Bheema Bakasura Betta

Hike to Bheema Bakasura/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.

How did Bheema Bakasura Betta get its name?

There are many legends associated with the name of Bheema Bakasura Betta. One of them is that the name was given as 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.

Logistics of Bheema Bakasura Betta

  • 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. The best way to reach is by driving. And hence, 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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