Rayakottai Fort Hill Trek

Rayakottai Fort Hill Trek
Rayakottai Fort Hill Trek
Rayakottai Fort Hill Trek
Rayakottai Fort Hill Trek

About The Trip

When it comes to one-day treks near Bangalore, you will seldom hear the name of the Rayakottai Fort Hill trek. Just 90 km from Bangalore, this Rayakottai Fort Hill trek in Krishagiri district is a culmination of climbing stairs, walking on a normal path, visiting temples, exploring caves, and feeling responsible. It is declared a protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India. Gamble on this trek for a one-day adventure near Bengaluru since it is offbeat and gives incredible views with a throwback to history.

It is said that the fort was initially built by Jagadeva Raya, a Palegara of Channapatna town in Ramanagara district, thus the name ‘Raya Kottai’. Later, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled this fort in the 18th century. The fort was captured by Major Gowdie during the Third Anglo-Mysore War in 1791. According to the Treaty of Srirangapatna, this fort came into the hands of the British. 

It’s meant for people who appreciate raw nature, history buffs, photographers and trekkers. Being an easy trek, it is equally suitable for beginners and experts. The best part is the trek is a quick getaway from Bangalore, so you can just Plan the Unplanned. Check out the complete itinerary here:

Trip Highlights

  1. Spend significant time exploring the offbeat Rayakottai Fort Hill trek.
  2. The temple, pond and climbing on the fort make for a lovely hike.
  3. Observe the town from the top. 
  4. Enter a cave to access the temple.

Brief Itinerary

  • 06:30 am: Pickup from Bangalore
  • 7.30 am: Breakfast enroute
  • 09:30 am: Reach the base of the trek 90 km from Bangalore. 
  • 11 am - Reach the Rayakottai Fort peak. 
  • 12.30 pm: Start Descent 
  • 2 pm - Enjoy lunch in a restaurant
  • 04:00 pm - Reach Bangalore by evening

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )

  • Breakfast

  • Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned

  • Experience that you gain

Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above

  • Any kind of personal expenses

  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )

  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Govardhan Theatre near Yeshwanthpur Metro

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Arrival time: 5 a.m.

Departure time: 5:05 a.m.

KTM Mekhri Circle

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Arrival time: 5:15 a.m.

Departure time: 5:20 a.m.

Yamaha Showroom Domlur

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Arrival time: 5:45 a.m.

Departure time: 5:50 a.m.

Indian Oil Petrol Pump, HSR Layout

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Arrival time: 6:20 a.m.

Departure time: 6:25 a.m.

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Detail Itinerary


Meals Not Included


Details

We will begin from Bangalore early in the morning. After the brief introductory session, prepare to trek the offbeat routes of the Rayakottai Fort trek in Tamil Nadu. Midway, we will have breakfast at 7.30 am as there is no breakfast joint near the trekking location.

We will shortly begin the trek upon reaching the base at 9.30 am. The way to the top starts with a sweet warmup of the body. You will have to climb some 300 well-carved stairs. After about 20 minutes of ascending, you will come across Venkateshwara Swami temple on your left. We will stop here before entering another section of the trail, i.e., boulders. 

From here, the rocky terrain begins. We will be climbing bouldering rocks. After some time, we are greeted by the fort’s entrance. Continuing the hike from here for about 20 minutes brings us to a natural pond on the left side. If you feel like it, you can spend some time here.

There are some chambers for storage inside the fort. Although the fort is dilapidated, these glimpses of the past give us a clue of history. We will then climb the fort. Here, you can rest and click pictures. 

In the end, as we reach the peak, huge open area gives us a 360 degree view of Rayakottai town. Unlike other treks, there is no temple at the top. Instead, huge deepam is kept. 

If you are going in the Spring season, you will find a lot of flowers and greenery. 

We will reach the peak by 11 am. Depending on the group, we will spend some time here or start the descent. It will take a little time to reach the base. From here, we will get into the vehicle, play games midway and stop for lunch at around 2.30 pm. 

