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Savandurga Trek: Marked as one of the largest monolithic rocks in Asia, Savandurga is a hill located about 60 km west of Bengaluru off the Magadi road. Savandurga is formed by two hills known locally as “Karigudda”, which in Kannada translates to “black hill”, and Biligudda, which translates to the “white hill”.
Easy ( Difficulty level is subjective
6 km ( to and fro )
Non-AC Push Back Seats Vehicle
The short distance makes it a perfect trek for all adventure lovers who have a time crunch. The lush green views will keep you enchanted and the panoramic Magadi forest landscape will blow your mind for sure. The Karigudda trail is steep and well exposed but needs authorities, so trekkers prefer Biligudda which is equally adventurous and challenging. This trek starts from Sri Narasimha Swamy temple at the foot, and a lot of pilgrims can be seen as it is quite famous in the region. As one moves along, the trail gets slippery and steep but not hard enough to stop you from reaching the top. Huge rocks and boulders can be seen on the way and are also lifesavers during the sunny hot afternoons.
The Arkavathi river flowing into Thippagondanahalli reservoir adds to the wide beautiful view while reaching the fort, as the trek gets slightly steeper, but the winds and cool breeze will compensate all the hard work you are putting in.
Robert Home in his Select views in Mysore (1794) shows distant views of the hill from Bangalore. He called it ‘Savinadurga’ or ‘the fort of death’. The steep trek is completed here, and the ruins serve as camping space but with legit permissions, of course!
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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!
To and fro transport from Bangalore (Non-A/c
1 Packed lunch
Forest Department Permit
Trek leader from Plan The Unplanne
The experience that you gain
Any meals not included abov
Any kind of personal expense
Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental, etc
Anything not included above
THINGS TO CARRY
Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each) Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite Torch/Headlamp to be used at night Portable chargers for your electronics Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet Polybags to pack your wet clothes Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary
HOW TO REACH
Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while bookin
Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the tri
Drop-off points shall be same as the pick-up points.
Policy and Terms
The general cancellation policy for weekend treks from Bangalore is listed below 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 For all the above points 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”
Q: I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?
A: Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all further updates.
Q: Would I be added to a WhatsApp Group once the trek is confirmed?
A: Yes, the Bon Voyage mail would contain a link for Whatsapp Group through which one can join and interact with fellow travellers and outdoor leaders.
Q: I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?
A: The interesting thing about travelling alone is that you get to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, and towards the end, you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travellers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/
Q: Is it safe for Women/Girls?
A: Safety and security are our priority at all times. Hence it is safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accommodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany us on most of our treks.
Q: Do I have to carry luggage during trekking?
A: Not at all. You could keep all the extra luggage back at the campsite/homestay and carry only the necessary stuff for the trek (Raincoats, Torchlight, Waterbottle, lunchbox, and your valuable)
Q: Do you have Washrooms during the trek?
A: Well, you are in the mountains and none of our trails has a washroom facility during the trek.
Q: Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?
A: Yes, we do have options for picking a traveller on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. The following are the same: - Croma Store, Sony World Signal - Trinity Circle Metro Station - Yeshwanthpur Metro Station - Goraguntepalya Metro Station - Nayanadahalli Metro Station
Q: How do I avail discounts?
A: Details for availing discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/
Q: What is the "Without Travel" option during my booking process?
A: Well, if you select this option, all the travel arrangements for your entire itinerary must be managed by yourself, and Plan the Unplanned crew will not be managing anything related to your travel. We recommend you come via car for a smooth travel experience to, from and within the destination.
Q: Would I be able to postpone to the future in case I do not attend the trek/trip on the day of departure?
A: We are extremely sorry, you cannot postpone to any future date in case you fail to attend the trek on the mentioned date for any reasons whatsoever (family/health/work emergencies). You can write to us at [email protected] as regards and our team will get in touch with you on the same
Q: I've never been on a hike, so can I do this one?
A: Yes. If you lead an active lifestyle, you might want to start your first trek to Savandurga. We advise a little less demanding trek like Brahmagiri or Skandagiri for folks who live reasonably sedentary lives.
Q: Can we leave the luggage at the homestay/tents?
A: This is a one-day trek. So it won’t be possible to leave the luggage at the homestay. You can leave it on the bus and carry the necessary for the trek
Q: What about Savandurga’s cellphone network and connectivity?
A: Only up to the base will you have access to a mobile network for practically all major providers, including Airtel, Vodafone, Jio, and others. Only at isolated areas along the trail will you find the network.
Q: Is the trail filled with leeches?
A: No, it is not filled with leeches.
Q: What is the best time to trek Savandurga?
A: The Savandurga Trek is best done between the end of September and the beginning of February.
Q: Is it possible to camp anywhere along the trail?
A: No, you cannot camp anywhere along the trail.
Q: Is it possible to trek Savandurga during the monsoon season?
A: It is not advisable to trek Savandurga during the monsoon season as it is a rocky terrain and the trail gets slippery.
Q: How to reach the Savandurga trek?
A: By public transport: 1. Take a bus from Majestic to Magadi and then proceed to take shared auto or bus. Shared autos cost Rs. 20 per person and are available every 15 minutes. With so many residents visiting the temple every day, it is a safe and enjoyable way to travel. Every 30 minutes, buses run and cost Rs. 15 per person. Bus number 241M to Savandurga from KR Market. Each ticket should cost Rs 42. Every day, BMTC offers two excursions from KR Market to Savandurga and vice versa. This is the schedule: By your vehicle: There are two ways to get from Bangalore to Savandurga. 1. After passing Decathlon on your left and Rajarajeshwari Dental College on your right, turn right at the light onto Dodda Aladamara Road from Mysore Road. The Big Banyan Tree, also known as Dodda Aladamara, must be visited before or after your walk. The local banyan tree is at than 400 years old, and you can't help but be in awe of its enormous structure. Take a right into Savandurga-Manchalabele Road after crossing Manchanbele Bridge at around 16 kilometres. Take a right into Savandurga Road after 4 kilometres. 2. Leave Nayandahalli on the outer ring road, and at the T-intersection, turn right onto Magadi Main Road. After travelling 40 kilometres on Magadi Main Road, turn right onto Magadi-Ramanagara Road at the intersection. Turn left onto Savandurga Road after about 8 kilometres.