Guide | Hike Shivagange betta (Bangalore)

Shivagange is a Hindu temple and a mountain peak, situated in Dobbaspet. It is a quick one day getaway from Bangalore. The mountain is in the shape of a Shivalinga and a spring flows close to the mountain which is called Ganga locally. It is also famously known as ‘Dakshina Kashi‘. The height of the mountain is 805 metres.

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How to reach Shivagange Betta?

The best way to reach Shivagange is by road. The distance between Shivagange and Bangalore is about 50 kilometres. The nearest town is Tumkur which is 19 kilometres from Shivagange.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Shivagange is between the months of October and March when it is not too hot.

Timings and Important Information

  • The temple on the top opens at around 8:30 AM.
  • There are stalls at the base of the hill, so one can buy snacks and water bottles if required.
  • Beware of monkeys. There are lots of them.
  • Carry sufficient water.
  • Please do not litter and carry your trash with you.
  • Do not write anything on the monuments.
  • You can wear footwear to the top.
  • Trek light.

Logistics (Shivagange Betta)

The temple is a popular trekking site among the trekkers. The trail to the peak is well marked and has man-made steps. The path is suitable for beginners as it is an easy trail of 2.3 kilometres to the peak.

Note: The trail does become narrow and steep near the peak, and there are safety railings to hold onto. Also, be careful from the monkeys that exist near the summit.

  • Distance: 2.3 kilometres one way
  • Grade: Moderate (Easy till Olakalu Theertha)
  • Number of steps: 150 steps till Olakalu Theertha
  • Time taken to the peak: 30 minutes till Olakalu Theertha + 30 to 45 minutes to the peak.


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  1. The views on top look amazing. I like that the hike is suitable for beginners, 2.3 km trail seems easy. The Shivagange is perfect quick day trip that can be done in a day. Thanks for the virtual tour. Hope to visit it one day

  2. hi

    Shivaganage Betta does seem to be inviting for a day hike. The number of hikes in Karnantaka is truly mindboggling. The Shiva temple adds a sense of purpose to the hike. I could see a tank too in one of the pics , is it at the top or at Olakalu ?

  3. Hi Raksha! Thanks for providing this useful logistical information! I actually hadn’t heard of this hike before stumbling across your blog post, but it definitely looks worth visiting! (And if I make it there, I shall beware of the monkeys, thanks!) 🙂

    1. Parnashree Devi

      Wow…I didn’t know about this temple. It is seems like a easy trek since the path is well defined. It has reminded me of Chheni Kothi temples in Himachal Pradesh which also require a moderate trek up in the hills to reach the village and the ancient temple. Good read

  4. We are a family hiker and a hike to Shivagange Betta is something we would definitely do! The hike doesn’t seem too difficult for our 4 yo daughter and the view from the top of the temple is incredible! The temple itself is also beautiful!

  5. Subhashish Roy

    The temple is beautiful and it would be interesting to learn about the history of this place. The trek up looks quite doable as the climb is not too much. The entire terrain looks so scenic. Considering that it’s not too far from Bangalore I should have done this visit earlier I used to visit Bangalore often till a few years back and stay there for a 15 day stretch.But doing this virtual trip was quite pleasurable. Great pictures to give a good feel of the temple.

  6. The view is stunning and this is such a fun thing to do. Definitely making a note of it for my visit to Bangalore. It’s anyways long overdue to go visit some friends there and we are always looking for some things to do and go on short getaways so maybe I can pitch them this activity for when we all get together!

  7. Anne

    I love hikes that end in cultural sites. It makes you appreciate them even more when you’ve earned it. Also this temple looks incredible as does the local scene. And i wouldn’t have guessed this was so close to modern Bangalore!

  8. Woah! This is amazing. I would love Shivagange Betta. I have heard about it before but so far this is the most detailed post I have ever found. I will take note of the best months to visit and can’t wait to see this up close.

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