Savandurga, with its two forbidding hills, temples and scenic beauty, is definitely a place worth exploring. Located just 33 kilometers from Bangalore city, the area is easily accessible from anywhere in India.
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Of Hills and Forts
Savandurga is best known for Karigudda and Biligudda. These literally mean the black hill' and the white hill'. Karigudda and Biligudda rise to a height of 1226 metres above the Deccan plateau. Made of huge rocks, granite and laterite, the hills are a tough climb. The crevices and folds make the trip to the top a tiring one, but for enthusiasts, the climb will be worth the effort. The ruins of an old fort crown the top of the hills.
Those not too keen on rock climbing or trekking can explore the Veerbhadreshwar Swamy and the Narasimha Swamy temple. The temples are located at the foothills. The scenery around is also stunning and a nature walk could be rewarding with sightings of several rare trees as well as the yellow-throated bulbul. The area has several megalithic burial urns that will interest history buffs.
There are several buses that run from Bangalore to Magadi, close to Savandurga. The travel time would be close to two hours. Local buses and autos will take you from Magadi to Savandurga.