Savandurga in Bangalore

A weekend getaway from Bangalore, Savandurga is a pilgrimage destination

A weekend getaway from Bangalore, Savandurga is a pilgrimage destination | Photo credit: Pavithrah/wikimedia

Savandurga Overview

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Made up of two hills, Karigudda (Black Hill) and Biligudda (White Hill), Savandurga is supposed to be the highest monolith in Asia. About 33 kilometres from Bangalore, off the Magadi Road, this hill rises 1,226 meters above sea level. The area is surrounded by a thick forest of scrubs and dry deciduous vegetation.

Savandurga is a popular pilgrimage center with the Veerbhadraswamy Temple and the Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at the foothills and Biligudda, a small shrine to Nandi, Lord Shiva’s sacred bull, located at the top of the hill. Trekkers frequent this place for the two main trekking trails going towards Savanadurga. One is the Karigudda and the other is the Biligudda trail. While Biligudda is easier to climb with a well-marked out trail, Karigudda is tougher and less explored and involves the use of good rock climbing equipment.

The Manchanabele Dam nearby is a great place for a gorgeous view of the Savanadurga Hill. It also other adventure opportunities like camping, especially close to the reservoir, which is a great place for water sports. You can reach Savandurga by bus from Bangalore in about 2.5 hours.

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