Savandurga Trek

Trek On One Of the Largest Monoliths in Asia

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The Complete Guide to Savandurga Trek

The Savandurga trek follows a trail to the top of Asia’s largest monolith hill.

Located 60 km away from Bengaluru in the Savandurga state forest, this trail is famous for its challenging climb and amazing views of Magadi, Manchabele, and Thippagondanahalli reservoirs and the Arkavathi river.

“Karigudda” (black hill) and “Biligudda” (white hill) make the Savandurga hill cluster.

Savandurga Fort was the secondary capital of the Magadi rulers such as Kempegowda, and from 1638 to 1728, it was occupied by Dalavayi Devaraja of Mysore.

It is also called 'Savinadurga' or the Fort of Death because of the steep incline and defense structure.

Savandurga has two temples at the base. Savandi Veerabhadraswamy temple and Sree Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple. They attract devotees from many parts of Karnataka.

These temples date back to 1340 AD and are believed to have been built by the Hoysala rulers.

Savandurga Hill is off Magadi Road and is easily accessible via buses, cars, or two-wheelers.

Table of Contents:

What to watch out for, trail information.

  • GPX File And Route Map Of The Trek
  • Best Time To Do Savandurga Trek

How To Reach Savandurga

  • Difficult Sections On The Trek
  • How To Get Fit For The Trek
  • Things To Take On Savandurga Trek
  • Permission, Water Sources, And Other Finer Details About Savandurga Trek
  • Nearby Places To Visit After The Trek

The huge monolith hill is one of the largest in Asia

The entire structure is formed by one huge rock. The first sight of the hill makes you wonder about its formation.

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The rock structure is unusual to this part of Karnataka. Picture by Suhas Saya

Stunning views of the surrounding reservoirs and forests

The forests and reservoirs stay with you for the entire trek. All it takes is a head turn to get the panoramic views of nature.

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View of Savandurga from the base. Picture by Vindhya R

A unique mix of rocky, muddy and forest trails with caves that surprise you

Since the hill is completely rocky, you would not have imagined walking amidst forests and caves. This is where Savandurga holds a surprise!

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The trail turns from completely rocky to forest-like with deep caves. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

Most Spectacular Sunrise

You can start the trek early in the morning at 5am to view one of the most spectacular sunrise. If you are lucky, you will witness the sun rising in between a sea of clouds.

The Savandurga trek can be completed by following two separate trails - “Karigudda” (Black hill) and “Biligudda” (White hill). Only Biligudda trail is accessible to general public as it is not permitted by the Forest Department to trek through the Karigudda trail.

The Biligudda trail originates near the Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple which is approximately 60 kms from Bengaluru city.

Section I: Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple to Rocky Section

Trek Distance: 260 metres Trek Duration: 10-15 minutes GPS coordinates of Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple: 12°54'58.2"n 77°17'53.6"e GPS coordinates of Rocky Section: 12°55'07.8"n 77°17'59.6"e

The Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple located at the base of the monolith hill or Savandurga hill is a bustling temple teeming with devotees. The trail towards the summit begins behind the temple and in the South East direction.

There is a pavement which leads to the trail (it is an approximately 200-300 metre walk). The route is relatively easy to find as tourists and trekkers will be seen walking on the trail.

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Both Karigudda (on the left) and Biligudda (on the right) are visible as you walk to the start point of the trek. Picture by Suhas Saya

The initial trail follows a mud path through some foliage. This section is a light ascent till you reach the base of the hill.

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Members of the documentation team walk towards the rocky section. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

The rocky section or the base of the hill marks the end of the first section. It should take you approximately 10 to 15 minutes to reach the base of the hill.

Section II: Rocky Section to Fort Wall I

Trek Distance: 370 metres Trek Duration: 20-25 minutes GPS coordinates of Rocky section: 12°55'07.8"n, 77°17'59.6"e GPS coordinates of Fort Wall I: 12°55'15.58"n, 77°17'54.33"e

The second section begins as you step onto the hill and start walking up towards the summit.

| Tip: It’s recommended to start this section early in the day as once the sun gets overhead, the rock heats up and it can become quite challenging to walk in the heat, especially during the summer months.

As you start walking up the rock, you’ll get to see a lot more greenery and glimpses of the Manchanabele reservoir. This section is a little steep and does require trekkers to be in good shape. It is a good 400-500 metre ascent and should take at-least 20-25 minutes if you’re walking at a good pace.

The trail is not very easy to spot, so be on the lookout for markings on the rocks and boulders to ensure you are on the right track.

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The steep ascend to reach the Fort wall. Picture by Rajendra G Kumar

Once you reach the ancient fort wall, you’ve completed the second section of the trek.

Tip: Follow the electric lines/lighting poles. They act as a route/trail guide on the trek till you reach the muddy trails on the top.

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The Fort wall, which is also the first rest point. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

This is a great place to take a break and catch your breath and obviously turn around and enjoy the lush green expanse below.

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Lush green forests of Savandurga and Manchanabele reservoir as seen from afar. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

Section III: Fort Wall I to Nandi Temple (Summit) via Fort Wall II

Trek distance: 1.36 km Trek duration: 80-90 minutes GPS coordinates of fort wall i: 12°55'15.58"n, 77°17'54.33"e GPS coordinates of fort wall ii: 12°55'27.20"n, 77°17'50.17"e GPS coordinates of Nandi temple: 12°55'10.07"n, 77°17'31.72"e

From here the trail becomes a lot more steeper. It is at-least an hour long walk up to the second fort wall.

Sneha Yadav, our Social Media Manage/former Experrience Coodrinator at Indiahikes says:

"There are footprint-like inscriptions in the rock itself which can be used to walk up the hill ".

These indentations in the rock were probably carved in from the time of Dalavayi Devaraja or before and they are extremely useful in case the trekker is experiencing fatigue or is unable to find a strong grip on the rock.

Rocky walls of Savandurga. Savandurga trek

These steps are extremely useful when you’re down as the gradient is quite steep. Picture by Bhajish

As the trail is primarily on granite rock, the shoes you wear should have a really good trip. It’s also important for the shoes to be flexible, which is why we recommend wearing running or walking shoes with good grip over the more rigid trekking shoes (which are generally preferred for the Himalayan treks).

Suhas Saya, Head of the Documentation and Experience Coordinators team at Indiahikes says:

" I prefer walking up this trek barefoot as it gives me the maximum grip, but I definitely won’t recommend that during the summer months as the rock radiates a lot of heat and there are chances of bruising your soles. "

In this section, you will also get to see a lot of ponds (not actually ponds but rainwater which has accumulated in the depressions of the hill). And a few tanks which were probably used to store rain water by those occupying the fort.

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Natural water tanks used to store rain water in the olden days. Picture by Nehal Shah

A few minutes after you reach the second fort wall, you get a respite from the rocky trail. The trail flattens out as you proceed towards the forest section.

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Notice Nandi temple far ahead. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

The trail now transitions into a rocky cave structure and then into a muddy trail right until you reach the top. However, you’ll enjoy this section as it is a lot less taxing on your calves and there is a certain buzz to walking through caves, trees and roots.

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Clouds cover the mountains as you near the summit. Picture by Nehal Shah

This part is a little tricky as the trail is uneven and in case you miss the markings, you might get off the trail. Also, there are parts where you’ll have to hop and climb over boulders, which does require a good grip.

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One of the many caves found on the trail. Nobody knows how deep and wide they are. Picture by Suhas Saya

Once you are across the boulder farm (the point where you hop and jump over boulders), you soon reach the top. Now all you have to do is walk towards the Nandi temple and breathe in the wonderful view.

This marks the beginning of the easy section of the trek. It’s a relatively straight walk towards the temple. It should take you around 10-15 minutes maximum to reach the temple and the end of the trail.

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Tree on the trail. Picture by Vindhya R

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Lush green forest & Machanabele reservoir. Picture by Bhajish

The entire journey from the Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple to the Nandi temple should take around 2 to 3 hours maximum.

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The Nandi statue at the temple appears to be watching over the Savandurga hill. Picture by Bhajish

The journey is extremely rewarding as the view from the top is spectacular. You can see the lush green forests and parts of the Manchanabele and Thippagondanahalli reservoirs and in the horizon glimpses of the villages of Ramanagara and Magadi.

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Panoramic view of the Savandurga state forest, reservoirs, towns and villages of Magadi from Savandurga summit. Picture by Bhajish

Make sure to spend at least 30 mins on the top, taking in 360° view of the surrounding hills and reflecting on your journey till the top and do not forget to have your packed lunch or snack!

Try to be quiet and close your eyes for five minutes. Observe the sounds of nature and feel your body getting comfortable and relaxed, preparing itself to descend down the same way you came up. It is a beautiful way to spend time at the summit.

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Karigudda as seen from the Savandurga summit. Picture by Suhas Saya

The most challenging aspect of this trek is the descent. Since the hill is steep and is made of a single rock, walking down requires patience and awareness. Slipping and falling while descending can lead to serious injury, therefore it is important for trekkers to walk down slowly and carefully.

Use the indentations in the rock to assist you while going down in case your shoes are slipping.

The journey back down will take you about 2 hours from the summit.

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Descend cautiously with the help of rock inscriptions. Picture by Bhajish

It is also important to mix it up while walking downhill to ensure you don’t over-stress your muscles. Take shorter strides and longer strides, up on your toes and down on back on your heels, whatever it takes to minimize muscle tension in particular areas. Also we advise you to take short hydration breaks especially during the summer months.

In the monsoons, you have to be extra careful as the water will be running down the slopes, leading to extremely slippery slopes.

Route Map Of Savandurga

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Route Map of Savandurga Trek. Screenshot on Google Earth Pro

In case you want to read more on how to use this gpx file, go through our detailed guide here .

Best Time To Do The Savandurga Trek

The best season or time to do the Savandurga Trek would be between the end of September to February .

During the summer season, the rocks radiate a lot of heat which becomes unbearable on the trail. Slippery rocks in monsoons make it difficult to grip the surface and this becomes dangerous on the steep sections which demand a really good grip. Hence, we do not recommend doing this trek in summer and peak monsoon months .

• Reaching Savandurga By Your Vehicle From Bangalore

Savandurga is in the town of Magadi. The journey is a scenic one that takes you through the lush green countryside.

If you are planning on reaching Savandurga using your own vehicle, use this link to help set up navigation in Google Maps.

If you do not have access to Google maps, here is how to reach Savandurga:

There are two routes you can take to reach Savandurga from Bangalore.

1. From Mysore Road, take the right turn at the signal towards Dodda Aladamara Road just after Decathlon on your left and Rajarajeshwari Dental College on your right.

A visit to Dodda Aladamara (Big Banyan Tree) is a must, either before or after your trek. The Banyan Tree here is over 400 years old and it makes you marvel at the gigantic structure of the tree.

In about 16 kilometres, after crossing Manchanbele Bridge , take a right on to Savandurga-Manchalabele Road .

After 4 kilometres, take a right on to Savandurga Road .

This route is 50 kilometres long, but not that scenic compared to the other one.

2. Take the Outer Ring Road from Nayandahalli and turn right on to Magadi Main Road at the T-junction.

Continue on Magadi Main Road for 40 kilometres and take a right turn at the junction on to Magadi-Ramanagara Road. In about 8 kilometres, turn left on to Savandurga Road .

The route is almost 63 kilometres long, but it is worth it! You will not get to see the rural and greenet side of Bangalore if you are taking the first option.

• Reaching Savandurga By Public Transport System

From the Bangalore, the most convenient way to reach Savandurga is as follows: 

1. Majestic Bus Stop ---> Magadi ---> Shared Auto or Bus to Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple

Shared autos are available every 15 minutes and costs Rs.20 per person. It is a reliable and fun way to travel with the locals as many visit the temple everyday.

