Savandurga Trekking Guide | Trek spots near Bangalore

Hey fellow travelers,

We love trekking and recently we spent a Saturday trekking Savandurga, a hill which is around 60kms from Bangalore, towards West, off Magadi road. Read on to know more about our experience and tips.

Savandurga Trekking Guide

This was an early morning drive + trek experience for both of us and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This hill is apparently one of the largest monolith hills in Asia. The hill is around 1,200m above sea level and one could see Arkavathi river flowing towards Manchinbele (Manchanbele) dam from the top. Savandurga is formed from 2 hills: Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). You need permission from the forest department to trek Savandurga. Karigudda is a dangerous path to choose as it’s extremely steep and dangerous. Some places are almost 90 degrees and is usually used by the rock climbing clubs. There have been many incidents where people tried to climb/get down from Karigudda side and got stuck half way, unable to go down or up. Kindly, do not take that risk unless you are a professional (even in that case a permission is mandatory). At the base of the hill you will find Narasimha Swamy templeSavandi Veerbhadreshwara Swamy temple is located less than a km away and it is the first temple to be visible during the journey to Savandurga. Please note that prasadam (meals) is offered at Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple between 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Temple at the base of Savandurga

Narsimha Swamy temple at the base of Savandurga hill

Starting point of Savandurga Trek

Starting point of Savandurga Trek

We left Bangalore by 7:00am and reached Savandurga 8:45. It’s approximately 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Bangalore, so it’s better to leave early morning. The route that we took was via NH4 and SH3. The roads were fine till the last 10-15kms. FYI, NH4 is amazing for long drives! There is also another route via Mysore road, but not sure about that one as I haven’t taken that yet. We took around 1.5 hours to ascend the hill. Do not underestimate Savandurga, it’s steep and dangerous at times. Kindly do yourself a favor and wear a high-ankled trek shoe for this one. Not only would it keep your ankle and foot safe, it would give you double the grip as well. I made a mistake by underestimating this trek and taking my sports shoes instead of my trek ones (that I used to trek Roopkund). I could climb it, wasn’t an issue but I was worried that I would have a twisted ankle at the end of it! I had grip throughout but because of steep angles in which we were climbing, I had tough time keeping my foot/ankles in the right position. Better safe than sorry, guys!

That’s the best part about the Savandurga trekking, at the end of it all, you feel like you have accomplished something. I would call it a medium difficulty one.

Beginning of Savandurga Trek

Beginning of Savandurga Trek

We took the Biligudda route. You do not need a guide for this as you could just follow the electric poles and barely-there yellow (now white) markings on the rocky terrain. Yep, it’s rocky all the way up there (What else can one expect when it’s a monolith?).

First Stopover: The Fort Wall

First stopover in Savandurga Trek

First stopover in Savandurga Trek: The Fort Wall

With the local dogs in Savandurga trek

Teeny-tiny guides showing us the right path

Fort Wall in Savandurga

Fort Wall in Savandurga

View from the Fort Wall in Savandurga

View from the Fort Wall in Savandurga

Second Stopover: The puddle

Second Stopover in Savandurga Trek

Second Stopover in Savandurga Trek: The Puddle

Puddle at the top of Savandurga

Puddle at the top of Savandurga

The last leg at Savandurga

The last leg at Savandurga

From the second stopover, the peak is hardly 10-15 minutes away.

The highest point of Savandurga Trek

The highest point of Savandurga Trek!

Views from the top of Savandurga

Views from the top of Savandurga

It was so picturesque, peaceful and scenic at the top that 30+ minutes that we spent there felt like 5. I was sad when it was time to climb down (al though I did it only because I had become this hungry wolf at the end of it).

Blessed with the views at the top of Savandurga

Blessed with the views

Also, a point to be noted, it was extremely windy at the top. I couldn’t pose for the pictures properly out of the fear of flying away with the wind! Please be careful about yourself and your belongings. Of course, do not go over the edges as just the wind is enough to make someone lose balance, EASILY.

Us at the top of Savandurga

Us at the top of Savandurga!

More views

More views…

The climb down from Savandurga

The climb down from Savandurga

Best time to trek Savandurga:

Summer, early morning.
NOT Monsoon. Since it’s a rocky terrain, even a thin layer of water is enough to make someone slip. So avoid rainy seasons/rainy days. And it’s extremely difficult to climb in the sun as there is no shade whatsoever, except almost at the top.

Mandatory things to carry while trekking Savandurga:

  • High-ankled trek shoes
  • Water – at least 1.5-2 ltrs per person (as there is no water/food source up there)
  • Snacks/mini-meal
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap
  • Comfortable clothes/tracks
  • Juice (optional)
  • Sunglasses (optional)

Find more information on how to reach Savandurga and other details here in our travel portal Travel Highway. Hope this was useful! Do comment your experience if you have been there, or planning to, or found this information useful. Your suggestions are always welcome.

Thanks for reading. Have a happy week ahead!

PS: For more photos visit Harsha Photography.

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12 thoughts on “Savandurga Trekking Guide | Trek spots near Bangalore

  1. Sindhu

    I had been to savandurga with my friends.. I had also underestimated by wearing a normal shoe. I couldn’t climb completely. I got scared and i returned back. But i could see most of the people over there climbing in slippers.. I think bare foot is also an option, but i could n’t climb ..it was too hot. I really want to complete this. Will take follow your blog next time i go thr 🙂

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Yes, Sindhu. By the time we get back, it will at least be 11-12 pm, by then the rock have turned super hot. So it’s better to trek in high-ankled shoes. One could manage in sports shoes as well, but it’s kinda risky.
      Thanks! Do let us know how you found the trek once you complete 🙂

  2. Dhiman Das

    Very well documented, love the photographs. Me and my friend visited this place today morning and totally enjoyed the small trek to the peak of the hill. When we were walking downhill we were told to leave the place immediately by a person from forest department, the person also said that since we trespassed we could have been charged.

    I googled it and found this DH article http://www.deccanherald.com/content/558586/11-trekkers-rescued-savandurga.html

  3. shan

    Hi…Anuradha we are providing the trekking events.This tips will very help to us, thanks for sharing your experience and such a beautiful images thank you

  4. Neeraj

    So where can i get this permission from forest department … Is there any forest department office near to the hills?

    1. Anuradha Post author

      Hi Neeraj. Not that I’m aware of. Do call up forest department for more details. Like I have mentioned, if you are taking the less steep route (BiliGudda), you don’t have to have a permission.

    1. Anuradha Post author

      You mean the trek? I think you can. There was no such restriction for the regular trek trail. There is no designated parking, but you can park in front of the temple near the base of the hill.

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