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Located at a distance of approximately 70 KM from Bangalore, Skandagiri is the perfect sunrise trek for a weekend getaway from Bangalore for several reasons- its close proximity to the city, the scenic views and of course, the picture-perfect sunrise from the peak.

Historically known as Kalwarbetta or Kalavara Durga, the mountain fortress of Skandagiri holds immense importance – it is said that this fortress was built by Tipu Sultan which has been left deserted since 1791 after he lost the Anglo-Mysore War. Since then, the fortress has been weathered away, and now, nothing but the ruins remain. However, the beauty of the ancient Skandagiri Hills has increased over time. And with more and more restrictions being placed on night treks across the State, the Skandagiri trek is one of the very few sunrise treks remaining that one can do legally


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelModerate - Difficult ( Difficulty level is subjective )
  • Trail TypeRocky terrain
  • Trek Distance9 km ( to and fro )

Skandagiri Trek - A Overview

Day 1

  • Start from Bangalore at 10:30 PM
  • Reach the base by 1:30 AM (approx)
  • Start the trek at 4 AM and  witness the sunrise.
  • Descend, reach back to the base by 10:00 AM
  • Have Breakfast En-route ( Self-sponsored ) 
  • Depart and reach Bangalore by 1:00 PM (approx)


Skandagiri Sunrise Trek is a high on demand trek. The permits from the Karanatak Forest Department for this trek needs to be reserved online a lot prior. We request trekkers to book at the earliest by Tuesday/ Wednesday for the weekend trek. The booking window shall close by Thursday 2:00 PM. In case we fail to obtain the permits for any reason, we will issue a full refund for your ticket.

The trek base at Skandagiri doesn’t have any facility of stay or washrooms. Plan The Unplanned shall stop en-route for washroom break. Everybody will have to rest at the trek base in the vehicle ( for Sunrise trek departure ). Kindly co-operate for the same

Price Inclusions

  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c)
  • Forest Department Permits
  • Trek leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Meals
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 40
  • 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

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Soft Copy of Adhar Id
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Warm Layer ( down/fleece jacket ) 
  • Woolen Cap
  • Suncap and Sunscreen

Skandagiri Sunrise Trek - Detailed Itinerary

We’ll be departing at 11:30 PM from Bangalore to reach the base camp at around 2 AM. But rest assured we shall make the best of this 70 km bus journey as this would be the best opportunity for all of us to get to know each other. And our trek-leads have some fun ice-breaking sessions planned designed to do just that.

Once at the base camp, you can either take a quick power nap and catch up on your sleep or take a short walk under the moonlit sky along with a whiff of the midnight breeze as we while away some time before the exhilarating Skandagiri trek.

The trek starts at 4:00 AM from the Papagni Temple near the village of Kalwara towards the forest checkpoint where we’ll have our permits checked and forest guides allocated. From this point, you’ll be making your way through pitch darkness over rocky terrains with just the silence of the forests for company. Make sure to carry headlamps or torches as you’ll be navigating over slippery boulders and loose stones all along this tricky trail.

The trek starts off along a semi-dry trail from the checkpoint for a few minutes before making its way through thick forest cover. You soon make your way up through the dense foliage into more rocky terrains as the hike becomes more challenging and the inclines steeper. But the views of Chikkaballapura town glistening in the distance amidst the darkness makes it well worth the effort. Don’t worry about the missed photographic opportunities as you’ll have plenty of time to grasp it all on your way down.

All through this narrow trail, one will find several rocky platforms in between where you can take a quick break to catch your breath or simply take in the midnight views down below. But don’t take too long as the sunrise will be anywhere around 5:45 AM and you need to make sure you reach the peak before that. Keep a steady pace as you climb closer to the peak with the sky now giving out various hues of blue and orange letting you know it’s almost show time! The chilly early morning breeze also adds to the electricity in the air.

Once at the peak, find your perfect spot and make yourself comfortable for the spectacle about to follow. Watch as the Sun plays hide and seek with the clouds as the first rays of light hits your cold and tired bodies and all the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and fields down below comes into view. Don’t forget to catch a sight of the beautiful Nandi hills located close by as well. One of the best things about the Skandagiri trek is that it rewards you with a different sunrise every time, making it a unique experience each time you visit these ancient hills. Spend some good time exploring the peak that houses the dilapidated ruins of Tipu Sultan’s fort along with an ancient Temple or simply enjoying the 360 degree view it offers.

In total there are six such ruined fortresses along the trail which lead to the ancient temple at the top. In case you’ve missed them in the dark, do try spotting them on your way down from the peak. The descend offers a completely different experience as you can now enjoy the glorious views all throughout the trail. There are also small samadhi caves in between where you can give your tired legs a break.

We’ll be making our way back to the base camp around 9 AM from where we’ll hop back into our buses and stop for some well-deserved breakfast on our way back to Bangalore. Expect to be back at Bangalore by around 2 PM.


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

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. 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


  • 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.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.

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Solo Traveller

Skandagiri trek – 26/ 27 March 2021
This was my very first trek with PTU with some good bunch of 19 people with 3 trek leads shewtha, shreesha , and akash
They really helped us a lot to and fro !! Can’t be thankfull enough for helpfull us out ✨
Started here at 12 and played some games till 3 and started the night trek it was so good with all the city lights
Thee sunrise 🌄 was beautiful 🙂
Way back the breakfast was arranged and was good too 🙂
Join them and have a memorable trip !!

October 17, 2021

Shreya Divakaran

Solo Traveller

Skandagiri Trek (w/t Aashish and Hitha) It was my first hike in almost 2 years. Glad that I chose PTU team to take care of the planning. Very well organized. I had a wonderful trip with them. The trek leads were very motivating and made the trip interesting. Highly recommended, especially for women. Thanks a lot team PTU! 🤗

October 2, 2021


Solo Traveller

I am so glad I went to Skandagiri with PTU this week, a great experience !!! This is what the world needs right now, lol, meet new people, go to new destinations, understanding there is lots more to life to cherish, a great initiative guys and hats off to whoever started this ! Right from the travel to the food, everything was very well organized. Felt very comfortable.

Kaavyaaaaaaaaaa !!!!!!!!!!! No words, she was awesome, so much to share and learn from, very sweet ! Really, a wonderful wonderful person,,,,, my trip wouldn’t have been the same without her, so energetic, humble, patient, just awesome !!!
I would love to meet more people like her, well, that’s what this world about, meeting good people and writing good reviews about them, lol, but seriously, she was awesome, you gotta see it to believe it !

The entire group was awesome !

This was my 1st trip with PTU, a 1 day trip to Skandagiri, looking forward to more trips with PTU now, I cannot explain my 1st experience in words, I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally learnt a lot, it opened my mind and I am looking forward to the next trek now !

August 13, 2021


Solo Traveller

Skandagiri Trek: It’s an early morning trek planned to give you a view of the sunrise at the peak of Skandagiri mountains. The trek was great with proper coordination by Trek Lead Rakshitha. The persistant rain during almost the entire period of the trek made it extra hard and sunrise was not visible due to extreme fog. Plan this trek during non monsoon seasons to avoid this. Apart from this, the overall organization was great, with punctual pickup and drop and great food after the trek. It is a great option if you are looking for a 1 day trek with a bunch of interesting strangers!

August 13, 2021


Solo Traveller

It was a short trip to Skandagiri, I loved how smooth the arrangements were. Thanks to the trek leads Sushmitha and Jolly!

July 21, 2021
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