Kaurava Kunda is another hill that I had never heard of before. One of my fellow trekkers during the Vattakanal Hike, suggested me to visit this hill for the early morning sunrise. He said that this hill was a better place to see the sunrise than the Skandagiri or Nandi Hills. The reason was that this was not that famous and because of which there is hardly any crowd.
Kaurava Kunda is around 75 kilometres from the Bangalore city and is situated in the Chikaballapur district. The twin hill has its name derived from the mythological story of Mahabharata, given to both Kauravas and Pandavas. The best time to be at the peak is around 7 to 8 AM.
- Distance: 3.5 kilometres return
- Grade: Easy to Moderate (The hill is steep and it can get very slippery when it is raining and there is no proper trail to the peak; also the last part of the hike is a little risky with huge boulders)
- Time taken: 2 to 3 hours
The views from the peak are undoubtedly worth getting up early in the morning. The hill was surrounded by clouds and it was absolutely refreshing. But I would still rate this below Skandagiri, as that hill is simply magical. To be fair, I feel we should have started the hike even more early and had aimed to reach the peak before 6:30 AM or 7 AM. Maybe next time when I attempt to do this hike again I will try to do it a bit early.