Every Stone in Chitradurga is telling the Rise & Fall
and the heroic deeds of Nayaks.
Giant Stones, Boulders still stand as sentinels at Chandravalli …!

A folklore saying prevailing in Chitradurga, still reveals the history of bygone era and echos their valour in the nook and corners of 7 Circular hillfort till today. Monolithic rocks here beckon the adventurous and rock climbers.

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Situated about 3 kms outskirts of Chitradurga is a pre historic site of Chandravalli, Sandwitched between 3 hills namely Chitradurga, Kirabana kallu and Cholagudda surrounded by water bodies, is a short description for a slice of heaven. Chandravalli popularly known for Caves is ideal for hiking and nature exploration. Situated about 3285 feet above sea level in Chandravalli is a non-descript hillock known as Davalappana gudda is a trekkers delight.
As the soft rays of sun kiss the tip of rocky hillock it gets mirrored in the crystal clear water of Chandravalli lake, is a feast to eyes. The climb is not easy as witnessing the reflection of peak. It tests one’s endurance level.!
Dhavalappa gudda is heap of rocky boulders, conical in shape impressive from a distance. Situated inside the Jogimatti Reserve forest which is home for wide range of flora – fauna medicinal plants and prior permission from forest department is required.
Though the hillock seems impregnable, access can be done from Chandravalli, through the steep rocky broken stairs and climbing over 50 deg to 70 deg vertical rock face using natural holds, cracks. Sometimes creeping, crawling and finally traversing the boulder strewn path.
However Interestingly the approach can be a viable option from a water body Thimmanayakana kere adjoining Adumalleshwara temple through the dark and murky caves, gullies, cracks like a maze. After jostling through lantana bushes reach the base of the Hillock and gain entry into a rocky crack. The beehives dangling from the overhangs pose a danger and caution that, place is for only signs or for a silent whisper!
The narrow entry, rough surfaces and trails, along with pits and low ceilings, mean that you should, often be ready to crawl, wriggle and banging you head in low light.

Passable Passage

One of the interesting phase of activity is negotiating a dark, very narrow passage facing rock known as passable passage, accessible from one end mouth of the cave, in one direction only . Here to gain exit and come out of the final, hole successfully to reach out the balcony. You have to negotiate the passage that involves tricky ascent in 2 stages.
A mindblowing panoramic view awaits you, at the hilltop. As you climb higher and higher on all 4 legs, you reach the summit. With no single soul around and the presence of Shivling carved inside the cave, on the rocky bed will make you thank almighty for safe climb and descent. The cool breeze makes you feel refresh and you will be greeted with amazing views of the Jogimatti reserve forest, Haddina Gundu, Ranganatha Swamy betta and series of other hillocks. rocky boulders, water bodies, ramparts of Chitradurga fort and Chandravalli down below.

