Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)

Guide | Hike to Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)

Rayakottai Hill is in the town in Denkanikottai Taluk and in the district of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. The hike to the fort on top of the hill makes a great one day hike and an amazing weekend getaway. It is one of the best hikes I have done from Bangalore as there are less number of people and is not a very hard hike.

History

Rayakottai Fort is an ancient fort in the district of Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. It was ruled by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. It is one of the lesser known forts.

How to get to Rayakottai Fort?

Public transport – The nearest train station is the Rayakottai train station and the nearest bus stop is Rayakottai bus stand.

Road – The base of the hill is around 70 kilometres (approx. 2 hours) from Bangalore towards Hosur. And this is the easiest way to get to the Rayakottai hill.

Hiking details of Rayakottai Fort

Itinerary

Early morning 7 AM – Start from Bangalore towards Hosur. It takes 2 hours by road to reach the base of the hill.

Source: Google Maps

Ensure to have breakfast on the way. There are plenty of darshinis (restaurants) to have good breakfast.

10 AM – Reach the base of the hill and start climbing.

11 AM/11:30 AM – Reach the peak. There are two peaks and both can be climbed easily.

12:30 PM/1 PM – After exploring the peak and the fort, start descending.

Ensure to carry your lunch and have lunch at the peak. Note: DO NOT LITTER. CARRY YOUR GARBAGE WITH YOU AND DISPOSE IT IN A GARBAGE BIN.

2:00 PM – Start for Bangalore.

4:00 PM/4:30 PM – Reach Bangalore.

Logistics

  • Total distance: 4 to 5 kilometres return
  • Grade: Easy (Steps with some rocky paths)
  • Time taken: 1 to 2 hours
  • Path: There is only one path that leads to the top. Just follow that path and you will reach the peak.
  • Best time to visit: During winters; Summers can be very hot and it will be difficult to hike.

There are two peaks and both can be climbed. One peak has a temple.

Important Information:

  • Carry sufficient water. There is no source of water on top of the peak or even around the base of the hill.
  • There are no shops around so ensure to take packed lunch and snacks.
  • The path has no shade anywhere so it can get difficult when hiking during summers. Ensure to start the hike really early.
  • Do not throw litter anywhere. Please respect nature and dispose your garbage only in proper garbage bins.
Peak

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Safety for Solo female travelers

I would not recommend hiking this hill solo even for male travelers/hikers. Hence, a definite No for solo female travelers/hikers. There are very less people and it can get risky. I suggest going with a trekking agency or group of friends. The trekking agency is great because all the safety needs are taken care of.

Ensure to go with a reputed trekking agency. There are so many trekking agencies now in Bangalore and not all are a legalised registered trekking agency. So, please read the reviews and do your research before choosing the trekking agency.

My reviews

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The peak provides breathtaking panoramic views of the towns and villages around. The fort ruins atop are very beautiful and they provide a great insight into the history. It is worth spending a day hiking this hill to see the fort. Just to remember that this is a great place for hikers and trekking enthusiasts.

Note: There are only some remnants of the fort at the peak.

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Note: This post is not written in collaboration or in affiliation with Bangalore Mountaineering Club (BMC). The reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions and are influenced only by my own experience with them.

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38 thoughts on “Guide | Hike to Rayakottai Fort (Tamil Nadu)”

  1. I love hiking and the hike in this article is great. I wish I’m there to try it out. India is a place I always want to visit and I’m sure I will get there one day!

  2. I love exploring areas like this, it is always amazing to see old buildings being re-consumed by nature. Hiking is always quite enjoyable and this looks like an excellent spot to visit, thanks for sharing this.

  3. I have always heard of Rayakottai fort being tourist friendly, now after reading your experience, I would also love to take up this hike. Thanks for sharing your experience!!

  4. Wow. I didn’t know that such a gorgeous place existed in Tamilnadu. I have been to Pondicherry and Madurai and planning to explore more once the summers go away.

    1. Oh wow yes you should add this to the list. However this is more close to Bangalore than Chennai.

  5. Wow, I have never heard of Rayakottai Fort before but that hike to that place looks easy to do it in one day. The Fort itself looks pretty cool!

  6. More power to you! Such thorough reviews and I’m always impressed with the solo traveler aspect. I haven’t been to Tamil Nadu, but this trek looks like worth adding to the itinerary. Thanks for your recommendation 👍

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