Last year while I was in Bangalore, I discovered that there are plenty of small hills, like Kaurava Kunda, around the city where one can easily spend a day over the weekend. These are really amazing places for one day hikes. As they are not too far away from the city, the hikes can be completed in just half a day.
About Kaurava Kunda..
Kaurava Kunda was 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 it was better than the other two was that this was not a very famous hill and because of which there were hardly any crowd.
The twin hills of Kaurava Kunda have its name derived from the mythological story of Mahabharata, given to both Kauravas and Pandavas.
The base of the twin hills is in Kavaranahalli village. Also, there is a temple midway dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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Distance and the best time to visit
Kaurava Kunda is around 75 kilometres (1 hour 20 minutes drive) from the Bangalore city and is situated in the Chikaballapur district. The best time to be at the peak is around 7 to 8 AM and in the winter months (October to February) where it does not get too hot or when it is not raining. The summer and rainy seasons can be very risky as the path is quite steep.
The best and easiest way to get to the base of the hill is by driving or riding. However, one can take a bus to Chikkabalapur bus stop and then take an auto rickshaw to the base of the hill. The base of the hill is around 5 kilometres from the Chikkabalapur bus stop.
- Distance: 5 kilometres return
- Grade: 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
- This hill is very famous for its night trek so people can be at the top just in time for the sunrise.
This hike can be done on your own and does not require any trekking agency. However, if you are traveling alone it is not advisable to hike alone as the hike can get lonely.
- Beware of the bushes and thorny plants on the way.
- Beware of the monkeys especially if you are carrying a backpack or a packet.
- Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.
- Carry sufficient water.
- There are no shops around the hill. So ensure to carry some snacks and breakfast.
- DO NOT throw your garbage and dirty the place. Take your rubbish with you and dispose it at a proper garbage bin.
The trek is ideal for half a day and as mentioned it is quite famous for a night trek so one can be at the peak before sunrise. However, my friend and I did not go in the night and we started very early in the morning. Below is the itinerary that my friend and I followed:
Note: This was a self planned trek and we did not go with any trekking agency.
4:00 AM – Start from Bangalore very early so to reach the peak on time. Generally, people start at around 1 AM so they can be at the peak by 3:30 AM.
5:30 AM – The drive from Bangalore takes around 1.5 to 2 hours. Reach the base of the hill and start the climb to the peak.
Ensure to take warm clothes as the weather can be extremely chilly.
6:30 AM – At the peak, enjoy the sunrise and the views of Chikkabalapur village.
Take some light breakfast or snack that can be enjoyed at the peak.
Do not throw any garbage at the peak.
7:00 AM – Start the descend after enjoying the sunrise.
8:00 AM – Start for Bangalore.
Note: There are so many darshinis (restaurants) on the highway where one can enjoy a delicious South Indian breakfast.
Safety for Solo female travelers
As I mentioned earlier in the post, this trek is not advisable to do it alone. There are very few people and it can get very dangerous. So a definite NO for a solo traveler. I would definitely advise having a friend or two while attempting this hike. Unfortunately, no trekking agency goes to this hill for a hike.
Also as a good practice, it is always best to have a trekking buddy just in case of unexpected situations.
The views from the peak are undoubtedly worth getting up early in the morning. The scenic view from the peak is something to die for. And the views especially in the morning with the clouds surrounding the peak is absolutely divine. 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.
This hill is very good for a one day trek/hike. It can be done in half a day if planned well and is a great weekend activity.
I cannot stress enough on this – DO NOT litter. Carry your trash and garbage with you and dispose of when you see a garbage bin. It is very disheartening to see rubbish at these pristine places. If we cannot take care of our nature then we definitely do not deserve such beautiful places.
Thanks for reading my post and I hope you do enjoy Kaurava Kunda trek. If you are aware of any such hidden gems around Bangalore, I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment or write to me on Solopassport@gmail.com.