Trip Highlights
  • Chitradurga is one of the popular historical Hill fort of Karnataka.
  • Davalappana Gudda is Impressive hillock and ideal for trekking and caving.
  • Jogimatti is one of the top bio diversity Hotspots of Karnataka.
  • Chandravalli is prehistoric monument with innumerable caves. Popularly known for Ankli caves.
Trip Facts
  • Grade of Trek : Moderate to Hard. Previous trek experience will be helpful and an added advantage. Difficulty of trek is subjective.
  • Best Time to Visit : Post Monsoon (September to March)
    - The skies will be clear with bright sunlight with cool breeze thus making your walk less tiring.
Trip Cost Includes
  • Food : During Stay and Snacks during Evening Refreshments only
  • Travel : Tempo Traveler/SUV Similar Non/Ac/Bus
  • Accommodation : Basic Multiple sharing or dormitory/Tent.
  • Group Size : Group size 12.
Trip Cost Excludes
  • Food : During journey
  • Toll Charges : Nice Road
  • Any Charges : Monuments etc,
Itinerary:
Day one - Start from Bangalore
This is going to be an overnight journey for you of approximately 200 km drive from Bangalore to Chitradurga. The trekkers are advised to have a light dinner before boarding the Vehicle.
Day two - Reach base
Reach Chitradurga. Freshen up yourself early morning, catch amazing sunrise in the Rocky hill range. After breakfast, briefing by leader and reach base of Hillock. East Approach of Hillock. After a gradual climb, you will come across the narrow opening and challenge begins with proper support of guides and fellow companions you negotiate the gullies, cracks. Thrilling and you will enjoy the complete climb and reach the top of the summit of Hillock.
Now, you will descend the gradient of 60 deg, traversing boulders and steps. spotting some unique flora. Reach Chandravalli lake by afternoon.
Lunch, Return Journey. Reach Bangalore by 8 pm.
Important Information:
Things To Carry
  • 1 pair of Shoes : Carry well broken/used Shoes with good Sole & ankle protection and that will sustain usage during the trek. Avoid wearing new shoes to avoid bite and blisters.
  • 1 Backpack : Light Weighted & approx 30 litres in volume with multiple pouches,good zip & straps.
  • Clothing & Toiletries : For your daily usage
  • 1 Jacket : Early mornings and nights can get really cold.
  • 1 Cap/hat : help in protecting your head and face from direct sunlight during treks.
  • 1 Water bottle : carry some reusable water bottles along.
  • 1 Towel : quick dry light towel.
  • 1 Head lamp / Torch : Keep it handy and use it only required.
  • 1 Personal Medical Kit : Carry few tablets such as crocin, Paracetamol, Band aid, cotton. ORS satchets. Glucose, Volini spray and crape bandage.
  • 1 Medic Kit : always pack a first-aid kit in case things go the other way.
  • 2 Batteries: Carry recharged spare batteries.
  • Gloves : Gloves that will keep your palms warm during extreme cold.
  • 1 Whistle : Whistle for signalling and use in times of distress only.
  • 1 Sun glasses : Carry tested and right one to protect from harsh Sunlight only.
  • Sleeping Bag : At times, there might be extreme cold and the camp beds might not be good enough to give you a good night’s sleep. It is better if you have your own warm sleeping bag.
  • Mobile : Use if for communication only. Check with trek coordinator of network availibility carry BSNL SIM if required.
  • 1 Poly Bags : To carry trash and wet clothes.
  • 1 ID Proof : Carry Photo ID proof DL / Voter Id/ similar.
Suggestions & Safety Precautions

Caving can be fun & of low-risk, if planned and executed properly. But the main risks associated to caving include hypothermia, dehydration, physical stress, flooding, tripping and falling, threat of falling rocks, and also getting lost (more common in long dark cave systems). When going caving, always carry a first-aid kit, along with emergency gear and sufficient food supplies.
Do keep in mind following and adhere to safety rules:

  • Caving should not done alone. It is always advised to go in small group of 7 -8, if anything should befall one of the cavers, there’s always someone who can go in search for help.
  • Update people outside on your anticipated time of return (So that they are prepared to help you or a send a search party if the team doesn’t return).
  • Keep a track of weather conditions and plan. Before venturing into the cave, make sure that there is no danger of flooding. Caves can fill up with water pretty quickly and become slippery to ascend or descend.
  • Go armed with sufficient headlamps and batteries.
  • Check, and double check, that you’re well – well protected – and that your gear is in order like dress, head protection and footwear.
  • Make sure you’re up to speed on single-rope technique (SRT), because you might have to negotiate passages that involve tricky ascents and descents.
  • Stick to established trails and make sure local guide is escorting you And before you head into a cave, it is important to know your limitations. And remember the 3 basic rules and Ethics of caving.
    • 1. Shoot nothing but pictures
    • 2. Follow leave no trace policy
    • 3. Kill nothing but time
Routes to reach
Chitradurga is situated about 200 km from Bangalore. Driving on National Highway NH 4 and can be reached after 5 hours.
Pickup points :

Team members are requested to select and book tickets. Reach respective points or places enroute. However, make use of Namma Metro for hassle free travel.Our event leaders will assist you all times for any assistance.