Trekking in Karnataka

Trekking is adventure sport for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. in Karnataka. Beginning from the southern most parts of the Sahyadri hills in North Kanara to the Sholas of the Coorg, the entire region is ideal for trekking in Karnataka. There are numerous hills and forests that enable the adventurers to go for trekking in Karnataka. There are more than 200 trails available in Karnataka, but the below mentioned are some of the most popular ones among trekkers. Travelers will find trekking trails in Coorg, Chikamagalur, Canara, Shimoga and Hassan. The mountain peaks of Kudremukh, Kumara Parvatha, narasimha Parvatha, Kodachari and others help the trekkers to indulge in their favorite sport.

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Karnataka provides paradise for trekkers on the Western Ghats section. There are many more places with numerous waterfalls, rocky terrains, national park reserves along the Kaveri basin, Bandipur and Nagarhole reserves etc. Trekking on these trails amidst splendid natural beauty is the perfect way of relieving oneself of stress and tensions. The best trekking destinations in Karnataka and trekking near Bangalore are mostly located in the Western Ghats - North and South Canara, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Hassan and Coorg. Adventure enthusiasts explore trekking, rappelling, rock climbing etc. Details of trekking places with distance in km, location, route map and photos.

36 Trekking Places around Bangalore

The best Trekking places around Bangalore are listed below.

Abbi / Onake Falls
Amedhi Kallu
Baba Budangiri
Barkana Falls
Brahmagiri Hills
Edakumeri / Yedakumeri
Hidlumane Falls
Kanoor Kote
Koosalli Waterfalls
Kudlu Theertha Falls
Kudumari / Chaktikal Waterfalls
Kumara Parvata
Kunti Betta
Nandi Hills
Narasimha Parvata
Ombattu Gudda
Onake Abbi Falls
Pushpagiri Hills
Ranganathaswamy Betta

Amerdhi Kallu

A 14 kms trek in Charmadi Range, the Amerdhi Kallu in Dharmasthala is a challenging trek that is physically demanding. Amedikallu has a huge monolith which appears like a giant turtle and 3 huge stones which give an appearance of a stove; which is also what the name means.

Kanoor Kote (Govardhanagiri Kote)

Kanoor Kote referred to as Govardhanagiri Kote (Govardhanagiri being the hill range on which it is located) is a remote military fort in the heart of the Sharavathy Valley. After a long hike from Kanoor Village, having descended about 5 km into the Hebbenkeri Valley and then steeply ascended past Mundwala hamlet, the mud track one walks on literally slices through dense jungle. The layers in the canopy, the bush in the undergrowth, the tall trees competing for sunlight, the older trees with huge buttress roots, enough for a person to hide inside), the forest is brilliant. It showcases the beauty of the Western Ghats in all its glory. As one steeply ascends to the top of the ridgeline, a small lake emerges.

You walk further about 200 m and suddenly you hit a fort wall. And there, you have reached Kanoor Kote, Kote meaning fort, and Kanooru referring to the name of the place, in Kannada. Built by Rani Channabhairadevi, it peaked in glory around the 16th century during the rule of the Keladi kings. Also referred to as the pepper queen, the Rani was brave and ruled from her capital�Gersoppa. Some historians believe that she was like a chieftain under the Keladi kings while others say that she was in fact part of the Keladi royals. Nevertheless, what we do know is that she used the fort as a military hide out and houses her soldiers there. Now in absolute ruins, the fort is camouflaged in the overgrown tropical vegetation. The ambience transports you to a time lost in history. This fort is now located within the Sharavathy Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, hence a permit from the Range Forest Office at Kogar or the ACF office at Kargal will be required to visit the area.

Ombattu Gudda

Ombattu Gudda is one of the highest peaks of the Western Range and is located along the borderline of Chikmagalur and Hassan. The entire to and fro trekking activity of the peak -which derives its name from the Kannada word 'ombattu' (meaning 9) and 'gudda' (meaning hills) due to its location and appearance - would cover around 18km over two days.

Meet at around 10pm for your overnight journey from Bangalore. Following your early morning arrival at the basecamp in Sakleshpur, freshen up and have breakfast. Post this, start trekking around 8am towards the Kabbinale River. This 6-8 hours trek is a difficult one and on reaching the riverside, get into the camps beside the river for an overnight stay.

Onake Abbi Falls

Onake Abbi Falls is located near Agumbe, Thirthahalli. Onake Abbi Falls is small but very beautiful falls. Height around 400 feet. You can tek for around 3km inside rain forest of Agumbe.


Yedakumari is the place in Sakleshpur taluk in the midst of western ghats in Karnataka. There is a railway station here. The place lies en route Mangalore to Bangalore railway line and is the most fascinating stretch of the green route. The train running in between these two cities generally halt at Yedakumari for technical reasons. Yedakumari railway station has s become resting place for trekkers who are trekking the western ghats following the railway tracks.

Tekking around Bangalore

There are several Trekking Clubs and Trekking Classes in Bangalore for Kids, Ladies / Women and Men in Bangalore. There are many Trekking clubs, trekking event organiser, mountaineering club and bangalore hikers clubs in Bangalore who organize trekking to various Destinations like skandagiri, kodachadri, Nandi Hills, Ramanagara, Yedakumeri and Tadiyandamol. Few of them organize Night trekking.