Buses are available every 30 minutes and costs Rs.15 per person.

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Magadi Bus Station. Picture by Saurabh Sawant

2. Majestic Bus Stop ---> KR Market - Bus no 241M*---> Sri Savandi Veerabhadraswamy Temple 

*Bus No. 241M to Savandurga. Tickets should cost Rs 42 per person. 

BMTC runs two trips daily from KR Market to Savandurga and from Savandurga to KR Market. Here is the timetable:

Source: https://bmtcbus.com/

Difficult Sections On Savandurga

There are no sections on the Savandurga trek that can be classified as difficult as such. However, a trekker must always anticipate and prepare for every eventuality. The trail is extremely slippery during monsoons.

Here are a few things you should keep an eye out for:

1. Slippery Slopes (Monsoon Specific):

As the trek is predominantly on granite rock with very little vegetation and soil, in the monsoons, the trail can become extremely slippery. As the water runs off the slopes of the hill, trekkers can easily lose footing, which can lead to serious injury. If trekking in the monsoons, trekkers should be very careful with their choice of footwear and should check weather charts so as to avoid days with anticipated heavy rains.

2. Rocks and Boulders:

There are multiple parts of the trek where trekkers will be required to scale small boulders or walk between large rocks. While this is an extremely enjoyable part of the trek, one needs to be careful. Slipping or falling from a boulder can lead to serious injury and trekkers must exercise caution while navigating these sections.

3. Descent:

The Savandurga trail is known to be an easy to moderate one. This is because of the skill required while descending. Since the trail is primarily on steep granite rock, one can easily lose their grip and slip while descending. The descent is quite challenging and for this very reason we recommend trekkers to descend slowly one step at a time. While descending do enjoy the beautiful view, but also keep an eye on the trail so as to avoid injuries!

How To Get Fit For Savandurga Trek

The Savandurga trek is classified as an Easy-Moderate grade trek . From Sri Savandi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple at 2,736 feet, you will gain approximately 1,286 feet in altitude. Though the altitude gain is not much, the continuous ascent can be quite demanding for people who lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Training yourself for a low-altitude Easy-Moderate grade trek.

Here’s a guide to help you get fit for the trek in 4 weeks.

➤ Cardiovascular endurance

In case you’re just starting with a fitness routine, start slow and increase your pace everyday in the following manner –

  • Target completing a brisk walk of 5 km in 45 minutes when you begin.
  • Gradually increase your pace by walking 5 km, 4 times a week.
  • As you become more comfortable, introduce jogging in your routine. 
  • Progressively increase the distance you jog in a workout until you can complete 5 km in 40 mins.

If you prefer cycling over running, target covering 15 km in 60 minutes when you begin.

  • Progressively increase your pace to cover 18 km in one hour.

➤  Strength training

This is an important area you need to work on. 

Strength training is equally important to trek comfortably. Work on your glutes, calves and knees. Additionally, work on strengthening your core.

You must strengthen your core muscles. For strengthening your core muscles, holding a plank and it’s variations (elbow, side planks) are the best exercises to go about doing it.

Also try these exercises for strength-

Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each set

– Squats (Mix it up with sumo squats)

– Lunges (Forward, backward and lateral lunges)

➤ Flexibility

Flexibility determines the amount of movement your bones can make in any direction around joints such as shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. 

It is an aspect that will help you trek comfortably. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain. Stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors and lower back muscles regularly, promotes relaxation in the tissues reducing the strain on your back.

If you can’t go out and jog because of time and space constraints,  here’s a video  you can use to work out indoors.

Things To Take On The Savandurga Trek

  • Basic First Aid kit*
  • Identity Card
  • Cap/ Scarf/ Bandana & Sunglasses
  • Water (Minimum two litres)
  • Lemon and salt OR Electrolyte Powder/Drink (Electral/Gatorade/Glucon D, etc.)
  • High-calorie snacks (Nuts & dry fruits, home-baked cake, etc.)
  • Multi-Tool/ Swiss Army Knife
  • Safety Pins, Rubber bands & Whistle (Useful in emergencies.)
  • Quick Dry T-shirts are preferable over cotton tees.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • Headlamp / Torch
  • Optional: Camera.

* First aid kitFirst aid kit :

  • Band aids (Regular & Waterproof)
  • Analgesic spray (Relispray, Volini, etc.)
  • Antiseptic Liquid (Savlon, Dettol etc.)
  • Antiseptic powder (Povidone-Iodine based powders like Cipladine, Savlon, etc.)
  • Cotton roll & Bandage
  • Crepe Bandage
  • 1 inch wide medical tape (paper or cloth.)
  • Micropore tape
  • Tablet for motion sickness (Avomine), Acidity (Gelusil, Digene, etc.).
  • Mild pain relief tablet (Crocin)

| Note:  Always consult a doctor before taking any medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions 

❖ can i do this trek if i have never been on a trek before.

Yes and No . A person who follows an active lifestyle, can consider Savandurga for their first trek. For people who lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle, we recommend a slightly less strenous trek like Brahmagiri or Skandagiri.

❖ Can I trek Savandurga at night?

No . Night trekking to Savandurga is banned.

However, if you want to experience one of the most spectacular sunrises on a trek filled with colors, we recommend you reach the base by 5 AM and start your trek. This way, you will see the sun rising on the east as you traverse from east to west.

| Tip:  Carry a headlamp or a torch if you are trekking at 5 AM, as there will not be enough light.

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One of the most beautiful sunrises we have witnessed is on the Savandurga trek. Picture by Suhas Saya

❖ Do I need to obtain permission for trekking to Savandurga?

Yes. There was a time in between when Karnataka Ecotourism had bought a system requiring permission and it was quickly removed due to some conflicts with the locals. Recently, in April 2023 , this rule was put into mandate again. You need to get permission currently to trek. Here is the link to register and obtain permission .

❖ Where can I get food and water during the trek?

There are no restaurants at the base of the trek or in the nearby village, except for stalls which sell snacks. You have to pack your food from Bangalore if you plan to have a proper meal during the trek.

There are a few water tanks near the base and water can be filled at the snack stalls. The water available here is non-purified groundwater. We recommend carrying a minimum of 2 litres of water from your home if you are allergic to groundwater.

❖ Whom do I contact in case of an emergency?

• Hospital: The closest hospital is Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatha Hospital which is 13 kms away in Magadi. You can reach them on 080 27746162 for assistance.

• Police station: The police station closest to Savandurga is the Magadi  Police Station (Contact: 080-27745224, 9480802852).

• ERSS: For any kind of emergency help, you can contact the Pan-India Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) number- 112 . 

❖ What about the mobile network and connectivity on the Savandurga trek?

❖ do i need a guide to trek savandurga.

The trail is well marked and very easy to follow. We do not recommend a guide for this trek.

❖ Where can I park my vehicle at Savandurga?

There is plenty of space to park your vehicles around the temple and at the base of the trek.

Nearby Places to visit after Savandurga Trek

➤ Dodda Alada Mara - A 400-year-old Banyan Tree that holds a lot of importance among locals and in the history books.

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Dodda Alada Mara from the outside. Picture by Suhas Saya

➤  Manchanabele Dam -  Manchanabele dam supplies water to the entire town of Magadi. It makes for a good visit after your trek to see the backwaters of Arkavathi river up close.

➤  Thippagondanahalli Reservoir -  Also known as Chamarajasagar is located at the confluence of rivers Arkavathi and Kumudavathi.

➤ Trek Contribtion

Trek Documented by: Gautam Singh,  Nayana Jambhe, Saurabh Sawant , and Sneha Yadav

Pictures Contributed By: Saurabh Sawant, Suhas Saya, Bhajish,Vindhya R, Rajendra kumar, Nehal Shah

Photos Edited by Sneha.G.Iyer

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Savandurga Hills Trek: Timings, Entry Fee, Best Time to Visit and How to Reach

Just 60 km away from the bustling city of Bengaluru, lies the serene and majestic Savandurga Hills, a trek that I’ve had the pleasure of undertaking multiple times. Each journey to the top of Asia’s largest monolith hill has been a unique experience, filled with challenges, breathtaking views, and a sense of accomplishment.

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From the panoramic vistas of Magadi, Manchabele and Thippagondanahalli reservoirs, to the winding Arkavathi river, the scenery is simply mesmerizing. The Savandurga hill cluster, comprising the “Karigudda” (Black hill) and “Biligudda” (White hill), along with the historic Savandurga fort, has always been a sight to behold.

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Savandurga Hills Trek Timings, Entry Fee and Key Details

Here are the Savandurga Hills Trek Timings, Entry Fee and Key Details:

You check the pricing information on Karnataka Tourism website .

History Savandurga Hills

Nestled in the heart of Karnataka, Savandurga, a hill 33 km west of Bangalore, rises to 1226 m above mean sea level.

Savandurga Hills is considered to be among the largest monolith hills in Asia . Comprising two hills, the Billigudda (white hill) and the Karigudda (black hill), Savandurga provides a thrilling environment for trekking and rock climbing.

Savandurga was a prominent place during the Hoysala rule. The hill fort on the top of the hill was erected in 1543 by Samanta Raya .

Savandurga Hills was under the control of Kempe Gowda until 1728 when it was captured by the Raja of Mysore, who subsequently lost it to Haider Ali. In 1791, during the Third Anglo-Mysore War, Lord Cornwallis seized Savandurga from Tipu Sultan’s army.

At the base of these hills, one can find the Savandi Veerabhadreshwara Swamy and Narasimha Swamy temples, drawing pilgrims from across the region.

The journey to these temples is thrilling due to the uneven path, thus making it to the wish-list of rock-climbers, cave-explorers, and adventurers.

Getting to Savandurga Hills

The journey to Savandurga is half the adventure. There are two main routes to get there from Bangalore.

  • The first is the NICE toll road , which extends from Electronic City to Mysore Road. Despite being a longer route for some, I recommend this route for its well-maintained roads and quick travel time.
  • Alternatively, you can drive through the city on smaller roads and join Mysore Road. After reaching Mysore road, a drive through the Savandurga forest and some charming villages will get you to the base of the hills.
  • If you’re taking a bus, you can catch one from Majestic Bus Stop to Magadi and then a shared auto or bus to Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple.

The serenity of the forests at night and the allure of the moonlit road are experiences I highly recommend. However, remember to remain cautious while navigating through this area.

My Savandurga Hills Trek Experience

The Savandurga Hills trek offers two trails – “Karigudda” and “Biligudda”. However, the Forest Department only permits the Biligudda trail for public trekking .

The starting point of this trail is near the Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple.

The trek is divided into three main sections, each with its own unique challenges and rewards:

  • Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple to Rocky Section: This section is a light ascent till you reach the base of the hill. It’s a pleasant 10 to 15-minute walk that always serves as a great warm-up for the journey ahead.
  • Rocky Section to Fort Wall I: This is where the real challenge begins. The path becomes steeper and demands a good level of fitness. I’ve found that a steady pace can get you through this section in about 20-25 minutes.
  • Fort Wall I to Nandi Temple (Summit) via Fort Wall II: The final stretch of the trek is the most demanding, but also the most rewarding. The trail transitions into a rocky cave structure and then into a muddy trail right until you reach the top. It’s a tough hour-long walk, but the view from the top makes it all worth it.

From the lush green forests to the sparkling reservoirs and the distant villages of Ramanagara and Magadi, the view from the summit is a sight I look forward to every time I embark on this trek.

Savandurga Hills Trek Photos

Here some pictures from my trek:

Savandurga Hills Trek Temple View

Best Time to Visit Savandurga Hills

Having done the Savandurga Hills Trek multiple times, I can confidently say that the best time to undertake this journey is between the end of September to February .

