Bheema Bakasura betta/Kailashgiri betta (Karnataka, India)

My best friend Akshata and I had a spontaneous call one evening, at almost midnight, and we decided to do a one day hike the following morning. After going through a list of places, we decided to head to Kaiwara to hike the Bheema Bakasura Betta. The betta is in the town of Kaiwara. Kaiwara is in Chikkabalapura district of Karnataka. The town has a huge mythological significance and is believed that the pandavas from the Mahabharata lived here during their exile.

The Bheema Bakasura Betta is said to have got its name because Bheem is believed to have slayed Bakasura on this hill. The hill is also known as Kailashgiri betta among the locals. It is opposite to the Amaranarayana Swamy temple.


  • Distance from Bangalore: 70 kilometres
  • Distance of hike: 500 steps one way (2.4 kilometres in total)
  • Grade: Easy
  • Time taken to reach the peak: 1 hour
  • Routes: There are well laid steps to reach the temple and then some boulders to reach the peak.
  • How to reach? Kaiwara is the town that has this hill. We took an Ola Outstation cab which costed us about INR 2000.

Note: Be careful of the monkeys during the climb. There are many monkeys. And carry sufficient water for drinking.



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