This was one of the best trek i have ever had…. You need to trust me. All dry small rivulets and hanging falls got a new life under heavy rain most probably after one year, as I had got a new life after the break of two years. Savandurga is one of the best day treks around Bangalore where people like to go. Curse the shoe, curse the wrong path. So, the cool weather also turned up with us. Just few things to consider is 1. But you can also book a guide through myecotrip website by paying 250 rs. The view from the top is cherry on top of the Machinable dam. It is around 70 km from Hudson Circle (in Bangalore City). – A large dam with fresh pool of water. Photo Courtesy: Shyamal. With that confidence, we finally got a chance to plan this trek- Savandurga Part 2 after a long, long time. With reference to the comments below, I advise people not to take RISK of bathing/swimming inside dthe am. Also, Ramnagar is famous for the shooting of Indian Blockbuster Sholay. 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. Savandurga, Dabguli: See 196 reviews, articles, and 348 photos of Savandurga on Tripadvisor. 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. I have updated the blog about the risk involved in going inside dam..thank you people of coming up with facts. Savanadurga … (Akhilesh Bhaiya! “Calm down, walk laterally”. Though, rock climbing needs prior permission from the … The Savandurga night trek is a moderate one. Organizers, constantly following their own plan forced us to take a divulge from them. Permission: not needed Department of Tourism; Contact Us; +91-80-2235 2424 The bus will start at 6:00 am from Bangalore. is considered moderate and will give you the satisfaction of a trek. not a single warning sign near the water site. 4220ft above sea level). Packed with lighter bags (You know why? Please enquire the number of deaths from Tavakere Police station and post them in these alluring travel sites. In couple of mins we reached a place in the village where it did scare us for a while. Since our fate was decided then and we were no more dependent upon organizers, we did what we wanted to. Trekking to Savandurga is a different experience altogether and I must say a trekker’s life is incomplete without completing the Savandurga trek. : No. The Savandurga night trek brings about some steep slopes and boulders that act as a hindrance on your way, but the 5 km trek (approx.) Magadi Road. Tips from my Experience: 1. 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. That's that, we were in. This one hour journey lets you face the valley (Because while climbing up you face the rocks). 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. These are only our personal losses, these youths were of not any value for the nation. Located at a distance of around 60 kms from the city Bengaluru, savanadurga is a center of attraction for pilgrims and adventurists . Total distance : 4 to 5 kms (both ways) Level of difficulty : Easy. Since 2006, more than 600 people have lost their lives there but Govt has not taken any action to prohibit the area or have rescue measures there. Come on, lets go then. Carry and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, giving it the other name of Silk town. So not much effort required for trekking. Shallow in monsoon but enticing and deep enough to make you shiver like a guy holding the hands of a girl first time. Sigh! Not paying proper attention to whole group makes trip a nightmare. So, the last element of success which we were missing was now with us- The rain (Remember the movie “The fifth element”, try to find an analogy even if you could not). Manchanbele dam is full of deep silt, slush just 2 feet inside from the shores and water snakes, so NO Swimming in those waters PLEASE. Ramanagara. You will get a guide along with you. If you are unsure, stop and wait for help to arrive. Ah! 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. The Arkavathi river passes nearby through the Thippagondanahalli … It were Savanadurga and Manchanabele dam on our list next. Total Trek distance: 2-3 KmsKm 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. My pick-up point was at Central Silk Board at 11 p.m. It would be highly advisable to wear good rubber soled shoes during the trek. One can reach there via magadi road or through the kengeri road and then Manchinbelle road. we were rolling like stones down the hill. Take a break? A Non-Profit Trekking & Traveling Blog by Amar Shekhar. Frightened were we. 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. 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. 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. Please Note: If you are returning on the same day, It is preferable to cover the downward route before it gets dark. Please don’t take the risk of … Always carry a map of the region or the trail. Birds flying at par with you. 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. We, ten in numbers? Good to know that you guys had a good time but do not promote Manchanbele dam especially for venturing into water. Finally taking the guidance of the villager (thanks to the aunt who woke up early)we reached the base camp. 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. Machanbelle reservoir had shrunk smaller. The climb to Savandurga was an exhilarating experience. 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. Saturday 2nd, April. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/fun-trip-turns-fatal-3-die/257591-60-119.html. The warning in English is 1 Km ahead past the main dam entrance gate. please do something to make others aware of the treacherous death trap. local villagers are very much aware and they do not enter water. I recommend guide, guide would be mostly some local boy. We had not even covered 20 Kms and we were welcomed with pattering rains all over. (Referring to Bibek Bhaiya ). 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. The Savandurga trek can be completed by following two separate trails – “Karigudda” (Black hill) and “Biligudda” (White hill). Please carry food and water. No rescue measure not even a strong rope is available near water site. 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. Exciting but little apprehensive of skidding over highways. Permission required ? Enjoy the view and shoreline, do not even think about wading in. Always stay on the established trail. Trekking in Savandurga is by far the unbeatable one, though there are many trekking destinations near Bangalore. Backpack? I was over excited for trek since it were around 2 years since I had my last trek. (hawkers selling only fruit juice packets at 3x price on top) 3. Savandurga is primarily formed by two hills Karigudda(Black hill in Kannada language) or Biligudda ( White hill). – An ideal place to enjoy Bird-watching, relish the beauty of the nature, photography and spending some peace time there. Here are more details about this trek. So, I aimed for it next. Water, water, water. Biking through the reserved forest. If you could remember it). One can do day trek after taking permission from forest department. You need permission from the forest department to trek Savandurga. Apparently the one on Biligudda is easier and does not require forest officials permission. I am here at the college gate” and a few minutes later, two engines rev up. The Journey to Savandurga. It’s a DEATH TRAP. though asked for under RTI. Were I somewhere out of the earth?Walking and wondering in synchrony. : No. Almost felt like am there again ! Wear good rubber soled shoes during the trek. Since 2005-06 there has been close to 300 drowning accidents. 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. Please don’t take the risk of venturing inside the water. Night trekking to Savandurga hill is quite a … After spending sometime at the peak we headed back and took roughly 1.5 hours to reach the base. hahahah. 03:00 AM: Start the hike to peak Savandurga Hill. And you don't have to take any special permissions too for the trek. There has been over hundreds of cases of DROWNING and dam with full of boggy mud. Night trek is banned. 3 hours of air-ride and we were there at base foot of Savanadurga hill. 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