The summer heat can make the rocks unbearable, and the monsoons can make the trail slippery and dangerous.

Savandurga Hills Trekking Essentials:

Make sure you are prepared for the Savandurga Hills Trek. Here are my recommendation:

  • Appropriate Footwear : You need shoes with rugged grip and a robust sole that can withstand the terrain. Test your shoes on the rock surface before beginning your climb. Also, avoid climbing in wet weather as the rocks can become slippery.
  • Comfortable Attire : Dress comfortably, considering the climate. In the early morning, warm clothes are advisable, while light-coloured, breathable fabric is best for a post-sunrise climb. Gloves can be helpful too.
  • Assess Your Fitness Level : Take your time and pace yourself. This is not a race. The incline can be daunting, and it’s easy to lose your breath if you rush. It’s important to remember that the same trek back awaits you after reaching the top.
  • Travel Light : Carry minimal supplies during the day. Vendors sell water and snacks on the way up, but it might cost you a bit more.
  • Follow the Arrows : The trail is well-marked on Google Maps. Stick to the path, and if something seems too risky, it probably is.

Savandurga Hills Trekking Tips:

Here are some handy tips for your Savandurga Hills Trekking journey:

  • The Climb is Divisible : The trek can be divided into three stages. The initial climb to the fort is relatively easy, but the final part of this stage has a very steep incline. Take it slow and steady. The climb beyond the fort, to the artificial lakes and hut-like structure, is a bit steep and long but manageable. Finally, the hardest part is the climb till Nandi. It involves traversing through fallen boulders and bare rocks and can be quite the adrenaline rush.
  • Ideal Time to Visit : Early morning is the best time to start your trek, both to avoid the hot sun and to catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring sunrise. Avoid trekking here during the rainy season as the plain rock surface becomes extremely slippery.
  • Who Should Avoid This Trek : This trek is not recommended for the elderly or very young children due to the difficulty level. The entire hill is composed of hard, plain rocks, which can get unbearably hot after noon.
  • Food Provisions on the Hill : There are several shops at the base of the mountain and a few sellers at the top who offer drinks and snacks . However, prepare to pay double the usual price. You can try the chat sold near the peak for a reasonable 50rs.

Savandurga Hills Parking

There is paid parking available at the bottom of the Savandurga Hills. I have paid Rs 40 for my 4 wheeler. 2 wheeler parking costs Rs 20. Make sure to reach early to get an assured parking spot.

Final Thoughts on Savandurga Hills Trek

The Savandurga trek is an adventure that I find myself returning to time and again.

The unique experience of trekking on a monolith, coupled with the panoramic views from the top, never fails to leave me in awe. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a beginner, this trek is sure to offer unforgettable memories and a sense of accomplishment.

If you have read so far, Can I ask you a favor? Please share your experience after your visit to Savandurga Hills in the comments? Thanks a ton in advance!

FAQs on Savandurga Hills Trek

How do i get to savandurga hills.

The easiest way to reach Savandurga Hills is by driving or riding from Bangalore. Two major routes are via the NICE toll road from Electronic City to Mysore Road, or through the city on smaller roads to join Mysore road. After taking either of these routes, you drive through Savandurga forest and some villages to reach the hills.

What are the main trails on the Savandurga Hills Trek?

There are two main trails on the Savandurga Hills Trek. The first is the Billigudda trail, which is a bit easier and goes through a ruined fort. The second is the Karigudda trail, which is steeper, less marked, and more challenging. Both trails offer beautiful views and thrilling climbs.

What should I wear for the Savandurga Hills Trek?

Wear comfortable, breathable clothes and sturdy shoes with a rugged grip. Light-colored clothes are recommended if you’re climbing after sunrise. Also, consider wearing gloves to protect your hands from the rough rocks.

Can I get food and water during the Savandurga Hills Trek?

Yes, there are sellers along the trek and at the top who offer water, drinks, and snacks. However, you may want to bring your own supplies as prices can be higher on the hill.

Is the Savandurga Hills Trek safe?

While the Savandurga Hills Trek is generally safe, the rocky and steep terrain can be challenging. It is recommended to trek during daylight, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, stay hydrated, and not to trek alone if you’re inexperienced. During rainy weather, the rocks can become slippery, so it’s best to avoid trekking during such conditions.

Can children and elderly people do the Savandurga Hills Trek?

The trek is fairly strenuous and may not be suitable for very young children or the elderly. However, those in good health and with previous trekking experience should be able to manage, with appropriate precautions.

How long does the Savandurga Hills Trek take?

The trek usually takes about 1.5 hours to climb up and the same time to descend. However, this can vary depending on your fitness level and how many breaks you take.

What is the best time to do the Savandurga Hills Trek?

The best time to do the trek is very early in the morning. Starting around sunrise helps you avoid the hot sun and gives you a chance to enjoy the beautiful sunrise views from the hill.

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  • Trek Height 1170 Meter (3838 Feet)
  • Trek Distance 5 Km
  • Trek Duration 1 Day

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11:30 PM Pick up starts from Bangalore

11:30 PM Marathahalli - Kala mandir

12:10 AM Silk Board - central Silk Board building (towards BTM )

12:20 AM BTM - A2B, Udupi Garden Bus stop

12:40 AM Banashankari - Bus stop

01:00 AM RR Nagar - Gopalan Arcade

01:30 AM Reach Ramanagara- have tea snacks.

04:00 AM Reach Savandurga Base, small briefing about the trek and then later start the trek for 02 hours (04 -05kms).

06:30 AM Watch the sunrise descend to the base.

08:30 AM Reach base and travel to the base camp.

09:00 AM Have breakfast.

11:00 AM Head back to Bangalore.

  • Transport from Bangalore (Non-A/c
  • 1 Packed lunch
  • Forest Department Permit
  • Trek leader from Adventure Axe
  • The experience that you gain
  • Anything not included above

Introduction to Savandurga trek

  • Start early in the morning to avoid trekking during the hottest part of the day.
  • Stay hydrated and carry an adequate supply of water.
  • Follow marked trails and avoid venturing into unknown paths.
  • Wear appropriate trekking gear and use sunscreen to protect against sunburn.
  • Be mindful of loose rocks and slippery surfaces, especially during monsoon season.
  • Keep emergency contact numbers handy and inform someone about your trekking plans.
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape from the hilltop.
  • Exploration of ancient fort ruins and temples scattered across the hill.
  • Birdwatching and wildlife spotting opportunities amidst the natural habitat.
  • Photography enthusiasts can capture stunning sunset and sunrise views from the hill.

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Embark on an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscape of Savandurga on our exclusive Savandurga Trek tour. Nestled amidst the verdant beauty of Karnataka, Savandurga beckons adventurers and nature lovers alike with its majestic hills and pristine surroundings.

As you venture forth on this expedition, you’ll discover a perfect harmony of thrills and tranquility. Traverse through rugged pathways and verdant forests, immersing yourself in the raw magnificence of nature. The rocky terrain presents exhilarating challenges, while the lush greenery offers moments of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty.

Feel the adrenaline course through your veins as you conquer the steep inclines and rugged trails, rewarded with panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside. Each step brings you closer to the summit, where breathtaking views await as your reward.

Our expert guides ensure a safe and enriching experience, sharing insights into the local flora, fauna, and cultural heritage along the way. Whether you’re an experienced trekker or a novice adventurer, the Savandurga Trek tour promises an unforgettable escapade filled with memories to cherish.

Join us and unlock the wonders of Savandurga, where every step is a testament to the beauty and resilience of the natural world.

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Day 1 - Pickup From Bangalore

  • Pick Up location in Bangalore
  • RR Nagar (11:00 PM) - Gopalan Arcade, Mysore Road
  • Banashankari (11:30 PM) - Bus Stop
  • BTM (11:50 PM) - Udupi Garden Bus Stop, Near A2B
  • Silk Board (12:10 AM) - Silicon Valley Hotel (towards Marathalli Road)
  • Marathahalli (12:40 AM) - Opposite Kalamandir
  • Tin Factory (01:00 AM) - Bus Stop
  • Hebbal (1:15 AM) -Opposite to Esteem Mall

Day 2 - Trek To Savandurga

  • 05:00AM Start the hike to Savandurga
  • 06:30 AM Reach the peak
  • 06:30 AM Relax until sunrise
  • 07:00 AM Descend toward the base
  • 09:30 AM Head to the nearby restaurant. Freshen up & have breakfast
  • 11:00 AM Head back to Bangalore
  • 1:30 PM Reach Bangalore

Included/Excluded

  • Round-trip transportation from Bangalore (Non-air-conditioned)
  • Trek leaders from the Native Trekking Team
  • Forest or trekking guide
  • Permits for forest or trekking activities
  • Availability of a first aid kit
  • Any type of insurance coverage
  • Personal expenditure (such as snacks, bottled water, etc.)
  • Anything not specifically mentioned in the above list

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What is savandurga.

Savandurga is a massive monolithic hill located near Bangalore, Karnataka, India. It's one of the largest monolith hills in Asia and is a popular trekking destination known for its breathtaking views and rich biodiversity.

How difficult is the trek?

The trek to Savandurga is considered moderately difficult. It involves hiking up rocky terrain and steep slopes. While it's suitable for beginners with average fitness levels, proper footwear and basic trekking gear are recommended.

What is the best time to start the trek?

It's advisable to start the trek early in the morning to avoid the heat and to witness the stunning sunrise from the summit. Typically, trekkers start around sunrise, which is between 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM, depending on the season.

Can children participate in the trek?

Is it safe for females and solo travellers.

Yes, solo travellers are welcome on our adventures. The best part of solo travel is the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. As the trip progresses, strangers become friends, creating a sense of community. That’s why we invite you to join us on our adventures.

How will I be communicated with once the payment is done?

You’ll be added to a WhatsApp group a day or two before your trip date, where all the last-minute details are shared.

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Enjoy this 3.9-km out-and-back trail near Magadi, Karnataka. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 56 min to complete. This is a very popular area for hiking and walking, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring. The best times to visit this trail are September through April.

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It is moderately difficult. Few steep sections to climb on rock with no rails. But the view from top is worth it

Beautiful trail. Steep as hell

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A medium trail and the best part is at every point different view and different hike

- Pretty straightforward hike with easy markings - Expect a lot of company and a bit of nuisance with loud music on speakers, etc

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I felt that it was too hard for me. Took too long to get down too.

The trail starts from the temple at the base of the hill. You can park your 2/4 wheeler near the temple. Look for a trail through a fence to the right of the temple, with the hill in front of you. In case you are not able to find the trail on the rock, follow the electric poles. Takes about 1-2 hrs to reach the top depending on your pace. Carry enough water. The trail is steep at a couple of spots. Avoid hiking during rains. The steep sections become tricky to descend when wet. Enjoy the scenic vistas all along the trail. Tip: Weekends attract a big crowd. Try hiking on a weekday.

great trail to walk/climb quite challenging for the youngest kid. (7yr). rewarding views from the top and during the climb. take enough water with you to drink

This trail has excellent views up and down, but you’ll work for them. It is in 3 distinct stages. The first section is extremely well marked with arrows. after you climb over the first rock wall, the second stage starts which is steeper and is poorly marked. This part becomes kind of a “choose your own adventure” since it’s very easy to lose the actual trail. Once on the ridge line, the trail is marked decently with the climbing minimal. I’d avoid in rain, but it’s a great trek otherwise.

It's very good for watching sunrise.

Climb on a monolithic rock it is steep in some portions. May be unsuitable during rains.

