14 One day treks from Bangalore

Who does not love an easy one day trek? Bangalore is blessed with many hills and forts around the city that make a perfect one day trek from Bangalore. Each one of them is special in their own way and each has a story to tell. I have been trekking around Bangalore and trying to explore as many forts and hills as possible. In that quest, I have found 14 of the spectacular one day treks around Bangalore.

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14 One day treks from Bangalore

  • Some of these treks require permission from My Eco Trip and it cost INR 250 per person.

Antargange Trek

At an altitude of 1712 metres, Antargange hill is a famous religious site and is just around 70 kilometres from Bangalore city towards Hospete. Located in Kolar district, the Antargange trek is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Base to the temple.
  • Part 2: Temple to the peak with cave exploration.

The trek from the base to the temple is very easy as there are stairs and the distance is hardly around 1 kilometre. However, the cave exploration and trek to the peak are challenging and needs a guide.

Statistics

Part 1: Base to the temple
  • Trek distance: Less than 1 kilometre return.
  • Grade: Very easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Part 2: Temple to the peak with cave exploration
  • Trek distance: 4 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Moderate.
  • Permission required: Yes from My Eco Trip.
Antargange Trek
Antargange Trek

Bananthi Maari betta

Bananthi Maari betta is a hidden gem that not many people are aware of and is around 75 kilometres from Bangalore towards Kanakpura. The hill is named after the village goddess Bananthi Maari Amma and is made of twin hills. At an altitude of 1000 metres, the Bananthi Maari trek can be a bit challenging as it is very easy to get lost. Also, the hill is known for wild animals such as sloth bears.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 4 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Bananthi Maari betta trek
Bananthi Maari betta trek

Bheema Bakasura betta

Also known as Kailashgiri betta, Bheema Bakasura betta is around 70 kilometres from Bangalore towards Hosakote. The trek to the top has very well laid out steps and there is a temple at the top.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Bheema Bakasura Betta
Bheema Bakasura Betta

Bilikal Rangaswamy betta

Located near Kanakpura, Bilikal Rangaswamy betta trek is one of the most picturesque treks around Bangalore. The hill provides a feel of the Western Ghats with so much of greenery and forest area. It is just around 75 kilometres from Bangalore.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: Yes from the forest officials.
Bilikal Rangaswamy betta
Bilikal Rangaswamy betta

Channarayana Durga Fort

Located in the Tumkur district, the Channarayana Durga fort is around 100 kilometres from Bangalore. At an altitude of 1188 metres, the fort was constructed in the 17th century by a local king Chikakappa Gowda.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Channarayana Durga Fort
Channarayana Durga Fort

Gudibande Fort trek

The trek to Gudibande fort is the easiest trek of all the treks mentioned in this list. It is a relaxed trek that has cemented stairs to get to the peak. Gudibande fort is a 17th century fort that was built by a yogi and local chieftain Byre Gowda.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 4 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Very easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Gudibande fort trek

Hulukadi betta

Surrounded by lakes and villages, Hulukaddi betta is another lesser known hills around Bangalore. The fort at the peak were built in the 16th century by the Chola kings. The hill is around 70 kilometres from Bangalore towards Doddaballapura.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 8 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Hulukaddi betta
Hulukaddi betta

Kaurava Kunda betta

A great alternative to Skandagiri is Kaurava Kunda betta. It is not very popular but still provides the same views that the Skandagiri betta provides during sunrise. Kaurava Kunda are twin hills and is around 75 kilometres from Bangalore in Chikkaballapura district.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Kaurava Kunda peak
Kaurava Kunda trek

Mandaragiri betta

Also known as Basada betta, Mandaragiri betta is in a village called Pandithanahalli in Tumkur district. It is around 65 kilometres from Bangalore. The hill is specifically famous for the peacock temple that is located at the base.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 1 to 2 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Mandaragiri betta
Mandaragiri betta trek

Rayakottai Fort

Located in Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, Rayakottai fort is just about 70 kilometres from Bangalore towards Hosur. Not much is known about the fort and is a lesser known fort probably built in the 18th century. The views from the peak are very beautiful.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.
Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)
Rayakottai Fort trek

Savandurga Trek

At an altitude of 1226 metres, Savandurga hill is Asia’s largest monolithic hill. Located in Savandurga state forest towards Mysore Road, the Savandurga hill is formed by two rocks called Karigudda and Biligudda. Savandurga trek is one of the most beautiful treks around Bangalore and has stunning views of Manchanabele and Thippagondanahalli reservoirs.

Statistics

  • Trek distance: 6 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Moderate as certain sections are very steep.
  • Permission required: Yes from My Eco Trip.

Shivgange betta

Famously known as Dakshina Kashi, Shivgange betta is a religious destination. Located near Tumkur, Shivgange betta is around 50 kilometres from Bangalore. The hill is in the shape of a Shivalinga and is at an altitude of 805 metres.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate.
  • Permission required: No.
Shivgange trek
Shivgange trek

Skandagiri betta

At an altitude of 1350 metres, Skandagiri trek is the most popular trek around Bangalore. It is specifically known for a night trek because of the stunning views the peak provides during sunrise. Also known as Kalavara Durga betta, Skandagiri betta is around 60 kilometres from Bangalore in Chikkaballapura district.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 8 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Hard.
  • Permission required: Yes from My Eco Trip.

Uttari betta

At an altitude of 1130 metres, Uttari betta trek is another famous trek around Bangalore. Also known as Hutridurga, Uttari betta has a fort that was built by founder of Bangalore Kempegowda in the 16th century.

Statistics

  • Total distance: 5 kilometres return.
  • Grade: Easy.
  • Permission required: No.

Safety for solo female travelers

As a general rule, it is always best to go with a buddy on treks. So I highly recommend visiting these hills with another person or with any trekking agency. Some of these hills get very isolated and hence can be dangerous.

Download Emergency Plus app for any unforeseen situations. The app does not require mobile network and it shows the location of where you are. This is useful to let the emergency services know, in case there is any emergency.

If you are a tourist, always make sure to have a good comprehensive travel insurance to cover yourself in case of any emergency.

Closing Notes

I absolutely love trekking around Bangalore, especially of the hills have forts at the peak. It is very interesting to learn and walk back in time. How many of these treks have you done? And do you have any other suggestion? Let me know in the comments below.

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