treks in bangalore

ANTARAGANGE & DURGA HILL TREKKING CHALLENGE



Antaragange is at a distance of 70kms from Bangalore. Surrounded by boulders some of which arranged in a certain manner form caves and hence this area is famous for cave exploration. Durga hill is quiet close to the Antaragane temple. Famous for the view from top of it, it has a very beautiful flat summit area, ideal for camping.

Durga Hill

ITINERARY


DAY TREK
06:00am Pickup from Bangalore
Trek Briefing/ Distribution of Snacks
Start the trek
Reach Anthargange Temple
Reach Launchpad Point
Reach Durga Hill Base
Start the trek for Durga Hill
Reach Devil’s Horn
Boulder Climbing
Reach Durga Hilltop
Rest & enjoy packed lunch
Descend for the base and leave for Bangalore
08:00pm Reach Bangalore

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Antaragange is a holy place which is believed to have a spring inside the mouth of a bull and gives continuous water in the pond inside the temple premises. This place is inside the widest ranges of hill of Kolar with a trail that is steep and narrow and is a known habitat for seven villages. There is a straight road from the Kolar Bus Stand to the base of the hill which is 4kms away. The initial stretch of the trail is the stairs that goes towards the Anthargange Temple.

Durga Hill
The water in the pond is poured from the stone bull to which the origin of water is unknown. In the midst of huge trees there are small stairs on the left side of the temple premises. These stairs pass through narrow and inclined trails till a small ground with a temple can be seen. On the left side of this temple there are huge boulders which are challenging to climb. The highway is seen from the top of these boulders.

Durga Hill
The trail is straight and leads to village fields. There is also a Nandi Statue in the fields from where the road can be connected next to the shrine.

Durga Hill
On the way there is a launchpad rock which can be fun to jump from one boulder to another. The inclination of the boulder and the jump from the top gives a feeling of one being launched into space that is why we like to call it the launchpad rock. There are several wells on the way so one needs to be careful while walking. From the road the majestic Durga Hill is seen with all the glory of spreading its wings over the sky. The hill is seen in form of boulders which makes it challenging to climb. To reach the hill either the straight road that hits the village on the right side which goes back towards the the base of the hill can be taken or one can walk past the fields towards the base of the solemn hill. As the base of the hill comes near there is a pathway that can be followed. On the pathway there are certain flags which have some significant holy importance for the place. Shepherds often come to this side of the hill for sheep grazing purposes. There are small hills on the right side of the trail and on left side of the trail small fields are seen at times they cultivate sunflower which gets manifested in the eyes forever.

Durga Hill
Bypassing on the left side of the field one can reach the base of the hill which can be used to start the trek. The earlier followed pathway reaches a dead end from where Kolar city can be seen. At night the whole city is seen in form of colorful lights. Just before the dead end a small path which enters the dense flora is way that will help us to reach the top of the hill.

There are dense green plants which have thorns at times and narrow steep corners. This path will lead to a flat surface of rock surface which gives a clear visibility of the surrounding small hills and also the town known as Kolar. There are several huge boulders arranged in such a manner that they form caves.

There is a huge rock in the shape of a horn and we like to call it as devil’s horn, climb this rock and see all the way you have been through to reach here.

Durga Hill
The path straight passing through the dense green flora will reach a point from where there are boulders and climbing them is the only way to reach the top. This needs no technical expertise in doing so, all that is required will to jump on boulders and climb at times. On the right side of devil’s horn a steep, inclined and dense trail will reach in an open valley which further leads to a cave.

Durga Hill
These caves have been formed by the defragmented shaped of the huge boulders. All these caves can be deep or can have dead ends.

Durga Hill
The side from where the boulder gets connected is the way to reach the top of the hill. These boulders are of different size and shapes made up of granite rocks. There will be times when jumping from one boulder to another will be required. This is the most beautiful part for all those who love a challenging trek and are enthusiastic about rocks. There is no set path on these boulders so one has to go with the instinct as well as the experience. The top of the hill another huge boulder that is snake shaped.

Durga Hill
There are two ways to reach the top either follow the rock wall and climb the rocks which needs technical expertise else walk past the trail and reach the back end of the top. The rear side of the top is a cave formed by the arrangement of these boulders.

There is a huge well and a small lake formed due to rain water when you take the path on the right side.

Durga Hill
A whole world with different routes, fields and valleys is seen from this end. During sunset the whole sky turns to a mix of colors with ray of light trying to sneak on the Durga Hill. There are also pillars with Ganesha embossed on. To reach back follow the same trail for going down and walk past the fields on the right side which will reach the village from where the main road is only several yards away. This is one of the treks known to few and is an open challenge for the adventure enthusiasts.

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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KEY FACTS

ALTITUDE 4022 feet
TRAIL TYPE Inclined dense flora with steep boulders and caves
DIFFICULTY Moderate but challenging
ATTRACTION Anthargange is holy place which is famous for a bull which pours water from its mouth. The areas surrounding are famous for cave exploration. Kurudumale, another place famous for Old Ganesha temple, build by the Vijayanagar Kingdom. Kolar Gold Mines are an off-beat attraction place which dates its history back in times of Ramayana.
BEST SEASON All seasons have their own charm. The change in the colours of meadows, woods and rains always makes it appealing to the eyes of a trekker.
ADVISORY There are naughty monkeys on the trails of Anthargange Temple and Durga Hill which are generally on the look out for food. Sometimes they even jump on the bags. Don’t panic when you see group of monkeys. During cave exploration at Durga Hill there are chances that one might loose the way, so we suggest to only day trek at Durga Hill.
REGION Adjoins the Eastern Ghats
WATER SOURCES The base of hill has village from where water can be used.`
COORDINATES 13°8′32.73″N 78°6′2.02″E

HOW TO REACH

DISTANCE 70kms from Bangalore
ROAD Kolar is well connected by roads. There are several State Transport Buses from Majestic Bus Stand, Bangalore to Kolar. From the bus stand there is a straight 4km road which goes towards Anthargange.
ROUTE Bangalore - Hoskote - Mugabala - Kurki - Kolar - Anthargange
NEAREST RAILWAY STATION Kolar Railway Station is 3kms away from Anthargange. Bangarapet Railway Station is another station and has a good service in number of trains from Bangalore. It is 21 kms away from the Anthargange Caves.
NEAREST AIRPORT Bangalore Airport