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  • Choose Friday Date (Departure day) for Saturday sunrise 
  • Choose Saturday date (Departure day) for Sunday sunrise 

Ready for an adrenaline rush? Book your Savandurga climb package today and conquer the majestic hill for an unforgettable adventure. Explore the magic of Savandurga Trek from Bangalore, under the stars with a thrilling night trek booking. Embark on an exhilarating adventure with the Savandurga Trek from Bangalore, conquering the majestic 4220ft monolith for an unforgettable experience. Nestled in the foothills of the Savandurga range, the serene Savandurga Lake is a perfect spot for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. The picturesque Savandurga Falls, located amidst the lush greenery of the Western Ghats, is a must-visit destination for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.Pack your bags and embark on a journey to explore the natural wonder of Savandurga Waterfalls today!If you’re planning a trekking adventure, don’t forget to check out the Savandurga Hills trek booking options for an unforgettable experience in the great outdoors. Savandurga is composed of two hills namely ‘Karigudda’ or the ‘black hill’ and ‘Biligudda’ or the ‘white hill’. The former trail is less preferred, since it requires a permit as it is more extreme and uncovered. The ruins of a fort that once served as a prison can be seen at the crest of the hill. It was also called as Savinadurga or the fort of death due to its steep natural formation. The Savandurga night trek brings about some steep slopes and boulders that acts as a hindrance on your way, but the 5km trek (approx.) is considerably moderate and will give you the satisfaction of a trek.

Get the best of both worlds with a Savandurga camping & trek package, offering an unforgettable adventure amidst the stunning natural beauty. The Savandurga night trek is a moderate one. Advance up by trekking through the hill to reach the crest, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the forest around, although the hill is almost barren, the landscape makes up for it by letting you capture some panoramic views. Unwind by the campfire, brood over or spill your tales to your friends. An end to, may be a perfect getaway is marked at dawn and you can descend and make a beeline for Bangalore after breakfast at Ramanagara. Experience nature’s beauty with Savandurga camping. Embark on a thrilling adventure with Savandurga sunrise trek package, where you can explore the rugged terrain, breathtaking views, and fascinating history of this majestic hill and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Information about Savandurga Trek from Bangalore

  • Slots for the trip: Usually between 10-50
  • Distance: Around 60 kms from Bengaluru
  • Trekking Distance: 6 KM (Up and Down)
  • Starting time: Friday/Saturday night at 11 PM approx
  • Ending time: Saturday/Sunday afternoon around 1.30 PM approx
  • Stay: No Stay
  • Trek difficulty: Moderate- Challenging
  • Duration of the Trip: 1 Night
  • Trail Type: Grasslands, Thick Forests, Ever-Flowing streams, and steep inclinations
  • 11:30 PM Pick up starts from Bangalore
  • 05:00 AM Reach Base Point
  • 05:30AM Start the hike to Savandurga
  • 06:30AM  Reach the peak
  • 07:30 AM Descend towards the base
  • 09:30 AM Head to the nearby restaurant. Freshen up & have breakfast( Self Sponserd )
  • 11:00 AM Head back to Bangalore
  • 1:30 PM Reach Bangalore

Group size:

As per the Government, COVID 19 Guidelines to follow Social Distancing the number of people in a vehicle will be as follows

 Traveler: 10-15 pax + 1 Trek Leader

 Minibus: 25-30 pax + 1 Trek Leader

What’s included

With Transport Inclusions :

  • Transportation
  • Tickets & Entry charges to places visited in the itinerary
  • Forest Permits
  • Trek Leads from NammaTrip

Without Transport Inclusions :

  • Trek Leads from Namma Trip

What’s not included

  • Break Fast of your choice ( Self Sponsered )
  • Any Personal expenses like snacks, water, etc.
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in Inclusions

Pick up points

1. Marathahalli (11.30 PM) – Near Kalamandir

2. Silk Board (12:10 AM) – Bus Stop, Opposite To Pizza Hut

3. BTM (12:45 PM) Udupi Garden Bus Stop, Opposite To A2B

4. Banashankari (01.15 AM) – Banashankari Bus Stop

5. Gopalan Arcade Mall (01.45 AM) – Rajarajeshwari Nagar Arch

Drop points are same as the pickup points for Savandurga Trek from Bangalore

Once you’ve booked your tickets, we will reach out to you and provide you with more information like exact pick-up times, exact location, coach details and more on Whatsapp.

Any changes in Pick Up locations will be notified to the participants 10-12 hrs before the start of the trip.

Things to Carry

  • Face mask and sanitizer
  • Strong backpack for trekking
  • Water bottles are at least 1-2 liters
  • Extra set of clothes (if necessary)
  • A Poly Bag to carry your wet clothes back to Bangalore
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses (optional)
  • Toiletries: – comb, towel, soap, tissue paper, Toothbrush and other essentials etc. (if necessary)
  • Raincoat or a poncho
  • Personal medication if any
  • A torch with new batteries (can be managed by mobile light)
  • One plastic box if you want to carry energy boosters like Chocolate bars, flavored milk, Juice packs, Glucon-D, etc. should keep waste rappers with self, till you reach back to homestay or bangalore, it is necessary to maintain forest cleanliness as a traveler
  • Sweaters/Jacket to bear the cold weather
  • Good trekking shoes
  • Camera/DSLR (if interested)
  • Extra cash for Personal expenses/Meals not included

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  • Cleanliness is Our top most priority.Please do not throw trash out anywhere in the open.
  • Your equipment and equipment distributed are to be carried by self, like bags, sticks, etc.
  • As you are exploring nature, don’t expect luxury. Washrooms are only available at the hotel campsite (you reach the hotel/campsite for breakfast).
  • You agree to indemnify yourself for the risks involved in the outings varying from destinations to destinations.
  • NammaTrip is not responsible for misplacing/loss of any personal belongings.
  • Feel free to contact this number 9632996995

Cancellation Policy:

  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of the total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain trips or activities may get canceled. In such cases, we will try our best to provide an alternative feasible solution. However, a refund will not be applicable for the same.
  • Cancellations are strictly subjected to cancellation policies mentioned on the website & are irrespective of the date of booking.

Terms & Conditions:

  • Age limit: 10+
  • Our facilities are neat and basic, not luxurious
  • Our accommodations are many times sleeping bags and Tents, Dormitories, rooms with beds and sometimes just sleeping bags under the glittering sky.
  • The average level of fitness is required to participate in the trek. We will not be responsible if any participant is unable to get to the summit due to their own limitations.
  • NammaTrip shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewelry, etc.
  • We expect every participant to be responsible for littering. Please keep every place we visit clean.
  • We have designated pick up and drop points, make your own arrangements of transports to the desired pick-up point accordingly.
  • We may revise the Terms and Conditions from time to time by updating this posting. The revised terms will take effect when they are posted.
  • Nammatrip is not responsible if any injuries or accidents occur during the event.
  • Any client consuming alcohol, misbehaving, causing delay during the event will be terminated from the event without any prior warning and no refund will be given. Such clients should arrange their own transport to the way back, Nammatrip does not hold the responsibility of terminated clients.
  • Littering, smoking & consumption of alcohol is banned outdoors or anytime during the trek. We will provide you with a time and place to enjoy your drinks.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be canceled and, in such cases, we will try to provide an alternate feasible activity. However, no refund will be provided for the same.
  • If we cancel the event, we offer a full refund to all the participants.
  • Cancellation / Refund is done by the third party based on their policies.
  • Tickets once booked cannot be exchanged or refunded.
  • We recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior at the venue.
  • Rights of admission reserved.

About NammaTrip:

  • We as an Adventure Travel company aim to show you nice people the most beautiful and pristine places in Karnataka.
  • Preserving the cleanliness & beauty of our beautiful land is our topmost priority.
  • Go deep into nature.
  • Hike to see the beauty of the sunrise.
  • Trek to beautiful mountains.
  • Dip in the beaches of our beautiful coast.
  • Hike through the mystical rainforest of the Western Ghats.
  • Experience Karnataka’s beauty

What is the best time to go for Savandurga trek?

The summer months from March to May are considered to be the best time to go for the Savandurga trek. The weather conditions around this time are pleasant and enjoyable, and you can easily take part in a plethora of activities during these months.

What is Savandurga night trek famous for?

Savandurga night trek is a very different experience altogether. There are very few night treks available in India and this is one of them. The path takes you 4,022ft above sea level. On the journey, you will get to trek two different hills that are known as Karigudda’ or the ‘black hill’ and ‘Biligudda’ or the ‘white hill’.

The evening or night visit gives a kind of thrill and excitement to the experience. You get to see amazing nocturnal beauty and enthusiasts from across the world love witnessing this sight.

What level of fitness is required for Savandurga trek?

A low to medium level of fitness is required to complete the Savandurga trek as you are required to cover a distance of 6 KM. The climb is however easy and the route passes through simple trails which almost everyone can cover. Other than this, even if you have a little knowledge of the activity, you are good to go.

How do I get to Savandurga?

Savandurga is about 60 km from the city of Bangalore. So there are multiple choices to reach here. However, do remember that if you are planning on a night trek make sure you reach a day before so you are well-rested.

-By air:  There are airplanes from all major cities connecting to Bangalore so you can take any flight. From here you can take a bus or hire a car to Savandurga.

-By train:  There is no railway station in Savandurga but there is a train available up to Magadi, which is just at a distance of about 12 km. The time taken from this small town to reach Savandurga is about 20-30 minutes.

-By Bus:  You can avail of a bus from Bangalore or any of the nearby towns to reach the destination too.

What is the maximum altitude of Savandurga?

The maximum altitude of Savandurga is about 4,022ft. The trek to the top of the mountains is an amazing journey and there are a lot of people who also opt for night trek to Savandurga. The altitude is about 1226 meters.

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Savandurga is one of the best day treks around Bangalore where people like to go. The view from the top is cherry on top of the Machinable dam. Here are more details about this trek.

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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

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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. It were Savanadurga and Manchanabele dam on our list next.

What to carry on the trek?

  • Small and light backpack filled with energy bars, glucose, electoral, 2 bottles of water
  • And, don’t forget raincoat in monsoon
  • A nice shoe with high grip is highly recommended.

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – Allen Saunders

While we were busy in How to? When? Who all? The plan crafted herself beautifully.

5:30 early morning:

“Bhaiya! I am here at the college gate” and a few minutes later, two engines rev up. Vroooooooom- on the fly. We had hit the Mysore highway before the sun could hit the sky. With few more joined, we were cruising. buy vilitra generic buy vilitra no prescription over the counter  New faces! sharing smiles and laughter with sparks in eyes, in a bunch of 10 on 5 revved-up bikes.

On the way to savanadurga

Let the wind brush your hair. Let the water feed your eye. Wipe them out the, look out, the world is still too shy.

First lesson learned: With a Neta-like guy in team, sharing responsibilities becomes so easy. (Referring to Bibek Bhaiya )

Tough lesson learned: Sometimes, organizers (With whom decided to go for trek) are worse in organizing treks than newbies. Not paying proper attention to whole group makes trip a nightmare.

And, we were victim of the said above. Organizers, constantly following their own plan forced us to take a divulge from them. Thus, resulting in, we, following our own schedule and route according as our timings.

So, the cool weather also turned up with us. Since our fate was decided then and we were no more dependent upon organizers, we did what we wanted to. We flied; we ran; we shouted and lived a thousand years on a single day. Stopping at tea-stalls; enjoying biking in rural Karnataka; intercepting of the monsoon; taking photographs… so on and so forth…..

Oh! Yes! Here, comes the Machanbelle fresh water reservoir.

manchanbele dam and savanadurga in the background

You need to trust me. The first glimpse of this place was simply superb. The Savanadurga hill was easily spotted. We continued to Savanadurga hill. 3 hours of air-ride and we were there at base foot of Savanadurga hill.

9:00am (Under kajrare clouds):

I was over excited for trek since it were around 2 years since I had my last trek. And the journey begins….. 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. heaven.

