The savandurga trek is a hill 60 km west of Bangalore.The hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia and rises to 1226 m above mean sea level.The Savandurga hills are frequented by pilgrims who come to visit the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temple sited at the foothills. Picnickers come to spend time among the serene environs of the hill. There are a number of trek routes to the top as well, each one varying in difficulty. Savandurga can be reached easily using any of the Map-Navigation Applications.
I decided to go on the savandurga trek along with my NGO group (Raghu, Ashwini, Anup, Raghu and a few others). None of us had a vehicle at our disposal; so we decided to rent one. A tavera which can comfortably seat 8 people cost us around 4k INR which was decent enough once split amongst 8 of us. We left Bangalore by 6 a.m or so, idea was to reach the base by 8 a.m and start the trek; but one of the members was late by at least 40 mins and we ended up leaving Bangalore by 6.45 a.m or so. It was a bit late and so things got even more delayed due to the traffic build up early morning along the mysore road.We stopped for breakfast near Magadi; had one of the most greasy Masala Dosas of my life, tasty nonetheless.
We reached the Savandurga base by 9.30 a.m or so; the place was quite crowded already with many devotees visiting the temple with it being a Sunday. We asked the driver to park the vehicle near the temple and we were off. The huge monolith hill looked very daunting at first , to all of us.
The route up hill is marked at multiple locations and finding way to the top should be easy. However even the easiest path is quite steep in terms of the gradient of incline. In fact, one of the group members (who had 0 trek experience) gave up 5 minutes into the climb barely climbing 50 meters. Thank fully rest of the group had a better cardio and we trekked on.
Almost the entirety of savandurga is bare of vegetation and there is almost no shade at all; remember spotting only 1 tree on the entire stretch. The overhead sun only added to woes. We probably stopped at least 4-5 times on the way up, taking in sips of water and munching on snacks. After about 1.5 hours or so, we reached the “80% mark”, a very old temple near the summit. We spent at least 20 mins here, feeling happy what we made it up quite fast (given that we were expected to take atleast 3 hours based on what we read online).From this point, the summit is visible and so is the path laid out.There is a white Nandi temple at the summit and we spotted many people at the summit from the the “80% mark”.
Another 20 mins of trek and we were there, finally !
It was nice and cool at the summit with a nice breeze. The temple, parking lot etc are all visible from this point; so is the manchinbele dam many kilometers away. A couple of photographs and the group sat down for a well deserved rest. The topic of discussion varied from “game of thrones” , past travel destinations to the next volunteering activity which the group members intended to be a part of. There were at least 20 other people at the summit at that point of team and it started getting pretty noisy. So post spending about 45 mins , we decided to trek down.
The trek down was obviously much easier and we were quite surprised to see a lot of people trekking up in the middle of the day. It took us only 40 mins or so to reach all the way down. Near the base, a lot of people were found just spending some time near the hillock, a sort of weekend picnic, everyone wants to get out of the city I suppose.We were reasonably tired and just decided to get in the Van and head to the nearest spot for a good lunch.
A day well spent with friends and Calories burnt as well, what else can one ask for on a weekend.