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Best Treks to do in Bangalore

Lying at the heart of the Mysore plateau, Bangalore (formally called Bengaluru) is the third-largest city in the country and known to be the IT hub of the country. Apart from this, it is also known for its pleasant climate all around the year and has the highest elevation among the major cities in the country. Though it has relatively flat terrains, the western parts of the city are hilly and are abundantly visited by trekkers and hikers. This article gives a brief introduction to some popular treks one can go on in Bangalore.

Nandi Hills Trek

Nandi hills is an ancient hill fortress at an altitude of about 1,478 metres in the Chikkaballapur district,  built by the Ganga dynasty and extended later on by Tipu Sultan. Lying at a distance of about 60 kms from Bangalore, the Nandi hills are best known for their historical and traditional significance. One of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka, the Nandi Hills are best known for their scenic beauty, the rugged terrains and the rich variety of flora and fauna. An easy trek suitable for both beginners as well as experienced trekkers, the Nandi hills trek is quite a sought after one by trekkers and hikers. A perfect short duration trek, the Nandi hills trek can be visited all year round, and is ideal for amateur trekkers to gain some experience, while relishing the breathtaking views of the lush green valleys and meadows.

Savandurga Hill Trek

Situated at a distance of about 60 kms west of Bangalore and having an altitude of about 1,226 metres, the Savandurga Hill is believed to be one of the largest monolith hills in Asia. It is a popular trekking destination and visited by hikers and trekkers in large numbers as well. Also, the region is frequently visited by rock climbers, cave explorers and adventure seekers in general. Best known for its scenic beauty and the natural biodiversity of the place, the Savandurga hill trek has emerged to be quite a sought after one by trekkers and hikers. The region has a vast stretch of scrub and dry deciduous forests, and is home to some rare and exotic animals like the yellow throated bulbuls, the white backed vultures, the pointed ciliate blue and bright babul blue, sloth bear, leopard and so on. An easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty, the Savandurga hill trek involves some narrow and steep climbs, but they can be traversed easily with a little help from professionals.

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Ramanagara Hills Trek

Located at a distance of about 52 kms from Bangalore, the Ramanagara (also called Ramadevara) hills are located in the Eastern Ghats at an elevation of about 1,187 metres. Best known for the rich and diverse flora and fauna of the region, the Ramanagara hills trek is a perfect one for beginner trekkers. Containing the only vulture sanctuary in the country, the region is a heaven on earth for bird watchers and nature lovers. The rocky and steep terrains make the trek a little tricky, but they can be traversed easily. An ideal weekend getaway, the Ramanagara hills trek is becoming increasingly popular among hikers and trekkers. Main attractions of the trek include the temples at the foothills and at the top, and the stunning views that the hilltop offers.

Skandagiri Trek

One of the five prominent hills in the Chikkaballapur district, the Skandagiri hills are located at a distance of about 60 kms from Bangalore, with an elevation of about 1,350 metres. Known for their historical significance as well as scenic beauty, the Skandagiri hills have emerged as quite a popular tourist destination. A perfect weekend getaway, the Skandagiri hills trek is one of the most sought after treks in the state. Main attractions of the trek include the ancient fortress built by Tipu Sultan, the Papagni mutt (one of the oldest mutts in the state) at the foothills, the unique features of the rugged terrains, and above all, the breathtaking views that the hilltop offers. The trek is an ideal one for both amateur and experienced trekkers, and is mostly visited during the months of November to March, when the weather remains pleasant.

Devarayanadurga Hills Trek

Lying at a distance of about 73 kms from Bangalore, Devarayanadurga is a temple town and a small hill station with an elevation of about 1,204 metres. An easy to moderate trek in terms of difficulty, the Devarayana durga hills trek is best known for its scenic beauty. Other notable places of attraction are the temples all along the way. Mostly visited by trekkers, hikers and pilgrims, this region is suitable to visit during the months of October to February due to pleasant weather.

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