Place: Savandurga trek & Manchinbele(Manchanbele)dam.
Distance: 45 x 2 = 90kms.
Directions: Bengaluru – RRDC – Big Banyan tree – Manchinbele - Savandurga.
Particiapants: Deepak (Deepu) > Datta (Dattu) > Ashok(K-350) > Karthik (Sp).
Bikes: Zeus > Pulsar.
Previous visit: Muthathi & Kanva.
Budget: Rs 110/head.
IN LESS THAN 50 WORDS:
This has to one of the best scenic & well-known trek around
With Manchinbele & T.G reservoirs nearby, ascending the hill is a sheer
pleasure. As this monolith is very close to the city it is one of the most
frequently visited hillock. Bangalore
INTRO & PLAN:
Savandurga (4022 ft) is the largest monolith in
Asia, next being Madhugiri (3930 ft) [Top 2 largest monoliths of Asia are in Karnataka, had to be a great state]. We had
trekked Madhugiri a few weeks before this. Savandurga is such a prominent
monolith, it can seen from a distance of 50-55kms. The below photographs were
taken form Agara(25kms away) & Ittamadu(55kms away). This hillock can also
be seen from Kanva.
As far as the planning goes, till date I watch the sun set on this monolith from my terrace. It had been about 3 years since our visit to his place, and last time we couldn’t climb as a couple had committed suicide and there were police all over the place. So it was time to conquer it this time. With Dattu, Deepu & Ashok on the confirmed list we were all set to go.
Yeah I was up at around 06:00, had a cup of coffee, did a few push-ups & was all set to head out. The others arrived about 07:30, after a formal greeting we left Bengaluru.
TIME: 07:45 hrs
RIDE 1: (Bengaluru – RRDC – Manchinbele)
This was about 30-35kms stretch. As it was a weekday, the signals were jammed, but we made it out of the city is short time. As we joined
road(SH-17), it was pure sailing till RRDC where we took a right deviation
& continued till Big banyan tree. As we had seen this place 10+times, we
decided to skip it. So we continued to reach Manchinbele. Mysore
TIME: 08:45 hrs
It had been quite sometime since we visited this beautiful place. Trust me the first glimpse you get of this place is simply superb. Savandurga can be easily spotted from here. The weather was perfect, neither too hot, nor too cold. We pulled over for a few minutes & continued further.
RIDE 2: (Manchinbele – Savandurga)
This was about a 10kms stretch, with patchy roads. As we left Manchinbele, we continued till the next village where we took a right deviation to enter forest kinda stretch. During our last stretch the entire forest was on fire due to a forest-fire. Riding on the road with the both sides of the road in high flames is something we had done last time. So we continued further to reach Savandurga.
TIME: 09: 30 hrs
We took about 1.5 hrs to ascend the hill with sufficient breaks. The whole climb is on the rock face which offers a pretty good grip. There is no necessity of guides as there are clear yellow arrow marks, which leads you till the top. I've divided the climb into 3 stages: i) first fort wall; ii) second fort wall; iii) Puddles stretch.
i) First fort wall:
The ascent to the first fort wall is the initial stretch. It takes about 10-15mins to cover this stretch, but the terrain is pretty steep. As clouds had covered up the sun, it was cool & we ascended quickly to reach the first fort wall.
TIME: 09:45 hrs
ii) Second fort wall:
The second stretch is a little less steep when compared to the previous stretch. But as we started from the first fort wall, the clouds cleared up & sun came directly above us. So we went into a canopy shade for a 10-15mins rest.
As the heat died down we decided to continue again. And as we did the real beauty of this trek began to show up. We could see both Manchinbele & T.G reservoir afar amidst the lush green terrain. We have been to both of these waters, but never have we seen it from this angle. After 15-20mins we reached the second fort wall.
TIME: 10:15 hrs
iii) Puddles stretch:
After resting for sometime at the 2nd fort wall we continued along it. This stretch is the least steep stretch, which made our progress so much better. We spotted a lot of puddles on top. We did make a lot of stories about them, which kept us well entertained. But the highlight of this was Dattu's dialogue “hey what if somebody drowns in this, what people will say?? He climbed & Savandurga & drowned on top? :P”
Damn all his jokes kept the spirits up as we continued further to reach the ruins of storage places from where the Nandi statue which marks the top can be spotted. We continued further, squeezing through the bushes & boulders we made it to the top.
TIME: 11:00 hrs
The wind speeds here were way off the charts. Just standing up straight became a challenge. We removed our shoes and bags, put one dive in front of the Nandi & then took a quick nap. We started throwing stones in front and guess what; it would actually hit the person behind us. Such were the wind speeds. After about an hour at the top we wore back our shoes & got ready for the descent.
TIME: 11:45 hrs
The descent was much quicker as no breaks were taken. We took about 30-40mins to reach the foot of the hills. As we left the top, we reached the storage building in a matter of minutes. After that it was literally walking down speaking to each other & cracking jokes. With Deepu leading the way we reached the 2nd fort wall in a short time.
From here we decided to take a short cut just, instead of following the arrows, we decided to head straight down the steep terrain. This cut short a lot of time & ground as we made it to the 1st fort wall to find our new friend.
A dog was sitting in the shade waiting for some company to take him down. So accompanied with a good guide leading the way, we reached the foothills. As we were just about to leave, we gave him some biscuits for taking us downhill.
TIME: 12:30 hrs
RIDE 3: (Savandurga – Manchinbele – Bangaluru)
This was a 40-45kms non-stop stretch. We did this with a few stops as we spotted chameleons, mongooses & lots of birds in the forest stretch. As we reached Manchinbele, we had one last look at this beauty. Promising her a return we continued to reach
road. From then on it was pure sailing
to reach Bengaluru. We went to our regular adda “Hoskerehalli Donne Biryani” for some heavy lunch. Mysore
TIME: 14:30 hrs
Until next time Cia \m/