The Basada or Mandaragiri betta (hill) is about 65 kilometres from Bangalore in Tumkur. The best way to get there is by driving. It is apt for a one day trip from Bangalore.
The Mandaragiri betta is a small hill with 434 steps (~ 500 metres one way) to reach the peak. The place also has a famous pilgrim temple for Jainism called Peacock Jain temple.
On top of the hill, there are four Jain temples. Unfortunately, they were all closed when I visited. Nevertheless, the views of the lake from the top are spectacular and breathtaking.
Logistics of hiking Mandaragiri Betta
- Distance: approx. 2 kilometres one way
- Steps: 434 steps (~ 500 metres one way)
- Grade: Easy
- Time taken: 30 minutes one way
Peacock Jain temple
At the foothills of the Mandaragiri betta is the Peacock Jain temple. It is a nicely constructed Jain temple which has a look of peacock’s feathers. The temple also hosts a big statue of Mahavir Jain. The temple is a very famous Instagram spot.
Safety for solo travelers
The place is absolutely safe. The hill does not have any bushes or any hidden places because of which this hike can be attempted solo. However, I would not recommend visiting this place during the dark. Also, be vigilant about your surroundings and ensure you are cautious at all times when traveling alone.
The hill and the temple are definitely a must-visit getaway from Bangalore. I totally recommend visiting this magical place.