Biking through the reserved forest. They know that only ‘engineers ‘ doctors, college students come and many are drowned here. The tempo bus was waiting, filling up as more and more trekkers trickled in. Tips from my Experience: 1. The police officials told that this place is banned for trekking now. As I took left, we entered into a small village with not so good road. A panaromic lush green of exteriors of Bangalore … With reference to the comments below, I advise people not to take RISK of bathing/swimming inside dthe am. In couple of mins we reached a place in the village where it did scare us for a while. It consists of peninsular gneiss, granites, basic dykes and laterites. This was a location for the making of David Lean's movie Passage to India. Avoiding heights. SAVE LIVES at MANCHANBELE DAM We had not even covered 20 Kms and we were welcomed with pattering rains all over. Understand History . Friends: Sai & Me. Your email address will not be published. The first glimpse of this place was simply superb. Come on, lets go then. 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. http://www.365hops.com/social/event_detail.php?eventid=VkRCU1dsQlJQVDA9, http://www.365hops.com/social/event_detail.php?eventid=Vkc1d1RsQlJQVDA9, fore other events pls visit http://www.365hops.com. Since 2005-06 there has been close to 300 drowning accidents. One can reach there via magadi road or through the kengeri road and then Manchinbelle road. It is referred to as “Savinadurga” which is called as “the fort of death”. Reaching savanadurga should be of the least thing to bother as there are direct buses from majestic Bangalore . It took us almost three hours to reach at the top with sufficient breaks, more than enough fun, extra photography sessions and little amateur wildlife exploration. We, ten in numbers? PLEASE stay AWAY from the WATER. Manchanbele resorvoir is very dangerous, full of silt deposits which can drag a person treacherously into death. We flied; we ran; we shouted and lived a thousand years on a single day. Tough lesson learned: Sometimes, organizers (With whom decided to go for trek) are worse in organizing treks than newbies. Wind speed was way off the charts. There is no forest permission required and I have gathered the information from the local villagers that few people start at 2 in the night to witness the sunrise. The roads which were dry and sunny while going, were wet and dark while returning reminding me of new blackboard in village schools. Yes! There is neither any Rescue team nor any signboards in English/Hindi on the shore nor any/limited mobile range. Landscape . Enough guys in a bunch. Just standing up straight became a challenge. Stopping at tea-stalls; enjoying biking in rural Karnataka; intercepting of the monsoon; taking photographs… so on and so forth….. Oh! Packed with lighter bags (You know why? After reaching the base camp you will start the trek. This is suggested because during the evening hours visibility is poor. Whoa! On reaching the Savandurga hilltop, savor the beautiful views and to that feel-good factor! sharing smiles and laughter with sparks in eyes, in a bunch of 10 on 5 revved-up bikes. we made sure to take rest every now and then and keep ourselves hydrated. DISTANCE FROM BANGALORE: 75 km. With the Savandurga Trek, you will enjoy a great walk in between the scenic and exciting environs. The google lady suggested to take the route of kengeri but we missed taking a left near Nayandhalli and were forced to choose magadi road. Wipe them out the, look out, the world is still too shy. So, at the beginning, we chose the steeper route and we were victims of following symptoms: Three from our group had already crossed the steeper part and were sitting as cool as a cigar smoking shaikh from Arabia. Savandurga Trek information: Time to Trek: 1-2 hours Total Trek distance: 2-3 KmsKm Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms Permission: not needed Guide: Not needed. We decided to break away from the whole bunch (Like we had enough of girl-friend stuff with them) and follow our own instinct to explore further. (hawkers selling only fruit juice packets at 3x price on top) 3. Savandurga Trek. I was over excited for trek since it were around 2 years since I had my last trek. (SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH AVAILABLE) If you like to go hiking an live in Bangalore, this place is really good. Savanadurga which provides a unique experience of trekking the single stone surely deserves a top place in their bucket list for the trekkers in Bangalore. You will reach a peak after a few hours. It would be highly advisable to wear good rubber soled shoes during the trek. Savanadurga is located at a distance of 33 kilometers from Bangalore.Savandurga trekking is a must try for all the adventure and nature junkies.Savanadurga has two hills called karigudda (Black Hill) and Biligudda (White Hill). The place is located near magadi . Shallow in monsoon but enticing and deep enough to make you shiver like a guy holding the hands of a girl first time. (Akhilesh Bhaiya! Trekking to Savandurga is a different experience altogether and I must say a trekker’s life is incomplete without completing the Savandurga trek. At night, you can also have a bonfire and camp on the top. water has any poisonous snakes, crocodiles. Water, water, water. Trail Information. He called