A Savandurga trek is one of the many adventure activities that you can undertake near Bengaluru. The hike takes you to the top of a cliff, which is among the largest monoliths in the world. It appears as a high granite wall with no vegetation and is in contrast to the lush jungles below. The elevation of the summit is roughly 4022 feet above sea level, and its height makes it a hiking paradise.
Ancient burial urns, found on the hill, make Savandurga day trek of interest to historians and anthropologists. Before beginning the journey to the top, you can pay homage at the temple, dedicated to Lord Virabhadra at the foot of the cliff. At the top, there is a shrine, paying homage to Narsimha, the half-lion, half-man form of Lord Vishnu. These two houses of God make the monolith a pilgrimage destination for devotees. You will be able to see the ruins of the fortification, constructed by Kempegowda, the ruler who found the city of Bengaluru, on the hillock.
The day trek to Savandurga is easy in its initial stages, and then it gets tougher as you proceed further towards the summit. This hike will give you loads of experience in the art of mountaineering and rock climbing, and it will prepare you for tougher expeditions in the Himalayas. Utmost physical fitness is of supreme importance for participating in the excursion. As this Savandurga Day trekking tour will subject you to the heat of the sun, you need to carry enough drinking water. The rock will be quite slippery and the soil may be loose, so wear those shoes that will give you good traction.
6:30 AM: Board a coach from the fixed pick-up site in Bengaluru, and then travel to the base of the hillock.
8:30 AM: Enjoy breakfast on the way.
10:00 AM: Reach your primary destination, and then rest a little.
10:15 AM: Start your Savandurga trek after getting an introduction and briefing about the same from the hike leader.
The trail begins from the foot of the hillock and meanders through a thickly forested patch of ground. Look to the left and see a high boulder, which can be climbed, using proper rock-climbing ability and gear. Further ahead on the path, there will be some slippery sections while others will be a bit steep; however, you will easily be able to negotiate them.
Continuing your Savandurga day trek, you will see a lot of large rocks, which provide shelter from the soaring heat of the sun. From a certain point, the Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, created by damming the Arkavathi River, will be visible in the south-east direction. From this point, the steepness of the trail rises slightly. This gain in elevation will be experienced till you reach an electric pole.
Here, you will see the remains of the fortification walls. Thereafter, you continue your day trek to Savandurga by walking on it. After a while, you will come across a big boulder, which can be climbed with a bit of determination and with skill. As you reach its top, the main peaks of the hillock, which you are now close to, will be visible.
The final phase of this Savandurga trekking tour will bring a mix of climbing and descending. You will first ascend on a slightly steep and winding trail, and then there will be a sudden, but gradual descent. At certain junctures, you will meander through covered passages, which will give you the feeling of going through a cave! The last ascent is through a grassy path, and as you reach the top, you will see the bright blue sky above and lush forests below.
2:00 PM: Return to the base camp, and enjoy activities like paint ball, rock-climbing, rappelling and jumarring.
2:30 PM: Treat your taste buds to a delicious lunch at the camp.
4:00 PM: Start your return journey to Bengaluru.
4:30 PM: Enjoy tea on the way.
7:00 PM: Reach Bengaluru.