1. Shrikant Gaikwad
4. Hardik Gala
5. Purshottom Suryarao
Date: 5th September, 2010
Mode of Transport: Bajaj Platina 125 cc, Yamaha Enticer, Hero Honda
Devarayanadurga is a hill station near Tumkur in the state of Karnataka in India. The rocky hills are surrounded by forest and the hilltops are dotted with several temples including the Yoganarasimha and the Bhoganarasimha temples and an altitude of 3940 feet. It is also famous for Namada Chilume, a natural spring considered sacred and is also considered the origin of the Jayamangali river. Another famous temple in the area is the Mahalakshmi Temple at Goravanahalli.
There are two ways to reach this destination from Bangalore. You can either take the Bangalore – Tumkur National Highway or via Yelhanka – Doddaballapur – Dobbspet Road. The former very dry as we undertook while coming from our destination while the later goes through some of the villages giving a lively view of village life.
Route 1:- Take the Bangalore – Tumkur road. Go to till Dobbespet. Go under the flyover and take a right. Take the right below the flyover. The left one leads you to Shivagange betta and right leads to Devarayandurga. It totals to around 80 kms from Bangalore.
Route 2:- As you move from Yelhanka towards Doddaballapur you will come across a section (circle) wherein one way goes to right hand side goes to Nandi Hills, middle road goes to Ghati Subramanya while the left goes to Dobbspet. Travel on that road till you reach the highway. As you enter the highway below the flyover, take the right. You can ask anyone or you will see the markings stating the way to the place. It is around 45 kms from Doddaballapur totaling about 90 kms from Yelhanka.
Looks very beautiful. How long did you trek?
We have plans of doing a nite trek at Kalavaarahalli Betta. Do we need to take a guide or it would be OK to be ourself?
Yes, indeed it is. You can ride to the temple via car/bike or walk from below. It would take at least 2 hours to travel that distance on foot.
From the temple to the top it would take at least another 30 minutes.
For Kalavaarahalli Betta, it will take at least 4 hrs to reach the summit. There is no requirement for a guide. There are two ways to make it to the top. One via the normal route which is quiet easy, while the other one is via the woods and slopes.
We took the later during our climb and the former while descending. Moonlight night trek on a would be awesome. Please carry enough torches.