Savandurga is famed as one of the largest monoliths is India and is located 60km away from Bangalore. The Savandurga mainly has two hills – Karigudda (Black hill) or Billiguda (White hill). The hills are around 4000 feet tall granite cliffs and are 13km in circumference and is best visited by booking tours from Bangalore.
Narasimha Swamy and Veerabhadreshwara Swamy temple are situated at the foot of these hills is a favourite amongst pilgrims coming to Karnataka. The hills also house the remains of fort built by Kempegowda. In 1791, this was captured from Tipu Sultan's army in the Third Anglo-Mysore war and was phrased as Savandurga (meaning the fort of death) by Lord Cornwallis.
Apart from being a historical and religious attraction, Savandurga also attracts many tourists for its unending adventure. The hills are quite popular for rock-climbing, cave exploration and trekking expeditions. The Savandurga also offers a rich variety in flora and fauna with the endangered Yellow-throated bulbul as its main attraction. The hills house up to 59 varieties of trees and 119 shrub species. Savandurga is frequented by tourists all year round and all times of the year are preferable for tourists to enjoy Savandurga holiday trip in Karnataka.
The rocky terrain till Ramanagaram and the deserted road leading to Magadi, provide the tourists a picturesque walk to the hills. The rocks get slippery during the rains but can be climbed even with a slope of 70-80 degree. Once at the hills, you can either try vertical climb or else use the traditional meandering pathway with a milder slope. The paths are well marked and can be ascended by children and ladies as well.
On the hills, merged with other flora and fauna, lies a 400 year old Banyan tree spread in an area of 4 acres which is a must visit place on your Savandurga holiday tours in South India. The primary stem of the tree is no more in existence but the aerial roots have penetrated deep in the ground and grown wide and exotic. The Savandurga hills are covered by dry deciduous forests which are residence to the Yellow-throated bulbul, the White backed vulture, sloth bears and leopards.
How to reach
Once in Bangalore, the easiest way to reach Magadi is by KSRTC buses available from the KR Market. These buses running to Ramanagaram take the tourists till Nayaknapalya, which is located 4 kilometres away. Reaching the place by car is another good option and the journey time from Bangalore is approximately one hour and 30 minutes.