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Trek to Ranganatha Swamy Hill – A Marvelous Expedition

Posted on: October 1, 2007

Trek to Ranganatha Swamy Hill - A Marvelous Expedition

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Click here for photos from Ananda’s camera

If you are a die hard trekker, game for arduous paths and adventure runs through your veins, then Ranganatha Swamy Hill is the place for you. Ranganatha Swamy Hill is also called as Bilikal Hill. This beautiful hill is located at Konavaradoddi village, Maralavadi post, Kanakapura taluk and belongs to Bangalore Rural District.

Ranganatha Swamy Hill doesn’t pose any ancient significance. Villagers say it’s named after a stone that emerged from ground atop of mountain, later named as God Ranganatha Swamy. Ranganatha Swamy Temple is one of the oldest temples found in nearby villages. Ranganatha Swamy temple is looked after by a committee of villagers. The temple is open only on Saturdays and there will be a special ritual offered to god on that day.

Useful Figures(Approximate):
Distance (from Bangalore): about 45kms
Elevation (above ground): 1500fts
Elevation (above sea level): 4200 – 4800fts
Distance from base to hilltop: 3 – 4kms

It was partially cloudy on Saturday the 29th September 2007, 10:30am. The team of 9 namely Ananda H.M.(Organizer), Sutapa Pal, Kotresh, Jagadish, Sameer, Abhishek, Roshan, Venkatesh and myself all geared for adventure. We started with a walk for about 10 minutes towards base camp. This walk exposed us to a scenic beauty of farmland, tall trees, sunflower plantations and hills all around, I then called it as Heaven.

The Trek consisted of 3 checkpoints separated by three boulders, where way to first to second checkpoint is characterised by tough, narrow, steep and muddy path. Second to third is easy, less slant and shadowed. Second to third is again dense with trees, narrow and steep path. We heightened the enjoyment by taking photographs, sharing Sardarji jokes and here Jagadish got a new pet name “Pintu”, that’s because it’s his pet dog’s name.

After 2.5 hours of climbing at about 1:00pm we are at hilltop, visited Ranganatha Swamy Temple followed by lunch and little nap. At 3:00pm we started for sightseeing around the hill. It’s a wowing panoramic view of surrounding hills, lakes, farmland and countryside while facing to a strong current of wind at the rock tip. Maybe these words are not sufficient to describe the beauty, it can only be experienced. I pity those members who purposely missed it to watch cricket or any other reason.

At 4:00pm Ananda & Venkatesh prepared hot lemon-tea. Soon after sipping tea with snacks, at 4:30pm we left hilltop and started towards base. After 1.5 hours of descending with bum-smashing drops, at 6:00pm we are base. Upon reaching base Sutapa unable to believe that she had climbed this magnificent hill with her own strength. And surprisingly Sameer, Roshan, Abhishek & Venkatesh reached base 30 minutes earlier to us.

After reaching base, Ananda distributed sweets among village children and we finally said good-bye with a sheer bliss of achievement.

Some Useful Tips:

  1. Have an experienced member in your team, who already visited the place at least twice.
  2. Don’t try to climb in hurry, it may lead to slip-down.
  3. Have a strong bamboo stick along with you that will serve as an extra limb while climbing up and down.
  4. Carry sufficient water.
  5. Wear shoe that has a demonstrated ability of holding over rocks & grasses.
  6. While climbing down try move in side-wise or zig-zag manner, this will not only give additional grip to your foot but, also reduce body weight over your knees.
  7. Carry your own garbage bag to collect waste like excess food, plastic bag etc & dispose it in any garbage dump in city. This will help keep the place clean.
  8. And don’t forget camera, to Click!!!

Last Word:
Our hearty thanks to Ananda H.M. for organising such marvelous expedition. And I wish best-of-luck for your next expedition to this place.


7 Responses to "Trek to Ranganatha Swamy Hill – A Marvelous Expedition"

Hey Bala,
I think U have covered most of the moments we enjoyed over the trip.
Yes the trip was indeed fun and a challenge to your physical fitness.

I being a trekking enthusiast, found it very tough as we were reaching the hilltop,unaware. And Mr.Ananda(what a tough man he is!!)encouraged us most of the time that we had almost reached the top thus raising our spirits to get over the fatigue that had begun creeping in and,to make it to the top.

Though we were panting and hearts beating at a faster pace due to the steep uphill climb, we made it a point to share 1-2 Sardar jokes to keep the enthusiasm kicking.

But once we reached the top, it was really worth the effort and you never will want to come back to Bangalore atleast for another day.

The craziest idea during the trek came from Bala who proposed to have a development center built on the hilltop and covering a portion of the hilltop with glazed glass to give it the look of a high rise building.

Fresh oxygen fills your lungs as you stand against the wind on the hilltop and gives you a magnificent view of the nearby villages,farms lakes and forest in a 360 degree view from the hill top.

It was surprising to know that the same forest extends to the Bannerghatta National Park.Another interesting thing was that the cellular network went into Roaming from my local Hutch connection to BPLMobile(TamilNadu network).

All the members found it very soothing while resting onthe huge boulders and while taking a walk on top of the hill.

The lemon tea and the Kurkure given lit up our spirits and prepared us mentally for the downhill descent.
The path was quite hard and tough and made us wonder at the same time that it was the same path we had taken to get on top.Remember to keep a strong and long bamboo stick to help you during descent and descend slowly as this activity is not a sport(where there is competition) but an adventure.

Check the place out for Yourself and keep in mind the simple safety measures as mentioned by Bala to trek to this wonderful RanganathaSwamy Hills .

Hey Guys – Bala & Jagadish,

It’s very good narrative blog you guys have written which will boost others to venture for such treks. Keep writing such nice blogs and tips.


naanatu aayaasa illade hatti bunde!
very nice narrative.
excellent tips.
ootada bagge innu details kodi. neeve cook maadidra ?templenalli enaadru vyavasthe ideya ?

Nice to know about your trek. Our next expedition to Siddarabetta near Tumkur Road within next two weeks. I invite you to join us for the trek.

We carried previously cooked food through lunch box from base camp itself. This will reduce the weight of food and will also help reduce wastage, that helps to keep the place clean. And also saves time for adventure.

Sorry.Adu hangalla sir.
nimma post odi naane hogi bundashtu santosha aaytu.
I am staying far away from Bengalooru–just 750 km far away. I really wish to trek with you people. may be during my next break ?

Nanna article saarthakavaaythu. Obba blogger ge idakkintha hecchu enu thaane beku(Aanandabaashpa in eyes). I’m very delighted.

Keep me informed about your visit to Bengaluru, we’ll take you to marvelous places of a beautiful state called Karnataka.

Enjoy 🙂


Wana be part of your treck team…Plz let me know if i can join..9916000014

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