Trek de Skandagiri

Here comes the detailed log after the teaser.

Couple of weeks back, my friend Usha had sent me a set of photos of Skandagiri (She got them via mail forwards), which were amazing (selected two of them are here & here). We had no other information than the name & the photos. Google gave a bit of information about the place, directions & distance. Plan was cooking up for the short trek, and at the same time Kamlesh came up with a plan. So we made it a ride-n-trek day.

Skandagiri or Kalavaarahalli betta is 75 Kms from Bangalore, near Chikkaballapur, a little known place along the Nandi Hills range. The hill is a small one but a steep climb. It took us one and half hours to climb and 45 minutes to come down.

Route: Bangalore – Devanahalli – Chikaballapur – Skandagiri. Take a left turn inside the city, follow the narrow road to reach Papagni Matt which is at the foot of Skandagiri.

10 bikers on 10 bikes started off at 6 in the morning. Though it was beginning of summer, it was chilling out there. Stopped just before Chikkaballapur for breakfast & coffee. From there Santosh took lead as he had already been there. Reached foothill by 9. None of those 8 lazy bums were ready for the trek, just two of us (Srik & I) took off. It was a tiring climb. Reached summit after lot of stop-overs on the way. View from top was amazing, with 360 degrees of clear sky. Spent a good one hour top and came down, which took us 45 minutes.

We were hungry and stopped at a dhabha near Devanahalli. After a quick lunch, Srik & I left early as we had to reach Bangalore early.

Distance (from Bangalore): 75 KMs one way.
Food & Water: Get it at the nearby town Chikkaballapur. Not a drop of drinking water available at the peak.
Camping: Can be done. Plenty of flat ground. (Thats what I’m planning to do next ;)

Will be there again to catch those lovely clouds :)

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17 Responses

  1. fullerene says:

    hey.. behind papagni matt there are 2 or 3 hills, which is the one that we have to climb for reaching the temple on top and also to get the cloud veiw

  2. sagya says:

    Hope it was a bad day for you guys.
    Better luck for next trucking.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Sagya@ sandeep2478@gmail.com, guide madhu , made the moon lit trek look very easy.and he is down to earth & reliable.Not all guides are referred +vely in the net.

    But nothing great about the place.
    we were like caught in a cold storm this saturday night & the sun never rose till 8 am next day.
    no good photos above the cloud.Our timing was totally wrong.
    regards, V Balakumaran & Anitha JeevaBharathi

  4. sagya says:

    I had been there day before yesterday.only 1 suggestion you need to have lot of stamina. Call Madhu (guide) on 9902275009 or 08156314038 he can arrange fire camp and food etc (no drinks).His house is just around 1km from skandagiri betta mail me at sandeep2478@gmail.com for any suggestion.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Have any one of u guys trekked ‘RANGANATHASWAMY BETTA’?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hey, that’s useful man. Was planning for this weekend outing and ur blog help me decide to stick on to it. Thanks. It would be more helpful, if u can help us out with the route map from bangalore.

    Nice snaps. Any water falls near by??

    Regards

    Bala

  7. DonPato says:

    Your stories of India travel are very interesting. Great job you are doing and thanks a million for the source material.

    DonPato
    GayIndia

  8. abhinav says:

    Hi Prashanth,

    Im planning to go to skandagiri this weekend and would like a few details from you . Could you please give me a call / send over your phone number so that i can touch base with you and get a few points clarified ?
    We are going for a night trek to that place and hope to catch the clouds in time early morning :)

    my contact details are :
    abhinavrm [at] gmail.com
    9901990121

  9. Prashanth M says:

    Thanks Cuckoo

    Prabul mia, to capture those clouds one need to be there early in the morning. We reached top only by 11.

    Vani, sure. Take the initiative at MB please :)

  10. Prashanth M says:

    Thanks Srik.

    Kam, lazy bum nahin to phir kya ho tum?! ;)

    Bachodi, nice idea. lets work on it together. Myself & Srik have got a plan still in initial stage. Still refining about it :)

    Yes Mridula, one day outings are nice break form daily routine. that too when you don’t get leaves for quite a long days.

  11. Vani says:

    Nice post, Prashanth. Waiting to visit this place.

  12. Prabul says:

    the orginal pics looks better…more clouds. your pics looks bery bery dry baaah ;)

  13. Cuckoo says:

    This looks very interesting. Beautiful inviting pictures and was it you standing on the pillar?

    I envy you guys, the biker group. :P

    Looking forward to your camping.

  14. Mridula says:

    One day trips is what I should also try to specialise in the coming few months. Loved the pictures and I am sure you will enjoy camping there.

  15. bachodi says:

    thanks for the info.
    people like you should make south Indian map more visible over the net. like http://www.travbuddy.com/ or 43places etc.

  16. Kam says:

    Nice pix and nice blog.

    Bilaady facker! Dare u call ‘8 lazy bums’! We trekked till we found some good place to relax :D. I’m not gonna leave u when we meet :P two kicks for sure!

  17. Srik says:

    Good and crisp update :)

    Water is the only requirement, if u have enough break fast from Chikballapur :)

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