Thursday, 5 January 2012

Rock Climbing Series 5: Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta

Bilikal Betta: Fun trek in half a day 

Overview: Bilikal Betta or 'white-rock hill' is situated off Kanakapura road near Maralwadi. We set off on our trek early morning to avoid the afternoon sun. As it was not too far, we set off on our bikes. On reaching Harohalli, we had to turn left towards Maralwadi through the countryside. It was a pleasure riding alongside agricultural fields and grasslands.
Somewhere on NH209 Near Maralwadi Near Maralwadi Near Maralwadi
On reaching Maralwadi, we asked for directions to Bilikal Betta. We reached Bilikal betta in around 1.5 hours. It was fortunately a cloudy day and was very cool outside. We parked our vehicles in front of some villager's house and a couple of kids guided us till the base of the hill.
Bilikal betta at a distance Road to Bilikal Betta Road to Bilikal Betta Road to Bilikal Betta
We started our way to the hill through bushes and tall trees. Initially the climb was not too tough but as we advanced, the climb got steeper and we were gasping and taking breaks every 10-15 mins. We stopped at a couple of places to click a few terrific view points.
Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta
We continued climbing and at one place we came across a bald rock where we relaxed our muscles a bit. One of our members decided to carry on and found that we are almost at the top of the hill. Without wasting a moment we followed him and in 10 mins we were at the summit. The climb requires a bit of physical exertion but in the end we are in for a treat. The winds blowing across our faces made us forget all the stress of climbing. There is a small temple on the top dedicated to Lord Ranganathaswamy. It is carved out of a huge rock which resembles the Nandi bull. Next to temple we rested on a boulder for sometime. We could view the entire range of hills surrounding this region. Opposite to the temple is a small tank or 'kalyani' next to which we could see white coloured rocks and probably the reason it is called 'Bilikal' betta.
Temple at the top Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal Betta Bilikal BettaBilikal Betta  Bilikal Betta
After relaxing on the top for a while we started our descent. It was fairly easy to climb down the hill and it took around 45 mins to 1 hr to climb down. We left the place and on our way back we visited the crocodile lake which is near Sri Ravi Shankar ashram. It is a serene lake which is ideal for spending some time outside the city on a lazy weekend. We sat near the lake for sometime and started back towards Bangalore.
Crocodile Lake Crocodile Lake 
How to reach: Car/Bike: Head on NH209 towards Kanakapura. At Harohalli, turn left towards Maralwadi. At Maralwadi, ask for directions for Bilikal Betta. Alternately, there is a mud road which leads all the way to the top of the hill.
Food/Accommodation: Not many options available for food on the way. Its advisable to carry eatables like fruits and biscuits to avoid exhaustion.
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7 comments:

  1. Terrific shots! Heaven on earth, serene and beautiful...

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  2. Wow, beautiful capture..Don't think I can trek like your team.

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  3. Another lovely post about a hidden gem!
    Hats off to your exploring spirit! Hoping to join you someday on your trips.

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  4. Excellent shots of country side,hills,lake & sky. Nature in all its glory & grandeur.

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  5. beautiful photos

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  6. nice place and photos. Looks like from one side it has a nice view of forest and from the other side view of far away villages. liked the fourth from from end.

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  7. Hi I HAVE BEEN DONE TRUCKING IN BILIKALBETTA LORD RANGANATHA LOOKS AWSOME ITS ONE OF RANGANATHA OF 7 including BR HILLS & SRIRANGAPATNA. FOR TRUCKING ITS BEST PLACE ONLY 40 KM FROM BNGLR . PLS NOTE SOME TIPS DO NOT GO TRUCKING WITHOUT FOOD & WATER. BEWARE OF ELEPHANTS,TAKE SUPPORT FROM KUNALDODDI VILAGE PEOPLE & ALSO ITS ALMOST 35 kms trucking. PLEASE GO WITH GROUP 10PEOPLE or MORE

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