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Madhugiri is the place that boasts Asia’s second largest monolith which makes for a good trekking spot near Bengaluru.
What Is It?
Head to Madhugiri and climb Asia’s second largest monolith which is at an elevation of 3930 ft. The steep slopes make the trekking capability a bit difficult and make for a good adventure. The monolith is surrounded by lush greenery and stunning landscapes that you can capture moments of while making the climb.
What’s In It?
The overall duration of the trek is 4-5 hours. Start from the base of the hillock early in the morning and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature while you make the climb to the top. After nearly an hour of climbing, you’ll reach flat ground, with a turret on one side, a pound at the bottom and a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. The toughest part of the trek comes after this when you reach a slope with an inclination of almost 60 degrees and it’s difficult to climb then. There comes a point when there’s no longer a staircase available and you’ll have to do the climb on the solid rock.
The view from the top is truly mesmerizing and worth it. You can catch a glimpse of the ruins of the fort and panoramic views of the Madhugiri town. There are three temples that are atop the hillock. The hill and the fort date back to 1670 AD which was ruled by Raja Hira Gowda.
How To Get There
From Bengaluru, Madhugiri Fort is nearly 100 km away. If you’re driving, take the route via SH3 and the journey should be completed within 2-3 hours.
Address: Madhugiri Betta, Karnataka
Best time to visit: Between March to October