The deep death walk:

savanadurga steep hike

So, at the beginning, we chose the steeper route and we were victims of following symptoms: Legs? Shaking Eyes? Avoiding heights. Backpack? Is a burden now Curse the shoe, curse the wrong path

“Calm down, walk laterally”. Whoa! Three from our group had already crossed the steeper part and were sitting as cool as a cigar smoking shaikh from Arabia. Frightened were we.(Akhilesh Bhaiya! If you could remember it).

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.

12:00 noon (Hot sun started smiling at us):

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. Route to the top was marked with yellow paints.

From the top:

savanadurga hill top

Machanbelle reservoir had shrunk smaller. Trees had grown shorter and even few smalls hills were standing lower to me. Wind speed was way off the charts. Just standing up straight became a challenge.

I removed my shoes and bags and sat in a corner. Sweats and wind were in perfect combination. Eat, wonder, roam, realize, shout, get afraid of heights, feel closer to the God, meet someone adventurous inside you- as much as you can and keep falling in love with that moment time and again.

Time to return (Never liked it):

savanadurga hill

Packed with lighter bags (You know why?), back on same track. The descent was much quicker with no breaks at all. we were rolling like stones down the hill. This one hour journey lets you face the valley (Because while climbing up you face the rocks). Wow! Green shawl laid over earth. Misty clouds, chilling winds, rocks popping out of the forests like rocky giraffe popping out of Africa dry forests.

Were I somewhere out of the earth?Walking and wondering in synchrony. Birds flying at par with you. Can you realize a totally different life from 3000 feet above the ground.

Time to say good bye to organizers:

from savanadurga to manchanbele dam

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. We, ten in numbers? Enough guys in a bunch. Come on, lets go then. Biking through the reserved forest. Haha, superfluously, I had rather say, I was exploring dry Amazon river basin with Benhur’s motor chariots in a row. buy Tretinoin generic buy Tretinoin no prescription over the counter  Hunked, Muscleed, tough headed and cooled inside.

Water, water, water. – A large dam with fresh pool of water. Shallow in monsoon but enticing and deep enough to make you shiver like a guy holding the hands of a girl first time. Ah! its cold! – An ideal place to enjoy Bird-watching, relish the beauty of the nature, photography and spending some peace time there.

Warning: I advise no one to venture inside the water as it has been a death trap of hundreds of people in last few years.

4 pm (Romanies under rain):

Weather is dark and cold. 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. We had not even covered 20 Kms and we were welcomed with pattering rains all over.

Take a break? or not to? Let’s keep moving soldiers.

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). Sun, wind, rocks, water and now rain.

Exciting but little apprehensive of skidding over highways. The roads which were dry and sunny while going, were wet and dark while returning reminding me of new blackboard in village schools. 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. People standing under bridges and us? Driving past them.

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. hahahah. Sigh! Nature balanced all.

This was one of the best trek i have ever had…. funny also i say…….

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Went an year ago to this place! The police officials told that this place is banned for trekking now. We went near start location for photography and there too they came rushing and almost pushed us out of that place.

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19th august 2013: Murali Kumar 28 year drowned in manchanbele dam. 15 October 2013: 4 young people all around 20 drowned in manchanbele dam. Till no prominent board with warning signs in English/hindi has been placed near water site. No rescue measure not even a strong rope is available near water site. We are yet to get the list of deaths at this dam from tavakere P.S. though asked for under RTI. 4 months completed since our personal loss and 5 more deaths in same place (as many I have gathered through internet) The gates have not been closed to prevent entry of unaware youths neither any measure taken to warn them. Young lives are of no value to the Police/grampanchayat/Irrigation department or administration as a whole. These are only our personal losses, these youths were of not any value for the nation.

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Just wanted to add to the chorus to those who read this excellent blog, that it is not simply about not “swimming”. 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. Do not take even a small chance. Enjoy the view and shoreline, do not even think about wading in. Thank you for taking these comments seriously and re-editing your blog so that others can enjoy this place of beauty safely. 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.

Manchanbele resorvoir is very dangerous, full of silt deposits which can drag a person treacherously into death. water has any poisonous snakes, crocodiles. not a single warning sign near the water site. Only few boards of green and white along the way in between green trees will mention ‘danger and rest in Kannada so that non Kannada youth can not read anything. Please enquire the number of deaths from Tavakere Police station and post them in these alluring travel sites. 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 do something to make others aware of the treacherous death trap. local villagers are very much aware and they do not enter water. They know that only ‘engineers ‘ doctors, college students come and many are drowned here. Savandurga trekking track has more numbers of accidents than manchanbele. Please do something that no other family goes through the same ill fate as we are going through. Ours is not first but at least this could be the last if all readers put some effort to move administration.

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I have updated the blog about the risk involved in going inside dam..thank you people of coming up with facts

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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. It’s a DEATH TRAP. The WARNING at the entrance of the dam gate is only in the local language. The warning in English is 1 Km ahead past the main dam entrance gate. Since 2006 till July 2011, more than 200 DROWNING cases have been registered in the nearby Police station (20 KMs away from the dam). In 2013 January till June, more than 10 drowning cases have been to the nearby police station, but yet no action to save lives have been taken by the police, tourism department or the administration. There is neither any Rescue team nor any signboards in English/Hindi on the shore nor any/limited mobile range.

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 view of the dam overall is very mesmerizing and pleasant. It is good only for spending out a day and bird watching.

PLEASE stay AWAY from the WATER. It’s a DEATH TRAP. No Immediate HELP!!!

Do NOT enter the WATER, More links justifying the above statement:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thippagondanahalli_Reservoir http://ibnlive.in.com/news/fun-trip-turns-fatal-3-die/257591-60-119.html

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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. I lost my own brother in law in a drowning accident on the 16th of June 2013. There is a lot of slush and quick sand which is not apparent at the surface. Since 2005-06 there has been close to 300 drowning accidents. So guys please don’t get into the waters of the reservoirs even if you are a good swimmer.

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SAVE LIVES at MANCHANBELE DAM Good to know that you guys had a good time but do not promote Manchanbele dam especially for venturing into water. The water is dangerous and tricky. 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. Help spread this information among more and more people.

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Very well written and explained.. Almost felt like am there again ! 🙂 Sigh!!

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🗓 Best Time To Visit: November to March

⏰ Open Hours: 24 hours

🏞 Things To Do: Trekking, Rock Climbing, Bird Watching

💰 Entry Fees: Free

🧳 Traveller Types: Adventure Enthusiasts, Nature Lovers, Photographers

🏅 Known For: Being one of the largest monolith hills in Asia

📍 Distances: From Bangalore City - 60 km, From Bangalore Airport - 80 km, From Magadi Road Railway Station - 30 km

🧗‍♀️ Trek Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

🐦 Bird Species: Over 70 different species including Yellow-throated Bulbul and Long-billed Vulture

🌳 Flora: Deciduous Forests, Scrubs, and Bamboo Groves

📜 Historical Significance: Fort ruins from the Hoysala and Kempe Gowda era

Savandurga: A Guide to the Largest Monolith in Asia

Are you looking for a unique and thrilling destination for your next adventure? Do you want to explore one of the largest single rock formations in Asia and witness its stunning beauty and history? If yes, then you should definitely visit Savandurga, a massive monolith located in Karnataka, India.

Savandurga is not only a natural wonder, but also a cultural and historical landmark that offers a variety of attractions and activities for tourists. Whether you are interested in trekking, camping, rock climbing, bird watching, or simply enjoying the scenic views, Savandurga has something for everyone.

In this article, we will provide you with a complete guide to Savandurga tourism and trekking, and help you plan your trip to this amazing place.

Savandurga Trek: An Adventure of a Lifetime

One of the main reasons why people visit Savandurga is to experience the thrill of trekking on its gigantic hills. Savandurga consists of two hills, Billigudda (the white hill) and Karigudda (the black hill), which rise up to 1226 meters and 1227 meters above sea level respectively. The hills are composed of granite rocks that are eroded by wind and water over millions of years. The hills are also home to various flora and fauna, such as neem trees, eucalyptus trees, cacti, lizards, snakes, eagles, kites, etc.

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The Savandurga trek is one of the most popular and challenging treks in Karnataka, as it involves climbing steep slopes, navigating narrow paths, and overcoming slippery rocks. The trek can be done in one day or two days, depending on your preference and fitness level. The trek can also be done during the day or at night, depending on the season and weather conditions.

The trek offers a unique opportunity to witness the sunrise and sunset from the summit of the hills, as well as the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Savandurga Tourism: A Complete Travel Guide

Apart from trekking, Savandurga also offers a lot of other attractions and activities for tourists who want to explore its natural, cultural, and historical aspects. Savandurga is not just a monolith, but also a heritage site that has witnessed many events and legends over the centuries.

Savandurga is also a place of worship for many devotees who visit the temple at the foothill of the hills. Savandurga is also a place of relaxation and recreation for many visitors who enjoy the pond nearby, Arkavathi river , and the Manchanabele dam .

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Savandurga is located in the Magadi taluk of Ramanagara district in Karnataka, India. It is about 60 km west of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka. It is situated on the Deccan Plateau, which is part of the Western Ghats mountain range.

Savandurga has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to ancient times. According to some sources, Savandurga was originally called Savandi by the locals, which means “the fort of death” . This name was given because of the many battles and wars that took place on its hills over the years.

Some of the historical events and legends associated with Savandurga are:

- Savandurga was part of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century CE.

- Savandurga was captured by Kempe Gowda II, the founder of Bangalore, in the 16th century CE.

- Savandurga was conquered by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, in the 18th century CE.

- Savandurga was used as a prison by Tipu Sultan, the son of Hyder Ali, in the 18th century CE.

- Savandurga was seized by the British forces after the death of Tipu Sultan in 1799 CE.

- Savandurga was visited by Sir Mark Cubbon, the commissioner of Mysore, in 1832 CE.

- Savandurga was explored by Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, a Scottish physician and botanist, in 1800 CE.

- Savandurga was surveyed by Robert Bruce Foote, an English geologist and archaeologist, in 1876 CE.

Savandurga is one of the largest monoliths in Asia and one of the highest hills in Karnataka. A monolith is a single piece of rock that forms a hill or a mountain. Savandurga is composed of granite rocks that are eroded by wind and water over millions of years. The rocks have different colors and textures depending on their mineral composition and exposure to sunlight.

Savandurga consists of two hills, Billigudda (the white hill) and Karigudda (the black hill), which are separated by a valley. Billigudda is called the white hill because its rocks are lighter in color due to more exposure to sunlight. Karigudda is called the black hill because its rocks are darker in color due to less exposure to sunlight.

The hills have an average elevation of about 1200 meters above sea level. The highest point on Billigudda is 1226 meters above sea level, while the highest point on Karigudda is 1227 meters above sea level.

Significance

Savandurga is not only a geological marvel, but also a cultural and historical landmark that has a lot of significance for the people of Karnataka and India. Savandurga is a place of worship for many devotees who visit the temple at the foothill of the hills. The temple is dedicated to Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy , an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The temple is believed to be very ancient and has a legend associated with it. According to the legend, Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Narasimha to protect his devotee Prahlada from his evil father Hiranyakashipu. Lord Narasimha killed Hiranyakashipu on the hill of Savandurga and then rested in the temple. The temple also has idols of Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Goddess Lakshmi.

Savandurga is also a place of heritage for many historians and archaeologists who study its past and present. Savandurga has witnessed many events and legends over the centuries that have shaped its history and culture. Savandurga has been part of various kingdoms and empires that have ruled over Karnataka and India, such as the Hoysala Empire, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Mysore Kingdom, the British Raj , etc.

