Conquer One Mountain at a time!
About Avalabetta or Avalakunda:
Ages ago, when the ocean was churned by the gods and demons, many creations both good and bad surfaced. One of them was the holy cow and it is believed to have landed here. The hoof marks of the cow can be found on a rock. In later years’ large numbers of cows frequented this hill which gave the place the name Dhenugiri (Dhenu: cow & Giri: hill)
About Gudibande or Gudibanda Fort:
Gudibande Fort was built by local chieftain Byre Gowda some 400 odd years ago in the 17th century. It can be said as a concise replica of the Madhugiri fort. The fort has seven levels with interconnecting escape routes which would help soldiers to flee in case of emergency. On the top of the fort is a Shiva temple, which is believed to be one of the 108 Jyotirlingas. Narasimhaswamy Temple is sort of a cave temple hewn out a huge rock (the name Gudibande to the town came this: gudi = temple, Banda = rock)
Nature of trip: Day hiking at Avalabetta and Gudibande
Difficulty Level: Easy
Duration: One Day Trek
Distance from Bangalore: 120 km`
Time to Trek: 30 mins at Avalabetta and 1 hour at Gudibande – one way.
Altitude: Gudibande – 826 m (2,710 ft)
Start Early from Bangalore by 6:00 AM.
Stop for breakfast at Swati Gardenia and pack lunch. (FYI: not food available at both the locations, get your own snacks, soft drinks and water. At Avalabetta you may find some local people selling cucumber, etc. but no proper food)
Reach Avalabetta. Enjoy the famous pointed rock and pond. Short hike to reach the top of the hill. Else you can go to Gudibande and then have lunch there after reaching the top)
We do a short stop at Byrasagara Reservoir (On the way to Gudibande we will get a beautiful reservoir, we can spend some time and take pictures)
Reach Gudibande, hike for an hour to reach the top of the fort where it welcomes us with beautiful views.
Post this we start our return journey
Transport to and from Bangalore
Any required permissions and misc regulations to be taken in advance
Meals: 1 Breakfast 1 Lunch
All tolls and taxes
Anything not mentioned in the above plan
Any expense of personal nature
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