Siddalingeshwara Betta

Difficulty
Difficulty
easy
Duration
Duration
1 Day
Trek type
Trek type
Altitude
Max Altitude
ft
Required Fitness
Base
Best time to visit
Best time to visit
August to March

Siddalingeshwara Betta, a quaint hill situated near Lakshmipura, around 16 kilometers from Ramanagara is a very short day hike which takes us through beautiful mango fields and a kilometer long trail. It is at a distance of 54 kilometers or 58 kilometers from Bangalore, depending on the route taken and is easily accessible by road. Nearest landmarks are Savanadurga (approx. 13 kilometers away) and Shilhaandara Resort (approx. 10 kilometers away).

The start point of the trek is the small Concrete Factory, which will be on your left (if you have traveled through Bus, Train or have taken Bangalore-Mysore Highway) or right (if you have taken the Sunkadakatte-Manchanabele route). You will notice a trail leading to Mango Farms right opposite the concrete factory.

Mango trails on Siddalingeswara Betta
The start of the Siddalingeshwara Betta trail at mango farms

Follow the trail for about half a kilometer while the hill is on your right, until you notice a small white building which appears to be hanging from the hill. You can take a quick hike to the temple, for which steps are being laid out, but currently it is a rugged terrain till you reach the temple.

Trailt o Siddalingeswara Betta on the left
Take left to go to the top of Siddalingeshwara Betta

Climb down the temple path and take right to follow the trail. Keep going for about a kilometer, with the hill on your right. The trail should take you to the base of the hill from where you will begin the climb. Around 100 meters from the base, be extremely cautious as barb wire traps have been laid out by the locals to catch wild animals (very disheartening, but true) and trekkers are prone to tripping and falling face down!

Siddalingeswara Betta Views
Views from top of Siddalingeshwara Betta

The climb is a gradual ascent, not very steep but can be tricky at a few spots. In about 20 minutes you should reach the top. Once at the top, you can explore the vast landscape and spend a good amount of time soaking in the panoramic beauty.

Retrace your steps back the same way you came up. You can climb down to the temple from the top of the hill as well, but it is very steep  can get very tricky  and therefore not recommended. Especially if you’re trekking alone.

By Bus

Take a KSRTC Bus towards Mysore from Satellite Bus Stand, Bapujinagar, Bangalore and get down at Ramanagara, which is approx. 1 hour journey. After getting down at Ramanagara Bus Stand, cross the main road to your right, enter the main Bus Stand and take a bus which goes towards Magadi.

Catch a bus from Ramanagar for Siddalingeshwara Betta
Cross the road to catch a bus going towards Magadi

By Train

Take a train towards Mysuru Junction from Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station, Bengaluru. Get down at Ramanagaram Junction, which is again an hour’s journey. From here, take an auto rickshaw to Ramanagara Main Bus Stand, which is approx. 2 kilometers. Another alternative is to take a walk through the city to reach the Bus Stand. Ask the locals for the way! From the Main Bus Stand, take the bus towards Magadi.

After you take the bus towards Magadi, get down at a junction called Gungarahalli (approx. 30 minutes journey) and walk for 100 meters till you notice a small Concrete Brick Factory on your left.

Get off the bus for Siddalingeshwara Betta
Gungarahalli – closest road head to Siddalingeswara Betta

By Two and Four-wheelers

There are two routes which you can take to reach the place. One is to take the Sunkadakatte-Manchanabele road from Bangalore (approx. 54 kilometers), the other is to take Bangalore-Mysore highway (approx. 58 kilometers). The former route takes you through Manchanabele Dam and Savanadurga which is a scenic one with many villages and greenery accompanying you, while the latter one takes you through Ramanagara city, wherein you have to take a right at the signal with Main Bus Stand on your right.

Walk for 100 meters towards the direction from which the above picture was shot to get to concrete factory which is the beginning of the trail.

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Last updated: April - 2019

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