Bangalore life is as fast as Usain Bolt! Or just a bit slower than him! But if you are looking for a break from the tiring schedules and hectic days, the outskirts of Bangalore city has everything in it for you to de-stress. Skandagiri is a mountain fortress located approx. 62 km from Bangalore. It is one of the Best weekend getaways from Bangalore and offers one among the major trekking destinations around Bangalore!
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Skandagiri - the lesser-known cousin of Nandi Hills - is also called as Kalavar Durga and is located in the same range of Nandi Hills. Skandagiri Trek is undoubtedly one of the major trekking destinations around Bangalore with an amazing locale surrounding it! Offering a panoramic view of the surroundings under a star studded sky, Skandagiri night trek is also popular among the adventure enthusiasts!
A trek through the naturesque mountains!
Skandagiri mountains lies north to Bangalore in the district of Chikballapur. Skandagiri trek trail is 8 km long and six concentric fortification walls are to be crossed before reaching the summit!
Skandagiri trek trail starts from an ancient Hindu mutt, known as Papagni mutt, which is situated at the foothills of Kalwara village. The trail through the mountains set in a splendour backdrop is exactly what an avid trekker yearns for! During the 8 km trek through the maze of dense shrubs, one has to cross six majestic fort walls.
On the Cloud Nine!
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Once you reach the summit, believe it or not, you will literally be on cloud nine! Milky white clouds can be spotted sailing below you. One also get a bird view of the surrounding gigantic mountain ranges and luxuriant greenery! What more can you ask for?!
While the Skandagiri trek on daytime enables one to enjoy the naturesque locales, Skandagiri night trek is also very popular among the trekkers. It is a unique and an indelible experience worth savouring!
The most exciting part of the Skandagiri night trek is the breath taking view of the rising sun at the break of dawn! The canvas on sky by the first light of dawn is a sight to behold! If you savour this amazing view once in your life, it is pretty sure that the call of Skandagiri mountains will keep on pursuing you from then on.
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Skandagiri trek should definitely be on your bucket list if you have a thing for adventure and nature! The place will leave you spellbound for sure.It is undoubtedly one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore.
Skandagiri Trek Details
Distance From Bangalore : Approx. 62 km
Trekking Trail : 8 km, Base in Kalwara village
Best time to trek : Avoid hiking during monsoon
Difficulty of trek : Moderate
Things to carry : Energy drinks and other liquids, Sweater / Jacket
Important Tips : Using Trekking shoes is recommended.
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