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Makalidurga is a trek to one of the most enchanting places as this hill has twinkling skies, a rich history and a railway line running through the lush greenery of the hills. Makalidurga is located only 60 kilometers away from Bangalore and 10 kilometers away from the town of Doddaballapur. It’s because of this that a number of people, ranging from travel junkies to adventure lovers as well as those who adore nature, make their way to this stunning hill every weekend.

Makalidurga hill stands above the rest of the world at a height of 4430 feet and has a fort located at the top of its peak. The foothill is surrounded by a lake that is similar to the shape of the continent of South America, while a train runs through the lower half of the hills.  Everything is amidst lush green grasses and stunning views of nature. This day-trek will never fail to rejuvenate your mind and nerves!


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy ( Difficulty Level is subjective )
  • Trail Type
  • Trek Distance2 km ( Day 1 ), 6 km ( Makalidiurga Trek )

Makalidurga - A Two Day Overview

Day 1

  • Leave from Bangalore at 12:30 PM 
  • Lunch en-route ( Self-sponsored)
  • Reach The Campsite 
  • Relax and explore the campsite
  • Do a sunset hike
  • Return to campsite
  • Dinner and Bonfire
  • Spend the night stargazing and retire for the nighty

Day 2

  • Wake up early morning 5 AM, freshen up and get set for the trek
  • Leave to Makalidurga Base ( 25 km in a Vehicle )
  • Start the trek at approx 6:30 AM
  • Reach the Meditation Ring to catch the view of the South-American Continent Shaped lake.
  • Reach the top and explore the fort
  • Descend and reach back the campsite by approx ( 11:30 )
  • Have a stomach full Brunch
  • Leave to Bangalore and reach by 4:00 PM (approx )

Price Inclusions

  • Non-A/C Tempo Traveller or Mini-bus with push back seats depending on group size
  • Accommodation in Tents ( 2/3/4 sharing basis )
  • Dinner and Breakfast
  • Trek Leads from Plan The Unplanned Team

Price Exclusions

  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above
  • Personal Expenses (snacks, mineral water, etc)

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

      • Hyderabad Chef House – 12:30 PM – Teacher’s Colony, HSR Layout, Bengaluru, Karnataka
      • House of Licious – 1:15 PM- Old Airport Road, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka
      • KTM Mekhri Circle – 2:00 PM  Mekhri Circle Junction, Raj Mahal Vilas Extension, Armane Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
  • Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking
  • Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip
  • Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 25 to 30 pax
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Snacks for the early morning trek ( Mandatory )
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer ( Kodaikanal has a cold temperature up to 6-10 Degree )
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary


Is trekking amidst thorny shrubs rimming the boulders and climbing rocky hilltops in your bucket list? Are you a novice trekker from Bangalore or looking for a day off from the mundane Bangalore chaos? This Makalidurga is surely meant for you! Embark on this day trip from Bangalore to Makalidurga hills to rejuvenate your soul.


Rising 4430ft, Makalidurga hill is one among the most sought-after trekking destinations around Bangalore. Equally immersed in history and greenery, the hillock at Makalidurga is situated at about 60km from Bangalore and around 10km from Doddabalapur. It is indeed a scenic ride.  

Atop the hill, narrating the histories and lives of local people of Makalidurga stands a Shiva temple and the ruins of an age-old Makalidurga fort. At the foothill, blanketed with fields, you’ll also find a lake shaped like the South American continent. Makalidurga trek has something in store for people from different walks, including photography enthusiasts, travel junkies, adventure lovers, and even those into bouldering.


Makalidurga Trek 


Makalidurga Trek

We will kick start the journey to Makalidurga hill from Bangalore at 6:30 am with an expected time of arrival fixed at 9:00 am to 9:30 am. Yeah, the views en route are indeed scenic, we agree. But experiencing this picturesque scenery with a shuffled group of friends is what your trek leaders at PTU would help you with. In between, we shall arrange a rest stop for breakfast. After having got to know each of your fellow trekkers and fuelling yourselves with a scrummy breakfast, we’d head for the base camp. 

Makalidurga Trek


Base camp for the trek would either be right at the foothills or at the Makalidurga railway station which is about 1.5km from the foothills. Makalidurga hill, with its fort ruins at the top, looms right ahead as you head straight towards the railway tracks from the parking lot (foothills). Click as many pictures as you can here; the hill, the tracks, yourself, and the train speeding past. 

Straight up you’d see the tourism signboard which is where the Makalidurga trek trail commences. There is a temple here, dedicated to Lord Krishna. You may also find a whole bunch of monkeys ‘hanging’ around.

Slippery, rocky trails with shrubs to grab on to, this trail would liven up the adventure trekker in you. The trek begins with a gradual climb and is fairly easy. The path is well guided with arrow marks painted on to the rocks. Keep track of these and it’ll lead you right to the top. 

Unlike the first stretch, now you’ll be climbing up rocks perched amidst the trees. Bear in mind that the inclination of the hill becomes steeper at about midway through the trek. You can hold on to the grass and other vegetation around, but be careful of the thorny ones. Make sure to watch your steps. Have sturdy feet and be aware of wobbly and slippery rock piles.

Once you cross the small watercourse that snakes its way down, go ahead & hike up the huge rock, an open, barren area awaits you. You can stretch your legs a bit over here. Feel the breeze that rushes past. Sit down cloud-gazing the puffy whiteness that dots the azure sky, and of course, click pictures of the lake far below that looks a lot like the South American continent. Give all the sweating and panting some rest to soak in the view Makalidurga offers. The trek becomes a bit strenuous toward the end. 

WHAT AWAITS YOU AT THE TOP – Makalidurga trek destination

The panorama from up here – cultured fields that spread across, the mesh formed by the railway tracks with the train crawling by, and the lake that resembles a continent.

Once at the top you can hunt around for the gates that used to open up to the fort. This fort, once a granary, at Makalidurga is known to be used during the realm of Vijayanagara to train their army. It was later on seized by Shahji, father to the very famous Shivaji, which was recaptured and ruled by Kempagowda. 

Makalidurga, which got its name from Makaliraya, the late ruler, also has a live Shiva temple at the top-central part of the hill, still used by the locals here. Wade your way around and look out for the broken idols of Garuda Gamba, Basava, and a Shiva Linga.

On return, you can even hike down to the lakeside at the foothills of Makalidurga. 

The day trek to Makalidurga hill from Bangalore is a must-do for those in search of history, nature, and adventure in one. This trek, covering 5 to 6 km from the foothills, is rated between easy to moderate. If you find Makalidurga trek too easy for your taste, do check out more of our adventure treks from Bangalore.

Be it a solo trip, treks with friends, or even corporate outings, leave it up to us at Plan the Unplanned. Buckle up and book your tickets immediately! 

Happy trekking!


I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of the amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

For all the above points you can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard-earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.
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kiran shetti

Solo Traveller

Visited Makali Durga with colleagues organized by “Plan the Unplanned” . It was an awesome trek planed superbly by PTU. The trek leaders Rucha and Voshi are so energetic and full of fun , they made the trip entertaining strating from the time they picked us from the office till they dropped us back to the office.. the fun activities during the trek were really good and got to know many interesting things about our colleagues.. Makali Durga is a decent trek with lot of big rocks on the way , it really tests your stamina.. even though u feel little bit exhausted , once you reach the top,you will feel it’s worth it..The fun activities after reaching the hill top was really good and recharged our energy level to climb down .. than you guys for such an amazing trip..?

November 14, 2019
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