explore more on the hill go downhill from the other end of the hill. It will connect the railhead as well as the base of the other hills around the majestic Makalidurga Hill.

THINGS TO CARRY


ITEM DESCRIPTION QUANTITY
RUCKSACK The broader the straps are the better you will feel. A frame oriented distributes the weight supporting the back 1
JACKET/SWEATER The weather changes drastically, carrying a light jacket or a sweater is required at night and morning as it is cold. 1
CARGOS/ TRACK PANTS A light synthetic track pant that can easily dry when wet in case of rainfall. Cargos are rugged and are good on jungle terrains which gives it a less chance to be torn down by thorns 1
T-SHIRT/SHIRT T-shirt/Shirt Carry light cotton t-shirts preferably full sleeves to avoid sun burn. Avoid carry black as it is a heat absorber. 1
CAP/HAT A cap or a hat that can cover the head and face against the direct sunlight during peak hours. 1
SHOES A pair of shoe with good traction and water proof body is an ideal match. Ensure that the shoes are not old or new, get used to the shoe if it is new, as a rule you should be comfortable to walk in difficult terrain for 6 hours at least. 1 Pair
SOCKS Sports or cotton socks that don’t make your feet sweat on long walks. Carrying few extra pair is always a good idea in case they get wet 1 Pair
RAIN COAT/PONCHO A compact raincoat or a poncho that can quickly dry when wet is very important considering the amount of rain-shower that happens especially in Monsoon. 1
WATER BOTTLE A 2 litre good leak proof water bottle. Don’t miss the chance to drink spring water, if any. 1
TORCH A small sized torch is mandatory. You would not like be in limits after the sunset. 1
PERSONAL MEDICATION KIT Crocin, Combiflam, Dettol, ORS, Betadine Cream, Volini Spray, Digene, Cotton, Crape Bandage and Band Aid or any other medicine which you take frequently. 1 Set
REPAIR KIT Even if you don’t know how to use thread and needle still carry them, sometimes they can be the last resort. 1 Each
TOWEL It should be light and easily dry after use. 1
TOILETRIES Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Toilet paper, Sunscreen, etc. for your convenience. 1 Each
SUN GLASSES Sturdy, convenient to carry sun glasses for eye protection. 1

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16 Jul 2017 (DAY TREK)

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Trek Fee:

(Subsidised service tax applicable as per mandatory regulations by Government of India)

Trip Highlights:

  • - Hiking on the Railway Track in between the narrow green valley
  • - Enjoying infinite views from the historical & spiritual hill
  • - Basic Rock Climbing
  • - South American Continent like Gundamagere Lake
  • - Meditation Ring for the peace seekers
  • - Sunrise Stairway for the most beautiful sunrise ever
  • - Shiva Temple (High Wind Zone)
  • - Private Travel from and to Bangalore passing the Rural Bangalore
  • - Power Pack (Energy Snacks)

Make your own trek with all the unique requirement that complete your trek. You need to imagine and we will deliver.




KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 4,430 ft
TRAIL TYPE Granite rock hill with moderate inclined slopes surrounded by overgrown grass after Monsoon.
DIFFICULTY Easy to Moderate
TREKKING DISTANCE 7 - 8 kms (approximately)
BEST SEASON If you are one of those who want to get extreme with nature then do not miss trekking in monsoons else September till March gives an optimum temperature and environment for trekking
ADVISORY Do not wear shorts as there plantation has thorns in it
REGION Makalidurga Village, Bangalore Rural District (Karnataka)
WATER SOURCES The last point to get water is Makalidurga Railway Station.
ATTRACTIONS Makalidurga Fort on the hillock has a historic as well as scenic importance in the area. The lake on the west side of the bed is known as Gundamagere which looks like the South American continent. The giant granite rock on the way to the fort is very popular for adventure sports which includes ropes such as rappelling and rock climbing.
COORDINATES 13°25'33"N 77°30'15"E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 55kms from Bangalore
ROAD Makalidurga is well connected by roads. While going from Bangalore to Doddaballapura via Yelankana take a left turn from Level Crossing with Gate
ROUTE 1 (via Bangalore) Bangalore - Yelahanka - Doddaballapura - Mallathahalli - Makalidurga Railway Station
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION Makalidurga Railway Station
NEAREST AIRPORT Bangalore Airport