it ‘Savinadurga’ or ‘the fort of death’. This is as per our visit on ‘16th March 2019’. : No. – Allen Saunders. Total distance : 4 to 5 kms (both ways) Level of difficulty : Easy. I read in several blogs that Savandurga poses moderate trekking challenge. Savanadurga … We are yet to get the list of deaths at this dam from tavakere P.S. You will get a guide along with you. Vroooooooom- on the fly. As I looked at the mammoth stone , I was thrilled to trek. is considered moderate and will give you the satisfaction of a trek. I removed my shoes and bags and sat in a corner. The view of the dam overall is very mesmerizing and pleasant. Now, the reason for picking Savandurga again was- One of our group member (Kaustubh) had visited the forest right in front of the mighty Savandurga hill and hadn’t been too far into this particular jungle. Savandurga trekking track has more numbers of accidents than manchanbele. You need to trust me. Do NOT enter the WATER, More links justifying the above statement: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thippagondanahalli_Reservoir Savandurga is composed of two hills namely 'Karigudda' or the 'black hill' and 'Biligudda' or the 'white hill'. Curse the shoe, curse the wrong path. You will reach the base camp by 9:00 am. Permission: not needed Savandurga Trek (Non-Bike Trip) Route: Bangalore - Savandurga - Bangalore. We, ten in numbers? 4220ft above sea level). No rescue measure not even a strong rope is available near water site. Biking through the reserved forest. Please carry food and water. Published on April 4, 2016 April 5, 2016 by rajamuthyala. Here, comes the Machanbelle fresh water reservoir. its cold! We went near start location for photography and there too they came rushing and almost pushed us out of that place. This was surely going to be a different experience in my short trekking life. for more details pls click on Let the water feed your eye. Sun, wind, rocks, water and now rain. So, at the beginning, we chose the steeper route and we were victims of following symptoms: A life left behind and we stepped into the shoe of another at 5 in the morning with a bunch of people who were made up of the same trekking stuff as I was. Haha, superfluously, I had rather say, I was exploring dry Amazon river basin with Benhur’s motor chariots in a row. The total distance we will be covering is 5-6 kilometers. The hill rises to 1226 m above mean sea level. After a brief and a very very sad Briefing by me, we started the trek. Karigudda is a dangerous path to choose as it’s extremely steep and dangerous. The tempo bus was waiting, filling up as more and more trekkers trickled in. Yes definitely. One can do day trek after taking permission from forest department. Your email address will not be published. And the journey begins….. The Savandurga hill is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia. As far as i remember, savandurga was never banned. Flora and fauna Climate Get in . is considerably moderate and will give you the satisfaction of a trek. Image Source. The Savandurga trek is a one day trek. Hunked, Muscleed, tough headed and cooled inside. Savandurga Trek information: Time to Trek: 1-2 hours Total Trek distance: 2-3 KmsKm Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms Permission: not needed Guide: Not needed. http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g297628-d3530377-Reviews-Manchanabele_Dam-Bangalore_Karnataka.html, http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/over-200-drowned-in-manchanabele-waters-since-2006/article2232746.ece. Organizers, constantly following their own plan forced us to take a divulge from them. This is done to prevent the risks of leeches. Savana Durga is situated on Magadi Road. Very well written and explained.. Savandurga (or Savana Durga) is in Karnataka of India ... For all those people who need to do some adventure activities then you need to get permission from the District forest officer at Ramanagaram with the payment of Rs 125/- per head as entry fee. Not for children and old. – A large dam with fresh pool of water. And you don't have to take any special permissions too for the trek. Permission required ? Also, Ramnagar is famous for the shooting of Indian Blockbuster Sholay. Few drops of water have begun kissing your chicks; pricking your eyes and whispering in your ears while we kicked in on the way to Bangalore. Total Trek distance: 2-3 KmsKm Even wading in for a short distance of 10 feet or so could get you into quicksand like mud and silt that can suck you under quickly. Set your heights more than what you see around you, see beyond said Anthony Anderson. 