Avalabetta is a lovely hill and Dandiganahalli is a serene water body. When you club both of them, you have a nice one day trip from Bangalore!
This series of one day trips from Bangalore provide you an opportunity to spend a day visiting places near Bangalore. We encourage you to explore the rich landscape, heritage and beautiful spots surrounding Bangalore. These are easy to do trips and a good outing for families.
“One Day trip from Bangalore 19” is the nineteenth in this series helping you to explore Avalabetta and Dandiganahalli dam. If you are looking for places to visit from Bangalore within 150 kilometres or if you are looking for a comfortable one day trip from Bangalore, please take a look at this post on this blog.
Bangalore – Chikkaballapur – Avalabetta – Dandiganahalli Dam – Chikkaballapur – Bangalore
Total Distance – 208 KMs
Road Condition – Very good
Google Map – https://goo.gl/maps/eZ1M6sCcVrS2
7 AM – Depart from home. Those who are in North and East Bangalore, it is easy to hit Airport road. For those of us staying in South Bangalore you have to either wade through the city or go via NICE road and exit at Tumkur road. Take the first available U Turn and then turn left at Peenya junction and continue on Outer Ring Road till you reach Airport road.
8 AM – Have breakfast at either India Paratha Company or Nandi Upachar at Devanahalli cross. Pack your lunch here as you will not get anything in Avalabetta or Dandiganahalli dam.
9 AM – Depart for Avalabetta. Drive on the super Bangalore – Hyderabad highway till Peresandra and then go through the village to reach the foothills of the Avalabetta.
10.30 AM – Arrive at foothills. You need to park the vehicle at the entrance gate and walk up the hill.
You have a choice of either walking on the cement road or walk up on the stairs. Going up stairs is shorter but slightly tougher.
The winding road going up the hill. Do you notice cars parked at the foot hills?
The concrete road up the hill…..
The stairs and pebble path……
Walk up steps to the temple. Explore the hill to see the icon of Avalabetta – The Beak Rock! You will see this picture if you google for Avalabetta! It is a lovely place. It is used to be favourite with selfie taking folks. Thankfully now it is barricaded and banned from entering and taking pictures as it dangerous.
Interesting stone formations on the hill….
The Lakshmi Narasimha temple on the hill
The famous beak rock! It is now barricaded and people are not allowed to go near it.
The views from the top of the hill is spectacular……
Spend some time exploring the hill and the temple. The view from the top of the hill is spectacular.
1 PM – Depart Avalabetta. Drive to Dandiganahalli dam via Minakanagurki. Stop for few minutes at Minakanagurki which has a small temple dedicated to Goddess Maheshwari on a small hill. If you are hungry, you can have lunch in the park here.
2 PM – Depart Minakanagurki. If you haven’t had lunch, if you find a nice tree on the way, stop the car/bike and have a picnic lunch.
2.30 PM – Arrive at Dandiganahalli dam. Explore the dam and lovely waters. No swimming or boating here please.
Dos and Don’ts board at the dam……..
The lovely backwaters of the dam….
3.30 PM – Depart Dandiganahalli dam and drive back to Bangalore.
- It is better to leave early as suggested as days get hotter in these areas.
- The best time to visit the place is in winter months. It will be green and lovely immediately after monsoon. If you are going during monsoon months please be careful as rocks may be slippery.
- Weekends will be crowded. Especially by biker groups
- Climbing Avalabetta and exploring in the morning is easier than later in the day.
- If planning to trek beyond the temple in Avalabetta, it is advisable to wear a shoe.
- Wear a good hat to cover from sun.
- This trip may not suit elderly people who can not climb the hill.
- Carry a good binoculars as the views from the top is lovely!
- Carry a nice camera. You will get a lot of opportunities to take some pictures.
- Do not enter the water in Dandiganahalli dam for swimming as it is dangerous.
- There are no restaurants at both the places. Hence it is better to carry food along with.
- All timings are indicative for travelling in a car or bike.
- It is not advisable to go to this place for Sunrise or night trek as the Forrest around the hills have sloth bears.
- Please carry enough drinking water as nothing is available on the top of the hill.
- Lastly, be considerate to environment. Don’t litter and dirty the surroundings. Keep the place clean.
Bonus tip – Avalabetta can also be clubbed with other sights around Chikkaballapura like the lovely temple of Ranganatha Swamy at Rangasthala on the outskirts of the town. One can also take a small detour to visit the cave temple at Bheemeshwara hills while going from Avalabetta to Dandiganahalli.
Avalabetta can also be clubbed with a trip to Gudibande Fort if one has enough energy to climb two hills!
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