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Less than Half Day Trip to Avalabetta

By: Akshatha Vinayak

It is not wrong to say that " Big surprises are held in small packages"! What turns out to be a small trip can always turn out to be an awesome one. The credit, of course, goes to the company we have and the place! Wondering where we are heading? Not very far from our dear Silicon City, a 2-hour drive is enough to touch this beautiful Avalabetta hills near to the ever-famous Nandi Hills!

How to Reach Avalabetta

Finish the traffic in Vijayanagar and Hebbal roads, drive towards Devanahalli via Yelahanka. An early morning drive is necessary to cross the busy areas and touch the NH 7 to towards Chikkaballapur. Avalabetta Hills is a small hill station around 120km from Bengaluru (Bangalore); from Chikkaballapur travel to Reddygollavarahalli and further take left in Peresandra. It is the easiest route to reach Avalabetta from Bangalore. A journey for about 16km from Peresandra through the rural Chikkabalappur surrounded by lush greenery takes you to Avalabetta.

Guess, a photo tour of Avalabetta makes it more interesting? Enjoy the stunning vistas!

Cloudy Highway

Cloudy Highway

Monsoon magic never fails to charm us; a drive in the empty highway on a cloudy day is just incredible! NH 7 in all its beauty from Yelahanka to Devanahalli!
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Whispering Hills

Whispering Hills

Panoramic view of hills follows you through the journey from Bengaluru to Avalabetta. Nandi Hills being one of them on this route.
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Welcoming Trees

Welcoming Trees

Just after a deviation from Peresandra, we enter the countryside of Chikkaballapur. Huts, farms, grape plantations and big trees on either side of the road keeps our excitement.
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Signboards On the Way

Signboards On the Way

Till Peresandra there are no signboards in the name of Avalabetta. It is only after taking a left from Peresandra and entering the rural areas that you find sign boards such as these. You can easily reach Avalabetta with GPS.
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Ghat section in 5 minutes!

Ghat section in 5 minutes!

2 or 3 hairpin bends in the ghat section take us to the top of the hill.
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 Entrance to the Hill

Entrance to the Hill

Avalabetta is also known as Dhenugiri and it is also a Hindu pilgrimage site.
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Begin Your Climb!

Begin Your Climb!

There is not much to trek; stairs are there until the top. You will hit a rocky patch only after the Narasimha Swamy Temple.
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Monkey Land

Monkey Land

As usual, we are invading their land so the monkeys will accompany you till the summit. Not easy to carry any food on top of the hill.
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Catapult Guy!

Catapult Guy!

Just before the temple, you can eat cucumber and Churmuri. Stand near the vendors and eat because monkeys won't dare to snatch. You can also feed cucumber to monkeys but just be careful.
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Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple

Legend has it that this is the place where Lord Narasimha Swamy married Chunchlakshmi. Once, Goddess ChunchLakshmi became angry with Narasimha Swamy and sat on a hill top. Hence, even to this day we can witness a Lakshmi Temple on the hill top above Narasimha Swamy Temple.
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Dhenugiri

Dhenugiri

Avalabetta is also called as Dhenugiri. As per the legend, Dhenu or Kamadhenu, the sacred cow landed in Avalabetta. 'Avalu' in Telugu language means cattle which translates to the 'Cattle Hill'.
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Mesmerizing Ponds

Mesmerizing Ponds

Climb the stairs next to the temple to reach the first pond. In fact, ponds are the main attractions in Avalabetta. This image is of the first pond before reaching the summit.
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View Points

View Points

Avalabetta hill top provides some stunning views of the surroundings hills and villages.
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Main attraction

Main attraction

A large pond and a protruding rock in the summit are the main attractions in Avalabetta. An extended rock at the tip of the summit is fun yet a dangerous spot. However, on a crowded day, we have to wait to get a chance to sit at the tip as many take pictures at this point.
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Windy Hills

Windy Hills

Be ready for swaying in the wind on the top. Not very easy to keep the balance especially near the tip of the rocks.
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How to Reach By Bus

How to Reach By Bus

It is better to arrange for a private vehicle. Otherwise, take a bus from Bangalore (Bengaluru) to Chikkaballapur and from there take a bus to Mandikal. Avalabetta is around 11km from Mandikal. Not much information is available on local transport to reach the hills.
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Facilities

Facilities

There are no hotels after you touch Reddygollavarhalli. So better eat in Kamat or Nandini Hotel which is on the highway. In Avalabetta, you will only get churmuri and cucumber. It is little difficult to eat food on top because of the monkeys.
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