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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A beautiful hill called Makalidurga

7 June 2015

It was 1PM which was an odd time to start any trek. In front of us was Makalidurga, the hill that we had planned to climb. While coming towards Makalidurga we decided to climb Nijagal Betta which caused delay in arriving at Makalidurga. It was lunch time and we were little hungry. A hot day with almost clear skies was not ideal for afternoon trekking.

A hill next to Makalidurga

You meet lot of great people during treks but also few bad ones. Here at Makalidurga the bad man came in the form of Vinod Kumar. He made his appearance suddenly and said that people would damage our vehicle. He asked us to park at a place where he can keep an eye. No soul was around and it was only Vinod who can “play” with the car. Clearly he wanted money in the guise of taking care of the car. We ignored him and continued further. There was some confusion about the path to take. In the meantime Krishna was not comfortable with the idea of car and Vinod being together. “Why not we take him as a guide? Instead of paying money just to have a look at the car, make him climb with us for the money”. We were sure that no one else would do anything to car. Due to heat, we also did not have the patience to search the path and climb.

Makalidurga as seen from the place where we parked the car
Vinod started his bargaining skills. He said about the money he gets from working for Sand lorry business. I was annoyed and told not to compare us with illegal morons. He pulled another arrow by saying that he would ask Lord Manjunatha on how much money he should take after the trek. Nonsense, we told. He was desperate for money and finally we agreed on an amount and started climbing.

Views from Makalidurga
He was too talkative but luckily I was saved as I walked slower that day. Krishna who was climbing with him consumed all his talks. On hearing his words, it was clear that he was a person with no values and morals. It was a shame considering that he was only 19 years.

The climb was easy with small trees and bushes around. After sometime, the gradient increased and we had to navigate around huge boulders. The heat and hunger was taking a toll on me. I was desperate to reach the top.

Fort entrance
It took us 50 minutes to reach the top of the hill. Vinod had earlier challenged that we had to pay whatever he asks if we take more than 90 minutes. He was too shocked with our speed. He did not know that the two city guys had done good amount of trekking before. It was time to change his mental model.

Remains of the fort
A small fort is constructed on the top with a Temple dedicated to Shiva. The fort is completely in ruins. A small pond is also muddy. But the views from the top are great. We spent some time relaxing under a tree and roaming around the fort. It was very peaceful.

Lake seen while climbing Makalidurga
Climbing down was simple though bit painful on our knees due to stony path.

How to reach Makalidurga?

Makalidurga is about 60km from Bengaluru. After Doddaballapura, take the road towards Gouribidanur. You cross a railway line and Makalidurga railway station. Either you can park you vehicle at railway station and walk for a km along the track to reach the base or drive further and take a mud road that goes to the base. Cross the railway line and start climbing. The trail at the base is confusing but becomes clearer as you climb up. Do not try to climb when it rains as negotiating some rocks can become tricky. The place is very near the famous Ghati Subramanya Temple.

Scenery from Makalidurga

11 comments:

ರಾಜೇಶ್ ನಾಯ್ಕ said...

Lake view is good. Vinod Kumar! Somae values for a man that young.

Sagar V said...

Narration and pic excellent

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice captures of the place.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Beautiful place...

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dhiru guri said...

That's sad to hear about this experience. There is a small ashram kind place just after railway track, the people were very good and took care of the vehicle and we had awesome food at their place.

Aravind GJ said...

Rajesh, Sagar, Niranajan,
Thanks for your comments.

Dhiru,
Yes. There is a Temple at the base. But we got struck with Vinod before that place :(

Aravind GJ said...

Vineeta,
Thanks.

Lalit Chandran said...

The pictures are beautiful. I would have loved to know more about the history and stories about the place though. Anyhow, never mind about that guy Vinod, highs and lows are all a part and parcel of every journey. But thanks for sharing the lovely pictures!

afreentravelbug said...

Hi Arvind GJ,
I enjoyed reading you blog on the hill Makali durga. I have come across quite a few blogs of yours before and I like how you share your experiences with the world. After reading your blog I felt like I have lived through all your experiences. I would love to see more blogs from you.

Aravind GJ said...

Lalit, Afreen

Thanks for your comments.