Saturday, January 7, 2017

Madhugiri Fort Trekking, Tumkur

Madhugiri Hill or Madhugiri Betta is one of the largest monoliths with a height of 3930ft and is one of the adventurous trekking spot located at a distance of 105Km from Bangalore. The Madhugiri fort is said to be built around 1678 during the reign of Raja Hera Gowda. Madhugiri fort trekking is little technical and steeper than most of the treks around Bangalore.

a view from Madhugiri Fort during the initial part of the trekking

Madhugiri Fort


Madhugiri Trekking

There is no entrance fee at the Madhugiri Fort. So it is best advised to start the trek as early as possible. The hill is surrounded by walls of the fort and all through the climb up one can find the walls of the once glorious fort. Several gates such as the Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu and the Mysore Gate lead one to the top of the hill. The trek started at the Mughal style arch at the entrance of the fort. Newly constructed steps were there in the initial part of the trek for 200meters. In some places small steps were carved out on the rocks. These steps helped to climb the steep slopes. Madhugiri fort had nice water channeling system right from the top. There is a pond in the beginning of the trek, which is used as the main source of water in Madhugiri fort. At each of the level there were many bastions. The bastions gave a complete view of the city.

Madhugiri Fort view from the base

Madhugiri Fort view from the base

Gates that lead to madhugiri betta

Gates on the way

  Pond on the way to Madhugiri betta

Pond at Madhugiri Betta

Madhugiri town view during the initial part of the trek

Madhugiri Town view during the trek

Initial part of the trek was easy as there are steps to almost half of the way. Later the trek will become steeper. The second part of the trek was really steep and challenging. Iron rods and side pillars are provided for support. At some points the handle bars are damaged and ropes are tied on both ends for support. This part of the trekking will be little scary. We had to walk horizontally across a steeply inclined rock. You should be more careful if there was drizzling on previous day night as there is chance for slippery rocks.

Fog Covered Madhugiri Betta

Fog Covered Madhugiri Betta

Railings are provided for easy trekking

Railings are provided for easy trekking

Toughest part of Madhugiri trekk where railings are damaged and only ropes are there

Toughest part of Madhugiri Trek

  Toughest part of Madhugiri trekk where railings are damaged and only ropes are there

Toughest part of Madhugiri Trek

We will be thinking that this is the last part of the trek, but the defensive wall of the fort was hiding the last hill to the top of Madhugiri, where the granaries and temples are situated. There were no railings and no steps carved out in the final part of the trek. Walking on steep rocks without support is not that difficult. On top of the madhugiri hill, there are old buildings which are room for the soldiers. There is a temple dedicated to lord Gopalakrishna. Both the temple and the fort stand in a ruined condition today due to the poor maintenance of the area.

Fog covered final part of the trek

Still more to go! Fog covered final part of the trek

  Railings are not there in the final part of the trek

Final trek path where No Steps, No Railing Support

On top of the madhugiri hill, there are old buildings which are room for the soldiers. There is a temple dedicated to lord Gopalakrishna. Both the temple and the fort stand in a ruined condition today due to the poor maintenance of the area.

Fort on top of Madhugiri Hill

Fort on top of Madhugiri Hill

Gopalakrishna Temple on Madhugiri Hill

Gopalakrishna Temple, Madhugiri Hill

Granaries on Madhugiri Hill

Granaries on Madhugiri Hill

  Places where soldiers stay

Places where soldiers stay


Best Time To Visit Madhugiri

The best time to trek Madhugiri fort is October to March

How to Reach Madhugiri

Madhugiri is located at a distance of 105Km from Bangalore. From Bangalore take the Tumkur Highway, cross Dobaspet and then take a right turn below the Dobaspet flyover. Madhugiri is about 56km from Dobaspet. Several KSRTC buses operate from Majestic, Bangalore platform 4 to Pavagada via Madhugiri. The buses are available at a frequency of around 15 minutes.


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