From the time I have planned for my career break, I have been browsing through different hikes and treks that I can do around Bangalore. I stumbled upon Hulukadi Betta and would like to confess that I had never heard of Hulukadi Betta before. It is one of those bettas (hills) around Bangalore that have been less explored.
The place is said to have some interesting mythological stories of Lord Veerabhadra. Atop the hill, there is a Veerabhadra temple which has a statue of Lord Veerabhadra. And also, it is believed that every year in the month of February during a festival, a large snake visits the temple and circles itself around the Lord Veerabhadra’s statue.
The hill is surrounded by lakes and is a spectacular place to spend a day.
- Distance from Bangalore: 60 to 70 kilometres
- Distance of hike: 7 to 8 kilometres in total
- Grade: Moderate as there are around 1400 steps one way
- Time taken to reach the peak: 1 hour
- Routes: There are two ways to get to the peak where Lord Veerabhadra’s temple resides – one is through the stairs and the other through a trail. We took the stairs.
- How to reach? The starting point of the hike is about 70 kilometres from Bangalore, and my friend Akshata and I took an outstation cab which costed us INR 1500 (excluding toll).
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