Savandurga is the largest monolith in Asia. This day trip will help you explore it.
We are starting a series on day trips from Bangalore. As schools get closed and kids get bored, it is the time to spend some quality time outdoors. The first in the series is titled as “Rocky splendors”. You must be surprised at the title. But you will come to know about it when you complete reading this……In fact, we had done an impromptu trip in monsoon on a Saturday – Rocky Wonders of Ramanagaram – few months back and it was memorable.
Bengaluru – Thippagondanahalli (T G Halli) reservoir – Thirumale – Magadi – Savandurga – Ramanagaram – Bengaluru
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Distance – 151 KMs
7.30 AM. – Leave home. Have breakfast on the way in any of the restaurants. Those of you are not staying close to Magadi road, hitting NICE road and exiting at Magadi Road is a good option. The drive to Magadi has some lovely vistas especially after rains.
9 AM – Arrive at Thippagondanahalli Reservoir. To enter the reservoir, you need to get pass from BWSSB Head office. Built across Arkavati river, it is one of the oldest in the state. The large expanse of water flanked by rolling hills makes it a nice place to enjoy. Depart and for next few KMs enjoy the Arkavati valley and its undulating roads.
10 AM – Arrive at Thirumale temple on the outskirts of Magadi. Legend has that Thirumale temple was consecrated by Mandavya Maharshi. Enjoy the ambience of festivity, beautiful sculpture of Lord Venkatesha/Balaji, pray to naturally formed Lord Ranganathaswamy . After visiting the temple proceed to Someshwavara temple close by. Noted for its Vijayanagar style of architecture.
11.30 AM – Drive from Thirumale to Savandurga is pleasant. An excellent road and you will soon be driving through Savandurga reserved forest. You will find a lovely lake at the foothills with beautiful lotuses blooming. Stopover for some a nice photo opportunity.
12.15 PM – Arrive at Savandurga. Park your car at foothills and walk up the hill on the trek route. Follow the electric poles and yellow marks. Be careful of steep climb. It will be slippery during rainy season. It is 2 KM uphill trek to summit. You can also take help of locals who act as guides for a small fee. Reach the summit and exult “wow” looking at the landscape around this huge monolith. If you are the adventurous type, you can do rock climbing only if you are well-trained. Savandurga is one of the best places in South India for rock climbing. If you are not doing it, then enjoy the environs. Come down from the hill slowly. Find a nice place under a tree to refresh yourself. Don’t worry if you can not do the trek. You can still enjoy this lovely place. Visit two temples of Virabhadraswamy and Narasimha at the foot hills.
Trek to Summit and back will take 3 hours. Plan it accordingly. No risk taking here. You can read dangers of taking risk in this report in Bengaluru Mirror.
1.30 PM – Drive out of Savandurga. Drive slow and enjoy the vistas. It is stunning to see the rock formations. Take pictures, stop and enjoy clouds floating over them. This stretch of the road till Ramanagaram is the piece-de resistance.
2.30 PM – Arrive at Kamat Loka Ruchi or any other restaurant near Ramanagaram for lunch.
3.30 PM – Post lunch, walk into Janapada Loka or Folk museum next to Kamat Loka Ruchi for a walk around to explore the folk exhibits.
4.30 PM – Drive from Kamat Loka Ruchi back home.
a) Nothing is available on the Savandurga hill. Carry enough water/eats.
b) There are no good restaurants at foothills of Savandurga. Locals run few eating joints but they are not great.
c) The shops at the junction of highway and road forking to foothills is the place where you can pick up water bottles or fruit drinks.
d) You can do this circuit in reverse order if you don’t want to climb in the late morning. You can finish the climb and then proceed towards Magadi and Thirumale.
e) Savandurga is also an excellent place for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Check out more details here in Wiki – Savandurga in Wikipaedia
f) There is a nice terracotta workshop of Karnataka Handicrafts Corporation opposite Kamat Loka Ruchi. You may buy some nice terracotta items here.
g) The timings given here are indicative.
h) This is the first in the series of “Day trips from Bangalore”. We shall be covering other interesting places in this series.
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