Skandagiri

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View of Skandagiri Betta From Below the mountain

Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located approximately 62 km from Bangalore city, and 3 km from Chikballapur in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is off Bellary Road (National Highway 7 Hyderabad-Bangalore Highway), and overlooks Nandi Hills and Muddenahalli. The peak is at an altitude of about 1450 meters. It is accessed from Kalavara village, which has population of 1093 according to 2011 census.[1]

Forest Department Office

This tourist spot has been opened for public. The Trekking trail from Kalwara village to Skandagiri hilltop has been inaugurated recently by Karnataka forest department and karnataka Ecotourism Development Board. Trekkers who wish to visit the Skandagiri can do bookings at www.myecotrip.com. Spot bookings are also possible at the Skandagiri Forest Reception counter. The counter is located at the foothills of Skandagiri, close to the start of the trek. Only those who have booked for the trek are allowed to trek under the guidance of Certified Nature guides. By showing the receipt of payment to the Skandagiri Forest Reception Counter, one can proceed for trekking along with certified nature guides. Trek timings 0600 Hrs to 1700 Hrs. The trek fee is Rs 450 per head.

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Coordinates: 13°25′03″N 77°40′58″E / 13.41750°N 77.68278°E / 13.41750; 77.68278