Are you sick of slogging ? If traffic Jams of city, is choking your lungs? Looking desperately for a change of scene ?, Here’s one place which offers you a respite. And if you are bit adventurous type, you’ve got yourself a golden deal.

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Kalvarabetta, Skandagiri or Papagni betta is located at an altitude 1450 m/ 4757 feet about 65 Kms from Bangalore and it is one of the hill forts amongst the Nandi Hill ranges. The dilapidated walls of Tipu's fort can be found today on steep Kalavarabetta popularly known as Skandagiri, near the village of Kalavara. History says this was a small but strong hill fort. It was surrendered to British troops on 19 October 1791. It remained in British hands until the peace treaty of 1792, which concluded the third Anglo-Mysore war.
This is one of the tedious treks around Bangalore, as the hill is steep and high. The trek starts from the Papagni Temple or mutt at the foothills of Kalavara village. The fortress of Kalavarabetta is in full sight throughout the walk uphill. This steep and fantastic trek through a maze of dense shrub is highly intriguing. Kalavarabetta is a teaser. Just as you reach the fort wall contended that you have topped the hill, you see another ring of fort. There are six such series of stonewalls and circular bastions protecting an abandoned temple on the hilltop. What adds to the beauty of this trek is the stunning sight of the blanket of stars that will be covered all the way till the end of the trek before the sunrise. And amazing formation of thick clouds - Stratus , Cirrus ,Nimbus rise high and red ball of fire making furious attempts to relieve from clutches floating clouds alleviates the hardship of the trek.
There are 2 caves, one starts from the base and as per locals, leads to the temple at peak and another one is somewhere midway which is about 30 feet only. Both are yet unexplored, especially the first one. Local say that there are pythons, vipers in the caves and had galloped their goats at times. Supposedly, there are 6 Samadhis in a cave.
Surrounded by chain of Hillocks Nandi Betta, Dharmaraya betta, Dibba giri, Brahmagiri and Channagiri, water bodies and the green pastures and birth place of Sir MV, Muddenahalli surrounding landscape is a feast to eyes.

Trip Highlights
  • Grade of Trek : Moderate to Hard. Previous trek experience will be helpful and an added advantage. Difficulty of trek is subjective.
  • Trek Distance : 9 KM
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.
  • Duration of Trek : 4 Hours
  • Forest permits : Yes required.
  • Group Size : 20 members

Notice :

  • The Forest Department presently allows only 50 members per day. We request you to book your slots at the earliest and send mandatory details such as Name, Gender, Mail Id and Age of Individual, for getting permission. If in case we don’t get the permission or any other inevitable situation, for the batch, an alternative trek to equally beautiful Gudibande fort, which is steeped in history, shall be arranged, and there shall be no refunds on the bookings made for Skandagiri Trek.
    Summiters Strictly follow ethics and don’t indulge in night treks, considering safety of Individual on priority. Forest department permits entry to hillock only at 3:00 AM of early morning. We request everyone cooperate and to abide by the law.
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,
Day one - Start from Bangalore 11:30 PM.
Meet and Greet. You will be picked up from various points from Bangalore. Journey begins, group leader will engage members in Ice breakers. Passing through Nandi Durga road you will reach base of hill.
Day two - Reach base of the Hillock at 2:00 AM
2:00 AM: Reach base of the Hillock.If you are feeling sleepy, take power nap or admire the night sky.
5:00 AM: Armed with head lamp, follow trek lead & start trek and Reach Hilltop and stick to group. Mind your steps at the summit. Don’t indulge in campfire nor we entertain it.
6:30 AM: Admire the scenic beauty and Indulge in Photography.
8:00 AM: Start your descent, slowly.
9:30 AM: Reach the base of hillock
Breakfast enroute to Bangalore
2:00 Pm: Reach Bangalore
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.
Places to see around
Boga Nandeshwara Temple at the base of Nandi Hills.
Routes to reach
Papagni Mutt which is located at the base of Skandagiri hill is 50 kms from Bangalore.
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.