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Makalidurga is a trek to one of the most enchanting places as this hill has twinkling skies, a rich history and a railway line running through the lush greenery of the hills. Makalidurga is located only 60 kilometers away from Bangalore and 10 kilometers away from the town of Doddaballapur. It’s because of this that a number of people, ranging from travel junkies to adventure lovers as well as those who adore nature, make their way to this stunning hill every weekend.

Makalidurga hill stands above the rest of the world at a height of 4430 feet and has a fort located at the top of its peak. The foothill is surrounded by a lake that is similar to the shape of the continent of South America, while a train runs through the lower half of the hills.  Everything is amidst lush green grasses and stunning views of nature. This day-trek will never fail to rejuvenate your mind and nerves!

Trek Level: Easy (Difficulty Level is subjective)

Trek Distance: 2 km (Day 1), 6 km (Makalidiurga Trek)

For New Year 2024: The mind-blowing Makalidurge Trek and Camping trip awaits your arrival for New Year 2024. On the eve of New Year 2024, we will cut the cake and have fun. Notice that this New Year, seats are limited and will be filled out on a First Come, First Serve basis. Also, be informed that this New Year is preceded by a weekend, so kindly check out the itinerary and book your seats at the earliest.


Day 1

  • Leave from Bangalore at 12:30 PM 
  • Lunch en-route ( Self-sponsored)
  • Reach The Campsite 
  • Relax and explore the campsite
  • Do a sunset hike
  • Return to campsite
  • Dinner and Bonfire
  • Spend the night stargazing and retire for the nighty

Day 2

  • Wake up early morning 5 AM, freshen up and get set for the trek
  • Leave to Makalidurga Base ( 25 km in a Vehicle )
  • Start the trek at approx 6:30 AM
  • Reach the Meditation Ring to catch the view of the South-American Continent Shaped lake.
  • Reach the top and explore the fort
  • Descend and reach back the campsite by approx ( 11:30 )
  • Have a stomach full Brunch
  • Leave to Bangalore and reach by 4:00 PM (approx )


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Non-AC Push Back Seats Vehic;e

Breakfast, Lunch

This day is reserved to knowing each other. We will leave Bangalore at 12:30 PM, reach the campsite and indulge in knowing each other and exploring the campsite. This will be followed by a sunset hike. 

Later, we will do a sunset hike and return to the campsite for dinner and a bonfire. This will be followed by a night stargazing session. After this, we will retire for the night.


Is trekking amidst thorny shrubs rimming the boulders and climbing rocky hilltops in your bucket list? Are you a novice trekker from Bangalore or looking for a day off from the mundane Bangalore chaos? This Makalidurga is surely meant for you! Embark on this day trip from Bangalore to Makalidurga hills to rejuvenate your soul.

Rising 4430ft, Makalidurga hill is one among the most sought-after trekking destinations around Bangalore. Equally immersed in history and greenery, the hillock at Makalidurga is situated at about 60km from Bangalore and around 10km from Doddabalapur. It is indeed a scenic ride.  

Atop the hill, narrating the histories and lives of local people of Makalidurga stands a Shiva temple and the ruins of an age-old Makalidurga fort. At the foothill, blanketed with fields, you’ll also find a lake shaped like the South American continent. Makalidurga trek has something in store for people from different walks, including photography enthusiasts, travel junkies, adventure lovers, and even those into bouldering.


We will kick start the journey to Makalidurga hill from Bangalore at 6:30 am with an expected time of arrival fixed at 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Yeah, the views en route are indeed scenic, we agree. But experiencing this picturesque scenery with a shuffled group of friends is what your trek leaders at PTU would help you with. In between, we shall arrange a rest stop for breakfast. After having got to know each of your fellow trekkers and fuelling yourselves with a scrummy breakfast, we’d head for the base camp. 


Base camp for the trek would either be right at the foothills or at the Makalidurga railway station which is about 1.5km from the foothills. Makalidurga hill, with its fort ruins at the top, looms right ahead as you head straight towards the railway tracks from the parking lot (foothills). Click as many pictures as you can here; the hill, the tracks, yourself, and the train speeding past. 

Straight up you’d see the tourism signboard which is where the Makalidurga trek trail commences. There is a temple here, dedicated to Lord Krishna. You may also find a whole bunch of monkeys ‘hanging’ around.

Slippery, rocky trails with shrubs to grab on to, this trail would liven up the adventure trekker in you. The trek begins with a gradual climb and is fairly easy. The path is well guided with arrow marks painted on to the rocks. Keep track of these and it’ll lead you right to the top. 

Unlike the first stretch, now you’ll be climbing up rocks perched amidst the trees. Bear in mind that the inclination of the hill becomes steeper at about midway through the trek. You can hold on to the grass and other vegetation around, but be careful of the thorny ones. Make sure to watch your steps. Have sturdy feet and be aware of wobbly and slippery rock piles.

Once you cross the small watercourse that snakes its way down, go ahead & hike up the huge rock, an open, barren area awaits you. You can stretch your legs a bit over here. Feel the breeze that rushes past. Sit down cloud-gazing the puffy whiteness that dots the azure sky, and of course, click pictures of the lake far below that looks a lot like the South American continent. Give all the sweating and panting some rest to soak in the view Makalidurga offers. The trek becomes a bit strenuous toward the end. 

WHAT AWAITS YOU AT THE TOP – Makalidurga trek destination

The panorama from up here – cultured fields that spread across, the mesh formed by the railway tracks with the train crawling by, and the lake that resembles a continent.

Once at the top you can hunt around for the gates that used to open up to the fort. This fort, once a granary, at Makalidurga is known to be used during the realm of Vijayanagara to train their army. It was later on seized by Shahji, father to the very famous Shivaji, which was recaptured and ruled by Kempagowda. 

Makalidurga, which got its name from Makaliraya, the late ruler, also has a live Shiva temple at the top-central part of the hill, still used by the locals here. Wade your way around and look out for the broken idols of Garuda Gamba, Basava, and a Shiva Linga.

On return, you can even hike down to the lakeside at the foothills of Makalidurga. 

The day trek to Makalidurga hill from Bangalore is a must-do for those in search of history, nature, and adventure in one. This trek, covering 5 to 6 km from the foothills, is rated between easy to moderate. If you find Makalidurga trek too easy for your taste, do check out more of our adventure treks from Bangalore.

Be it a solo trip, treks with friends, or even corporate outings, leave it up to us at Plan the Unplanned. Buckle up and book your tickets immediately! 

Happy trekking!

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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!

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  • To and fro transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c
  • Breakfast
  • Forest Department Permit
  • Trek leader from Plan The Unplanne
  • Experience that you gain


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  • Any kind of personal expense
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc
  • Anything not included above


  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Soft Copy of Adhar Id
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • Warm Layer ( down/fleece jacket ) 
  • Suncap & Sunscreen



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Policy and Terms

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be deducted from the overall amount and the balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

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