Savandurga is one of the challenging treks situated 60 kms away from Bangalore in the deccan plateau of Karnataka. Situated at a height of 4220 ft above sea level, it is said to be the largest monolith in Asia (a monolith is a huge single rock or stone). If seen from a distance, it looks like a massive stone. Savandurga comprises of twin peaks, one is Karigudda or The Black Hill and other is Biligudda or The White Hill. Biligudda has been a fort prison during the Hoysala Empire. On the top of the hill one can see ruins of the fort that were built by Kempegowda. The composition of the hill is mainly granite. A panoramic lush green view of the exteriors of Bangalore is seen from the top. The hill is surrounded by the forest region of Magadi. If lucky, one can spot beautiful migratory birds in the green horizons.
|06:30am||Pickup from Bangalore|
|Reach Savandurga Base - Trek Briefing/ Distribution of Snacks - Start the trek - Reach Savandurga fort - Rest - Leave for Nandi Temple (Top of Savandurga Hill) - Enjoy packed lunch with a view - Trek Downhill to Rock of Peace - Spend time at Rock of Peace - Rock climbing - Reach Base|
The Karigudda trail requires permission from the authorities as it is very steep and exposed. On the other hand most of the trekkers prefer the Biligudda route. Just before the trail there is a temple of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and Sri Savandi Veerabhadraswamy Virabhadra. A large number of pilgrimages from other parts of Karnataka can be seen here. The trail of Biligudda starts from a small lush green area of foothill. On the left of the trek route one can find a steep rock wall. Proper rock climbing gear is required to make it to the top climbing the steep wall, although some people have done it till midway. Climbing without a gear is not recommended as it is fraught with danger. As one moves along on the trek route, the path may be slippery and occasionally steep but these challenges can be easily overcome by the will to do it.
These ruins were called Savandurga or the Fort of Death by Robert Home in his Select Views in Mysore (1794) as there were no steps to reach the fort. The steep climb of the trek gets over here. These ruins can serve the purpose as a camping ground with the requisite permission. The top of the hill is closer now and can be seen if one climbs a boulder. Here on, the trek winds through upward steepness and downward inclination, even passing through cave like passages to reach the top of the largest Monolith in Asia. It seems like a jungle, strange enough after making it all the way up on the steep rocks.
Few more step inclinations through the lush green surroundings on the huge monolith and the sky welcomes you with a panoramic view from the top.
“Getting to top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”
It was fun and a great learning experience for me and all because of Get Beyond Limits! I am saying it because, the experiences I had and the number of friends I made is all because of them. They know your weak points and train you to overcome them. Looking forward to more treks with Get Beyond Limits. In the end, I have just one thing to say: "Savandurga ka tempo high hai! -3"
THINGS TO CARRY
|DAY PACK||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|