Attractions

Savandurga has a lot of attractions that can appeal to different types of tourists who have different interests and preferences. Some of the main attractions of Savandurga are:

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The two hills (Billigudda and Karigudda): The hills are the main attraction of Savandurga as they offer a spectacular view of the surrounding landscape and a thrilling experience of trekking on their slopes.

The temple at the foothill: The temple is a sacred place for many devotees who visit it to seek blessings from Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy and other deities.

The pond nearby: The pond is a serene place for many visitors who enjoy its calmness and freshness.

The Arkavathi river: The river is a lively place for many visitors who enjoy its flow and sound.

The Manchanabele dam: The dam is a scenic place for many visitors who enjoy its water and greenery.

Savandurga offers a variety of activities that can suit different levels of adventure and excitement. Some of the main activities that Savandurga offers are:

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Trekking is the most popular activity at Savandurga as it involves climbing up and down the hills on different routes and difficulty levels. Trekking can be done during the day or at night depending on the season and weather conditions.

Camping is another popular activity at Savandurga as it involves staying overnight in tents or dormitories at the base camp or on top of the hills. Camping can be done along with trekking or separately depending on your preference.

Rock climbing:

Rock climbing is another challenging activity at Savandurga as it involves scaling up or down the rocks on different heights and angles. Rock climbing can be done with or without ropes depending on your skill level.

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Bird watching:

Bird watching is another relaxing activity at Savandurga as it involves observing and identifying various species of birds that inhabit or visit the hills and the forest. Bird watching can be done with or without binoculars depending on your interest level.

Photography:

Photography is another enjoyable activity at Savandurga as it involves capturing and sharing the beauty and diversity of the hills and the forest. Photography can be done with or without a camera depending on your equipment level.

Places to Stay Nearby

Savandurga has a number of hotels that can cater to different budgets and preferences. Some of the best hotels near Savandurga are:

Savandurga Adventure Camp:

This is a budget-friendly hotel that offers basic amenities and facilities, such as tents, dormitories, bathrooms, food, etc. The hotel is located at the base camp of Savandurga and is ideal for trekkers and campers who want to stay close to the hills.

Ramanashree California Resort:

This is a mid-range hotel that offers comfortable amenities and facilities, such as rooms, cottages, swimming pool, restaurant, bar, etc. The hotel is located about 15 km from Savandurga and is ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy a peaceful and pleasant stay.

Wonderla Resort:

This is a luxury hotel that offers premium amenities and facilities, such as suites, villas, spa, gym, amusement park, etc. The hotel is located about 25 km from Savandurga and is ideal for groups and individuals who want to enjoy a fun and lavish stay.

Travel Tips

Savandurga is a wonderful place to visit, but it also requires some planning and preparation to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Here are some travel tips that you should keep in mind before and during your visit to Savandurga:

Plan your trip in advance:

You should plan your trip to Savandurga in advance to avoid any last-minute hassles or disappointments. You should book your transportation, accommodation, trekking package, etc. well in advance to ensure availability and affordability. You should also check the weather forecast, season, and timings of Savandurga before you visit.

Pack your essentials:

You should pack your essentials according to your itinerary and activities at Savandurga. You should carry comfortable clothes, shoes, socks, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, medicines, first aid kit, torches, batteries, cameras, binoculars, etc. You should also carry some cash or cards for emergency or personal expenses.

Follow the rules and regulations:

You should follow the rules and regulations of Savandurga to respect its environment and culture. You should not litter or damage the hills or the forest. You should not disturb or harm the wildlife or the plants. You should not trespass or enter restricted areas. You should not consume alcohol or drugs on the hills or the forest. You should follow the instructions and guidance of your guides and support staff.

Be careful and cautious:

You should be careful and cautious while visiting Savandurga to avoid any accidents or injuries. You should not venture alone or stray away from your group. You should not climb or descend the hills without proper equipment or supervision. You should not touch or approach any unfamiliar objects or animals. You should not take any unnecessary risks or challenges.

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FAQs About Savandurga

Savandurga is a fascinating place that can raise your curiosity and interest with its facts and features. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Savandurga tourism and trekking that can answer some of your queries:

Q. What is famous about Savandurga?

A: Savandurga is famous for being one of the largest monoliths in Asia and one of the highest hills in Karnataka. It is also famous for being a natural, cultural, and historical landmark that offers a variety of attractions and activities for tourists.

Q: What is not so good about Savandurga?

A: Savandurga is not so good for people who are afraid of heights, have health issues, or are not comfortable with rough terrain. It is also not so good for people who are looking for luxury, convenience, or entertainment facilities. It is also not so good for people who are sensitive to heat, cold, or rain, as the weather can be unpredictable and harsh at times.

Q. Who should visit Savandurga?

A: Savandurga is suitable for anyone who loves nature, adventure, culture, and history. It is ideal for trekkers, campers, rock climbers, bird watchers, photographers, and explorers. It is also suitable for families, couples, friends, and solo travelers who want to experience something different and exciting.

Q. What are the safety precautions to take at Savandurga?

A: Some of the safety precautions to take at Savandurga are:

1. Wear comfortable clothes, shoes, socks, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. according to the season and weather conditions.

2. Carry enough water bottles, snacks, medicines, first aid kit, torches, batteries, cameras, binoculars, etc. according to your itinerary and activities.

3. Follow the rules and regulations of Savandurga and respect its environment and culture.

4. Follow the instructions and guidance of your guides and support staff.

5. Be careful and cautious while climbing or descending the hills and avoid any accidents or injuries.

6. Do not venture alone or stray away from your group.

7. Do not touch or approach any unfamiliar objects or animals.

8. Do not take any unnecessary risks or challenges.

Q. What are the things to carry for Savandurga trekking or camping?

A: Some of the things to carry for Savandurga trekking or camping are:

1. Comfortable clothes, shoes, socks, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. according to the season and weather conditions.

2. Water bottles, snacks, medicines, first aid kit, torches, batteries, cameras, binoculars, etc. according to your itinerary and activities.

3. Trekking equipment, such as ropes, carabiners, harnesses, helmets, gloves, etc. if you are doing rock climbing or rappelling.

4. Camping equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags, mats, pillows, blankets, etc. if you are staying overnight on the hills or at the base camp.

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Savandurga Hill Fortress is a popular trekking destination located just outside of Bengaluru , India . The hill is one of the largest monolithic rocks in Asia and offers a challenging and rewarding trekking experience for adventure seekers.

The trek from Bengaluru to Savandurga is an easy one, with well-maintained roads and convenient transportation options available. The trail to the summit winds through rocky terrain and steep inclines, providing a test of physical endurance and technical climbing skills.

Along the way, trekkers can explore ancient temples and cave formations that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region. At the summit, trekkers are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the nearby town of Magadi .

As this is a budget trip, we expect our travelers to coordinate with the Trip Guide from Tripbae, and the Trip Guide’s decisions will be final.

For those looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventure close to Bengaluru , the Savandurga trek is the perfect choice. With its stunning views and challenging terrain, it offers a unique and unforgettable experience for all trekking enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a first-time adventurer, the Savandurga trek from Bengaluru is an experience you won’t want to miss.

  • Convenient Location: Savandurga is located just outside of Bengaluru, making it easily accessible for city dwellers looking for an adventure.
  • Stunning Views: The summit of the hill fortress offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, including the nearby town of Magadi and the Deccan plateau.
  • Challenging Terrain: The trek to the top of the fortress is a test of physical endurance and technical climbing skills, providing an adrenaline-fueled adventure for all trekking enthusiasts.
  • Rich Cultural and Spiritual Heritage: The trek is dotted with ancient temples and cave formations that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural and spiritual heritage of the region.
  • Unforgettable Experience: Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a first-time adventurer, the Savandurga trek is an experience that you will never forget.
  • These highlights make the Savandurga trek from Bengaluru a must-visit destination for all adventure seekers. Whether you're looking for stunning views, a challenging trek, or a rich cultural experience, the Savandurga trek has something for everyone.

Day 0 - Departure from Bengaluru

Meet at the designated starting point in Bengaluru and travel to Savandurga by private transportation.

We'll pick up our fellow explorers at the following locations.  Click  on each location to see the exact pickup point.

  • 11:00 PM - Kalamandir, Marathahalli
  • 11:15 PM - Akme Harmony, Bellandur
  • 11:30 PM - Silkboard Bus Stop , 
  • 11:45 PM - Udupi Garden Signal, BTM
  • 12:15 AM - Banashankari Bus Stop
  • 12:30 AM - Kathriguppe Circle
  • 12:45 AM - Gopalan Arcade Mall RR Nagar
  • 01:15 AM - Guraguntepalya Signal, Yeshwanthpur
  • 01:30 AM - 8th Mile Circle, Dasarhalli

The pick-up points don't change but the timings are tentative. 

Day 1 - Time for an uphill hike!

▪️ 03:00 PM - Arrive at the base of Savandurga and relax for sometime ▪️ 05:30 AM - Start the hike to peak Savandurga ▪️ 06:30 AM - Reach the summit and enjoy a sunrise view from the summit ▪️ 07:00 AM - After the sunrise, descend back towards the base of the Savandurga ▪️ 09:30 am: Take a break to refresh and enjoy a self-funded breakfast ▪️ 12:00 am: Reach back to Bangalore with the drop-off points being the same as the pick-up locations

Please bear in mind that this itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions and other variables. Furthermore, the timings provided are approximate and could vary depending on the group's pace.

Included/Excluded

  • Tickets & Entry charges to places visited in the itinerary
  • To and fro transport from Bangalore (Non A/c)
  • Trek Leads from the tripbae Team
  • Forest/trek Guide
  • Forest/trek Permits
  • First aid kit
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water, etc)
  • Anything not included above

Tour's Location

What is included and not in the without-transportation package.

You will have to reach all the places on time as per the itinerary, by yourself. You will also need to synchronize your arrival times with the trek leader in case the Tripbae vehicle's journey experiences any delays. Other than that, accommodation, guidance, permits, and the rest which are mentioned in the included list are included.

What is the difficulty of this trek?

Moderately Challenging.

Can I call to book tickets with Tripbae?

Yes , please call +91 991 662 7799 to book your tickets

How much advance would I have to pay to book the trip?

50% of the entire charge including taxes

What will happen if the trip does not go through?

Your money will be refunded within 6-7 business days

How will I be communicated with once the payment is done?

You would be added to a WhatsApp group a day or two before the trip date where all the last-minute information is shared. An email is also sent including important information about the trip.

Who can I contact for personal issues on or before the trip?

The trek lead . His/her phone number would be in the What’s App group you are added to.

Is it safe for females?

The safety and security of women/girls are paramount to us. Hence, it's entirely safe for women/girls to participate in our treks and travels. Our trek leaders always accompany the group, offering constant assistance and direction. Our campsites are thoroughly secure and provide a safe lodging environment. In addition, our female trek leaders often join our treks.

Can I reschedule my trek to a future date if I am unable to attend on the day of departure?

Unfortunately , it's not feasible to reschedule your trek to a future date if you're unable to attend on the designated day, regardless of the circumstances (like family emergencies, health problems, or work commitments). However, if you have concerns about this policy, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected], and our team will get in touch with you to discuss further.

Are solo travellers allowed to join?

Yes , solo travelers are more than welcome on our trips. The beauty of solo travel lies in the chance to connect with individuals from varied backgrounds. As the journey unfolds, unfamiliar faces become friends, cultivating a feeling of fellowship. Thus, we strongly encourage solo travelers to join our exciting ventures.

What is the total distance of the trek?

5 km  in total (to and fro)

Which district is Savandurga Hill in?

Savandurga is in the Ramanagara District. 

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About savandurga trek.

