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Adventure Beyond Imagination – Siddara Betta

Posted on: December 8, 2007

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Things to know before you start:
Distance from Bangalore: around 95 kms
Nearby town/village: Koratagere, Madhugiri, Dobbspet
Public transport available?: Yes
Elevation (above sea level): 5000fts
Elevation (above ground): 1700fts
Distance from base to hilltop: 3 – 4kms

Introduction:

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Never thought of trekking before, because you think it’s too painstaking to climb on your own. Fear that you get tan on your skin and lose that extra plump. If this is your concern then need not to worry, a trek to Siddara Betta doesn’t demand all these. Siddara Betta is about 95kms from Bangalore and belongs to Tumkur district. Way to Siddara Betta starts from Tumkur Road(NH-4) take a deviation to the right towards Dobbspet which is about 45 kms from Bangalore, another 32kms from there takes you to Koratagere and 12kms from Koratagere will lead you to Siddara Betta.

Siddara Betta has historic significance to it. As name defines in Kannada, Siddara Betta entails Hill of Saints. For decades this unique hill was home for numerous Hindu Saints for their sacred meditation and to obtain Nirvana. As time passed by, this practice got into an extinction. One can find very few saints chanting in distances. And it too has a old styled “Aashrama” at the base.

Team:

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Our team consisted of 22 people, most from my company, 6 from Symphony Services and 2 from State Education Department. Trekking was never this easy before, since whole trekking consisted of only two checkpoints commemorated by a cave temple of Siddeshwara found in middle of the way.

Checkpoint – 1: Trekking

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Trek to Siddeshwara temple consists of man-made stone stairs stretches for a distance of 3kms. This simple stretch takes you through lush greenery coming on the way. On route, one can also find huge boulders to pass through, even this has been eased by etching stairs on them and by providing support rod right through. In middle, you can also find a petty shop selling juice, snacks and cigarettes. After this you’ll find similar way of almost equal distance towards temple.

Checkpoint – 1: Cave Crawling

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Here comes the most interesting part of this whole trek, crawling inside caves. This starts from a visit to Siddeshwara temple inside the cave, and just from there starts cave crawling. Before starting hire a guide from temple, since it’s highly difficult to determine route inside caves.

Cave formation in Siddara Betta is nothing but crevices formed between rock & boulders. It’s advised to carry only necessary stuff inside, leave unnecessary outside and lighten your backpack. Inside cave, one can see places where saints were meditating before. A torch in-hand can be a good companion. While crawling I discovered a distinct, slightly dark & isolated place in middle of the cave and graded it as “Honeymoon” spot, Yes I mean it! After a few crawling, jumping, slipping and falling we saw some light coming from a gap that lead towards a huge hollow place inside boulders and a had a creepy tree similar to one shown in Harry Potter’s movies. It’s a view that one would’ve never imagined beyond. Finishing packed lunch there, we headed back to temple through some other way that god knows better and reached temple on time.

Checkpoint – 2: Trek to hilltop

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After spending a little time at temple space and with resident monkeys, we started towards hilltop which is another 1km from there. Here this doesn’t have any man-made stairs, but has easily walkable natural narrow ways. The hilltop is a plain huge boulder that exposes you to unstoppable 360° view of regions, plains and small mountains around. It’s a panorama no words can define it. Just after sipping refreshing hot lemon tea prepared by Ananda & Venkatesh, we started from there with a heavy heart. And it hardly took an hour to reach base.

Useful tips that help:

  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. Carry sufficient water.
  4. Never forget to carry a electric torch with you
  5. Seek assistance from a guide at temple to guide you along Caves.
  6. Wear shoe that has a demonstrated ability of holding over rocks & grasses.
  7. While climbing down try move in side-wise or zig-zag manner, this will not only give additional grip to your foot and also reduce body weight over your knees.
  8. 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.
  9. Don’t carry any food stuffs or any plastic bags in hand, since terrorist turned monkeys can snatch it from you and leaving a shock in your mind.
  10. And don’t forget camera, to Click!!!

Last word:
Our heartfelt thanks to Ananda H.M. for organising such marvelous expedition.

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19 Responses to "Adventure Beyond Imagination – Siddara Betta"

balu,
was really nice reading about your trek.
loved those tips you’ve given. truly very useful!

