A perfect weekend trekking within 100 KMS of Bengaluru, Makalidurga Trek is one of the top destination. Located to the north of Bengaluru around 60 KMS away from Bengaluru and 15 kms from Doddaballapur, Makalidurga offers an enthralling experience for the trekkers around Bengaluru.
Details of the Makalidurga Trek:
Distance: 7 Kms (both ways included)
Difficulty Level: Easy
Time Taken: 3 to 4 hours
Ideal time to Visit: October to March
Suggested Age group: 12 to 50
Reaching Makalidurga Trek:
Makalidurga trek has got very good connectivity as compared to most other trekking places
- Train: Most preferred mode of transport for most of the trekkers would be to go by train. There is a direct passenger train from Bengaluru cantonment station which starts at 07:20 AM and reaches there by 08:55. If you are planning for an early morning trek, catch the evening train Hindupur passenger and stay overnight at Makalidurga.
- Bus: To reach by bus, take a direct bus to Doddaballapur from Bengaluru and then from Doddaballapur, take a local bus (which are less in frequency) or hire a local taxi or auto
- Own Transport: Travelling by own transport should be a good option as it is just around 55 to 60KMS from Bengaluru. Localities ask for parking charges of around RS 50.
Taking the Train Route?
If you are travelling by train, get down at Makalidurga railway station and walk along the direction of the train for about 2 kms. The walk on the track is a unique experience that only Makalidurga trek provides. You need to walk till you will find a board which reads 53/400. This is where the trek actually begins.
Take a left just after the board and you see the trail of the Makalidurga Trek. If you are travelling by your own transport, you can either park your vehicle at the Makalidurga railway station and walk on the railway track or choose to park in the open space just near the track. Park your vehicle and cross the railway track and your trek begins. Villagers charge around INR 50 to 100 based on the number of visitors during your visit.
There is an entry fee of RS. 250 which needs to be booked online through Myecotrip. Make sure you book well in advance as the crowd is more during the peak season i.e. from October to March.
About the Makalidurga Trek:
As you are about to start the trek, you find a temple of Krishna at the right side. Take the blessing and proceed for the trek. The initial trail of the trek is a plain road which lasts for a very short distance. The trek then elevates by a small angle where you get the feel of the trek actually beginning. Make sure you follow the arrow marks (marked in green) through the entire stretch. Failing to identify the path at any point of time, pause for a while and look for the arrow. There are plenty of arrows marks put which help the trekkers not to lose the path. After travelling for some more distance, you see the elevation has increased suddenly where you find bit difficult especially if you are beginner. This particular part of the section provides you the experience of trekking through the rocks. After travelling for a good 45 minutes or an hour, make sure to look back to provide your eyes a wonderful view of the lake. The lake is very well maintained and is a treat to watch the scene.
Total time to reach the top might take around 1 hour 30 minutes for beginners and for a regular trekker, 1 hour would be sufficient. As you complete 75% of the trek, you would see the walls of the fort which is the peak of the trek. The trek from this place to the top is easy as compared to the already traveled distance. As you reach the top, go to the extreme left to get the full view of the lake, which you saw earlier.
Temple at the top of Makalidurga
On the right side, there is a Shiva temple.
Take the blessings of the Lord Shiva and move the right most part to get a view of the train. This being a busy route, you would find plenty of trains passing through. Walking down the Makalidurga is easier but a few places take extra precaution as the rocks are slippery
The best time to trek is obviously early morning. Start your trek 8 AM if you are travelling by your own transport as it gives you spend most of the trekking in cooler temperature.
Know the important points:
- Carry at least 2 liters of water. The last point of water resource is Makalidurga railway station. However, the station is very small and hence suggest not to keep this option. Carry your own food like biscuits, juice etc. The nearest place where you find food is Doddaballapur. Make sure you have your breakfast and arrive before lunch.
- Register at myecotrip.com . There will be a forest officer at the start of the trekking who asks for the registration details.