Skandagiri

The busy city life needs a break from time to time  to rejuvenating and re-prepare us for yet another round of stressful work and complex personal lives! Trekking is no doubt one of the most adventurous activities helpful in bursting out the stress. Skandagiri is the perfect weekend gateway around Bangalore for those who are looking for an escape from a frenzied life.

The place

Skandagiri

Skandagiri is a beautiful hill. It is about 70 km away from Bangalore city and located off the Bellary Road (NH-7, the Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway). It is very close to Chikkaballapura and Nandi Hills. The peak altitude of Skandagiri is 1400 meters. For the adventure freaks and the trekkers it is a paradise! This is an ideal place for night treks, camping and watching various species of birds.

Activities to do and places to see

Skandagiri Hills have historical importance. The top of the hill has the ruins of a fort that was built by Tipu Sultan. During the war with the British, the fort was handed over to the British by Tipu Sultan after his defeat. Back in 1902, the Indian authorities got back the fort.

Trekking in Skandagiri

Skandagiri, one of the best destinations in Bangalore trekking, has got the very less vegetation during the early part of the trek. As the person goes closer to the top of the hill, the lush green vegetation can be seen. From the top people could even look at the panoramic views of the valley. Though the fort is in dilapidated condition yet people could walk around it to enjoy the holiness of it and the temple around it.

How to reach Skandagiri

Skandagiri Hills can be reached from Bangalore via Chikkballapura Town, which is 50 km away from Bangalore. The visitors can get a bus to Chikballapura and it hardly takes about 1 hour to reach there. The bus plies over NH 7 and crosses Yelanka and Devanahalli. From Chikkaballapura, one can walk down or take auto to Pappagni matt, the foot of the Skandagiri hills. While walking, people could enjoy the natural beauty and plantations. Bangalore is well connected by road, trains and air. There are regular trains and flights from various parts of India to Bangalore.

Best time to trek

Though every time is the best time for freaky trekkers; but the winter is the most preferable season. Adventure junkies will enjoy the romanticism of the trekking as the top of the hill is often enclosed in a blanket of mist during the winter season.