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Makalidurga is a trek to one of the most enchanting places as this hill has twinkling skies, a rich history and a railway line running through the lush greenery of the hills. Makalidurga is located only 60 kilometers away from Bangalore and 10 kilometers away from the town of Doddaballapur. It’s because of this that a number of people, ranging from travel junkies to adventure lovers as well as those who adore nature, make their way to this stunning hill every weekend.
Makalidurga hill stands above the rest of the world at a height of 4430 feet and has a fort located at the top of its peak. The foothill is surrounded by a lake that is similar to the shape of the continent of South America, while a train runs through the lower half of the hills. Everything is amidst lush green grasses and stunning views of nature. This day-trek will never fail to rejuvenate your mind and nerves!
You will be departing from Bangalore at 6:00 am and will be reaching the Makalidurga Railway station around 8.30 am. The railway station is around 1.5 kilometers away from the base of the hill and when you are making that journey, you will get to experience exhilaration when trains pass you by on the tracks.
Two kilometers of walking along the railway track, and you need to take a left towards the temple. This temple has a pool and wide passages to enjoy while walking through them. After crossing the temple, you get a very distant view of Makalidurga fort to your right. Make sure to keep this view in sight and walk towards it, through the grasslands and by the sides of the streams.
You will come across a noticeable pile of rocks on your right side after which you need to take a right. This will set you on the trail which is marked with yellow and white arrows all through. The trail has loads of twists and turns, and heavy vegetation which makes it a very interesting trail to follow. All you adventure lovers are going to love the trail.
Midway up the hill, to your west, you will see the lake that is shaped like the continent of South America. Make sure to stop and take as many pictures as you can, it is an unseen view after all!
When you make your way to the top of the hill you will be greeted by the huge walls of the fort that hide a very rich history behind it. This fort was built to train the army of the Vijayanagara Empire and was subsequently captured and ruled by Shahji and Kempegowda. When you walk towards the heart of the fort, you will come across a Shiva temple that is used by the villagers for their pujas. Do make sure to visit it to get an insight into the life of the residents of Makalidurga.
Make your way through the fort and explore artifacts such as the broken Garuda Gamba, Basava Idol and Shiva Linga that are present near the front of the temple. Make an adventure out of this mystery land by exploring every nook and corner of it that you can.
Along with the early rays of the day, make sure to make your way through the fort and explore artifacts such as the broken Garuda Gamba, Basava Idol and Shiva Linga that are present near the front of the temple. Make an adventure out of this mystery land by exploring every nook and corner of it that you can. After exploring and indulging in some fun hilltop activities, make your way to the bottom of the hill so that you can enjoy the treat that is waiting for you. This treat is the scrumptious homemade breakfast will be prepared by none other than our dear own Padma Akka.
There are going to be very few treks that’ll provide you with so much to enjoy in such a time frame. So make sure to book your tickets and make your way to the top of this beautiful hill as soon as you can.
THINGS TO CARRY
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