Savandurga Tourism

Savandurga Tourism

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Tarun Rao

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  • Tarun Rao
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  6419 readers

"Steep Cliffs and Beautiful view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 19, 2017
Savandurga is destination best 6 hours trip destination for the Bangalore people. It is well connected by road by a 4 lane road for the most of the journey expect for small 15 min state highway(2 lane). For the regular trekkers its moderate difficult hill but one can make the trek easy by taking bit longer route. Girls and ladies will certainly need help at the end of the trek(due to steep climb).
We started early at 3 am from Bangalore and reached the savandurga by 4:30 am. We decided immediately to start our trek but with no clear direction initially we got lost at the lower base of the hill but it turned out to be a good warm up walk for our trek. Don't follow the Forest department Board instead follow the Electric poles line to the hill. After an hours wandering around the foot of the hill we started to walk on the right track by dawn. The initial part was easy as compared to the later part. It took an hour to reach the top but we took small intermittent breaks and enjoyed the sunrise over the track. There are some good spots to stop watch the sky changing its colors from blue to purple to orange over the foggy landscape of reservoir backwater. The journey downwards was tricky initially due to the steepness which makes the route adventurous but it takes less time to get down. We completed our descend in 30 minutes.
My Best tip to future trekker start early since it became hot and sweaty while were going down so start early so that you can enjoy the trek and the scenic natural beauty at the same time. Carry some food and water, it helps to curb your hunger pangs on reaching the top. And please don't dispose the waste on the hill top rather carry it back in a plastic bag and dispose it in the village at the foot of the hill and become a responsible citizen.
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Dibyendu Ghosh

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  • Dibyendu Ghosh
  • Lives in Barrackpore
  • 59 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Nice one for a day trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2016
Its around 50 km far from Bangalore. Road are in good condition. A hil is there. A good place to hangout with friends. Trekking opportunities are there at the savandurga hills. But its advised to trek only with proper guidelines and precautions, otherwise it may become fatal. Not crowded. Best time to visit is early in tge morning.
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Ajith G a

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  • Ajith G a
  • Lives in Bengalooru
  • 149 photos
  • 68 Reviews
  •  55 helpful votes
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"Temple and a trek !!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
Savandurga is located on Mysore Road and can be reached via 2 Routes.

Bengaluru -> Kengeri -> Ramanagara -> Savandurga
Bengaluru -> Magadi Road -> Savandurga

There is a temple at the base of the hill. Trekking to the Hill can be started just a few meters away from the temple. There is a path on the hill for people to climb up. It's better to follow the same path or it can be dangerous at few places. Trekking to the top of the hill might take 2-3 hours based on the speed of individual.

Better to avoid this place during rainy season.
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Anuj Gupta

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  • Anuj Gupta
  • Lives in Jaipur
  • 16 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  25 helpful votes
  •  6697 readers

"Conquering the Fort of Death : Savanadurga"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
The Savandurga hills are located about 60 km to the west of Bangalore off Magadi road. The hill is considered to be one of the largest pieces of single rock formations in all of Asia.

The day was June the 5th, when I along with my brother and his friend started for Savandurga. We left by 10 am and reached there by 12pm. The route is very confusing. Google maps, information provided by the locals are very helpful in order to reach Savandurga. We also came across Manchanabele reservoir, the very site of it is serene, when you see the water, the forest, the rocks and all in abundance.

After 15-20 minutes from crossing the reservoir we could see the monolith and the site made us happy(the feeling you get when you get what you aim for). So after driving a for few more time, here we were at the starting point of the trek. It might seem easy in the photos but when you actually take it its not. You have to be careful while trekking your way to the top. I slipped once but thankfully nothing happened. There are points from where if you fall there is nothing to hold on. So you have to be particular while trekking. The yellow marking placed along the trail are helpful as they guide safely up to the peak.

We stopped twice on our way to the top. As we moved up the Savandurga, we come across the ruins fortress, which was built by the Kempe Gowda II and later occupied by the legendary Tipu Sultan, as told by the locals. After reaching the top we had a a feeling of accomplishing, a sense of accomplishment. The view from the top was epic. You could see the mountain ranges on the one side and see the city on the other site. We also came across Veerbhadraswamy temple which is near to the Savandurga hill. It is a trek worth taking. If you are in Bangalore and you have a day to spare then you should definitely take this trek.

Here are few things to keep in mind while you trek Savanadurga:
1. Prefer own vehicle, than public transport because the frequency of buses is not that great and you will have to change 2-3 buses to reach to the starting point of trek.
2. If you are new to the city or here as a tourist, then it is advisable not to go alone and take a local person with you.
3. Take good quality of food and water.
4. Use shoes which have a good grip. There are points where the climb gets steep and you have to use the footholes made. And also u might come across water patches while trekking, try to avoid them, if you cant then take proper care while passing.
5. The yellow marking placed along the trail are helpful as they guide safely up to the peak.
6. Use Google maps for directions.
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Gvss Rohith

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  • Gvss Rohith
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"Saavandurga - offbeat retreat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
While Nandi Hills are a popular site for sunrise and a quick retreat from the city, Saavandurga is an equally good spot, if not better. Reaching it is an adventure in itself before sunrise (encountered bears en route! ) and the journey is completely worth it. The view from the top of a pretty demanding hike is one to cherish. Would recommend for anyone who prefers a quiet and adventurous place to escape the chaotic city.
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Nagendra Prasad

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  • Nagendra Prasad
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  996 readers

"Trekking at Savandurga"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 19, 2016
This rocky hill is one of the best trekking spot for beginners. With a 2 km moderate trek, this hill poses some challenging stretches with inclined slopes. It takes around 5 hours for climbing and getting down the hill.