15 October 2013: 4 young people all around 20 drowned in manchanbele dam. Enjoy the view and shoreline, do not even think about wading in. Since the distance from Bangalore to Savandurga is 60km, the place is easily accessible via Mysore/ Magadi road. “Calm down, walk laterally”. TREK DIFFICULTY: Easy-Moderate. It’s a DEATH TRAP. The WARNING at the entrance of the dam gate is only in the local language. funny also i say……. Our family is heart-broken over our loss of our loved one and we are actively on a campaign to get the word out in various forums and to help in posting signs and other warnings so this never happens again. Always stay on the established trail. We lost our beloved Sambit on 16th June, not even a month leaving a 32 year widow a 2 year old daughter and a whole family of old parents relations mourning. Please don’t take the risk of venturing inside the water. Guide: Not needed, With reference to the comments below, I advise people not to take RISK of bathing/swimming inside dthe am. We reached the peak in about 2 hours with lot of breaks in between. Wow! It is good only for spending out a day and bird watching. Wow! The hill is considered to be one of the largest pieces of single rock formations in all of Asia.The Savandurga hill is 1,200 meters above sea level. Details of Savandurga Trek. Please enquire the number of deaths from Tavakere Police station and post them in these alluring travel sites. Went an year ago to this place! Just few things to consider is 1. The view from the top is cherry on top of the Machinable dam. 3 hours of air-ride and we were there at base foot of Savanadurga hill. There has been over hundreds of cases of DROWNING and dam with full of boggy mud. The steep trek is completed here, and the ruins serve as camping space but with legit permissions, of course! This hill was mentioned earlier in the records of hoysala period. Savandurga Hill. 02:30 AM: Reach the base of Savandurga Hill and relax for some time. Legs? There has been over hundreds of cases of DROWNING and dam with full of boggy mud. Savandurga Trek, weekend getaway, one day trip. Route to the top was marked with yellow paints. There is no water source. Though, rock climbing needs prior permission from the … The hill is composed of two granite boulders namely 'Karigudda' or the 'black hill' and 'Biligudda' or the 'white hill and acts as the trekking route to Savandurga hill. Department of Tourism; Contact Us; +91-80-2235 2424 After travelling for nearly an hour , Google lady asked us to take left . Time: Jan 1st 2016; 6 AM - 7 PM. If you are unsure, stop and wait for help to arrive. Its well written indeed, but would like to put in a gentle reminder to whoever reads this blog after me, that the water of Manchanabele is a death trap. However, given the fact that the trekking trail is mostly open and does not feature any trees, it is best to avoid trekking in the region during the monsoon season. Filmography: Savandurga was the location for the making of David Lean's movie A Passage to India. Often people talk about Savandurga trek and it is a popular place near Bangalore. There is no clear pathway although you can find some arrow marks at a few places. Let the wind brush your hair. Savandurga: One day trek for next big trek - See 194 traveler reviews, 340 candid photos, and great deals for Dabguli, India, at Tripadvisor. With reference to the comments below, I advise people not to take RISK of bathing/swimming inside dthe am. Well, staying on the 3rd floor of my residence, I seriously pondered over his words and thought of scaling some height and seeing what lies beyond. Route to the top was marked with yellow paints. Hunked, Muscleed, tough headed and cooled inside. Wear good rubber soled shoes during the trek. So not much effort required for trekking. The view from the top is fantastic. please do something to make others aware of the treacherous death trap. These are only our personal losses, these youths were of not any value for the nation. It were Savanadurga and Manchanabele dam on our list next. We were 8 of us who did this trek in preparation for our Tarsar Marsar trek to Kashmir. Savandurga is formed from 2 hills: Karigudda (black hill) and Biligudda (white hill). Take a break? Ah! So, at Manchanbelle dam, everyone had got extra pair of dry cloths except me but now, their, so as to say EXTRA DRY PAIR OF CLOTHINGS, were WET now. The Savandurga night trek is a moderate one. How to Reach Magadi Road. Savandurga, Dabguli: See 196 reviews, articles, and 348 photos of Savandurga on Tripadvisor. we were rolling like stones down the hill. While we were busy in How to? 2. On the way we picked some biscuits and water bottle . We continued to Savanadurga hill. – An ideal place to enjoy Bird-watching, relish the beauty of the nature, photography and spending some peace time there. After reaching the base camp you will start the trek. we were rolling like stones down the hill. Three from our group had already crossed the steeper part and were sitting as cool as a cigar smoking shaikh from Arabia. There is a lot of slush and quick sand which is not apparent at the surface. Take enough energy bars such as snickers. Time duration : 4 hours in total. Savandurga (Kannada: ಸಾವನದುರ್ಗ) is a hill 60 km west of Bengaluru (Karnataka, India) off the Magadi road, in India. The bus with route number 241-A directly drops you at the Lakshmi narasimha swamy temple which is where the trail of the trek starts. Robert Home in his Select views in Mysore (1794) shows distant views of the hill from Bangalore. Green shawl laid over earth. Trekking to Savandurga is a different experience altogether and I must say a trekker’s life is incomplete without completing the Savandurga trek. We choose to have a breakfast before starting our trek. The weather was perfect neither too hot nor too cold with dark clouds hovering over us all the time with cool inputs from cool hilly breezes. Time duration : 4 hours in total. Ramanagara is a town in Karnataka. “Bhaiya! Locally, known as Kari gudda (black hill) and Bili gudda (white hill), together forms Savandurga hill. Thank you