Get ready for an adventurous journey as you embark on the Savandurga Trek, a thrilling escapade into nature's beauty. Located near Bangalore, Savandurga is known for its magnificent hills, making it a popular destination for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. The trek offers a perfect blend of excitement and serenity as you navigate through rocky terrain and lush greenery. 

As you ascend the hills, be prepared to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Savandurga is not just a trek; it's an opportunity to connect with nature, challenge yourself, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Lace-up your boots and get ready to conquer Savandurga!

Quick Facts about the Savandurga Trek

➔ Activity: Savandurga Trek 

➔ Location: Savandurga, Bangalore 

➔ Activity Timings: Day 1 (11 PM) to Day 2 (11 AM) 

➔ Distance: 6 Km 

➔ Altitude: 4,022 ft (Largest monolith hills in Asia)

Savandurga Trek Package Inclusion

  • Dome tent accommodations are available on a sharing basis
  • Tea, and Dinner on Day 1, and breakfast on Day 2
  • All required admission fees and licenses
  • An oxygen tank, first-aid supplies, and a stretcher
  • Qualified professional trek leaders, guides, and support personnel.

How to Reach

➔ The nearest airport to reach Savandurga Trek is Kempegowda International Airport (BLR) in Bangalore, located approximately 60 kilometers away. 

➔ From the airport, you can hire a taxi or use app-based cab services to reach Savandurga. The journey takes around 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

➔ To reach Savandurga Trek by road, you can take a taxi or drive from Bangalore. Savandurga is approximately 60 kilometers away from Bangalore City. 

➔ The route includes NH275 and Magadi Road. The journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions and the starting point in Bangalore.

➔ To reach Savandurga Trek by train, you can take a train to Bangalore City Junction or Yesvantpur Junction, which are well-connected to major cities in India. 

➔ From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Savandurga, which is approximately 60 kilometers away from Bangalore.

Itinerary For Savandurga Trek From Bangalore

Day 1 - Pickup From Bangalore - Embark On a Beautiful Journey

Pickup From Bangalore

  • Pick Up location in Bangalore
  • RR Nagar (11:00 PM) - Gopalan Arcade, Mysore Road
  • Banashankari (11:30 PM) - Bus Stop
  • BTM (11:50 PM) - Udupi Garden Bus Stop, Near A2B
  • Silk Board (12:10 AM) - Silicon Valley Hotel (towards Marathalli Road)
  • Marathahalli (12:40 AM) - Opposite Kalamandir
  • Tin Factory (01:00 AM) - Bus Stop
  • Hebbal (1:15 AM) -Opposite to Esteem Mall

Savandurga Trek From Bangalore Itinerary Day 1

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Day 2 - Trek To Savandurga - Beautiful Landscape and Views

  • 05:00AM Start the hike to Savandurga
  • 06:30 AM Reach the peak
  • 06:30 AM Relax until sunrise
  • 07:00 AM Descend toward the base
  • 09:30 AM Head to the nearby restaurant. Freshen up & have breakfast
  • 11:00 AM Head back to Bangalore
  • 1:30 PM Reach Bangalore

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It was a total adventure trip for us. We are doing lots of activities there. it was so thrilling for us. and a life time memorable trip. Great recommendation.

Jagdeep Johar

The weather was awesome. such as not too hot. it was rainy all the time when we presented them. The hills are nice. Adventureable trip and life time memorable also.

This is the best experience of Savandurga Trek. this trek is one of the best and most advanceable treks also. Lots of advanced activities are present there. beautiful nature attracts us with its peace and beauty.

Total awareness! Great experience at that place, over team leader was a nice person and helpful in nature. The food was fantastic and the location was cool. Amazing experience.

We are very happy with its facilities, they are providing the best way of treaking, good food, and a nice stay. Everything was fantastic. Great experience.

Bhaves Abbott

Savandurga Trek is one of the best treks in Karnataka. lots of advanceable treks and activities are present there. Guides and local people are good to communicate.

Jai Kaniyar

It was the best experience of my life. Savandurga Trek is not an easy trek. You faced many challenges during the trek but trust me it was wonderful and unexpected. Lifetime good memorable trek.

The Savandurga hills were very challenging and rocking. The Over Guide is a really nice and polite person. It was a beautiful peak at the top of that place. Nice trip!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was the best trek for beginners. Lots of adventure activities were done. Cool-weather and delicious food. It was one of the best experiences for us. Great recommendation.

Govinda Menon

My trip started from Bangalore and we reached our destination on the same day. Savandurga Trek is one of the best treks and the most beautiful. It is also advantageous. Great recommendation

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Savandurga Trek From Bangalore FAQs

What is the best time to visit savandurga trek.

The best time to visit Savandurga trek is summer although the trek is an all weather visit except for monsoon, as trekking the mountain becomes difficult and there is always a danger of landslide.

What are other activities apart from trekking in Savandurga?

Many adventurous activities, apart from trekking, are organized in Savandurga like rock climbing, trekking, cave explorations, nature walks, etc. Cave exploration is a unique adventure activity found here, but it is advisable to take the help of a guide. However, Savandurga weekend getaway from Bangalore is not only for youngsters and adventure enthusiasts but is also an ideal place for a family outing.

How difficult is the Savandurga Trek?

The Savandurga Trek is considered moderately difficult. The terrain is rocky and steep at certain sections, requiring a good level of fitness and endurance. It is recommended for individuals with prior trekking experience.

How long does the Savandurga Trek take to complete?

The Savandurga Trek usually takes around 3-4 hours to reach the summit and a similar duration to descend. The total trekking time may vary depending on the fitness level of the participants and the pace of the group.

Are there any age restrictions for the Savandurga Trek?

The trek is not suitable for children below the age of 12 due to the difficulty level and steep sections. Participants should be in good health and have the physical fitness required for trekking.

Is a guide provided for the Savandurga Trek?

While it is possible to trek Savandurga independently, it is recommended to hire a local guide who is familiar with the terrain and can ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. They can provide guidance, information, and assistance throughout the trek.

What is the best time to undertake the Savandurga Trek?

The best time to undertake the Savandurga Trek is during the cooler months, from October to March. The weather is pleasant during this time, making the trek more comfortable. It is advisable to avoid the monsoon season as the trails can be slippery and risky.

Are there any refreshment or food options available during the trek?

There are limited refreshment options available near the base of the trek. It is recommended to carry sufficient water and snacks for the trek as there may not be many food stalls or eateries along the trail.

Are there restroom facilities available during the trek?

There are limited restroom facilities available near the base of the trek. It is advisable to use restroom facilities before starting the trek. During the trek, it is recommended to carry tissue paper and maintain cleanliness by following Leave No Trace principles.

Confirmation Policy

  • Upon booking, the traveller will receive a confirmation voucher via email, within 24 hours.
  • In the special cases of slots not being available, feasible alternatives will be provided to the customer, in regards to the customer’s preference. In such cases, a new voucher would be sent via email, consisting of the new travel details.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellation made 20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 30% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 7-20 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 60% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Any cancellation made within 0-7 days prior to the date of departure, would levy a 100% of total tour cost as cancellation charges.
  • Due to any restrictions such as sudden government policies or regulations, health hazards, medical emergencies, or unprecedented weather conditions, activities and tours may be nonoperational and be cancelled. In cases such as these, operators will attempt to cater to the traveller an alternate, which is feasible in nature. However, any refund would not be catered.

Refund Policy

  • Any refund applicable will be processed within 7 business days.

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Trek Does It All with the New Madone

Trek’s new eighth-generation Madone is lightweight, aerodynamic, and fast—the road bike raced by Lidl-Trek in the 2024 Tour de France.

Takeaway: For the eighth iteration of its legendary Madone road bike, Trek blended the low weight of the Emonda with the aerodynamics of the seventh-generation Madone. The result is a light, stiff, and fast all-around race bike. While the flagship SLR9 costs over $13,000, base-level Madon SL models start at $3,500.

Price as Tested: $13,500 Weight: 15.3 lbs (Size M, bottle cages, computer mount, no pedals)

Trek Madone SLR 9 AXS Gen 8

Madone SLR 9 AXS Gen 8

Jordan Roessingh, Director for Road Bikes at Trek, candidly confirmed that the new Madone actually started life as the next Émonda. “We constantly get the same feedback from our pro riders,” Roessingh said. “They tell us that they love how fast the Madone is, but could we make it lighter or they love how light the Émonda is, but could we make it more aero?”

Trek set out to make a more aerodynamic Émonda, and what they ended up with was a bike that had the same frame weight as the Émonda but was as quick as the Madone against the wind.

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When your aero bike is as light as your climbing bike, or your climbing bike is as aero as your aero bike, there doesn’t seem to be a point to having two bikes anymore. So, while fans of the Émonda might be sad to see the bike go, it makes way for the return of the Madone as the ultimate road racing bike in Trek’s lineup. And this feels right, given the rich history of the Madone name.

Since it launched in 2003, the Madone name has always designated Trek’s fastest drop-bar race bike. That has meant different things at different points, with older models of the Madone leaning heavily on low weight and high stiffness while more recent models became all-out aero. Now that Trek returns the Madone to a do-it-all role, is it the best road racing bike Trek can make?

After spending the last two months riding the new Madone 8, my short answer is yes.

The new bike delivers the performance I expect from a five-figure top-of-line road bike made by a brand like Trek. For the steep price of entry, you get a bike that manages to be damn near perfect in terms of weight, stiffness, and road manners. And while all of that is important, it would matter little to bike racers (for whom the Madone is explicitly designed) if it wasn’t also fast.

Based on Trek’s provided data and my testing, the new Madone is definitely fast. But that declaration comes with a long list of caveats.

Speed is Aerodynamics In 2024

In 2011, Specialized first told us that “Aero is everything.” Knowing what I know now about the importance of aerodynamics in the context of racing, they certainly weren’t wrong. But marketing slogans are made to be catchy and concise and “Aero is everything until you build a bike that’s really heavy and doesn’t ride all that well. So maybe a bike that prioritizes aerodynamics without sacrificing weight and ride quality would be better,” does not quite roll off the tongue as easily.

Trek claims that the new Madone is as fast as the previous generation and is heaps quicker than the Émonda. The strategy to achieve this aerodynamic performance is called “Full System Foil,” where the bike is viewed not only as a cross-section of its tube shapes but as a much larger airfoil shape that includes the water bottles and wheels.

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This isn’t a particularly new or earth-shattering concept. Manufacturers have designed (or at least tested) their frames around specific wheels (usually their own) for a while now. Using water bottles to fill the space between the down tube and the seat tube to smooth the airflow over a frame is also not new. It has been done on time trial and triathlon bikes for years. BMC has done it on their aero-focused time machine road bike since 2018. Cannondale recently introduced aerodynamic water bottles and cages on its all-around race bike, the SuperSix Evo , in 2023.

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The cynical reading of what Trek does with the new Madone and its aerodynamic performance claims relative to the previous (and more obviously aerodynamic Madone Gen 7) is that directly comparing the two bikes is not apples-to-apples.

trek madone 8

Trek’s claimed figures use a Madone 8 with the brand’s new aero bottles versus a Madone 7 with round bidons. In this comparison, the new Madone (at straighter yaw angles) is slightly faster than the outgoing Madone. At higher yaw angles (beyond 10º), the deeper frame tubes of the Madone 7 make it quicker than the new Madone. And when comparing the new and old Madone, with both bikes using round bottles, the results flip. According to Trek, the Madone 7 is about 1.6 watts more slippery at 22 mph.

It’s also worth dwelling for a moment on the yaw angle differences. My colleague Matt Phillips pointed this out in his review of the Specialized Tarmac SL8 , another new bike that balances optimizing aerodynamics, ride comfort, and weight. In that review, Matt points out that a rider’s speed affects the wind angles they encounter. Pro riders naturally encounter more direct (low yaw) wind angles because they (typically) ride much faster than amateur riders. Riders moving at slower average speeds will more likely encounter higher wind angles.

