January 19, 2021

Trek to Madhugiri Fort


Trekking group: Bangalore Trekking Club (BTC) – Website link: www.bangaloretrekkingclub.com

Event date: 31st March 2013

Team size: 6 BTC members

Team members:

  1. Chaitanya Adusumilli(Organizer)
  2. Santosh Kumar Gupta
  3. Harish Surampade
  4. Adhar Kanungo
  5. Channabasappa Nad
  6. Gautham Baliga

Trek distance:

Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult

Nearest town is Korategere Taluku (Tumkur District)

Distance from Bangalore: Around 102 Kms.

How to reach the place: Bangalore – Pune Highway(NH4) on Tumkur Road -> Dobbespet (Right Turn Under The Flyover) -> Madhugiri.

Madhugiri trek has been my dream one day treks. I visited the place with 6 enthusiastic trekkers from BTC (Bangalore Trekking Club) on 31st March 2013.

About the place:

Madhugiri is a Taluk headquarters in Tumkur district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The town derives its name from a hillock, Madhu-giri (honey-hill) which is to the north of the place.

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View of Madhugiri hill en route Fort entrance gate

At 3,930 ft (1,200 m) elevation, Madhugiri is a single hill. It is the second largest monolith in Asia. Nestled on its steep slopes is a fort, once credited to Hyder Ali. Antaralada Bagilu, Diddibagilu, and Mysore Gate are the three gateways of the fort. A series of doorways leads to the hill. The ruined temple of Gopalakrishna is located at the top.

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View of Madhugiri Fort

The highlight is the rock dome, atop which stands a fort, once attributed to Hyder Ali. There are a series of doorways leading to the top and the climb is steep and exposed in some places. On the top is the ruined Gopalakrishna temple.

For more info on Madhugiri, please visit the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhugiri

Day in brief:

It has been 1 and half months since I haven’t done any trek due to my fitness issues. Now after recovering from small face surgery, I am raring to go on one day treks. Thanks to Chaitanya for organizing a trek to Madhugiri fort. It was in my must visit list from past 2 years but waiting for right opportunity to go with right people, finally the day comes it is 31st March 2013.

Weather is very HOT and it is not easy to trek in summer. Chaitanya only able to get 6 registrations after publishing event registration details in BTC website. Now plan is changed and journey to trek place has been changed from TT or Bus to A bike ride to Madhugiri.

As per plan, I am going to be pillion for Channabasappa Nad. It is an early morning wake up for me on Sunday. I called Channabasappa Nad at 4:30 AM so he could pick up me and we could join other 4 guys in assembling point (B-Trac Signal Under Bridge, Outer Ring Rd, Phase 1, Yeshwanthpura) at 5:00 AM. Channabasappa Nad picked me at 4:50 AM and we started towards assembling point. By the time we reached assembling point, other 4 guys already there and waiting for us.

We all started from assembling point at sharp 5:00 AM with 3 Bikes. We moved towards Bangalore – Pune Highway(NH4) on Tumkur Road. Reached dobaspet around 6:00 AM, till dobaspet we have covered 50 Kms from Bangalore. Took right turn under the flyover and moved towards Madhugiri. This is going to be second half of the journey with another hell of Ride of about 52 Kms.

It has been amazing experience for me since it is only my second visit to Tumkur, earlier I had been to Siddara Betta in January 2013. This place is surrounded by plenty of Monoliths and favorite trekking place for trekking enthusiasts. While having bike ride, we could see Hill series in either side of road including Shiva ganage, Nijagal Betta, Devarayana Durga, Channarayan Durga and Siddara Betta.

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View of Channarayanadurga en route Madhugiri

Chaitanya planned for breakfast at Koratagere which is still 18 Kms from Madhugiri. While moving towards Korategere, we stopped at one small lake and witnessed beautiful view of sun rise.

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Beautiful view of the Sunrise

Reached Korateger around 6:45 AM and had our breakfast at small hotel (Menu for breakfast is Tomato rice, Idly and Onion Pakoda). Started towards Madhugiri around 7:30 AM and reached the base of Madhugiri Hill at 8:00 AM.

Trekking experience:
Started ascending around 8:15 AM from the base of Madhugiri Hill. We could see steps were being built to make the ascending to fort easy.

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A door at the entrance of the Fort

The ascent was very easy at the base for at least 200 meters. In some places there were small steps carved out on the rock. These steps made it easier to climb the steep slope. A little further up the steepness increased drastically.

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Small steps carved on the rock with railing
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Group photo with backdrop of Madhugiri fort

The dangerous part of the trek came when we had to make 50 degree turn towards the east with a steep slope of 70 degree. As per Blogs which i have gone through in Internet about Madhugiri fort trek, few years ago this was a very dangerous spot and there have been a few fatal accidents. Now this part has been installed with railing to help make climb easier. We found quite easy with the railing support, while climbing I thought how they built a fort on top of the Hill with this kind of slopes. Really Amazing work!!! Hats off to Engineers of that ERA…:)

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A steep climb need to cross to reach the fort entrance

After 75 minutes, we reached the halfway point with plenty of breaks in between. It was really tiresome while climbing since weather is very hot and all of us swatting…. :(. We could see spectacular view of the hills surroundings. What to say? Absolutely Awesome!!!. Two eyes are not enough to catch the beauty…. :).

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Spectacular view from the top

At this point of ascent, there were no support railings and no steps carved out. Walking on steep rocks without support is not that difficult. A good pair of shoes will definitely help in this situation. I was wondering and discussing with other members about how much difficult it would be to trek in monsoon on this steep rock.

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Final part of the climb to fort
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More photos…:)

Reached top around 10:45 AM. It took us around 2 and half hours to reach the top. Madhugiri Trek is bit difficult compared to Savana Durga (Note: Both Hills are Asia’s Largest Monolith Hills. Madhugiri is second largest monolith while Savana Durga is first). The moment we reached the top all of us got feeling that we have achieved something Big in our life. While climbing we took plenty of group photos.

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One more group photo

Relaxed for 30 minutes, had oranges and drunk water to get energy back. Started to explore the top. From the top, we will get to see wonderful view of the town Madhugiri and hills close by.

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Breathtaking view of surrounding hills

On the top there was a small fort, nothing spectacular it was ruined completely. We took plenty of group photos on top and explored the place for 75 minutes.

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Ruined fort at the top
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Ruined Gopalakrishna temple at top
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Group photo at top with backdrop of hills

Started descend around 12:00 PM. The descent i found it relatively easy compared to ascending and it had to be done at a very slow pace.

Reached the base around 1:10 PM, washed our face and took some rest. I could see satisfaction in faces of all that we successfully completed trek to Madhugiri Fort on Hot summer day and enjoyed a lot… :).

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Final group photo before leaving to the Bangalore

Started back to Bangalore around 1:30 PM. Had Lime soda and Coconut water while returning. Reached Bangalore around 4:15 PM and departed to our places.


Finally, i want to thank Chaitanya for organizing a day trek to Madhugiri Fort. It has been one of memorable treks for me and toughest one to incline after Savana Durga.

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