Then, continuing the journey, we will reach Bangalore by 5 pm. After the incredible time you spend amidst nature and friendships, it would be difficult to part. We would love to see you againCheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon.


Things To Carry

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Face Masks and hand Sanitisers
  • Sunscreen and Suncap
  • Raincoat
  • Your ID Proof ( aadhar/driving license)
  • Energy bars and snacks

Policy and Terms

Refund/Cancellation Policy – Weekend Trips from Bangalore

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

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

7 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 3-6 days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-2 days

100% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Payment gateway charges will be deducted on any kind of reimbursements/refunds.

NOTE:

  • Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same. 

  • If you are wanting to cancel out on the day of departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.

  • Additional charges would be deducted (based on from where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.

Transfer of Dates Policy

  • If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)

  • Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.

  • Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.

  • Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth is above 5000/- INR.

  • Transfer of dates on the day of departure shall be possible at an additional charge of 1500/- per person  (applicable for few events).

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 24 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard-earned money.

Himalayan/ Backpacking Trip Refund/Cancellation Policy

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

30 days or more

10% of the total invoice value

Between 15-29days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0-14 days

90% of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering a refund.

NOTE:

  • Last-minute cancellations due to work, health issues, etc., any kind of emergencies will not be entertained and no refund or transfer shall be allowed for the same.

  • You can transfer your bookings to anyone who is willing to join the event to avoid loss of money!

  • The tickets once booked cannot be moved to any other dates.

In the pandemic everything is unpredictable, and we are doing our best to give you the finest services. We are also abiding by guidelines laid by government for everyone’s safety. In this, if the government issues a lockdown notice 48 hours before the departure date, we will issue full refund. The money will be directly credited to your account.

In another scenario, if lockdown notice is imposed on the departure date, we will secure your amount in the form of credits that you can use for further bookings. Consider it your bank for future bookings. Your money is safe with us.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, Plan The Unplanned shall issue a VOUCHER for the full amount of your ticket.

Note: The Voucher has a validity of 1 year and it can be redeemed at any point in time.
A prior intimation as regards which trek you wish to join can be communicated to us over mail or phone

In a case where we cancel your trek, due to a limited number of bookings for a particular batch or we do not have the minimum number of required people:

PLAN THE UNPLANNED shall offer a 100% refund of the trek fee ( No transactional/internet handling charges shall be deducted)

On/After the Trek

 

New Year Event Cancellation Policy

Weekend Trips from Bangalore ( 30th Dec -3rd Jan New Year Events )

All the events from Bangalore under the following link shall be applicable for the below-mentioned policy

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

Intimation Period*

Cancellation Fee**

10 days or more

15% of the total invoice value

Between 5-10 days

50% of the total invoice value

Between 0- 10 days

100 % of the total invoice value

  • *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start

  • **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.

NOTE:

  1. We shall not accept any reasons whatsoever for the cancellation, we request everyone to abide by the policy.

  2. There shall be no transfer of dates possible for any reason if you cannot make it to the event once the booking is confirmed.

  3. The tickets are transferrable to any person, in case you cannot attend the event. 

If Plan The Unplanned cancels the trek due to limited/no bookings for the trek, we shall offer a full refund and the same shall be credited to the original mode of payment within 7 days from the date of initiation of refund.

In the rare event that we cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:

During/After the Trek: In case of extreme weather conditions, considering trekkers’ safety, a day can be cut or the trek can be called off altogether. There will be no refund in any case whatsoever.

Before the trek: In case we cancel a trek because of natural calamities (thunderstorms, floods, landslides, earthquakes) or unexpected political unrest, curfews, local riots, government orders, forest department orders, the announcement of a lockdown Plan The Unplanned shall issue a 50% refund of the overall amount and remaining 50% shall be given as a  VOUCHER to use it in the future.

For Instance:

Trek Amount is Rs 100, Rs 50 shall be refunded back to your account and trek voucher of Rs 50 shall be given to be used anytime in future.

 

How to Reach

 

Additional Information

 

  • 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.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • 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.
  • In the case of traffic delays or breakdowns, expect a little delay in reaching the destination.


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