Makalidurga: Story of a Railway station in the middle of hills
Overview: Makalidurga is a small hillock just next to the railway station and is increasingly becoming popular with photographers, trekkers and just nature admirers. We didn't have trekking in mind on that Sunday and set off on our bikes towards Doddaballapur. Makalidurga is around 18 kms from Doddaballapur and is just past the junction of Ghati Subrahmanya. We reached the station and the view of the tracks and the surrounding hills was a beauty of a sight. This railway route is known for big boulders and hills around it. We parked our vehicles near the railway station and started walking on the tracks. We didn't actually intend to do trekking as we were not quite prepared for it. We did walk a fair distance on the tracks though which was fun. We saw a train coming from Bangalore heading towards Gouribidanur which was exciting to watch. This place is famous for the hills lined with lemon grass. We spent around a couple of hours in solitude and headed towards Gunjur Lake which is around 1 km from Makalidurga station. The lake was very huge with rain water filling it and increasing its size. We relaxed beside the lake for sometime and headed back towards Bangalore.
How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses ply regularly from Bangalore to Gouribidanur stop at Makalidurga.
Train: Train No 56503 Yesvantpur-Vijayawada passenger starts from Yesvantpur at 8:00am and reaches Makalidurga at 09:20am. The return train departs from Makalidurga at 02:40pm and reaches Yesvantpur at 5:10pm.
By Bike/Car: Take the NH7 towards Hebbal, at Yelahanka cross, turn towards Yelahanka New Town, at Yelahanka, take the Doddaballapur road. Proceed towards Gouribidanur after Doddaballapur for around 18 kms to reach Makalidurga.
Food/Accommodation: Not many options available for food at Makalidurga. Its advisable to carry home food.
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