Makalidurga is a hill fort situated near the village of the same name. It is 60 km north of Bangalore, takes just two hours to reach the place and 10 km from Doddaballapura on the way to Gauribidanur. The fort at the summit has an old temple of Shiva with Nandi and in legend Markandeya Rishi performed penance here.
How to reach Makalidurga trek?
You can go by your own private vehicle or rent a car to the location. You can even visit the location by rail.
Makalidurga By train:
Train name: Bangalore – Hindupur Passenger
If you are reaching the location in your private vehicle then you can park it in the parking area near the railway track and walk for 100 mts to reach the start point of the trek.
If you are reaching by rail then, you can get down in the Makalidurga railway station and walk for about 3kms to reach the start point of the trek. Start walking towards north from the station. Look out for 54/400 sign board. There would be a railway crossing just before this sign board. Take a sharp left turn. Take the left turn and walk further towards the temple. The temple also has got a pool. Keep walking ahead. You will see two big rocks to your right and from there the trek begins.
Makalidurga trekking information:
Trekking difficulty level: Moderate
Trek distance: 4-5 km
Trek timings: 4 hours
Altitude: 1350 meters, 4428 feet
Entry pass: ₹250 for one person
You can either book it online on https://myecotrip.com/trails/1/Bangalore%20landscape
Or go there directly and buy the pass.
Restaurants nearby: Udupi Swadha and Samruddhi grand
There are signs which will guide you to the top of the hill. Blue and White arrow marks are marked on the rocks to guide you to the peak.
As you reach Makalidurga, you are stunned by the stillness of the place. There are hardly any people around and a partly exciting experience to get away from the traffic and noise. It is best advised to carry your own food and loads of water while coming for a day trek in Makalidurga.
It is a moderately difficult trek, and with some effort, you can easily climb the barren rocks and boulders. The top of the hill gets you face to face with the ruins of a fort, which is spread across quite an area and a temple at the top.
The whole journey was a wonderful experience and all the hard work pays off after seeing the view standing on the top of the hill. A perfect one day getaway you will remember for life. Don’t miss it !!