When it comes to finding a perfect weekend getaway near Bangalore, most adventures and nature lovers prefer the destination of Skandagiri. It is best known for its Trekking.
Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located approximately 70 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur in the Indian state of Karnataka.It is off Bellary Road (National Highway 7 Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway), and overlooks Nandi Hills and Muddenahalli. The peak is at an altitude of about 1350 meters.
Skandagiri is a hill near the Chickballapur town in Karnataka. Skandagiri is famous for night trekking. Trekkers start the climb by 2am on full moon nights and reach the peak to witness the sunrise. Skandagiri became famous for "walking above the clouds". This is due to spectacular views above Skandagiri hill during the dawn especially during the months of November to February. There is a small temple atop Skandagiri.
Best Time for Skandagiri:
It is best to visit Skandagiri during November to February.
Skandagiri is 70km from Bangalore.
Route 1: Bangalore - Yelahanka - Devanahalli - Chickballapur - Kalawara - Skandagiri
Till Chickballapur one can reach by KSRTC buses from Bangalore. Papagni Temple in Kalawara village is the startign point of trek and is 3km away from Chickballapur. The trekking takes approx 2.5 hours from the Papagni Mutt.