The Makalidurga trekking experience is an absolute thrill, especially if you are new to trekking. The views along the trek are great and, at the top of the monolithic hill, lies the Makalidurga Fort. The fort is has a rich historic background, dating back to the time when parts of Karnataka was ruled by the Vijayanagara Empire.
On this trail you will come across many rocks and bushes that you need to be aware of to avoid tripping or scratches. The easy trek is made even more enjoyable as the smell of lemongrass wafts through the atmosphere along the way. This area is also great for rock climbing and rappelling and as you reach the top you will see the large rocks that draw enthusiasts - carry your equipment if you are experienced in the sport would like to have a go.
The Makalidurga trekking package is a fabulous experience. Led by experienced hikers who ensure every person is safe through the journey. There is a pickup and drop from Bangalore for fuss-free travel arrangements.
Makalidurga Trek - An Overview:
Location: 10 kilometres away from Doddaballapur
Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance from Bangalore: 60 kilometres
Famous for: Beautiful scenery of Makalidurga Hill, photography, view of the lake that looks like the map of South America.
Trip Duration: One Day
Trek Distance & Duration: 10 kilometres, approximately 3 hours to complete the trek. Timings and distances may differ due to multiple route options.
The climb up to the Makalidurga fort is just 5 kilometres and the trek is pretty easy, even for beginners. There may be a few uneven, rocky patches along the way but overall those with normal levels of fitness should be able to tackle this trek with ease.
Makalidurga Weather Conditions:
1. Temperature åre best in the months of October and November.
2. The monsoon arrives in June and lasts till August.
3. Summer is at its peak during the months of April and May.
The Makalidurga Trek Route:
1. Begin walking from the base of Makalidurga Hill. Here you will find a rail line.
2. The actual trail starts about 3.5 kilometres into the walk along the tracks when you reach a junction with a yellow sign that reads 54/400. The trek kicks off as soon as you take the steep left turn. Walk along the path until you come across a temple.
3. For the best experience, follow the route that goes right from the temple.
4. On the way, you will come across a stream that is deep during the monsoon season and arid in other weather. Follow the rocky terrain and dense grass till you reach the gates of the fort.
Best Time for Makalidurga Trek:
The rocky terrain gets slippery during the monsoons, making it difficult to hike. Summers are too hot for a comfortable trek. Go between the months of November and January. The weather is cool and the conditions for hiking are the best.
Makalidurga Trek - One Day Itinerary:
1. Bus leaves Bangalore at 7 am, stopping at designated pick up stops along the way.
2. Reach Makalidurga station by 9 am, have breakfast and get instructions and safety advice.
3. Start the trek at 9.30 am and reach the peak by 10.30-11 am.
4. Have lunch at Makalidurga Fort and rest for a while.
5. Make the climb back to base by 3 pm.
6. Reach base by 5 pm.
7. Leave for Bangalore by 5.30 pm.
Things to carry:
1. Lots of water. At least 3 litres is recommended.
2. Trekking shoes
4. Sunscreen lotion, moisturiser and insect repellent
5. Tissue paper
6. A light jacket or poncho, depending on the season
7. A cap and sunglasses (if necessary)
8. Dry fruits, energy bars (if necessary)
Inclusions & Exclusions:
The cost of the trek includes:
2. Guide and instructor fees
3. Transportation cost from Bangalore to Makalidurga and back
4. Basic First-Aid
The cost of the trek does not include:
1. Entry fee to the trail, to be booked online for Rs. 450
3. Any cost not mentioned above
Disclaimer: The information about the trek here is general. We request the trekkers refer to the details on the specific Event / Trek Booking page for specific detail.
Best time to visit:
The best time to trek up to the Makalidurga Fort is in between the months of September and February. The temperatures are cooler and trekking is more comfortable. An added benefit of hiking in the colder months of the year is the sights of the misty mountains.
Makalidurga Trek - Map Location:
The starting point of the Makalidurga trail begins a few kilometres away from Makalidurga Railway station. The journey from Bangalore to Makalidurga Railway station is about 60 kilometres.
3 Amazing Things to Do on the Makalidurga Trek:
1. Explore Makalidurga Fort: From the ruined walls of the Makalidurga Fort you can gaze at the beautiful valley below and soak in stunning views of the lake.
2. Visit Sri Shani Mahatma Temple: Just a few kilometres away, the Sri Shani Mahatma Temple is a great spot to meditate and spend some time enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
3. Grover Zampa Vineyards: Learn how wine is made and walk through the scenic grape plantations at the Grover Zampa Vineyards that is located about 8 kilometres away from Makalidurga Hill.
1. Even though the trek is relatively easy, if you have an ailments, check with your doctor before taking part.
2. Wear trekking shoes so that you have good grip and avoid tripping or falling.
3. Carry any medication you may need as there may not be access to large medical stores.
4. Don’t pack too much in your backpack - you don’t want it to weigh you down when you walk.
5. Get a good few days of rest before the trek so it doesn’t tire you out.
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