Trek’s aerodynamic claims for the Madone 8 are based on a rider moving at 22 mph. That is more real-world than Specialized data for the Tarmac SL8, which is based on someone moving at 28 mph.

Still, 22 mph is plenty fast for a lot of people. My rides typically average about 18 mph. At slower speeds, where the rider is more likely to encounter higher yaw angles of wind, the previous Madone will likely be faster. Strap the new Aero bottles on it, and it will almost certainly be quicker than the new Madone regardless of the wind derection.

But the gains in the Madone 8’s aerodynamics are not only down to the water bottles. Trek also introduced a new handlebar, which, when tested in isolation (without a rider on the bike), is slower than the previous handlebar. However, as part of the system with a rider on the bike, the new taller and blunter profile measures faster as it helps to smooth the airflow over the rider’s legs.

trek madone 8

If I stop being a cycling media cynic for a minute, I can see where Trek comes from in how it designed the new Madone. Sure, there is broad acceptance across cycling to the benefits of aerodynamics, yet despite this, riders still love lightweight and snappy-feeling bicycles. With the design and packaging of the new Madone, Trek can say that the new bike is faster.

However, the issue with judging aerodynamic gains is the numerous “it depends” moments. Most of these depend on how each individual bike is equipped for testing. Using aero bottles for one frame but round ones for another is obvious, but even something less apparent, like a different handlebar shape or a different-sized rider (if you’re testing with a rider), could give different results.

To put it in perspective, Trek claims the new bike is 1.6 watts faster at 22 mph. That’s not nothing. But it’s also fair to point to the basically square downtube of the new Madone and say that Trek perhaps has left some potential aerodynamic gains on the table to make a lighter and better riding bike. And to be perfectly honest, I’m not that upset about it.

New Sizing, Similar Geometry

Long-time Trek fans will remember when the brand offered two different fits on its top-of-the-line road bikes: H1 fit, designed for pro athletes, and H2 for the riding public. This gave riders a choice of stack and reach figures. The H1 and H2 fits were eventually consolidated into what Trek dubbed H1.5. But the H1.5 designation didn’t make a ton of sense (since it referred to a geometry philosophy that no longer existed), so Trek rebranded H1.5 into “Road Race” geometry.

This rebrand comes with Trek changing its numeral sizing (51, 53, 55, etc) to T-shirt sizing (XS, S, M, etc). This is another change that makes sense to me as modern bikes rarely have a tube on them that actually measures close to their designated size number.

geometry chart

The big geometry shake-up with the new Madone is that Trek reduced the bike from eight sizes on the Madone 7 to six. This was accomplished by merging the 52cm and 54cm sizes into a Medium option and the 60cm and 62cm sizes into an Extra Large. Brands often reduce model options at each end of the size spectrum (to the detriment of shorter or taller riders), so it’s unsurprising that Trek merged the 60cm and 62cm. But it surprised me to see the 52cm and 54cm sizes combined.

madone 7 v madone 8

Looking closer at the two sizes from the previous generation Madone, I was shocked at how close they were to each other. The bikes had only a 3mm difference in reach and an 8mm difference in stack. The new frame size has a few millimeters more stack than the old 54cm and 1mm more reach than the old 52cm.

I’m a rider who often chooses between these two sizes. For example, I’m happy to ride 54cm bikes from Specialized while I opt for 52cm frames from other brands like Enve or a size S from Giant. The new Medium-sized Madone I tested worked very well when paired with a 110mm stem and a zero-offset seatpost.

Still, I expect the merging of two sizes right in the middle of the size range, despite how close they are in practice, will cause some consternation for riders.

Models and Pricing

Trek offers the new Madone in nine complete bike builds and two frameset options. These are split between the more affordable Madone SL and a higher-end Madone SLR. Both bikes share the same frame shape and geometry, but the Madone SL uses a heavier 500 series OCLV carbon compared to the Madone SLR’s 900 series.

All versions of the Madone SL come equipped with a standard two-piece bar and stem. Riders who want the full aero benefits of the new bike will have to buy the aero bottles separately. A single bottle and cage set is $100, with replacement bottles at $25 each.

Four complete Madone SL bikes are offered, starting with the Madone SL 5 ($3,500), which features mechanical shifting using Shimano’s 12-speed 105.

The Madone SL 6 costs $5,500 and comes with a Shimano 105 Di2 groupset and Bontrager Aeolus Elite 35 carbon wheels. There is also a SRAM Rival AXS build of the Madone SL 6, which costs an additional $500.

At the top of the SL range is the Madone SL 7 ($6,500). This model upgrades to a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, plus it uses a carbon handlebar and the deeper Bontrager Aeolus Pro 51 carbon wheels.

Next on the price pyramid is the Madone SLR 7 ($9,000). It features the same build kit as the SL 7, but for the extra $2,500, riders get the lighter-weight SLR frame, the aero bottles, nicer tires, and the one-piece RSL bar/stem. For $500 more, riders can opt for a SRAM Force AXS version of the same bike.

Finally, there are the SLR 9 flagship options. Riders can choose a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 bike for $13,000 or one with the new SRAM Red AXS for $13,500.

Riders looking to do a frame-up build can pick between the Madone SL frameset, which costs $3,000, and the Madone SLR frameset at $6,000.

Ride Impressions

I don’t think there’s any point in dancing around it, Trek made a good bike with the latest version of the Madone—which is hardly a surprise. When you’re twenty-one years into developing a platform and are on the eighth version of it, I’m not going to say it’s impossible to make it bad, but it’s certainly difficult. This expertise, combined with wider tires that make current road racing bikes ride more comfortably than bikes from only a few years prior, I expected the new Madone to impress. And it delivered.

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The new Madone is a big step forward from the previous generation Madone 7 in its enjoyability. Stomp on the pedals and the new Madone has plenty of snap, but crucially, it is vastly superior in seated comfort compared to the 7.

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I complained about Trek shipping the previous Madone with 25mm wide tires, which honestly felt insane to me back in 2022 when I tested the bike. Thankfully, the new Madone ships with 28mm rubber that measures 29.5mm on the Bontrager Aeolus RSL 51 wheels. The wider tires certainly help with how pleasant the new bike feels on the road, but you still wouldn’t mistake the Madone for an endurance bike. This race bike provides excellent road feedback to the rider. You don’t float over the road on the new Madone, but it doesn’t beat you up while riding.

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The next big thing I felt about the new Madone was its low weight. I clearly remember testing the Madone 7 (only two years ago), that top-level build with SRAM Red and the same wheels was 16.2 pounds (without pedals, cages, or a computer mount). The new Madone 8 I rode is nearly a pound lighter at 15.3 lbs. And impressively, that weight includes the aero bottle cages and a computer mount (but not pedals).

While we know that, empirically, bike weight has a much smaller impact on performance than we think, a lighter bike still feels awesome. When a brand charges five figures for a road bike, it should be really close to, if not below, the UCI minimum bike weight of 14.99 lbs. The previous generation Madone was never in danger of falling under that weight limit, but the new Madone should comfortably hit it with a lighter set of wheels and one or two other weight weenie changes. The Madone’s low weight and stiffness make it a fun bike to ride uphill.

Thankfully, Trek did not change the Madone 8’s handling compared to the previous version. It’s still an exceptionally well-balanced bike. Racers will find steering that, while rapid, isn’t a handful. The Madone is very stable at speed while remaining exceptionally reactive to rider inputs.

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I logged quite a few miles on the new Madone and while I know that sensations are not statistics, the new Madone feels very fast. On a flat and fast weekly group ride I do, I found myself rolling off the front of the group when it was my turn to take a pull at the front. Despite the lack of deep aero tubes, the new Madone certainly has the sensation of speed that the best aero race bikes often possess. It’s best described as feeling like you’re riding with a permanent tailwind.

Conclusions on the New Madone

Combining two bikes into one is a surefire way to leave some cyclists wanting more. Some will want a more aerodynamic Madone. While others will rightly point out that Trek could have made an even lighter bike. However, the demands of modern racing often require a bike that is both aerodynamic and lightweight.

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I appreciate the raw speed of an all-out aero bike. Yet bikes like that are never at the top of my dream bike ownership list. Instead, I’ve gravitated to more all-around performers, if not straight-up weight weenie dream bikes like the Specialized Aethos .

This is probably why I don’t mind Trek going with the happy medium. Even though a true Émonda rider would have wanted Trek to make the Émonda platform lighter versus more aero, I agree with Trek that the majority of Madone 7 riders—and most road riders in general—will appreciate the new Madone’s big weight reduction without taking a massive aerodynamic hit (at least on paper).

For riders with the taste and budget for this bike, the new Madone won’t disappoint. It’s a great road bike capable of competing at the highest level while offering an alternative to other high-end, do-it-all lightweight aero bikes, like the Pinarello Dogma F, Specialized Tarmac SL8, or Factor’s Ostro Vam. For cyclists seeking a bike like this but on a more limited budget, Trek offers one of the lowest-priced entry points into a high-end race bike its $3,500 Madone SL 5.

So, while the eighth-generation Madone might not be for everyone, Trek at least offers its latest race bike in a broader range of prices than the previous version, and that’s something worth celebrating.

Notes From the Field

Random observations from my time testing the bike..

  • Considering how important the new bottles are to the aero performance of the new Madone, it’s worth discussing them. There is an adjustment time to become accustomed to getting them in and out of the aero cages. The actual hold feels extremely secure. If anything, they are a bit harder to get in and out than I want them to be, but I got used to them after a few weeks of riding. My only real gripe with them is the valve. It takes more force to open and close than I want. Plus, the flow isn’t that great. A minor annoyance is that you can’t stand the bottles on their end to fill them. Fortunately, the aero cages can hold a traditional round bottle, or you can ditch the bottle and cages altogether if the extra aero gains aren’t that important to you.
  • Given I recently wrote a story on every bike being raced in the 2024 Tour de France , including all 18 of the World Tour teams, I’m rather confident that the new Madone is the only bike currently using a UDH derailleur hanger in the World Tour. This is great for everyday riders as it means a spare hanger should never be all that hard to find and this generation of Madone should be future-proofed for whatever drivetrain SRAM might have in the future.
  • While the battle against through-the-headset cable routing has been lost, Trek at least makes the latest Madone a little easier to live with. Trek offers separate headset and spacer options to match its RSL Aero one-piece bar/stem and its RCS Pro two-piece cockpit, but there is also a headset cap that allows riders to run whatever handlebar and stem they want. Trek even offers an alternative top cap that lets riders run a round spacer on top of the RSL Aero bar. This means riders can adjust their bar height without cutting brake hoses or trimming the steerer tube.
  • The included computer mount does not allow you to adjust the angle of your computer, which is annoying. Otherwise, it’s a tidy mount and a big improvement over the one used on the Madone 7.
  • The new saddle clamp design is a big highlight. It’s secure and features independent adjustments for the angle and fore/aft adjustments, which is a big improvement over Trek’s previous single bolt design.
  • The RSL Aero one-piece cockpit won’t please everyone. Personally, I found it quite comfy in both reach and drop shape. However, the back sweep on the tops might annoy some riders who prefer a straighter top section and spend lots of time with their hands there.

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Test Editor Dan Chabanov got his start in cycling as a New York City bike messenger but quickly found his way into road and cyclocross racing, competing in professional cyclocross races from 2009 to 2019 and winning a Master’s National Championship title in 2018. Prior to joining Bicycling in 2021, Dan worked as part of the race organization for the Red Hook Crit, as a coach with EnduranceWERX, as well as a freelance writer and photographer. 

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