Minchukallu Betta Trek

The lightning hill trek

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TREK DIFFICULTY

Easy

TREK DURATION

2 days

HIGHEST ALTITUDE

3661 ft

Minchukallu betta is a massive hill, located around 85 km from Bangalore. Not so popular among trekkers, this was once a three-stage fortified hill. The ruins of the fort wall and temple are some wonders to think about when you are trekking here.

The trek starts from Masanipalya village, 18 km away from Tumkur. You can also approach the hilllock from Hoskote of Tumkur region. The hill looks like a perfectly carved hemisphere from Hoskote. From Masanipalya village, the stepped multilayered hillock is a great sight for the start of your adventure.

Minchukallu trek, also called Minchukallu by locals, takes you through many different trails. For a short trek, the surprises that it takes you through in the first 1 km is unpredictable. During monsoon, you’ll get to see many pretty streams along the way. You’ll even have to walk in the water canal to reach the base!

Once on top, it opens to the magnificent views of all the hills around. You get to see Jenukallu gudda, Hoskote Timappa betta, Devarayana Durga hills and even an aerial view of Hoskote lake and its surroundings. There is a Hanuman Temple on the top and villagers trek there on occasions to worship. During other times, mostly the hill is deserted.

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.

Minchukallu betta is a massive hill, located around 85 km from Bangalore. Not so popular among trekkers, this was once a three-stage fortified hill. The ruins of the fort wall and temple are some wonders to think about when you are trekking here.

The trek starts from Masanipalya village, 18 km away from Tumkur. You can also approach the hilllock from Hoskote of Tumkur region. The hill looks like a perfectly carved hemisphere from Hoskote. From Masanipalya village, the stepped multilayered hillock is a great sight for the start of your adventure.

Minchukallu Betta - Complete Trek Information

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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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Highlights from Minchukallu Betta Trek

What are the highlights from Minchukallu Betta Trek

1. Stunning views from the peak

The view from the peak of Minchukallu betta is spectacular, to say the least. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of Masanipalya village from here.

For a short 2 km hike, the pretty views you get from the hilltop are quite rewarding.

You get the panoramic views of surrounding hills such as Masanipalya hill, Hoskote Thimappa betta, biodiversity hotspot Devarayanadurga and the neighbouring Jenukallu Gudda. You also get an aerial view of the Hoskote lake surrounded by foothills of massive rocky hills.

2. Exploring and the Thrill of Climbing the Granite Rock

The trek of Minchukallu Betta is most suited for trekkers who are keen on exploring the different aspects of the broken ruins of the fort, the physical features of the rock, and having a sense of adventure.

Since the trail is not marked, you can end up exploring different entry points towards the top of the hillock.

Apart from these, there is a temple near the top. You’ll also find a check dam on the summit. There is a watchpoint from where you get the best views of the neighbouring hills and villages.

3. Walk from Masanipalya to Minchukallu Base

The walk from Masanipalya village to Minchukallu base is a pleasant one. Along the way, you get views of the massive hills on both sides. During monsoon, this trail will be in full bloom and you’ll get to witness a riot of colours.

The surprises on this trek in terms of change of scenery are something you rarely get to witness in other short treks.

It takes you through a mud road initially, then the valley, then through a water canal and at last, an areca nut farm to reach the base.