Madhugiri; A rocky challenge

Posted by Anantha | Posted in , | Posted on Monday, August 14, 2006

It was another crazy plan that led three of us [me, Nazir n Bhai] to Madhugiri betta for trekking. We left Bangalore at 9:30 AM, carried apples [for lunch !], sufficient water and few junk to munch. Reached Madhugiri around 12:30 PM. We noticed a puncture in the hind tyre only after parking the car in Madhugiri :-). That was not a cause for worry as we had a spare tyre and also a mechanic near by.

After buying some more water we were set to trek a goliath monolith [that was instantaneous rhyme :-)]. From the bottom, Madhugiri betta
looks like another challenge for trekking enthusiasts. But we soon realised it is not just another trek... It will be THE TREK to remember. We were climbing in a good pace until we reached a two-pole landmark. [Thats how the localites call it, they had warned us it gets steeper after those two-poles]. We were half tired to reach that point. Then we got two local boys who had come to trek. So that made us 5 in number; good number needed for a trekking. The moment we climb up a rock pantingly, another steeper rock used to welcome us with a grin of 'Well done, Now try this'. We started taking frequent breaks of 10-15 mins to bite an apple we carried or to enjoy the view of the village at the bottom. The houses had started looking microscopic now...
Then there came this point where we had to crawl over the rocks just on step like grips carved on rock and few metal rods to hold for support. Our hearts started pounding whenever there was a discontinuity in metal rods. Even though we were making fun of each other saying 'u look really scared man...' All 5 knew that one careless step or a slip would push us down the steepy rocks leaving us with innumerable fractures [Refer the pic to the left]. All 5 reached a safer rock crossing it, and grinned at each other. Thank God, wind dint blow against our motion. Then we reached what is called as the tip of the hill. We could see a fort kinda thing there. I got to know this was built by Hyderali. It was too windy there on top, windy enuf to blow off some puny chap from there!

Then we explored the fort a bit [there was nothing much to xplore..]. After spending sufficient time there, we headed back to trek down the hill. We again took an extra care while crossing the dangerous point. Reached down by 5:45. Now all that we wanted was a nice food.
Decided to have it in some dhaba on NH4. We stopped at a dhaba called 'Pyara Punjabi dhaba'. Even though the name sounds frivolous, food was heavenly.. We started 'batting' there. Alu gobi, chana masala, roti and sweet lassi....

Reached home with a feeling of conquering a great monolith of Karnataka.

Useful Info:
Location: Madhugiri betta

Preferred transportation: 4 wheeler, I am not sure of KSRTC buses which take u there

Distance: 80+ Kms from Bangalore

Route: Drive on NH4 towards Tumkur. Take a right turn near Dhabas pete towards Madhugiri. [b4 the 2nd toll gate]

Few tips:
Madhugiri betta has nothing much on top to savor n enjoy. Go trekking only if ur an adventure freak.

Do visit 'Pyaara punjabi dhaba' between first and second toll gate. U'll get it to ur right [when travelling towards Tumkur] soon after the Reliance petrol bunk. I am the brand ambassador of that dhaba ;-)

Comments (6)


u havent mentioned of good hospitals close by if any...just in case you know... kahi ye peyr (leg) fisal na jaaye... :)

by the way..i happened to go through your books of read "..And then there were none" by Agatha christie. might as well catch your attention. ;)

Thx anonymous1 !
ya its must info which had to be provided in my writings :-)

Thx anonymous2 for ur recco. I read the summary in net.. plot seems interesting. will surely read that book..

Good one mate. Congrats on the conquer :)

cooll...we too went yeaterday ( accidently...:D )and it was a place we will never forget...amazing trip..but unfortunatly didnt find good food..but worth a place to visit :))

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