It is also known as Skandhagiri. This place is situated around 75 KM from Bangalore. This place is well known for the Sun rise point and night trek. It is around 10km from Chikkaballapura.
On the day of Ram Navami 3rd march 2009 we (group of seven members) left Bangalore around 11.30Pm (Hebbala fly over) . We watched Ramayana Play on the way to Kalavarahalli (The place was Avati). We reached Kalavarahalli at 1.30am.
We need to pass through the Chikkaballapura town to Kalavarahalli (As shown in image below)
We were equipped with torches and carried some snacks and water.
The starting point of trek is Papagni math. There are two routes to reach the top.
First one is the easy path which could take around 2 to 3 hours to reach peak and the second one is the most difficult path you should go with guide in this route.
Map to reach kalavarahalli betta
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We are accompanied by another five member group. We started our trek without guide through the second path around 1.45 am. We thought we are going in correct usual path but it takes around an hour to realize that we are in wrong path. Then from some point we call guide. He told us the further path is the most difficult one and ask us weather we wish to continue in same path are to start from initial point. We thought if we start from initial we would miss Sun rise, so we were proceed in the same path with guide.
Omkar Jyoti Ashram
There were two points at which we need to climb the rock which is around 70-80 degree steep. But guide helped each of us to cross these obstacles. Lakshman, Harsha and me slipped once and it was really horrible for us. Trekking with around 4 liter water was really horrible for me.
70-80 degree steep rock
At the top of Hill
We took around 3 and half hour to reach the top; we were at top around 5.30am.6.30am Sun rise was really awesome (can see more photos in my web album). All of us really enjoyed that time. We took lots of snaps. After having snacks most us enjoyed a nap also.
We left the place around 7.30am. This time we came down through usual path. It was like a cake walk for us. The path seems to very easy as we faced the most difficult one while climbing. We amazed after seeing the path which we climbed. If asked to climb the through same path none of us will be ready for any cost. It was so steep.
While coming Down...
The most remembering moment of this trip is trekking through the difficult path, really enjoyed it.
Finally we reached the starting point at 9.30 and let the place by 9.45am. All of us were so exhausted. We reached Hebbala around 10.30 am.
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