Difficulty

Easy-Moderate

Duration

2 Days

Highest Altitude

3,790 ft

Age

6 to 55 years

Duration

2 Days

Age

6 to 55 years

Difficulty

Easy-Moderate

Highest Altitude

3,790 ft

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Channarayana Durga Trek

Indiahikes Southern Campus, Channarayana Durga

Channarayana Durga Trek is located in the Madhugiri district of Karnataka. A trek that is very close to our hearts at Indiahikes since it reveals many surprises as you go climbing through each of its layers of the fort. 

The trek is very much accessible and close to the SH 9 state highway connecting Madhugiri and Dabaspet. The beautiful majestic fort reminds you of medieval times that was used as a strategic fortress in this region of Madhugiri and Tumkur. It is one of the Navadurgas around Bangalore, the entire fort is divided into multiple layers and sections. 

One can clearly see the brilliant minds that went into the design and structure of this fort that was built during the 16th century. The fort is daunting to you right from the time you are starting the trek from the base and it gets grandiose as you come closer. 

Just the sheer climb through the granite rocks adds to the thrill. Be it with false doors leading you to the wrong side of the fort, a reservoir to store water throughout the year and ancient hallways mark this for an exploration one must truly venture into. 

The view from the top of the fort is also a sight to witness. You get to see the famous monolith of Madhugiri from the top and other surrounding hillocks in a grand setting. 

The trek is ideal for any age group and especially for families, friends, and colleagues to start trekking. A fit trekker can complete the trek within a couple of hours while those who want to take it leisurely can spend half a day easily exploring the trek.

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Indiahikes Southern Campus Videos

Watch these videos to prepare well for your trek

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Quick Itinerary

Day 1

Reach the Southern Campus by 11 am in your own vehicle

Start your day with a fresh lunch with the Indiahikes team. Start trekking by 2.30 pm. Trek up to Channarayanadurga fort and return by 7.30 pm. Spend the evening sharing stories over dinner and camp in tents for the night.

Day 2

Have breakfast and spend time at the campus. Leave by 11 am in your own vehicle.

Start the day at 6 am, with a walk around the campus. Have breakfast, participate in activities like bird watching. Leave the campus by 11 am in your own vehicles

IMPORTANT POINTS

- You will be staying in tents overnight

- Carry 2 bottles of water, 1 lt each.

- Carry a small notebook and pen/pencil

PRO-TIPS

1. This trek could either be very warm or cool and rainy, depending on the weather. Plan your gear according to the weather forecast. In case of sunny days, ensure you have a sun cap and wear full-sleeved tshirts. In case of rain, don't forget your rainwear.

2. Start your drive well in advance so that you reach the campus on time. Factor in any traffic jams you may face in and around Bangalore.

Day 1

Reach the Southern Campus by 11 am in your own vehicle

Start your day with a fresh lunch with the Indiahikes team. Start trekking by 2.30 pm. Trek up to Channarayanadurga fort and return by 7.30 pm. Spend the evening sharing stories over dinner and camp in tents for the night.

Day 2

Have breakfast and spend time at the campus. Leave by 11 am in your own vehicle.

Start the day at 6 am, with a walk around the campus. Have breakfast, participate in activities like bird watching. Leave the campus by 11 am in your own vehicles

IMPORTANT POINTS

- You will be staying in tents overnight

- Carry 2 bottles of water, 1 lt each.

- Carry a small notebook and pen/pencil

PRO-TIPS

1. This trek could either be very warm or cool and rainy, depending on the weather. Plan your gear according to the weather forecast. In case of sunny days, ensure you have a sun cap and wear full-sleeved tshirts. In case of rain, don't forget your rainwear.

2. Start your drive well in advance so that you reach the campus on time. Factor in any traffic jams you may face in and around Bangalore.

Why I Believe Everyone Must Trek: A Note from the Founder

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Trekking transforms lives. It has completely changed my life. When I see my colleagues at Indiahikes, all of them have been impacted greatly. The transformations have been profound and irreversible. 

I see it in our trekkers too. I have seen them change professions, careers or start a new life. I have seen them get in and out of relationships, and create new projects. These are life-changing experiences. 

I have seen children building resilience. I have seen families come together. When I see those above 55, I see them rediscover passion and a sense of purpose. These are not small gains.

New professions, new economies, and businesses have opened up in the mountains. Our staff no longer go to cities to earn their living. Their income has increased. Above all, they are happiest working in this world. Trekking has been truly transformative.  

Everyone must trek. It transforms lives far more than you imagine. 

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Highlights from Channarayana Durga Trek

What are the highlights from Channarayana Durga Trek

1. Design and Levels of Fort 

The entire charm of the trek lies through the beautifully designed fort of Channarayana Durga. You have three distinct layers to go around and explore. The fort is a constant companion daunting at you right from the start until you finish the trek.

Watch out and explore the unique fortification of bastions, galleries, garrison, and storage units. The different structures of the fort take your mind to the ancient times when the fort was actually in use.

As you move through the various sections, notice the carvings of tortoise, snakes on the stone walls.

2. View from the top of Channarayana Durga

The top level of the fort is very unique compared to other hillocks surrounding Bangalore. The top is surrounded by fortification on all sides.

It almost feels like you are entering into a playing cauldron. Walk along the edges of the fort to get the entire view of the region. You get to spot the famous monolith of Madhugiri towards the North, Siddarabetta towards the South West, and other hillocks.

For families, this is a great place to spend some time after the exhilarating climb.

3. Exploring and the Thrill of Climbing the Granite Rock

The trek of Channarayana Durga is most suited for trekkers who are keen on exploring the different aspects of the fort, the physical features of the rock, and getting transported back to the ancient times when this fort was actually in use.

The false routes add to the excitement of getting lost from the main trail and still not having to worry about safety.

Channarayana Durga Fort at dusk, with a panoramic view in the background.

Picture by: Bharath Ramesh

Know Your Trek

We have always wanted trekkers to be well-informed before they go on a Himalayan trek. Knowledge is the difference between a safe trek and a dangerous one. It’s also the difference between a wholesome experience and a surficial experience.

Use this section to learn about the Indiahikes Southern Campus trek. It has in-depth information about each day of the trek, what to expect, and how you need to prepare for it. Many years of expertise have gone into this content. Don’t miss the 'Frequently Asked Questions' section at the end. Trekkers find that extremely useful.

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