for taking these comments seriously and re-editing your blog so that others can enjoy this place of beauty safely. Packed with lighter bags (You know why? Ours is not first but at least this could be the last if all readers put some effort to move administration. That's that, we were in. For all those people who need to do some adventure activities then you need to get permission from the District forest officer at Ramanagaram with the payment of ₹125/- per head as entry fee. I was going on this night trek to Savandurga along with a trekking group. Here are more details about this trek. Weather is dark and cold. First glimpse of Manchanbele dam and Savanadurga hills. Come on, lets go then. You can carry your camera, … Do your research before the trek — choose a trek according to the time at hand, your skill & endurance. Like I mention in every trek, starting the trek early has an added advantage of less crowd, less heat, savanadurga makes no exception. Go next . Distance:60km from Bangalore city Monolith Rock Hill... Asia's Largest Up hill climb :2hours A moderate Trek for conditioned fitness lovers else a tough climb on all four Risk of falling to death ofy not cautious So friends in high spirits or fooling and pranking around..pls don't push your luck It will not be funny if a mishap happens. Saturday 2nd, April. Green shawl laid over earth. Savandurga hills are located at an altitude of 1226 m above the sea level and are also considered to be a … 19th august 2013: Murali Kumar 28 year drowned in manchanbele dam. Savandurga, a challenging trek. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli … The Savandurga night trek brings about some steep slopes and boulders that act as a hindrance on your way, but the 5km trek (approx.) Who all? Savandurga located nearly 60km from Bangalore is Asia's largest monolith (around 1226m above sea level). The Savandurga night trek is a moderate one. Thus, resulting in, we, following our own schedule and route according as our timings. Since 2006 till July 2011, more than 200 DROWNING cases have been registered in the nearby Police station (20 KMs away from the dam). It’s a DEATH TRAP. I recommend guide, guide would be mostly some local boy. Misty clouds, chilling winds, rocks popping out of the forests like rocky giraffe popping out of Africa dry forests. Our plan was to reach savanadurga by 4 am and reach the peak by 6 am or 6.30 and watch the sunrise. Ah! local villagers are very much aware and they do not enter water. Distance from Bangalore: 60 Kms Savandurga trek offered no flat or ascend until we reached the 90%. The former trail is less preferred, since it requires a … Photo Courtesy: Shyamal. Total distance : 4 to 5 kms (both ways) Level of difficulty : Easy. Savandurga is one of the best day treks around Bangalore where people like to go. So not much effort required for trekking. It is around 70 km from Hudson Circle (in Bangalore City). This was one of the best trek i have ever had…. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/fun-trip-turns-fatal-3-die/257591-60-119.html. Details about Savandurga. 03:00 AM: Start the hike to peak Savandurga Hill. My pick-up point was at Central Silk Board at 11 p.m. ), back on same track. Vehicle: Zen. People standing under bridges and us? The warning in English is 1 Km ahead past the main dam entrance gate. First lesson learned: With a Neta-like guy in team, sharing responsibilities becomes so easy. Let the water feed your eye. Shallow in monsoon but enticing and deep enough to make you shiver like a guy holding the hands of a girl first time. heaven. Young lives are of no value to the Police/grampanchayat/Irrigation department or administration as a whole. So, if you let your feet slip or wanna try sliding, there won’t be any chances left for you to realize the trance that you would pass through until you hit the base which was almost 300 feet down below the hill. This one hour journey lets you face the valley (Because while climbing up you face the rocks). I rose at 2:30AM, finished chores by 3:30AM and by 3:35AM I was at K.R.Puram driving towards Mysore road through the city. The Savandurga trek is a one day trek. Almost felt like am there again ! Trekking to Savandurga is a different experience altogether and I must say a trekker’s life is incomplete without completing the Savandurga trek. Savandurga is a place where people visit for the temple, park and for trekking. The bus will start at 6:00 am from Bangalore. Please do something that no other family goes through the same ill fate as we are going through. Trekkers need not travel all the way to Chikkamangaluru to walk the green path as the government is all set to legalise Skandagiri, Makalidurga and Savandurga trekking routes from January 1. As a part of preparation, I googled trying to find every possible information about savanadurga and most importantly, is trekking allowed before 6 am as most of the treks are either banned or require forest permission. If you are thinking of taking a Savandurga trek at night then you should definitely be carrying some double-layered clothing and make sure that you are covered from head to toe. We hit the road by 11:30 p.m. Magadi Road. The Savandurga night trek is a moderate one. Is especially a preferred choice for weekend getaways rock climbing as there direct... 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