Skandagiri Trek: A perfect weekend escapade


Skandagiri is one such trek that is marketed as the ultimate haven for night hikers. The trek entices you with the thrill of night trekking as well as the beauty of a sunrise in the early morning. It is a popular trekking destination near Bangalore. It’s a great one-day weekend getaway that takes you to the top of Skandagiri.


Kalavara Durga

Skandagiri is also known as Kalavara Durga or the Fortress Hill. Tipu Sultan built this fort during his battle against the British. However, the fort was demolished after Tipu Sultan was defeated in 1791. Historically, the mountain was known as Kalwar betta.

Skandagiri hill is located 70 kilometers north of Bangalore. The Skandagiri trekking trail has an 8-kilometer uphill and downward slope (up and down). The trekking trail is moderately difficult, but the paths are well-marked. The path includes some steep ascents, rocky patches, and narrow trails. The trail requires careful maneuvering due to the loose terrain in some places.

The trek is a great weekend getaway in the ancient Skandagiri hills. At the start of the trek, one must obtain permission from the forest department. The entrance fee per person is Rs. 450. Parking fees range from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100.


  • Skandagiri Hills Region – Bangalore, Karnataka District – Chikballapur
  • 4,757 feet in elevation
  • 8 kilometres ( both ways)
  • Trek duration is one day and lasts seven hours.
  • Bangalore’s Papagni Mutt serves as the starting point (base camp)
  • End destination: Papagni Mutt, Bangalore
  • Difficulty Level- Moderate to Difficult
  • Water Availability- Bring plenty of water with you.
  • Phone connectivity is available only up to the base camp. After Papagni Mutt, there is no connectivity.
  • ATM Access- ATMs are available in Chikballapur town, which is 5 to 6 kilometres from the trek’s starting point. It is best to bring enough cash with you before beginning the trek.



  • By Road -Bangalore is well-connected by road, rail, and air to all major cities in India. You must first travel to Bangalore and then to Papagni Mutt, the trek’s base camp. The distance between Papagni Mutt and Bangalore is approximately 62 kilometres. By road, Bangalore is well connected to the Mutt. From Bangalore, you can take buses, cabs, or even drive down.


  • By Rail- Bangalore is a large city that is well-connected by rail to all of India’s major cities. You can take the train to Bangalore and then drive to the Skandagiri base camp (Papagni Mutt).


  • By Air- Bangalore airport is well connected to all parts of India and the rest of the world. Hire a cab once you arrive in Bangalore and take.


  •  Few highlights Trek to Skandagiri

Night Trekking Adventure- 

Skandagiri is one of the region’s few legal night treks. Skandagiri should be at the top of your list if you are a travel enthusiast with a thirst for adventure. You’ll love walking through the rugged terrain under a canopy of twinkling stars. The silver cascade of shimmering light reflecting on the nightscape will captivate you. You can also take part in the bonfire under the stars. It is an unforgettable experience!

Historical Importance- The trek follows the path of a mountain fortress that has historical significance. The fortress was crucial in the war against the British. Even though the fortress is now dilapidated, it still attracts tourists.

Skandagiri Hills- The ancient hills of Skandagiri are stunning. These magnificent natural creations have grown more enticing and inviting to hikers over time. On a clear day, the magnificent Nandi hills appear to be shrouded in white cottony clouds. It creates a truly spectacular scene.


Skandagiri Sunrise View Point- 

This is the trek’s most important attraction. In fact, many trekking companies begin the trek around 3 a.m.-4 a.m. to witness the most beautiful sunrise in the region. As a result, it is also known as the sunrise trek to Skandagiri. Sunrise can only be seen from the summit and not from below. The sun emerges from the misty clouds, reflecting its lovely aura on.


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