Travel to the hill.

For people travelling from Bangalore in public transport, there are buses till Magadi. From Magadi, the best transportation is auto. For people travelling in own vehicles, Magadi road is the best option. Do not take the Mysore road. The road condition is bad.
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Nagendra Achar

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  • Nagendra Achar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Visiting our Ancestors Temple"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2016
Savandurga Sri Veerabhadra Swami Temple is one of the oldest temples in this place. It is surrounded by beautiful hills and forest and makes a very peaceful destination to visit. As far as I knew this temple was in ruins and was in a horrible condition. Over the past 6-7 years it has been under renovation and the temple has got a new life. Devotees have contributed immensely for this and I would say that it has changed the entire temple and has got a new look. The temple has started anna daana for the devotees visiting the temple. The only problem here is the road from the entrance to the temple on the highway, which is in a horrible condition. I would request sincerely to the authority to improve it so that the devotees visiting the temple do not find it difficult to travel to their destination. Apart from the road, the transportation too needs to be improved.

The devotees or the people visiting the place should maintain cleanliness and keep the surrounding neat and tidy.

People can also climb the mountain, which is present and have a wonderful view of the surrounding places from the top.

Overall I would say it's a wonderful place to visit for a peaceful mind away from the traffic and the pollution of the city. It is located nearly 80 kms from Bangalore and can be covered in a day. Apart from Veerabhadra Swami temple, devotees can visit the Narasimha Swamy Temple located at the bottom of the mountain. Back from Savandurga, travellers can visit the Ranganatha Swami Temple at Magadi.
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Shankara Rao

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  • Shankara Rao
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Best place to visit 50km within Bangalore City"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2015
We started the journey at 9 am during summer to reach this place from Bangalore. It is 45km from the city and we took a diversion at Raja rajeshwari college of Engineering to reach this destination in the least amount of time. The roads are awesome with curves and its fun to ride. You also get dodda ganesha temple on the way which is a must go. I would definitely recommend plenty of water bottles at the climb to the hill will exhaust you. The hill has a temple on top which is worth your while.

There are restaurants at the bottom of the hill though you find no shops as you climb up the hill which is made of rocks. There are guides to help you climb the hill. There is only one route to take to climb the hill and make sure not to take up the journey during rainy day as the rocks can get slippery. And make sure to be down the hill before nightfall.
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Vandana Sharma

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  • Vandana Sharma
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 16 Reviews
  •  114 helpful votes
  •  2169 readers

"Savandurga a trekker's delight"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
Savandurga is about 60 km west of Bangalore off the Magadi road. We trekked along with a bunch of office folks. It took us about 2 hours to climb up. We were accompanied by families including a 5 year old child hence it is very easily doable even by beginners.

One must go early in the morning to avoid the people rush. The monolith gets hot during the noon on a sunny day. Once you reach the hill top, the view is absolutely stunning and worth the climb.

Do wear or carry a light windcheater jacket since the hill top tends to get very windy. The descent is fairly easy but one needs to watch out the steps and enjoy the view while coming down. At the foothill, there are shops that sell amazingly fresh tender coconut water which is heavenly after the trek. You can trek down by noon and get back to Bangalore. It is a great half day trip. Totally worth it!
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Soumyajit Kundu

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  • Soumyajit Kundu
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 50 photos
  • 95 Reviews
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"Excellent trek with good photo sessions"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2015
At 8:30 PM on Saturday night we were planning for the extended weekend of 3rd April, when suddenly it came to our mind how about a night trek to Savandurga. More opinions followed and it was decided that we go right now. Booked Zoom Car, finalized the team members and set out at 11 PM.

I had more responsibilities as no other person knew driving :). We reached there by 1:20 AM. Started trek at 1:40 AM. Reached the top of the 2nd hill at 3:30 AM. There was a small shelter there, and wind speed was more than 20 knots. A team which had reached already had already started a bonfire and we enjoyed it. Had some snacks and took some rest. Some of the group members strolled around to get the beautiful view of Ramanagaram city.

At 5 AM, we got ready for the last part of the trek to the last hill which has bull temple. Though it was pitch dark we started our journey slowly and reached the spot by 6 and waited for the beautiful sunrise. Shortly our wait was over and we were overjoyed by the beautiful natural beauty. Some photo sessions and started our journey back as it will get hotter by the day and tougher for trek. We reached back to our base by 9:30 AM and back to Bangalore by 11 Am. It was a journey to remembered and was more fascinating as it was planned in a very short notice.
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