‘siddara betta’ and ‘honeymoon’ spot! – yen vichitra guru!

have a great week ahead

rk

Thanks rk and was missing you there.

Good to know about Sri KSN’s lecture from your blog. Kindly invite me for any such glorious future programs.

bettada mele ondu dodda L board hakabeku–nammanta new trekkers ge anukoola aagatte..
Nice write-up.
Esp. the tips regarding zigzag desending. I had gone trekking to ramtek hill near Nagpur once. And suffered greatly trying to come down in a hurry.

hey bala,
its a nice blog…
explaining the road map,crawling and climbing
really appreciate u…
keep it up…

Hey Bala,

Once again thank you for such a nice blog which refreshes memories of all trekkers who had been to this place.

Regards

Ananda

sakkath blog magaaa.. Very recently had been to devarayana durga and heard abt siddara betta.. will definatly visit that place in 2008!

Shetre nimma blog on siddara betta was interesting it made me think of my native place gouribidanur which is close to this place. But the most impressive thing was – “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.” Thatz a real good gesture. cause not many really think of keeping the place clean and maintain its serenity.
Kavitha(Rajiv’s wife)

Hi I was about to see this place but unfortunately couldnot. after seeing this blog i will definitely visit this place. if people are interested try one more trekking spot. SKANDAGIRI HILLS (KALWARA) near Chickaballapur. Awesome place start at 12.30 or 1 at midnight you will reach the top by 4 or 5 depending upon your speed you would love it. The Distance and Elevation is quite tough but its nice

HAI.THANKS FOR THE DETAILED INFO ON SIDDARABETTA.BUT I HEARD THAT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDDARABETTA NEAR DOBBSPET…WELL I HAD BEEN THERE ON 02/09/09 WITH MY FRIENDS…IN TOP OF THE HILL LIES AN ABANDONED FORT..I SEE THIS EVERYDAY WHEN I TRAVEL TO TUMKUR MY TRAIN..I SPOTTED THIS PLACE WHICH IS AT THE 53K.M. FROM BLORE…SO WE DECIDED TO FIND OUT MORE..WELL THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL TEMPLE WITH A KALYANI AND THIS PLACE SEEMS TO NE TOTALLY NEGLECTED….LOCALITIES SAY THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE POSSESED WITH EVIL SPIRITS(GHOSTS) COME OVER HERE FOR CURE..SURPRISINGLY THERE IS ALSO A MOSQUE…DOES ANY ONE NO ABOUT THIS PLACE..MY MOBILE NI IS 9742342282…PLEASE CONTACT ME IF U GET ANY DETAILS OF THIS FORGOTTEN FORTRESS.I HAVE A FEW SNAPS TOO!!!LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR REPLY..

LOCALITIES ALSO SAY THAT A QUEEN CALLED NIJKUL BUILT THIS FORT..THE BOUNDARY WALLS ARE STILL QUITE INTACT BUT THE TEMPLE SEEMS TO BE VANDALISED BY URCHINS AND LOCALS IN SEARCH OF PROBABLY TREASURE..WELL TO BE EXACT THIS COMES NEAR DOBBSPET JUST OPPOSITE THE RELIANCE PETROL BUMK WHICH ALSO HAS THE A1 PLAZA/RESTAURANT….I AM VERY EAGER TO KNOW THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE…

Karthik, thanks for the detailed info on this place.

This is the one located near Dobbspet. The main attraction at Siddara Betta is the Caves. I hope you didn’t miss that.

Hey Balu,

Wanted to know if you have the contact of Anand HM who organized this for you? I would like to take my team to this place for a day trip. Any budgetted organizers / guides who can take care of breafkast / lunch / snacks would / guide would be great. Pls help. My id is mjai14@gmail.com / mjai_14@yahoo.com.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Cheers,
jay:-)

very very thanks for publishing this…am local person to siddarabetta

Till to-day I have not visited SIDDARA BETTA. But, the experience narrated here has certainly motivated me to visit the said place. Recently, I have visited SHIVAGAGA. The day I have spent there is remarkable and it was a journey with thril and spirit.It was courageous also. I am planing to visit Siddara Betta in the near future as early as possible. Thanks for enlighting the others in this regard.

I had been there, wonderful trekking, was though scared when crossing and jumping the rocks inside.

Its a wonderful place and the best experience is that going inside the cave!

Well written about the place.

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