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View of Skandagiri Betta From Below the mountain

Skandagiri, also known as Kalavara Durga, is a mountain fortress located approximately 70 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 1350 meters.

Trekking at Skandagiri[1][edit]

Gist of Skandagiri trek[edit]

Trekking difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Best time to visit: Any time in the year

Camping allowed: Yes

Key points[edit]

How to reach: Skandagiri is located 70 km from Bangalore. Travel on the Bellary Road (NH 7), turn towards Nandi Hills. At the base of Nandi Hills turn right and proceed to Kalawara village via Muddenahalli. At Kalawara village ask for Omkara Jyoti Ashrama/Papagni Mutt. There is a Shiva temple near the base of the hill, where vehicles can be parked.

Camping at Skandagiri[edit]

X-Dog trekking organizes camping at Skandagiri, with prior permission from the forest officials. Tents and sleeping bags are required since the temperature will be 10-15 degree at winter.


  1. ^ "X-Dog Trekking| Tents for rent in Bangalore". Retrieved 2015-11-10. 

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